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Activists to Protest Proposed HIV/AIDS Funding Cuts at State Capitol
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Activists to Protest Proposed HIV/AIDS Funding Cuts at State Capitol
Sacramento -- Activists from across California will converge tomorrow to protest proposed cuts to the state budget reducing or eliminating life-saving HIV/AIDS services. The current proposal -- offered by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and under consideration by the legislature -- would take away $80.1 million for state HIV/AIDS programs, including a proposed $12.3 million reduction to the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), the primary source for costly HIV medications to more than 35,000 Californians. By reducing funding to ADAP, the proposal puts thousands of Californians at risk of losing life-saving medications.

Protesters are being asked to wear red shirts to show support for those living with HIV and AIDS.

What: Fight For Your Life Rally and Protest
When: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 10
Where: North Steps, State Capitol Building Sacramento

Who: Coalition of HIV/AIDS organizations

Equality California (EQCA) is the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender-rights advocacy organization in California. In the past decade, EQCA has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for LGBT individuals to a state with some of the most comprehensive civil-rights protections in the nation. EQCA has passed over 50 pieces of legislation and continues to advance equality through legislative advocacy, public education and community empowerment. www.eqca.org

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