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Lavender and RedLiberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left$
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Emily K. Hobson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520279056

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520279056.001.0001

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Money for AIDS, Not War

Money for AIDS, Not War

Anti-militarism, Direct Action against the Epidemic, and Movement History

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(p.155) Chapter 6 Money for AIDS, Not War
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Lavender and Red
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Emily K. Hobson

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520279056.003.0007

Although AIDS direct action is generally described as beginning with ACT UP, it first developed as activists drew tactics and ideas from Central American solidarity and the anti-nuclear movement. Anti-militarism catalyzed AIDS direct action in the Bay Area; its influences appeared in 1984, took on force in 1986, and by 1987 shaped national networks of AIDS activism. The groups Citizens for Medical Justice and the AIDS Action Pledge paved the way for the formation of ACT UP/San Francisco and Stop AIDS Now Or Else. AIDS direct action stood as the culmination of the gay and lesbian left even as it marked the start of a new queer politics. However, these radical genealogies were obscured with the deaths of many activists.

Keywords:   direct action, anti-nuclear, anti-militarism, Central American solidarity, Citizens for Medical Justice, AIDS Action Pledge, ACT UP, Stop AIDS Now Or Else, gay and lesbian left

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