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AIDS Activists Occupy MS Statehouse Grounds, Protesting Conditions for People with HIV

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Published on Aug 21, 2012

Jackson, Miss.--Activists from AIDS Action in Mississippi (AAIM) staged a civil disobedience protest on the grounds of the Mississippi statehouse today. The action was intended to call attention to the dismal state of AIDS services in Mississippi, demand a statewide AIDS strategy, and confront AIDS stigma.
At 9 a.m., the activists erected an 18-foot tripod on the South side of the state house. One of them, Luke Versher, climbed the structure and ignored police requests to come down.
Versher, an AAIM field organizer, has been living with HIV for 23 years. "State government has no strategy to combat AIDS but lots of policies that reinforce AIDS stigma," he said. "I'm here to show people with HIV don't need to hide."

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