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calendar No New Fence Around the Jail! - Pack the Board of Supes 120_santa-cruz-jail-protest-april-6-2013-2.jpg original image ( 1000x662) - by Sin Barras
Santa Cruz County Government Center, 701 Ocean Street, Room 500, Santa Cruz
Event Date:Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:00AM
Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 1:30PM
image Walk to Stop the Silence Draws Hundreds in Watsonville 120_respect_the_children.jpg original image ( 960x752) - by Courtney Hanson
The annual Walk to Stop the Silence was launched nine years ago in order to break through the silence surrounding the issue of sexual abuse and provide a healing space for survivors. The event is always well-attended, but this year the crowd was noticeably packed with families and young people whose high energy led the walk with chants such as, "Walk to Stop the Silence!" and "Sí se puede!" While the topic of childhood sexual abuse is difficult to confront, the tone of the day was one of str...
Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 6:16PM
image Sheriff Hart Requests $47,925 to Fence Out Protesters from Santa Cruz County Jail 120_proposed-jail-fence-santa-cruz.jpg original image ( 265x693) - by Alex Darocy
Sheriff Jim Hart is making an 'emergency requisition' in the amount of $47,925 to install a seven-foot tall, 364-foot long gated iron fence in order to close off the area of the Santa Cruz County Main Jail's parking lot that is most commonly used by community members for public assembly and political demonstrations. Hart has specifically stated that recent political demonstrations held at the jail are the reason for building the new fence. Due to the lack of a continuous sidewalk along the Bl...
Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 9:30AM
image Center for Food Safety Condemns Monsanto’s Monarch Recovery Pledge as Greenwashing 120_monarch-butterfly-and-flower.jpg original image ( 488x272) - by via Center for Food Safety
The Center for Food Safety on April 6 sharply criticized Monsanto’s announcement that it is giving $4 million toward monarch population restoration. Two decades of the company’s top-selling crop system – Roundup Ready corn and soybeans – has nearly eradicated milkweed, the monarch caterpillar’s sole source of food, in cropland in the monarch’s vital Midwest breeding ground.
Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 6:28PM
text Santa Cruz ACLU Addresses Letter of Concern to UCSC Chancellor - by ACLU Santa Cruz County
Letter of Concern
Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 10:55AM
image Salinas City Council Approves Police Body Camera System Purchase 120_axon-body-camera-taser-international.jpg original image ( 450x450) - by Alex Darocy
The Salinas City Council on April 14 voted to approve the purchase of enough body cameras to outfit every officer in the Salinas Police Department with one. The SPD is now authorized to purchase 70 Axon body cameras manufactured by TASER International, Inc. through a five-year contract, and at a total cost of $388,106.06 with the first year total operating cost at $123,542.50. TASER International is also the manufacturer and distributor of the Taser electroshock gun. [Top photo: The Axon body...
Posted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 11:53PM
image Protect Elkhorn Slough from Polluted Stormwater 120_elkhorn_slough_marsh_birds_noaa.jpg original image ( 1000x659) - by via EcoRights
According to the environmental group EcoRights, polluted industrial drainage water is entering into Elkhorn Slough from the Pick-n-Pull auto-wrecking yard in Moss Landing. In response, the group has initiated a petition calling on the County of Monterey to require a Environmental Impacts analysis, and to require the business to relocate if it cannot operate without polluting the Slough and harming resident species. Among the rare, threatened, and endangered species the Slough calls home are t...
Posted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 6:57PM
document Santa Cruz: Report Back From Alix Tichelman Support Demonstration tichelman_april_13_demo.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Free Alix!
Down with Steve Clark! Down with SCPD!
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 11:11AM
text Highway 6 Statement of Concern and Support - by Steve Pleich
Statement of Concern From A Community Member And Civil Libertarian
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 10:21AM
text Capitola City Council Approves Purchase of Body Cameras for Police - by Alex Darocy
On April 9, the Capitola City Council unanimously voted to approve a request from the Capitola Police Department to use $100,501.31 in Supplemental Law Enforcement State Funds (SLESF) to purchase a dual video system for police vehicles and body cameras. The Capitola police will be the first police agency in Santa Cruz County to outfit all of their officers with body-worn cameras.
Posted: Thu Apr 9, 2015 10:21PM
image Supporting the HWY 6 at Their Second Court Appearance Together 120_hwy-6-court-support-santa-cruz-1.jpg original image ( 1000x668) - by Alex Darocy
The six UCSC students arrested and charged in association with the March 3 blockade of Highway 1 (where it meets Highway 17 in Santa Cruz) returned to court on April 8. As the six defendants and their attorneys made their second appearance as a group before Judge Denine Guy, a prosecutor indicated the District Attorney's office will not offer them a plea deal to reduce misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and creating a public nuisance. The Santa Cruz DA also desires a restitution amount o...
Posted: Thu Apr 9, 2015 7:09PM
document UC Student Health Doctors To Start Six Days of Strikes on Thursday strike-public-flyer-april-2015-v21.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by via Union of American Physicians and Dentists
OAKLAND, Calif. and LOS ANGELES, April 8, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD) has given the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) notice that doctors employed by the University of California (UC) student health centers will hold multi-day Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strikes at all ten campuses starting Thursday, April 9th. Despite ample opportunity to do so, UC has not remedied any of the ULP charges that the union has filed ...
Posted: Wed Apr 8, 2015 5:41PM
document Fumigant Pesticides Put Central Coast Communities At Risk watsonvillefumigants201503finalc.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by via Californians for Pesticide Reform
Fumigants are outdated, and a toxic technology that undermines soil health, and safe replacements are needed to grow food on the Central Coast, concludes a new report released by Californians for Pesticide Reform (see PDF). The report examines data that revealed cancer-causing chloropicrin is in the air where Monterey County children live and play, and shares monitoring results that confirm chloropicrin in the city of Watsonville’s air poses an increased cancer risk, despite state required ...
Posted: Wed Apr 8, 2015 3:13PM
image Upper Campus FOREST WALKS: Spring 2015 120_forest_walk_spring_2015.jpg original image ( 621x960) - by Forest Walkers
As the weather moves between sunshine and rain, we find ourselves moving between the realms of the forest, chaparral, creek and meadow. The new sprout, shoot and catkin come and tell us of a time of sweet smelling air, filled with new growth. Join us in Upper Campus this Spring!
Posted: Tue Apr 7, 2015 11:45PM
text Oil Industry Drops Lawsuit Over California County's Fracking Ban - by Center for Biological Diversity
HOLLISTER, Calif.— The only oil company to sue San Benito County over a local ban on fracking and other high-intensity petroleum operations announced today it has dropped its lawsuit, leaving the voter-approved ordinance in place.
Posted: Mon Apr 6, 2015 8:34PM
image Resisting the Sit-Lie Ban and Business Owners in Downtown Monterey 120_monterey-sit-lie-protest-1.jpg original image ( 1000x668) - by Alex Darocy
Community members opposing the City of Monterey's new sit-lie ban held their third sit-in on Alvarado Street on April 3. Individuals with Direct Action Monterey Network (DAMN) and other supporters returned to the same location of the previous two demonstrations and faced increased pressure from business owners, who expressed more aggressively their desire for the group to either move the location of their gathering, or leave the downtown area altogether and stop protesting.
Posted: Mon Apr 6, 2015 8:00PM
calendar Santa Cruz: Rally for Alix Tichelman tichelman_demo_13.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by
701 Ocean Street Santa Cruz, CA
Event Date:Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:00AM
Posted: Thu Apr 2, 2015 5:06PM
image New Report: Cancer-causing pesticide found in the air; Chavez Day call for reform 120_chavezpesticides.jpg original image ( 420x272) - by Mark Weller
In honor of Cesar Chavez’s birthday, a diverse coalition of farmworker groups, labor unions, teachers, parents and scientists will release new local information about pesticide threats – including powerful results from “Drift Catcher” pesticide air monitoring in Watsonville – and call for specific reforms relating to the use of pesticides. Co-founder of the United Farm Workers, Cesar Chavez was the country’s most prominent advocate for pesticide reform, fasting 36 consecutive day...
Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 11:30AM
image Black and Brown Lives Matter – Monterey Protest Shuts Down Highway 1 120_11120089_895750267135611_1642459370_n.jpg original image ( 960x960) - by Direct Action Monterey Network
On Saturday March 28th, 8 people were arrested at the Black and Brown Lives Matter protest in Monterey.
Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 1:47AM
image Eight Arrested in Black and Brown Lives Matter Rally and March, Monterey, CA 3-28-15 120_franksr.willowblackbrownlivesmattermonterey3-28-15.jpg original image ( 160x285) - by Willow Katz, Sin Barras
On Saturday March 28, 2015 in Monterey, CA, about 75 people in a broad coalition of activists, many Brown and Black, rallied at 10 am at the Monterey Wharf and marched downtown to protest white supremacist police brutality in Salinas and nationwide, and to say Black and Brown Lives Matter.
Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 11:30PM

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