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39th Santa Cruz Pride Parade: Free Bradley Manning!
by Bradley Allen ( bradley [at] riseup.net )
Monday Jun 3rd, 2013 12:45 PM
On Sunday, June 2, 2013, thousands of people lined Pacific Avenue for the 39th annual Santa Cruz Pride parade and festival presented by The Diversity Center of Santa Cruz. A wide range of organizations participated in the parade, including a contingent raising awareness and support for political prisoner Bradley Manning.
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[Photo: Santa Cruz peace activist Sherry Conable stands on Cathcart at Pacific holding up two fingers for peace and a placard stating “Free Bradley Manning. Peace Hero”.]



This summer's Pride celebrations fall in the midst of a military court martial where PFC Bradley Manning's entire life will quite literally be on the line. In San Francisco and far beyond, turmoil has been brewing over the SF Pride Board's designation of Bradley Manning as this year's Grand Marshal, followed by a revocation of that announcement.

The Bradley Manning Support Network writes, "Nobel Peace Prize nominee PFC Bradley Manning, a 25-year-old Army intelligence analyst, who released the Collateral Murder video that shows the killing of unarmed civilians and two Reuters journalists, by a US Apache helicopter crew in Iraq. Manning also shared documents known as the Afghan War Diary, the Iraq War Logs, and a series of embarrassing US diplomatic cables. These documents were published by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, and they have illuminated such issues as the true number and cause of civilian casualties in Iraq, along with a number of human rights abuses by U.S.-funded contractors and foreign militaries, and the role that spying and bribes play in international diplomacy. Given the war crimes exposed by these documents, PFC Bradley Manning should be given a medal of honor."

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Coverage of Pride 2012: 38th Annual Santa Cruz Pride Parade and Festival: Life Gets Better Together
§The Invisible Pink Unicorn Loves You!
by Bradley Allen Monday Jun 3rd, 2013 12:45 PM
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§Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Santa Cruz County
by Bradley Allen Monday Jun 3rd, 2013 12:45 PM
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§Take Back Santa Cruz
by Bradley Allen Monday Jun 3rd, 2013 12:45 PM
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§La Cage Aux Folles at Cabrillo Stage
by Bradley Allen Monday Jun 3rd, 2013 12:45 PM
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§Queens
by Bradley Allen Monday Jun 3rd, 2013 12:45 PM
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§STRANGE for LGBTTIQQ Youth
by Bradley Allen Monday Jun 3rd, 2013 12:45 PM
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§PFLAG: Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays
by Bradley Allen Monday Jun 3rd, 2013 12:45 PM
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§Transfamily Support Group of Santa Cruz County
by Bradley Allen Monday Jun 3rd, 2013 12:45 PM
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§Resource Center for Nonviolence
by Bradley Allen Monday Jun 3rd, 2013 12:45 PM
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§Free Bradley Manning
by Bradley Allen Monday Jun 3rd, 2013 12:45 PM
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§UCSC's Delta Lambda Psi: World's First Queer Gender Neutral Frarority
by Bradley Allen Monday Jun 3rd, 2013 12:45 PM
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§Suicide Prevention Service of the Central Coast
by Bradley Allen Monday Jun 3rd, 2013 12:45 PM
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§L A C A G E
by Bradley Allen Monday Jun 3rd, 2013 12:45 PM
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§Bump! Set! Fabulous!!! Santa Cruz Gay Volleyball
by Bradley Allen Monday Jun 3rd, 2013 12:45 PM
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§Santa Cruz AIDS Project and Surf City AIDS Ride
by Bradley Allen Monday Jun 3rd, 2013 12:45 PM
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§Children Line Pacific Avenue to Cheer the Pride Parade
by Bradley Allen Monday Jun 3rd, 2013 12:45 PM
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§NOH8: Promote Marriage, Gender and Human Equality
by Bradley Allen Monday Jun 3rd, 2013 12:45 PM
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§Kids Float Along Pacific Avenue in a Wheelbarrow
by Bradley Allen Monday Jun 3rd, 2013 12:45 PM
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§Planned Parenthood: Stand Up for Choice!
by Bradley Allen Monday Jun 3rd, 2013 12:46 PM
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§Santa Cruz Pride Promoters
by Bradley Allen Monday Jun 3rd, 2013 12:47 PM
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§WAMM: Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana
by Bradley Allen Monday Jun 3rd, 2013 12:48 PM
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§WAMMily
by Bradley Allen Monday Jun 3rd, 2013 12:49 PM
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§Streaming Onto Pacific Avenue at Tail end of Santa Cruz Pride Parade
by Bradley Allen Monday Jun 3rd, 2013 12:54 PM
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Comments  (Hide Comments)

by Brent Adams
Monday Jun 3rd, 2013 3:07 PM
Take Back Santa Cruz proposes a Bully Free Zone..

I find this profoundly disingenuous, as they've been bullying people for years.
They make people wrong for panhandling and simply for existing as homeless in the Ocean St.
area, along the San Lorenzo River Levee etc. I remember them doing positive loitering in the
River Flats area where simply being latino and standing on a street corner was something they
were targeting.

TBSC ARE our local bullies.
Isn't it ironic?
Apparently Pride is mainstream, and doesn't care about the 'others' that have been 'left behind'.

I remember when Medea spoke at Bookshop...
by Queer As In Fuck You!
Monday Jun 3rd, 2013 8:48 PM

I don't know why everyone's celebrating.

Perhaps it's Bradley Manning's 1,000th day of imprisonment, or perhaps the fact that the pigs and opportunists at the top of the SF Pride Parade dissed him by denying him in-absentia grand marshal-ship against the wishes of the majority, or the fact that you're now 'liberated' according to the Pentagon so you can travel to distant exotic lands meet new people and kill them, or maybe it's the 'right' to have your love for one another validated and sanctified by perverse religious institutions and murderous governments... Just so you can monetarily benefit.
by deep cover
Tuesday Jun 4th, 2013 12:04 AM
There's an old trick in politics, many of you probably know about.

It's to take your biggest weakness, or criticism leveled against you and turn it upon your foes.

TBSC did this.

Yes, they are bullies. Anti-democratic.

How do they position themselves?

As a grassroots, anti-bully organization.

People fall for the trick most of the time.


In the process, TBSC probably gained more traction and legitimacy in the community.


And so, what's the response from this group? Anything remotely organized or coherent? Any common goal or focus or strategy?
by ZouZou
Tuesday Jun 4th, 2013 1:01 AM
If one isn't familiar with the gay and lesbian community, here's a brief summary.

There are queers are on the fringes of both greater society as well as the gay and lesbian community. And then there is the bulk of the "community" which are mostly mainstream, middle class folks who are only queer in the sense of being ostracized for our orientations. As soon as this stigma is distinguished, so too will the "queerness" for many gays and lesbians.

For years the local LGBT community has had to deal with complaints and tensions regarding race. SC is run mostly by white folk even though there is a sizable Latino population. The tension exists within the LGBT as well.

TBSC has positioned itself as a mainstream, grassroots organization that is all about making Santa Cruz safer.

Without deeper examination, the Diversity Center, who is the group who sponsors gay pride march in SC, is probably only too happy to have another group marching in the parade and as well as to be affiliated with a self-avowed activist group who is going to support "anti-bullying measures."

The fact that TBSC is able to continually gain more traction amongst so many groups speaks in a large part to how poorly the left, the forces counter to TBSC are doing on an organizational and PR level. There is no organized counter to TBSC that I can see, no clear, succinct alternatives to the various proposals that they are making.

I have read several posts from people who think groups like TBSC should simply be ignored that we give power to them every time we talk about them. But personally, I don't see that as an effective strategy in dealing with them.
by Observer
Wednesday Jun 5th, 2013 12:24 PM
How is a 'queer' differentiated from LGBT?
by Robert Norse
Thursday Jun 6th, 2013 10:20 AM
Though probably most who read this site or post here have seen it, I refer folks to " Video of Take Back Santa Cruz[TBSC]-supported Clean Team Harassing Homeless Forced Off Internet" at http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2013/05/15/18736901.php .

Check out the video that TBSC-sympathizers successfully got removed from SC Patch (though activists reposted a voice-distorted image-distorted version on indybay).

One wonders where the thousands who flocked to this parade will be on Tuesday when City Council will finalize two anti-homeless laws (that equally impact the already-stigmatized LGBT poor). See "Anti-Homeless Laws at City Council" at http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2013/05/26/18737433.php .

The local liberal establishment's wall of silence on human rights violations against the local homeless is also evident at our recent ACLU monthly Board of Directors meeting (see http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2013/05/29/18737615.php?show_comments=1#18737795 & "ACLU Chair Closes Monthly Boad of Directors Meeting, Homeless Issues Off the Agenda" at http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2013/05/21/18737162.php).

HUFF activists are planning to distribute information and organize protests Saturday at the 4-5:30 PM Food Not Bombs and 5:30-6:30 Occupy Santa Cruz meetings at the Town Clock as well as the weekly Red Church meal at Calvary Episcopal Church (Lincoln and Cedar) 5-7 PM on Monday. Volunteer to help at 831-423-4833 or some on down to the meetings. The toxic laws will be on the 3 PM agenda, and probably reach the Council for a rubberstamp vote between 3 and 4 PM.

To e-mail this hopeless TBSC-captive group, go to citycouncil [at] cityofsantacruz.com . However much they ignore the e-mails, it's still useful for creating a public record. It's also helpful to send copies of your e-mails to the media (for the Sentinel--if it's intended as a letter, keep it under 150 words).