It’s not over yet in California: Rallies this week to get the legislature to reinstate disability services funding.

31 Aug

Below is an email from Greg deGiere The Arc & United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration. As many of you will recall, there’s been a big effort to restore funding for disability related services here in California. We were pushing for a 10% increase, got a 5% increase only to lose even that in a budget deal. But there’s still time and need to be heard. Three rallies are being held here in California and we need people to attend and make themselves heard.

Here are the details.

LA, San Diego, and Sacramento rallies this week!

Dear Friends,

Believe it or not, the Legislature is planning to adjourn for the year in two weeks – and it shows no sign to taking action to save our developmental services by then.

Our community service system is crumbling now. We need to tell them forcefully, in person that we can’t wait until 2016.

Please come to one of the three Lanterman Coalition rallies this week to tell the Legislature’s leaders and members to get the job done before they go home. Their words of support aren’t enough – we need their action now!

The rallies will be:

· 11 a.m. TOMORROW (Tuesday, September 1) at the office of Senate leader Kevin de Leon, 1808 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. Click here for details.

· 11 a.m. TOMORROW (Tuesday, September 1) at the office of Assembly leader Toni Atkins, 1350 Front Street, San Diego. Click here for details.

· 10 a.m. THURSDAY (September 3) at the beautiful, historic Crest Theater, 1013 K Street, two blocks from the Capitol, Sacramento. At 12 noon (note time change), we’ll march to the Capitol to deliver the message in person. (Bay Area friends – we especially need you here Thursday).

Please come to at least one of the rallies – and bring some friends. If you can’t get to any of them on your own, ask your community service provider to arrange transportation.

As one of your professional advocates here in Sacramento, it’s amazing to me that the legislative leaders would even consider breaking for the year without acting. I can hardly imagine how infuriating it must be to people with developmental disabilities and their families, friends, and service providers like you.

Thanks to the coordinated advocacy of you throughout the state and us in Sacramento, every legislator now knows about our system’s crisis, and most of them have given us strong words of support. Now they need to hear from you that you need them to match their strong words with strong action.

Thank you for your advocacy.


Greg deGiere
Public Policy Director
The Arc & United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration
1225 Eighth Street, Suite 350, Sacramento, CA 95814
916-552-6619 x4

4 Responses to “It’s not over yet in California: Rallies this week to get the legislature to reinstate disability services funding.”

  1. reissd August 31, 2015 at 20:44 #

    Are the groups that fought so vigorously against SB277 helping you in this important fight? (I’m sorry. I don’t mean to distract from the importance of doing this).

    • Sullivan (Matt Carey) August 31, 2015 at 20:48 #

      Not at all.

      Vaccine antagonistic groups are more than willing to grab what support they can from the autism communities, but don’t seen to care a bit about helping us.

      I haven’t seen one word from Dr. Bob Sears, for example, on this issue. The Age of Autism blog has run several articles on SB277 but not one that I’ve seen on support for this budget request.

      It is very frustrating. And sadly an excellent example of the harm that the vaccines-cause-autism notion causes out communities.

      • reissd August 31, 2015 at 20:49 #

        I am sorry. It is sad.

  2. lizditz September 2, 2015 at 20:18 #


    Demonstrators, including those with special needs, were joined by supporters from the San Fernando Valley, Pasadena and all over East Los Angeles. The protesters lined West Sunset Boulevard holding signs that said: “Fair Funding!” and “Save our Services!”

    Those who work with people with intellectual disabilities have held several protests statewide aiming to persuade lawmakers to address funding before the special session currently underway ends in mid-September. They have also visited with lawmakers and held a letter-writing campaign.

    They say it’s time that California lawmakers push harder for at least a 10 percent increase to keep up with living standards, transportation costs, adult day programs and minimum wage increases for staff, among other needs.

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