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text On the Eve of Protest: Letters to and From Councilmember Micah Posner - by Robert Norse
The "Search for Sleep" Protest will begin on July 4th at 6:30 PM in front of the Main Post Office after the Saturday Food Not Bombs Meal. Councilmember Micah Posner sent the following letter of support for the protest. I responded with the letter that follows (slightly expanded and clarified for publication here) demanding actual action on his part and the part of other Councilmembers rather than pretty words.
Posted: Fri Jul 3, 2015 4:32AM
text Loose Associations: All In - by Sylvia Caras
Loose Associations: Tiny Homes in 18 Villages : A Framework All In is a framework to end homelessness in Santa Cruz county and provide a model for other regions. As a framework, it provides a guiding goal and direction, an organizing principle, with details to be worked out by the people and agencies involved in its execution.
Posted: Thu Jul 2, 2015 2:32PM
text Santa Cruz Free Guide - by Meredy Wells
Made to help people living outside in Santa Cruz who also have basic human rights find meals and more! Share the Santa Cruz Free Guide on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/santacruzfreeguide and docs.google.com/document/d/15sOPWmJLVxi0xlK6PIj1e5-pwCRaLGok8KpgXgNgV8A/edit
Posted: Thu Jul 2, 2015 10:40AM
text State officials fail to take meaningful action on brain-harming pesticide - by Mark Weller-Californians for Pesticide Reform
After a decade of delay, both federal and state officials acknowledge the dangers of chlorpyrifos, but neither has taken action to provide necessary protections for California communities.
Posted: Thu Jul 2, 2015 10:20AM
text Highway Six Sentencing Hearing ACLU Letter of Support - by Steve Pleich
Justice Will Be Served By Moderated Sentence
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 4:24PM
text Statement Read by Lori Nixon at the Highway Six Sentencing Hearing - by via Lori Nixon
Today, five of the six UCSC students charged with blocking Highway 17 in Santa Cruz to protest tuition increases at the University of California, and the connection to police brutality, were each sentenced to 30 days in jail by Judge Denine Guy. In May, all six students pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts each after requesting an indicated sentence from Judge Guy when prosecutors informed them they would not negotiate a plea deal. Three of the five students read statements before the...
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 4:21PM
text Costco members, fishermen, environmental, labor groups demand Costco say no to GE salmon - by via Center for Food Safety
ISSAQUAH, Wash. — A coalition including Community Alliance for Global Justice, fishermen, members of UFCW Local 21 and concerned Costco customers rallied in front of the Costco next door to store headquarters and presented more than 300,000 petition signatures demanding that Costco Wholesale (COST) publicly commit to not sell genetically engineered (GE) salmon.
Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:15PM
text PredPol: An Open Letter to the Oakland City Council - by Oakland Privacy Working Group
In the matter of Predictive Policing and "PredPol" software.
Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 7:11PM
text Nuclear Shutdown News June 2015 - by Michael Steinberg
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline the decline and fall of nuclear power
Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 4:22PM
text AWI Applauds Humane Cosmetics Act Introduction - by via Animal Welfare Institute
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) applauds Representatives Martha McSally (R-AZ), Don Beyer (D-VA), Joe Heck (R-NV), and Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) for introducing the Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 2858). This bipartisan bill would phase out the use of animal testing for cosmetics manufactured or sold in the United States.
Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 5:37PM
text White House Urged to Remove Wood-burning Power Plants From Pollution Reduction Plan - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— Fourteen conservation groups today urged the White House to eliminate biomass energy — the large-scale burning of wood to create electricity — as a means of compliance under the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Power Plan,” which will regulate carbon pollution from power plants.
Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 5:08PM
text San Lorenzo River Bird Call - by jane mio
This Tuesday afternoon June 23rd, the Santa Cruz City Council will vote on whether to approve a Pilot Paddle Program for Recreational Boating on the San Lorenzo River.  If successful, this would eventually lead to lifting the restriction on boating on the San Lorenzo River.
Posted: Sun Jun 21, 2015 5:22PM
text Jose Velasco Files Legal Claim for Damages Resulting from Violent Arrest by Salinas Police - by Alex Darocy
On June 18, Jose Velasco filed a legal claim for damages against the City of Salinas and the Salinas Police Department for the injuries he suffered after officers with the SPD violently arrested him on June 5. The claim alleges, "assault, battery, false imprisonment, negligence, negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent hiring," on the part of the city and the police department. Velasco is being represented by John Burris, who announced the details of the claim...
Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 5:32PM
text For the Homeless, By the Homeless, Of the Homeless - by Stephen Conover
Some cities like Detroit and Jackson, MS have activists working on Land Trusts. Perhaps a Homeless Land Trust here in Santa Cruz where the homeless own, run, manage, and live would work.
Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 5:15PM
text Army of the Housed - by Brent Adams
Homeless Occupation Campout? I'll certainly be there, as I've been to the past half dozen take-overs of public space with homeless encampments. I've documented them and I've pondered them. My one thought - it is all too easy to rally an army of people who sleep outside; to offer them food and lead them down the road - but towards what?
Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 12:20PM
text Eastern Puma Declared Extinct, Removed From Endangered Species List - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today declared the eastern puma extinct and removed it from the list of protected wildlife and plants under the Endangered Species Act. The eastern puma was a subspecies of the animal also known as cougar or mountain lion, which is still widely distributed across the West. It once roamed as far north as southeastern Ontario, southern Quebec and New Brunswick in Canada, south to South Carolina and west to Kentucky, Illinois and Michigan.
Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 1:43PM
text Unsheltered Lives Matter - by Steve Pleich
We Must Not Abandon Shelter Programs
Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:58AM
text Human Rights Under Attack in the City of Santa Cruz - by Dennis Etler
The impending closure of the Homeless Services Center, due to the withdrawal of State administered federal emergency funds, will deprive the homeless of Santa Cruz their basic human rights. The United States is not a poor, developing country, but the self-avowed richest nation on Earth. It is deemed exceptional and indispensable by our leaders. but it can't supply necessary, minimal services such as shelter, meals, showers, toilet facilities and a secure place to store personal belongings and...
Posted: Tue Jun 9, 2015 5:06PM
text Councilmember Posner Calls for 24-Hour Bathroom Support at Council today - by Robert Norse
On May 26, City Council voted, at Councilmember Comstock's initiative, to direct staff to investigate if not add 24-hour bathroom access. See "City Council Unanimously Votes on Two 24-hour Bathrooms" at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/06/02/18773019.php Recently activists, led by Brent Adams, have focused on the lack of adequate cleaning of the "Posner portapotty" at Laurel and Front Streets, and enlisted some community members to do the job, Parks and Rec has declined to do. Today t...
Posted: Tue Jun 9, 2015 1:56PM
text Racial Profiling Bill Heads to California Senate - by ACLU of Northern California
SACRAMENTO--On June 3 the state Assembly approved a police reform bill that would collect basic information about encounters the police have with Californians. Assembly members voted 41 to 23 to pass Assembly Bill 953, Law Enforcement: Racial Profiling.
Posted: Fri Jun 5, 2015 11:45AM

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