Since 2002, the social justice community in Orange County has organized an annual May Day celebration of workers’ rights and protest for better economic and socio-political conditions. For many years, hundreds of people gathered in celebration and struggle, and then disbanded until the following May Day. In 2011, this informal network of community and allies formalized as the Orange County May Day Coalition (OCMDC) and made a commitment to continue working on an issue in an effort to institutionalize positive change. The Coalition worked tirelessly for nearly a year to win a more just impound policy in Santa Ana. The issue of unjust towing became a battleground when cities such as Maywood and Montebello seized cars in immigrant communities to raise cash. In Orange County, Santa Ana impounds more cars at state-funded drunk-driving checkpoints than any other police agency.
The OCMDC, in collaboration with the Orange County Congregation Community Organization (OCCCO) which works with 22 congregations and community groups representing 48,000 families, won a new Santa Ana impound policy in the Fall of 2011. This is the first impound policy of its kind in Orange County. Since the policy went into effect October 1, 2011, impounds have decreased 75% citywide.
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