National Drive Electric Week
Sep 18, 2016
|Day:||Sunday, September 18, 2016 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.|
The event was the result of about 3 months of organizing in Watts, during which time the remarkable Mike Chattom, known locally as "Big Mike," escorted me into numerous situations in Watts I never would have gotten into without him. I attended numerous church services, prayer meetings and Bible study classes where I was lovingly received and allowed to briefly present about the event. We were enthusiastically supported by the Watts Neighborhood Council, and engaged with the Watts Gang TaskForce and Much 62, an organization focussed on mass incarceration.
We were given enormous support by Councilman Joe Buscaino's office and by the LA Department of Water & Power, who used the event to announce 6 new car chargers scheduled for installation in the community in the next 2 months. Crucial participation came from Downey Nissan and Anaheim Pre-Owned Cars. Neighborhood youth showed high interest.
photo by: Sierra Club
I don't know them all. But third from the left in the green T-shirt and shades is Co-Captain Mike Chattom, and at his feet, crouching and smiling, is Evan Gillespie, Deputy Director of the Beyond Coal Campaign. Next to Evan in the red baseball cap is Katya English, SC Campaign staffer in the LA office. Center, in the blue T-shirt and holding the child, is Lizette Hernandez, the Sierra Club staffer dealing with South LA. Above the child's head, smiling in sunglasses, is Shawn Dhanak, the Sierra Club's publicist in the LA Campaign office. The tall man next to Shawn is William Funderburk, Commissioner of LA Dept. of Water and Power. And next to the Commissioner is Rev. Mac Shorty, Chairman of the Watts Neighborhood Council. Continuing in the back row we have me, Kent Minault, the Event Captain. And the last guy in back, in the Panama hat, is Joe McLaughlin, Sierra Club volunteer and EV owner. Character limit reached.
The event is pending. Please visit the Attend page to find other National Drive Electric Week events.