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Crimcast is a virtual resource devoted to critical conversations about criminology and criminal justice issues. Our blogposts, twitter feeds, podcasts and other content provide an overview of trends, research, commentary and events of interest to criminal justice practitioners, academics and the general public. CrimCast is sponsored by The Center for Crime and Popular Culture, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY.

ACT UP, TAG, and the Power of Protest

Nickie Phillips

Members of ACT UP and TAG took to the streets--fearless warriors dedicated to raising awareness and research funding for an unknown and deadly disease. Across the country, people were felled by this ruthless communicable illness, yet there was little will for politicians and influential members of the public to take up the call.

See the Oscar nominated documentary How To Survive a Plaguethat details the heroic activism of those determined to fight back against government inaction against the AIDS crisis during the 1980s and 1990s.

Go here for the NPR interview with David France, the director and producer.

UPDATE: Read Garance Franke-Ruta's article "The Plague Years, In Film and Memory" here.

A screening of the documentary will be held March 5th at 5:30 in the Gerald Lynch Theater, John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

How to Survive A Plague Screening at John Jay College