Black Lives Matter El Dorado County Adopts Highway
Drivers on Highway 50 in El Dorado County may see new Adopt-a-Highway signs bearing the name “Black Lives Matter El Dorado County”.
PLACERVILLE, Calif .– Just about every other weekend recently, members of Black Lives Matter El Dorado County have taken to the streets – not to protest but rather to pick up trash along Highway 50.
Organizer and founder Michelle Greene told ABC10 that joining the national Adopt-a-Highway program has been in the works for about a year.
“The goal is to allow volunteers to keep the road clean,” Greene said. “[As] a way for the community to give back.
The permit, through Caltrans, consists of a five-year commitment to clean up along passed sections of motorway at least 12 times a year. The Caltrans site says participation can include garbage disposal, planting trees or wildflowers, controlling vegetation, and removing graffiti.
Black lives matter in El Dorado County has passed four stretches of Highway 50 covering a total of about 10 miles through Placerville, Camino and Shingle Springs, Greene said, adding that so far the group has completed five or six cleanings.
Placerville-based organizer and activist Elizabeth DuBose said it helps the environment while strengthening the community.
“It gives people the ability to help more in different ways, especially if you’re not comfortable being an activist in the courthouse all the time,” DuBose said. “There is also another way to use your voice and your hands and help keep the community clean. “
“The purpose of Adopt-a-Highway is not to advertise and it is not to have a political discussion,” Greene noted. “I think this is a way for us, as an organization, to participate very actively in our community. “
She said if people saw the group’s name on Adopt-a-Highway signs, she wanted it to be associated with something positive.
“We really care about everything, be it political justice, social justice, the environment,” said DuBose. “I really care about human and human rights, getting to know other people and just creating safe spaces for people to also help the environment, but also help and heal themselves with activities. social security for everyone. “
The organization welcomes volunteers on this Adopt A Route effort. Those interested can connect with Black Lives Matter El Dorado County on social media or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
While people don’t have to live in El Dorado County to participate, Greene said they will need to take safety training before they can pick up trash along the highway.
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