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Hundreds March in Santa Cruz in Advance of Paris Climate Conference (video/x-flv 55.5MB) - by Alex Darocy
On November 22, hundreds of Santa Cruz residents joined together for the "Climate Changes Everything" rally and march to demand action at COP21, which will be held in Le Bourget, France, from November 30 to December 11. COP21 is the 21st annual "Conference of the Parties," which is a meeting of nations organized to discuss taking action regarding the climate. After assembling at Calvary Church, community members marched downtown to San Lorenzo Park, where Rick Flores greeted them by reading a...
Posted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 10:02PM
ACLU Questions Council and Chief of Police on Automatic License Plate Readers - by ACLU Santa Cruz County
Status of Surveillance Technology a Concern
Posted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 2:06PM
Police make one arrest at Freedom Sleepers protest #20, confiscate belongings (video/mp4 120.2MB) - by zh
Police arrest a sleeper at the 20th Freedom Sleepers protest in front of city hall and take his belongings. Video is included in this article.
Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2015 4:35PM
Climate March and Free Documentary Screening about Climate Change & Diet - by Cheryl
Santa Cruz Public Library, Downtown Branch 224 Church St. Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Event Date:Sun Dec 6, 2015 1:00PM
Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 12:21PM
Victim of Salinas police beating indicted for assaulting officer - by IndyRadio/DavidRoknich
The only charges against Velasco were those generated by the attack on him by the police. They claim he attacked them with a deadly weapon, assaulted them, and resisted arrest. "My Poor Brother. He is mentally ill and the cops had no right to keep hitting him he was already on the floor. The cops have done this too many times. I see the cops in the ER walking around like they got hurt. Bull shit. He didn't hurt any of them cops. And to do that in front of my mom is so harsh. Praying for every...
Posted: Tue Nov 24, 2015 1:11PM
TBSC members caught lying again: The RV ordinance and "faking" locality - by TBSC Watcher
Up before the Santa Cruz City Council tonight is a proposed ordinance that would prohibit the overnight parking of RVs and Motor Homes on public streets within the city limits. The City Council has been pressured by members of the so-called public safety group Take Back Santa Cruz (TBSC), which has lobbied extensively for the ban and has called for stricter anti-RV measures. During the process, TBSC created an online petition form its members could use to send a form letter automatically to t...
Posted: Tue Nov 24, 2015 12:45PM
Block 27 ~ Stockton Rural Cemetery: Our Emancipation Journey Toward Freedom - by Khubaka, Michael Harris
Together, local, statewide, national and international stakeholders will come together to identify, document and preserve the salient contributions of those interred within Block 27-Stockton Rural Cemetery.
Posted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 2:50PM
Climate Action comes to town (part one) - by David Roknich/IndyRadio
"Love will win out over fear, and our movement will win over injustice." says 350.org, and Santa Cruz Climate Action fully agrees.
Posted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 1:24AM
Freedom SleepOut #20: City Council Chatters While Folks Freeze - by Robert Norse
In front of City Hall and in the sidewalks around City Hall at 809 Center St. Freedom Sleepers will be on hand from midafternoon Tuesday to mid-morning Wednesday to deter or document new SCPD harassment tactics used to discourage homeless people from protesting the City's Sleeping Ban--and to establish the usual (sort of) Safe (from Citation) Sleep Zone.
Event Date:Tue Nov 24, 2015 3:00PM
Posted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 12:02AM
Letter to Santa Cruz City Council in Support of RV Safe Parking Zones - by Homeless Persons Legal Assistance Project
Time for Council to Do the Right Thing
Posted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 11:39PM
March from Beach Flats Community Garden to Santa Cruz City Hall (video/mp4 42.4MB) - by via Nopal Media
It has been very inspiring to see so many people putting so much energy and work into keeping the Beach Flats Community Garden alive in its entirety. We want to recognize and give a big thanks to all the gardeners, the Beach Flats community, and organizers who are moving forward with great spirit and continue to bring people together to support el jardín.
Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 3:35PM
Draft EIR for Highway 1 Widening Proposals Released - by Santa Cruz News
Despite objections from environmental groups, there is a new push to widen Highway 1 in Santa Cruz County. The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), in cooperation with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), has prepared a draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment for the new Highway 1 widening proposals. The project is divided into two components: a long-term analysis of widening Highway 1 b...
Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 1:20PM
Faith Leaders Urge Governor Jerry Brown to End Fracking in California - by Dan Bacher
David Braun, with Faith Against Fracking, quipped, “If Jerry Brown thinks that being a climate leader means helping the oil industry get away with carbon intensive practices like fracking, then he clearly needs an intervention; today, we’re praying for him.” Photo of Faith Leaders singing "We Shall Not Be Moved" at the State Capitol by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 5:07PM
SC Freedom Sleepers Send Letter to Berkeley City Council Opposing Anti-Homeless Measure - by via Freedom Sleepers
Today the Freedom Sleepers, a group of unhoused and housed activists in Santa Cruz protesting local laws that criminalize sleep by holding community sleepouts at Santa Cruz City Hall, have sent a letter to City of Berkeley Mayor Bates, and Councilmembers L Maio, D Moore, J Arreguin, S Wengraf, L Capitelli and L Droste, opposing an anti-homeless measure on the November 17 Berkeley City Council agenda.
Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2015 6:44PM
Day Worker Center of Santa Cruz Seeks Funds to Build a Tool Lending Library - by via Day Worker Center of Santa Cruz County
The Day Worker Center of Santa Cruz County is asking for your help to raise funds for a Tool Lending Library. We've got the tools, but need your help!
Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2015 1:21PM
UC Santa Cruz Students Participate in Million Student March - by Alex Darocy
On November 12 students at UC Santa Cruz joined students at college campuses across the country for a "Million Student March," a day of local actions organized nationally around three principle demands: tuition-free public college, cancellation of all student debt, and a $15 minimum wage for all campus workers. Million Student March actions were organized at over 100 schools, and the movement has been endorsed by political figures such as Noam Chomsky and Jill Stein, as well as by organizatio...
Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 7:23PM
Urgent Memo: Widening Highway One Still Won’t Work - by via Campaign for Sensible Transportation
The Campaign for Sensible Transportation has sent out a memo to voters, urging them to oppose the widening of Highway One in Santa Cruz County.
Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 3:16PM
Labor Justice Groups Release Report on Low Wage Workers in Santa Cruz County - by via Working For Dignity
A new report titled "Working for Dignity: The Santa Cruz County Low-Wage Worker Study" (see PDF) addresses the conditions low-wage workers face locally. The report is the result of a collaboration between the UCSC Center for Labor Studies (CLS), California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA), and the Chicano Latino Research Center (CLRC). "As this report shows, the conditions of low-wage work pose a daunting challenge to both workers and our wider community. We found a broad range of serious workpl...
Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 1:43PM
Fight Cold Hearts and Cold Weather: Freedom SleepOut #19 - by Robert Norse
Another all-nighter in front of City Hall on the sidewalks, the bricks, the grass, and in vehicles parked nearby from dusk Tuesday to morning Wednesday at 809 Center St.
Event Date:Tue Nov 17, 2015 5:00PM
Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 2:54AM
Trial Date Set for Alex Darocy for February 22 - by Alex Darocy
Today Santa Cruz Judge Paul Burdick denied a motion filed by my attorney to dismiss the charges against me on first amendment grounds. A trial date has now been set in Santa Cruz Superior Court for February 22, with a trial readiness hearing scheduled for February 17. Burdick stated there would be another chance for the motion to be heard by the court before trial, but that he would not dismiss the charges. Earlier this year I was charged with two counts, 2800(a), failing or refusing to compl...
Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 12:25PM