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How Has Activism Changed Since the Early Years of ACT UP?

April 23, 2012


Khafre Abif

Khafre Abif

HIV Advocate, Founder, Cycle for Freedom; Atlanta, Ga.

ACT UP was a powerful movement undertaken by the group to achieve political, economic and social justice to impact the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. ACT UP by definition [(verb) act up: to make itself felt as a recurring pain] did just that.

Now 25 years later I see less nonviolent and violent activities which target persons, groups, or property deemed offensive to the direct action participant. We as a community are no longer willing to sacrifice our individual selves for the collective "we." The business of AIDS has separated the "collective we" into subpopulations fighting each other for focused attention.

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