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calendar One Billion Rising Santa Cruz 120_one_billion_rising_santa_cruz1.jpg original image ( 742x960) - by
1pm March: Meet at 12:45pm at the corner of Pacific Ave and Cathcart, Santa Cruz
Event Date:Sat Feb 14, 2015 1:00PM
Posted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 10:25PM
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
image Monarch Numbers Up Slightly, But Butterfly Still at Risk of Extinction 120_monarch_populations_in_millions_tierra_curry_fpwc.jpg original image ( 1981x1106) - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— The annual overwintering count of monarch butterflies released today shows a modest population rebound from last year’s lowest-ever count of 34 million butterflies, but is still the second lowest population count since surveys began in 1993. The population was expected to be up this winter due to favorable spring and summer weather conditions in the monarch’s U.S. and Canadian breeding areas, as butterfly populations fluctuate widely with changing weather. But the 56.5 milli...
Posted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 1:09PM
text Support Free Speech at UCSC - by Don Monkerud
22 Jewish Alumni protest Angela Davis address at UCSC. Why can't Americans debate U.S. policies that support Israel? Such debate promoted in Israel. Why do people oppose Israel policies? Important issues for Americans.
Posted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 12:06PM
image Hundreds March for Freedom at Cages Kill Rally in Santa Cruz 120_incarcerated-lives-matter_1-24-15.jpg original image ( 800x600) - by Bradley Allen
At least 6 people have died in the Santa Cruz County Jail since August 2012 while in the hands of the Sheriff’s Department and California Forensics Medical Group (CFMG).
Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 7:40PM
document UC Strike Called for January 27th strike-public-flyer-v2.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by via UAPD
The Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD) has given the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) notice that doctors employed by its student health centers will hold a one-day Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike on Tuesday, January 27th, starting at 7:30 am.
Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:55PM
text Neighbors Break Ground on Santa Cruz’s First Community Orchard - by via Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project
The first public orchard in the city of Santa Cruz, Riverside Community Orchard, has been approved at Riverside Gardens Park in the Lower Ocean neighborhood. Fruit trees will be planted on February 8th, 2015 in an atmosphere of community celebration. Future harvests – apples, pears, citrus, and more – will be freely available to community gardeners, neighbors, and the general public.
Posted: Sun Jan 25, 2015 9:54PM
text Homeless Persons Legal Assistance Project Files Suit Challenging "Stay Away" Ordinance - by Steve Pleich
Complaint Seeks to Enjoin Enforcement
Posted: Fri Jan 23, 2015 4:00PM
image Cages Kill! — Freedom Rally & March in Santa Cruz 120_cages-kill-freedom-rally-santa-cruz.jpg original image ( 550x300) - by Sin Barras
Speakers will share personal stories that shed light on the violence of the prison system and strategies for building alternative forms of justice, including Fox Sloan, mother of Amanda Fox Sloan, who died in the jail July of 2013. “Once our loved ones are incarcerated, we are shoved out of the picture, and our concern and care becomes irrelevant and annoying to those operating the jail,” said Sloan.
Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 3:17PM
text Petition: Urge Pope Francis to abandon his decision to canonize Junipero Serra - by via MoveOn.org
Urge Pope Francis to abandon his decision to canonize Junipero Serra as "the great evangalizer" and apologize to the descendants of thousands of indigenous Californians that died at the hands of Serra's Mission system. Sign petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/urge-pope-francis-to
Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:32PM
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
text Open Letter to Mayor Lane Re: Compassion and Actions vs Words - by Steve Schnaar
A response to Mayor Don Lane's invite to a day of volunteer service with Compassion Santa Cruz on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The letter points out that King's definition of compassion calls for system change as more fundamental than charitable acts, and calls on Lane to take inspiration from King's uncompromising stance against injustice.
Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:14PM
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
image Escalated Government Attacks on Homeless, Journalism, & Public Criticism: Santa Cruz & SJ 120_a_san_jose_refugees.jpg original image ( 690x388) - by Steven Argue
[Photo: December 4th, poor refugees driven from their shanty town homes by the San Jose Police (Reuters/Beck Diefenbach)]
Posted: Sun Jan 18, 2015 12:42PM
text Exercise your 1st Amendment 'rights', expect to be spied on?! - by G
Rule Of Law is a Farce.
Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 2:29PM
image Cannabis Advocates Alliance Letter to Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors 120_cannabis-advocates-alliance.jpg original image ( 888x258) - by Cannabis Advocates Alliance
Among other things, we are requesting: 1) that local patients be given a greater voice in re-drafting the County cannabis ordinances; 2) that the County draft clearer and more environmentally-friendly paths to compliance for patient-cultivators, and 3) that in re-drafting the existing ordinances the County preserve the minimal diversity of choice required for patients to have proper access to quality cannabis medicine.
Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 8:21PM
text DPR Recommendations Leave Schoolchildren, Rural Communities At Risk from Pesticides - by via Californians for Pesticide Reform/MBCLC
Sacramento, CA – Today the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced new “recommended restrictions” on the use of chloropicrin, a cancer-causing pesticide used widely on California strawberries. Health, environmental and rural advocates say that DPR ignored its own scientists in developing today’s proposal, and that the recommended restrictions fall far short of protecting schoolchildren and rural residents from harmful exposures to the toxic pesticide.
Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 8:01PM
image National Efforts for Police Accountability and Community Empowerment Must Include Salinas 120_luis-j-rodriguez.jpg original image ( 800x735) - by via Luis J. Rodriguez
Most of the poor and Spanish-speaking population lives in East Salinas, on the “wrong side” of the 101 Freeway. On the west end are predominately better-off communities. Some people call this divide the “lettuce” curtain. From March through July of this year, police killed four East Salinas residents who had no weapons, save work tools like a leafing knife, shears, or a common cell phone. One young woman videotaped officers with guns drawn against one of those residents; the man appea...
Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 1:43PM

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