The Mothers of East Los Angeles (MELA) started in 1985 when a group of women organized to fight a proposal for the construction of a new state prison in their neighborhood. Their efforts were successful and the group has gained national recognition. The Mothers have become known for their advocacy and activism on behalf of issues that include protecting the environment, lead-poison awareness, water conservation, graffiti abatement and various other social issues. The Mothers have also created and participated in various youth programs. The Mono Lake Program is designed to take a group of young students, ages 10 to 21, for a week-long camping trip. The participants are taught about the Los Angeles Aqueduct system, the history of Mono Lake and the Native Americans from the area, and conduct science projects. One objective of these trips is to expose inner city kids to a new environment and experience.
11 in. x 8.5 in.