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On Sunday, May 1, Joff Jones and Alex Skelton were arrested for defiantly displaying art "outside of a blue box" on Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz. This is their third arrest for displaying art in a public space but outside of small boxes since August of 2015. Jones and Skelton created a video with footage showing numerous Santa Cruz Police officers ticketing and arresting them for simply being "outside of a blue box" while displaying their art.
Wed Dec 30 2015 (Updated 12/31/15)Food Not Bombs Co-Founder Keith McHenry Faces New Criminal Charges for His Work
Wed Dec 30 2015 (Updated 12/31/15)FNB Activist Charged with Misdemeanor in Santa Cruz for Using "Offensive Words"
Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry is facing three misdemeanor charges in Santa Cruz Superior Court as a result of his work to defend the rights of the poor. The original case stemmed from an action where McHenry replaced 33 "blue artist boxes" on Pacific Avenue that had been removed by the city.
On August 2, community members in Santa Cruz came together to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. "Let us recommit ourselves to a world without nuclear weapons and without war," an announcement for the gathering read. The evening began with musicians playing in front of the Collateral Damage statue, which was installed next to the Town Clock on the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombings as a memorial to all civilian casualties of war.
Thu Jul 16 2015 (Updated 07/27/15)Rock Paper Scissors Being Displaced After More Than Ten Years on Telegraph Avenue
Thu Jul 16 2015 (Updated 07/27/15)RPSC Community Arts Space to Close as Result of Continuing Wave of Oakland Gentrification
Founding member of the First Friday Oakland Art Murmur, Rock Paper Scissors Collective writes: With a little volunteer elbow-grease and fundraising effort, the Rock Paper Scissors Collective (RPSC) was born — a destination where the community could come together, organize, share skills, knowledge and create. Now, we are being forced out of our space. The Collective’s long time landlord plans to charge market value for the space, well beyond what we can afford as an all-volunteer run nonprofit. As of August 31st, RPS will be without a home.
Tue Jul 7 2015 (Updated 07/08/15)Community Rallies Behind Vandalized Gay, Lesbian, Transgender Mural in the Mission
Tue Jul 7 2015 (Updated 07/08/15)Following Hate Crime, Speakers Call for SF Community to Heal with Love, Not Revenge
On July 1, hundreds came together in spirit, unity, and love to transform the unacceptable destruction of the mural on the outside wall of Galeria de La Raza in the Mission District of San Francisco. The mural installed by the Los Angeles Maricon Collective is a celebration of LGBTQ people, and accompanies the presentation in the Galeria, The Q-Sides. Speakers emphasized that unity must be maintained in the Mission, healing with love not revenge, even though the vandalism was a hate crime
Wed Mar 25 2015 (Updated 03/26/15)AK Press, 1984 Printing, and Friends Need Help Now to Recover from Fire
Wed Mar 25 2015 (Updated 03/26/15)Fire Ravages Long-Time Anarchist and Artist Warehouses on 23rd and 24th Streets in Oakland
Before dawn on March 21, a fire erupted in a warehouse on 24th Street in Oakland. Two resident artists died. The fire quickly spread to the adjoining warehouse on 23rd Street commonly known as the AK Press warehouse. On the AK side, three residential units sustained severe damage, at least one being totally destroyed, with a beloved cat succumbing to the smoke and heat. Other units have borne varying degrees of damage. Businesses on the first floor are struggling with major water damage. Even worse, with both warehouses now red-tagged by the city, residents and businesses are not allowed inside either building, leaving dozens homeless. A new relief fund has been created that will be evenly split three ways between AK Press, 1984 Printing, and affected neighbors.
Wed Jan 14 2015 (Updated 04/26/15)Reclaiming Martin Luther King Jr's Legacy
Wed Jan 14 2015 (Updated 04/26/15)Bay Area Pulls Off 96 Hours of Action as Part of National Call to "Reclaim King’s Legacy"
In Oakland, hundreds of people from more than two dozen groupings organized in response to the Anti Police-Terror Project’s call to come together for ninety-six hours of direct action over the Martin Luther King Day weekend. The first action announced was a protest inside Montgomery BART station in San Francisco at 7am on Friday. The weekend’s events culminated in a Jobs and Economy March for the People on Monday, January 19. Other groups organized more MLK-related events in Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Palo Alto, Santa Cruz, and throughout Northern California.
Claudia Tirado, a third grade teacher and tenant being evicted by Google's head of eDiscovery, Jack Halprin, queered her fight to remain in her home at the Folsom Street Fair on September 21. With other activists from Eviction Free San Francisco, Tirado handed out condoms for "eviction protection" at the annual kink and sex-positive SoMa fair. Eviction Free SF reported that many fair attendees agreed that housing is a queer issue and that it is unconscionable for Halprin to evict residents so that he can have a private mansion just three blocks from the Google bus stop at 18th and Dolores.
10AM Saturday May 28 Family (Free!) Fun Festival
7:15PM Sunday May 29 David Swanson & Cindy Sheehan: "War is A Lie"
6:30PM Tuesday May 31 "Killing Them Safely" on Use/Abuse of Tasers,...
7PM Tuesday May 31 Petals in the Dust: Liberated Lens Film Night
6PM Wednesday Jun 1 Dada Here & Now: Anti-Art Panel
7:30PM Wednesday Jun 1 Ker-bloom! zine 20-year anniversary reading
6:30PM Thursday Jun 2 Screening of: Occupy the Farm
6:30PM Thursday Jun 2 BAWIFM & KQED present Last Days of Freedom
7PM Thursday Jun 2 Using Racist Memorabilia to Understand Jim Crow
7PM Friday Jun 3 Stand Up Comedy Night to Support Eastwind Books of...
11AM Saturday Jun 4 Nametag Day SF
1PM Saturday Jun 4 News Today: A History of the Poor People's Campaign in...
6PM Saturday Jun 4 The After Party for Nametag Day SF!
7PM Saturday Jun 4 Lyrical Revolt: Build People's Power! Stop Trump!
1PM Saturday Jun 11 News Today: A History of the Poor People's Campaign in...
Mathews Council Crushes Handicraft Vendors; Freedom SleepOut #46 Soldiers On (4 comments) Tuesday May 24th 12:58 PM
Strawberry and Justice Festival May 19 2016 Friday May 20th 7:53 PM
The 11th annual SENDEROS presents Vive Oaxaca Gudaguetza May 15, 2016 Sunday May 15th 3:36 PM
Public Alert: Ticketing and Arrest of Free Expression on Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz, CA (10 comments) Thursday May 5th 8:36 PM
Nonprofit Raises Awareness of Animal Cruelty through Contemporary Art Exhibit Tuesday May 3rd 6:31 PM
California Indian Market & Peace Pow Wow Saturday Apr 30th 5:59 PM
Pacific Avenue Santa Cruz: The Joff Jones and Alex Skelton Report on Freedom in the USA (1 comment) Monday Apr 25th 6:52 PMMore Local News...
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Africa Day 2016 connects "Roots" in the State of California to the African Union Wednesday May 25th 3:21 PM
Protest at PEN Festival, PEN International Expresses Concern over Israeli Government Funds Wednesday Apr 27th 8:28 AM
Rights advocates meet PEN Director to discuss call to drop Israeli government funding Friday Apr 22nd 10:35 AM
Underdog Victories in History Wednesday Apr 13th 9:56 PM
22 Writers Explain Why PEN American Center Should Reject Israeli Government Sponsorship Tuesday Apr 12th 9:10 AM
Over 100 Writers Call on PEN American Center to Reject Israeli Government Sponsorship Wednesday Apr 6th 12:16 PM
An Evening with Zadie Smith, Spring 2016 Sunday Mar 6th 1:06 PMMore Global News...
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Poster protests against Google-Government collusion Monday May 16th 10:41 PM
Video: Founding Fathers, Hip Hop Tuesday Apr 26th 2:35 PM
San Francisco Green Film Festival - Volunteers Needed! Tuesday Mar 22nd 11:45 AM
Time to update the Handy Chevron Guide Thursday Mar 3rd 9:42 PM
Mike Nichols, Genius, Comic, Courageous Greathearted Man Saturday Jan 30th 9:29 AM
An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King (1 comment) Thursday Jan 14th 11:54 PM
Video: Direct Action and Protest, 1 hr 9 min Friday Jan 1st 2:29 PMOpen Newswire...
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