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Wed Dec 13 2017National Day of Action in Defense of Net Neutrality
Protests to save net neutrality burst upon the San Francisco Bay Area scene on December 7. The proposal at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to roll back Obama era rules would fundamentally change the internet by favoring carriers over internet content providers. In Palo Alto, a "March on Verizon" started in Lytton Plaza, where "Digital DNA", a sculpture inviting the viewer to question how technology can enslave us, is slated for removal because of its political message. Demonstrations on the national day of action targeted Verizon because FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is a former Verizon lawyer.
Mon Nov 20 2017Beloved Sculpture On Chopping Block in Palo Alto
Mon Nov 20 2017"Censorship Committee" of Palo Alto Banishes Public Art Piece
On November 16, the Public Art Commission of Palo Alto voted unanimously to remove the artwork of Adriana Varella from the city’s public art collection. "Digital DNA", a seven foot tall egg shaped sculpture made of recycled circuit boards, imparts a political message—that technology generated by Silicon Valley has a far-reaching impact. It conveys that modern technology can enslave us, and reminds the viewer that technology is also used for warfare. In protest of the commission's decision, the artist has created a more than 5 foot wide collage titled "Censorship Committee of Palo Alto" that is currently on display at an art show about censorship in New York City.
Thu Nov 16 2017 (Updated 11/19/17)Anarchist Community Center Celebrates Nine Years in Santa Cruz
Thu Nov 16 2017 (Updated 11/19/17)SubRosa is an Anarchist Community Space Run by a Collective of Volunteers
On November 1, SubRosa turned nine years old. SubRosa is an anarchist community space run by a collective of committed volunteers from the Santa Cruz area, freely giving of their energy and time. Located on the south end of Pacific Avenue, it is one of few places in Santa Cruz that is not focused on commerce. SubRosa has books and zines you can't find anywhere else, as well as the Anarchist Lending Library. Meetings, film screenings, music shows, art exhibitions, privacy workshops, and the increasingly popular Really Really Free Market all take place at SubRosa.
Wed Aug 16 2017Last Call at Caffé Pergolesi
Wed Aug 16 2017Iconic Santa Cruz Coffeehouse, Caffé Pergolesi, Closes Up Shop
On August 9, news spread quickly that Santa Cruz's oldest, best known, and most loved coffeehouse will shut their doors forever on August 26, 2017. Caffé Pergolesi, an institution of downtown Santa Cruz, holds a very special place in the hearts of so many people. Besides offering coffee, tea, beer, wine, cider, and snacks, the cafe is an important space for friends and groups to meet. Its walls serve as a gallery for local artists, and The Perg, as it's known, is a one of a kind venue, particularly for punk and hardcore musicians. The funky alternative counterculture community known as Santa Cruz, loved by so many people near and far, continues getting its capitalist corporate makeover from the university, technology, and tourism industries.
Tue May 30 2017 (Updated 05/31/17)Fuck Trump at the Oakland Coliseum
Tue May 30 2017 (Updated 05/31/17)Artists Project Call for Trump Impeachment at Coliseum, Get Handcuffed by Security
From the open-publishing newswire: Don the Con has admitted to obstructing justice, and he should be impeached. We tried to project just that on a billboard next to Oracle Coliseum, after a Warriors game (victory!). IMPEACH didn't fit the sign as well as Fuck Trump. As fireworks went up so did the chant, "Fuck Trump! Fuck Trump!" Security noticed. A policewoman asked us to leave, and we packed up. As we were on our way out, we were surrounded and seized by coliseum security. Some of us were handcuffed. Our projector tripod was broken. The coliseum security did not wear badges and refused to give their names.
Mon May 22 2017The Highway Murderers Are A Neo-Nazi Band From Santa Cruz
The Highway Murderers are a crypto-fascist rock band from Santa Cruz. Since their formation in 2002, they have constantly been subject to criticism and resistance from the northern California music community for their violent, misogynistic, and racist behavior. The band is generally good at masking their white power and fascist symbols and aesthetics behind the violent imagery that permeates in contemporary metal music scenes. Despite this, members have slipped up and revealed their true colors with social media posts that expose their neo-nazi leanings. The Highway Murderers are scheduled to perform on Saturday, May 27 in San José.
Sat Jan 14 2017 (Updated 01/16/17)Speakeasies and Artists Warehouses: A Tale of Two Oaklands
Sat Jan 14 2017 (Updated 01/16/17)Fruitvale Community Further Marginalized in Politicization of Ghost Ship Fire
Dozens of reporters, videographers and photographers thronged around the yellow tape surrounding the block containing the Ghost Ship warehouse the morning after the tragic fire that killed 36 people in the center of Fruitvale. Voices in Fruitvale, a neighborhood where almost half the children live in poverty, weren’t heard for days at all. In this sensational story that garnered nation-wide attention, it was weeks before journalists evinced the slightest interest in the neighborhood where the fire occurred.
Mon Oct 10 2016White Supremacist Nathan Damigo Exposed
Nathan Damigo is a Social Studies major at CSU Stanislaus — and he’s been building up a white supremacist group called Identity Evropa (IE) across Northern California. Identity Evropa focuses on recruitment by plastering college campuses with propaganda that promotes the creation of an all-white, fascist, authoritarian political power. On October 4, anti-fascists put up 300 posters at CSU Stanislaus detailing Damigo’s hidden past as a convicted felon in a violent hate crime, as well as his involvement in a string of hate groups before attempting to rebrand himself with Identity Evropa.
Mon Jun 6 2016 (Updated 06/08/16)Posters Protest Google-Government Collusion
Mon Jun 6 2016 (Updated 06/08/16)Street Art Targets Google's Close Relations with the White House, NSA & Other Spy Agencies
Google's increasing power over political leaders in Washington, and its collaboration with the NSA and other spy agencies, have allowed the world's largest corporation to pull the strings of power. It started under Bush and grew even worse under Obama. On May 16, art activists in San Francisco postered Google headquarters, Google Ventures, Mozilla, and other areas with satirical art showing Google to be pulling President Obama's strings. Nobody claimed credit for the poster protests.
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.
6:30PM Thursday Dec 14 SERIOUS FUN! (with no arrests or penalties)
7PM Thursday Dec 14 City Lights Event - Michael Hardt with Joshua Clover
2PM Sunday Dec 17 Bay Area Int'l Day to End Violence against Women
7PM Wednesday Jan 17 Benefit Show for Bay Area Women Against Rape: Sarchasm,...
7PM Wednesday Jan 17 How Counterculture Built Silicon Valley
7:30PM Thursday Jan 25 When They Call You a Terrorist :: Black Lives Matter!
All Out For Palestine: Hands Off Jerusalem! (3 comments) Wednesday Dec 6th 8:33 PM
Homeless Services Center and Calamity's Cupboard -- and Art Show! (3 comments) Tuesday Dec 5th 5:51 PM
Santa Cruz Downtown Association's Holiday Parade 2017 Saturday Dec 2nd 6:47 PM
Censorship Committee of Palo Alto Banishes Public Art Piece Saturday Nov 18th 4:14 AM
Sculpture Loved by Folks from Anarchists to Art Lovers On Chopping Block (1 comment) Saturday Nov 18th 3:49 AM
Happy Ninth Birthday SubRosa! (and some Santa Cruz radical history) (1 comment) Tuesday Nov 7th 11:13 AM
Holding Twitter Accountable: Ban Trump Wednesday Oct 18th 11:03 PMMore Local News...
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News and Views: Interview with Tabitha Mustafa about the New Orleans Palestinian Film Festival Wednesday Nov 1st 7:06 AM
Wolfenstein II: Punching Nazis [New World Order - Ministry] Trailer (1 comment) Monday Oct 23rd 3:41 PM
Sites of Resistance in New Orleans Monday Sep 11th 4:49 AM
Statement on Repression of Juggalos (1 comment) Monday Sep 4th 6:17 PM
Private Security patrols for artwork in Kansas City, Missouri Sunday Aug 27th 5:51 PM
Arrested for Visual Art and Protest: Total Eclipse Of Our Rights Monday Aug 21st 8:21 PM
Day 3 Illegal Art Protest: Cracking the System? Saturday Aug 19th 10:31 PMMore Global News...
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The Listening Post - Radio Democracy in Action Monday Oct 9th 8:07 AM
The New Emperor is a White Nationalist? Sunday Aug 13th 8:47 PM
Press Release: Cast Announced for THE TOXIC AVENGER Musical at San Jose Stage Tuesday May 23rd 6:15 PM
World Premiere of Donal O'Kelly's The Memory Stick Thursday Mar 16th 3:25 PM
Chilao School offers free space for Arts, Culture and Environmental Workshops Wednesday Mar 1st 9:14 AM
Art of War : Executive Order Saturday Feb 18th 11:06 PM
Dis-Honor Among Thieves Saturday Feb 11th 9:39 PMOpen Newswire...
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