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Cornel West Speaks at UC Santa Cruz Occupation (video/x-flv 61.4MB) - by Alex Darocy
Dr. Cornel West spoke at the student occupation of the Humanities and Social Sciences building at the University of California Santa Cruz on November 20. Students occupied the building earlier in the day and plan to stay inside until the UC Regents roll back the tuition increases they approved this week. Student fees across the University of California system will raise by at least 5% a year for the next five years if the plan is instituted.
Posted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 3:47AM
UCSC Students Occupy Humanities Building Following Regents Vote to Increase Tuition - by Alex Darocy
Students at UC Santa Cruz this afternoon began an occupation of the Humanities and Social Sciences building. Hundreds of students participated in the march to the building, and an announcement was made that they plan to occupy it until tuition is rolled back. The UC Regents voted this week to approve a tuition increase plan that will raise student fees across the University of California system by at least 5% a year for the next five years.
Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 8:45PM
A Communiqué from the UCSC Occupation of Humanities 2 - by Occupy our education
The University of California was once a tuition-free and public institution. Now the students are facing yet another tuition hike. The most recent attempt to raise tuition in 2009 was successfully frozen by the courageous and necessary action of students, yet this week, the UC Regents have approved a 5% tuition increase each year for the next five years. This is in addition to the numerous increases that have occurred since the new millennium which amount to what will now be a 500% increase b...
Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 8:32PM
UC Regents Committee Passes Plan to Increase Tuition; Student Regent Voted 'NO' - by UC News
Today a committee of the UC Regents passed a plan by a 7-2 vote to increase tuition and fees for University of California students by at least 5% a year over the next five years. UC Student Regent Sadia Saifuddin, who was one of the two dissenting votes, issued a statement condemning the plan when she voted no.
Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 7:29PM
Actions Opposing Proposed Tuition Increases Begin at UC Santa Cruz - by Alex Darocy
Students at UC Santa Cruz today held the first in what is planned to be a series of actions opposing the tuition increases recently proposed by University of California President Janet Napolitano, which are presently being considered by the UC regents during their meetings this week in San Francisco. UCSC students are planning to mobilize to attend the UC Regents meeting on Wednesday, and on Thursday they are planning a "day of action" on the Santa Cruz campus. If the tuition increase is appr...
Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 8:34PM
CUCFA statement on UC’s planned tuition increases - by via Council of UC Faculty Associations
The Council of UC Faculty Associations holds Governor Jerry Brown’s slashing of public higher education responsible for UC President Napolitano’s recent proposal to budget for 5% tuition increases every year for the next 5 years. Raising tuition is not the solution. There is a better way: provide California students and their families high quality, affordable higher education, as defined by the California Master Plan for Higher Education. The reality is that Governor Brown has not been wi...
Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 5:13PM
Restore Sidewalk Space For All; End the "One Hour of Free Speech and Get Going" Rule - by Robert Norse
Item #10 on the 2:30 PM Santa Cruz City Council Agenda finalizes an ordinance which requires all performers, vendors, tablers and solicitors to restrict themselves to less than 2% of the Pacific Avenue sidewalk. Setting up these small static “performance pens” is abusive and unnecessary. Instead, end the "Forbidden Zones." They take up more than 99% of the total sidewalk area on Pacific Avenue—and more in other business districts. End the virtual Ban on traditional innocent Santa Cruz ...
Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:12PM
RVs Need Safe Spaces, Not More Restrictions - by Steve Pleich
An Open Letter to the City of Santa Cruz Transportation and Public Works Commission
Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:07PM
Peace Activists 'Banned for Life' from Bookshop Santa Cruz for Protesting Leon Panetta - by Alex Darocy
On November 10, peace activists in Santa Cruz protested a book signing appearance by Leon Panetta, the one-time Secretary of Defense and CIA Director. Panetta is currently on a book tour promoting the release of "Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace." Bookshop Santa Cruz hosted the event, which was held in the sanctuary at Peace United Church of Christ, with a crowd of hundreds in attendance. Initially, the book store and the church both attempted, with what little means the...
Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 2:39AM
3 (More) Strikes Against the Homeless at the Public Works Commission - by Robert Norse
City Council Chambers at City Hall (809 Center St.)
Event Date:Mon Nov 17, 2014 6:45PM
Posted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 9:10PM
"Get Out" Anti-Homeless Law...With Phony "Appeal" Process at Afternoon Council 11-18 - by Robert Norse
City Council is set to exponentially expand a "Stay from Parks and Other Public Areas" law passed last year (MC 13,08.100). This law allows immediate Stay-Away orders from all parks and many other public areas (for one day). This happends at the whim of a police officer or ranger once an infraction of any kind is issued. Infractions have mainly been issued to homeless people for such "crimes" as sleeping, being in a park after dark, and smoking--500 Stay-Away orders in the last year. The ...
Posted: Sat Nov 15, 2014 12:54PM
A Simple Question of Right and Wrong - by Steve Pleich
Stay Away Ordinance Simply Wrong in Any Form
Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 7:27PM
Dennis J Bernstein Interviews Keith McHenry, Founder of Food Not Bombs - by via Flashpoints
Food Not Bombs is a national organization that distributes free food to the growing armies of hungry Americans from coast to coast. While you would think that the government would laud support such a noble cause, Food Not Bombs food givers face regular arrest and possible jail time for distributing food to the very hungry, a growing number of children and veterans among them. As of this interview, In Florida, a 90-year-old member of Food Not Bombs is in jail for food-giving. Dennis J Bernstei...
Posted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 6:48PM
Santa Cruz Biotechnology Charged Again with Violating Animal Welfare Act - by via Animal Welfare Institute
WASHINGTON, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) welcomes the action taken by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in filing a second complaint against one of the world’s largest research antibody suppliers, Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc. (SCBT). The complaint (see PDF), filed November 4, alleges additional violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) from September 26, 2012, through April 22, 2014. Importantly, the complaint also requests the suspension or revocation of SCBT’s dealer...
Posted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 5:30PM
Feds Reverse Course, Lift Ban on Fishing for Rare Pacific Bluefin Tuna - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— The National Marine Fisheries Service today allowed large-scale commercial fishing for endangered Pacific bluefin tuna to continue, reversing a decision to close the fishery on Sept. 5, 2014. Pacific bluefin tuna are already in serious trouble; in July 2014, the catch exceeded limits intended to prevent international overfishing.
Posted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 5:12PM
Leading Scientists Call for Monarch Protection - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— In the face of staggering declines of monarchs, more than 40 leading monarch scientists and ecologists and 200 organizations and businesses today urged Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to protect the butterflies under the Endangered Species Act. Today’s letters come in support of a formal petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking federal protection for monarchs. The petition was filed in August by the Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Food Safety, The Xer...
Posted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 1:30PM
Indybay Journalist Assaulted by Leon Panetta's Security at Bookshop Santa Cruz Event - by Alex Darocy
I was physically assaulted by a security agent who was working for former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta at a speaking and book-signing engagement in Santa Cruz on November 10. The agent intentionally and deliberately grabbed my camera and hit me with it in the face when I was attempting to take a photo of Panetta leaving the event. I was approximately one foot away from him when he struck me. Top photo: The agent who assaulted me. (Photos of the protest will be published ...
Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 6:29AM
Strikes by California RNs Kick Off Actions for Patient Safety and Ebola Precautions - by National Nurses United
Two-day strikes starting Tuesday that affect nearly 20,000 registered nurses at 86 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics, a Sutter hospital in Tracy, and Watsonville Community Hospital kicking off a wave of protests at 15 states and the District of Columbia over eroding patient care conditions symbolized by inadequate Ebola safeguards at most U.S. hospitals.
Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 5:07AM
Solidarity Events Held Worldwide as Activists Resist Food Sharing Ban in Fort Lauderdale - by Alex Darocy
On November 8, Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs shared food in solidarity with those who have been arrested this week for serving food in public in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Volunteers with Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs have been serving food continuously to the hungry and homeless at the same location, the Santa Cruz downtown post office, for several years now. An event announcement for the solidarity event stated, "No one should be arrested for helping the community. Sharing food is an unregulated act...
Posted: Sun Nov 9, 2014 4:36PM
Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs Shares in Solidarity with Those Being Arrested in Florida - by Keith McHenry
Santa Cruz Down Town Post Office at Water and Front Streets
Event Date:Sat Nov 8, 2014 4:00PM
Posted: Sat Nov 8, 2014 7:55AM