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Fighting Back | Stop AIDS Now or Else: Protest as Community Catalyst

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GLBT Historical Society Museum

4127 18th Street

San Francisco, CA 94114

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The latest in the GLBT Historical Society's monthly "Fighting Back" series exploring contemporary queer issues in a historical context, this community forum commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Stop AIDS Now or Else sit-in on the Golden Gate Bridge during morning rush hour on January 21, 1989. Bringing traffic on the bridge to a halt, the activists insisted there would be "no more business as usual" until the government and society as a whole addressed the AIDS crisis.

SANOE brought together a diverse group of individuals from a range of organizations to carry out innovative and highly visible protests centered on nonviolent direct action. Their efforts helped build a wider community movement for understanding inequality and galvanizing change. A panel of allies, organizers, activists and historians will reflect on what it meant to be an AIDS activist and organizer then, and how that activism has shifted over time according to our needs today.

Moderated by: Deborah Gould

Panelists include:

Deeg Gold - A dyke/butch/lesbian anti-assimilationist genderqueer activist who continues to work for revolution. Their first political involvement was in the early 1960's supporting the civil rights movement, working against segregation in New York City Schools, and then the Vietnam War. Deeg is currently a member of LAGAI -- Queer Insurrection, Queers Undermining Israeli Terrrorism (QUIT!), Gay Shame, and Pacifica Social Justice, and still believes that queer/trans liberation requires revolutionary change to transform this wretched straight society.

Waiyde Palmer - A lifelong activist for economic/social justice focusing on Queer, HIV/AIDS, POC, Women & Workers rights. Waiyde is also a writer and hope to die Queerdo Punk Rocker.

Mike Shriver


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The GLBT Historical Society Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
www.glbthistory.org

ADMISSION (Limited Seating - Must RSVP)
Free; $5.00 donation welcome

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Header Credit: Activists from Stop AIDS Now or Else staged a sit-in on the Golden Gate Bridge during morning rush hour on January 21, 1989 -- the only time in history protesters halted traffic on the bridge. Photo: Rick Gerharter; used with permission.

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