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As we get closer to the big demonstration in Sacramento, we just wanted to give you a few tips about protesting at the California Capitol.

Apart from the obvious (no weapons, no hazardous waste dumping, no alcohol and no fires allowed), there are some rules to follow at our June 10th Rally that the Capitol police will enforce:

  • Keep it short: Signs, posters, placards, and banners  are not to exceed thirty inches in size — I think that means 30” x 30”. Please note that sign handles can be only 18” long.
  • Don’t plant it :  Signs, posters, placards, and banners  must be hand-carried and not stuck in the ground or taped/stapled to buildings or trees, AND the signs can’t impede pedestrians visiting the capitol.
  • Keep it clean:  Please pick up trash!  This is an all-volunteer operation and we can’t afford to hire a clean-up crew! Our permit requires that we ensure that grounds are left clean after the event. We will be charged for any clean up required.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the protest on Wednesday!

WHAT OUR JUNE 10th RALLY TO STOP THE HIV CUTS PERMIT REQUIRES:

Apart from the obvious (no weapons, no hazardous waste dumping, no alcohol and no fires allowed), there are some rules to follow at our June 10th Rally that the Capitol police will enforce:

  • Keep it short: SIGNS, POSTERS, PLACARDS, BANNERSare not to exceed thirty inches in size” — I think that means 30” x 30”, AND please note that sign handles can be only 18” long.

  • Don’t stick it anywhere: SIGNS, POSTERS, PLACARDS, BANNERS MUST BE HAND-CARRIED and not stuck in the ground or taped/stapled to buildings or trees, AND the signs can’t impede pedestrians visiting the capitol.

  • Keep it clean: TRASHPLEASE PICK UP AFTER YOURSELVES!!! This is an all-volunteer operation and we can’t afford to hire a clean-up crew! Our permit requires that we ensure that grounds are left clean after the event. We will be charged for any clean up required.

L.A. Protest – Photos

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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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The Los Angeles Protest

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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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

We’ve had some great responses from lots of people who want to join the protest in Sacramento on June 10th. What we need now are local coordinators to help get people organized and establish carpools and other methods of travel.

If you have been on the advocacy calls this past week and are willing to take the lead as an organizer in your area, please contact Ruel at rnolledo@apla.org. We’ll list you on the blog (see the right hand column).

Thanks to everyone for being a part of the fight!

We’ve updated the blog to include all-new pages reflecting the latest information on the Los Angeles demonstration (June 5) and the Sacramento demonstration (June 10). To make things easier, we’re providing links to those new pages on the right. Check out the new links in the column to your right.