Please don't forget to attend our press conference/action this afternoon. If you plan on attending, do try to be there by 12:30PM. We hope to see you or a representative of your organization there.
For Immediate Release
WHO: National Lawyers Guild, the Southern California
Immigration Coalition, IDEPSCA and other community organizations
WHAT: Press conference announcing our campaign to end the
practice of vehicle impounds for unlicensed undocumented immigrants during
checkpoints and during regular traffic stops.
WHEN: Thursday, 29 September 2011, 1PM
LOCATION: In front of Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N. Main
Street (Main Street Entrance)
and counties throughout the state are confiscating thousands of cars a
month at drivers license checkpoints and during random traffic stops. Most
drivers are often the victims of racial profiling.
towing and impound business is quite lucrative for tow companies, the city and
the county. The average victim of an impound cannot pay the estimated
$2,000 in towing fees, storage fees and the citation. Those unable to pay
these charges lose their vehicles completely as they are sold at auction just
days after the 30-day impound period.
therefore demand that Mayor Villaraigosa use the power of his office to stop
impounding cars for 30 days at traffic stops for minor traffic and equipment
violations, and institute a policy similar to the City of Oakland or San
Francisco, which allow unlicensed drivers to safely park their cars or call a
licensed driver to pick up the car. Currently, LAPD has instituted a
policy to stop impounding cars for 30 days at DUI/Drivers License
checkpoints. That policy does not affect people who lose their cars at
traffic stops. The community has been asking Mayor Villaraigosa for months to
to take leadership and address this problem. It is our intention to march to
the mayor’s office to submit our petition and request a direct meeting with him
to further discuss this campaign.
at the press conference will include representatives of the National Lawyers
Guild, the Southern California Immigration Coalition, IDEPSCA, other community
organizers and impound victims.
conference will be in Spanish and English.
For more information call Cynthia Anderson-Barker, NLG,
310-963-0924; Colleen Flynn, NLG, 818-613-5221; or Martin Terrones, SCIC, (310)