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Occupy Santa Cruz Chalks in Solidarity with OccupyLA
Alex Darocy
On August 8, several community members involved with Occupy Santa Cruz wrote messages in brightly colored chalk on the sidewalk in front of the Santa Cruz court house steps on Water Street during its midweek general assembly in response to the Occupy Los Angeles call for a Global Day of Action to "Chalkupy the World", which was prompted by the continued repression of the Occupy movement. Messages such as "Look up Plutocracy" and "Warning, No Trespass after 7pm" were added to the large area known alternately by local occupiers as the "Occudome Plaza" and "People's Plaza", where a large number of chalk messages were already written during a vigil the night before honoring attorney and sleep activist, Ed Frey, who was recently sentenced to jail for his part in a 2010 sleep protest at the Santa Cruz court house.

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