URGENT HELP for the Cucapa/El Mayor – Mexicali Earthquake damage

From Joel Garcia

I am posting this hoping many of you can help the community of El Mayor inhabited by our brothers and sisters of the Cucapa nation which hosted Sub Comandante Marcos in 2006 & a camp and delegation of EZLN Comandantes in 2007. The fishing season in which the Cucapa depend on to be able to sustain themselves for the rest of the year are the months of March, April and May. Due to the recent earthquake who’s epicenter was less than 10 miles from the community of El Mayor, they can no longer go out and fish. There has been damage to the roads and routes they used to access the Colorado Delta. Aside from the road damage the delta has flooded making it impossible for ground access ending the fishing season this year.

A group of LA organizers will be visiting the community this coming weekend of April 9-11. If you can do a monetary donation, you can do that via paypal to sales@urbanxic.com – please add a note saying it is a donation for the Cucapa.

It is easier to distribute food than money, so if you can’t do a monetary donation, we are taking a truckload of primarily non-perishable foods and some fruits and veggies.

If you’re a teacher or student and if possible, it would be a good idea to do a food drive within your own classrooms, student organizations, etc. At this point I would advise against doing a food drive school-wide since at this time we don’t have the man power to handle that. Although I do think this one trip won’t be enough and would probably need to go back next month if not sooner.

Contact: Joel Garcia @ joelragegarcia@sbcglobal.n

et for drop off info.

Drop Off Sites:

Xocolatl Cafe (El Sereno)
4987 Huntington Drive North
Los Angeles, CA 90032
(behind Cal State LA Credit Union)
Hrs: Mon-Sat: 6:30am-10pm
Sun: 9am-9pm

or

Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural
13197-A Gladstone Ave. Sylmar, CA 91342
818.528.4511
Mon-Thurs 12pm-8pm
Fri 2pm-10pm
Sat-Sun 12-4pm

or

Native American Student Center at Cal Poly Pomona
Bldg. 26. Room 105 (Old Stables)
Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM
Pick up deadline Friday April, 16th at Noon

***Except Friday April 10th (Closed for Furlogh Day)***
Additional contacts:
Bianca G. Valle – Office: (909) 869-6877 // bgvalle@csupomona.edu
Chris Rodriguez (909) 630-1519 // pinchef@gmail.com

SAN DIEGO drop off locations:
City Heights Free Skool
4246 Wightman Street, San Diego, CA 92105

or

Unitarian Church
970 Broadway Suite 104, Chula Vista 91911

Please let others know.

For some background on the Cucapa and their situation there was a front-page article in the LA Times back in 2008.

http://articles.latimes.com/2008/may/25/local/me-newcolorado25

other
articles
http://articles.latimes.com/2005/jun/19/opinion/op-colorado19
http://articles.latimes.com/1997-03-24/news/mn-41542_1_modern-delta

This is an article with info & background regarding the time LA organizers amongst others, spent with the community:
http://www.calitics.com/diary/10325/group-urges-city-council-to-stop-nestlé-raid-on-sacramento-water

PARTIAL LIST OF ACCEPTABLE FOOD ITEMS: (please check for expired dates)
Rice
Beans
Canned foods (corn, vegetables, tuna, beans, fruit, etc.)
Pasta
Cooking Oils
Cookies & Crackers
Breads
NO DAIRY PRODUCTS
Tortillas
Potatoes
Tomato Sauce or Onions
Baby Formula
Instant Coffee
Sugar
Juice
LOTS AND LOTS OF DRINKING WATER

List of Material Needs:
Blankets
Anti Diarrheal medicine
Canopies
Camping Tents
Trash Bags
Baby wipes
Diapers (newborn and 5months)
Lighters
Flashlights
Toilet paper

the view right after the earthquake
Cucapa and those living in the area seek higher ground to avoid the flooding
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