SAN FRANCISCO CONTINGENT ATTEND SACRAMENTO RALLIES AGAINST HIV BUDGET CUTS

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BY BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photojournalist
Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009

<em>Demonstrators from all over the state of California converged on the state Capitol in Sacramento today to protest cuts to HIV Budget proposed by Governor Schwarzenegger. Five buses left from San Francisco City Hall after a brief send off rally attended by Supervisor Bevan Dufty, Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club President, Rafael Mandelman, and representatives from various Aids Service organizations including Aids Housing Alliance, Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center, Project Inform, Stop Aids Project, SF Aids Foundation and Women Organized to Respond to Life Threatening Disease (WORLD) and Alice B. Toklias LGBT Democratic Club member Brain Luebitz. Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009</em>

Demonstrators from all over the state of California converged on the state Capitol in Sacramento today to protest cuts to HIV Budget proposed by Governor Schwarzenegger. Five buses left from San Francisco City Hall after a brief send off rally attended by Supervisor Bevan Dufty, Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club President, Rafael Mandelman, and representatives from various Aids Service organizations including Aids Housing Alliance, Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center, Project Inform, Stop Aids Project, SF Aids Foundation and Women Organized to Respond to Life Threatening Disease (WORLD) and Alice B. Toklias LGBT Democratic Club member Brain Luebitz. Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009

Speaking from the steps of SF City Hall, Paul E. Pratt (aka Pollo del Mar) provided the kind of personal testimony of the human costs of these cuts that became the keynote of both the rallies in San Francisco and Sacramento. He said when he asked State Senator Mark Leno if the cuts to ADAP would pass, Mark replied, “Over my dead body.” Paul said, “If it passes it will be my dead body. Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009”

Speaking from the steps of SF City Hall, Paul E. Pratt (aka Pollo del Mar) provided the kind of personal testimony of the human costs of these cuts that became the keynote of both the rallies in San Francisco and Sacramento. He said when he asked State Senator Mark Leno if the cuts to ADAP would pass, Mark replied, “Over my dead body.” Paul said, “If it passes it will be my dead body. Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009”

<em>The impetus behind the demonstration was to put a human face on these cuts to programs like Aids Drug Assistance (ADAP), HIV Prevention and Education and the state Office of AIDS budget for HIV counseling, surveillance, early intervention services, housing and home and Community based care. Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009</em>

The impetus behind the demonstration was to put a human face on these cuts to programs like Aids Drug Assistance (ADAP), HIV Prevention and Education and the state Office of AIDS budget for HIV counseling, surveillance, early intervention services, housing and home and Community based care. Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009

<em>Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009</em>

Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009

<em>Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009</em>

Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009

Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009

Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009

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BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photojournalist
Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and Bay Area media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past five years. Email Bill Wilson at wfwilson@sbcglobal.net.

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