On Saturday, September 5th from 10 am to 1 pm NorCal Resist held a free brake light repair event. This event also featured a community table which gave folks access to a variety of free household items.
NorCal Resist is an organization made up of community members who “stand in opposition of policies, politicians, and systems that harm our communities” according to their website.
A burned out brake light is one of the more common malfunctions on cars. While it may seem like an insignificant and easy to fix problem, a broken brake light can be dangerous in more ways than one. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, police are equally likely to initiate contact with white people as they are with people of color however, police are more than twice as likely to use physical force if they initiate contact with a person of color.
“This traffic stop [broken brake light] turned into a nightmare for undocumented folks. Impounding of their cars and possible deportation and for our people of color it can mean a life or death situation,” said Ruth Ibarra, a NorCal Resist Organizer.
This free brake light repair event aims to avoid a confrontation with the police altogether. There was also a community table at this event which provided an assortment of household items for the community.
“Food, diapers, soap, laundry detergent, masks, among other things. These items can be expensive for a lot of folks that have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. The community store is our way of taking care of each other,” said Ibarra.
Luckily the pandemic hasn’t had much of an effect on this event. Since it is already an outdoor event it is easy to follow CDC guidelines and maintain social distancing.
“Due to COVID, we ensure that our volunteers take the necessary precautions. Wearing gloves and masks to keep each other safe. Other than that it hasn’t impacted our program.” Said Ibarra.
If you are interested in volunteering at an event like this or interested in getting involved with NorCal Resist they are having another brake light repair event on September 12th and October 11th. You can find more information on their website or Facebook events page.