1987 May 4

ACT UP Demands Action on HIV / AIDS Crisis


ACT UP, an organization devoted to militant action regarding the HIV/AIDS crisis, on this day held a demonstration to demand action on the medical emergency. ACT UP, founded on March 10, 1987, is an AIDS awareness group that engaged in direct action, and was organized by activists disenchanted with the moderate approach of other AIDS awareness groups. The acronym stands for AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power. The first of many ACT UP demonstrations had occurred on March 24, 1987.

Playwright Larry Kramer was the principal founder of ACT UP. For more on Kramer, go to August 11, 1981, January 4, 1982, and April 21, 1985.

Don’t miss: David France, How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of  How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS (1916)

Learn more at the ACT UP NY web site: http://www.actupny.org/

Watch the ACT UP 25th Anniversary demonstration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14D5UIy6JMk

Read: Lawrence Mass, We Must Love One Another or Die: The Life and Legacies of Larry Kramer (1997)

Watch an interview with Larry Kramer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avITb-TZWOQ

Read about the early AIDS crisis: Randy Shilts, And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic (1987)

Learn more at a  timeline on HIV/AIDS: http://www.aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/hiv-aids-101/aids-timeline/

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