Court Order Bars Six ACT UP/San Francisco Members from Approaching San Francisco AIDS Foundation Office, Employees
Six members of the "dissident" group ACT UP/San Francisco on Tuesday received a court order to remain at least 100 feet away from the offices of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and five of its employees, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Judge James McBride of the San Francisco Superior Court issued the three-year order after the protestors staged a "noisy" rally at the foundation's offices in downtown San Francisco on Oct. 23 last year (San Francisco Chronicle, 4/19). The protest, which left a security guard injured and caused property damage, also "frightened" SFAF clients who were videotaped by the protestors, according to the SFAF. The injunction also applies to unnamed "aiders and abettors" of the ACT UP protestors and is the third ruling against the group in the last four months. SFAF's Chair of the Board Lonnie Payne said, "The court sent a strong message that ACT UP/San Francisco's thuggery, their violence and intimidation will not be tolerated. They will not be allowed to silence those who struggle to end the AIDS pandemic" (SFAF release, 4/17).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.