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Anthony Messer 1985-2013 - by Alex Darocy
Friends and family from coast to coast are mourning the loss of 28-year-old Anthony Messer, who died in Santa Cruz on the evening of December 2. Funeral services were held for him on Monday in Chipley, Florida. Anthony was well known in Santa Cruz as a veteran of the U.S. military, a political activist, a traveler, and a generally friendly person who exuded positivity. Anthony made a big splash in the Occupy movement after having first participated in Occupy Sacramento. After leaving Sacramen...
Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:02PM
On the Passing of Nelson Mandela From Leonard Peltier - by Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
Leonard Peltier's statement on the passing of Nelson Mandela.
Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 6:05PM
Come hear Keith McHenry of Food Not Bombs speak! - by Abbi Samuels
The Resource Center for Non-Violence 612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, California 95060
Event Date:Thu Dec 12, 2013 7:00PM
Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 9:42PM
Public Safety Realignment and Crime Rates in California - by ACLU of Northern California
The Public Policy Institute of California today released a report 'Public Safety Realignment and Crime Rates in California.' (see PDF) The following can be attributed to Allen Hopper, director of criminal justice and drug policy for the ACLU of California: "The report released today by the Public Policy Institute of California confirms that Realignment has not caused a public safety catastrophe in California. We now have independent data that confirms that California can successfully reduc...
Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:18PM
City Council Retires to Winter Quarters Leaving Those Without Without - by Robert Norse
City Council unanimously passed the Public Assembly Constriction Law requiring permits for peaceful protests of more than 50, requiring street closure, security, and liability payments and requiring permit applications be made 5 days in advance. Kathy Agnon, the permit person pushing this law, also acknowledged to me that she'd had no complaints from police about either permitted or unpermitted protests. Micah Posner made a fine speech or two, then voted with the entire City Council to pass...
Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:14PM
New Report: Rising Seas Threaten 233 Federally Protected Species - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— Sea-level rise driven by climate change poses a deadly threat to 233 federally protected animal and plant species in 23 coastal states, according to a new scientific report from the Center for Biological Diversity (see PDF), and U.S. wildlife protection agencies are not doing enough to protect at-risk species.
Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 3:44PM
Why We Strike: UC Lied to You - by Autonomous Students UCSC
A zine produced by the Autonomous Students group at UC Santa Cruz. Topics include a debrief of the November 20th, 2013 strike, how strikes effect you, letters from campus groups M.E.Ch.A and SIN, and awesome art from students on campus. Enjoy and spread the word. Solidarity. (click on PDF)
Posted: Mon Dec 9, 2013 6:44PM
Police Requests for Cellphone Data Surge - by ACLU
WASHINGTON – Law enforcement requests for a variety of cellphone users’ data continued to surge in 2012, according to responses from the nation’s major cellphone carriers prompted by inquiries from Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.).
Posted: Mon Dec 9, 2013 6:04PM
Constricting and Restricting Public Assembly Back at City Councl - by Robert Norse
Santa Cruz City Council Chambers Exact time is uncertain, but the laws are items #14 and #15, directly after the Consent Agenda. To be safe, show up at 2 PM.
Event Date:Tue Dec 10, 2013 2:15PM
Posted: Mon Dec 9, 2013 5:04PM
Atheist Happy Hour - by Mara Margolis
Rosie McCann's at 1220 Pacific Avenue, downtown Santa Cruz. We will be gathering in the back (turn right when you get up the stairs).
Event Date:Fri Dec 13, 2013 4:30PM
Posted: Mon Dec 9, 2013 7:27AM
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