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Activists Stage “Thanksgiving Dinner” Protest Against HIV Program Cuts by Sen. Kerry’s Home

BOSTON (AP) — Activists set up a mock Thanksgiving meal outside Sen. John Kerry’s home in Boston to rally against including cuts to AIDS funding during “fiscal cliff” negotiations.

The fiscal cliff is a package of tax cuts and spending increases scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, unless lawmakers agree on different measures to avoid damage to the economy.

About 20 members of AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power arranged a table and chairs outside Kerry’s Beacon Hill residence Wednesday. They put pill bottles on plates instead of food, saying they want Kerry to fight to fully fund AIDS programs during the negotiations.

Kerry spokeswoman Jodi Seth said the activists are “preaching to the converted,” saying Kerry wrote the Senate’s first global AIDS bill. She said Kerry wouldn’t balance the budget on the backs of AIDS patients.

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