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When: Sunday, September 9,[masked]:00 PM
Where: PRESS BOX
932 SECOND AVE. (49/50)
NEW YORK, NY 10017
This Meetup repeats on the 2nd Sunday of every month.
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Can the Tactics of Gay Activists Apply to Atheists?
See the Film: ‘United in Anger: A History of ACT-UP’ and Decide
Some 25 years ago, a group of gay activists called ACT-UP took to the streets, to churches and to government institutions to agitate publicly for better treatment of AIDS patients. Their well-organized, angry, in-your-face civil disobedience included actions they dubbed “Seize Control of the FDA,” “Stop the Church,” and “Day of Desperation.”
In one such action, ACT-UP (the acronym stands for “AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power”) held a “Die-In” at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in which scores of gays lay down in the cathedral’s aisles during High Mass to demonstrate that people were dying from AIDS.
In another action, ACT-UP members stormed Wall Street to protest drug costs. As the NY Times recently commented, “ACT-UP members turned civil disobedience into performance art.”
The World Woke Up
Did it work? Yes, indeed, the world paid attention: The medical establishment speeded up its AIDS research and today, with improved medication, many AIDS victims can live normal lives. The government responded with support and benefits. Even the public became more sympathetic. The “it’s just gay people getting what they deserve” attitude vanished. Or nearly so.
Should Atheists Act Up Too?
Can the Atheist movement learn anything from ACT-UP? True, unlike gay people with AIDS, we are not facing death (at least not yet)---but the fact remains: an Atheist cannot get elected to Congress in this country, though many gay people have been.
Come on Sunday, September 9th, to the NYC Atheists’ Brunch to see the celebrated film, “United in Anger: A History of ACT-UP,” and to hear our guest, the director of the film Jim Hubbard, answer questions from the audience afterwards.
Hubbard, an experimental filmmaker, attended the San Francisco Art Institute and now lives in Manhattan. He notes that the film contains actual archival footage from some of the most boisterous of ACT-Up’s actions as well as interviews of ACT-UP members who are still alive.
Come on Sunday to see this historic, exciting and controversial film, and judge for yourself whether we in the Atheist movement need to step up our public obstreperousness!
WHAT: A film, “UNITED IN ANGER: A HISTORY OF ACT-UP”
followed by a Q and A period with the director, Jim Hubbard.
(Please note that the film’s running time is 1 hour, 33 minutes.)
WHEN: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2012, AT 12 NOON
WHERE: THE PRESS BOX
932 Second Ave. (Bet. 49th & 50th Streets),
COST: BRUNCH IS $20, which includes a selection of
buffet entrees, salad, a soft drink, coffee, tax
and tip. We are avid fans of the Eggs Benedict.