Hundreds of advocates and community leaders are joining the “Keep the Promise on HIV/AIDS
” March and Rally on Saturday, April 6th
beginning at 11:00 am
in Cadman Plaza Park
in Brooklyn, New York. The event—the third in a series calling on officials to commit to stopping AIDS—will be hosted by radio and television personality Sway Calloway
and features the Reverend Al Sharpton
, one of America’s foremost civil rights leaders. Musical guests include DJ Lina
, hip hop emcee Cassidy
, Grammy Award-Winners Bridget Kelly
and violinist Miri Ben-Ari
, and the Rude Mechanicals Orchestra
, a New York City marching band that is donating its time to pump up the crowd before the march, which will begin in Brooklyn and proceed across the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan.
Created by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the “Keep the Promise” campaign brings together local and national advocates along with spiritual and political leaders to remind elected officials that the fight against HIV/AIDS is not yet won. Advocates from regions across the Northeast—including Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island—will be traveling by bus to NYC to support the “Keep the Promise” goals and join in the rally and march. Participants are advocating for: increased funding for HIV/AIDS prevention and care; pharmaceutical companies to reduce AIDS drug prices; affordable housing for people living with HIV/AIDS; support for the decriminalization of HIV/AIDS and to declare April 10th as National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in the U.S.