Protest Movement That Changed America
Additionally, the protest movement itself was divided into two factions, gay men on one side, and women and minorities on the other. Each had disparate experiences with that AIDS community, and each disagreed on the focus of the movement. In the end, both factions’ utilization of mainstream protest methods, along with civil disobedience, had a major effect on AIDS research and lead to life-saving changes in the treatment of individuals living with AIDS. In July of 1981, a rare form of cancer was killing gay men in New York and California.
Some cities, however, require local permits to protest and have local ordinances determining the size, volume, and location of protesters. Throughout history, this permit system has been misused by some local governments in order to block unpopular protests.
The explanation that the communist Vietnam would spread its influence around, causing other countries to join with the communists was exaggerated. These fears came mostly from example of the Soviet Union and the fall of communism there (Hall 118).
Many of them went on to great success as lawyers, professors, politicians, and leaders of their own communities and other social justice movements. They joined the struggle to not only shape their own futures, but to also open the possibilities of a more just world for the generations that came behind them.
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