September 23, 2012

September 23, 2012
AIDS Activists Interrupt Paul Ryan
Values Voter Summit Speech

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Sunday and I hope you are having a very safe and great weekend so far. It is another busy weekend for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

From following my blog, you know occasionally I talk about political issues that are close to my heart. Well today I am going to combine politics and HIV in this blog.

Two AIDS activists were thrown out of Paul Ryan's speech at the Values Voter Summit in Washington Friday after they stood and yelled, "corporations aren't people."

The following is a video about the event:

TPM spoke with the women after they were escorted off the property of the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington where the summit is being held. They said they were told that they would be arrested if they return to the hotel grounds Friday. Both women said they paid for tickets to the gathering with the express purpose of protesting.

One woman, who gave only the name Samantha, said she traveled from Pennsylvania, where she is a member of Act Up Philadelphia, an AIDS activism group. The other, Mary Jennings, told TPM she traveled from Boston.

The pair -- and a third protester -- were hauled out of Ryan's speech by security after they stood and protested during Ryan's address.

"I care deeply about my voice and having it heard," Jennings said when asked why she would travel so far just to shout at Ryan for a few seconds.

Nice to see people with HIV/AIDS staying political and keeping our potential elected officials on their toes.

Hope you have a beary safe and great Sunday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab