"Millennium March on Washington"
A National March for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Civil Rights _
Washington DC 4/30/2000
here's a third-party email for this year's "Millennium March". . .
Dear [NAME DELETED]:
My name is Michael Crawford. I'm a Field
Organizer working on the
We are also planning a pledge campaign
called "Because I'm Worth It".
I would love to talk to you more about
this. Maybe you could also come
I look forward to hearing from you.
Michael Crawford, Field Organizer
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RECENT POSTINGS from AIDSACT
How dare they. "A good old fashioned loud demo,"
...I think they
To the best of my knowledge, NO ACT UP chapter has
Frankly, I personally would be more inclined to protest the
I "went there". The MMoW official site which hasn't
been up-dated in
ANd the HRC is a nightmare. In the MMoW search I found early criticism of the undemocratic maaner in which the March was being organized. ANd interesting enough, I found no mention of HIV/AIDS. Hmmmm, I've known what it's like to be an after-thought before....it's kinda like the cutest guy in the bar, who I've been watching all night long and got too shy to say anything to, decides to come ask me home to fuck when the lights come home, he's too drunk to be any fun and I'm too sleepy to stay awake. Well, the problem with being an after thought in this case is Lizzie Birch ain't cute with the lights off, much less on. Despite often being pretty sex-negative, MCC does have some record on HIV support, which in many communities gives them some credance, but I still find it amazing that three months before this is supposed to come off, the HIV activist community is just finding out about "an old fashioned" protest (and finding out second-hand at that).
Looks pretty opportunistic to me. I don't like being used
WHat are these people doing about HIV before or after this
WHo appointed them?
I have a fucking newsflash for you - no one has a patent on AIDS activism. That's right - none of you. That said, many of you should consider opening your minds and shutting your mouths sometimes. If we were to create a list of every enemy of the AIDS community (if there is such a thing), I can pretty much guarantee that the organizers of the MMOW are not on it. Even if you completely hate their politics, they're still not on that list. So why would anyone want to organize a counter-demo? That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard of. With ALL the enemies and ALL the issues which could be chosen to target, this seems reasonable to you?
Did it ever occur to anyone who is so upset about this to
simply go to
forwarded c/o AIDSACT... When I sent out the email
seeking folks who were interested in organizing an AIDS action
during March weekend it was not an attempt to exclude or to anger
anyone. The idea was not put forth by March organizers. It was
simply a naive gesture on my part to help create an event during
the March weekend that specifically focused on HIV/AIDS issues.
The email was an unformed idea that came from me because being
a person with AIDS, I wanted to see AIDS addressed in the strongest
possible way during March weekend. My intention was not to circumvent
ACT UP or other AIDS activists. I do not have a master plan for
an AIDS action. I was simply putting a call out to see who would
be interested in developing a plan and organizing an AIDS action.
From: Michael Crawford <email@example.com>
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Julie is correct <<<read post on LEFT) this is a snotty slap in the face of people who have been active all along and especially the folks who have kept active groups grasssroots groups like ACTUP Philly and the other ACTUPs still alive, effective and current. I'm even offended on that point with what little we've been able to accomplish in the way of HIV+ people being politically active here in [midwest].
And here's the other one....a future free of HIV+ sounds like
At first I was going to ignore this as I think the Millenium
But then I got to thinking: What kind of damage could MMOW
I think a few well-placed emails and phone calls telling them
MMoW needs to be told not to even try it -- and needs
If they undertake it and produce a pathetic attempt (very probable), it will NOT be viewed by the mainstream media as what it is (people who have no clue/experience at doing AIDS demos trying to do one) but rather will be mis-represented as "further proof that AIDS activism is dead". We don't need that. They need to just give it up and focus, instead, on producing the March they've been producing all along -- one that (as far as I can tell) has very little if anything to do with HIV/AIDS. __
Just one woman's opinion....
What I would much much prefer, rather than a weak attempt for them to do an ACT UP-like action from people with little agenda, no campaign, and no constituency, would be for them to mainstream AIDS issues into their agenda for the main event, rather than being ghetto-ized into some side show.
You [read post to LEFT] make some really good points about how AIDS activists treat each other and especially less experienced activists. Your main point seems to be about *respect*. That everyone trying to fight AIDS deserves it. A major reason many of us AIDS activists who are also part of the queer communities are pissed off is because the MMOW folks have treated us with complete and utter disrespect.
From the beginning they [MMoW] have
planned their march without the
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