Then: Mayor of New York City
"I still think they were dead wrong about me. New York did more than anyone else to help PWAs. They injured themselves by invading St. Patrick's Cathedral. But on balance, you'd have to say ACT UP was an important and positive lobbyist. Of course, I think they treated me unfairly, but so did lots of groups!"
Then: Manager of Media Relations,
Burroughs Wellcome (1986-1994)
Now: Director of Health Care Relations,
"AZT was approved by the FDA in March 1987, so we were a logical target at the time, just as ACT UP was starting. The employees just didn't understand. People in the HIV community began to understand, and we began to work together. They've brought a sense of urgency to our work."
Then: President of the United States (1989-1993)
"I have no respect for ACT UP and its extreme tactics. Their demonstrations against me, particularly in our little town of Kennebunkport, turned off everyone who witnessed their tactics. They help the cause they profess to help."
Dr. Anthony Fauci
Then and Now: Director of the National
Institute of Allery and Infectious Disease (1984)
"My relationship with ACT UP is complex. On the whole, we've had a positive interaction. Early on, I invited people in, during the demonstration at the FDA and the demo at NIH. I blew their minds by saying bring in three or four leaders and let's talk. Their language and look never bothered me. And that led to things like expanded access and parallel track. Their actions were a stimulus for me to examine issues more carefully.
Dr. Louis Sullivan
Then: U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
Now: President, Morehouse School of Medicine
"I was surprised and disappointed that ACT UP would attempt to stop me from speaking. I had come with a message of conciliation. I wanted to work with ACT UP. I thought their actions were counterproductive and, frankly, un-American. I had just spent the day before defeating the Chapman amendment in Congress that would have barred people with HIV from jobs as food handlers. I didn't do a thing differently [because of them]. They lost their effectiveness because they were so inappropriate. When they threw objects on the stage-pennies, condoms-I considered that very personal. It was an attack on my dignity."