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HUFF Weekly "Save Streetside Vitality" Protests Likely to Continue
Robert Norse
For the last month, HUFF has held regular protests outside the Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Company initially focusing on "Backpack Bigotry"--the policy of that cafe, Peet's, Lulu Carpenters, and Starbucks to "ban all backpacks", but actually selectively admit the "less homeless-looking" folks. The protests are now encouraging musicians, artists, chessplayers, chatters, and the community generally to return and treat the sidewalks as the community property that it is. Laws criminalizing sitting or performing with a donation cup on 95% of the sidewalk need to be laughed off the Avenue. So far there has been general approval and no response from the armed uniforms patrolling the street. The article below includes a description, a flyer, and a petition.

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