200 Advocates Descend on Capitol for 2012 Sacramento Advocacy Day
On Wednesday, March 28th, 200 advocates from throughout California gathered in Sacramento for the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Sacramento Advocacy Day. Attendees came to “Stand with Caregivers” on two critical issues:
- The Governor’s proposed elimination of all funding for the California Caregiver Resource Centers; and
- The Governor’s proposed elimination of the In-Home Supportive Services Domestic & Related Services benefit.
Concerned family members, caregivers, chapter board members and staff, professionals and volunteers came together on the West Steps of the State Capitol, where they were briefed on the issues by Association staff and volunteers. Three members of the Legislature – Senator Tom Berryhill (Republican – Fresno), Assembly Member Holly Mitchell (Democrat – Los Angeles), and Assembly Member Mariko Yamada (Democrat – Davis) – spoke to the crowd.
After planning for their legislative visits, the 200 sash-wearing advocates stormed the Capitol building to meet with members of the Legislature and their staff, asking them to stand with caregivers during these turbulent times in California.
On behalf of the Association, THANK YOU to every staff member and volunteer who helped make this day a success!
Theresa M. Renken
State Public Policy Director