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PACE NEWS: National Action Network LA and NAACP Victor Valley Tells Rancho Motors, a GM Dealership, “No Justice, No Peace” During Protest Rally In Victorville

National Action Network LA, NAACP Victor Valley Chapter and community members from Los Angeles to the High Desert of Victorville in San Bernardino County met up on Friday in Victorville to join in protest of Rancho Motors, a GM Dealership that has a history of racial discrimination, predatory lending and calling its customers “nigger” along with using code language when referring to African Americans such as, “If their hair is nappy, their credit is crappy.” Rev. K.W. Tulloss is the president of NANLA, Bill Thomas, President Victor Valley NAACP Branch 1082, Rev. Johnathan Moseley, VP, NAN LA and Clifton Harris, Publisher, San Bernardino American News were organizers of the protest. Source: www.pacenewsonline.com

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Community Call To Action To Protest Racist GM Dealership In Victorville

VICTORVILLE, CA -On Friday, November 10, 2017, Victor Valley NAACP and National Action Network are calling for support from surrounding communities to join them in a peaceful protest in front of Rancho Motors Company, Inc., in the City of Victorville. According to Bill Thomas, President, Victor Valley NAACP, Branch 1082, “The purpose of this gathering is to protest Rancho Motor’s racist and predatory practices toward minority groups, specifically the African American Community.” The San Bernardino Sun reports that since February Rancho Motor Company has been embroiled in lawsuits alleging systemic bank and credit fraud and racial discrimination.

This 46-year old family owned business employees have come forward in deposition accusing the dealership of willfully engaging in a racist, sexist culture. On page 155 in the deposition, one Rancho Motor Company employee, Danny Braun, stated that Gerald Tillis, an African American employee was referred to as a “dumb nigger” that they should have never given him an opportunity.” Braun said, “They teased him (Tillis) about his family, about being African-American, about being from Adelanto, about eating chicken.” Braun is a retired San Bernardino County sheriff’s sergeant and he said that he complained to the company owner and president John Wilkins about the dealership’s business practices, racism and sexism.

The action I was able to read in the deposition is a throwback to Jim Crow and sharecropping, except, the only difference at Rancho Motors is that there is no sharing the goods with the customers who are getting ripped off with shady dealings and at the same time being talked about like calling black customers “niggers”. There is a scheduled protest on Veteran’s Day November 10, 2017 so I am encouraging all who want to celebrate Veterans, I believe this is a great way to give back. Veterans buy GM cars and I believe a large percentage of them are Black Veterans and Veterans of color.

The action by this dealership must serve as a kindling to say enough is enough to this corporation as a whole that we will not tolerate complicit behavior by way of silence. So far at press time and according to reports there has been no attempt from GM to resolve the issue. One employee, who is white, is being sued for trying to bring Rancho’s racist wrongs to the attention of those at Rancho Motors top level management. Christopher White, was outraged at what was happening at Rancho and he did something about it. He fought back and now he and Rene Williams are suing the dealership for discrimination and Williams is suing for being lured away from another car dealership, taking the job at Rancho only after working for a short period of time Williams was demeaned, cursed, being accused of thinking he had “black privileges” and ultimately, he was fired.

This is an opportunity to share in fighting for blatant injustice and discrimination just an hour drive to say…… “Justice at GM or No Purchase at GM!”

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Bodies Discovered in Joshua Tree National Park Identified

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Twentynine Palms, California – On Sunday, October 15, 2017 at approximately 11:30 a.m., Joshua Tree Search and Rescue (JOSAR) discovered two bodies in a remote region of Joshua Tree National Park. Park rangers and JOSAR responded.

Due to suspicious circumstances, detectives from the San Bernardino County Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail also responded to the area. The bodies were transferred to the San Bernardino County Coroner on Monday, October 16.

The decedents were identified as Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph Orbeso, 22, both of Orange County. During the autopsy, the coroner identified injuries consistent with a gunshot wound on both Nguyen and Orbeso. Evidence suggests that Orbeso shot Nguyen and then shot himself. An investigation into these actions is ongoing.

The couple was initially identified as missing on July 28, 2017 when a local bed and breakfast owner reported they had not returned to check out of their room. The owner remembered that the couple mentioned hiking in Joshua Tree National Park. National Park Service (NPS) rangers and JOSAR initiated a search and located the couple’s vehicle at the Maze Loop trailhead. Recognizing the need for additional resources, NPS made a mutual aid request to San Bernardino County. A large-scale search launched with over 250 searchers, including ground teams, dog teams, and aircraft.

The search transitioned to limited continuous mode on August 6, during which NPS and JOSAR continued search efforts as resources permitted and new information became available.

Anyone with information about this couple should contact San Bernardino County at 909-387-3589, or 1-800-78 CRIME (27463) to remain anonymous. You may leave a tip at www.wetip.com.

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