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May Day March from UCSC to San Lorenzo Park Is Re-Routed to Beach Flats
by ~Bradley ( bradley [at] riseup.net )
Saturday May 3rd, 2008 3:58 PM
On May 1st, May Day (International Workers' Day), hundreds of students and workers rallied at UC Santa Cruz and marched to Santa Cruz to demand rights for immigrants, workers and students, including freedom to transcend man-made borders. The intersection at the base of UCSC was briefly barricaded with pallets, a dumpster, tables and various other devices as the march crossed crossed High Street and continued down Bay Street. Onlookers and car passengers clapped, gave thumbs-up and raised their fists to express solidarity with the May Day demonstration.
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PLEASE SEE THE FIRST SERIES OF PHOTOS AT:

May Day Rally at UC Santa Cruz Demands Rights for Immigrants, Workers and Students
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/05/03/18496510.php

Overall, the demonstration seemed to go very well, however there were a couple of logistical problems during the day. The rally and march was announced by the Movement for Immigrant Rights Alliance (M.I.R.A.), a coalition of UC Santa Cruz students, community members, and diverse organizations working together to build a unified voice for people with migrant backgrounds, particularly those labeled undocumented. M.I.R.A. aims to raise public awareness about the rights and living conditions of immigrants who are continuously attacked and dehumanized by corporate media and public policy. Through dialogue, action, and reflection, M.I.R.A. strives to create a movement for human rights that transcends man-made borders.

The rally was supposed to take place from 12pm until 2pm in the Bay Tree Plaza, however the march ended up leaving the plaza at about 1:15pm. This early departure resulted in some people arriving at the Bay Tree Plaza ready to march at 2pm, but instead trying to find the large group or doing something else.

Another problem arose as the march was re-routed from ending at San Lorenzo Park, as announced, to instead ending at Beach Flats Park. Members of the Santa Cruz community were disappointed because the march did not come by the Clock Tower or end at San Lorenzo Park. Although these logistical issues lead to confusion and frustration, many people were still able to connect up with the demonstration and celebration at Beach Flats Park.

Despite the logistical issues, the demonstration successfully raised a lot of awareness throughout the community for the demands of M.I.R.A.
  1. DREAM Act be passed in U.S. now
  2. Stop the ICE raids now
  3. The construction of a day laborer center in Santa Cruz now
  4. Fair contract for AFSCME workers now
  5. End the militarization of borders now
§No Parking
by ~Bradley Saturday May 3rd, 2008 3:58 PM
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The Executive Vice Chancellor's Office sent out the following email on May Day:

Administrative Message

May 1, 2008

To: UCSC Community

From: Executive Vice Chancellor's Office
Re: Email Hoax sent out today

Early this morning, a fraudulent email was sent to an undetermined number of UCSC email accounts. Contrary to the contents of this message, UCSC classes have not been cancelled today.

This message, which may have led recipients to believe it was transmitted from the campus's Public Information Office, was sent from a source that is unknown at this time. Legitimate email messages from UCSC are also posted at: http://messages.ucsc.edu

Thank you.
§Adam Snook
by ~Bradley Saturday May 3rd, 2008 3:58 PM
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Adam Snook, Community Safety and Disaster Preparedness Programs
and Protest Monitor Squad
§Tony Contreras
by ~Bradley Saturday May 3rd, 2008 3:58 PM
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Tony Contreras is on UCSC's Police Emergency Response Team
§Alma Sifuentes
by ~Bradley Saturday May 3rd, 2008 3:58 PM
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Alma Sifuentes, Associate Vice Chancellor / Dean of Students
and Protest Monitor Squad
§Bayricade
by ~Bradley Saturday May 3rd, 2008 3:58 PM
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§Dumpster and Cop
by ~Bradley Saturday May 3rd, 2008 3:58 PM
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§Detention Centers = Concentration Camps
by ~Bradley Saturday May 3rd, 2008 3:58 PM
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§Un dia a la vez
by ~Bradley Saturday May 3rd, 2008 3:58 PM
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One day at a time
§Mission and Bay
by ~Bradley Saturday May 3rd, 2008 3:58 PM
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§Solidarity
by ~Bradley Saturday May 3rd, 2008 3:58 PM
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§Thumb Up
by ~Bradley Saturday May 3rd, 2008 3:58 PM
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§Two Thumbs Up
by ~Bradley Saturday May 3rd, 2008 3:58 PM
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§More Solidarity
by ~Bradley Saturday May 3rd, 2008 3:58 PM
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§Unrefined
by ~Bradley Saturday May 3rd, 2008 3:58 PM
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§Building Solidarity Across Communities of Color
by ~Bradley Saturday May 3rd, 2008 3:58 PM
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§Laurel Street
by ~Bradley Saturday May 3rd, 2008 3:58 PM
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§A La Chingada Con La Migra
by ~Bradley Saturday May 3rd, 2008 3:58 PM
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§Fist Up
by ~Bradley Saturday May 3rd, 2008 3:58 PM
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§Paleteros at San Lorenzo Park
by ~Bradley Saturday May 3rd, 2008 3:58 PM
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Numerous paleteros were among the people waiting at San Lorenzo Park for a march that did not arrive. Several paleteros brought their carts further down the river to the celebration at Beach Flats Park after receiving notice about the change of venue.
§Beach Flats Park
by ~Bradley Saturday May 3rd, 2008 4:02 PM
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§El Teatro Campesino
by ~Bradley Saturday May 3rd, 2008 4:02 PM
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El Teatro Campesino ("farmworkers' (campesino) theater"), is a theatrical troupe founded in 1965 as the cultural arm of the United Farm Workers. The original actors were all farmworkers, and El Teatro Campesino enacted events inspired by the lives of their audience. Early performances were on flat bed trucks in the middle of the fields in Delano, California.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_Campesino
§Dancers
by ~Bradley Saturday May 3rd, 2008 4:04 PM
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PLEASE SEE THE FIRST SERIES OF PHOTOS AT:

May Day Rally at UC Santa Cruz Demands Rights for Immigrants, Workers and Students
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/05/03/18496510.php

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by BRS
Saturday May 3rd, 2008 9:30 PM
nice to see the cops doing some real work there, removing those borders; now if we can just get them down to Calexico... LOL