SCIG Protestors From Long Beach, L.A. Assemble Outside Villaraigosa’s Home • Long Beach Post

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Photos are beginning to appear of protestors in front of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s home as people–some of them members of a Long Beach-based group–go on a 24-hour hunger strike against the controversial proposed rail yard for BNSF’s Southern California Gateway Project (SCIG).

Organized by the Green Los Angeles Port Working group, a coalition of mainly Long Beach-based community organizations that focus on health and environmental issues, the non-violent protest will focus on what they feel is the “environmentally racist” unanimous passage of the SCIG’s final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) by the L.A. Port Board of Harbor Commissioners earlier this month.

485991 4472216611443 1529156034 nMultiple groups–most vehemently the East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, the Coalition for Clean Air, and the Natural Resources Defense Council–have slammed the FEIR for having multiple holes and misleading the residences it directly affects about the project’s impact on air and noise pollution, as well as traffic.

According to one of the event’s organizers, Wynton Johnson, “Core community leaders who have been involved in this campaign for a while have been meeting up to discuss what next steps we should take to bring this issue to everyone’s attention and take the power back from the politicians–and they decided on putting a call out for a hunger strike.”

Paired with the slogan, “You can go days without eating but cannot survive more than a few minutes without breahting!” posters appeared both online and throughout the West Long Beach neighborhoods that will be vastly affected by SCIG and advertised two carpools the group was organizing from Long Beach to the Mayor’s Mansion in Central L.A. The first left Admiral Kidd Park at 6AM this morning. The second will leave at 2PM.

Having begun at 7:30AM this morning, the starving protestors will continue to camp in front of Villaraigosa’s home 605 South Irving Boulevard and hold a candlelight vigil at 7PM. If asked to leave, organizers stated they will migrate to City Hall.

For more information on the Green L.A. Port Working Group, visit lb4health.com

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