"β€’ On April 15, 1987 they disrupted taxpayers filing last-minute tax returns at NYC's General Post Office.

β€’ On January 31, 1988, Act-Up shut down the Golden Gate Bridge during rush-hour ruining many Bay Area resident's daily commute.

The idea: to make it no longer so convenient for America to continue to ignore the AIDS crisis. And, in the end, an apathetic Federal Government was prodded into using their resources at the FDA, NIH and CDC to address the crisis"

Being an asshole and ruining people's commute and disrupting mailing their taxes is not Civil Disobedience.
It's just being an asshole.
see 'Critical Mass'.

And what great success did Act-Up achieve?

Currently homosexuals infect each other with AIDS at 38X the rate of other Americans.

Every year 15,000 homosexuals who contracted AIDS from sex with other men die.

Obviously the Federal Government is really letting somebody down here.....
From Thoreau:

The mass of men serve the state thus, not as men mainly,
but as machines, with their bodies. They are the standing army,
and the militia, jailers, constables, posse comitatus, etc.
In most cases there is no free exercise whatever of the
judgement or of the moral sense; but they put themselves
on a level with wood and earth and stones; and wooden men
can perhaps be manufactured that will serve the purpose as well.
Such command no more respect than men of straw or a lump of dirt.
They have the same sort of worth only as horses and dogs.
A great many of the activities listed are not 'civil disobedience'-

Mahatma Gandhi outlined the following rules:
>A civil resister (or satyagrahi) will express no anger.
>One will sometimes suffer the anger of the opponent.
>In doing so, one will put up with assaults from the opponent, never retaliate; but one will not submit, out of fear of punishment or the like, to any order given in anger.
>When any person in authority seeks to arrest a civil resister, he will voluntarily submit to the arrest, and he will not resist the attachment or removal of his own property, if any, when it is sought to be confiscated by authorities.
>If a civil resister has any property in his possession as a trustee, he will refuse to surrender it, even though defending it he might lose his life. He will, however, never retaliate.
>Retaliation includes swearing and cursing.
>Therefore a civil resister will never insult his opponent, and therefore also not take part in many of the newly coined cries which are contrary to the spirit of ahimsa.
>A civil resister will not insult it the flag or officials.
>In the course of the struggle if anyone insults an official or commits an assault upon him, a civil resister will protect such official or officials from the insult or attack even at the risk of his life.
@3: You're thinking of "nonviolent resistance". Civil disobedience was not written in stone by Gandhi.
what are we thinking now, Asshole?
I love civil disobedience, but those GetEqual people are not impressing me on any level.
Dan, you (and the authors of that linked article) sort of left out the Compton's Cafeteria Riot of 1966, preceding Stonewall by three solid years.

It's probably because they were all useless, stupid transsexual people β€” ergo they don't merit attention in this history of civil disobedience. That variety of being first β€” like love in tennis β€” means nothing.

So if you'll indulge me, I'm going to go listen to Erasure's "A Little Respect" nao.
And don't forget the Mattachine and all the peaceful, respectful but still "We are here and not going away" attitude that went for 20 years before either Stonewall or Compton's. Without a reasoned, reasonable base of political action, a riot is just a riot. If you think it was all or only accomplished by ACT-UP, you are in error. After the Stonewall riots, Mattachine was approached and asked to advise the City. Mattachine was invited to provide marshalls and apply for a permit to parade so that the ensuing parades would not break down into riots....
The Ten Unanswered Questions for GetEQUAL:

1. Who started GetEQUAL?

2. Who decided how much to pay everyone? And, why?

3. With only two major funding sources, who sets GetEqual's goals and priorities?

4. Who's accountable for GetEqual's actions? Who is in charge?

5. Will the GetEQUAL soon-to-be-formed Board be packed with cronies and allies or will it consist of a respectable and diverse mix of seasoned and new activists?

6. What is GetEQUAL's strategy and what are the results you must achieve to be successful?

7. How do the "crazy shenanigans" (Cronk's words) benefit the LGBT Community?

8. How do efforts to embarrass our political friends (Democrats) help the LGBT Community?

9. How does "demanding" lead to changed minds or additional support for the LGBT Community? What "threat" is attached to these so-called "demands?"

10. When will GetEQUAL organize formally and comply with legal and disclosure requirements for Non-profit organizations?

Any honest, sincere organization would gladly answer these important questions before engaging in "crazy shenanigans." But, even late is better than never.

Kip Williams and Robin McGehee have a responsibility to the LGBT Community to answer ALL of these questions completely.

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