Today in 1991: ACT UP New York members burst simultaneously onto the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and the Public Broadcasting System’s MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour. At CBS’s midtown Manhattan studios, the title graphics cover the screen during the first seconds of the live show.
Rather’s regular voice-over is accompanied by a chorus, “Fight AIDS, not Arabs!” Gay novelist John Wier darts into the frame and screams the slogan again. CBS technicians jump to tackle Wier, but three other ACT UP commentators join him.
After several seconds of black-screened silence, Rather appears, calling his ACT UP guests “rude.” A few blocks away at PBS, the News Hour suffers a similar terrorist action as seven loud ACT UP members sit down in front of the cameras and chain themselves to chairs and equipment during the live show.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Tonight there will be a benefit concert and bake sale for Heartland Farm Sanctuary. There is a charge for this event with all proceeds benefitting Heartland Farm Sanctuary. This is today from 5 to 8pm at High Noon Saloon, 701 East Washington. For more info, visit heartlandfarmsanctuary.org
Project Home, a nonprofit organization serving Dane and Green Counties, is holding a free basic household plumbing class this Thursday, January 24th from 5:30 to 7:30pm. This will be at 1966 South Stoughton Road. Space in class is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call (608) 246-3737 to register.