ACT UP Die-In at Massachusetts General Hospital,
People with AIDS and their supporters were protesting MGH's
failure to explain the lack of availability of aerosolized
pentamadine (AP) in Boston. This potentially lifesaving treatment
- widely prescribed in other cities, including New York and
San Francisco - had been proven effective in stemming bouts
of pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP), the illness causing
the largest number of AIDS-related deaths in the US.
"I look at this photograph now and think, 'Most of these
men are probably dead.' They, and so many other ACT UP members,
had the vision and courage to go out and engage in actions
that educated the public and changed policy regarding AIDS.
This was the first die-in I experienced; I would see many
more ACT UP actions in the coming years. ACT UP held unexpected
and dramatic actions all over the country. They knew how to
work the press. It was media theatre and politics at its best."