March to Protest City Cuts

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It’s time that you speak out against budget cuts to essential community services and organizations. Join in solidarity with members of the Mission District community as they take to the streets in protest. Let the voice of the Mission speak loud.

Today April 2, 2009, join local members of the Mission in a bilingual protest of cuts to vital community services. The program opens at 4:15 with Latin Drum and Bass and Samba activist group Loco Bloco. At 4:30pm speakers from the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center, a 24th St. resident and community member, and an Immigration Rights speaker will send off marchers as they walk to 24th St and Mission in protest.

The march will go from 5pm-6pm, ending at 6pm whereupon speakers David Campos (the Mission District’s Supervisor), John Avalos (third-generation Mexican-American supervisor of the Excelsior), and a youth speaker from PODER will address the community. Music from various Latino groups to follow speeches. The March is sponsored by various organizations that will be affected by the budget cuts such as Mission Neighborhood Centers/Precita Center, Instituto Familiar de la Raza, Inc., La Raza Community Resource Center, Horizon’s Unlimited of San Francisco Inc. among many others.

The goals of the march are to achieve the following from elected officials:
1. Safeguard services necessary for those San Francisco residents in need
2. Protect and prioritize children and families;
3. Expose the City’s budget process to all members of the community
4. Engage local community members and give them a voice as equal partners

Come equipped with signs, noisemakers and wear white in support of the Mission District’s community members. Now’s the time to speak up.

For more information on some of the community-based organizations participating in the march: