CONTACT:  Benjamin Kay, Samohi Teacher               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

310.450.8338, ext. 71127                                               27 OCT 2010



Santa monica H.S. students “ban the bag”


On October 26, Santa Monica High School students led the Ban the Bag student march, sponsored by Samohi's Team Marine and the Heal the Bay Surfrider Club.  This is the sixth march to be held in four years.


Over sixty people took to the streets of Santa Monica, including students, parents, and staff from Aqua Surf School, Heal the Bay, and Tree People's Generation Earth Program.  Marchers represented in style, bringing homemade banner signs and costumes.  Samohi students made several new costumes to add to their single-use plastic wardrobe collection, which now includes separate bag, straw, water bottle, bottle cap, cutlery, and six-ring pack monster costumes.

On the march, Samohi students passed out free reusable bags courtesy of Heal the Bay, and their self-made flyers printed on reusable paper highlighting the problems of and solutions to single-use plastic bag consumption.  Their chants resonated among downtown building windows, turning thousands of heads in their direction.  Passersby honked their horns, smiled, and yelled in affirmation.

At the end of the evening, during an unannounced visit to City Hall, Samohi students staged a silent protest, taking seats in the city hall council chambers during the city council meeting.  Their attendance elicited a response from council members, who acknowledged their presence and declared a new ban the bag vote date for Santa Monica – November 23 – after having postponed the vote date twice in October. 


“The announcement for the November 23 vote date drew mixed feelings from marchers,” commented Samohi Team Marine science teacher, Ben Kay.  “Some people were hoping the council would ban the bag prior to November 16, which is the day the City of Los Angeles is scheduled to vote on its own bag ban.” 

Below is a link to march photos:





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