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Rallies This Week! LA, San Diego & Sacramento

 
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
 
Greg deGiere
Public Policy Director
The Arc & United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration