Washington Blade - February 7, 2008
WASHINGTON - A coalition made up of HIV/AIDS groups and human rights
organizations will commemorate the end of the congressional ban
on allowing the District of Columbia to use locally raised
revenue to finance syringe exchange programs on Feb. 13 in the
Rayburn House Office Building.
Groups involved include AIDS Action, the AIDS Institute, amFAR,
the American Foundation for AIDS Research, D.C. Appleseed, Drug
Policy Alliance, the Harm Reduction Coalition, the Human Rights
Campaign, Physicians for Human Rights, PreventionWorks!, the
Washington AIDS Partnership and the Whitman-Walker Clinic. These
groups "will fortify efforts to end the current ban on using
federal dollars to carry out syringe exchange programs,"
according to a press release.
Congress voted in 2007 to allow the District of Columbia to use
local funds to operate needle exchange programs after a nine-year
"With HIV and AIDS threatening public health the end of the ban
on the District using its funds to operate syringe exchange
programs in Washington is long overdue," said Human Rights
Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "We salute Congressional
leaders for leading the effort to repeal this harmful policy and
urge Congress to end the federal ban."
Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton will be honored at the
February 13th event.
To attend, RSVP by Monday, February 11th to Christy at