ACT UP LONDON Newsletter – October 2015

ACT UP LONDON Newsletter – October 2015

Please email actuplondonfighttilltheend@gmail.com for any getting involved / action ideas or press enquiries and find us at ‘ACT UP London’ on facebook

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ACT UP LONDON Campaigns (others are bubbling away)

  1. HIV, Women and Self-Determination
  2. Access to Treatment for all – HIV / HEP C
  3. Fighting the cuts to HIV education, prevention and support services
  4. Support HIV Migrants
  5. ACT UP FOR LOVE Festival
  6. Shafted? ACT UP Cabaret show

Strategy Meetings and public Events

  • Sunday October 11th 1-3pm – ACT UP LONDON Introduction to Civil Disobedience Training (practical skills) – London Assembly The Brady Art Centre Hanbury Street, E1 5HU London, United Kingdom The Radical Assembly  (occupylondon.org.uk). Facebook page here. Please bring a D-Lock!Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 16.40.32
  • Sunday October 11th 7pm– Glamour Girl training for HIV Blind Date. Rehearsals for 10 glamorous drag assistants for HIV Blind Date. The Glory – 281 Kingsland Road. All details here.
  • Monday October 12th – The ‘Price of Drugs’ campaign meet about the upcoming pharmaceutical conference and what action to take forward – Time tbc.
  • Tuesday October 13th 6.30pm – ACT UP LONDON General Meeting – Positively UK, 345 City Road, London EC1V 1LR
  • Wednesday October 14th 8pm – HIV Blind Date at The Glory, 281 Kingsland Road, London E2 8AS – Full details here and facebook page here
  • October 14th – 19th – LGBT Commonwealth Delegation – There is a commonwealth LGBT organising group delegation in London who have asked ACT UP LONDON to help create the HIV part of the agenda in advance of the meeting in Malta to help strengthen the global campaign for LGBT equality (currently still illegal in 76 countries) – Further details to follow.
  • Monday October 19th – HIV Voices at King’s Head Theatre Pub – 115 Upper Street, N1 1QN London, United Kingdom (8.30pm)
  • November – ACT UP Sisters HIV+ activism training– coordinating with Positively UK / Sophia Forum to do a women’s direct action training campaign development at ‘Wise Up Training’
  • Saturday November 14th 3pm– ACT UP LONDON / RESHAPE / London Artists Project host Sarah Schulman Q + A and ‘United in Anger’ screening – Hackney Picture house – 270 Mare Street, London E8 1HE – Facebook page here. Booking details at www.picturehouses.com
  • Last weekend of November – date tbc. – Hackney Attic ACT UP LONDON World AIDS Day Fundraisers – Hackney Picture house – 270 Mare Street, London E8 1HE – Further details to follow.
  • Tuesday 1st December (evening) – ACT UP WORLD AIDS DAY Party! Details to follow.

Further events and updates tbc.

  1. UCL union want panel event for World Aids week
  2. Bristol ACT UP event (David King)
  3. ACT UP LONDON – Migrant Rights campaign

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Reflections from ‘We Are Still Angry’ ‘United In Anger’ film screening

A million thanks to everyone who made the ACT UP LONDON ‘United In Anger’ screening a night to remember! To the speakers Bisi Alimi, Silvia Petretti, Dingle McSpingle, Shell TwoCats Ross-Turner, Duncan Michael Hamilton you made everyone cry and laugh as to the depths of tragedy that HIV+ has wreaked on our community and simultaneously filled with hope at our collective powers to end the pandemic in our lifetimes. Sal Mohammed Tilly Tilly Tilly Greg Owen Tom Glitter McGlitterson Rasmussen Florence Goddard Faith Taylor Bianca Remer James Johnson Hugh Wyld Alex Craddock Michelle Thornber-Dunwell and the countless other HIV activists (new and old) there on the night with hearts of gold and souls full of committment to fight on – you are absolutely incredible.

TILL THERE IS NO MORE HIV / AIDS! FIGHT BACK! FIGHT AIDS! FIGHT BACK!

  1. Watching it in a group is different from watching alone – it is very important harness the energy.
  2. We could have had more audience interaction and more critical questions
  3. We could shout out current events, so people find it more relatable
  4. We should announce the next Act Up Meeting
  5. Let’s discuss about putting other HIV activism films that aren’t necessarily Western / white focused and in other areas of London – to make it more relevant to other communities.
  6. The panel was diverse which there were a lot of positive comments.

ACT UP / LGBT Equality Campaign Proposals –

Jason has requested from ACT UP LONDON to coordinate an HIV campaign within the 2015 / 2016 LGBTQI equality programme to campaign against LGBT homophobic legislation. Currently there are 35 organisations from 35 different commonwealth territories. Suggested ways forward

  1. ACT UP draft a proposal to take to the Malta group
  2. ACT UP and Jason’s group co-host quarterly big events LGBT criminalisation and the correlation between criminalisation and infection rates.
  3. ACT UP could do action at London-based embassies of common wealth countries, in November.

ACT UP LONDON Housekeeping

  • Ideal Fundraising Proposal – we raise enough cash for 2 part time workers to strengthen and support all the growing ACT UP LONDON activities. We need more people on the fundraising group (currently Hugh., Faith and dan).
  • T-Shirts! – Let’s design a new generation of ‘ACT UP Second Silence tee shirts (which are good fundraising tools).

ACT UP LONDON General Meeting dates 6.30pm – all at Positively UK, 345 City Road, London EC1V 1LR (nearest tube – Angel)

  • Thursday October 29th 2015
  • Tuesday November 10th 2015 
  • Tuesday November 24th 2015 
  • Tuesday December 8th  2015
  • Tuesday December 22nd 2015
  • Tuesday January 5th  2016
  • Tuesday January 19th 2016  
  • Tuesday February 2nd 2016
  • Tuesday February 16th 2016
  • Tuesday March 1st  2016
  • Tuesday March 15th  2016
  • Tuesday March 29th 2016

Please email actuplondonfighttilltheend@gmail.com for any getting involved / action ideas or press enquiries and find us at ‘ACT UP London’ on facebook

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