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On Friday, June 5th, Santa Monica Boulevard was shut down as more than a thousand people turned out in force in front of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery to protest $80 million in cuts to state HIV programs.

The protest was well documented by an amazing group of grassroot shutterbugs. More pictures after the jump.

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A hearty thanks to everyone in Los Angeles who marched in Hollywood yesterday! The community turned out in force on a busy Friday afternoon to speak up against the deplorable cuts to California’s HIV programs. It was an incredible sight, thanks to everyone who mobilized their co-workers, family, and friends.

We’ll post a fuller update of the protest as soon as we can. In the meantime, if you have any photos of the crowd that you’d like to share on this blog, please email them to us at RNolledo@apla.org. We’d also love to hear your thoughts on the rally, so feel free to leave your comments.

The fight isn’t over yet. We need you to keep fighting these cuts in any way you can. Write or call your elected officials– Tell them that they must reject all cuts to HIV programs. And make sure to join us in Sacramento on June 10th as we protest on the steps of the Capitol and send a loud message: No cuts to HIV programs!

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Things are moving fast and quick today! To get updates on today’s protest, follow us on Twitter at @hivintheloop. To make things easier, we’ve also set up a Twitterfeed in the right hand section of this blog. Check it out!

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This is it! We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at the L.A. rally this afternoon at 5 p.m.

Bring your protest signs, your passion, and a raincoat or umbrella too– it’s going to take more than a little rain to stop us!

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Just to clear up some confusion: there are some flyers in circulation that erroneously list the start time of the Friday protest as 4 pm. It actually starts at 5 p.m. in front of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

So we’ll see you all at 5 p.m. Start making those protest signs!

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One of the things we want to make clear is the setting of the protest this Friday. The demonstration takes place in the 6000 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, in front of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. To be clear:  we will not be on the cemetery grounds.  We will be outside on Santa Monica Boulevard, where we’ll be blocking off the street.

The intent behind staging the protest in front of the cemetery (rather than, say, the Ronald Reagan Building downtown) was to illustrate the death of compassion and common sense in Sacramento. How else would you explain Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposal to rashly cut $80 million from the state’s HIV programs?

Our thanks to the wonderful people at Hollywood Forever Cemetery for working with us in these last few frenzied days.  They’ve been very understanding and great to work with. If you haven’t already, you should check out the Saturday night screenings held on the cemetery grounds at www.cinespia.org.

If you have any questions about the protest on June 5th, please email me at RNolledo@apla.org, or call me at 213-785-1993.  Thanks, everyone!

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The Southern California HIV Advocacy Coalition (SCHAC) has posted more information about the June 5th Protest at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. You can find that information here.

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Los Angeles, we need you to protest the cuts to HIV programs!

There will be a new demonstration in Hollywood on Friday, June 5th. We will be turning out in force on Santa Monica Boulevard, in front of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery at 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard. The site was chosen to illustrate the dire consequences of cutting programs and services that save lives.

The demonstration takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. Demonstrators will converge on Santa Monica Boulevard, between Gordon and Tamarind (where the entrance to the cemetery is located). Please tell all your friends, co-workers, and colleagues. Tell them how important it is to show up in force and demonstrate just how important HIV programs are!

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