Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Life and Death in California

Hey everyone – this is something that is urgent – life and death Urgent!
Please don’t sit by silent on this and let this evil come to pass…

The included sample letter that you can send to your legislators tells pretty much the whole story if you are as yet unaware. Please use this sample letter, courtesy of Equality California, or a similar one to tell your legislators that these cuts must be avoided at all cost.

Cutting these critical life saving services in California can’t be allowed. This isn’t politics or simple economics but life and death. Whether you know it or not this will affect many people you know. Loved ones, friends, people you work with, attend Church with and that live in your neighborhoods – some of them will die if we don’t take action.

Sample Letter:

Re: Opposition to Proposed HIV/AIDS Budget Cuts
Dear [Legislator]:
Please oppose the proposed budget cuts to public health care programs for low-income Californians living with HIV/AIDS.
The current proposal to cut $55.5 million General Fund (GF) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 – 2010 and $58.9 million GF in FY 2010 – 2011, as well as $24.6 million GF in HIV Prevention and Education services, would devastate life-saving programs that serve low-income Californians living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS, including many members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community who are still disproportionately impacted by the disease.
The proposed cuts to the HIV Prevention and Education budget will effectively end HIV prevention and education efforts throughout many local health jurisdictions in California . These proposals are inhumane, shortsighted, and threaten individual and public health.
The cuts jeopardize California ’s ability to deliver life-saving medications to low income people with HIV who cannot otherwise afford them. ADAP provides HIV treatment for nearly 35,000 low-income Californians. The additional cuts to the State HIV budget will also cripple already under-funded local programs.
The health of 150,000 Californians living with HIV as well as the lives of those at risk of infection would be seriously endangered by these proposed cuts.
I strongly urge the Legislature to consider other mechanisms to address the state’s structural deficit in order to preserve lifesaving HIV programs.
(Sender’s name)

Other things you can do:

Go to
http://www.eqca.org/ and click on “Action Center”. There you can electronically send a message to the California Budget committee members on this issue. There are links and info about other issues too.

Attend and participate:
Converge on the Capitol, Sacramento
HIV/AIDS Statewide Rally
Wednesday, June 10
1:30 to 3 p.m

Whatever you do, please don’t do nothing!
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good [people] do nothing." Edmund Burke.

Hugs and Blessings,
Eva-Genevieve! Scarborough

Advocate for Human / Civil-Rights and Faith without Prejudice

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