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Conspiracy to Commit Journalism: Free the Santa Cruz Eleven !
On Wednesday February 8th, sheriffs deputies and D.A.'s went to homes of three activists and took them away in handcuffs on arrest warrants for false charges of “conspiracy”, “vandalism”, and “trespass” in retaliation for reporting on and supporting the brief peaceful occupation of a 3 ½ year vacant bank building downtown, held by Wells Fargo Bank, a major predatory lender, as speculative investment. Five of the eleven charged are reporters for alternative media. Total charges: 44; Total Felony charges: 22 Our District Attorney's Office now apparently leads the country as the False Felony Fabricating Capital of the Country...
The flyer describes some upcoming events as well as the upcoming arraignments of the newscriminals. The petition presents a variety of issues which community members can weigh in on, either on-line or in hard copy.
Restore Law and Order in Santa Cruz
We, the undersigned, support:
(a) the recent arrests of eleven activists, five of them explicitly journalists, on charges of conspiracy, vandalism, and trespass at the vacant bank structure located at 75 River St.;
(b) the dispersal and destruction of the homeless campground adjacent to Occupy Santa Cruz in San
Lorenzo Park on December 8th;
(c) the new 7 PM to 7 AM curfew instituted at the Courthouse;
(d) the practice of maintaining law and order by arresting activists with Occupy Santa Cruz, for violating the law regarding trespass and lodging;
(e) the city lawsuits and legal actions against Occupy Santa Cruz to end their lawless and disruptive assembly;
(f) the City and County governments for their investment in industry and financial institutions;
(g) the City and County governments for their support of the free market system;
(h) the continued attempts to control the disruptive and sometimes criminal element who insist on sleeping, sitting, panhandling, petitioning, and performing bans downtown and elsewhere in the City;
(I) the prosecution and persecution of malcontents like the Santa Cruz 11. Gary Johnson, Ed Frey, Linda
Lremaster, and other PeaceCamp2010 defendants who continually flaunt the law and engage in criminal activities.
● This petition can be signed by ANYONE who agrees with the above statement.
● You do NOT have to be a city resident, registered voter, adult, or non-felon to sign.
● Please include contact information if you wish to help with subsequent action.
● PLEASE PRINT carefully and clearly. SIGN AS LEGIBLY as possible.
Signature Print Name Write Y (yes) or N (no) for each of a – g above.