Wednesday, June 9, 2010

research paper draft

The morning of December 10, 1989, thousands of people could be seen outside the church as there are police officers trying to keep the protesters away from coming into the church with the barricades. However, some protesters actually got in and people came into the church and fell to show the symbol of death, die-ins. but were arrested as police was bringing them out on stretchers. The protesters were shouting things such as “stop it your killing us, we're not going to take it anymore”for Cardinal John O'Connor to hear.
The activists that joined the organization that goes by the name ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) are also struggling with the virus and as some of the activists are Catholics they were not happy with the fact that Pope won't acknowledge the virus and that they believe that homosexuality is a sickness. The activist's want the church to let schools teach kids about this deadly virus so they would protect themselves from it and that church did not want to accept homosexuality. To see a change the activists had a protest with thousands of people and the actions that they did were shouting slogans and having die-ins. Did they not only had a protest for people in the church to see and passer by's but they made a documentary as well, “Stop the Church” so people in other states would see what it's like for people who have AIDS and that it's important for others to learn about it so they could stand a chance of not getting AIDS. As in Africa who has pretty high percentage people with AIDS so the idea was to teach kids about it so with the knowledge of this they have some chance of not getting it. As the issue of AIDS would get more known then this virus will be under control and will not spread so fast and for people to see that religion should accept people as they are. To watch this short movie and to somehow see it from their point of view of how they feel and to just let people know the big issue of AIDS. There were movements that were created for homosexuals such as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender(LGBT) movement so ACT UP sort of branched out from that organization to fight for something more than just homosexual rights. So ACT UP organization was mostly made up of younger people that were struggling with this virus. My first reaction was that they were brave to do this protest in a place that it cherished by a lot of people with this religion. I might have reacted differently when this act was created by thinking that it's crazy what they are doing and it already look like they are going to get in trouble when they are protesting near the church.
People disagreed with what ACT UP did as the TV stations that supposed to broadcast it but did not want to do it as it's, “inappropriate for airing because its pervasive tone of ridicule overwhelms its critique of policy.”

1 comment:

  1. Good start - be sure to tell us what church you're talking about in the first paragraph - where exactly did this take place? In your last paragraph, specify who are those who disagreed, and where your quote is coming from.

    As you keep writing, describe more about these reactions, what hapenned as the result of the action and your evaluation. Remember to name your sources. Also see if you can find and include a statement or voice of one of the activists.