Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Demonstration today August 11 evening in downtown Los Angeles to protest HIV/AIDS programs cuts

Today evening in downtown Los Angeles, Aids Project Los Angeles (APLA) will held a protest Governor Schwarzenegger’s devastating cuts to California’s HIV/AIDS prevention and care programs.

In late July, the governor stripped more than $80 million from the state’s HIV/AIDS funding, virtually eliminating state general fund support for all HIV/AIDS programs. These cuts are the deepest that California’s HIV/AIDS programs have ever taken, and they will decimate vital services that provide care and treatment, as well as those that prevent new infections.
The CDC now estimates that more than 56,000 new HIV infections occur every year in the U.S. -- one every nine minutes. People of color and gay men continue to be disproportionately impacted. Now more than ever, we cannot afford this kind of retreat in our fight against AIDS.
That’s why APLA urge you to join them for this important demonstration today August 11, 2009 evening in downtown Los Angeles to protest the cuts. The event begins at Pershing Square, where participants will gather at 7:00 p.m. Following is a march to the Ronald Reagan State Office Building for a brief program and candelight vigil. Be sure to wear a red shirt and bring candles or flashlights.

Please encourage friends, family and colleagues to join us -- it's important that people gather the largest possible crowd to publicly condemn these cuts!
When:
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 from 7:00 p.m. (Rally) 7:30 p.m.

(March) 8:00 p.m. (Press Conference)

Self-pay parking is available under Pershing Square or, you can take the Metro Red Line to the Pershing Square station.

About APLA:
AIDS Project Los Angeles is dedicated to: improving the lives of people affected by HIV disease; reducing the incidence of HIV infection; and advocating for fair and effective HIV-related public policy.

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