Comments from the Press Conference:
Congressmember Jimmy Gomez:
“These fights are not won overnight…. But now President Trump wants to roll back that [national monument] designation. And it is a shame because this area is home to so much wildlife, to waterfalls to natural habitat that people get to enjoy. And this hard-fought fight that you all won, we have to continue it. We have make sure that President Trump and his administration know that there is no lack of public involvement in this area. That you guys had those meeting time and time again. We had those champions of this area making sure that everyone’s voice was heard….”
Congressmember Judy Chu:
“Now Angelenos, especially minorities, will have more opportunities to experience this wonderful piece of nature. It’s easier to get to the mountains, rivers, and forests, with safer trails and more signs in more languages — so everybody can benefit from this monument.”
Congressmember Adam Schiff:
“We need bipartisan support in Congress to protect this area even more… . the urgency now is protection of our monuments, of our open space. This is the direction in which must move — forward, not backward, protecting our public lands not exploiting them. Being good stewards of nature, not putting it at further risk…. This is a proud legacy of so many presidents. But like so many other actions, this current president would tear down what others have done, offering nothing constructive in its place. But we are gathered here in these numbers to say, ‘This, like everything else, we will resist.’ ”
“SAVE OUR NATIONAL MONUMENTS:
PROTECT THE SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS NATIONAL MONUMENT” PRESS CONFERENCE
LOS ANGELES (August 22, 2017)—Local elected leaders and environmental and social justice organizations rallied today at LA Historic Park in support of efforts to protect the national monuments currently being threatened by the Trump administration.
The press conference and rally featured LA-area members of Congress, hosted by San Gabriel Mountains Forever (SGMF), in support of protecting our national monuments, including the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. A recent executive order by President Trump directed Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to examine national monuments designated under the Antiquities Act, and recommendations by the Secretary are expected on August 24.
SPEAKERS: Congressmember Judy Chu, Congressmember Adam Schiff, Congressmember Jimmy Gomez, Congressmember Brad Sherman, El Monte Mayor Andre Quintero, Robert DiPrimio (San Gabriel Valley Water Company), Bryan Urias (Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District), Scott Ammons (REI), San Gabriel Mountains Forever Leadership Academy graduate Karen Gutierrez; emcee Daniel Rossman (The Wilderness Society, SGMF).
“We need to protect the national monument in our backyard,” said Omar Gomez, the San Gabriel Mountains Forever Chair and Program Director with COFEM, the Council of Mexican Federations. “The San Gabriel Mountains National Monument provides Angelenos with healthy, sustainable, recreational and educational opportunities, and we need the monument status to ensure that we protect our natural resources as well as recreational opportunities in nature for millions of Angelenos and visitors. Since the monument was designated by President Obama in 2014, we have made great strides in improving the area, as well as improving access to it for millions of those living in park-poor communities. This is a time for progress, not going back.”
VISUALS: B-roll of locations within the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument and SGMF’s work in the region. In attendance will be eighty-plus Angelenos who regularly visit the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument — as well members of Sierra Club, the Wilderness Society, COFEM, Climate Resolve, and other local environmental and community organizations.
CONTACTS: Andrea Alday, email@example.com; Stef McDonald, firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS FOREVER: For more than a decade, San Gabriel Mountains Forever (SGMF) has worked to protect, enhance, and provide access for all to our forests, rivers, and parks, and to develop a new, diverse generation of environmental stewards to care for our public lands. SGMF is best known as the lead community group building support for the designation of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.