Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will speak before helping to lead thousands of D.C.-area residents in the Whitman-Walker Clinic's 27th annual AIDS Walk tomorrow, Saturday, October 26, 2013, starting at Freedom Plaza (13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW) at 8:30 a.m. The Congresswoman has taken part in every AIDS Walk since she was elected to Congress in 1991.
"For years, as we walked, the AIDS rate was going up, but on Saturday, we will walk in a city where new AIDS cases decreased 46-percent from 2007 to 2011, where the number of newly diagnosed cases has declined each year, and where there has been an 80-percent decrease in the number of newly diagnosed HIV cases attributable to injection drug use during that period. Republicans have tried and failed to re-impose the deadly rider banning D.C. from spending its own local funds on needle-exchange programs, ever since we got it removed in 2008. While I walk buoyed by the city's undeniable progress, we are not yet the AIDS-free city we can be, and that must be our goal."