Who: Students for Global Health-St Andrews (SfGH-StA) and Aids Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) host a night to remember. With a film screening of ‘United in Anger’ and a conversation with Dan Glass a sex-positive, queer, healthcare and human rights award-winning activist to explore the key issues to fulfil the mission of ‘until there is a cure for all’ including Stop the privatisation of the NHS, fighting for PREP for all and Fight AIDS not Migrants.
When: November 8th, 6pm-8pm, St Salvator’s Quad School III
About ‘AIDStravaganza’ –
During the ‘first silence’ in the 80s, ACT UP was famous for its strong artistic component. Art collective Gran Fury took on the role of ACT UP’s unofficial propaganda machine, employing and subverting brand advertising techniques to build a powerful visual presence in the fight against AIDS. Keith Haring’s pop art and graffiti art has come to visually define central aspects of that period, and continues to be employed today in radical actions around HIV/AIDS.
We live in different times and today we are faced with different emergencies. While the AIDS crisis in the USA during the 1980s meant that the reality of death was ever-present, HIV is considered, at least in the ‘west’, a ‘life sentence’ rather than a death sentence. In different parts of the world, this is a very different story. Today in the UK the National Health Service (NHS) is being sold off to the highest bidder and access to ARVs and other HIV services is extremely unequally distributed. Pharmaceutical companies reap giant profits from limiting access to drugs, and states reap giant ideological benefits from the class, race, gender, and sexuality borders that exploitation of the virus creates.
The contemporary emergency that we face now is a ‘second silence’ created by this global neoliberal mandate, decimating services at home and abroad, entrenching discrimination, hierarchy, and stigma. HIV infection rates are on the increase, and access to vital treatments obstructed by corporate greed.
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Tickets cost £2 for members and £3 for non-members!