June 22, 2010
by Jonathan Nack
OAKLAND – Disability rights activists are set to re-establish the “Arnieville” tent city in Berkeley today. The encampment is in opposition to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed budget cuts to In-Home Support Services (IHSS) in California, which the activist consider inhumane, illegal, and financially stupid. [ See June 6 IndyBay article ]
“We're totally fed up”, said Jean Stewart, one of the organizers, who is herself an IHSS recipient. “Every year the budget puts us through sheer hell – we face the terror that we could lose our services,” explained Stewart.
IHSS provides services to people in their homes who might otherwise probability have to be institutionalized.