I’ve been charged by police on horseback while protesting government inaction on AIDS. In September 1991, President George H. W. Bush visited Philadelphia, and the street in front of the hotel he was in was filled for the entire block with various protesters, including members of ACT-UP. There are competing versions of how a barricade was pushed or fell over, but the police response was quick and violent. I was not near the barricades nor involved with ACT-UP, but mounted police moved throughout the crowd. It was terrifying. Horses are big.