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

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

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Say what you will about ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power): There can be no doubt that the HIV/AIDS direct-action group, which turns 25 this spring, helped wake up the United States to the largely ignored crisis growing in its backyard. Results of ACT UP's titanic work can be seen today both within and outside the HIV community, in realms from the drug-approval process to graphic design, and certainly in political activism. We asked community members -- some of them past members of ACT UP themselves -- how they believe activism has changed since ACT UP first stormed onto the world stage.

Say what you will about ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power): There can be no doubt that the HIV/AIDS direct-action group, which turns 25 this spring, helped wake up the United States to the largely ignored crisis growing in its backyard. Results of ACT UP's titanic work can be seen today both within and outside the HIV community, in realms from the drug-approval process to graphic design, and certainly in political activism. We asked community members -- some of them past members of ACT UP themselves -- how they believe activism has changed since ACT UP first stormed onto the world stage.