Occupy v. Biden

Occupy Providence, alongside activists from AIDS advocacy group ACT UP and the Student Global AIDS Campaign plan to march today on the Biltmore Hotel, where Vice President Joe Biden will be appearing at a fundraiser for Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

The march will begin at Burnside Park, former site of Occupy Providence's 24-hour-a-day protest, and land in front of the Biltmore where activists will call on the Obama Administration to support a Wall Street transaction tax that would bring in an estimated $350 billion over the next nine years.

Activists say the money could restore proposed cuts to AIDS treatment programs, among other things, and deter speculative trading.

Senator Whitehouse supports the tax, which will leave demonstrators in the odd position of thanking the senator, while bashing the VP he is hosting.

A proposed European Union-wide transaction tax that once seemed to have traction - and was seen as a possible precursor to similar action in the United States - is not faring so well these days.

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