AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power/ACT UP (Food and Drug Administration)

Mackenzie Farkus filed this request with the Food and Drug Administration of the United States of America .
Tracking #

FDA1950312

Multi Request AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power/ACT UP
Est. Completion None
Status
Fix Required

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From: Mackenzie Farkus


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

A copy of all documents related to the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, otherwise known as ACT UP, which began its activities in March 1987.

I am a career journalist with work that has appeared in various publications. I am willing to pay any reasonable expenses associated with this request, however, as the purpose of the requested disclosure is in full conformity with the statutory requirements for a waiver of fees, I formally request such a waiver.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Mackenzie Farkus

From: Food and Drug Administration

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Reference: FDA1950312
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From: Food and Drug Administration

Dear Requester,

FDA received your request re:

A copy of all documents and files related to the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, otherwise known as ACT UP, which began its activities in March 1987.

FDA is not clear on what FDA records would relate to this issue. FDA regulates products, such as drugs, devices, and vaccines. If you are seeking records about a medical product or company that makes medical products, please provide that information. If you believe that FDA would have records regarding this organization, please resubmit to provide more information.

Sincerely,

Sarah B. Kotler, J.D.
Director
Office of the Executive Secretariat
Division of Freedom of Information
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Tel: 301-796-8976
Sarah.Kotler@fda.hhs.gov<mailto:Sarah.Kotler@fda.hhs.gov>

From: Mackenzie Farkus

Hello Sarah,

I am specifically looking for internal documents related to the famous ACT UP takeover of the FDA on October 11, 1988. For further information, here are some sources: http://articles.latimes.com/1988-10-11/news/mn-3909_1_police-arrest-aids-protesters
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2011/12/before-occupy-how-aids-activists-seized-control-of-the-fda-in-1988/249302/

Let me know if you have any further questions.

Thanks,
Mackenzie Farkus

From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following request, copied below. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Food and Drug Administration

This file was closed February 7th, please refer to the email you received 2/7/19.
Regards,

Katherine

From: Mackenzie Farkus

Hello Katherine,

I never received a formal closure notice for this FOIA. Furthermore, I responded to the email sent on 2/7/19 that same day, clarifying my request. In case you cannot find that email, I have copied it below:

"Hello Sarah,

I am specifically looking for internal documents related to the famous ACT UP takeover of the FDA on October 11, 1988. For further information, here are some sources: http://articles.latimes.com/1988-10-11/news/mn-3909_1_police-arrest-aids-protesters
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2011/12/before-occupy-how-aids-activists-seized-control-of-the-fda-in-1988/249302/

Let me know if you have any further questions.

Thanks,
Mackenzie Farkus"

Best,
Mackenzie Farkus

From: Food and Drug Administration

The email you received instructed you to resubmit a new request if you wanted information. Information on how to submit a FOIA request is on our webpage.

FDA is not clear on what FDA records would relate to this issue. FDA regulates products, such as drugs, devices, and vaccines. If you are seeking records about a medical product or company that makes medical products, please provide that information. If you believe that FDA would have records regarding this organization, please resubmit to provide more information.
Regards,

Katherine

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