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Senseless Budget Cuts Will Gut California's Cost Efficient Home Care Program and Force Seniors and People with Disabilities Out of Their Homes and into Institutions
Date:5/26/2009

SEIU Launches Month of Protests, 48-Hour Vigil, Class Action Suit and Ad Campaign with Affected Californians, Families and Caregivers

LOS ANGELES and SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Seniors, people with disabilities and the people who provide the care that permits them to live at home launched a statewide effort today to fight back against Governor Schwarzenegger's sharp and deep budget cuts with a 48-hour vigil at the State Capitol, a class-action lawsuit, and a new television and print ad campaign featuring President Barack Obama.

SEIU Ad Buy Features President, Affected Senior and Caregiver "When candidate Barack Obama spent a day with a home care worker in Oakland, he saw what every politician should see," says the voice over of an ad sponsored by the California members of SEIU. "For thousands of California's seniors and people with disabilities, caregivers like Pauline Beck are a lifeline -- allowing people to stay in their homes, while saving taxpayers money. So when Governor Schwarzenegger proposes slashing home care -- forcing seniors into nursing homes and caregivers into poverty -- he's not just being short-sighted, this governor doesn't see them at all."

The six-figure ad buy will begin airing on select cable stations in Los Angeles, Fresno and Sacramento this week to coincide with the President's visit to the state. The print ads will run in targeted markets during the same period.

Home Care Workers Kick Off 48-Hour Vigil

A 48-hour vigil begins today as home care workers from across the state arrive at the grounds of the State Capitol.

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