Twenty-five affinity groups within act up
designed their own signs and props, and the media committee alerted journalists all over the country.
I was a member of Queer Nation and ACT UP
," Ken Kidd, an early GAG member, told me.
Hence, ACT UP
took to the streets of New York, Washington DC, and dozens of other cities because lives were at stake.
The single most important organization, without question, was ACT UP
, which introduced a vibrancy and flair to street politics that the left had lost, and created a new ethos of activism that was at once profoundly radical and pragmatic.
While it continues to work on domestic AIDS issues, particularly housing needs, medical care in prisons and such privacy issues as names reporting, ACT UP
has come to focus on the global AIDS epidemic, applying constant pressure on the US government and pharmaceutical companies to facilitate generic drug manufacturing, and on international policy-makers to enact immediate debt relief for developing nations.
I suspect that when history finally figures out what to do with Ronald Reagan's head, it'll be clear that ACT UP
got there first.
Despite a mounting campaign by ACT UP
activists, including women with AIDS, there is only one trial aimed specifically at women--and that is to study transmission of HIV to the fetus.
ROBERT VAZQUEZ: I remember that well, because I was at-large representative from the floor of ACT UP
, and I would hear discussions about Gran Fury: "Every other committee of ACT UP
is open; why is it that with Gran Fury we don't know who they are and their membership is closed?
In the heart of San Francisco's Castro district, where I live, the ACT UP
logo itself has so much cachet, offers such tangible proof of one's membership in a snugly insular klatch of one's peers, that it has become the Gucci or Calvin Klein designer label of the 1990s, a clubbish insignia that announces cliquishness rather than political conviction.
At an early ACT UP
rally, he stood in the rain, reading to a crowd from a soggy piece of paper.
Jim Eigo of ACT UP
says, "We've always argued against placebo control for ethical reasons, [but now] we have a practical argument -that these experiments actually impede research and testing.
In many ways ACT UP
is a victim of its own success.