ACT UP Celebrates 30 Years With Anniversary March And Rally In NYC

"The '80s are back only this time it's not ignorance, it's hatred."

On March 30, ACT UP, the powerful advocacy group formed at the height of the AIDS crisis, celebrated its 30th anniversary by holding a rally and a march in New York’s West Village.

ACT UP 30th Anniversary March and Rally #actup30 #aidsisntover #actup @actupny

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The new AIDS Memorial was the meeting site for the march as demonstrators gathered with signs, chanting “Act up! Fight back! Fight AIDS!” as members of the group have done for three decades now.

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The march ended in Union Square where AIDS activists like Brent Nicholson Earle gave speeches recounting the history of ACT UP and the AIDS crisis.

“We will commit ourselves to resisting the current political environment based on fear-mongering, bigotry, and the disenfranchisement of vulnerable people, including people living with HIV and hepatitis C,” the organizers wrote on the event’s Facebook page.

Scroll through below to see photos and videos from the march that show why ACT UP is still needed 30 years later.

NEW YORK CITY AIDS MEMORIAL, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2017/03/30: Hundreds gathered on a rally at the AIDS Memorial on West 12th Street, New York City to celebrate ACT UP 30th Anniversary, followed by a march around the West Village to the open plaza in Union Square at East 17th Street. (Photo by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK CITY AIDS MEMORIAL, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2017/03/30: Hundreds gathered on a rally at the AIDS Memorial on West 12th Street, New York City to celebrate ACT UP 30th Anniversary, followed by a march around the West Village to the open plaza in Union Square at East 17th Street. (Photo by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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Joe and Jack at the ACT UP March/Rally #actup30 #actup #aidsisnotover @actupny

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My favorite signs of the day. They are definitely my family ! ❤️?️‍??. #actup30 #actupnyc #actup #altfactkelly

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NEW YORK CITY AIDS MEMORIAL, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2017/03/30: Hundreds gathered on a rally at the AIDS Memorial on West 12th Street, New York City to celebrate ACT UP 30th Anniversary, followed by a march around the West Village to the open plaza in Union Square at East 17th Street. (Photo by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK CITY AIDS MEMORIAL, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2017/03/30: Hundreds gathered on a rally at the AIDS Memorial on West 12th Street, New York City to celebrate ACT UP 30th Anniversary, followed by a march around the West Village to the open plaza in Union Square at East 17th Street. (Photo by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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Thank you ACT UP! #actup #actup30 #endaids2020

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#ACTUP30

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Lourdes Hunter, Executive Director of TWOCC (Trans Women of Color Collective). #ACTUP30

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Our Latino caucus. #ACTUP30

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NEW YORK CITY AIDS MEMORIAL, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2017/03/30: Hundreds gathered on a rally at the AIDS Memorial on West 12th Street, New York City to celebrate ACT UP 30th Anniversary, followed by a march around the West Village to the open plaza in Union Square at East 17th Street. (Photo by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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Our #ACTUP30 AIDS Quilt in Union Sq.

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At the NYC AIDS Memorial. #ACTUP30

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✊?✊?✊?✊?✊? #actup #fightaids The fight continues. The fight never stops.

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