Last week saw Keep the Promise rallies to save Lanterman Act services and fund the direct support workforce for Californians with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) throughout the state. The Sacramento rally on Wednesday, April 3 was a rousing success with crowds estimated between 1,500 – 2,000. Several rallies took place on Friday, April 5th which we will cover in next week’s Monday Morning Memo. These rallies play a key role in convincing lawmakers and the public to support the I/DD community.
Members of the press covered the Capitol rally, helping spread our message to the broader community. You can watch local NBC affiliate KCRA coverage on YouTube.
The following legislators came out to the Capitol steps to sign their names to the budget request letter, pledging their support for an 8% increase in funding to Lanterman Act services and supports for people with I/DD.
- Senate Request Author: Senator Henry Stern, District 27
- Senator Andreas Borgeas, District 8
- Senator Shannon Grove, District 16
- Senator Mike Morrell, District 23
- Senator Jeff Stone, District 28
- Senator John Moorlach, District 37
- Assembly Request Co-Author: Assemblymember Jim Frazier, District 11
- Assembly Request Co-Author: Assemblymember Chris Holden, District 41
- Assemblymember Brian Dahle, District 1
- Assemblymember Heath Flora, District 12
- Assemblymember Devon Mathis, District 26
- Assemblymember Tom Lackey, District 36
- Assemblymember Christy Smith, District 38
- Assemblymember Marie Waldron, District 75
The rallies, media attention, and legislators who support the 8% budget request represent a good start. However, we would like to see the signatures of every Senator and Assemblymember added to the budget request letter. There is still time for you to take action. Visit thelantermancoalition.org and click the “Take Action” button to write to your state representatives telling them why they must sign on to the letter and #KeepThePromise to Californians with I/DD.
This week California will see three rallies to save Lanterman Act services and fund the direct support workforce for Californians with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The rallies will take place in Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Diego.
These rallies will play a critical role in letting our lawmakers know exactly how important it is that they support the budget request from Assemblymembers Holden and Frazier to include an eight percent across-the-board rate increase into our system this year.
This eight percent rate increase will be a down payment towards the implementation of the rate study which came out last month. The study clearly indicated that the system is woefully underfunded, shortchanging more than 330,000 Californians with I/DD and forcing the direct support professionals they depend to choose between the clients they love and finding more lucrative work to support themselves and their families.
To learn more about the need for the eight percent increase and the rallies, visit thelantermancoalition.org
April 3, 2019, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Sacramento
For more information view the Sacramento Keep the Promise Rally flyer
April 5, 2019, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, San Diego
For more information view the San Diego Keep the Promise Rally flyer
April 5, 2019, 12:00 – 1:30 PM, Los Angeles
For more information view the Los Angeles Keep the Promise Rally flyer
This April will see three rallies across the state in support of the intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD) community. These rallies are an important part of a statewide effort to demand that our lawmakers increase funding to the system of services and supports people with I/DD rely on; a system that is grossly underfunded.
Click on the locations below for informative, shareable flyers and come out to a rally near you!
To learn more about the budgetary issues facing the I/DD community and other ways that you can get involved, visit thelantermancoalition.org.