Campaign Update 8/2/04

Momentum continues to build for the YES on Proposition 71 campaign. Our diverse coalition of supporters is expanding across the state and is carrying our message to every corner of California. With your ongoing help, we will pass Proposition 71 into law this November and help turn the promise of cures into reality.

Breaking News...

On Tuesday, July 27th, Ron Reagan Jr, son of former President Ronald Reagan, appeared at the Democratic National Convention to deliver an empassioned appeal for stem cell research, calling on Americans to vote for embryonic stem cell research in November.

Ron Reagan Jr.,Speech on Stem Cell Research, July 27, 2004

Notable New Endorsements

Proposition 71 already has been endorsed by a large number of grassroots supporters that includes Nobel Prize-winning scientists and medical experts, families involved in patient advocacy and efforts to cure diseases, elected officials, and leading business groups across the state.

The following groups have recently joined our coalition:

Alzheimer’s Association California Council

  • "The Alzheimer’s Association is in a race against time as baby boomers start turning 65 in 2010," said Jackie McGrath, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association California Council. "We’re facing an epidemic—the number of people with Alzheimer’s is predicted to soar from 500,000 in California to 791,500 by 2030. All research avenues should be pursued.

Valley Industry & Commerce Association

  • "This action to fund research for new treatments or cures for many injuries and diseases that result from the destruction, damage or depletion of essential groups of cells within our bodies is long overdue," said Rick Miller, chair of the VICA Healthcare Committee. "Should this measure pass, medical researchers are confident that stem cells can replace diseased cell populations within millions of patients, effectively reversing the symptoms of a disease, and perhaps, even curing it."

The Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed)

  • "Unquestionably, stem cell therapy is potentially the most important medical advance since the discovery of antibiotics. This critically important statewide initiative closes the federal funding gap and sets a new state model for advancing scientific research."

Los Angeles City Councilmembers Alex Padilla, Wendy Greuel, Jack Weiss and Bernard Parks

  • "Our support of Proposition 71 is a message to people living with cancer, AIDS, heart disease and other incurable ailments that we are not giving up on them," said Councilmember Parks. "We owe it to them to use every resource available, and Prop. 71 aims to do just that."
  • "Not only will Proposition 71 cure diseases and save lives but it will also generate significant economic benefits for Los Angeles by creating jobs and investing in biotechnology," said Councilmember Gruel.
  • "Stem cell research offers tremendous promise in the fight against many diseases," said Councilmember Weiss. "Los Angeles researchers can lead the way to new treatments if voters give them the resources through Proposition 71."
  • "My mother has been diagnosed with diabetes, and I certainly want her to receive the best health care possible. Proposition 71 will ensure that my mother and future generations will be helped with the latest in medical treatments that save lives," said Councilmember Padilla.

California Church IMPACT (the legislative advocacy arm for the California Council of Churches)

  • "We represent 1.5 million members of the mainstream and progressive Protestant and Orthodox communities of faith," said the Rev. Dr. Rick Schlosser, Executive Director of California Church IMPACT. "We are led by strong moral principles in support of health care and thus full access to medical developments. We have followed the hope and promise of stem cell research and we believe Proposition 71 is consistent with our moral principles.
    • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
    • American Society for Reproductive Medicine
    • Association of Northern California Oncologists
    • California Association for Nurse Practitioners
    • Central Valley Health Network
    • Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation
    • Marin County Board of Supervisors
    • Marin County Healthcare District
    • Medical Oncology Association of Southern California
    • The Parkinson's Institute
    • San Francisco Board of Supervisors
    • San Francisco Medical Society
    • Union for Reform Judaism

Click Here for a more complete list of members

New Campaign Website

The YES ON PROP. 71 campaign website now has a new address and features a new design. You can visit the new site at

In The News

Needless research limits hit home
"… I don't need sanctimonious politicians or self-interested lobbyists to tell me why the country desperately needs to expand the bounds of medical and scientific research. The best reason I know lies in Room 46 of a San Francisco convalescent hospital, largely out of touch with his surroundings, his proud past and his rather remarkable life. Even all the times I call him dad, I'm not even sure he knows he's my father. My father is quietly being ravaged by Alzheimer's disease -- the same affliction that Reagan's famous father died from last month -- and one of the many chronic, debilitating and sometimes deadly diseases for which stem- cell research is believed to offer the promise of a future cure. About 4.5 million Americans have Alzheimer's, and untold millions more suffer from cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses for which stem-cell research could yield improved treatments… Proposition 71, the statewide initiative, is the frustrated response from families affected by the misguided research regulations, who find it unconscionable that better treatments or possible cures for diabetes and Parkinson's disease are being impeded by ideology."
San Francisco Chronicle, July 19, 2004

Stem cell research gets Chamber boost
" The Silicon Valley San Jose Chamber of Commerce Thursday came out in favor of a voter initiative on the November ballot to make stem cell research constitutional in California. Proposition 71 would amend the state constitution and authorize state funding of stem cell research. The Chamber of Commerce endorses the initiative as a way to create research jobs. ‘The initiative provides billions of dollars in critically needed funding to support life-saving stem cell research,’ says Jim Cunneen, president and CEO of the chamber, in a prepared statement. ‘The initiative sets a new model for advancing scientific research and ... attracting jobs.’
San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal, July 8, 2004

Scientists in region want to take lead on stem cells
" In labs from San Diego to Pasadena, scientists are trying to make Southern California the world center for stem-cell research a young and controversial field that could lead to revolutionary treatments for some of the world's most devastating diseases…Patient advocates and scientists are pushing a $3 billion ballot initiative that could fund research for the next decade…If the bond measure passes and the consortium of Southern California scientists continues to jell, ‘there is no doubt in my mind that two years from now, this will be the absolute epicenter of stem-cell research in the world,’ said Dr. Evan Snyder, who heads The Burnham Institute's stem-cell program in La Jolla and is a prime architect of the consortium."
San Diego Union-Tribune, July 4, 2004

Join The Coalition: YES On Prop. 71

As public attention to the campaign increases, your involvement becomes even more important. You can help us build an effective coalition of statewide supporters and help carry our messages to every corner of California.
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Please send this Announcement to your friends, family and colleagues and ask them to join our coalition today. For more information on Proposition 71 the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative - please visit at

Prop 71 is Endorsed by

American Diabetes Association | Michael J. Fox Foundation | American Nurses Association of California | Leukemia and Lymphoma Society | The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation | California Medical Association | Alzheimer's Association, California Council | The Parkinson's Institute The Burnham Institute | American Parkinson’s Disease Association, LA | Californians for Cure | American Society of Hematology | Biotechnology Industry Organization
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce | San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce | Paralysis Project of America | National Brain Tumor Foundation | American Society of Hematology Cure Pulmonary Fibrosis and COPD | American Society for Neural Transplantation & Repair | Auxiliary to the National Medical Association | California Healthcare Institute | California Hepatitis C Task Force | Alliance for Aging Research | Hadassah of America | Project ALS | Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation | Cedars-Sinai Health System | Research! America
Children’s Neurobiological Solutions | ALS Therapy Development Foundation | CuresNow | Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research | Congress of California Seniors | Cure Autism Now | Marin County Healthcare District | Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California Diabetes Research Institute | Endocrine Metabolic Medical Center | Women’s Cancer Research Fund | Student Society for Stem Cell Research | Fair Foundation: Fair Allocations in Research | Friends of Cancer Research | Gray Panthers, California | Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation HealthTech: The Health Technology Center | Hereditary Disease Foundation | CA Church IMPACT
International Society for Stem Cell Research | Prostate Cancer Foundation| Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation | Steven and Michele Kirsch Foundation | Stem Cell Action Network | Late Onset Tay-Sachs Foundation | Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc.| National Coalition for Cancer Research | The Neuropathy Association | Parkinson’s Action Network | San Francisco Board of Supervisors | Lifepoint Wellness | Stem Cell Research Foundation
Central Valley Health Network | National Coalition of Hispanic Organizations | Gray Panthers, California | Medical Oncology Association of Southern California | Valley Industry and Commerce Association | Women’s Cancer Research Fund

and many more . . .

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