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Thu Jul 4 2013 (Updated 07/06/13)Historic Year for Pride in San Francisco
Thu Jul 4 2013 (Updated 07/06/13)Gay Pride Parade's Bradley Manning Contingent Blocks Military Recruiters
US Supreme Court decisions making gay marriage legal in California and striking down the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act came just days before Pride weekend in San Francisco. On June 28th, anarchists participating in the annual Trans March hoisted a banner with the slogan "No Pride in Assimilation/No Future in Capitalism". Two days later a Bradley Manning contingent marched at Pride Sunday then encircled a National Guard booth in protest of military recruiting.
Tue Jul 2 2013 (Updated 07/04/13)39th Santa Cruz Pride Parade: Free Bradley Manning!
Tue Jul 2 2013 (Updated 07/04/13)Pride Contingent in Santa Cruz Supports Whistle-Blowing Political Prisoner
On Sunday, June 2, thousands of people lined Pacific Avenue for the 39th annual Santa Cruz Pride parade and festival presented by The Diversity Center of Santa Cruz. A wide range of organizations participated in the parade, including a contingent raising awareness and support for political prisoner Bradley Manning. Manning is openly gay and has participated in Pride marches and campaigned against the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” restrictions on gay military personnel.
Sat Apr 27 2013 (Updated 05/02/13)ACT UP/San Francisco Protests Evictions: Housing=Healthcare And Eviction=Death
Sat Apr 27 2013 (Updated 05/02/13)SF Protest Targets Increasing Evictions and Rental Prices on People Living with HIV/AIDS
The newly revived ACT UP/San Francisco celebrated their one year anniversary with a demonstration for affordable housing on April 20. The event was aimed at drawing attention to the impact of increasing evictions and rental price increases in San Francisco on people living with HIV/AIDS. Featured speakers called on San Francisco's elected officials to move towards a moratorium on evictions where just cause is not proven, while looking towards curtailing market rate housing development in order to even out the market.
Sun Mar 17 2013 (Updated 02/17/14)March for Kayla Moore, Killed by Berkeley Police
Sun Mar 17 2013 (Updated 02/17/14)March Calls Attention to Lack of Accountability for In-Custody Death of Kayla Moore
On February 12, Berkeley Police murdered Kayla Moore. Kayla Moore lived with "mental illness" and has been described by friends and family as a Transgender person who "passed as a woman." One month later and the Berkeley Police still have not released information as to the cause of Kayla's death, leaving most questions unanswered. On March 12, while police and corporate media were largely silent about the death, a nighttime march was held to call attention to the lack of accountability for the in-custody murder in Berkeley.
Fri Jun 8 2012 (Updated 06/09/12)Santa Cruz Pride 2012: Life Gets Better Together
Fri Jun 8 2012 (Updated 06/09/12)38th Annual Santa Cruz Pride Event
On Sunday, June 3rd, the Diversity Center of Santa Cruz presented the 38th annual Santa Cruz Pride event, which featured a march and rally with thousands of people on Pacific Avenue. Some of the many featured speakers and performers included representatives of the Diversity Center, John Laird, who was the first openly gay mayor when he took over the mayoralty of the city of Santa Cruz in 1983, and cheer squads from San Francisco, Sacramento and Folsom.
Wed Apr 25 2012National Day of Silence to Support LGBTQ Youth and "Bully" Movie
In downtown Santa Cruz on April 20, LGBQT community members from the Diversity Center's Youth Program and their family members and allies held a "Breaking the Silence" rally in front of the Del Mar Theatre before a showing of the film "Bully". People held signs and shared stories. There was a group shout out, and many involved with the youth program wore tape x'd over their mouths to both symbolize the silencing effect of bullying on the LGBQT youth community, as well as to be an expression of solidarity with those who could not attend the rally in person for many different reasons of privacy.
Fri Mar 30 2012Alice Walker and Frances Goldin on the Life of Legendary Poet Adrienne Rich (1929-2012)
The legendary poet, essayist and feminist Adrienne Rich died on March 27, 2012, at the age of 82 in her Santa Cruz, California home. Rich was one of the most celebrated poets of the last half-century and a lifelong advocate for women, gay and lesbian rights, peace and racial justice. She was a key figure in the women’s movement and an uncompromising critic of the powerful.