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Court Finds Public Defense System Violates Constitutional Rights of Indigent Defendants - by ACLU
In a resounding ruling for fairness in the criminal justice system, the U.S. District Court in Seattle, Washington, has found that the public defense system of the towns of Mt. Vernon and Burlington deprives indigent persons who face misdemeanor criminal charges of their fundamental right to assistance of counsel.
Posted: Sat Dec 7, 2013 10:32AM
People’s Democratic Club resolution supports striking engineers - by People's Democratic Club of Santa Cruz County
The People’s Democratic Club of Santa Cruz County, at its November meeting, unanimously passed a resolution supporting members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 39 in their on-going strike against Dominican Hospital’s corporate parent, Dignity Health.
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2013 12:16PM
Holiday Rally at La Playa Carmel! - by
La Playa Carmel (Camino Real & 8th Ave., Carmel, CA)
Event Date:Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:30PM
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2013 11:52AM
Six California Animals Among Top 10 Endangered Species Act Success Stories - by Center for Biological Diversity
LOS ANGELES— A report released today by the Endangered Species Coalition (see PDF) names six animals from California among the greatest successes of the Endangered Species Act, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this month. Two of the animals, the El Segundo blue butterfly and the southern sea otter, are unique to Southern California. Four of the other animals highlighted in today’s report are also found in California — the humpback whale, green sea turtle, peregrine falcon and bald...
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2013 11:43AM
Shaming Santa Cruz California For Its Negligent Treatment Of Its Homeless Citizens - by Razer Ray
Considering that local 'homeless activists' are the 'housed leading the homeless', and just CANNOT feel the rage...
Posted: Fri Dec 6, 2013 10:06AM
Full Text of Speech to City Council on 12-3 - by Robert Norse
Even though Mayor Bryant allowed three minutes per speaker (to her credit), I was unable to finish the speech I prepared, so I reprint it here since I've heard some favorable comment. Well, I'd actually be posting it even if I hadn't. Folks should be aware that if you want to make a presentation for a group, you should inform the Mayor (we'll see if Robinson tries to shut this down) a few days in advance, and you should be able to get 5 minutes. At least such was the practice in the past. ...
Posted: Thu Dec 5, 2013 12:03AM
Eva Bartlett: Eyewitness in Gaza - by Dorah
Resource Center for Nonviolence 612 Ocean St Santa Cruz
Event Date:Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:00PM
Posted: Wed Dec 4, 2013 11:07PM
UC Santa Cruz Students Distribute Fake Eviction Notices on Campus - by UCSC Committee for Justice in Palestine
Members of the UC Santa Cruz Committee for Justice in Palestine (UCSC CJP) distributed fake eviction notices to students in dormitories on Tuesday evening. The notices, meant to raise awareness of the plight faced by Palestinian Bedouins in Israel, also notified students that a rally in support of Palestinian Bedouins facing displacement will take place on December 4th at the Quarry Plaza, noon-4pm.
Posted: Wed Dec 4, 2013 10:21AM
Winter LOVE IN - by Phil Harmonic
RESOURCE CENTER FOR NONVIOLENCE 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz
Event Date:Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:00PM
Posted: Tue Dec 3, 2013 9:10PM
Petition Seeks to Reform Secretive Federal Agency That Kills Millions of Wild Animals - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and allies petitioned the Obama administration today (see PDF) to reform the federal wildlife-killing agency known as “Wildlife Services,” which kills nearly 1.5 million coyotes, bears, otters, foxes, birds and other animals each year without any requirement to disclose its activities to the public. The secretive killing — which includes aerial gunning, traps and exploding poison caps — has gone on for decades with little public oversi...
Posted: Tue Dec 3, 2013 6:48PM
Litigation as Tactic - by Steve Pleich
The Courts and Civil Liberties
Posted: Tue Dec 3, 2013 2:02PM
ACLU Sues Bishops on Behalf of Pregnant Woman Denied Care at Catholic Hospital - by ACLU
NEW YORK and DETROIT— The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan have filed a lawsuit on behalf of a pregnant woman who miscarried and was denied appropriate medical treatment because the only hospital in her county is required to abide by religious directives. The directives, written by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, prohibited that hospital from complying with the applicable standard of care in this case.
Posted: Tue Dec 3, 2013 12:09AM
"Mideast Madness" - Reading from Max Blumenthal's "Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel" (audio/mpeg 25.4MB) - by Ren Tawil
Recorded: 2013-11-30 Continued reading from Max Blumenthal's "Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel", part I, chapters 4-7; music of Indonesian island of Bali. Length 01:54:37 64Kbps mp3 (107MB) Mono
Posted: Mon Dec 2, 2013 6:05PM
"Mideast Madness" - Breaking the taboo on Israel BDS (audio/mpeg 25.4MB) - by Ren Tawil
Saturday meeting of American Studies Association saw the clearest ever mass support of Boycotting Israeli academia and culture; International Solidarity Movement's Summer 2013 report in print; music from Crossing Borders. 2013-12-02, length: 01:51:08 64Kbps mp3 (26MB) Mono
Posted: Mon Dec 2, 2013 5:48PM
Expose the Local ACLU: No Help for Homeless Rights - by Becky Johnson
Santa Cruz Louden Nelson Center at Center and Laurel St.
Event Date:Mon Dec 2, 2013 12:00PM
Posted: Sun Dec 1, 2013 6:39PM
Confront Task Farce Hysteria Against the Homeless - by Robert Norse
Outside City Hall Chambers in Santa Cruz 809 Center St.
Event Date:Tue Dec 3, 2013 6:30PM
Posted: Sun Dec 1, 2013 8:54AM
Another Response to the Task Farce and the Schnaar Critique - by Robert Norse
It's important to hear voices speaking sanity in the midst of early winter madness. Steve Schnaar's critique of the Citizen's Task Force on Public Safety (which I've taken to calling the Task Farce to Prompt Anti-Homeless Hysteria) is a good first step.. I would go significantly further. These are my thoughts ("RN"), referencing Schnaar's 8 points and presenting my own "Sample Letter" at the end. To follow the sections of Schnaar's critique that I reply to, go to https://www.indybay.org/n...
Posted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 4:19PM
Protesters at Capitola Mall Say: Boycott SodaStream, Stop Exploiting Palestinian Land! - by Alex Darocy
Today, Black Friday protesters positioned themselves in various locations at the Capitola Mall to raise awareness about SodaStream, a product that is produced in a factory built on illegal Israeli settlements located on occupied indigenous Palestinian lands.
Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:05PM
State will hold public meetings on EIR for fracking regulations - by Dan Bacher
You know that this legislation won't protect the land, water, fish, wildlife and people of California from the expansion of fracking when a big oil lobbyist praises the draft regulations.
Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 5:19PM
Off-Duty SCPD Cop Draws Gun on Salvation Army Food Seeker - by Robert Norse and Colin Campbell Clyde
Several witnesses at the Tuesday Salvation Army Thanksgiving Meal including the mother of the victim reported that Officer Hernandez assaulted Jasmine Byron by knocking a plate of food out of her hand, threatening her with his gun, and subsequently taunting her from his car. Hernandez's stated objective: to stop Jasmine from trying to take a plate of food out the door after having she said she'd asked permission to do so.
Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 2:44PM