Two women who said they were from the Philadelphia chapter of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) were thrown out of the Voter Summit in Washington on Friday (14 September) when they stood and yelled during Paul Ryan’s speech: ‘Corporations aren’t people!’
Ryan, the Republican party’s vice presidential nominee, did not comment on the incident during which the women’s were quickly drowned out by chants of ‘USA! USA!’ from the audience.
One of the women managed to say: ‘The funding that people need to get HIV meds can’t happen when there is corporate donations in this election. Our politicians need to stand up for people with HIV.’
ACT UP is a direct action advocacy group formed in 1987 to bring about legislation, medical research and treatment and policies to try and end the AIDS pandemic.
Gay Star News was unable to reach anyone from ACT UP Philadelphia for comment.