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Alert: Sheriffs Demand Breakdown of OSC Geodesic Dome in Next Two Hours
I received an e-mail a few minutes ago from Andy Moscowitz, which I'm forwarding. Lt. Pursley reportedly threatened unspecified consequences if the recently-erected geodesic dome at OSC isn't removed in the next two hours.
Andy's e-mail posted at http://www.facebook.com/groups/occupysantacruz/156415751122493/
It reads: "Solidarity needed at the Occupied Courthouse steps, ASAP! Santa Cruz County Sheriff Lt. Pursley just arrived to tell us that there will be problems if we don't break down the "unlawful structure" our beautiful geodesic dome in two hours. Very suspicious: everyone is right now preparing for our well publicized march to City Hall, which departs in just about 2 hours!
Come down now to support, and join with at 2:30pm us as we deliver our response to City Hall: "Our permit is the First Amendment."
The geodesic dome is pictured at http://twitpic.com/7bprzq?mid=5223 .
I'd suggest that the sheriff's threat will actually backfire, since the media and community are already on alert for the march. It can be delayed to deal with this, if folks so choose--and folks can speak up about other recent sheriff harassment in the form of 647e tickets. They can escort media over to the San Lorenzo park bathrooms and show them what the city locks up at night. And so forth.
I'd also wager the camp will probably look in pretty good shape, hopefully without that disconcerting occasional eruption.
I just got the following e-mail/update from Andy--it's now 1 PM as I post this on indybay:
"Solidarity needed at the courthouse NOW! Sheriff says that if we don't have the dome down by 1pm (15 minutes!) they will cut it down for us. Come down NOW to support, and continue on with us at 2:30pm as we deliver our response to the City Hall permit: "Our permit is the First Amendment." DEFEND THE DOME"
Occupiers gather to defend our new geodesic dome after receiving threats by Santa Cruz County sheriffs. This was shortly before we marched to City Hall to deliver our response to their permit-ultimatum: “The first amendment is our permit!” (Photo by @a_sunspeck)