ACT UP, inside-outside activism, lifetime activist (notes/quotes from an article)
December 22, 2016 § Leave a comment
“The model of activism that ACT UP innovated is a model that they called inside-outside,” France says. “They had these armies of bodies that could show up at the drop of a phone call and stand outside these institutions that needed to be addressed, and they could do that with enough numbers, force, and clever timing that it forced somebody inside those institutions to pay attention. They also had an inside group of people who trained themselves in the science of AIDS and AIDS research. Once their comrades got those doors open, they moved through.” The group was never that big—France says its largest demonstrations drew around 3,000 people. “But they were tireless, those 3,000 people,” he says.
There’s a way in which activists like Danzig have been preparing their whole lives for this moment. “That’s what a lifetime activist is,” she says. “You see the struggle coming—maybe it’s a little struggle, maybe it’s an existential crisis—and you work with it. And this is what we are doing.” She believes a new movement will rise to the challenge. “I look forward to not being crushed by fascism,” she says. “I look forward to crushing fascism.”