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In case you missed it: Assembly Access, a YouTube account provided by California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass and the Assembly Democratic Caucus, features footage of press conferences, testimony, rallies, speeches, and special interviews will be made available. Their June 10th Assembly Web Report features Lynnea Garbett’s testimony before the Budget  Conference Committee. Here’s the description of the video:

(Sacramento) – FIGHTING FOR OUR FAMILIES—In this Assembly Web Report we hear from ordinary, hard-working Californians, “Real People”, who discuss the life-threatening situations that would occur if state-funded safety net programs are eliminated, as the governor has proposed. A 24 year old woman born HIV positive who says the Governors proposal will cut her off from lifesaving anti-viral drugs. A working mother describes the ordeal of what would happen if her familys health coverage and basic services are eliminated; a young single mother who receives Cal-Works pleads that the state not eliminate the program that allows her to work and take care of her family. These individuals are representative of hundreds of thousands of Californians who play by the rules, work hard and will potentially lose everything if Californias safety net is destroyed.

Thanks to Jeff Hall at San Francisco AIDS Foundation for forwarding this to us.

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Palm Springs Rally

On June 10th, hundreds of people gathered at the corner of Vista Chino and Sunrise Way in Palm Springs to join the statewide protest against the Governor’s proposed cuts to HIV programs. The event was covered extensively by the media, including KPSP and The Desert Sun.

More photos of the event can be found here. Courtesty of Peter deMartino of Desert AIDS Project.

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Your passion and activism have made a difference! Kaiser Health News reported today that the Budget Conference Committee rejected a number of Governor’s Schwarzenegger’s most extreme proposals that would have decimated essential services, including cuts to HIV programs.

The committee voted to reduce the $80.1 million proposal, which have decimated programs such as HIV/AIDS education & prevention, HIV testing, treatment services, and the AIDS Drug Assistance Program, by roughly $50 million, to $33.5 million. For the full story, click here.

The fight isn’t over yet. Republican legislators and the Governor have already stated that they would not support Democrats’ proposals for new levies essential in balancing the budget. We need you to stay engaged in the next few weeks, as the budget battle intensifies.

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Senate President Pro Tem Darrell SteinbergThe Ventura County Star reported today that state Democratic leaders are willing to dip into the state rainy-day fund in order to alleviate the worst cuts, including those to HIV programs.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said earlier today that paring back the reserve to around $1 billion, will help prevent the state from having to borrow nearly $2 billion in property taxes from cities and counties. Dipping into the rainy-day reserve will also allow the state to maintain trimmed-down programs that provide welfare-to-work assistance for poor mothers, health insurance for children from low- and moderate-income families, college grants for low-income students and life-prolonging assistance for those infected with the HIV virus.

“We will not eliminate CalGrants, will not eliminate CalWORKs, will not eliminate health insurance for children, will not virtually eliminate In-Home Supportive Services,” Steinberg said. “We’re not going to decimate programs that save people’s lives in the HIV/AIDS area.”

You can read the full article here.

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Lynnea tells her story to NBC.

Lynnea tells her story to NBC.

Lynnea Garbett, the young woman who testified against cuts to HIV programs in Sacramento last week, is the subject of a full story on NBC Nightly News online. You can check it out here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/#31070317.

Thanks to the ever-lovely and vigilant Elise for bringing this to our attention!

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Lynnea Garbutt, the young woman living with HIV who testified against the state budget cuts to HIV programs, was featured in tonight’s NBC Nightly News.

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If video doesn’t work, please click here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/#31052850

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