The Save Chuck movement, which aims to keep Chuckawalla Valley State Prison open, is rapidly gaining support as more legislators, organizations, and concerned citizens align themselves with the cause. The list of coalition members and supporters is growing daily as the movement gains traction and attention.
The Save Chuck movement was initiated by locals of Chuckawalla’s surrounding community, Blythe, California, who believe that Chuckawalla’s closure would have a significant impact on the local community, including job losses and reduced economic activity. The group is working to prevent the closure of the prison by raising awareness about the importance this facility has for their city and the consequences its closure would have.
Since its inception, the Save Chuck movement has gained support from a broad range of legislators such as Supervisor Perez, Assemblymember Garcia, and Senators Padilla and Seyarto, organizations such as Association of Riverside County Chiefs of Police (ARCCOPS), the Riverside County Division of CalCities, and the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG) and California municipalities including the Cities of Beaumont, Calimesa, Cathedral City, Corona, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Norco and Perris. Letters of support for the Save Chuck movement addressed to Governor Gavin Newsom can be found at: SaveChuck.org/press-media-resources/
These demonstrations of support reflect an alignment with Save Chuck’s mission that is both politically and geographically diverse. Blythe community members look forward to using this momentum to continue raising awareness and making Chuckawalla’s closure a topic of concern for California legislators.Those who are interested in getting involved as well as staying up to date on the latest from the movement are encouraged to find resources and information at SaveChuck.org