The Rev. Jesse Jackson, speaking at an AIDS conference in Philadelphia, yesterday called for more funding for research to find "a cure" for AIDS.

The civil rights activist was particularly critical of pharmaceutical companies that make drugs to treat HIV/AIDS. He urged the hundreds of medical professionals and AIDS activists in his audience at the National Conference on African Americans and AIDS to buy stock in drug companies and attend stockholders' meetings to push for "a cure."

"They may have an interest in more medicine and less cure," Jackson told the conference at the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel, which happens to be next door to GlaxoSmithKline's U.S. headquarters. "Ultimately we don't want the medicine. We want the cure."