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Friday, April 6, 2012

AIDS Activistis Use Good Friday to Shame the Catholic Church

Posted By on Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 8:24 AM

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The only thing that might make Good Friday even better for some is a loud protest of the Catholic Church. We'll leave that one to San Francisco's AIDS activists who have made a long list of institutions they plan to shame today, including banks, cops, and Catholics.


To remember the 20,000 San Franciscans who have died from AIDS, activists have planned a Good Friday protest, targeting many of the institutions they say have acted as oppressors to the HIV/AIDS community.

First stop: Wells Fargo.

Activists will gather at 4 p.m. at the doorstep of Wells Fargo where they plan to decry the lack of affordable housing for HIV/AIDS victims and others in the San Francisco community.

"Wells Fargo has made billions" while "people with HIV/AIDS struggle to survive and stay in this city," said Wayide Palmer of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power.

After they make their point at Wells Fargo, the protesters will march on to the San Francisco Police Department, to shame the cops for their policy of using condoms as evidence against sex workers.

Then the AIDS coalition will raise hell -- literally --  by laying on the steps of the Mission Dolores Church ashes of those who died during the AIDS/HIV epidemic.

There they will also protest the Catholic Church's role of "condemning people to die of AIDS globally." Activists claim the church's restrictions on condoms and abortion are repressing sexual freedom and health.

"Its 25 years since we started ACT UP, and the Catholic Church is still to blame. This Good Friday we will mourn our dead and fight like hell for the living here in San Francisco and around the world," Palmer said.

As the march's arrives to Harvey Milk Plaza, protesters will read the names of AIDS/HIV community members who died during the epidemic in the Bay Area.

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