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Sun Nov 27 2016 (Updated 11/29/16)Santa Cruz Police Eject Homeless Individuals Sleeping at City Hall on Rainy Night
Sun Nov 27 2016 (Updated 11/29/16)Attendance at Freedom Sleepers City Hall Sleepouts Remains High After 16 Months
Santa Cruz police initiated a raid at City Hall on November 23 at 3:30 am, shortly after it stopped raining that evening, to clear from the area approximately two dozen individuals who had been sleeping and sheltering themselves from the weather under the eaves of the buildings in the complex. Officers issued citations to individuals, and made one arrest. Many of those sleeping at City Hall were participating in the weekly Freedom Sleepers sleep protest, while others were simply sheltering themselves from the wet weather temporarily with the group.
Sat Nov 19 2016 (Updated 11/20/16)Renter Control Ballot Measures Pass in Oakland, Richmond, and Mountain View
Sat Nov 19 2016 (Updated 11/20/16)Renters Win in Three Cities, But Measures in Burlingame, San Mateo and Alameda Do Not Pass
Tenants in the cities of Oakland, Richmond, and Mountain View are celebrating rent control victories. Tens of thousands of renters will have new protections from greedy landlords, realtors and speculators around the Bay Area. The renter protection ballot measure in Oakland, known as Measure JJ, was voted into law with 74% of the vote. In Richmond, after a long hard struggle, 64% of voters passed rent control and just cause eviction protections into law with the passage of Measure L. In a victory for Mountain View over corporate interests, the grassroots renter protection measure known as Measure V was passed with 53% of the vote.
Sun Nov 6 2016Berkeley Police Violently Raid Homeless Encampment
At 5:00am on November 4, the Berkeley Police Department violently raided an encampment of people living in tents at the corner of Fairview and Adeline Streets. The encampment served as a safe, clean and drug-free place for those seeking shelter from the rain and cold. Four people were arrested, including District 2 City Council candidate Nanci Armstrong-Temple. In response, a "Housing Not Handcuffs Sunrise Vigil" is scheduled for 6-10am on November 7 at Berkeley City Hall. In Oakland, from 8am-4pm the same day, a call has gone out to pack the Wiley Manuel courtroom in solidarity with arrestees.
Thu Nov 3 2016 (Updated 11/10/16)Community Responds to SCPD Killing of Sean Smith-Arlt
Thu Nov 3 2016 (Updated 11/10/16)Santa Cruz Residents Express Sadness, Anger, Fear of Calling 911, Following Police Killing
Following the killing of Sean Smith-Arlt by officers with the Santa Cruz Police Department on October 16, residents are organizing in the community with the intention of preventing another killing like his. On October 22, a candle light vigil for Sean was organized at the Town Clock, which coincided with the 21st annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality. On October 25 a large group of community members attended the City Council meeting to voice their concerns during oral communications, and on November 1 a community forum hosted by the newly formed Social Justice Alliance was held.
Sun Oct 30 2016Black Panther Party Marks 50 Years Since Founding in Oakland
It was 1966 when Huey Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. Initially, their goals were to make use of California's open-carry laws at the time to directly challenge police brutality in Oakland and to turn Black rebellion into political power. In little time, the party expanded nationwide, fed hundreds of thousands of children, and created free health clinics and a number of other social programs. October 2016 marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party.
Tue Oct 25 2016 (Updated 11/07/16)Fight Over Skyrocketing Bay Area Rents to Hit the Ballot Box
Tue Oct 25 2016 (Updated 11/07/16)Stakes High as Tenants Push Back Against Landlords and Real Estate Lobbyists on November 8
Many long-time Bay Area residents have been displaced over the last several years. The median rent in Oakland is now $3,000 a month and heartless landlords are taking extreme measures to boost their profit at the expense of tenants. In one recent case, an East Palo Alto property owner and his son were arrested for a plot to push tenants out of rent-controlled units by destroying their property. Tenant advocates across the Bay Area urge voters to support the strong renter protections in Richmond, Oakland, Alameda, Burlingame, San Mateo, and Mountain View.
Word got out that the Oakland Police Department had intentions to do neighborhood outreach in West Oakland on October 18. Knowing that OPD holds public relations events such as these to whitewash their earned reputation as racist, violent, and corrupt, the Anti Police-Terror Project set out to prevent OPD from exploiting local residents for a propagandistic photo op. As an unexpected bonus, a man's home was saved from being confiscated by the police.
Fri Oct 21 2016SCPD Shoots and Kills Sean Smith-Arlt on West Side
Officers with the Santa Cruz Police Department shot and killed 32-year-old Sean Smith-Arlt outside of a home on the corner of Chace and Getchell Streets on the west side of Santa Cruz. Police have stated that Smith-Arlt, who was experiencing mental health issues, was advancing towards officers with a gardening rake when officers deemed him a threat and shot and killed him at about 3:30 am on October 16. In response, residents have organized a candle light vigil at the Town Clock in Santa Cruz for No Police Brutality Day on October 22.
The Take Back Oakland Coalition is now gathering signatures to recall Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. On September 18, recall organizers handed out the first recall petitions all afternoon in front of Oakland City Hall. Primary among the objections to Schaaf are her inaction in the face of massive displacement of long-time residents, the deference she continues to show to the corrupt and murderous Oakland police department, and her failure to support local youth and job centers.
Thu Sep 22 2016 (Updated 09/24/16)Getting a Good Night's Sleep at Santa Cruz City Hall
Thu Sep 22 2016 (Updated 09/24/16)Freedom Sleepers Still Advocating for Public Safe Sleep Zones at Community Sleepouts
Presently the only location in downtown Santa Cruz where people on the street are able to sleep regularly as a group is at the weekly community sleepouts organized by the Freedom Sleepers. Homeless sweeps conducted by the Santa Cruz Police Department beginning in January of this year have for the most part cleared the downtown area of groups of people sleeping together in other locations, such as at the post office. Since July of 2015, the Freedom Sleepers have gathered to sleep at city hall one night a week to protest local laws that criminalize homelessness. September 20 marked the group's 63rd sleepout.
Sat Aug 20 2016Family of Krista DeLuca Sues Santa Cruz County
Sat Aug 20 2016Grand Jury Releases Report on 2015 Jail Death of Krista DeLuca
In June, the Santa Cruz County Grand Jury released its report on the death of 23-year-old mother Krista DeLuca, who died in the main jail on September 29, 2015. Shortly after the release of the Grand Jury report, DeLuca's family filed a civil lawsuit against the County of Santa Cruz. Besides the County, the lawsuit lists as defendants the Sheriff's Office, Sheriff-Coroner Jim Hart, Under-Sheriff Jeremy Verinsky, Chief Deputy Jeff March, Lieutenant Kelly Kent, and California Forensic Medical Group, Inc. (CFMG), as well as a list of unspecified "John Does".
Fri Aug 19 2016 (Updated 08/20/16)Protect Our Right To Stay: No Suban La Renta
Fri Aug 19 2016 (Updated 08/20/16)Renter Protections on the November Ballot for Six Bay Area Cities
Renter protections are on the ballot for voters to vote on this coming November in the cities of Oakland, Richmond, Alameda, Burlingame, San Mateo, and Mountain View. On August 8, the Alameda Renters Coalition (ARC), tenants and other community members rallied to protest against no-cause evictions — and evictions at the Bay View Apartments in Alameda. Tenant advocates across the Bay Area are urging renters to vote on strong renter protections during the upcoming November elections, urging people to vote against weak proposals placed on the ballot by the City Council in Alameda and Mountain View.
Sun Aug 14 2016 (Updated 08/22/16)Coastal Commission Overturns Nighttime RV Ban in Santa Cruz
Sun Aug 14 2016 (Updated 08/22/16)California Coastal Commission Upholds Public Access for All
On August 11, the California Coastal Commission found by an 11-1 vote that the City of Santa Cruz' midnight to 5 PM RV (recreational vehicle) parking ban involved a "substantial issue" and so would require a new hearing in the months to come. The CCC was not convinced by Assistant City Manager Scott Collins's claims that Santa Cruz provides RV alternatives, is dealing with an RV "crime crisis", and is only duplicating what other cities have done.
Thu Aug 11 2016 (Updated 08/12/16)Monterey County Homeless Union Establishes Tent Community at Salinas City Hall
Thu Aug 11 2016 (Updated 08/12/16)Residents Look for New Places to Live Following Chinatown Homeless Sweeps
In the wake of the Chinatown homeless sweeps that displaced hundreds of people in downtown Salinas in March of this year, a small but thriving tent community has established itself at Salinas City Hall, where a group has been camping out every night for over four months. An anti-camping ordinance was recently passed by the Salinas City Council that allows for the city to quickly remove "bulky items" stored on public property, and outlaws setting up tents on public property between the hours of 6am and 6pm.
Thu Jul 28 2016Going Into Year Two with the Freedom Sleepers
The Freedom Sleepers celebrated their one-year anniversary together on July 5 with a march through downtown Santa Cruz, and then an outdoor movie screening at Santa Cruz City Hall. After celebrating their one-year anniversary, the Freedom Sleepers have returned to Santa Cruz City Hall for three more sleepouts. The most recent was their 55th community sleepout on July 26. Since July 4 of 2015, a coalition of unhoused and housed community members in Santa Cruz have converged to sleep at city hall one night a week to protest local laws that criminalize homelessness.
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4PM Friday Dec 9 Free Mumia Abu-Jamal National Day of Action
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Nurses: Tragic Fire Highlights Need for Real Action in Oakland on Affordable Housing Crisis Monday Dec 5th 5:30 PM
Trump nominates a moron to be the next HUD Secretary (3 comments) Monday Dec 5th 4:24 PM
The Rising Housing Prices In Sonoma County Monday Dec 5th 2:14 PM
Oakland officials are responsible for Ghost Ship warehouse fire (14 comments) Sunday Dec 4th 1:42 AM
Vigil Honoring Sean Arlt and Luke Smith Dec. 3, 2016 Saturday Dec 3rd 11:38 PM
Support Fund for Sean Arlt's Son Established Friday Dec 2nd 5:18 PM
New Report on an Old Story: Can Santa Cruz Learn from Yale Law School? Monday Nov 28th 1:41 PM
Help Open Uhuru Jiko Community Kitchen in Oakland, CA #GivingTuesday Monday Nov 28th 9:21 AM
HUFFing and Puffing: A Warm Wind from Berkeley (8 comments) Sunday Nov 27th 8:56 AM
After Rain, Santa Cruz Police Eject Homeless Individuals Sleeping at City Hall and Make One Arrest (3 comments) Saturday Nov 26th 4:26 PMMore Local News...
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Nurses Donate $50,000 to Aid Veterans Stand with Standing Rock Monday Dec 5th 5:23 PM
EPA Petitioned to Acknowledge Extensive Fluoride/Brain Risk Evidence Sunday Dec 4th 11:36 AM
Dream Caravan 2016 Wednesday Nov 30th 11:26 AM
wtul news and views speaks with Janet Hays for OPPRC Friday Nov 25th 10:27 AM
Woman severely injured when concussion grenade thrown by police at Standing Rock explodes on her arm Tuesday Nov 22nd 5:26 PM
Police Attack Unarmed Standing Rock Water Protectors in Freezing Temperatures with Water Cannons and Other Weapons in 5-Hour Standoff (1 comment) Monday Nov 21st 6:35 PM
Excessive Force by Police Injures 300 Water Protectors at Standing Rock Monday Nov 21st 2:43 PM
Poisoned food products will be delivered to Syria through Kilis, Turkey Friday Nov 18th 5:18 AM
Registered Nurse Response Network Sends Nurse Volunteers on Second Deployment to Standing Rock Monday Nov 7th 5:01 PM
Flower Pot Candle Heaters And Your Health Wednesday Nov 2nd 10:57 AMMore Global News...
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Tories announce NHS 'STP' plan for City of Bristol, UK Sunday Dec 4th 6:07 AM
2016 California Diabetes Awareness Month ~ Victory Garden Project Saturday Nov 26th 2:04 PM
Why Health Care Should Be a Human Right Tuesday Nov 22nd 4:04 PM
Lyme Disease & the Weaponization of Borrelia Thursday Nov 10th 12:28 PM
Myth: The Public Service Sector is Inefficient and Much Too Expensive Monday Nov 7th 4:44 AM
Tom Hayden on The Unfinished Business of Democracy (1 comment) Friday Oct 28th 4:54 AM
DOJ Says Poor Defendants Can’t Be Held If They Can’t Afford Bail (1 comment) Monday Oct 24th 10:06 PM
Democracy and the Social State Monday Oct 3rd 4:26 AM
The Cost of Not Caring Monday Sep 26th 12:04 PM
Michelle Erenberg from Lift Louisiana on All Access event sat night Friday Sep 9th 8:46 AMOpen Newswire...
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