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(From feministing.com)

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger - making last minute cuts to the budget - eliminated all of the state funding for domestic violence shelters. That's right - all of it.

Although the state Legislature submitted a budget with a 20 percent reduction to the $20.4 million the state provides to agencies that offer domestic violence services, Schwarzenegger slashed the funding by 100 percent Tuesday.

For Catalyst, which relies on state funding for nearly 35 percent of its operating budget, the affect will be "devastating," Executive Director Anastacia Snyder said.

"We're still in shock," Snyder said Wednesday afternoon. "We were bracing for the 20 percent cut, but did not believe the governor could, with a clear conscience, cut 100 percent of funding for services that keep women and children safe and alive."

If you're a resident of California, please click on Stop Family Violence's action alert to urge lawmakers to reinstate funding for the programs that save women's lives. If you're not in CA - pass this on to someone who is! You can also post the following message to your Facebook account, or tweet it: CA Gov Eliminates funding for Domestic Violence Programs. Lives will be lost. You can help! CA residents click http://bit.ly/3jKQSo


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Aug. 1st, 2009 07:22 am (UTC)
That is so fxcked up.
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Aug. 1st, 2009 07:34 am (UTC)
That bastard!
Aug. 1st, 2009 07:47 am (UTC)
How could he?! Oh yeah that's right; he's not a single, white, lower-class female. But to be so unenlightened in this age...
Aug. 1st, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
What's white got to do with it? WOC don't need shelters?
Aug. 1st, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
Nope; if you note that Arnold IS white, you'll notice I said that completely wrong. I was trying to point out marginalized groups, though abuse knows no color.
Aug. 1st, 2009 07:50 am (UTC)

Aug. 1st, 2009 08:18 am (UTC)
aaaaaaaargh! How can he sleep at night. Seriously.
Aug. 1st, 2009 08:51 am (UTC)
You know, I've been bitching about some of the monster cuts for cultural institutions in my state, but this is FUCKING RIDICULOUS. What the hell. It's ridiculous that basic services like Poison Control and DV shelters are being cut.
Aug. 1st, 2009 08:57 am (UTC)
What. The. Fuck?

No, seriously.

That's not "collateral damage" because of the economic crisis, that strikes me as fairly damned aggressive and seriously misogynistic.

I wonder what his pay packet's looking like? *shudders* A true leader would sacrifice some of his own wealth before cutting off funding to a service which is protecting some of the most vulnerable citizens.
Aug. 1st, 2009 09:50 am (UTC)
Jebus Cluny Frog. Is it too much to hope that his wife will decide to give him a metaphorical black eye, yank some funds out of the Kennedy family vaults and offer it up to the programs that are affected by her husband's boneheaded-ness? Yeah, probably. But a girl can dream.

Seriously, this may be one of the stupidest budget-cutting decisions I've ever heard of, and having lived through the Bush Interregnum, that's saying something. Of course, it ties neatly into the Calvinist "Doctrine of the Elect" philosophy that has pervaded the Republican party for years; if you're poor and in need of a safety net, it's your own damned fault. It also covers the Conservative wiggins about women leading any sort of independent lives.

No doubt Phyllis Schlafly is smugly smirking into her Metamucil tonight.
Aug. 1st, 2009 12:32 pm (UTC)
OMG what the fuck? Seems like all those movies he did KNOCKED HIS FUCKING BRAINS OUT!!!
Aug. 1st, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC)
Well, he thought he could run CA, so I'd say yes.
Aug. 1st, 2009 12:35 pm (UTC)
I'm in MD, but I posted on FB so my CA friends could see.
Your gov should be very happy there's a continent between us right now.
(To the CIA/FBI/Homeland Security personnel reviewing this flagged entry, that was a fantasy/joke, not a threat. Go back to destroying my civil liberties as usual)
Aug. 1st, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
Yes it sucks - A LOT.

However, anyone that's read, in recent months, what Economist.com has had to say about California's finances - ie widening maw between what California makes and what it has to fork out... well, it was on the event horizon. Apparently the fiscal weakness has to do with the ballot initiatives that you guys love so much - they're great in principle but when bad times come, since politicians can't really touch anything that was put into law by ballot initiative (40% of your state budge is locked in this way), they have to cut other things...

like women's shelters (at least until those get voted back in by ballot initiative...).

While I empathize with everyone in California, I am sooo glad that shit like this generally doesn't happen in Quebec (the most socialist of all our provinces) - here the government controls 100% of the budget and if we don't like how they did it, they get voted out and the next government promptly repairs the damage.
Aug. 1st, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
And any tax increase requires a 2/3 majority in CA, iirc. So they never get passed but the initiatives to spend do.
Aug. 1st, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
What a scumbag. I am shocked... I had no idea he was capable of something so terrible. Didn't his wife chime in at all?
Aug. 2nd, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
Probably not. I remember an interview with the two of them where Maria Shriver stated that they don't really talk politics much. Comes from being a member of a staunchly Democratic family marrying a Republican, I suppose. :/
Aug. 2nd, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
(BTW, I added you to my list, woman!)
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