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Last Night DIY Parade 2011: Occupy The New Year!
by Bradley Stuart ( bradley [at] riseup.net )
Saturday Dec 31st, 2011 11:28 PM
Hundreds of people participated in the 7th Annual Last Night DIY New Year's Parade on December 31st, 2011 in downtown Santa Cruz, California. Hundreds more lined Pacific Avenue to watch and document the grassroots New Year's Eve celebration created by the community. The event has become both a homespun, family-friendly alternative celebration and a controversial embarrassment for the city.
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Every New Year's since 2005, the DIY celebration has been peaceful, creative, and fun. However, because of its lack of official sanction, civic leaders have opposed the celebration from the beginning. In 2010, police tried to shut down the parade by selectively targeting individuals who participated.

"While the police and civic leaders try to frighten us with the specter of downtown violence, we just want to participate in a communal celebration with our neighbors," said Elizabeth Burchfield. "We are tired of being afraid. It's time to organize together."

In 2005, Santa Cruz police were discovered infiltrating the parade planning group. An outcry by community members with the help of the ACLU put in place rules to severely restrict local surveillance operations of community groups.

According to the Last Night DIY website, the parade, from its beginnings in 2005, was not about merely celebrating, "but celebrating what we as a community can do ourselves, without corporate or city-sponsorship. It is a celebration of both our autonomy and the support we offer each other."

Each year, organization is spontaneous and open. There is no single group of organizers. "Everyone who participates makes it happen," said Burchfield.

The DIY Parade meets every year on New Year's Eve at 5pm near the Saturn Cafe parking lot on Pacific Avenue and Spruce Street. More information is available at the event's website, LastNightDIY.org

Santa Cruz Indymedia feature coverage of the Last Night DIY New Year's Parade: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
§Dennis Davie, Santa Cruz Group of the Sierra Club
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Dec 31st, 2011 11:28 PM
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Forestry Committee Chair

Dennis is also a Fisheries and Endangered Species Expert, Electric Vehicle Mechanic, and Newscaster at Free Radio Santa Cruz.

"I've been actively fighting for biodiversity since 1986." -Dennis Davie
§Women in Black
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Dec 31st, 2011 11:28 PM
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§Saturn Cafe
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Dec 31st, 2011 11:28 PM
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§Laurel and Pacific
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Dec 31st, 2011 11:28 PM
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§Women in Black Stand for Peace
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Dec 31st, 2011 11:28 PM
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§Trike
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Dec 31st, 2011 11:28 PM
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§Stilts on Pacific
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Dec 31st, 2011 11:28 PM
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§Mitey Mites
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Dec 31st, 2011 11:28 PM
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§Peace on Pacific
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Dec 31st, 2011 11:28 PM
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§Tandem
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Dec 31st, 2011 11:28 PM
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§Velvet Undeeground
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Dec 31st, 2011 11:28 PM
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§Santa Cruz Pipes and Drums
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Dec 31st, 2011 11:28 PM
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§People Without Homes
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Dec 31st, 2011 11:28 PM
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§Occupy The New Year!
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Dec 31st, 2011 11:28 PM
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§Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Dec 31st, 2011 11:28 PM
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§Shoulder Ride
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Dec 31st, 2011 11:28 PM
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§Last Night DIY
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Dec 31st, 2011 11:28 PM
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§Alan Sitar Brown
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Dec 31st, 2011 11:28 PM
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§These Are Not Statistics, They Are People
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Dec 31st, 2011 11:28 PM
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§Homeless Deaths
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Dec 31st, 2011 11:29 PM
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§Dancing Child
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Dec 31st, 2011 11:30 PM
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§Bankster Who Stole Christmas
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Dec 31st, 2011 11:31 PM
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§Chocolate Chip Cookie
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Dec 31st, 2011 11:31 PM
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§Occupy Street Theater
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Dec 31st, 2011 11:32 PM
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§Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
by Bradley Stuart Saturday Dec 31st, 2011 11:33 PM
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by A. Raging Granny
Saturday Dec 31st, 2011 11:31 PM
Hope to see many more in the new year. thanks for your coverage!
by Denica De Foy
( denicaamericandream [at] yahoo.com ) Sunday Jan 1st, 2012 9:54 AM
∞∞∞ Awesome pics- TY for sharing! ∞∞∞
by Jan Harwood
Tuesday Jan 3rd, 2012 1:55 PM
What a happy, colorful, peaceful crowd, despite their focus on the urgent needs for peace, jobs and beds for the homeless.
You missed getting a picture of the Santa Cruz WILPF Raging Grannies and their little dog, Raging Annie, though;they gave a long and harmonious and brilliantly satiric concert!
by Bradley Stuart
( bradley [at] riseup.net ) Wednesday Jan 4th, 2012 12:25 PM
Thank you, A. Raging Granny, Denica and Jan, for checking out the photos and commenting. I regret not seeing the Santa Cruz WILPF Raging Grannies and Raging Annie on New Year's Eve. However, I look forward to seeing you all soon!