ACT UP Hidden Histories Conference
Longtime and newer AIDS activists from ACT UP/NY, the iconic AIDS direct-action group, and allied organizations will share secrets of success at a daylong conference on Sunday, June 18 from 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. “30 Years of ACT UP/NY: Hidden Histories and Voices, Lessons Learned” will spotlight more than 30 speakers and video clips from throughout the organization’s history.
An important part of the event will highlight the key role played in the AIDS fight by ACT UP’s caucuses and committees from particular discriminated-against communities - such as the Women’s Caucus, the Latina/o Caucus, the Majority Action Committee (primarily people of color), and groups fighting for the rights of current and former drug users.
The conference will include presentations about battles for treatment and healthcare access, housing, social services and survival benefits, the transformation of AIDS research, and against HIV criminalization, prisoner mistreatment, and quarantine of HIV-positive Haitians at Guantanamo. In addition, there will be training workshops on nonviolent direct action in the Trump era and communications strategies for activists.