ACT UP 20th Year Anniversary
ACT UP's 20th ANNIVERSARY is a March and Rally to Wall Street demanding
HEALTH CARE FOR ALL, Single-payer Health Insurance, and Drug Price Controls.
This is a permitted march, beginning at NOON on THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2007
Assemble at 11:30 at the Federal Building, Broadway and Worth Street to MARCH
This inaugurates our Campaign to make ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE a major issue
through next year's political 2008 election campaigns!
PLEASE SHARE THIS NEWS WITH ALL GROUPS INTERESTED IN SECURING UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA .
EVERYONE IS ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE!
Historical story of Kramer's 1987 speech via LBGT Center website
Video & Transcript of his 2007 20-year speech via LBGT Center website
Larry Kramer Interview Democracy Now
ACT UP 20th Anniversary Pre-Action Meeting
The New York Times did not consider the event
On March 10, 1987, Kramer filled in for Nora Ephron and spoke in the Centers first floor auditorium. That day over 400 people turned up for Second Tuesdays, the largest crowd ever according to Leo. We only had one week to get the word out, she said, but there seemed to be a growing buzz about the event. The community had been ravaged by AIDS for years and the government was doing nothing about it. The only treatment available was AZT and its prohibitive cost made it inaccessible to many. The word was out that there would be some sort of a call to action, said Leo. And the community came unitedin fear, in anger, in desperation, and in determination.
Kramer recalled the meeting a few weeks ago while sitting in his living room, just across from Washington Square Park. I asked for the lights in the auditorium to be turned up, he said. He wanted the format to me more of a town hall than a lecture. I remember saying to two-thirds of the room, Please stand up. And I said to them, You could all be dead in five years at the rate we are going.
Robert Woodworth was working on the third floor that night when Chris Collins, a Center board member at the time, ran up to the office after the meeting had started. He said that the energy in the room was really palpable and it seemed as if something bigger was going to grow out of the meeting, said Woodworth. The group wanted to book the room for a follow-up meeting later that week. Richard Burns, the Centers executive director, recalls people feeling as if this was ground zero of something historic. Woodworth was able to book the follow-up meeting, but a little while later Collins came charging back up to his office and said that they needed to book the room on a recurring basis. So it was off and running in the course of two hours, said Woodworth, from nothing, to becoming a group, to becoming a regularly scheduled activity....
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Why Is Prevention Still A Barrier?
January 18, 2007
To the Editor:
A full generation after AIDS emerged as a recognizable disease, having sex still poses the same risk for HIV infection (or re-infection) that it did at the beginning of the epidemic ("Plans to ACT UP 20 Years Later," by Andy Humm, Jan. 18-24). The principal means we have for preventing the sexual transmission of AIDS remains a badly dated technology that fails a significant percentage of the time and seriously diminishes the pleasure of many of the people who continue to use it. The greater concern for AIDS prevention-a number of people find that condoms so curtail intimacy that they use them erratically, rarely, or not at all.
Having a sexual encounter with another person-a central, meaningful activity in most people's lives-has been shadowed by fear, by the prospect of long-term disease, and by a whole new reason for guilt for more than a quarter of a century now. How could this be? How have we allowed this unnatural state of affairs to persist for so long? Where are the 21st century tools for preventing the sexual transmission of HIV-cheap, effective, and utterly unobtrusive? Lovers deserve nothing less.
Instead of sinking time, effort, and money into excavating the fossils of its ancient achievement, ACT UP might consider marking its birthday by mounting a fresh drive to remind government and industry that people have a right to sex without fear, without being forced to make a choice between pleasure and health. It's an issue that might actually speak across the divides of generation, race, gender, and serostatus. And it might regain for the organization some measure of the relevance it once had for the grassroots activists who gave of themselves as if their lives depended on it, because they really did.
WE ENCOURAGE AFFINITY GROUPS!.
commemorating ACT UPs 20th Anniversary
San Francisco Die-In!
Affordable Housing and Universal Healthcare for All!
March 29th, Noon
Castro & 18th Streets download graphics
< Gran Fury/ACT UP T-shirt (circa 1990)
SOUTH AFRICA NOW HAS NATIONAL HEALTHCARE
. SO NOW IT'S JUST . . .
PLEASE MOBILIZE DIRECT ACTIONS FOR
HEATHCARE IN PRISONS,
THE END OF HIV DISCRIMINATION
ESPECIALLY ENDING THE HEINOUS U.S. HIV TRAVEL & IMMIGRATION BAN
ADVOCATING HARM REDUCTION AND HIV/AIDS PREVENTION
ESPECIALLY FOR COMPREHENSIVE SEX & AIDS EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS!
New Rules by New York City Police Department
Now Require a Permit for Public Assemblies of 50 or more People read more
In America the police are not supposed to write the laws and "control" demonstrations. Yesterday morning on the Brian Lehrer show NY City Council Speaker Christine Quinn responded to a question from the host about her support of new NYPD regulations on "parade permitting". The regulations dramatically restrict the public's Constitutional rights of speech and assembly. The NYPD will now require a permit for any public gathering, or "parade", of 50 people or more. Section 1A of the city ruling defines a parade as "any march, motorcade, caravan, promenade, foot, or bicycle race, or similar event of any kind, procession or race which consists of a recognizable group of 50 or more pedestrians, vehicles, bicycles, or other devices move by human power, or ridden or herded animals proceeding together upon any public street or roadway." On the Lehrer show Quinn stated emphatically that she believes the new regulations are "fair and appropriate" and "allow people to express their First Amendment rights", but it is clear to anyone concerned with exercising these rights that the police get to decide how and when and with whom they may do it.
see more at RADICAL HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA.ORG
Assemble for Rights NYC
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Five Borough Bicycle Club
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