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Attendance Doubles at City Hall Sleepout More than 60 people gathered at Santa Cruz City Hall on August 18 for the latest in a series of community campouts organized to protest local laws that ban sleeping in public. It was the sixth held at City Hall since July, and was attended by approximately twice as many sleepers as the previous campouts.

At the August 11 sleepout, police issued 24-hour stay away orders to at least two of those present, and a journalist who has been documenting the whole series of protests was arrested and taken to jail. The Santa Cruz Police Department has attempted to clear City Hall during most of the sleepouts by warning and/or citing those found in the courtyard, which is closed to the public after hours. After the police leave, however, most of the participants generally go back to sleep and stay the night.

Read More: imc_photo.gifAttendance Doubles at Sixth City Hall Sleepout | imc_photo.gifSanta Cruz Police Arrest Journalist and Issue Stay Away Orders at Community Sleepout #5 | Half a dozen cited, photographer arrested at Freedom Sleepers Protest | Arrest of Citizen Journalist for resisting arrest leaves questions of Police Intimidation | Police disrupt sleeping-ban protest, issue citations and make 1 arrest

Previous Coverage: Community Sleep-ins Continue at Santa Cruz City Hall || Community Campout Ends with Citations
USDA Presents Case Against Santa Cruz Biotechnology in Historic Proceeding A third complaint was filed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture against Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc. (SCBT) on August 7 for a violation of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The USDA's ongoing case against SCBT, one of the world’s largest research antibody suppliers, was heard by an administrative law judge from August 18-21.

The most recent complaint alleges that SCBT has “willfully violated” the AWA and “demonstrated bad faith by misleading” USDA personnel. This complaint also documents extreme suffering of goats, including one who suffered and was eventually euthanized with a captive bolt gun by veterinary tech personnel because no veterinarian was available.

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has led a hard-hitting campaign calling for the USDA to take firm action against SCBT. “We are hopeful that the USDA will put on a solid case utilizing the extensive documentation it has gathered and that the judge will recognize the grave nature of the alleged violations at SCBT, which have caused needless animal suffering,” said Cathy Liss, president of AWI. “We strongly believe that these USDA citations warrant severe penalties, including license revocation or suspension.”

pdfRead More | 8/18-8/21 Court Updates | pdfLegal Complaint | Animal Welfare Institute

Previous Coverage: Dealer of Animal-Derived Antibodies Could Lose License || ALDF Lawsuit Against Santa Cruz Biotechnology Animal Testing Facility Gains Support || Federal Investigations Reveal Severe Neglect of Animals at Santa Cruz Biotechnology
Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Officers Raid San Lorenzo Valley Cannabis Gardens On the morning of Friday, August 14, dozens of residents of Boulder Creek gathered in a downtown coffeeshop in response to police raids of medical cannabis gardens the day before. People took turns explaining what they experienced when members of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office’s newly formed Marijuana Compliance Team visited their homes and gardens.

Two of the medical cannabis patients whose garden was raided questioned why their 40 plants shared among three housemates was cut down to only seven plants. Many people were very angry and stated that they had been growing in compliance with the county's current medical cannabis cultivation laws: "Ordinance No. 5176. Ordinance Adding New Chapter 7.126 Relating To The Cultivation Of Medical Cannabis."

On August 13, sheriff's officers targeted properties on Moonrise Road in Boulder Creek. There were also unconfirmed reports of raids on Amber Ridge Loop. Using a bullhorn, officers entered some of the properties, breaking through gates, with their guns drawn and announced, "We're here to cut you down."

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Previous Coverage: Referendum Suspends Ban on Medical Cannabis Cultivation in Santa Cruz County || Board of Supervisors Approves New Cannabis Prohibitions in Santa Cruz County || Cannabis Patients and Cultivators are Under Attack in Santa Cruz County
Tue Aug 11 2015 (Updated 08/12/15) Community Members Challenge Sit-Lie Law by Breaking It
Sit-Ins Reclaim Public Space in Downtown Monterey While restaurant owners are legally expanding their business operations on to the sidewalk of downtown Monterey by creating outdoor dining areas, a small group of community members are using civil disobedience to reclaim the right to sit in public downtown. The city has removed benches and enacted a new sit-lie law in an effort to rid the downtown of homeless people and travelers. On August 7, community members organized the latest in a series of sit-ins held on the sidewalk of Alvarado Street to directly oppose the law by breaking it.

Since February, Direct Action Monterey Network (DAMN) has organized the monthly sit-ins to oppose the new law, which went into effect in October of 2014. Sec. 32-6.2 of the Monterey Municipal Code now bans sitting or lying on most commercial sidewalks in Monterey between the hours of 7am and 9pm. To issue a citation, though, police officers must first warn an individual they are violating the ordinance.

"We will continue challenging this law, which is only one expression of Monterey's war against people without homes," an announcement for the August 7 sit-in read. Future actions are planned for the first Friday of every month from 4pm-6pm.

imc_photo.gifRead More with Photos | Direct Action Monterey Network (DAMN) | See Also: imc_photo.gifSitting Freely in Downtown Monterey

Previous Coverage: Monterey Police Take Names, Issue 'Warnings' at Latest Sit-Lie Demonstration || Community Members Continue to Resist the Sit-Lie Ban in Monterey || New Sit-Lie Ban Protested in Monterey
70th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings Commemorated in Santa Cruz On August 2, community members in Santa Cruz came together to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. "Let us recommit ourselves to a world without nuclear weapons and without war," an announcement for the gathering read. The evening began with musicians playing in front of the Collateral Damage statue, which was installed next to the Town Clock on the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombings as a memorial to all civilian casualties of war. After the performances, the gathering concluded with a candlelight vigil where people had the opportunity to express their thoughts.

Individuals spent some time waxing and buffing the bronze Collateral Damage sculpture, in order to beautify it, and flowers were placed around its base. E.A. Chase, the artist who created it, was in attendance. As musicians played, he looked on fondly with bright, glowing eyes. At the dedication of the statue on August 5, 1995, Chase said that he originally created the sculpture to "arouse" people out of their complacency regarding nuclear testing and to face the real threat of nuclear war.

"This dedication of the Collateral Damage sculpture represents not the despair its conception was motivated by, but a victory for the voices of peace and intelligence," Chase said at the dedication in 1995. Presently, organizers say one of the issues they are concerned with is the tension between the United States and Russia over Ukraine.

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Salinas police shot and killed Frank Alvarado one year ago. On July 10 at a memorial held outdoors near the location where he was shot, Frank's family members vowed to continue their fight for justice. Signs held at the memorial communicated supporters' lack of trust in the Salinas police, and some contained direct allegations of widespread departmental corruption.
Donations are being sought to support the family of 17-year-old Cyrus Hurtado, who was shot and killed by two Santa Cruz sheriff's deputies in Boulder Creek on July 9. Hurtado, who reportedly suffered from mental issues, was killed after a family dispute at his grandparents' house where he lived, and their home and possessions were severely damaged by the deputies' gunfire.
On July 14, three of the remaining Santa Cruz Eleven defendants agreed to a plea deal with the prosecution, and the last remaining member of the group followed suit at his hearing on July 22, bringing to a close the Occupy-era case that has been slowly moving along since 2011. Defendants entered pleas of “no contest” to a charge of misdemeanor trespass. The felony vandalism charge was dropped.
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