For the past several weeks, clusters of citizens have been protesting the opportunistically named “fiscal cliff” budget cut talks. Even though the “fiscal cliff” is really more of a fiscal curb or fiscal slope, conservative lawmakers have seized upon the media-generated panic surrounding the doomsday January 1 cutoff date as an excuse to inflict further cuts and steer the conversation away from ending tax breaks for the one percent.
The push back from citizens began when activists from ACT UP protested the possible inclusion of cuts to AIDS funding during the negotiations. Activists arranged a table and chairs outside Senator John Kerry’s home in Boston as part of a mock Thanksgiving meal during which they put pill bottles on plates instead of food, saying they want Kerry to fight to fully fund AIDS programs during the negotiations.
The following week, three AIDS activists from Vocal-NY were arrested after they stripped naked in the outer office of House Speaker John Boehner.
“We wanted to strip away the rhetoric of the fiscal cliff,” the director, Sean Barry, told The Washington Post, adding that the cuts could leave tens of thousands without the ability to treat their disease.