An Afternoon of Protest and Petition
Sunday in the Country with George
Sunday, April 28, 1996 in Garrison, New York
March 28, 1996
Dear Friends and Colleagues Fighting HIV/AIDS Across New York State:
We are writing to tell you about an exciting event taking place on Sunday,
April 28th concerning Governor Pataki's policies on AIDS, health care, and
welfare, and we'd very much like you to participate.
The event, titled Sunday in the Country with George, will be a large, non-violent
demonstration by AIDS, health care, and welfare activists. It will take
place in Garrison in Putnam County, New York, where Governor Pataki makes
his home. Garrison is a small community on the east bank of the Hudson
River, opposite West Point. The enclosed flyer explains the purpose of
the event and asks you to endorse the event by contributing to its planning
Plans for the day include a rally and march through Garrison highlighting
our united opposition to Governor Pataki's budget and his AIDS, health care,
and welfare policies, which we believe to be intricately linked. We will
simultaneously be petitioning the Governor and the State Legislature to
support progressive policies which we believe will benefit not just New
Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS, but all New Yorkers who depend on our state's
health care and welfare safety nets, including people living with disabilities,
seniors, children, youth, women, immigrants, and low-income people.
Sunday in the Country with George will be a statewide event. AIDS, health
care, and welfare groups from Buffalo, the Southern Tier, Central New York,
up and down the Hudson Valley, from the Capital District, down through New
York City and out to Long Island, are planning to participate! This event
is being organized by folks from ACT UP/New York, Housing Works, and WHAM!
(Women's Health and Action Mobilization).
We hope you and your organization can help make Sunday in the Country with
George successful by contributing in the following ways:
- Organize your clients and/or members to attend -- call us for
- Help spread-the-word -- many people are very excited when they
hear about taking this direct action
- Logistical support -- marshals, first-aid, sound equipment,
- Media support -- This event promises to be very media-genic,
and we need help in placing the story in many outlets (your community paper),
and in arranging people to speak to the media concerning their own personal
stories and the importance of New York's safety net to their lives.
Please feel free to give us a call, leave a message on our voice mail, and
we'll call you back to discuss any questions or suggestions you may have.
Thank you for your support!
Mark Hannay Jeanne Bergman Elizabeth Michaels
ACT UP/New York Housing Works WHAM!
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