Hit ’em with a ton of bricks

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“We’re now looking ahead and planning localized protests,” the Virginia native said. “I think there will be more bricks being delivered than planned protests. We just want to show our numbers, our strength and show our leaders that we mean business.” Heffron said that the Senate’s passage of immigration reform last week really helped the brick project pick up steam. More and more people have been purchasing and sending the bricks through the group’s Web site. Originally the group asked people to send the bricks on their own, but when it became too difficult for some, Heffron’s organization began to do it for them. Still, she said, thousands of people are sending messages to congressional leaders on their own, she said. The most popular targets on the West Coast are Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, both Democrats who voted for the Senate bill. Boxer could not be reached for comment, but a spokeswoman for Feinstein said she received more than 700 bricks. The bricks will be put to good use, though. The Senate’s sergeant-at- arms, whose primary responsibility is to maintain security for the chamber, is rounding up the bricks with plans to donate them to a nonprofit organization in the Washington area. The sergeant-at-arms’ office had to deliver all of the bricks to each of the Senator’s offices. “They were pretty heavy I imagine,” Heffron said. “The first time we delivered 3,000 by UPS. At first the Senate postmaster didn’t want to deliver it. They were having to split them up and take them to the offices – now they are mailed individually.” House members also got a large number of bricks and most have appreciated the sentiment of the American people, Heffron said. Glendora Republican Rep. David Dreier got one brick, said spokeswoman Alisa Do. Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., is heading up a plan to donate all of the bricks to Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that builds homes for low-income families. [email protected] (909) 483-8552160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lawmakers are still miles apart on immigration reform, but at least they’re 12,000 bricks closer to a border wall. Advocates of tougher border security looking for a way to get the attention of the House and Senate have created the Send-A-Brick Project, a grass-roots organization that since April has mailed thousands of red bricks to Capitol Hill lawmakers. For $11.95 “you can have a brick delivered to your favorite senator or Congressional leader,” said Kirsten Heffron, a coordinator for the project. Heffron said the bricks are just the first step for the group, which plans to expand its advocacy for border security by marching in Washington, D.C., this month with like-minded organizations. last_img