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Vacant Bank Occupied at River and Water Streets in Santa Cruz (Part 1 of 2)
by Bradley Stuart ( bradley [at] riseup.net )
Thursday Dec 1st, 2011 12:39 AM
On November 30th, more than a hundred activists in Santa Cruz demonstrated in front of a Chase bank, before marching to and occupying a vacant bank building on River and Water Streets at 3 PM. A communique handed out shortly after the building was entered states, "This building is being re-purposed in solidarity with Occupy Santa Cruz. Formerly a Coast Commercial Bank, the building was bought by Wells Fargo, closed, and has been vacant for the past three years. The company leasing the building manages foreclosures for Wells Fargo.

"The building is being re-purposed under Federal and State laws surrounding 'adverse possession.' This law states that space is most beneficial to the people who use it. Spaces like this one, reclaimed from the wealthiest 1%, are places where we can seek redress to our grievances."
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The communique continues by laying out a vision for the building, "In the years to come, this space will be used to organize humanitarian efforts, house a library, and provide a forum for discussions. The General Assembly of Occupy Santa Cruz is also invited to use this space.

"This building will be a space for the expansion of our movement, please respect it as our new home."

Signed, "OCCUPY THE BANKS"

At 6:30 PM, about two dozen cops attempted to enter the building, first breaking through a line a supporters on the outside, but then forcefully pushed backed by those occupying the building. The police then left the occupation, as dance music played for the people gathered both inside and outside the building.

By 12:30 AM on December 1st, approximately 75 people were holding strong inside the newly re-purposed former bank at 75 River Street in Santa Cruz.
§Holding Back Traffic
by Bradley Stuart Thursday Dec 1st, 2011 12:39 AM
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§Water Street Bridge
by Bradley Stuart Thursday Dec 1st, 2011 12:39 AM
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§Water and River Streets
by Bradley Stuart Thursday Dec 1st, 2011 12:39 AM
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§War Mongers and Fat Cats are Stealing Our Future
by Bradley Stuart Thursday Dec 1st, 2011 12:39 AM
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§75 River Street Has Been Occupied
by Bradley Stuart Thursday Dec 1st, 2011 12:39 AM
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§Santa Cruz PD Looks Up
by Bradley Stuart Thursday Dec 1st, 2011 12:39 AM
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§Blocking Cops
by Bradley Stuart Thursday Dec 1st, 2011 12:39 AM
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§Pallets Barricade
by Bradley Stuart Thursday Dec 1st, 2011 12:39 AM
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§Chairs Blocking Doors
by Bradley Stuart Thursday Dec 1st, 2011 12:39 AM
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§Capitalism Is Working As Intended!
by Bradley Stuart Thursday Dec 1st, 2011 12:39 AM
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§Holding Ground
by Bradley Stuart Thursday Dec 1st, 2011 12:39 AM
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§Important Information
by Bradley Stuart Thursday Dec 1st, 2011 12:39 AM
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§Door Barricade
by Bradley Stuart Thursday Dec 1st, 2011 12:39 AM
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§Part 2 of 2: Vacant Bank Occupied at River and Water Streets in Santa Cruz
by Bradley Stuart Thursday Dec 1st, 2011 1:13 AM
Part 2 of 2: Vacant Bank Occupied at River and Water Streets in Santa Cruz
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/12/01/18701427.php