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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
ACT UP/New York to Take Over City Hall
Miller, Andrew
March 12, 1989
Gay Community News (03/12-18/89) Vol. 16, No. 34, P. 2

ACT UP/New York plans to celebrate its second anniversary with a "massive demonstration" at City Hall Tuesday, March 28. The group plans to use the ongoing legal picket and nonviolent civil disobedience to demand the city take more responsibility for drug treatment, end bureaucratic harassment of the city's gay community, fund AIDS education and treatment for people of color and women, and provide more housing for homeless people with AIDS. Recently, the city has upset ACT UP/New York by cutting its estimate of the number of gays in New York and by closing two gay porn theaters. The group also wants the city to investigate the transmission of the disease by lesbians. Brian Zabcik, a spokesman for the group, says the demonstration will "draw attention to the failure of city government in addressing the epidemic." A Wall Street demonstration last year "was national in scope," said Zabcik. "This time we're going for a local focus."