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Title: Rally and March to Support the Santa Cruz Eleven!
START DATE: Friday May 04
TIME: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location Details:
Santa Cruz Court House
701 Ocean Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Event Type: Press Conference
Contact NameDr. Steve Pleich
Email Addressspleich [at] gmail.com
Phone Number831-466-6078
Address
Press Release
Press Conference / Rally & March

DROP THE CHARGES AGAINST THE SANTA CRUZ ELEVEN

Stop Wasting Taxpayers Money on These Witch-Hunt Prosecutions!!

CONTACT: Dr. Steve Pleich
831-466-6078
spleich@gmail.com


Friday, May 4, 2012
Press Conference & Rally at 2pm
March at 2:30!

Meet at the steps of the Santa Cruz Court House
701 Ocean Street

On Friday, May 4th, at 2:00 PM, at the Santa Cruz Courthouse, there will be a press conference, rally and march to demand DROPPING ALL CHARGES against the Santa Cruz Eleven. The Santa Cruz Eleven are local community members who have been charged with an unprecedented variety of offenses arising from their alleged involvement with the occupation of a long-time vacant bank building late last fall, 2011.

The Santa Cruz Eleven were participating in constitutionally protected activities either as news gatherers, observers, or as supporters, including a mediator between police and activists inside the occupied building.

Each of these defendants has been charged with the following four charges: (1) felony conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor, (2) felony vandalism, (3) misdemeanor trespass by entering and occupying, and (4) refusing to leave private property. They are facing long jail sentences.

These defendants posed no threat to public order and community safety by their actions, either as chroniclers of the events, or as supporters of the occupiers and the occupation.

Supporters of the Santa Cruz Eleven are seeking local, regional, national and international support for the defense of these community members.

The cost of these prosecutions (including the prosecution and defense attorneys, court costs, and police costs for testimony) is costing taxpayers upwards of a million dollars, with judges dropping charges, and the DA refiling based on no additional evidence.

All charges based on this constitutionally protected activity should be dropped immediately.

Sponsored by the Watsonville Brown Berets, Supporters of the Santa Cruz Eleven. Please contact for your endorsement or for more information.

http://santacruzeleven.org/



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by Robert Norse
Friday May 4th, 2012 4:51 AM
I wrote the following comment (which had to be divided into four sections because Good Times values really brief brevity) to the most recent Good Times piece. I encourage others to add their thoughts to the City on a Hill Press and GT articles.

My comment:


Thanks for this follow-up.

http://www.santacruzeleven.org is also a good first stop for updates on the case as well as http://www.indybay.org/santacruz.

Becky Johnson has written a number of hard-hitting articles at http://www.beckyjohnsononewomantalking.blogspot.com/search/label/Occupy%20Santa%20Cruz

Prosecutor R. Young, though some of the charges were dropped against Alex Darocy and Bradley Stuart Allen at their Preliminary Hearing in March, has refiled them. A motion to dismiss these charges and argue that selective prosecution fatally taints this case will be heard 9 AM in Dept. 6 before Judge Burdick on Tuesday May 8th.

Darocy and Allen's trials are scheduled for May 21st, but the judge will be a different one than dismissed the charges against the four defendants as described in the article above. Judge Sillman of Monterey County, a visiting judge, will be hearing the trial. He will also be hearing the Preliminary Hearing of the last five of us as well.

Chillingly, Sillman, on even less "evidence" than Young presented in Burdick's court, still found enough to forward "conspiracy to trespass", and two trespass charges to trial. No evidence of a prior agreement, no indication of the elements of the trespass charges present. The same far-fetched aiding-and-abetting just by being present.

Worse still, Sillman bought Young's toxic conspiracy theory that the two were "the media arm of the conspiracy" (by unknown people, against whom no evidence was presented) by virtue of their reporting--a frontal attack on First Amendment activity.

Five of us will now face that same Judge Sillman on May 29th. Bradley and Alex will face him on May 21st. (Judge Burdick will be on vacation during that time.)

Though Judge Burdick's dismissal of all charges is a welcome (and overdue) development, it will not prevent Young from refiling any or all charges against all 4, as she has promised to do with "Angel" Alcantara and Cameron Laurendeau. She has intimated she may also do against Grant Wilson and Ed Rector. She has already done this--refiling completely unsubstantiated felony vandalism and felony conspiracy to vandalize charges against Bradley and Alex.

Bob Lee's crazyhouse conspiracy circus whirls on.

Another support benefit will be held on Friday May 11th at India JoZe Restaurant 3-6 PM. I urge folks to not only support Bradley and Alex on May 8th and come to this benefit next week, but also to sign the on-line petition at http://www.santacruzeleven.org .

These charges are part of a darkening political sky in Santa Cruz and across the country--an unconstitutional crackdown against the Occupy movement by authorities who would crush what looks to be the most encouraging protest movement in decades.