$1.2 billion HIV/AIDS action update

Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 09:03:18 -0500 (EST)

Dear All,

I just wanted to let you know that the letter calling for an additional $1.2 billion in emergency supplemental funding for the global HIV/AIDS crisis has not yet been sent to President Bush. The original signers of the letter decided to give their fellow Congresspeople more time to sign. To the best of my understanding, it is likely that the letter will be sent soon, probably before Thanksgiving.
So far, more than 70 Representatives, along with at least 8 Senators, have signed the letter. This is important progress, but it means that more than 350 Representatives and perhaps more than 90 Senators have yet to sign. These are all Congresspeople who need to have their constituents urge them to sign the letter. I am attaching a recent list of signatories below. If your Representative or Senator has not signed, your voice could make a difference. A call or fax to him/her would be most useful.
If you call, you can simply tell whomever answers the phone that you would like to speak with the aide who deals with the global HIV/AIDS crisis. You could then explain to that aide (or the person who answers the phone, if they question you further) that you think it is very important that your Congressperson sign the letter to President Bush asking him to request from Congress $1.2 billion in emergency supplemental funding for the global HIV/AIDS crisis. The letter is being circulated by Senator Patrick Leahy and Representative Barbara Lee. The aide will probably then thank you and tell you that they will pass along the message. It would also be useful to ask whether your Congressperson plans on signing the letter, to further show your interest and concern.
Phone numbers (and e-mail addresses and your Congresspeople's web sites, which should have their fax numbers) are available through http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/. You can also call the Congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121. If you would rather not call or fax, you can send an e-mail.
Without additional resources to fight it, the scourge of HIV/AIDS will persist. Tens of millions more people will die. Older generations will continue to suffer the distinct horror of knowing how terribly sick their society is, for they are outliving their children. And the younger generations will have to survive in such societies, and try to heal them, even as the foundations of their societies -- their parents and teachers among them -- crumble.
With assistance from without and change from within, this destruction can be slowed and stopped. Please act as soon as possible, and encourage friends, family, and colleagues to act as well. Thank you.



Senators who have signed:

Patrick Leahy
Barbara Mikulski
Dianne Feinstein
Richard Durbin
Pat Murray
Paul Sarbanes
Ted Kennedy
Paul Wellstone

Representatives who have signed:

Barbara Lee
William Jefferson
Frank Pallone
Al Wynn
Jesse Jackson
Cynthia McKinney
Pete Stark
Jan Schakowsky
Zoe Lofgren
Sheila Jackson-Lee
Lloyd Doggett
Mark Foley
Mike Honda
James Clyburn
Anna Eshoo
Jim McGovern
James Leach
Connie Morella
John Conyers
Jerrold Nadler
Nydia Velazquez
Corrine Brown
Eleanor Norton
Bobby Rush
Barney Frank
Maxine Waters
Bob Filner
Major Owens
Donald Payne
Bernie Sanders
Diane Watson
Robert Andrews
Corrine Brown
Nancy Pelosi
Stephanie Tubbs-Jones
Eva Clayton
George Miller
Bob Filner
David Bonior
Luis Gutierrez
Robert Matsui
Carrie Meek
Gary Condit
Tom Lantos
Maurice Hinchey
Peter DeFazio
Edolphus Towns
Eddie Bernice Johnson
Carolyn Kilpatrick
Jim McDermott
Dennis Kucinich
Julia Carson
Neil Abercombie
Donna Christensen
Elijah Cummings
Danny Davis
Michael Capuano
Sam Farr
Tammy Baldwin
Sylvestre Reyes
Charles Rangel
Anthony Weiner
Greg Meeks
Mark Udall
Ed Pastor
Joseph Hoeffel
David Price
John Lewis
Jim Moran
Nita Lowey

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