Press Release: Dangerous Budget Cuts Threaten Disabled Patient Lives and Public Sector Jobs

For Immediate Release: January 25, 2012                         

Press Release

Dangerous Budget Cuts Threaten Disabled Patient Lives and Public Sector Jobs 

Justice For Raul Rally! Stop the Budget Cuts!

Friday, January 27th, 12 p.m., 1350 Front St., Downtown State House

Over the course of the last three years the state of California has approved approximately $15 billion in cuts to health care and social services, harming the lives of those who cannot afford to care for themselves. These cuts have created a tremendous hardship for California’s seniors, low-income families, children and people with disabilities and have cost the state thousands of jobs because of cuts from In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) and Medi-Cal.

Raul Carranza is one of these patients. Raul has Muscular Dystrophy, a progressive disease that prevents him from being able to walk, move his arms, or eat and breathe on his own.  Because of this he requires around the clock nursing care. Care that he is being denied after Medi-Cal cut his nursing hours. The dangerous consequences of these cuts will be that many patients are forced from their homes with loved ones and into inhumane and understaffed state institutions and hospitals.

“Please join us so we can stop these cuts and save not only my life, but thousands of others.”

Raul will be joined by patients, public sector workers and community members in front of the State house at noon Friday, January 27th to call attention to the dangerous budget cuts threatening the lives of disabled patients and the people who care for them. Hear from patients, caretakers and labor organizers to find out what we, as a community, can do to help. This will be followed by a march to Broadway that will be led by patients with disabilities.

“One Voice can bring attention and change to millions.”

For Additional Information About Budget Cuts And Raul’s Story Visit:      To Schedule an Interview Contact:  Raul Carranza (619)392-9797   For any other questions contact: Sarah Saez (774)392-0377

This event has been endorsed by the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor-Council.

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One comment

  1. We’re doing a story about how the proposed budget cuts will affect people in need of IHSS services. we want a human story to show people what effect these budget cuts will have on people who depend on IHSS. We’d love to cover the rally please get back to me ASAP if you’re interested.

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