Village Voice (06/24/97) Vol 42, No. 25, P. 26
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur foundation recently
awarded AIDS activist Mark Harrington, founder of the
Treatment Action Group, a $240,000 fellowship for his campaign
to restructure AIDS research at the National Institutes of
Health. Harrington has been involved in AIDS activism for nine
years, ever since a good friend became ill with the disease.
In 1989, he led a successful protest that led to a repeal of
the Food and Drug Administration's shutting off a supply of
drugs to treat AIDS-related blindness. One year later,
Harrington found out he was HIV-positive, after his friend
died and an ex-lover was diagnosed with AIDS. Harrington says
he is now trying to determine "how this [award] money can be
used to seed more work."