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

April 23, 2012


Christa Douaihy, Esq.

Christa Douaihy, Esq.

Public Interest Attorney, Bronx, N.Y.

As a public interest attorney working to ensure dignity and civil rights, I stand on the shoulders of ACT UP. Their fierce activism and creative vision shaped and inspired a generation. AIDS activism has changed since those early days. The struggle against AIDS stigma has always centered on fighting racism and homophobia; today's fight must contain an additional emphasis on anti-poverty measures. More than ever, we need to confront economic injustice and minimize the harsh collateral consequences of criminal arrests. These issues are critically important in eradicating bias against people living with HIV/AIDS.

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