Taking Part is a group of people living with HIV, supported by Positively UK, who are interested in activism and want to develop skills and build opportunities to influence decision making, and attitudes towards HIV. We meet once a month and have capacity building workshops, or focused discussions on key topics. The project is open to all people living with HIV in London who want to get involved, or are already involved. Taking Part is a peer led initiative: by people living with HIV for people living with HIV.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 31st of March from 5:30 to 8:00 at Positively UK. 345 City Road EC1 V 1 LR.
The focus of our meeting will be to look at Direct Action in HIV Advocacy, what is its role? How we can get involved? What are the things we need to consider?
Our guest speaker/facilitator will be Dan Glass, one of the engines behind the rebirth of Act UP London, a group of HIV activists inspired by the legendary AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power , who uses direct action and other creative methods to advocate for change to improve the lives of people living with HIV, in solidarity with other marginalised and oppressed groups.
A FEW WORDS FROM DAN
I am an activist, performer and writer. A Guardian UK youth climate leader and one of Attitude Magazines campaigning role models, and speak out for people power. Through organising political trials defying police repression, founding organisations confronting racism, poverty and climate change and even supergluing the Prime Minister in the process, I try to cause trouble in all the right places. Currently Im lucky to be involved in Let Freedom Ring!, a training programme born out of the UKs recent insurgencies and building human cannonballs as part of Shafted?! On Tour for people to challenge the NHS cuts.
DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE
Maybe some of you may have read on the news about the direct action against Farage in which Dan was involved last week. It had a lot of negative mainstream news coverage. Please see links below for some direct reports on the event. Reflecting on what happened is important and should make for very interesting discussion .
Please see Dan speaking to the BBC about direct action against UKIP and Farage on Sunday 22nd of March:
I helped organise the pub protest against Nigel Farage because absolutely no-one should feel frightened by Ukip
Farage fracas: my day with the anti-Ukip cabaret he called ‘scum’
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