PALMDALE – The grassroots movement to keep serial rapist Christopher Hubbart from being relocated to an Antelope Valley residence is picking up steam.
A Community Rally this past Saturday drew support from more than 1,000 residents, who signed letters that will be sent to the Santa Clara County Judge responsible for Hubbart’s conditional release.
“There was a lot of momentum from the start, there was a lot of momentum throughout and there was a lot of momentum till the end,” said Marci Navarette of the Ladies of Lake LA, the community group that hosted the rally. (View many photos from the Rally here.)
The Community Rally Saturday was the kickoff event for an aggressive grassroots effort aimed at keeping the “Pillowcase Rapist” from being conditionally released to 20315 East Avenue R or anywhere in the Antelope Valley. (View a timeline of Hubbart’s criminal, social, and legal history here.)
Upcoming Events include:
Informational Table to Raise Awareness in Palmdale.
Saturday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Walmart on 47th Street East and Avenue S.
The Ladies of Lake LA will have a table set up with informative materials, in both English and Spanish, to raise awareness for the cause. They’re encouraging residents to submit handwritten letters to be routed to the judge responsible for Hubbart’s release to the Antelope Valley. Form letters will also be available for signature, as well. (View, print and sign a form letter here.)
Symbolic March in Palmdale.
Tentatively set for 6 p.m., Friday, May 2, at Poncitlan Square in Palmdale.
The Ladies of Lake LA will be supporting the March, which is being hosted by Agents of Change to raise awareness about Hubbart’s proposed relocation to the Antelope Valley. Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford and Palmdale City Council Member Tom Lackey have confirmed attendance at the March, according to Agents of Change President Dr. Miguel Coronado.
AV Latino Community Outreach in Lake Los Angeles.
Saturday, May 3, at the Cinco de Mayo Parade in Lake Los Angeles.
The Ladies of Lake LA will join the Valley Oasis Sexual Assault Response Team and local rape victims in hosting a booth in front of the Oso Meat Market (40340 170th St E) to spread awareness in the local Latino community. Informative materials will be available in both Spanish and English, and letters will be available for signature.
Raising Awareness in Lancaster.
Thursday, May 8, from 4 to 9 p.m., at the Farmers’ Market on Lancaster Blvd.
The Ladies of Lake LA will be working the crowd at the popular BLVD Farmers’ Market to distribute information, answer questions, collect letters and raise general community awareness.
They’re encouraging the entire Antelope Valley community to show support for the cause by attending one or all of the upcoming events.
“It’s entirely a grassroots effort. We are the soldiers for our community, putting the word out there,” Navaratte said. “We are a humble community, we’re not a dumping ground, and we’re concerned with [Hubbart’s] presence here.”
For Cheryl Holbrook, a rape survivor who lives alone in Lake Los Angeles, the message is especially important.
“This brings back memories from so many years ago,” Holbrook said. “I’m over the tears. Now I’m angry, I’m mad and I don’t want this guy out here.”
“Because of his background, he will reoffend; and we do not want him to reoffend in our community,” Navarette said. “We have a right to live without fear.”
For up-to-the-minute information on local efforts aimed at blocking Hubbart’s conditional release to the Antelope Valley, visit and “Like” the Facebook page titled “No Christopher Hubbart in the Antelope Valley.”
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