On April 25th, and in honor of its 25th anniversary, AIDS activist group ACT UP (The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), joined by organizations ranging from Occupy Wall Street to Visual AIDS to Housingworks as well as other AIDS activist and queer organizations, will be staging a large scale demonstration on Wall Street reminiscent of its original Wall Street protests of the late 1980s.
Planning to march from City Hall to Wall Street, ACT UP, as well as the other groups, are marching in favor of a Financial Speculation Tax (Fi.S.T.), otherwise known as the Robin Hood tax, on Wall Street, a tax on speculative trading by Wall Street investment banks, hedge funds and other large financial institutions. The revenue generated with this tax would then be used to fund the fight against HIV/AIDS both in the United States and abroad. The organizations are also stating their hope that this tax would also help create universal healthcare in the United States.