ACT UP  Southern California


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Action
Newsletter
   

Volume One       August 2004

We are Back and we are not going away

ACT UP Southern California a new chapter in the long established ACT UP family has now been formed. We are using the name ACT UP Southern California because there still seem to be an ACT UP chapter in Los Angeles and they want to keep their name. Where they are and what they do has been a mystery to us for some time and that is why a group of us decided that we needed to form a chapter that would be active and continue the work that needs to be done .

The supporters of ACT UP have been to complacent and have silenced their voices. We know that  SILENCE = DEATH  and that seems to be what is going on today. We all sit on our asses hoping that things will go along fine and that the status quo will not change. While all around us this change is going on and in some instances we are not aware of how detrimental those changes have been until it is to late.

We realize that there are other activist organizations out there that do good work. In some instances even rallying the troops to demonstrate for some predetermined issue. These demonstrations happen so few and far between that we and the person or persons we are demonstrating about have a tendency to forget what they we were about. So we have to again have that loud voice to let them know that we are getting mad as hell and will not take this any more.

Our Come-Back at Sunset Junction Street Fair

ACT UP Southern California members and friends gather at the ACT UP booth that launched our return at the Sunset Junction Street Fair the weekend of August 21st and 22nd. Several hundred persons came to the booth and we received many queries about our organization. We even signed up 832 new members that you will see on the frontlines very soon. We were amazed at the great reception we received from many old timers to the ACT UP cause as well an the new inquisitive minds of those persons that had no idea who we are and what we are about.

We had four demonstrations that went really well with lots of people joining us. Our protests were geared around the lack of condoms in new prevention programs; the incompetency of physicians in our California prisons; the gouging of prescription prices from pharmaceutical companies especially ABBOTT; and no more regulations at bathhouses and sex clubs. The demonstrations were orderly but many times loud as whistles and megaphones boomed out.

How long do we DO NOTHING ?

190 persons living with HIV / AIDS may lose their housing because of HOPWA cuts and WE DO NOTHING

Names reporting for persons living with HIV / AIDS has been enacted and WE DO NOTHING.

Pharmaceutical companies raise the prices on drugs for persons living with HIV / AIDS by as much as 400% and WE DO NOTHING.

Medical Marijuana has been kept away from persons living with HIV / AIDS because of federal guidelines in a state that has passed by a majority of the populous the acceptance and approval of medical marijuana and WE DO NOTHING.

Bath houses and sex clubs are in jeopardy of being regulated to elimination and WE DO NOTHING.

Incompetent physicians are practicing medicine in our prisons effecting the care given by persons living with HIV / AIDS and WE DO NOTHING.

Los Angeles County Jail is sleeping medical prisoners, including persons living with HIV / AIDS, on the floors waiting for hours for care and WE DO NOTHING.

How long can we sit on our ass and DO NOTHING?

Do we wait until our life style no longer exists because WE DO NOTHING?

THANK YOU   THANK YOU

We want to thank our thirty two volunteers who showed up for this event working four hour shifts. We were all pretty tired but so proud that we had such a good response from the community which we so proudly serve.


Sign up now to join us at Valley Pride


Location:   CBS Studio Center in Studio City

Sunday October 17th.

Call Volunteer Services
@  818 -731 -7684  to sign up now.

We will be running three four hour shifts.

More Sunset Junction

ACT UP of Southern California with the cooperation of the City of West Hollywood will be placing sign-up and information tables at various Starbuck locations in the city during the weekends.

We need volunteers to staff the tables. Your job will be to give out information and collect donations.

So please volunteer now.

Remember: Activism starts with me.

Call Volunteer Services at   818-731-7684   or   818-508-2405

Come Join Us


Direct Action does work.

VOLUNTEER NOW


ACT UP of Southern California
Meets Initially Every First & Third Tuesday

@ 7 PM

St. Matthews Lutheran Church
11031 Camarillo Street
North Hollywood, CA, 91602

Call 818-731-7684 for information

The City of West Hollywood is looking and searching for a permanent place for us to meet.


We can no longer afford to be silent.

Join ACT UP NOW

You may join ACT UP at any meeting or demonstration. There is no charge for membership, just your willingness to want to protect your rights and the rights of others. To be militant when necessary and to be reserved when you need to make your point in a different manner.

You may send an email to
a c t u p a c t u p @ a o l . c o m
.and request a membership form and new members welcome pack.


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever does."
            
 – Margaret Mead, world famous anthropologist and dyke.



SILENCE = DEATH


Contribute to

ACT UP

Activism starts with me


Donate Now

Make checks payable to

AIDS / HIV Health Alternatives  (a non-profit 501-c3)


Send to

ACT UP Southern California
P. O. Box 2210
Toluca Lake, CA. 91610 - 0210

All donations are tax deductible under IRS guidelines.


for further information

ACT UP/Southern California
 actupactup@aol.com



Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter