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October 11, 2022

APLA Health Calls for Accountability at Los Angeles City Council

Media Contact:
Joe Hui
Director of Communications
jhui@aplahealth.org
213.201.1342

10.11.2022

APLA Health is calling for the immediate resignation of Los Angeles City Councilmembers Nury Martinez, Kevin de Leon, and Gil Cedillo following the leaked audio of a conversation in which they made racist and dehumanizing remarks attacking the Black community, the LGBTQ+ community, the Indigenous community, and a fellow Councilmember’s family and child.

APLA Health’s mission is to restore dignity and trust within underserved communities by providing world-class LGBTQ+ empowering healthcare, support services, and HIV specialty care. We are firmly committed to building a diverse and vibrant Los Angeles where all members of our communities can thrive together. It will not be possible for us to do this important work in LA’s most vulnerable communities with these three members remaining on the City Council. They have violated their oaths of office and have further eroded the public’s trust in solving the City’s most intractable problems.

They should go.

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APLA Health restores dignity and trust within underserved communities by providing world-class LGBTQ+ empowering healthcare, support services, and HIV specialty care. Since 1983, APLA Health has remained steadfast in its commitment to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in our lifetime. The agency is a multi-site operation includes eight Federally Qualified health Center (FQHC) locations, serving more than 18,000 people annually in Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populous. We provide 20 different services including: medical, dental, behavioral health and HIV specialty care; PrEP counseling and management; health education and HIV prevention; and STD screening and treatment. For people living with HIV, we offer housing support; benefits counseling; home healthcare; and the Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantries; among several other critically needed services. Additionally, we are leaders in advocating for policy and legislation that positively impact the LGBTQ+ and HIV communities and conduct community-based research on issues affecting the communities we serve. For more information on APLA Health visit https://aplahealth.org.

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