If the US government will not responsibly deal with the AIDS crisis, then ACT UP
will force them to by performing on the streets and disrupting quotidian life.
Of course, ACT UP
was part of a long line of artist-activist groups.
MN: We decided we wanted to function independently, but we asked ACT UP
for a percentage of the profits from sales of T-shirts with our images printed on them.
But even before ACT UP
was officially formed, there were signs of an emerging AIDS-activist movement.
In many ways ACT UP
is a victim of its own success.
embodied the passion, communal spirit, creativity, and courage that attracts people to political activism.