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Occupy Santa Cruz Holds Second Major March
by Alex Darocy ( alex [at] alexdarocy.com )
Thursday Oct 13th, 2011 2:28 AM
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.
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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.

For more info about Occupy Santa Cruz and Occupy Wall Street, see:
http://occupysantacruz.org/
http://occupywallstreet.org


Alex Darocy
http://alexdarocy.blogspot.com/

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Music in tow.
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Passing the farmers market.
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Bruce Bratton gave the marchers a big thumbs up, then took a flier.
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Back at the courthouse.

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by Robert Norse
Thursday Oct 13th, 2011 8:44 AM
...for some great photos and the update. Thanks to the marchers for those great signs.

For some inspiration on who to target locally in government, go to http://sites.google.com/site/thetaintsantacruz/Home/list-santa-cruz-county-bureaucrat-pay .

As for the analysis of the financial empire of Canfield, Ow, Swenson, and other wealthy developers, time to hit the books!

Great commentary by Ralph Nader on occupywallstreet at http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/10/12/the-roar-of-the-people/ .
by theYode
Thursday Oct 13th, 2011 1:33 PM
...is probably not the best way to go about enticing your average police officer over to your side. They are part of the 99% too, ya know. But otherwise, nice showing.
by Not just the problems?
Thursday Oct 13th, 2011 5:06 PM
Serious inquiry. I share the frustration with the current situation, so I think I get where the protest is coming from. But most protests calling for change also give a hint of what change they want.

I can't say that I have heard yet what change is wanted here. What people want to get rid of or stop, yes. But what they want to replace it with? No.

Can anyone tell me what the ideas are to fix and replace the problem, other than shut it down and drop out of the system?
by (a)
Thursday Oct 13th, 2011 9:06 PM
End global capitalism
by A Skeptic
Thursday Oct 13th, 2011 9:30 PM
(a) either a) can't comprehend the question or, b) doesn't know the answer. The question was, "what is your solution"? We get it that you want to "end global capitalism", although we're not sure you actually know what that means. Nevertheless, once you accomplish this, what is your solution?

What, it didn't occur to you that simply destroying the system won't work? That you actually have to come up with an alternative working answer?
by Nellie Bly
Thursday Oct 13th, 2011 10:03 PM
Maybe for legal reasons they cannot discuss it here?
by Anon Y. Mous
Thursday Oct 13th, 2011 10:26 PM
Discussions and voting process of Occupy movement demands at: http://coupmedia.org/occupywallstreet/occupy-wall-street-official-demands-2009
by Supporter
Friday Oct 14th, 2011 1:19 AM
The Occupations around the country are doing just that... Trying to figure out what to do with the current situation. The way I have seen it is that the occupations are using an actual Democracy style Assembly to LISTEN to the surrounding Communities, worries and Problems. The Point is to get a general understanding on how People feel and to work together to come to a CONSENSES on how to fix it. If the time comes to replace the existing powers at be then Im sure the methods that the Occupations are implementing will have most of the bugs worked out. MY opinion is that in order to fix something you have to start from scratch and that Obviously our current way of running things isnt working out. All Revolutions start this way. The people are pissed and they want an Answer from the GOV. But to get that answer Dont you think we should Actually show them that we Care about being able to eat tomorrow. That we are scared of job cuts, And most importantly that if we dont do anything now then OUR imaginary money system is going to make us all homeless its a matter of time. WE ARE A COUNTRY WITH NO MONEY Nothing to back it up. What happens when we have to pay our debts?
Interesting and sympathetic story from Denver: http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_19112322

Anybody have any reports on rumors of similar behavior being planned here in Santa Cruz? (See http://www.facebook.com/OccupySantaCruz/posts/254880697890797)
by Not Just The Problems
Friday Oct 14th, 2011 10:54 AM
It doesn't appear that there are any real clearly defined objectives or tactics to achieve them; at least not yet. At present, it appears to be primarily venting of frustration and demand for change-to-be-identified. I'll get on board if and when it crystalizes and has goals I support ideologically.
by Dan
Saturday Oct 15th, 2011 3:40 PM
....the Tea Partiers are beginning to show up at the Occupy protests--there was footage of the Occupy protest in NYC where a number of "Don't Tread on Me" flags were flying--the symbol of the Tea Party. Some Dems have said this is what they fear, that the TP will coopt the Occupy movement and turn it against itself.
by Robert Norse
Saturday Oct 15th, 2011 4:13 PM
...the Democrats coopted the anti-war movement, escalated Bush's wars, amped up the war on terror and "drugs", and bailed out the banks?

There are good people on all sides who are tired of this shit. Reclaiming power for the community from these liars and whores is what Occupy is all about.