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17 May 13

The overheated class-war rhetoric of the Vietnam era helped create an impression of a chasm between the movement and the working class that constrained possible alliances and solidarity. Emphasizing the actual class diversity of the movement and the varied political actions and attitudes of workers—black, brown, and white—should create an analytical bridge between what might otherwise appear to be the contradictory expressions of hard-hat workers raging against antiwar protesters on Wall Street in 1970 and hard-hat workers actively supporting the Occupy Wall Street protesters in the current period. They are not now, and have not been, as far apart as we might think.

03 Mar 13

I sometimes worry that the history of ACT UP will devolve into a string of its most photogenic moments, whereas, so much of what we did involved daily, grinding work by dozens or hundreds of ACT UP members that no camera ever captured.

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