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    Global March on Washington: Stop-AIDS-in-Africa-Now! (Update as of 16 February 2001) The Global-AIDS-Alliance in cooperation with partners is planning a large
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      Global March on Washington:

      Stop-AIDS-in-Africa-Now!

      (Update as of 16 February 2001)

      The Global-AIDS-Alliance in cooperation with partners is planning a large scale Global March on Washington with the theme of "Stop-AIDS-in-Africa-Now!" The March will be held on/about June 24, 2001, prior to the UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS (June 25-27) and the G8 Summit in Genoa Italy (July 2001). The objectives of the "Stop-AIDS-in-Africa-Now!" event are to:

      1.     Call on the economically-advantaged Governments of the World to invest at least $15 billion per year in grants to "Stop-AIDS-in-Africa-Now!"

      2.     Call on the IMF and the World Bank to implement complete debt cancellation to "Stop-AIDS-in-Africa-Now!" using their own resources;

      3.     Call on African governments, the international community and the pharmaceutical industry to rapidly expand access to lifesaving medications at the lowest cost to "Stop-AIDS-in-Africa-Now!"

      Primary Mobilization Targets

      The goal of the "Stop-AIDS-in-Africa-Now!" Global March on Washington will be to mobilize between 1-2 million persons to participate in this event:

      1.     University/College Students: Students at Harvard University have launched a national moblization effort on campuses across the United States. Over the next several weeks, 500 student leaders will be contacted and mobilized;

      2.     Religious Groups: Faith-based organizations from all religions are being mobilized;

      3.     Debt relief advocacy organizations

      4.     HIV/AIDS advocacy and service organizations;

      5.     US-based African advocacy and constituency organizations;

      6.     African-American organizations

      7.     Political Leaders

      8.     Celebrities, including actors, musicians, athletes, and artists

      Planning Steps

      1.     Stop-AIDS-in-Africa-Now! Organizing Committee is being formed;

      2.     Celebrity leaders are being contacted;

      3.     National Park Service is being contacted to reserve the Mall;

      4.     GAA Organizing Summit in mid-April 2001 to plan

      5.     For more information, send email to: Global-AIDS-Alliance-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

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