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Occupy Santa Cruz Holds Second Major March
Described as a corporate ball dance party, community members in support of Occupy Santa Cruz marched to the major banks downtown for the second time in a week on the afternoon of October 12. Leading the way was a bicycle-towed boom box blasting Rage Against the Machine as the marchers, many of whom were dressed in business inspired garments, visited Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and in a bid for more support, the Downtown Farmers Market.
Approximately 75 people set out for the march, which began at Occupy Santa Cruz's county courthouse occupation location shortly before 4:30. The route traveled Ocean Street, Soquel Avenue, Pacific Avenue, and also along Cedar Street and Cathcart Street. In addition to pre-recorded music, people brought a variety of musical instruments, and at times the group chanted loudly in unison. As marchers neared, the employees of the banks locked their doors, some community members checked to see if they could enter, and some protesters approached the glass doors and windows and attempted to make a statement to those inside.
When the marchers returned to the courthouse, a presentation by the Resource Center for Nonviolence was being held, and the larger group pushed backed their general assembly a bit. One major decision made that evening at the assembly was to move the camp location closer to the county courthouse, and to have it remain on city property. Reports from those staying the night in San Lorenzo Park, who are also actively participating in the organization of Occupy Santa Cruz, describe that end of the occupation positively, but their food supplies are running low and food donations are always sought, as is moral support. Community members involved with Occupy Santa Cruz also request that new people continue join them and or visit the San Lorenzo Park location.
The next big event planned by Occupy Santa Cruz is the Rally for Global Change on October 15 at the county courthouse. The day will feature a march downtown as well as a variety of other activites.
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Music in tow.
Passing the farmers market.
Bruce Bratton gave the marchers a big thumbs up, then took a flier.
Santa Cruz is occupied Ohlone land. Decolonize!
Back at the courthouse.