Press Conference today 1PM. Villaraigosa/LAPD Checkpoints
- Hope some of you can make it!
Social Justice Educator/Community OrganizerUnion del BarrioCentro Cultural Francisco Villa2100 Maple Ave. Los Anegles, CA 90011
From: Martin Terrones <altoalosretenes@...>
Friends,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.SCIC
For Immediate ReleasePress ConferenceWHO: 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)
Cities 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.
The 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.
We 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.
Speakers at the press conference will include representatives of the National Lawyers Guild, the Southern California Immigration Coalition, IDEPSCA, other community organizers and impound victims.
The press 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) 431-9229.