Thursday, December 11, 2008
Civic Center Plaza, Southwest Green
The Mayor is moving at lightning speed to implement brutal mid-year budget cuts, insisting that over a third of the $75 million budget deficit come from the health department.
Mayor Newsom is trying to balance the budget on the graves of the poor by compromising the health and well-being of poor and homeless people. He is attempting to fas-track his second round of budget cuts, while protecting the highest-paid positions in City government.
He is doing so without the participation of the legislative branch, killing off the long-standing tradition of community budget planning in San Francisco.
Slated for slashing or closure are over $16 million in health cuts, including Caduceus Outreach Services, SRO collaboratives, mental health treatment, senior programs, substance abuse treatment programs, health initiatives for poor communities, housing, and countless others.
Please join us in holding a mock funeral for the budgets of those programs that are being cut. We will hold the service on the lawn across from City Hall, and then have a procession to the Mayor’s Office to deliver a list of possible alternative cuts that would not jeopardize our healthcare system and people’s lives.
This even is brought to you by the Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco, and is endorsed by the Coalition to Save Public Health. Please wear black. Lunch and tombstones will be provided. For more information, call 415.346.3740.
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