Friday, June 19, 2009

Illinois HIV/AIDS Advocates Turn Out in Force for Fair Budget Rally

Thursday, June 18 at the Thompson Center

CHICAGO – In a massive midday turnout, thousands of children, students, parents and leading advocates of state and citywide organizations that provide badly needed human services to working families and low-income communities [including people living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS] here protested at the downtown Thompson Center June 18th against “doomsday” budget cuts approved by state lawmakers last month.

Read the rest on People's Weekly World

-FREE TRANSPORTATION TO SPRINGFIELD RALLY TUESDAY, JUNE 23: There is a massive rally planned for Tuesday 6/23 at 11:30 AM, when the legislature comes back into session for two days. Our partner SEIU is offering FREE bus transportation, but you must register in advance. Contact or call 312-933-7726.

-OPEN LETTER: AFC released on June 18 an open letter to Illinois leaders detailing the impact of HIV funding cuts. Please read it and share it widely.

-IDPH BUDGET CUTS: The Governor’s Office released earlier this week a list of potential IDPH funding cuts. Note that the list includes HIV prevention for communities of color.

-ADVOCATE, ADVOCATE, ADVOCATE!!!! If you haven’t faxed your legislator yet, click here. Or download this letter, pass it around to everyone you know, and fax it back to AFC, and we’ll send it along to your legislators.

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