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On the eve of Election Day, today I traveled with Los Angeles County Supervisor Candidate Bernard Parks to Minority AIDS Project (MAP) in Jefferson Park. Parks discussed with MAP’s leadership and staff the impact of the State budget cut of $129 million to the County budget and its affect on public health and programs like MAP. Parks also reaffirmed his commitment to MAP’s funding—whether as a City Councilman or the next County Supervisor—and thanked them for the valuable services they provide in the community.

According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, as December 31, 2007, there have been 54,003 persons reported with AIDS, 23,095 of whom are living with AIDS, and over 17,000 cases of HIV.

MAP was the first community-based AIDS service organization established and managed by people of color in the United States providing HIV/AIDS prevention education, testing, counseling, peer support, psycho-social, and home care services. Founded in 1985, since then MAP has become a lifeline for Black and brown people in Los Angeles living with HIV/AIDS and is committed to reducing suffering and deaths due to HIV infection and AIDS disease in African American and Latino communities.

Over the last two decades, the face of AIDS has changed dramatically. Today Black women and youth are the fastest growing HIV populations, and these women and youth are coming out of Los Angeles County’s Second District—Compton, Watts, Lynwood, and South L.A.

MAP receives a significant amount of its operating budget from County funding. And even though it’s in the heart of the Second District, which is home to the majority of new HIV cases in L.A. County, MAP does not receive its fair share of County funding to provide services to the people who need them most.

Sidenote:

MAP is approximately $900 dollars short of reaching their goal of $10,000 in fundraising dollars for this year’s AIDS Walk. Even though the Walk already took place, MAP has until November 13th to reach its goal. If you’re interested in contributing to the cause, you can do so here.

For more information on volunteering with the Bernard Parks for Supervisor Campaign, please contact:

3734 Crenshaw Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90016
(323) 292-0130
www.parksforsupervisor.com

Parks’ Election Night Victory Party

Tuesday, November 4
8 p.m.
3734 Crenshaw Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90016