July 29 1990 Logansport Pharos Tribune
An ACT UP demonstrator holds a "coffin" inscribed with the names of AIDS victims during a protest against Republican candidate Rick Santorum in Philadelphia Monday. (AP photo) Activists, carpenters protest Santorum PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Inside a plush downtown hotel, Rep. Rick Santorum hosted some of the nation's nation's top Republican lawmakers in a bid to join their elite fraternity — the U.S. Senate. Outside, carpenters called him anti-labor and AIDS activists held him up in effigy. The fund-raising dinner Monday night to help Santorum, R-Pa., in his attempt to unseat U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford drew some 200 protesters — about 75 members of a carpenters' union and nearly 150 members and supporters of AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, or ACT UP. "It's probably the first time ACT UP and carpenters have demonstrated demonstrated together," demonstrator Patrick Egan said wryly. The more low-key Metropolitan District Council of Carpenters car- ried pro-Wofford signs and decried Santorum's approach to organized labor. ACT UP, known for its outlandish protest tactics, took over 45 minutes later with a graphic rally that included effigies of Santorum. The group had handed out leaflets last week with the warning: "Evil Jerks Corning to Philadelphia." City police Lt. Thomas J. Thompson Thompson of the Civil Affairs Division said no arrests were made in either demonstration. The ACT UP protest ended 1% hours after it began at 6 p.m. It consisted mostly of loud shouting, including obscenities and criticism of Santorum's approach toward social social affairs. Protesters also blocked traffic for about 20 minutes when they lay down at Broad and Walnut streets.