Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Waluska, John Peter "Jack" John Peter "Jack" Waluska Was Born November 29

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Waluska, John Peter "Jack" John Peter "Jack" Waluska Was Born November 29

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Waluska, John Peter "Jack"John Peter "Jack" Waluska was born November 29, 1944 in St. Louis, MO, the only son of John Joseph Waluska and Margaret Ryan Waluska. He died May 14, 2014 in St. Louis of complications from a long-standing illness. He was a graduate of St. Mary's High School, St. Louis, 1962. St. Louis University, B.A. in Sociology, 1966 and Brooklyn College, Master's Degree program in Sociology, 19661969. As an undergraduate, Jack worked for the St. Louis Police Department, compiling Uniform Crime Statistics and while in graduate school, he worked for the New York City Department of Welfare as a caseworker. For many years he also did freelance work for such New York publishing establishments as Random House, Doubleday, The Unabashed Librarian, and Lockwood Indexers. Jack was a tireless activist all his life against injustice, bigotry, and bad manners. With his partner, Stephen Gerrie, he was one of the foundersalong with Craig Rodwell, Barbara Gittings, Frank Kameny, Brenda Howard, Foster Gunnison, and Marty Nixonof the Christopher Street Liberation Day Committee (CSLDC), the organizers of the very first Gay Liberation parade on Sunday, June 28, 1970, in New York City, an event designed to be a peaceful one-year anniversary commemoration of the Stonewall Riots of June 1969 which sparked the modern gay liberation movement. He continued on the Committee, organizing fundraising dances and community events, until 1972. In 1983, he and Stephen moved to San Francisco. While there, he was one of the founders of Mobilization Against AIDS, an organization dedicated to promoting treatments for AIDS, support of PWAs (People With AIDS), and dialogue with political leaders for effective and humane public policies. He networked with such people as Randy Shilts, Dennis Peron, and Cleve Jones, and had some involvement in the creation of the AIDS Quilt. …

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