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Title: Santa Cruz Sanctuary Camp Planning Meetings
START DATE: Wednesday April 17
TIME: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location Details:
Behind 387 Coral St. Santa Cruz (Harvey West Area)
Look for Roll-up Door w/ Dragon inside.
Event Type: Meeting
We are welcoming the community to a new conversation about homelessness. We're planning a Sanctuary Camp with the (at least tacit) approval of the community.

We've seen these camps become highly successful all over the country in helping to offer a safe space to homeless individuals as they create a safer and cleaner environment for everyone.

We're happy to share our vision with you.
We have a short video presentation of our research in the area and then will be circling and talking about next steps.

You are welcome.
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Interface: a journal for and about social movements
Volume 3 (1): 81 - 117 (May 2011)

The Other Side Of The Coin:
Counterinsurgency And Community Policing

Kristian Williams

(This paper grew out of a lecture presented at the "Econvergence," First Unitarian Church, Portland Oregon; October 3, 2009.)

Abstract

This essay outlines the current counterinsurgency model, with an emphasis on its domestic application in the United States. It shows that many contemporary counterinsurgency practices were developed by police agencies inside the U.S., and illustrates the transfer of theory, strategy, and technique from domestic police to the military - and back. The essay also examines the state's use of nongovernmental or nonprofit agencies, as one element of counterinsurgency strategy, to channel and control political opposition. [emphasis mine -RR] The conclusion briefly considers the strategic implications for social movements, especially as we learn to recognize and respond to political repression.

Introduction: expect repression... [Full PDF @ Interface]
(page w/ volume index here)

by Is the thing to do
Wednesday Apr 17th, 2013 10:22 AM
Brother Ray,

I skimmed the long essay you posted here. I would argue that the political culture of this town and county are not quite ripe for pushing toward radical solutions to homelessness, drug use, or emotional disorders brought on by the fragmentation of society due to the forces of advanced capitalism. I am at the point where any dialogue, although frustratingly slow to come to decisive action, is better than none.

Her conclusion of broadening the base of support for radical anti-repressive tactical action does, here, lead to the necessity of coordinated effort with those who have the time and energy to do the work of creating social change projects. We have the unemployed, the non-profit types, plus the university types. My hope is that we will find a way to transcend the difficulties inherent in bridging the cultural gaps between us, and to begin to move forward.

Peace,
Your Anonymous Green Friend