Is there any role for ME in all this? ACT UP COMMEMORATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY BY RETURNING TO WALL STREET FOR MASSIVE PROTEST SAVE THE DATE APRIL 25TH 2012 ACT UP New York 25th Anniversary Action Its time for effective healthcare to be made available to everyone to the 99%, not just the 1%. Additional organizations are expected to join the demonstration in New York City, including Housing Works, Health GAP, National Nurses United, OWS Healthcare for the 99% Working Group, Visual AIDS, MIX NYC, Le Petit Versailles, Queerocracy, Queering OWS and others. The action will be in New York on April 25th but the need is global. And, the time is now." http://actupny.com/index.php?option...-media-advisory&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=50 Twenty-five years ago, a group of young men and women started an organization called ACT UP to fight an enemy that, at the time, seemed almost unbeatable. A small collective of artists had been working on a striking image they hoped would galvanize the community to act. Overnight, images bearing the radical truism SILENCE = DEATH appeared on walls and scaffolding all over lower Manhattan. The fuse was setand then the writer and activist Larry Kramer struck a match. Hed been invited to be a last-minute substitute for a lecture series at the Lesbian and Gay Community Center. If my speech tonight doesnt scare the shit out of you, were in trouble, he began. I sometimes think we have a death wish. I think we must want to die. I have never been able to understand why we have sat back and let ourselves literally be knocked off man by man without fighting back. I have heard of denial, but this is more than denialit is a death wish. He concluded, Its your fault, boys and girls. Its our fault. Just like that, a new, grassroots direct- action movement congealed. Within weeks it would adopt the name ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) and a deceptively simple demand: Drugs into bodies. That was 25 years ago this month, and so much has happened since then, all of it stemming from that one electric moment. ACT UP revolutionized everything from the way drugs are researched to the way doctors interact with patients. Ultimately it played a key role in catalyzing the development of the drugs that since 1996 have helped keep patients alive for a near-normal life span. act up also redrew the blueprint for activism in a media-saturated world, providing inspiration for actions like Occupy Wall Street. http://nymag.com/news/features/act-up-2012-4/ How to Survive A Plague Here are some quotes from an interview about the documentary: We're down here because we think we should be deciding research priorities; We really all went back to square one and a crash course in trying to learn the science; ACT UP started really basically guilt-tripping the government and all of Washington by actions that really grabbed public sympathy; And it's really changed, from that moment on, how most illness advocacy groups interact with the US government; Really amazing. It sort of felt like reaching the Wizard of Oz. You got to the centre of the system, and there's just this shmuck behind a curtain. http://www.queerty.com/watch-commem...ory-of-game-changing-aids-activists-20120324/: 23:00; 26:00; 39:00; 41:40.