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Prisoner Solidarity Rally and March to Santa Cruz County Jail
by Bradley Allen
Monday Apr 8th, 2013 1:59 PM
Sin Barras, a community-based group that works to build coalitions to eradicate the prison industrial-complex, held a rally and march on Saturday, April 6, 2013, starting at the clock tower in downtown Santa Cruz. Sin Barras demands that, "Santa Cruz County officials provide real healthcare within the county jail, eliminate pretrial detention, and reallocate jail funding to create drug treatment centers and welfare programs outside of Santa Cruz County Jail."
[Photo: A demonstrator holds a sign in front of the clock tower stating, "Invest in schools and mental health. Not Prisons!"]

Since August 2012, at least four people have died inside the Santa Cruz County Jail from lack of medical care: Christy Sanders, Rick Prichard, Brant Monnet, and Bradley Gordon Dreher. In July 2012, the Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors voted to outsource county jail medical care to Monterey-based California Forensic Medical Group. CFMG provides services for 25 California counties and has an extensive history of lawsuits against them related to inadequate care, inmate abuse, and neglect.

Critical Resistance, an Oakland-based national organization dedicated to opposing the expansion of the prison industrial complex, defines the prison industrial complex (PIC) as the overlapping interests of government and industry that use surveillance, policing, and imprisonment as solutions to economic, social and political problems.

Through its reach and impact, the PIC helps and maintains the authority of people who get their power through racial, economic and other privileges. There are many ways this power is collected and maintained through the PIC, including creating mass media images that keep alive stereotypes of people of color, poor people, queer people, immigrants, youth, and other oppressed communities as criminal, delinquent, or deviant.

This power is also maintained by earning huge profits for private companies that deal with prisons and police forces; helping earn political gains for “tough on crime” politicians; increasing the influence of prison guard and police unions; and eliminating social and political dissent by oppressed communities that make demands for self-determination and reorganization of power in the US.
§Tash Nguyen and Courtney Hanson of Sin Barras
by Bradley Allen Monday Apr 8th, 2013 1:59 PM
§Mari and Marissa of Good Samaritan Mobile Medics Unit
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§Cafe HUFF Tabling Literature and Coffee from India Joze
by Bradley Allen Monday Apr 8th, 2013 1:59 PM
§Warren, Longtime Homeless in Santa Cruz
by Bradley Allen Monday Apr 8th, 2013 1:59 PM
Warren, a local without a home, speaking on inhumane conditions inside the Santa Cruz County Jail and police brutality against homeless communities.
Kati, once a silent victim of incarceration, talks of what it’s like to be a child of an incarnated parent.
§End Racist Mass Incarceration
by Bradley Allen Monday Apr 8th, 2013 1:59 PM
§Justice for Children of Incarcerated Parents
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§Solidarity from Onlookers
by Bradley Allen Monday Apr 8th, 2013 1:59 PM
§Land of the Free? Home of Mass Incarceration
by Bradley Allen Monday Apr 8th, 2013 1:59 PM
§In A World Without Prisons ...
by Bradley Allen Monday Apr 8th, 2013 1:59 PM
§No More Deaths!!!
by Bradley Allen Monday Apr 8th, 2013 1:59 PM
§Barefoot Hippies
by Bradley Allen Monday Apr 8th, 2013 1:59 PM
§Brass Liberation Orchestra
by Bradley Allen Monday Apr 8th, 2013 1:59 PM
The Brass Liberation Orchestra makes loud on the streets to inspire, instigate, agitate, mourn, celebrate, and communicate. We stand in solidarity with groups and movements who are working for a more just and equitable world. We are a work in progress. We work to build a multigender / multiracial / multigenerational group that enhances and strengthens the culture of the Left.
§Stop Police Abuse! Thumbs Up!
by Bradley Allen Monday Apr 8th, 2013 1:59 PM
Maggie of the bike brigade helps ensure a safe march
§Becky Johnson Speaks to Demonstrators at Santa Cruz County Jail
by Bradley Allen Monday Apr 8th, 2013 1:59 PM

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by Steve Pleich
Monday Apr 8th, 2013 5:07 PM
Thanks, Bradley (and Alex) for showing the energy, engagement and passion of this event. Your contributions continue to be important and noteworthy. Proud to be a part of this as a "demonstrator".
by G
Tuesday Apr 9th, 2013 12:49 PM
Recently Norse (of HUFF) approached me, asking if I had any preference for HUFF speakers (on my behalf, being a Santa Cruz County fugitive dreamer and all) for the Sin Barras event.

I suggested Razer Ray, thinking that an informed, thoughtful, controversial, and articulate homeless person might wake up the crowd. Then I remembered that HUFF doesn't appeal to Razer. Oh well.

Becky's OK, I guess, although the follow up fact checking gets tedious. For example; as far as I know (as told to me by Ed, the lawyer), the 2nd case appeal was heard before a Santa Cruz appellate panel (2 out of 3 anyway) that _failed to reach a decision_. Ed has even filed a petition for rehearing. Maybe that is my fault, I haven't blogged about it yet, so unless Becky listened to Ed before speaking at the Sin Barras event, how would she know any better?
by Robert Norse
Tuesday Apr 9th, 2013 10:24 PM
Ed Frey's Petition for Rehearing as well as his account of the almost perfunctory dismissal of the case by Judges Symons and Volkman can be found at .

While I admire Ed's persistence, I'm doubtful he can get anywhere given the court system as predisposed to rubberstamp prosecutions however far-fetched with few exceptions. Still Ed's arguments are reasonable and persuasive. If only power listened to reason.

Ed did not that the appeal did not get the immediate rejection that a prior verbal appeal brought. He suggested to me that his having written out the whole thing may cause they to tread more carefully and perhaps even reverse themselves.

Which would, I assume, give Ed a chance to reargue a case before a wretched judiciary predisposed against ordinary people--forget about homeless people and political acitivists.

Still Roman tyranny and imperialism was not torn down in a day. Good luck to Ed and Gary.
by Robert Norse
Wednesday Apr 10th, 2013 4:59 AM

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by existenceIsNot@Crime
Thursday Apr 11th, 2013 2:25 PM
SC courts are a joke. the judges depend on reelection by a majority to keep their jobs
so minorities like the homeless get screwed out of their rights. Federal courts are our only
hope, and that remains a slim hope at best.

i believe there will soon be a black bloc action on related jail issues.
by Mayberry PD
Monday Apr 15th, 2013 2:26 AM
What would Santa Cruz look like refashioned in SCPD Deputy Chief Steve Clark's utopian dreams?