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Artists and Allies Continue to Blanket Downtown at Latest Sidewalk Sit-In
by Alex Darocy ( alex [at] alexdarocy.com )
Friday Oct 25th, 2013 11:19 AM
On October 24, community members joined street performers and artists for a "blanket sit-in" on the sidewalk along Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz. The 24th was the day that a new city ordinance takes effect that restricts the amount of space artists, musicians, and petitioners may use downtown.
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Regular protests have been held since September when the Santa Cruz City Council first proposed reducing the space allowed for street vendors, artists, performers and others exercising their first amendment rights downtown from 16 square feet to 12. Blankets have been banned as a form of "display device" on which artists (and anyone else who wishes to display something downtown for any reason) may show their work, and the allowed amount of space between people with displays was also reduced.

The new 12 square feet limit equates to approximately three squares on the sidewalk, and some demonstrators used chalk to show the public the new amount of space allotted to them.

Sitting on the sidewalk for any reason has been outlawed on Pacific Avenue for years, and writing with chalk is also illegal.

The sit-in was co-sponsored by the Committee for Fairness & Equal Opportunity for Artisans and Musicians, and HUFF - Homeless United for Friendship and Freedom.


Alex Darocy
http://alexdarocy.blogspot.com/
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by Alex Darocy Friday Oct 25th, 2013 11:19 AM
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§Box o' Crime
by Alex Darocy Friday Oct 25th, 2013 11:19 AM
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§Blowing Bubbles is Still Legal in Santa Cruz
by Alex Darocy Friday Oct 25th, 2013 11:19 AM
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§This Paper is a Display Device
by Alex Darocy Friday Oct 25th, 2013 11:19 AM
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§Blankets is Not a Crime
by Alex Darocy Friday Oct 25th, 2013 11:19 AM
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§Support Art!
by Alex Darocy Friday Oct 25th, 2013 11:19 AM
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by Alex Darocy Friday Oct 25th, 2013 11:19 AM
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§This Will Be Illegal Oct. 24
by Alex Darocy Friday Oct 25th, 2013 11:19 AM
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by Alex Darocy Friday Oct 25th, 2013 11:19 AM
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§Everyone is Welcome Downtown, Except Artists
by Alex Darocy Friday Oct 25th, 2013 11:19 AM
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§Rabbi Philip Posner Hands out Flyers and Points out Changes in the Law
by Alex Darocy Friday Oct 25th, 2013 11:19 AM
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§When Freedom is Outlawed, Only Outlaws are Free
by Alex Darocy Friday Oct 25th, 2013 11:19 AM
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by Alex Darocy Friday Oct 25th, 2013 11:19 AM
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§Country Music is Not A Crime and it Ain't Panhandling
by Alex Darocy Friday Oct 25th, 2013 11:19 AM
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§Community Members Chalking the Sidewalk
by Alex Darocy Friday Oct 25th, 2013 11:19 AM
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§Three Squares
by Alex Darocy Friday Oct 25th, 2013 11:19 AM
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by Alex Darocy Friday Oct 25th, 2013 11:19 AM
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§They Say, Art, Sitting, Giving, Playing, Singing, is Illegal
by Alex Darocy Friday Oct 25th, 2013 11:19 AM
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§Keep SC Weird
by Alex Darocy Friday Oct 25th, 2013 11:19 AM
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The full statement read: "Keep SC Weird - Artistic"
§Express
by Alex Darocy Friday Oct 25th, 2013 11:21 AM
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Express
§R.I.P. Art?
by Alex Darocy Friday Oct 25th, 2013 11:22 AM
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R.I.P. Art
The second statement refers to the practice of bouncing balls, which is also prohibited downtown.
§What Would Banksy Do?
by Alex Darocy Friday Oct 25th, 2013 11:23 AM
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What Would Banksy Do?
§SCPD's Sgt. Bush
by Alex Darocy Friday Oct 25th, 2013 11:26 AM
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SCPD's Sgt Bush asked many demonstrators to stop chalking, but he was unable to stop it from happening.
§Smile Crew
by Alex Darocy Friday Oct 25th, 2013 11:26 AM
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Smile Crew
§Smile Crew
by Alex Darocy Friday Oct 25th, 2013 11:27 AM
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Smile Crew
§Smile Crew
by Alex Darocy Friday Oct 25th, 2013 11:28 AM
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Smile Crew
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This "Opportunity Zone" No Longer Available Thanx to Mayor "Trash-Can" Bryant