|Several panelists noted that there are other films and stories about ACT UP, including United in Anger.|
|Scenes from Rosendale New York.|
|Rafsky speaking by Tony Autoharp|
Those years from 1992-1995 were when I first became involved with AIDS activism, just as movement fatigue was settling in. News from the International AIDS conference in Berlin suggested few of the approaches taken toward drug research were producing any results. The mood was as grim as ever with AIDS death rates reaching their highest rates in 1995. The papers were filled with obituaries of people with HIV/AIDS.
|Gerri Wells and her old bullhorn.|
Before giving up the microphone, I also wanted to highlight the point that ACT UP was and is a collective, whose affinity groups drive the work. These affinity groups - Housing, Syringe Exchange, Women, Diva TV - more of them deserve attention. Others on the panel concurred.
Photograph by Susanne Jones
Jay Blotcher wrote on Facebook:
Thank you to the marvelous people who took part in the World AIDS Day screening of "How to Survive a Plague" at Rosendale Theatre yesterday. They are (from left) Gerri Wells, Benjamin Heim Shepard, "Plague" director David France, Victor Mendolia, Neil M. Broome, AIDS prevention specialist Tony Beaudoin and Linda Meredith. Thank you to all from the Rosendale Theatre Collective and the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center! It was great to be surrounded by my veteran ACT UP comrades on this bittersweet occasion.