The need: The strikers that are released need support from all of us – money for basics, transportation volunteers, host families – everything. Let’s all support the IMB Immigration Team and the other members of the coalition by pitching in any way we can. Contact us with your donations or offers or for details on how you can help.
Here is an early assessment of the needs, and we will provide an update on the situation later today:
Ankle monitor ($420/month)
Pickup from Adelanto to North Hollywood (bail bondsman)
To lodging (Strategic lodging near North Hollywood [one night at least])
Pickup from lodging to host family (temp or long term)
Call California Senators Kevin DeLeon and Ricardo Lara this week and tell them to support AB1000, the California Desert Protection Act, and move it forward out of Committee. Tell them to do the right thing and protect our desert.
Background: AB1000 is legislation aimed to safeguard groundwater in California’s Mojave Desert that sustains wildlife and parks including Mojave Trails National Monument and Mojave National Preserve and wildlife. The legislation seeks to safeguard the desert from an unsustainable threat that has persisted for 20 years: the Cadiz Inc. water mining proposal. Cadiz Inc. seeks to pump 16 billion gallons of water each year for 50 years, from the heart of Mojave Trails National Monument and the aquifers connected to Mojave National Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park. It is a reason Mojave Trails will likely be reduced by 500,000 acres. Many have collectively fought the Cadiz project for decades, but the Trump Administration is pulling out all the stops to move the project forward despite concerns raised by federal agencies and environmental groups.
Senators DeLeon and Lara held AB1000 from receiving a vote this past Friday, despite strong support from the Governor and Lieutenant Governor. BUT, the legislative session does not end until September 15th and we have information that indicates AB1000 still has a chance to move forward. Please call Senators Kevin DeLeon and Ricardo Lara and urge them to support and move the bill forward. Bonus: Tell DeLeon you won’t support him for Lt Governor if he kills this bill. Call them out on social media too, especially Twitter.
State Senator KEVIN de LEON, Speaker Pro Tempore
Capitol Office Tel: (916) 651-4024; Fax: (916) 651-4924
District Office Tel: (213) 483-9300; Fax: (213) 483-9305
State Senator Ricardo Lara
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4033
Huntington Park District Office: 323-277-4560
Long Beach District Office: 562-256-7921
The opinion page of local press is one of the most effective tools we have for making ourselves heard. Resistance members in the Morongo Basin have been making full use of this opportunity!
Following on the events in Charlottesville, the Hi-Desert Starpublished an editorial on August 24 calling racism repugnant and stating “the area’s partisan political groups, its service organizations and its clergy should be forming a united front to condemn racism.” The editorial notes “a new political group, Indivisible Morongo Basin, has joined in the effort to stand up for values of unity and justice”, but that the “brunt of the responsibility for ending white-supremacist racism should not be borne by its victims, or by a small group of churches or activists”; rather, “it’s a journey all of us in the Morongo Basin should be taking together.”
Rebecca Unger responds in a letter to the editor, and in another letter Wendy Hadley demands Rep. Paul Cook take a moral stand and censure President Trump’s statements on Charlottesville. You will find more voices from your community in the local press here.
Keep those letters coming, Indivisibles! Get tips on how and where to write on our Use the Press page. And remember, you can extend your impact by sending letters to newspapers throughout Congressional District 8 – find the links here.
ADDENDUM: In response to the Hi-Desert Star’s August 24 editorial, the Lincoln Club of the Morongo Basin submitted a letter to the editor which states “We gladly go on record as joining other Morongo Basin groups and organizations in opposing racism of any kind.”
And since that time the Morongo Basin Democratic Club has approved a resolution against racism and also submitted a letter to the Star calling on fellow residents of the Basin to take down their Confederate flags.
This is solidarity in action: Thanks to your generosity, three of the Adelanto hunger strikers were freed this week. Meet Isaac, Julio, and Civile. They will now join the coalition to actively free the remaining detainees.
We’re up to $15,000, with nearly up to 5 detainees able to be released from Adelanto! Isaac, Julio and Civile are the first three. So we were excited that the average bond amount for the Adelanto Hunger Strikers had come down to about $2,300 per man. Then when CLUE started going to get them out, they found a little fine print addition of an $800 per man “release fee.” So the total per detainee is now about $3,100 each–still attainable, but it will take a little longer. Nonetheless, we are delighted we’ve collectively raised more than $9,500! That’s three detainees. Please help the remaining hunger strikers go home to their families: contribute if you are able, and share.