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Author Topic: ACT UP's upcoming 20th Anniversary in March 2007  (Read 2736 times)

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Offline Andy Velez

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ACT UP's upcoming 20th Anniversary in March 2007
« on: January 18, 2007, 03:13:23 PM »
FYI, regarding last week's planning meeting. Next meeting is tonight (Thursday) and will focus on a specific target/subject/goal for an action in March. Stay tuned. 

http://zwire.townnews.biz/site/news.cfm?notn=1&ncdr=1&newsid=17727391&BRD=2729&PAG=461&dept_id=568864&rfi=6
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: ACT UP's upcoming 20th Anniversary in March 2007
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2007, 04:47:43 PM »
Hello Andy,

Thanks for that link. Excellant article. I like to know how things go at tonights meeting.


Ray
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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

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Offline Andy Velez

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Re: ACT UP's upcoming 20th Anniversary in March 2007
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2007, 09:52:38 PM »
It was decided at tonight's meeting to make the initial anniversary demo focusing on national health care for all. Likely date for the action is March 27th. That will be firmed up very shortly.

Within that theme issues related to pharmaceuticals and insurance will be included. This coming Monday ACT UP's regular weekly meeting will be for working groups to work on various aspects of planning The anniversary group will meet again next week at Housing Work's NY offices at 7pm. All welcome who want to participate.

A second action a few days later will follow which will focus on for real sex education and infection prevention in the schools. One theme floated was "leave no child unprotected."

A third action will follow shortly after. One of the themes under consideration is the lifting of the travel ban to the US for HIV+.

While this group will be focusing on actions here in NYC, there will be outreach done to groups including healthcare workers, community based groups, etc., across the country and hopefully mobilize them to have actions on the same dates focusing on these themes. 
Andy Velez

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Re: ACT UP's upcoming 20th Anniversary in March 2007
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2007, 03:39:22 PM »
Wow....I am just getting up to speed.  Thanks Andy.
Ignore this if its irrelevant:

And mark your calendar! On March 13, Larry Kramer will be making an anniversary speech at the gay community center. Let's hope some tech and web savvy NYC folks get it together to broadcast Larry's talk on the web.
Finally, the report below is from John Riley and I'm sharing it in the spirit of old ACT UP/NYC, to give a few perspectives on a given event or topic. By the way, I disagree with John's count. I believe more than 70 people were at the January 11th meeting at it height.

John Riley's report:


Notes: January 11th meeting 2007 planning meeting for ACT UP Anniversary Action

Attendance: 53 people

Donation: Tom Viola, Executive Director of Broadway Cares generously sent a check for $20,000 to cover expenses during the anniversary year for education and outreach to revitalize the ACT UP to be administered thru a 501c3 conduit (African Services).

Decision: To create one main action with the bulk of the energy going into developing it. Then perhaps have one or more actions that are announced at that main action. (either verbally or in writing). We would attempt to have an action that we would reach out to and hopefully draw non-AIDS groups as well as AIDS groups. (This passed overwhelmingly.)

Brainstorming: The notes which follows are the general ideas, if you proposed them and they are mangled let me know specific wording changes and I'll adjust them. These notes are mainly to give an indication of the general issues that we might
want to work on.

Infection and prevention for young people are extremely important topics, as is the continuing HIV immigration ban. Now may be the time to do something to take advantage of the Bush administration moving slightly on the issue.

Ken Bing: We need a fundraising committee to raise money for beyond this year. Proposed a demonstration at a main location but also satellite actions with people holding placards with pictures of PWAs who have died. This could be associated with mini die-ins at simultaneous locations. These actions could be a part of a day of action and might include civil disobedience.

Michael Petrelis: Wants an event where people talk about what ACT UP meant to them, broadcast also on web. Also pick one day in March for global remembrance. ACT UP/Paris and other ACT UP chapters would be invited to participate. Need to honor Mark Kostapoulis of ACT UP/LA and Danny Satomayor of ACT UP/Chicago.

Jon Winkleman: T-shirts could be re-issued.

Elizabeth Meixell: The issue could be Money for AIDS not War.

Other ideas: Focus on the travel ban Clinton signed it into law after passing both Democratically-controlled houses.

Prisoner health is also something we might make headway on. Spitzer is on the record for that. The Prison Committee of ACT UP has worked on getting the Dept. of Health to have the power of oversight over prison health rather than the Department of Corrections.

John Riley: We could connect Money for AIDS not War directly to the lack of funding of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria as well as national health care.

Waheedah Shabazz-El from ACT UP Philadelphia: We need to check in with other chapters about demo ideas and would preferably be on some issue we are currently doing work around, preferably something with a national angle.

Emmaia Gelman: We need to work with immigrants and youth of color. We need to consider using part of the money to hire a full time organizer to help prepare for the March demo.

Jeanne Bergman: AIDS denialists are doing tremendous damage not only in South
Africa but also in parts of the US including New York.

Drug Pricing and Global Prevention

For every one person in treatment, there are 7 new infections. Here in New York they'll give out condoms but don't give condom lesions in schools. With the new Democratic Congress we could make some headway with drug prices and the testing with consent issue.

One thing that has happened in the last 10 years since more effective treatment appeared is the disappearance of the face of PWAs. PWAs just blend in now.

Glen: ACT UP could be useful to help with Ryan White reauthorization.

The HIV system is run better than most health systems and could lead us to national health care

Complacency regarding education of young people.

Ellen Bay: There are many fantastic ideas. Health care for all is a great idea. We need to be outrageous and confrontational. We may want to consider Abbott as a target because of their outrageous pricing policies and making Norvir taste like vomit so people would have to use Kaletra, their protease inhibitor cocktail. We need to go after the companies we know best.

Peter Staley: Concentrate on one event one issue we can have an impact on like immigration, or laws that discriminate on HIV/AIDS status or national health care.

Sean Strub: Do one issue. Have an anniversary meeting. Create an activist agenda for congress that includes drug pricing and immigration ban. How much ground has been lost? ACT UP asserted the right of a disease group; we had a voice, now we've lost it. There is only one PWA/HIV on Amfar's board, and none with the AIDS Project Los Angeles board. Increasingly PWAs aren't even being give choices they have a right to like those regarding treatment choice and it is turning into a Tuskegee-like experiment. People don't know they have other options.

Event: Focus on Prevention and treatment

Kendall Morrison: We should have the action at Ground Zero.

Jose from ACT UP/Philadelphia: African Americans are the most impacted with the disease now. We need to reach out and incorporate the African American community in the process and recruit.

Ann Northrop: Denver Principles: Main goal make goal needs to be making an action that is effective. We'll have to make hard choices. Maybe need to be naked in front of Bush and Clinton. We could also do an action with dildoes and condoms where we surround the schools with condom demonstrations.

Brian: I'd like to see focus on Bush. Love to see the googley-eyed Bush with "Murderer" on the sign. The Denver Principles were key in our organizing; they asserted our right to express our voice. Now we've been made a permanent and inferior subclass that is criminalized. We have to disclose. We need to realize the gravity of this.

James Wentzy proposed that we used the theme we are losing the war against AIDS as the theme, saying what no other organization in the community wants to say.

Next Meeting: Thursday, January 18th at 7pm at Housing Works Day Treatment Center, Conference Room B, located at 320 West 13th Street on the 4th floor.
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