Good morning! My name is Jennifer Flynn and I am the Managing Director of Health GAP, an international AIDS advocacy organization dedicated to eliminating the barriers to lifesaving HIV treatment for all people around the world. Thank you for this opportunity to speak and thank you to Congressmember Ellison and to Congressmember Lee the Chair of the HIV/AIDS Caucus and a fierce AIDS activist.
What I love about Congressmember Ellison’s bill, besides the $350 billion that it will bring into the public sector to spend on the things we all need, is the name-the Inclusive Prosperity Act! This includes all of us!
For far too long, people living with AIDS have been stigmatized and shunned. People living with AIDS have faced drastic budget cuts at the federal, state and local levels stripping away much needed services.
Despite the budget cuts, there is hope. We now know, that we can end the AIDS pandemic, literally never have to worry about AIDS again, within the next 30 years if we simply increase, very slightly, the amount of money going towards getting people onto treatment and to maintain prevention and services.
With less than $2 billion a year from the Robin Hood Tax, within the next 25-30 years, we will actually have brought about an end to the AIDS pandemic for everyone, around the world.
How could we not pass this tiny tax on big banks. How could we not move this money from the silk lined pockets of Wall Street to our schools, to our hospitals. How could we not implement this tax on Wall Street COMPANIES so that we can have jobs and so that we can end AIDS.
No More Budget Cuts on OUR Backs. End AIDS with the Robin Hood Tax! #HR1579, #rht, @healthgap, @fightGlobalAIDS, @robinhoodtax
SGAC COORDINATOR AMIRAH SEQUEIRA, HEALTH GAP'S JENNIFER FLYNN,
CONGRESSMEMBER KEITH ELLISION AND ROBERT TOLBERT FROM VOCAL-NY