Southern Illinois University, Civil rights movement, Springboks (Rugby team), Fred Egan, Ferd, AIDS (Disease), ACT UP Chicago (Organization), Chicago (Ill.). Police Dept., Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Prexy Nesbitt, Nicaraugua, Harold Washington, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela
Political Science | Political Theory | Race and Ethnicity | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Work, Economy and Organizations
Length: 97 minutes
Oral history interview of Jean Kracher by Michael Lee Johnson
Ms. Kracher explains how she first became involved in the anti-Apartheid movement after moving to New York where she was initially involved a number of different social justice causes. She mentions her arrest after chaining herself to the South African consulate door during a protest. She explains how most of her activism work largely revolved around the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s and the impact that some policies had on gay communities. She mentions how she started an organization called CFAR (Chicago For AIDS Rights), later renamed to ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), holding local and national demonstrations where they also put an emphasis on anti-imperialism. She explains how her organization hosted teach-ins relating to AIDS on an international level, which led to their dialogue with AIDS activists in South Africa. She elaborates on the kind of work they performed with intersecting communities.
Johnson, Michael Lee. "Interview with Jean Kracher" (Spring 2010). Oral Histories, Chicago Anti-Apartheid Collection, College Archives & Special Collections, Columbia College Chicago. http://digitalcommons.colum.edu/cadc_caam_oralhistories/16
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