Senator Mark Leno (left) and Jesse Brooks.
Hundreds of activists from throughout the state converged on the State Capitol last week to protest Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposed elimination of state HIV/AIDS programs.
Eliminating these programs would save the state approximately $80 million, barely denting the nearly $24 billion shortfall.
Joined by actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, Assemblymember Sandré R. Swanson and other legislative leaders to condemn the proposed cuts.
“Eliminating these programs would be a death sentence for thousands of Californians statewide. These are morally objectionable proposals, and I will not vote for these cuts,” said Swanson.
“People throughout the state should make it absolutely clear to their elected representatives that this proposal is unacceptable, immoral, and completely ineffective in addressing our budget crisis. Health care should not be sold like a loaf of bread, and those who need it most should not be placed on the chopping block. Period,” he said.
Swanson urged supporters of HIV/AIDS funding to contact the Governor’s office at (916) 445-2841.