Silent Stand protest on Saturday, local tribe participating

December 4th, 2013 | by Colin Atagi | Comments

The number of participants seems to be growing for a protest against drunken driving, which is scheduled for Saturday morning in Rancho Mirage.

The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians announced its support Wednesday morning for the Silent Stand on Highway 111.

tdsdc5-6cvwl86xkr9mjbph7fv_layoutTribal members are expected to join others at the corner of Highway 111 and Bob Hope Drive for the protest. It was sparked by the death of Celena Nava, who was hit and killed by a suspected drunken driver on Oct. 20 in Coachella.

“We support the Silent Stand on Highway 111 to remember the lives lost to the epidemic of driving under the influence and encourage all to attend,” Tribal Chairman Doug Welmas said in a statement.

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According to the event’s Facebook page, more than 100 people are expected to stand at the corner with banners and signs protesting drunken driving and remembering victims.

The protest is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Organizers stress participants will not obstruct traffic and they will use crosswalks in the area.

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