[Letter: ACT UP, Are you postive?] Page: 5 of 6
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before has so much of such a comprehensive overhaul of federal policy been
implemented in so little time.
Since the beginning of 1989, ACT UP has published in excess of
200,000 pages each month of policy statements, research analysis, treatment,
drug and political information. That's amazing.
By consensus decision, nothing ACT UP New York publishes is
copyrighted. In fact, everything ACT UP publishes is aggressively distributed
around the nation, and much of it around the globe, where it fuels the fires
of activism, of self-empowerment and social change.
I hope you can take a few moments to consider how critical ACT UP's
positive life-promoting actions have been... for all of us.
As a person with AIDS, as a gay man and as a human being concerned
with the future of our planet, I am horrified at the thought of where we
would be in this health crisis without ACT UP.
*** ACT UP needs and deserves your moral and financial support.
*** By giving to ACT UP you don't have to endorse
every -- or any -- demonstration and action.
*** All you have to do is recognize ACT UP's importance
and understand how vital their progress is for those
who are fighting to LIVE.
ACT UP's work has dramatically expanded these past few months,
mostly because of the breakthroughs with the FDA and NIH. ACT UP has
no cash reserves and operates on a day-to-day hand-to-mouth existence.
As vast as ACT UP New York's popular support and volunteer resources
are, they still must raise thousands of dollars to pay for the costs of
producing and distributing so much printed material as well as organizing
demonstrations and meetings with government officials.
Please, I urge you to go get your checkbook
right this minute and write out the most generous
life-promoting and life-saving check you can afford.
We need your help and would be proud to have you join us.
Also, if you're ever able to join a Monday night ACT UP New York
meeting, I'll probably see you there. In any case, there may be another
AIDS activist group in your immediate area.
Since ACT UP New York's birth in March of 1987, dozens of other
grassroots AIDS activist groups have sprung up across the nation. Many
have proudly adopted the ACT UP name. At the end of this letter I've
included a list of these groups. I strongly urge you to give them a
call, volunteer and support their efforts financially, also.
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