SUMMIT, NJ - Ron Goldberg, an early member of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) will speak at the Summit Free Public Library on Monday, October 28, beginning at 7 p.m. His presentation, How to Start a Revolution: Lessons and Strategies for Activism, will focus on how he got involved in organizing many of ACT UP’s demonstrations and contributed to raising the profile of the AIDS epidemic and AIDS awareness.

Known as the ‘Boy with the Bullhorn’, which is also the title of his forthcoming book, Goldberg became ACT UP’s unofficial ‘chant queen’ and one of the organization’s most iconic figures. The efforts of ACT UP, in addition to raising awareness, were also life-saving in the sense that they applied significant political pressure for increased funding for research and sped up the drug approval process.

Goldberg will talk about the legacy of organizations and community leaders and the roles they play in raising awareness on any issue that has relevance to an individual or group -- whether it’s AIDS, the environment, healthcare, or any political or social issue. He will give an overview of LGBT empowerment and the role it played in starting an activist movement, talk about methods of direct (nonviolent) action, including economic; outreach; symbolic (e.g. Die-ins); marches; civil disobedience; and pro-active service provision (clinics, food banks, etc.).

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The talk will center on how individuals can create their own ‘action,’ providing strategies for goal setting, targeting, messaging, and tactics. Goldberg will discuss logistics, including how to increase visibility and address security needs. He will also cover outreach, including recruiting participants and building awareness and how to involve the media and, finally, discuss on-site preparation, and provide tips for successful organizing. Utilizing several case studies, Goldberg will provide several examples of successful ACT UP actions and-or take an example from the audience and strategize with audience participation on how to successfully organize.

To reserve a spot in this program, call the Library at 908-273-0350, option 3, or visit the Event Calendar tab at to register.

The Summit Free Public Library is located at 75 Maple Street.