MAKING A KILLING: 34th Anniversary of ACT UP’s First Protest

March 24, 2021 | 6:30PM to 7:30PM

** FREE **

ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) first brought widespread attention to the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. The group’s first-ever demonstration took place on March 24, 1987, at the busy intersection of Wall Street and Broadway to protest the high cost of the only approved AIDS drug at the time. On the anniversary of this important action, we’ll join Eric Marcus, host of the Making Gay History podcast, in conversation with Eric Sawyer, ACT UP co-founder, and social justice and HIV activist, and Ann Northrop, long-time ACT UP member, LGBTQ activist, and co-host of the long-running TV news show, Gay USA. Together, we’ll reflect on this defining action in the Financial District, and the many others that followed.

This event is made possible with generous support from American Express, Consolidated Edison, and NYC & Company Foundation.



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