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13 Years of Marching for Peace and Unity
by ~Bradley ( bradley [at] riseup.net )
Saturday Oct 14th, 2006 12:07 AM
On October 7th, 2006, friends and families of the victims of violence, as well as community activists, passionately marched through different Watsonville neighborhoods demanding an end to all violence, including war and government oppression during the the 13th annual Peace and Unity March.
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After the tragic gang-related murders of Jessica Cortez, 9, and her older brother Jorge Cortez, 16, in 1994, the Peace and Unity March was organized by the newly formed Watsonville Brown Berets to address the gang warfare going on in their community. The Berets aim to re-channel the energy that youth put into violent gangs and transform youth into community leaders and activists with a strong knowledge of their culture.

more photos and audio:
The 13th Annual Peace and Unity March
§Justice for All!
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 14th, 2006 12:07 AM
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§Violence is Stupid
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 14th, 2006 12:07 AM
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§Paz y Unidad Ahora
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 14th, 2006 12:07 AM
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§Ya Basta Con la Violencia
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 14th, 2006 12:07 AM
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§Paz
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 14th, 2006 12:07 AM
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§Together We Rise 4 Peace
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 14th, 2006 12:07 AM
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§Paz y Unidad
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 14th, 2006 12:07 AM
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§White Hawk
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 14th, 2006 12:07 AM
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§Isacc Guzman
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 14th, 2006 12:07 AM
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§Paz en el Barrio
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 14th, 2006 12:07 AM
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§Peace in the Streets
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 14th, 2006 12:07 AM
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§Unity in Struggle
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 14th, 2006 12:07 AM
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§MLK Jr.
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 14th, 2006 12:07 AM
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§United We March
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 14th, 2006 12:07 AM
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§No Mas Violencia
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 14th, 2006 12:07 AM
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§Aztec
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 14th, 2006 12:07 AM
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§Brown Beret
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 14th, 2006 12:07 AM
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§Peace for All!
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 14th, 2006 12:07 AM
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§Watsonville Police Officer with Taser and Gun
by ~Bradley Saturday Oct 14th, 2006 12:07 AM
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Who invited this guy with all the weapons to the march and rally for peace and unity? The Tasers were a new addition to this years Peace and Unity March.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taser_International

Taser International Inc. has been criticized for their aggressive marketing tactics; some say that the company misrepresents the dangers of their product and subtly encourages their use in improper situations. An article in the Arizona Republic newspaper revealed that company officials had claimed that a Department of Defense study was "independent" proof of the Taser's safety even though the company provided most of the research material used in the study and participated in three panels to determine the scope of the study, analyze data, and review findings.

The company also has met controversy about the relationship between it and the Taser Foundation, which gave monetary grants to police officers killed in the line of duty, after a USA Today report in April 2005.

Scrutiny regarding the safety of the devices sold by Taser International Inc. has prompted over 30+ 'wrongful death' lawsuits against the company, since company inception.
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Not to mention....Para que saben (So that they know)Sunday Oct 15th, 2006 2:35 AM