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image In Memory of Fallen Officers, Activists Postpone Rally Opposing Attack Vehicle Purchase 120_harry-meserve-santa-cruz.jpg original image ( 534x800) - by Alex Darocy
Activists organizing to oppose the police purchase of a $250,000 Lenco BearCat (Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck) postponed a rally scheduled to occur during today's Santa Cruz City Council meeting. Members of SCRAM! (Santa Cruz Resistance Against Militarization) changed plans when they found out the Santa Cruz Police Department officers who were killed in 2013 might be honored at the same time as their rally. [Photo: Harry Meserve of SCRAM! speaks to council members.]
Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:30PM
image Peter Dale Scott and David Talbot on the U.S. Deep State 120_pdscott-dtalbot.jpg original image ( 720x480) - by Ed Rippy
U.C. Berkeley Professor Emeritus Peter Dale Scott and journalist David Talbot talk about the hidden transnational network of government officials and private businesses that shape U.S. politics behind the scenes. Audio: 1 hr 23 min.
Posted: Sun Feb 15, 2015 7:30PM
image BearCat Battle Moves Forward in Santa Cruz, City Council May Revisit Issue in March 120_santa-cruz-bearcat-1.jpg original image ( 800x534) - by Alex Darocy
February 10 marked the fourth consecutive Santa Cruz City Council meeting where residents have protested the police purchase of a $250,000 BearCat (Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck) funded by two Department of Homeland Security grants. As with the previous protests, community members again rallied in the City Hall courtyard and entered Tuesday's council meeting as a group to speak out against the purchase of the armored attack-style vehicle during the open communicat...
Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 4:46PM
text Local Activists Continue to Press the Issue on the BearCat and Militarization - by Steve Pleich for SCRAM
Community Concern Over BearCat Purchase Continues to Grow
Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 3:14PM
calendar Protest War Criminal Netanyahu’s Speech to Joint Session of Congress 120_netanyahu_warcriminalsticker.jpg original image ( 958x536) - by ANSWER Coalition
Israeli Consulate, 456 Montgomery St., at California St.
Event Date:Tue Mar 3, 2015 5:00PM
Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 3:19PM
text Dear City Council, Santa Cruz Does NOT Want a BEARCAT - by Sin Barras
Sin Barras, Without (Prison) Bars, wants the Santa Cruz Police Department to rescind its agreement to purchase a Bearcat (Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck).
Posted: Mon Feb 9, 2015 3:12PM
image Forum: IMPERIALISM GONE CRAZY? Imperialism, Inter-Imperialist War and Labor 120_odessa_fascist_massacre.jpeg original image ( 266x189) - by IDG
A forum was held on 2/7/15 in San Francisco with the title Imperialism, Inter-Imperialist War, Labor And Capitalism Are We Headed Toward An Imperialist World War? As the presenters pointed out the US has a long history of intervention in Central and Eastern Europe and Asia.
Posted: Sun Feb 8, 2015 11:44PM
calendar Rally to GIVE BACK the BearCat Military Vehicle 120_scotts_valley_police_swat.jpg original image ( 2048x1152) - by
Santa Cruz City Hall, 809 Center Street, Santa Cruz
Event Date:Tue Feb 10, 2015 4:30PM
Posted: Thu Feb 5, 2015 5:59PM
image Indians 201: Indian Rebellions at the California Missions 120_death_of_father_jayme_california_mission.jpg original image ( 580x378) - by Ojibwa, for Native American Netroots
While it is not uncommon for some textbooks to give the impression that the California Native Americans passively accepted the missions, Spanish domination, and conversion to Christianity, this was not the case. In fact, the initial reception of the Franciscans by the California Indians was anything but hospitable. Resistance to the Spanish Franciscans was organized by village chiefs and influential shamans and this resistance was expressed through attacks on both the Spanish soldiers and the...
Posted: Wed Feb 4, 2015 3:57PM
image March for Justice: End US State Terrorism Against People of Color 120_studentssign.jpg original image ( 3456x4608) - by R. Robertson
Familiar names? Oscar Grant, Salvador Allende, Victor Jara, Che Guevara, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Aiyana Stanley Jones, Darrien Hunt. High School students in Mountain View rallied in front of City Hall on Wednesday June 28th, with the faces of these people on placards, asking that they not be forgotten.
Posted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 2:16AM
image Reclaim MLK - Third World for Black Power Lockdown at Federal Building in Oakland, 1/16/15: photos 120_96hours_fedbuildinglockdown_reclaimmlk_20150116_001.jpg original image ( 1600x1067) - by Dave Id
In solidarity with Black Lives Matter activists across the country who set out to "Reclaim Martin Luther King's Legacy" for MLK Day 2015, Oakland's Anti-Police Terrorism Project (APTP) called for 96 hours of direct action in the San Francisco Bay Area. Launching the four-day weekend of actions in the Bay Area was a surprise Friday morning lockdown of the two main entrances to the Ronald Dellums Federal Building complex. Over two dozen activists arrived at the federal building before dawn and...
Posted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 1:34PM
video Activists Say Santa Cruz Police Lied to Secure Armored Vehicle Purchase (video/quicktime 115.9MB) - by Alex Darocy
On January 27, community members held a press conference at Santa Cruz City Hall to reveal information which has added to their belief that police essentially lied in December when seeking the city council's approval to purchase a BearCat (Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck) they claim will be used county-wide as an "emergency" vehicle. The purchase of the BearCat, which will be paid for with $250,000 in Homeland Security Department grants, has been widely protested i...
Posted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:59PM
image A Year in the Streets: Resistance in the Bay in 2014 120_800_oakland_police_bear_mace_august_15_2014.jpg original image ( 800x790) - by FireWorks
From the blockading of Google buses to the blockading of major freeways. From riots against white supremacy and police in Oakland to anti-tech and gentrification brawls in San Francisco, 2014 was an explosive year. Battles erupted in a variety of places and around various issues. Against surveillance, against the eviction of squats and homeless camps, against Israeli attacks on Gaza at the Port of Oakland, and in workplaces and neighborhoods across the region. While the bay changed for the wo...
Posted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 2:36PM
calendar Tanks, No Thanks Give Back the BearCat Armored Military Vehicle bearcat_flyer_1_27_2015-1.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by
Santa Cruz City Council, 809 Center Street, Santa Cruz
Event Date:Tue Jan 27, 2015 4:30PM
Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 12:10PM
document Public Records Released by the SPCD on the Bearcat uasi_grant_funds_2014.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by SCPD and City (posted by Norse)
The documents below reached me about a week and a half ago. I circulated them to some activists. One interested critic of the Bearcat asked me to make them available to him. Sorry I was slow in putting out this info. They need to be carefully examined and followed up on--particularly since I believe that further anti-militarization protests are in the cards for the next City Council.
Posted: Sun Jan 18, 2015 10:44PM
image Hundreds Protest Approval of Police Attack Vehicle Purchase at SC City Council Meeting 120_bearcat-protest-santa-cruz-1.jpg original image ( 800x534) - by Alex Darocy
On January 13, hundreds of residents attempted to attend the Santa Cruz City Council meeting to oppose the council's December decision which approved a police department request to accept Homeland Security grants totaling more than $250,000 earmarked for the purchase of an armored attack vehicle. When residents first found out in early December about the proposed purchase, police described it as an "emergency response and rescue vehicle" in a report sent to city council members prepared by De...
Posted: Sun Jan 18, 2015 4:11PM
calendar Give Back the BEARCAT!!, and Create an Inclusive Public Process! - by CodePink Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz City Hall 809 Center Street
Event Date:Tue Jan 13, 2015 4:00PM
Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 12:32PM
calendar March For Black Community Control Of The Police! 120_march_rally_html_2.jpg original image ( 1275x1650) - by Oakland Chapter UHURU Movement
OAKLAND UHURU HOUSE
Event Date:Sat Jan 17, 2015 12:00PM
Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:14AM
image Lara Kissam from A.R.O.C.K from SF Giving information on Settingthestandard 120_cropped-header7c.jpg original image ( 1000x209) - by paz
Lara Kissam from A.R.O.C.K from SF Giving information on Settingthestandard
Posted: Sun Dec 21, 2014 10:44PM
image From Palestine to Ferguson: Expressing Solidarity, Blocking Traffic in San José 120_fergfacessigns_1_1.jpg original image ( 3264x2448) - by Ruth R.
Speakers at a rally in San Jose, California drew parallels between the shooting of black teenager Mike Brown and the crushing of protesters in the aftermath, and the treatment of Palestinians under Israeli despotism. They said that police deployed tactics to attack unarmed protesters in Ferguson and that these are the same tactics used by Israel-trained police. They said the connection is not coincidence.
Posted: Mon Dec 1, 2014 12:50PM

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