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Petition Initiated at UC Santa Cruz Following Hate Crime - by via Students for Action
A petition has been initiated by students at UC Santa Cruz following a brutal attack and hate crime that occurred on the basis of sexual orientation on campus on February 6.
Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 2:24PM
Community Members Take A Seat on Monterey Sidewalk to Protest New Sit-Lie Ban - by Alex Darocy
In October a new law went into effect in the City of Monterey making it illegal to sit or lie on sidewalks in commercial districts. In response, activists staged a sit-in on the sidewalk along Alvarado Street in Downtown Monterey on February 13, and they say they plan to make it a regular event. Individuals with Direct Action Monterey Network (DAMN) organized the demonstration because they believe the law targets individuals without homes, travelers, and the impoverished.
Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:13PM
In Memory of Fallen Officers, Activists Postpone Rally Opposing Attack Vehicle Purchase - 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
Santa Cruz: Demonstration at Santa Cruz County Superior Court for Alix Tichelman - by Stop all witch hunts!
On Monday, February 23rd, a small group held a demonstration on the front steps of the Santa Cruz County Superior Court in support of Alix Tichelman, the person charged with involuntary manslaughter in regards to the death of a Google X executive on November 23rd, 2013.
Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:40AM
Santa Cruz Dream Inn Workers Go on Strike - by Alex Darocy
Workers at the Santa Cruz Dream Inn began a two-day strike today, prompting the hotel to close its restaurant, Aquarius. Cooks, Waiters, Bartenders, Bell Persons, Front Desk Clerks, Room Cleaners, Maintenance Workers, and all other employees are refusing to work, and picket lines are scheduled for the front of the hotel from 6am-10pm for both days of the strike. Workers approved the action after months of failed contract negotiations with owners, who have been expecting them to accept a three...
Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 8:09PM
Good Friday Set to Denounce Junipero Serra and Honor California Native Indians - by via AIM Southern California
Los Angeles, CA. February, 18, 2015 – on Friday April 3rd as most Catholics observe Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary, California Native Nations, Native organizations, friends and supporters will be gathering for Prayer to denounce Pope Francis's decision to canonize Junipero Serra and to pay respects to those buried in mass graves at each of the 21 Missions. Location and time to be announced soon.
Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:24PM
Pro-Choice Demonstrations - Seaside/Monterey - by Lucy Parsons
Planned Parenthood Seaside Health Center 625 Hilby Blvd. Seaside, California 93955
Event Date:Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:30AM
Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:55PM
Lawsuit Seeks to Halt Offshore Fracking in California - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Interior Department today (see PDF) for violating three federal laws by rubberstamping offshore fracking off California’s coast without analyzing fracking pollution’s threats to ocean ecosystems, coastal communities and marine wildlife, including sea otters, fish, sea turtles and whales.
Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 1:57PM
Police Injury of Homeless Man Still Unresolved - by Steve Schnaar
Nearly two years ago, a Santa Cruz police officer injured a homeless man who was already in handcuffs, slamming him face-first into the ground. Caught on video by a bystander, the incident got a lot of attention and the SCPD promised to do a formal investigation. However the results of that investigation have been kept secret, and meanwhile the offending officer is still on the job with no apparent consequences.
Posted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 7:41PM
Western Regional Advocacy Project Calls for Support of "Right to Rest Act" - by Steve Pleich
Act Would Protect Basic Human Rights of People Experiencing Homelessness
Posted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 1:21PM
National Adjunct Day of Action: Saint Precaria's Pilgrimage - by
UCSC Quarry Plaza
Event Date:Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:00PM
Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:25PM
Student Strike - by
UC Santa Cruz - Pickets starting at Hagar and Coolidge + West Entrance
Event Date:Thu Mar 5, 2015 4:30AM
Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:08PM
City Bicycle Program Dysfunction Continues - by Steve Schnaar
For years the City used to give away unclaimed bicycles to youth in need through any qualified nonprofit, with the Bike Church hosting the distributions. In 2012 the City secretly terminated the program, with bikes going for a while to a for-profit business, later being auctioned off in LA. Responding to public pressure, City Council agreed to reinstate distributions to youth, but schemed to keep the Bike Church out of the picture. Ironically, the new program managers are having a hard time a...
Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 10:40AM
BearCat Battle Moves Forward in Santa Cruz, City Council May Revisit Issue in March - 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
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
Santa Cruz Patch Blunders On: Misreports 'Santa Cruz Wildfire' - by Ted Smith
In a factual error even worse than those prevailing when Brad Kava was its editor, the online news website Santa Cruz Patch published an article on February 11 at 1:27 p.m. with the headline "Santa Cruz Wildfire Destroys 40 Homes". No such fire occurred in Santa Cruz, and at the time of publishing this report, the false information still has not been removed from the Santa Cruz Patch website.
Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 3:44AM
Taking the Sleepbusters to Court - by Robert Norse
On the advice of an activist attorney, HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship and Freedom) has begun helping homeless people victimized by the City's Sleeping Ban law to go to Small Claims Court for sleep deprivation damages. Some of the background is set forth in the speech below I also include a volunteer sign-up list. Those interested in helping with this project should e-mail me or call HUFF at 831-4232-4833. You can also e-mail City Council to end the Sleeping Ban or call them at 420-...
Posted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 12:18PM
UC Student Association Passes Two Resolutions on Divestment - by University of California Student Association
OAKLAND CA - On Sunday, February 8, The University of California Student Association, the independent official voice of 240,000 UC students, passed two advisory resolutions: Resolution Calling for the UC Regents to Divest from Corporations Violating Palestinian Human Rights (see PDF) and Resolution Toward Socially Responsible Investment at the University of California (see PDF) by an 9-1 vote, with 5 abstentions.
Posted: Mon Feb 9, 2015 10:40PM
Stop Us From Organizing at the Jail? We Say NO WAY! - by Sin Barras
Only three days after hundred of people attended the the Cages Kill - Freedom Rally, the Sheriff along with other County bureaucrats have proposed an ordinance that would make it a misdemeanor to be within "designated security perimeters" around the jail.
Posted: Mon Feb 9, 2015 4:34PM
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