March #21 : Johnny Appleseed - by Scott Williams

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Larry Kramer Gets Angry

Radiant Radical

Adventures in Brain Chemistry

Cackles, Cauldrons, and Carrots

Johnny Appleseed

The Way To a Man's Heart

Tools of the Trade

Life Imitates Art

S.O.S.-March 1997

Mailbox-March 1997

Notes of a Native Son

Out in the Cold

Cocktail Hour

Gallo's Humor

Vanity Unfair

Uh-Oh, Canada

Dental Damns

School for Scandal

"Provide" Services

Goes Around, Comes Around

Whatever Happened to Mary Jane

The Buddy Line

Rebel YELL

Bull's Eye

Body at Work

Alive and Kicking

ACTing UP All Over

All in Good Time

Tabling the Situation

POZ Picks-March 1997

ACT UP's First Days

5,985 and Counting

A Specific Point of View

Dead Gorgeous

Sex and the Single Positoid

Misplaced Lust

The Anger Channel

Dose of Reality

Feeling Blue? Much to Do!

Kicking Butt

Expand Your Medicine Cabinet

Wean on Me

Feeling Queasy? Help is Easy

The Right Stuff

A Load Off His Mind

Carbo Diem

Monkey Business

Taking Action

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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March 1997

Johnny Appleseed

by Scott Williams

Breakfast, bullets and drugs are religion to John Iverson

John Iverson has been there, done that: Cooked breakfast for the Black Panthers, railed against the Vietnam War, handed out bullets to those inside South Dakota's Wounded Knee Indian Reservation to fight federal armed forces.

Bullets? Iverson insists the bullets were for self-defense only -- he believes in civil disobedience, decries violence and has even condemned ACT UP/San Francisco for their recent "guerrilla tactics."

The seeds of his activism were planted early by his union-member parents. "I was raised with a low tolerance for injustice and greed, and that spurred me on," Iverson recalls of his childhood in Minnesota. "I've always gone where I can be most effective, given the time in history and where I was geographically."

But his entry into AIDS activism may have pulled less on his lifelong altruism than on his instinct for survival. "I got into the fight against AIDS to save my life," says Iverson, who helped start ACT UP/East Bay in 1989. "I've always let others fight the battles to get drug trials going. I'm more interested in helping people get access to these drugs once they're available."

Iverson now lives in San Leandro, California with a very simple philosophy: "If you aren't trying to make a better world through social change, or creating thought-provoking art or literature, then you're basically wasting your life on the planet. That's sort of my very own religion."

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