UPDATED! Will Ed Royce MEET with the Immigrant Reform Activists Sleeping Outside of His Office?

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A friend asked me last night about the fast that was taking place a mile or so away from my home in Brea — and I’m sorry to say that I didn’t know much about it.  Then I went there this morning.

Fast - outside Rep Ed Royce's Office

Dayne Lee of the Korean Resource Center (at right) stands with Day One faster Ana Lety Hernandez (wearing sign) and “Grandma Cha” outside of Ed Royce’s office on the Birch Street Promenade in Brea.

Now I do.

In the above photo, you’ll see not only the usual fashion ads for Brea Downtown, but information about the “Fast4Families event; Ana Lety Hernandez, one of the people fasting on the first day; a visitor to the site; Dayne Lee, Civic Participation Coordinator for the Korean Resource Center; a big “11 million” representing the estimated number of unauthorized residents currently in the U.S. — and, looming above them all, a neon sign announcing the presence of Rep. Ed Royce, or at least of his office.

Birch Street Promenade

Not shown: Bruxie, Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor, another Edwards Cinema, some other stores, close-ups of our iconic red and green gigantic Christmas ornaments — and the OCCCOupation going on behind me.

This is a serious, polished effort at activism — one that it should be hard for Rep. Ed Royce to ignore.  After all — it’s right outside of his office at 210 W. Birch Street, on the lovely (yes I do think it is) Birch Street Promenade.

Of course, when I say “polished,” I’m not necessary referring to every aspect of the police-approved urban campground.  Let’s have a look:

11 Million Sign & Camp

Welcome to their humble abode!

Every day this week, you’ll be able to come see (and even be part of) the 24-hour-per-day protest.  You’ll find daily events at 11 a.m. and prayer vigils every day at 6 p.m.

Five people are fasting for the full five days.  Six others are fasting for one day apiece.  The 11 people fasting on a single day represent the 11 million people residing in the U.S. without authorization.

The Camp!

The Camp!  Note that the Brea Police may already know about this.  Does my Occupy-tested heart proud!

You can also follow them on Twitter and Instagram, both at @occcopico; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/occcopico; and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/occcopico.

(I told you that these guys were organized!)

This may raise the question in your mind: what the heck is “occcopico” — and isn’t that too many “c”s to pronounce?

I can’t help you with the pronunciation, but they can help you contact your member of Congress to support immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship.  The number is 888-979-7506.  Or, to put it another way:

Green boxes

The sponsoring organizations are a combination of Community Labor and Faith-Based.  They include the Korean Resource Center, the Orange County Labor Federation (with volunteers coming specifically from SEIU-USWW — United Service Workers West), and OCCCO — which stands for OC Congregation Community Organizing. And of course they’re focusing on districts where they think that they can make a difference!

District Maps

(OK, some aspects of the approach, like  constructing district maps, still do need some work.)

Fasting for Families Sign

You have four days left — and the clock is already running on Day 2!

UPDATE, 11/21 8:15 a.m.

My wife and I were lured by three other Democratic Party of Orange County Executive Board members to come visit the site last night to keep people company in the rain.  (With it being only a mile or so away from me, my usual “but Irvine is so faaaaaaaar” excuses didn’t work.)  So I have some additional pix for you.

The Fast for Families in Brea's Birch Street Promenade

It was a dark and stormy night as we traversed the side pathway to Brea’s Birch Street Promenade. OK, obviously, not all that dark. And more drizzly than stormy. But — it was DEFINITELY night!


Fasting Brea Protesters huddled under a tarp

You may think that this photo of fasting Brea Protesters huddled under a tarp and singing songs to pass the time is the worst-taken and most miserable photo that you’ll see in this story ….


fast in brea wed nite as viewed through angels' tears

… but no, this one is WAY WORSE. I TOLD you that it was raining! Those are actual angels’ tears!

The Grand Finale/Closing Ceremonies/(I Forget Precisely What Term They Used For It) will take place tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., and as I recall are scheduled to be done by 11 a.m., following by a breakdown of the camp.  If you’re near the lovely Birch Street Promenade in Beautiful Downtown Brea, come down and help us stare longingly up at Ed Royce’s boldly lit up office sign, hoping that someone from there might descend to street level and actually listen to people affected by his policies!

P.S.  Have you called 888-979-7506 yet?

About Greg Diamond

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Runs for office sometimes, so far to offer a challenge to someone nasty who would otherwise have run unopposed. Someday he might pick a fight intending to win it rather than just to dent someone. You'll know it when you see it. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. A family member works part-time as a campaign treasurer. He doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he hated. He does advise some local campaigns informally and generally without compensation. If that changes, he will declare the interest. He also runs a less frequently published blog called "The Brean," for his chosen hometown, where he is now fighting with its wealthiest and most avaricious citizen-donors. This just seems to be his way.