Thursday, March 15, 2007
ACT UP "Army"; post-activist ennui
In New York, only days after Larry Kramer's Mar. 13 speech, about 100 folks (several familiar faces among them) protested outside Times Square armed forces recruitment center today.
Read more at my BAR blog post.
Pics at JoeMyGod of this celeb-filled event; Mike Signorile, Gilbert Baker, Matt Foreman, even former NJ "love guv" Jim McGreevey.
The strong, brave military recruiters (like Matt Sanchez?) heard about the protest and ran away, closing and abandoning their office.
Maybe things will rev up; or maybe people will just blog about being revved up.
Meanwhile, in Chicago, Greg Bordowitz and other ACT UP vets talked at a panel, Affect and ACT UP, about the emotional aspects of being in the group, and the burn-out effects of its passing.
Kendall Thomas, who was involved in ACT UP from 1988 to 1992, described meetings he attended as not only saving his life, but “exhilarating, enlightening … in a time when we knew we were living in the valley of the shadow of death,” he said.