Civil Disobedience/Social Justice

Posted on 11/08/2010 at 3:14 pm

On November 9th, Bailey House CEO Gina Quattrochi will be engaging in civil disobedience for the first time in her 25 years of AIDS work.  Recently, Governor Patterson vetoed a bill that would have capped the amount of public assistance HIV/AIDS recipients spend on rent to 30% of their incomes.  The 30% rent cap is a benefit provided to almost all people in subsidized housing.

There is no justification for the State to take money at a rate 2 times higher than the Feds and leave HIV/AIDS recipients with $12 day.  The $10-15 million New York State makes on this, as Speaker Christine Quinn stated recently, is merely a “rounding error” in the budget.  In response to this irresponsible decision, there will be a rally November 9th at 11am on Broadway between Barclay and Park, to demand an override of Governor Patterson’s veto before the next administration.    

 “I was moved to do this because every day I watch the challenges our clients take on just to survive.  We cannot remain silent in the face of this unconscionable act.”   Gina Quattrochi, CEO, Bailey House

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