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

April 23, 2012

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Terri L. Wilder

Terri L. Wilder, MSW

Social Worker and AIDS Advocate, New York City

I don't see the passion or urgency that we saw in the late 1980s to 1990s. We seem to engage in more "polite activism" (i.e., dressing up and meeting with politicians, etc.) than street activism. Both types of activism have their place but I am concerned because my home state of Georgia has the largest ADAP waiting list in the country. Maybe we need to kick it up a bit and hold a nationally coordinated "die-in" demonstration in each state that has an ADAP waiting list. I don't want my friends to die because of a waiting list.




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