- 5 years ago
Playing tracks by
Rage Against the Machine.
Hosts: Aaron Bornstein and Sandy Nurse
Guest: Eric Sawyer, co-Founder of AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT-UP!)
In celebration of the announcement that ACT-UP! will be working with Occupy Wall Street as part of their September 17th one year anniversary action, Eric talks about his life's work over 25 years of ACT-UP!. We talk about how his organization came to focus on Wall Street very early on in its activism career by disrupting the New York Stock Exchange in a successful bid to radically lower drug prices. We focus on the shared concerns between ACT-UP! and OWS in trying to overcome market forces to implement moral practices, and we discuss the September 17th theme of "All Roads Lead to Wall St." Eric touches on ACT-UP!'s plan for a global financial transaction tax (the "Robin Hood Tax"), and how it might fund AIDS research and prevention throughout the world.