Why I dislike NATLFED.
Because, according to YELP some POC recruiters reportedly put one of thier fundraising tables on top of a memorial set up for Del Martin, who was a mighty tower of strength and both medical and activist wisdom during the 1980s 1990s plague years of the AIDS epidemic.
San Francisco, CA
I just read in disgust on an e-mail list I belong to that these jerks from the Physicians Organizing Committee came to the Castro this weekend to set up a table at 18th and Castro to promote their organization. The location is traditionally a spot for the recently deceased to be honored with flowers and loving messages. Usually the recently departed are people important to the neighborhood and community. But Friday, the Physicians Organizing Committee set up their table ON TOP of the spontaneous Del Martin shrine!! They became belligerent and rude when informed of their sacrilege claiming it was a "public space" and they discouraged mourners from placing flowers there! They obvious don't deserve respect if they refuse to show respect! What losers!
People thought this was:
I am old enough to remember the horror years of the AIDS epidemic, when there was no effective treatment, and when if you had not seen a friend for a few months, you feared the person had gotten sick and died.
Or you would hear of someone who had a cold that wouldnt go away, went to the doctor, was sent right to the hospital and within days, was in respiratory failure, on a respirator and dead.
Later, as PWAs lived longer, we saw how they limped through the street, frail, escorted by a home health care worker. Others dared not go for a walk, because they were covered with purple Kaposi's Sarcoma lesions. One man with KS made the mistake of going to his small town to die. A bank teller screamed in horror when she saw his face, and our friend fled in shame to his room, and did not leave it until he died and was rolled out, feet first, for burial.
In the midst of this living hell, with a Presidential Administration that refused to talk publicly about the epidemic, Lyndon La Rouche suggested quarantine camps for
the already stigmatized gay and AIDS groups. Talk about kicking folks when they're already down.
It was taking everyones limited energy to fight for care for People with AIDS and here folks were in California, having to divert money and energy to fight off Lyndon La Rouche.
America's Hitler? Behind the California AIDS Initiative
By DENNIS KING
New York Native, November 3, 1986
Del Martin was one of our supports during this terrible time.
So, I dont trust political cults that employ any human being as use and dispose.