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!  


       
                   

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PLEASE SHARE THIS NEWS WITH ALL GROUPS INTERESTED IN SECURING UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE  IN AMERICA .

  EVERYONE IS ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE!


      20th Anniversary Events


  Larry Kramer Speech   March 13th 2007 

From NedWeeks@aol.com –  i shall be making a 20th anniversary speech at the very gay Center where we started twenty years ago. i dont kow if the outcome will prove to be as historic but i promise to say some interesting things. i hope this finds you well. 

    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
    
Government's Failure and the State of Gay Activism Today  
      
March 29th, 2007

    Larry Kramer’s Latest Lashing   Opinion by Paul Varnell of NY BLADE 
      
April 6, 2007.

    
A conversation with Larry Kramer    By Rex Wockner  PGN  2007


 Trainings for Civil Disobedience
  Legal Support and Marshalling for the March
   Friday March 23rd, 6:30-10pm at the LGBT Center

                                               civil disobedience training            

 ACT UP 20th Anniversary Pre-Action Meeting
 Tuesday March 27th 7pm at the LGBT Center
     last minute briefing on what will happen at the action to demand national healthcare and drug price controls, signs and poster-making, and final decisions.



THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2007 
MARCH AND DEMONSTRATE
Noon at the Federal Building,
Broadway and Worth Street

PRESS COVERAGE
  Still Acting Up, Twenty Years Later New York Magazine.
 
ACT UP renewed, and transformed   jameswagner.com  and.
  ACT UP back to the Wall for healthcare     jameswagner.com.
  
ACT UP Roars Again at 20   Gay City News .             
  
United Press International Photographs  >> .
  
Radical AIDS activists take to the streets of NY  Pink News (UK).
  
ACT UP Anniversary with Castro Die-in   Bay Area Reporter .
  
Bay Area Indymedia - San Francisco  >>. 
  
STREET PARTY raucously successful demo  .Housing Works Update.
  
ANNIVERSARY DEMO PHOTOS   by Nick Burns .
 
ACT UP's New Urgency    The Nation . 
 
 Decades Later Epidemic Still Rages   365gay.com oped . 

The New York Times did not consider the event 
worthy of a single word or image.

  Post-Action Commemoration
    Performances  Fundraising  Party  

Saturday March 31st 8pm at the LGBT Center
Celebrate 20 years of bold, angry, creative, in-your-face AIDS activism with ACT UP.   JOIN ACT UP members and guest performers including performance artist Penny Arcade  for an evening of laughs and thrills, and more . . . .

      Reminiscing ACT UP-Style At Center Reunion   Gay City News   
      Where have all the gay white males gone?  
 By David F. Powell. PGN.



Continuing actions are planned for future months






SAMPLE EXCERPT:

On March 10, 1987, Kramer filled in for Nora Ephron and spoke in the Center’s 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 united—in 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 Center’s 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....”

     read more    by Anthony Ramos  
                          
via website of LBGT Center



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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.

Jim Eigo    
East Village  


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
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further information and graphics for San Francisco Actions           
           



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      SOUTH AFRICA NOW  HAS NATIONAL HEALTHCARE
           . SO NOW  IT'S  JUST . . .

       

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PLEASE MOBILIZE DIRECT ACTIONS FOR

   
UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE,

   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!

                 
  AND MORE

   

New Rules by New York City Police Department
Now Require a Permit for Public Assemblies of 50 or more People
  
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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

related sites:
 Critical Mass
  TIME'S UP!
  Assemble for Rights NYC
  NYC indymedia
  Transportation Alternatives
  Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  Five Borough Bicycle Club

              



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