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After the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History altered its mission statement following the appointment of director Nina Simon two years ago, one critic says the institution has sacrificed the experience of art and history to become a "second community center." In a recent column, Bruce Bratton cites a report that details how museums across the country have been seeking to increase attendance numbers as proof to justify grants and larger sums of monies to subsidize programs.
Sat Jul 27 2013 (Updated 07/29/13)Corrected Billboard "Applauds" NSA Prior to Congressional Vote
Sat Jul 27 2013 (Updated 07/29/13)Hollywoood Movie Billboard in SF Spoofed to "Honor" U.S. National Security Agency
Following the unauthorized release of information by Edward Snowden on June 7, the NSA has faced an unprecedented wave of public scrutiny. On July 23, the California Department of Corrections (CDC) "apprehended, rehabilitated and discharged" a billboard in San Francisco, one day before a U.S. House of Representatives vote that would have curtailed the NSA's surveillance inside the United States. On July 24th, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on an amendment to a military appropriations bill that would have eliminated funding for the agency’s vast phone data collection. The amendment was narrowly defeated by a margin of 205 to 217
Sun Mar 31 2013 (Updated 04/27/13)Islamophobic Hate Ads Remade on SF Buses
Sun Mar 31 2013 (Updated 04/27/13)Arts Activists Disrupt Pamela Geller's Efforts to Use MUNI Advertising for Hate Speech
Interrupting the normalization of anti-Islamic rhetoric and actions, Bay Area Art Queers Unleashing Power (BAAQUP) and Street Cred continue to alter the latest anti-Islamic ads posted by Pamela Geller's "American Freedom Defense Initiative" on San Francisco MUNI buses. In these remakes, Geller acknowledges that her struggle (jihad) is overcoming her virulent Islamophobia and racism. Geller's original ad was modified to read: "I'm Pamela Geller and I spread Islamophobia. I don't know why, but it's a struggle for me not to."
Tue Nov 13 2012 (Updated 11/14/12)Crosses in Lafayette: The Need to Remember
Tue Nov 13 2012 (Updated 11/14/12)Memorial for Soldiers Killed in Iraq and Afghanistan Continues to Grow
On a small hill next to Deer Hill Road in the City of Lafayette, over 6,000 crosses have been erected and displayed as an on-going tribute, and to memorialize the soldiers, who have been killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. The hillside has been marked with controversy, and has sparked anger and even attracted counter protests to its existence.
Sun Sep 9 2012 (Updated 09/11/12)Civil Disobedience at San Francisco's de Young Museum
Sun Sep 9 2012 (Updated 09/11/12)SEIU1021 Supporters and Workers Occupy de Young for Contract Without Concessions
According to Anna Bakalis from SEIU 1021, the management at the de Young museum is intimidating and using “anti-worker tactics” to make cuts to the salaries of the “least paid workers” employed there. On Friday, September 7th, members from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1021 blocked the entrance to the de Young art museum in San Francisco. Nineteen people were arrested, and the attendees at the museum's “Friday Nights at the Museum” event were greeted with loud chants, singing, and civil disobedience.
Fri Aug 24 2012 (Updated 08/26/12)Police Lie to Create Case Against Student Injured in UC Davis Pepper Spray Incident
Fri Aug 24 2012 (Updated 08/26/12)Police Falsify Search Warrant Affidavit, Arrest Art Student for Possessing Art Supplies
On August 10th, Thomas Matzat and supporters appeared before the Yolo County District Court for a pre-trial hearing. Thomas is being charged with five counts of felony vandalism, fourteen counts of misdemeanor vandalism, and one misdemeanor charge for “possessing a marking substance with the intent to commit vandalism”. At the hearing, Thomas’ pro bono legal team provided evidence that police lied about security footage used to identify him.
Mon Aug 6 2012Art Murmur Vendor Solidarity in Oakland
On August 4th, a roving dance party with a large banner that read “Fuck The Permits, F.T.P., Fuck The Police” marched in solidarity with the vendors of Art Murmur. On July 6th, uniformed security officers had informed Art Murmur vendors that anyone without a permit would be ticketed, starting in August. Many vendors and artists ignored the threat of being ticketed, and set their tables in illegal spaces.