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Wed Apr 12 2017 (Updated 04/15/17)"I Don't Work With Pot, I Work With People"
Wed Apr 12 2017 (Updated 04/15/17)Valerie Corral of Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana Speaks on Industry Today
Valerie Corral and her former husband founded Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) in Santa Cruz, the nation’s oldest continuously operating medical cannabis collective that provides free cannabis for 30 percent of its members. She also helped write and pass Proposition 215, California’s revolutionary medical marijuana law. She has helped build the medical industry and seen it change into what it is today. Now, another twenty years later, the financial climate around cannabis in the United States has changed into a million dollar industry, but Valerie still isn't interested in making money from cannabis.
Sat Apr 8 2017 (Updated 04/09/17)Santa Cruz City Council Votes Unanimously in Support of the Standing Rock Sioux
Sat Apr 8 2017 (Updated 04/09/17)Council Resolution Seen as Precursor to Formal Divestment from Dakota Access Pipeline
On April 4, the Santa Cruz City Council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Citing DAPL’s violation of treaty rights, destruction of sacred sites and the threat posed to Standing Rock’s water supply, the city’s agenda report advised that Santa Cruz join the many cities across the country in officially “Standing with Standing Rock.” The Council’s resolution was formed as part of a collaborative effort between the city and a coalition of Santa Cruz residents working toward the divestment of city funds from major banks funding the project.
Mon Apr 3 2017Whale Entanglements Break Record for Third Straight Year
Commercial Dungeness crab gear entangled a record number of whales in 2016, contributing to a third straight record-breaking year for entanglements along the U.S. West Coast, according to information released this week by the National Marine Fisheries Service. While whale entanglements are reported up and down the coast, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary has recently seen the highest number of entanglements. “Whales are suffering slow, painful deaths because there are too many crab traps in Monterey Bay,” said Catherine Kilduff of the Center for Biological Diversity.
Mon Mar 27 2017 (Updated 03/28/17)Killer of Alan Blueford, "Timebomb" Cop Miguel Masso Strikes Again
Mon Mar 27 2017 (Updated 03/28/17)After Being Arrested by Miguel Masso, Hollister Man Feels He Barely Escaped with His Life
Miguel Masso was hired by the Oakland Police after leaving his job in New York City in 2007 in the wake of a torture lawsuit. After killing Alan Blueford in 2012, Masso resigned from the Oakland Police Department in late spring of 2014 in the aftermath of the lawsuit brought by the Blueford family against the City of Oakland. He quickly found another job with the Hollister Police Department in August of 2014. Now, after being pulled over by Masso on January 27, 2017, Hollister resident Earl Malanado was physically and verbally abused by Masso. Malanado believes he barely escaped with his life.
Mon Mar 20 2017 (Updated 03/21/17)Open House Prepares Legal Observers Responding to ICE Raids
Mon Mar 20 2017 (Updated 03/21/17)YARR Training Attracts Crowd of Santa Cruz Supporters for Rapid Response System
The YARR (Your Allied Rapid Response) Open House and Legal Observer Training on March 11 attracted a crowd of nearly 150 people to hear about how they could be part of the Rapid Response Team of Sanctuary Santa Cruz, supporting community members who are targets of an ICE raid or other forms of harassment or bullying. Three attorneys from the Immigrant Liberation Movement (ILM) conducted a training based on their work in three Bay Area Counties now networked in a Rapid Response System. YARR was formed in December 2016 shortly after the election cycle as an outgrowth of Sanctuary Santa Cruz.
Tue Mar 14 2017Anti-Homeless Architecture is Widespread in Downtown Santa Cruz
Anti-homeless architecture is common in Santa Cruz, including hi-frequency Mosquito Boxes in parks, removing planter boxes and free speech zones on Pacific, replacing the City Hall lawn with gravel and rocks, and now the ugly chain link fencing at the historic downtown post office. On March 11 and 12, Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs decorated the anti-homeless fence at the post office to make it more attractive. Signs, toys, toothpaste and toothbrushes, socks, soap, clothes, shoes, flowers, and strips of fabric were weaved through the links of the fence.
Mon Mar 13 2017 (Updated 03/14/17)Downtown Streets Blocked in Santa Cruz During International Women's Day Strike
Mon Mar 13 2017 (Updated 03/14/17)Gender Strikes Organized Internationally as Follow-Up to Women's Marches
On March 8, striking community members marched through downtown Santa Cruz in solidarity with Women's Strikes organized around the world on International Women's Day as a follow up to the massive Women's Marches held on January 21, 2017, the day after the Inauguration of Trump. One group participating in the March 8 demonstration was the UCSC March Collective, who invited people of all genders to join the action, stating, "We strike because we can't afford not to care."