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image Crackdown from Police against the Freedom Sleepers 120_freedom_sleepers_santa_cruz.jpg original image ( 350x293) - by via Freedom Sleepers
The City of Santa Cruz and its police department have decided to crush the Freedom Sleepers protests at Santa Cruz City Hall, and today they launched the first strike of their campaign. At 1 p.m. they put little red hoods on all of the parking meters around city hall, and have indicated that they will ticket and then tow any vehicles parked in these spaces. The first casualty of this action was Keith McHenry, the founder of the international humanitarian organization Food Not Bombs, whose lit...
Posted: Tue Sep 1, 2015 3:48PM
image City Hall Sleepout #7 120_community-sleepout-santa-cruz-city-hall-1.jpg original image ( 1000x668) - by Alex Darocy
Community members protesting laws that ban sleeping in public held their seventh community sleepout at Santa Cruz City Hall on August 25.
Posted: Tue Sep 1, 2015 3:29PM
image OPEN CITY for Performers and Artists: A Brief Period with no Rules! 120_dta_6.jpg original image ( 960x720) - by Brent Adams
The city has inadvertently removed all performance and vending spaces downtown instead of just those that activists had painted themselves, leaving downtown an OPEN CITY for performers and artist/vendors.
Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 9:24PM
audio Mideast Migraines - FRSC IN CRISIS: We lost our lease ! (audio/mpeg 53.2MB) - by Ren Tawil
***Free Radio Santa Cruz must vacate our studio by October 1st. Our intention is to continue the radio service indefinitely. For this to happen we need extensive and broad-based support, participation and feedback from the listening Public***; myths & FAQ's about Israel and Palestine; Arab-American music. Length: 1:56:15/ Date Recorded: 2015-08-03/ Location: Santa Cruz, CA/ File Info: 64Kbps, mp3 (54MB), Mono
Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 2:26PM
image Defending Public Space - More on why driving artists off of Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz is a crime 120_538_500_spray_paint_police_photo.jpg original image ( 500x538) - by Keith McHenry
SUPPORT THE BLUE BOX 2 DRIVING ARTISTS OFF OF PACIFIC AVENUE IS A CRIME Monday, August 31, 2015 8:00 AM The Superior Court of California-Santa Cruz 701 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Free vegan breakfast
Posted: Sun Aug 30, 2015 11:01PM
calendar Alex and Jeff "Freedom Painters" Go to Court Hearing - by Robert Norse
701 Ocean St. Basement of the County Building Dept. 10
Event Date:Tue Sep 1, 2015 1:30PM
Posted: Sun Aug 30, 2015 10:35PM
calendar Freedom Sleepers Back To Bed Down at City Hall in 8th SleepOut - by Phil Posner (posting by Norse)
City Hall Courtyard and Nearby Sidewalk at 809 Center St. across from the Main Library on one side and Civic Auditorium on the other.
Event Date:Tue Sep 1, 2015 6:00PM
Posted: Sun Aug 30, 2015 9:10PM
image Court Hearing for Food Not Bombs Cofounder, Arrested for Spray Painting Blue Squares in SC 120_arrest-earthfirst-santacruz.jpg original image ( 489x335) - by Earth First!
On Tuesday, August 25, the founder of Food Not Bombs, Keith McHenry, was arrested and charged with a felony along with local hero, Abbi Samuels, for spraypainting markings on the sidewalk that “‘imitate’ actual city authorized markings.” The action took place in support of local artists who are being driven off the sidewalks by a gentrifying police policy.
Posted: Sun Aug 30, 2015 6:34PM
image The Other Mom of the Tannery Crisis 120_tannery_arts_center_fund_santa_cruz.jpg original image ( 800x533) - by via Palika Benton
This is a call for financial support for Reggie Factor, the “other mother” at the center of the Tannery tragedy in Santa Cruz. Please hear our call and respond if you feel moved. Please donate at: http://www.gofundme.com/tanneryothermom
Posted: Sat Aug 29, 2015 6:38PM
image Freedom Sleepers Citation Tally 120_freedom_sleepers_tally_meme.jpg original image ( 3300x2550) - by Brent Adams
Here is a list of charges for the "Freedom Sleepers" civil-disobedience weekly homeless-activist protest-camp at city hall.
Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 10:09PM
text State maintains loophole for cancer-causing pesticides - by via Californians for Pesticide Reform
Sacramento, CA, August 24, 2015 - Late Friday, state officials responded — and again signaled delay — on implementing restrictions for the use of the cancer-causing pesticide Telone. This comes on the heals of repeated requests to end the practice of “banking” allowances for hazardous pesticide use from year-to-year. And across the state, children are returning to school, some of them in very close proximity to fields where heavy amounts of the Telone are used.
Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 3:02PM
text SCPD celebrates their big arrest in keeping downtown safe! - by watcher
Ever vigilant to harassing activists who challenge the Santa Cruz's city's laws criminalizing homelessness and controlling free speech, SCPD directs their precious resources to being able to harass artists.
Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 8:09PM
image Two more arrests at Community Sleepout event in front of Santa Cruz city hall 120_dsc_0425_1_.jpg original image ( 3456x2304) - by Zav H + Sarah W
Abbi Samuels and Keith McHenry, prominent local activists with Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs, were arrested tonight at the ongoing Community Sleepout protests against the Santa Cruz camping/sleeping ban.
Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 1:09AM
text Local ACLU Issues Statement of Support for the Freedom Sleepers - by ACLU Santa Cruz County
ACLU Believes Freedom Sleepers Working to Address Criminalization of Homelessness
Posted: Tue Aug 25, 2015 10:39AM
image California Democratic Party Passes Resolution To Protect Los Padres National Forest 120_sespe_wilderness.jpg original image ( 800x600) - by Save the Sespe
At the California Democratic Party’s Executive Board Meeting this month, state party officials voted to adopt an official resolution protecting the Los Padres National Forest from the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing.
Posted: Tue Aug 25, 2015 12:02AM
image Unpermitted Blue Boxes Appear Overnight on Pacific Avenue 120_pacific-ave-blue-boxes_9_8-24-15.jpg original image ( 1200x900) - by Bradley Allen
Most people, including locals, didn't notice that the number of "blue boxes" painted onto the sidewalk had grown dramatically overnight.
Posted: Mon Aug 24, 2015 10:39PM
image Artists Return After Arrest 120_artist-assert-first-amendment-rights.jpg original image ( 1970x2000) - by Free Speech Matters
Artists risk misdemeanor charges for displaying art in front of Forever 21 on Pacific Avenue after being arrested on Thursday.
Posted: Sun Aug 23, 2015 3:34PM
image Attendance Doubles at Sixth City Hall Sleepout 120_santa-cruz-sleep-out-1-city-hall-courtyard.jpg original image ( 1000x668) - by Alex Darocy
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.
Posted: Fri Aug 21, 2015 6:32PM
text USDA to Present Case Against Santa Cruz Biotechnology in Historic Proceeding - by via Animal Welfare Institute
Washington, DC—The US Department of Agriculture’s case against Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc. (SCBT), one of the world’s largest research antibody suppliers, is scheduled to be heard by an administrative law judge beginning Tuesday, August 18. The USDA case against SCBT is unprecedented: it is the first time that three separate complaints for willful violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) have been filed and are pending against a research laboratory.
Posted: Thu Aug 20, 2015 1:19AM
image Santa Cruz Police Arrest Journalist and Issue Stay Away Orders at Community Sleepout #5 120_sleep-out-1-santa-cruz-city-hall.jpg original image ( 1000x668) - by Alex Darocy
On August 11, community members in Santa Cruz held their fifth in a series of sleepouts organized at City Hall to protest local laws that make it illegal for homeless people to sleep in public. Police arrived at midnight and citations were issued to many in the group of demonstrators who were attempting to sleep in the courtyard as an act of civil disobedience. 24-hour stay away orders were issued to at least two of those present, and a journalist who has been documenting the whole series of ...
Posted: Sun Aug 16, 2015 6:52PM

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