David Campos urges city to install plaque at site of ARC/AIDS vigil

The latest plaque The City might install to mark a part of San Francisco’s history is one at 50 UN Plaza, at the urging of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor David Campos introduced a resolution Tuesday that “recognizes the historic significance of the ARC/AIDS vigil and encourages the city and county of San Francisco to place a plaque on or about near the site of the ARC/AIDS vigil.”

The vigil began on Oct. 27, 1985, when two HIV positive gay men chained themselves to the doors of the old federal building located at 50 United Nations Plaza, Campos said. “They did that to protest the United States government’s inaction in the face of the deadly AIDS epidemic,” he said. “These two brave men were subsequently joined by dedicated group of volunteers who joined together and through their efforts it started what has been officially known as the ARC, or Aids Related Complex AIDS vigil, a decade long demonstration that brought much needed attention and awareness about the AIDS epidemic, and more specifically attention to our government’s failure to respond to it.”

Campos said that the plaque is important to ensure that “the year 2011 to not forget our history and to not forget the significant of what these men and women did.”

He said that those involved “braved the elements, they braved the condemnation of passersby and repeated efforts to remove them from 50 UN Plaza.”

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