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Occupiers Return to Occuplaza In Face of Harassment, Bogus Felony Charges
by Robert Norse
Tuesday Feb 28th, 2012 2:35 AM
Mounting protests in the next few days will challenge the false prosecutions of the Santa Cruz Eleven as described in the flyer below.

Flyer to be distributed at today's arraignment of Brent Adams and Gabriella Ripleyphipps noting the next day's arraignment in Wednesday's Witchhunt against photographer Alex Darocy and homeless activist Robert Norse.
§Occupy Activists Return to Courthouse Steps
by text Tuesday Feb 28th, 2012 11:47 AM

Occupy Activists Return to Courthouse Steps
Deputies & Cops Attack with “Cold Water” Curfew

For the last 11 days, Arrest-Me-Not Anthony--sometimes alone, sometimes with others-- tabled and picketed at the “Occuplaza”. This was the area in front of the courthouse on Ocean St. previously used by Occupy Santa Cruz [OSC] activists until driven away by deputy harassment and SCPD threats. In response Sheriff Wowak's Deputies and SCPD Chief Vogel's police resumed arrest threats. Early Saturday morning on 2-25, deputies assaulted Anthony with cold water as he slept at 2 AM, presumably to discourage his protest. Two days later, seven deputies seized the literature table enforcing Chief Administrative Officer Susan Mauriello's extraordinary 12-hour-a-day “No Trespassing” curfew.

Deputies used this pattern of repeated arrests and property confiscations to drive away OSC in December. This was followed by SCPD's wholesale destruction of homeless survival gear, creating 100-200 homeless refugees on December 8th with no legal place to go. On December 20th after an earlier speech bemoaning cruelty to the homeless, Mayor Don Lane attended the Homeless Death Memorial, which noted their 20-year reduced life expectancy.

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 or supporting the brief peaceful occupation of a 3 1⁄2 year vacant bank building downtown, held by Wells Fargo Bank, a major predatory lender, as speculative investment. Lane has refused to ask City Manager Martin Bernal if Vogel specifically requested prosecution.

Five of the eleven charged are reporters for alternative media. Total charges: 44; Total Felony charges: 22 Our District Attorney's Office may now lead the country as the False Felony Fabricating Capital of the Country, with Santa Cruz's D.A. Bob Lee charging more felonies against OSC activists than any other city, including Oakland and New York. Estimated cost: $100,000 and rising.
§More Arraignments in False Felony Frolics Wednesday; Occuplaza Updates
by Robert Norse Tuesday Feb 28th, 2012 11:08 PM

Hopefully these flyers speak for themselves.

Come down to the Courthouse Wednesday morning and get your own hardcopy--or download and print out1
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by Robert Norse Tuesday Feb 28th, 2012 11:08 PM

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