Let me first start this off as saying thank you for visiting this fundraiser! I am a local activist and photographer and was present the day Elias got arrested. When the day started, Elias got up and spoke in front of hundreds of fellow activists and supporters. It was nothing short, but inspirational. Ever since that day it has been a pleasure getting to know Elias and learning all that they do for the community we live in. Please read below...
Please consider donating to Elias Bautista, a local activist on the Central Coast of California. On July 21st, Elias was arrested at the conclusion of a peaceful protest in San Luis Obispo alongside another protestor. In addition to being an activist and educator in both their hometown (Santa Maria) and their college community in Santa Cruz, Elias is also an amazing youth organizer.
Since the age of sixteen, Elias has been a beloved community member and has always been an advocate for younger generations. Starting with the Future Leaders of America and then continuing with CAUSE youth coalition, Elias also works closely with multiple schools to ensure and help students reach their full potentials.
Can you help donate to Elias’s case? Currently, they are facing two serious charges: lynching and resisting arrest. We think these two charges reveal the corruption set forth within the San Luis Obispo Police Department (SLOPD) . “Lynching” is an old anti-protestor statute that is being resurrected so that police can quell this new era of uprising. Elias, along with other community members like T.A are just more targets of neutralization.
All funds raised will contribute to Elias Bautista’s case and will not only be a sign of solidarity with them, but also against political repression which is a threat to us all! Please share the link via your social media accounts and networks and if you can donate, please do so.
Will go directly to the legal defense of Elias Bautista including an attorney, investigators and any fees or fines related to the arrest on July 21st. Any remaining funds will be going directly to Elias's friends who are incarcerated for personal needs while in prison as well as to support other protestors legal defenses currently and in the future. We will keep everyone updated on funding, and where the money is being allocated to.
Funds will be managed by Richard Fusillo with direct supervision from Elias and their legal advisers. The funds will be distributed by Richard, including any payments towards attorneys, legal costs and miscellaneous items needed for the case.
On behalf of Elias, their family, friends and the activist community, we thank you.
SOLIDARITY AND ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!
Artwork : Daniela Shapiro