Community Projects as Social Activism: From Direct Action to Direct Services by Benjamin Shepard is an engaging and accessible work that will get today's students excited about the very real prospect of achieving lasting, positive change within their communities. It outlines a distinct approach to community practice born out of the intersection among social movements, day-to-day organizing, and the lessons of five decades of community change practices. This invaluable resource is a must-have for anyone involved in community organization, community health, and community activism practice research and policy.
Chapter 13: ACT UP to the World: Direct Action to Direct Services
ACT UP to the World: Direct Action to Direct Services
On Wednesday, April 25, 2012, the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP), celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a trip to Wall Street—and forged a connection with the Occupy Movement. Social workers and street activists, health care advocates and anarchists joined the celebration and street action. AIDS activists had long supported multiple approaches to engagement, including services.
The linkage between ACT UP and Occupy was not insubstantial. Both ignited movements by targeting Wall Street. In doing so, they joined a storied critique. “Wall Street owns the country,” noted Populist Mary Elizabeth Lease in 1890. “It is no longer government of the people, by the people, and ...