160,000 Green Voters, Others Urged to Support ‘Dark Monday' Gasoline Boycott, Protest of Immigrant Driver's License Denial
GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS ADVISORY
For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 14, 2004
Cres Vellucci, State Press Office, 916-996-1970,
Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610,
Kevin McKeown, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-393-3639,
SACRAMENTO (Dec. 14, 2004) – The Green Party of California today officially
endorsed a boycott of gasoline purchases on Mondays to protest the denial
of driver's licenses to millions of immigrants in the state, and urged the
more than 160,000 registered Green voters and all Californians to honor the
At dramatic news conferences held in Los Angeles, San Francisco and
Sacramento Monday, the Mexican American Political Association and a
coalition of other Latino groups announced the boycott that they have
dubbed "Dark Mondays."
MAPA is calling on the public to not purchase gasoline one day a week, on
Monday, to demonstrate support to immigrants and the right to obtain a
driver's license in California without regard to immigration status.
"Dark Mondays will continue for the remainder of this year and continue
throughout 2005 until California becomes a hospitable state to immigrants
and grants them the right to obtain a driver's license, as was the case
prior to 1994," said Nativo V. Lopez, MAPA President, the oldest Latino
political organization in the state.
Lopez re-registered Green from Democrat a few months ago, and has urged
that Green and MAPA members merge throughout the state and form a stronger
alliance for justice.
"We Greens are excited to endorse, support and promote, this boycott," said
Hugo Vera, a spokesperson for the Green Party and MAPA in Sacramento. "All
Californians must send a message to the Governor, and the Legislature, that
we cannot continue to insult our Latino brothers and sisters who work by
our side daily and contribute so much to this state."
Other organizations participating in the MAPA coalition include the
California Coalition for Immigrant's Rights and Against Raids, Centro
Azteca de Informacion, the Council of Mexican Federations, Hermandad
Mexicana Latinoamericana, Centro CSO and MAPA Youth Leadership.
The Green Party of California
P.O. Box 2828, Sacramento, CA 95812
Phone: (916) 448-3437