A Message

Mary Fisher
Aug 19, 2023
Chicago Tribune August 1992

It has come around again. Today in 1992, I took to the podium at the Republican National Convention and spoke my truth in the face of the AIDS Crisis. The words I shared then continue to ring true today and on this year’s anniversary I’d like to share the following excerpt from “A Whisper of AIDS”:

I have a message for you: It is not you who should feel shame, it is we. We who tolerate ignorance and practice prejudice, we who have taught you to fear. We must lift our shroud of silence, making it safe for you to reach out for compassion. It is our task to seek safety for our children, not in quiet denial but in effective action.

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Mary Fisher

Speaker, artist and author. Activist calling for courage, compassion and integrity. Mom/Grandma. 1st Female White House Advanceman. Keynoted ’92 RNC.