[Letter: ACT UP, Are you postive?] Page: 1 of 6
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Are you positive?
For a long time that was the question which I and many of my
friends feared most.
By "positive" we meant HIV positive.
I learned the answer to the question of my own positivity last
year when I found a purple spot (Kaposi's Sarcoma) on my arm.
But when I ask you
"Are you positive?," I'm
not talking about HIV.
I'm referring to an attitude of pride and power that can beat the
AIDS epidemic. The positive attitude I'm asking you about is as vital
as better drugs in the fight against AIDS.
I've found that positivity through my personal involvement
with a one-of-a-kind organization: ACT UP New York, the AIDS COALITION
TO UNLEASH POWER.
"Positive" means terror to many people at risk for AIDS. But
at ACT UP, "positive" also has a different meaning: to take positive
life-promoting steps to fight AIDS... to make a difference, positively.
Almost anything you do about AIDS is positive. Like when you're
spoon-feeding your best friend who's hospitalized with AIDS-related
blindness. It keeps your friend from starving, and that's positive.
Or when you're writing letters or calling politicians who don't
give a damn about whether you live or die. Pressure is what makes them
listen and act, and that's positive.
So many of us have taken positive steps like these thousands of
times over the past few years.
But I'm writing to ask you to take one more, by helping ACT UP
New York to continue its extraordinary successes of the past few months
through the upcoming winter.
But before you read another word, I want to warn you:
ACT UP is not for everyone.
--- It isn't for those who are afraid of making noise,
raising hell and throwing around words like "civil
disobedience," "arrest," and "jail."
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