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Santa Cruz Rally and March in Solidarity with the People of Ferguson - by Alex Darocy
A rally and march in solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Mo. was held in downtown Santa Cruz on August 17. On August 9, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in broad daylight in front of numerous witnesses. Michael was reportedly unarmed and holding his hands up while attempting to surrender, saying "don't shoot" when he was gunned down. Since that time, protests in support of justice for the Missouri teenager have erupted all over the world.
Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:44PM
Protest the Israeli Consul General speaking in Aptos - by
Porter Gulch & Soquel Drive Aptos
Event Date:Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:00PM
Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:31PM
Santa Cruz Police and First Alarm Brutalize and Arrest People for Being Black and Homeless (video/mp4 6.8MB) - by Yannidies Brown
Today, August 21, 2014, I, Yannidies Brown, have just not only witnessed, but experienced, police brutality. It started roughly at about nine o'clock in the morning when my brother Rogiers Brown, my fiance Christopher Wuerfel, and I were at an empty parking lot waiting on a ride. An SCPD officer, Bradly Barnett, approached my brother Rogiers telling him that he needs to "get the fuck out of the parking lot" and "I'm going to write you a ticket."
Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:11PM
ACLU Santa Cruz Brings Statement of Principle to Board of Supervisors - by ACLU Santa Cruz
ACLU Calls for Board Consideration of Moratorium on Camping Ban
Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 12:14PM
Upcoming Events and Unanswered Questions Flyer for Candidates & Public - by Robert Norse
With a load of forums, protests, and a court date upcoming, I've prepared a preliminary HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom)-ish series of questions for the public and the City Council candidates to consider. The Unanswered Questions flyer can be downloaded and distributed or picked up in hard copy at the Sub Rosa Cafe at 703 Pacific Ave. along with the accompanying list of events--possible distribution points for the flyer.
Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 9:49AM
Breaking the Silence: A Santa Cruz March for Solidarity - by Dru
Louden Nelson Meet up: 12:00pm-1:00pm 301 Center St. Santa Cruz, CA 95060 March to Clock Tower: 1:00pm-2:00pm Rally: 2:00pm-4:30pm End at 5:00pm
Event Date:Sun Aug 17, 2014 12:30PM
Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:35PM
Demonstrators at Sam Farr Fundraiser Oppose Congress Member's Support of Israeli War - by Alex Darocy
A demonstration to protest U.S. involvement in Israel's attacks on Gaza was held on August 14 outside of a fundraiser for Congress Member Sam Farr in Santa Cruz.
Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 6:18PM
Santa Cruz Activists Have Protested Regularly Since the Assault on Gaza Began - by Alex Darocy
August 11 marked the fifth consecutive Monday evening protest held at the Santa Cruz Town Clock for the people of Gaza, since Israel began the attacks on July 8. A number of other demonstrations opposing Israel's attacks on the Palestinian people have been held in Santa Cruz as well, and community members continue to organize against the atrocities. On Saturday, some are making the trip up to the Oakland port early in the morning to help block the incoming Israeli ZIM ship, to prevent it from...
Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 3:54PM
Food & Water Watch Amplifies Pressure on Government to Ban Fracking on Federal Lands - by Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C. — The national advocacy group Food & Water Watch has ramped up pressure on the federal government to act in the public interest, calling on Congress to introduce legislation to ban fracking on all federal and Native American lands. Last year, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released proposed rules for drilling and fracking on public lands, which have not yet been finalized.
Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:50PM
Obama Admin Finalizes Stronger Stream Buffers to Protect Imperiled Salmon from Pesticides - by Joanna Nasar
The Environmental Protection Agency today finalized an agreement to restore no-spray buffer zones around waterways to protect imperiled salmon and steelhead from five toxic pesticides.
Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:27PM
RNs at Community Health Systems Hospital Set Three-Day Strike August 14-16 in Watsonville - by via National Nurses United
Registered nurses at Watsonville Community Hospital in Watsonville, Ca. will hold a three strike beginning Thursday, August 14 in the latest protest against demands by hospital executive for sharp reductions in health coverage, and the hospital’s refusal to address concerns about patient care conditions, especially safe staffing. Nurses will speak out at a rally on thursday at noon in front of the hospital.
Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:33PM
Poll: Most Californians Want Offshore Fracking Ban - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN DIEGO— As the California Coastal Commission meets in San Diego this week, a new poll (see PDF) finds that 55 percent of Californians back a ban on offshore fracking and 65 percent want oil companies prevented from dumping fracking chemicals into the ocean.
Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 5:18PM
Mayor Robinson Gives Summary of Her Year's Meetings, No Word Yet on Future Appearances - by Robert Norse
Last December, I requested Mayor Robinson itemize her meetings with lobbyists, upcoming public appearances, and also provide an interview for Free Radio Santa Cruz. She ignored this request (not even dignifying it with a response) until I followed up on August 1 with a formal Public Records Act request. See "Mayor Robinson Still Refuses Transparency, Won't Reveal Appointments, Public Appearances" at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/08/05/18759617.php . Today I did receive an e-mail ...
Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:49PM
Lawsuit Launched to Reinstate Protections for Endangered Sperm Whales - by Joanna Nasar
Turtle Island Restoration Network and conservation groups today announced plans to file a lawsuit to reinstate rules designed to protect endangered sperm whales from deadly, mile-long drift gillnets in ocean waters off California.
Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:30PM
Attorney Arguments Around the Santa Cruz Eleven Case To Be Heard August 13 and 27. - by Robert Norse
D.A. Bob Lee failed to disqualify Judge Paul Burdick for bias in a motion filed this last spring in the case of the Santa Cruz Eleven. [See "Assistant D.A. Files Motion to Recuse Judge Burdick--Again" at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/03/04/18751905.php & "A Week Later The Sentinel Does Drive-By Coverage of the Santa Cruz Eleven" at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/06/10/18757167.php?show_comments=1#18757189 & "Santa Cruz Eleven Trial Postponed Indefinitely" at https://www.in...
Posted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:57AM
Drought Demands New Water Policy in Santa Cruz - by Steve Pleich
Water Supply Security Needs More that Baseline Options
Posted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:39AM
Parade for the Santa Cruz 11! - by Friends of the Santa Cruz 11
Meet in the parking lot behind the Saturn Cafe and we'll Follow the Money from Wells Fargo to Bob Lee!
Event Date:Fri Aug 22, 2014 4:00PM
Posted: Fri Aug 8, 2014 9:23PM
Die-in to protest Israel's Assault on Gaza drew dozens of protesters on Monday, Aug. 4th - by George Cadman
Jewish Voice For Peace and the Palestine Israel Action Committee led a protest and die-in on Monday, August 4th to speak out against genocide, apartheid, colonialism, ethnic cleansing, and U.S/Israeli imperialism.
Posted: Thu Aug 7, 2014 8:25PM
Farm Suppers Benefit Homeless Garden Project - by Naomi Brauner
Homeless Garden Project’s biggest fundraising events of the year—two farm suppers, on Saturday August 23 and September 27, which will raise funds to support job-training programs for local homeless people.
Posted: Thu Aug 7, 2014 12:45PM
ACLU Santa Cruz County Adopts Landmark Statement of Principle - by ACLU Santa Cruz
ACLU Board Supports Camping Ban Moratorium
Posted: Wed Aug 6, 2014 8:02PM