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Lessons from the AIDS Movement: Peter Staley interview videos

Interview with AIDS activist Peter Staley


Peter Staley has been a long-term AIDS and gay rights activist, first as a member of ACT UP New York, then as the founding director of TAG, the Treatment Action Group. He served on the board of the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) for 13 years and then founded, an educational website for people living with HIV. Staley is a leading subject in the Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague.

Canary in a Coal Mine director and #MEAction co-founder Jennifer Brea interviewed Staley about his experience as an AIDS activist in the 80s and 90s. You can watch the full interview or browse shorter, 2-3 minute videos below.

Why civil disobedience?
What were ACT UP’s protest tactics?
How was ACT UP organized?
Why ACT UP meetings worked
The inside/outside strategy
ACT UP’s unique resources
How ACT UP lobbied Washington
How to keep the momentum going (even when you want to quit)
You don’t need huge numbers to make a difference
Why it can be harder fighting for a chronic disease
There will be victories. And they will be joyous.


More: Watch How to Survive a Plague or see the report “HIV/AIDS Advocacy as a Model for Change.”


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