Gay City News — 6/26/2013

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"AIDS Vets REACT UP, Warn the Battle Not Over," by Gerard Flynn

In many ways, the issues are still the same,” mused Andrew Velez, one of the founding members of ACT UP, at a reunion bash held at 49 Grove in the West Village on June 22, more than 26 years after the activist group was launched.

He recalled that when the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power was formed in March 1987, the exorbitant price of the drug AZT was a key rallying cry, bringing thousands of gay men and their allies to Wall Street to call for cheaper drugs and giving birth to a movement that would reach a global audience. In time, that ferment led to sweeping changes in the research and treatment of HIV/ AIDS — and other illnesses, as well.

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