THEN: ACT UP and their colleagues fought for nine years before winning life-saving medications. They organized a mass movement, they took to the streets, they made art, they made noise, they made a difference. Their tools included clear demands, arresting graphics, media savvy, and an ability to learn from their mistakes and refine their strategies. And a sense of humor, when appropriate, in combination with their urgent and ethical message.
Whether outside the halls of power with banners and bullhorns, or inside at the table with leaders in research, treatment, drug-development and funding, they never deviated from their fundamental objective: Finding drugs to save their lives and the lives of six million others as well.
NOW: Change agents learn never to take no for an answer, and instead to organize, advocate and make their voices heard.
If you live in the US, vote on November 6th.
It’s your right, exercise it.