AIDS activism today
by Danica Amstadt
Alexandra Juhasz' reflections on AIDS activism of a decade ago and her project Video Remains are featured in this issue. Accompanying Juhasz' essay on feminist history making, Danica Amstadt has provided this list of Internet resources on AIDS activism now. — Editors
This is a general information website from about.com with lots of helpful AIDS activism links. The links listed on this site are sponsored by activist organizations dedicated to fighting for the rights of those living with HIV.
ACT UP is the seminal AIDS activist/media collective. ACT UP is a diverse, non-partisan group of individuals united in anger and committed to direct action to end the AIDS crisis. "We advise and inform. We demonstrate. WE ARE NOT SILENT."
The Body is a resource for many AIDS related topics especially AIDS art and activism. It is a large site with many branches and links. The Body's mission is to:
- Use the Web to lower barriers between patients and clinicians.
- Demystify HIV/AIDS and its treatment.
- Improve patients' quality of life.
- Foster community through human connection.
Both this exhibition and anthology — and Artery itself — are initiatives of The Estate Project for Artists With AIDS. For nearly a decade, The Estate Project, through its herculean efforts, has preserved the legacy of visual artists, filmmakers, activist videomakers, and dancers. "We at Artery are here to help interpret this material — and foment a little discussion while we're at it."
RAAN — Rural Aids Action Network was established in 1992 to fill the gaps in service available to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH/A) by linking medical service providers, social service providers, and compassionate community members to PLWH/A and their families. RAAN envisions rural communities where persons living with or affected by HIV/AIDS live dignified lives and receive appropriate and compassionate medical care, and where citizens understand the realities of transmission and prevention. The site has a useful links page.
The Eastern Maine AIDS Network is a private, not-for-profit , community-based organization dedicated through direct service and education to creating a compassionate community for persons living with and affected by HIV and AIDS.
The Yellowstone AIDS Project is a non-profit organization (based in Billings, Montana) committed to raising awareness in Yellowstone County, and the surrounding areas about Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The Project provides referral, advocacy and direct support services to people with HIV and AIDS, their family members and friends.
This site gives a comprehensive history of AIDS art.
A community site is a website that brings together people who share a common interest or experience. Similar to a neighborhood community center, people can “congregate” on a community website to discuss issues that are pertinent to the group. In our case, we have created an AIDS community site
The mission statement of REACH LA is to make positive differences in the lives of urban teenagers through innovative programing, networking and advocacy. REACH LA provides training in health education, media arts and technology to educate, motivate, and mobilize youth to maintain healthy lifestyles, to improve themselves and their communities and to help fight the spread of HIV/AIDS.