ACT UP New York: Media Coverage

Mission: The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) is a diverse, non-partisan group of individuals, united in anger and committed to direct action to end the AIDS crisis.


ACT UP was formed on March 10, 1987 at the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center (now the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Community Center) in New York. Larry Kramer was asked to speak as part of a rotating speaker series, and his well-attended speech focused on action to fight AIDS. Kramer spoke out against the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), which he perceived as politically impotent. Kramer had co-founded GMHC but had resigned from its board of directors in 1983. 


According to Douglas Crimp, an author and long-time ACT UP member, Kramer posed a question to the audience: "Do we want to start a new organization devoted to political action?" The answer was "a resounding yes." Approximately 300 people met two days later to form ACT UP. [some text taken from ACT UP's Wiki]


The following are clips of news coverage of ACT UP's Target City Hall demonstration. The demonstration was held on the ACT UP's second anniversary, March 28, 1988 (this date IS now correct -- it was initially posted incorrectly):


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