In December of 1989, ACT UP made history with a massive protest at St.Patrick's Cathedral. Five thousand people protested the Roman Catholic Archdiocese's public stand against AIDS education and condom distribution, and its opposition to a women's right to abortion. On Sunday, December 12, 1999 at 9:45am, ACT UP went back at St. Patrick's for a press conference to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the demonstration and hand out condoms and safer sex literature to passer-bys. We returned to St. Patrick's because so little has changed in ten years. The issues are still the same.


NEW YORK CITY - Members of ACT UP returned to St. Patrick's Cathedral on Sunday, December 12, 1999 at 9:45am to observe the tenth anniversary of the controversial December, 1989 ACT UP demonstration "Stop The Church". Activists distributed condoms and safer-sex information to teens and passer-bys at the Church because they are denied access to such information and materials in schools due to Church interference.

In December, 1989, more than 5,000 people protested at St. Patrick's against Cardinal John O'Connor and the Catholic Archdiocese which meddle in public affairs, preventing access to lifesaving AIDS prevention information by students and abortion access by women. One hundred protesters also disrupted mass in a religious protest that brought the issue international recognition.

"We came to St. Patrick's in 1989 to repel the church's destructive intrusion into public policies concerning AIDS education, gay civil rights and women's reproductive rights," said Michael Petrelis, an original member of ACT UP. "Ten years later, church policy continues to cause the infections and deaths of hundreds of New York teens who don,t have access to lifesaving condoms and safer-sex information. The Archdiocese should restrict its propaganda to its congregation, rather than playing politics with human lives." Petrelis was one of the arrested in