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Santa Cruz Indymedia Newsletter May 4, 2005
by Santa Cruz Indymedia volunteers (scimc [at] indymedia.org)
Wednesday May 4th, 2005 3:24 AM
SANTA CRUZ INDYMEDIA UPDATE, MAY 4, 2005
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News and events currently featured as of Wednesday, May 4:


UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday 7pm Camilo Mejia, Soldiers Resist Iraq War
http://santacruz.indymedia.org/newswire/display/17591/index.php

Friday 8pm Film night to benefit eco-defense prisoner Jeff "Free" Luers
http://santacruz.indymedia.org/newswire/display/17586/index.php

Saturday 9:30am-6pm Anarchism Now conference at UCSC
http://santacruz.indymedia.org/newswire/display/17551/index.php


Please visit this link for full details and more event listings!
http://www.radicalendar.org/group/SC-IMC

PUBLISH UPCOMING EVENTS on the SC-IMC Calendar!
http://www.radicalendar.org/calendar/SC-IMC/all/new/index.php



TENT UNIVERSITY SANTA CRUZ: WHAT WENT RIGHT, WHAT WENT WRONG?

The past three weeks have been very eventful at UCSC: counter-recruitment efforts, an amazing strike (we won that shit – when is the party?), April 18th at Tent University, The state-wide student walk-out… Something is in the air. It is important for us to keep up the momentum, but also to reflect and learn from our own successes and mishaps. In this contribution to the ongoing conversations, I’d like to focus on the controversies and questions surrounding Tent University. I want to unpack the crucial criticisms that have been raised around this initiative, while also acknowledging the hard work and perseverance of Tent U’s organizers. Most importantly, I want to emphasize how this undoubtedly problematic event has still managed to open a space of possibility for student orgs and ‘the movement’ these orgs may potentially become and power. In sum I think student activists need to simultaneously engage in critical conversations about Tent U, while capitalizing on the moment it has provided – however awkwardly so.
http://santacruz.indymedia.org/newswire/display/17616/index.php


WARD CHURCHILL AT CSU MONTEREY BAY

Ward Churchill spoke for more than two hours at an event organized by Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MeCHA) de California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB). Outside there were competing displays of support and disgust for Churchill. Some supporters poked fun at the recent controversy, while some took it quite seriously. Churchill discussed recent attacks on his scholarship, patriotism, heritage, and writing and the essay that has caused so much controversy.

Continuing the talk, he outlines U.$. Policy, foreign and domestic, victims of said policies; American Exceptionalism, Educational system.
http://santacruz.indymedia.org/feature/display/17104/index.php


ROGER MENTCH GETS LENIENCY FROM COURTS

Sentencing for local medical marijuana provider Roger Mentch, took place May 2, in the chambers of Superior Court Judge Samuel Stevens. Nearly two years ago, the Santa Cruz County Sheriffs drug task force raided the Felton home of Roger Mentch, managing director of the Hemporium, a medical marijuana consultant and delivery service, with about 20 clients.

The prosecutor who tried the case, Thanh Ngo, argued for a 150 day jail sentence and demanded the DA's office retain all evidence, particularly the cash seized by sherrif's deputies. Judge Stevens handed down, a 5-day jail sentence, giving Mentch credit for time served, and summary probation for 3 years. He was also ordered to pay $220 in court costs. Throughout the hearing, Judge Stevens repeatedly stipulated Mentch could continue to operate his marijuana deliveries, saying, "If he wishes to conduct himself under the law, he will not be in violation of probation."
http://santacruz.indymedia.org/feature/display/17103/index.php


MAY DAY 2005 IN SANTA CRUZ

On May Day 2005 in Santa Cruz, the Wobblies marched from the Tom Scribner statue to a rally at the Clock Tower. Rabble rousers played guitar, sang and spoke about the past, present and future of the labor movement. Speakers and singers included Faith Petric, Fred Hirsch, Mark Levy, David Winters, Fellow Worker Will and Brian from the Santa Cruz General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World.

After the rally, we marched down Pacific Ave. and gained the support of many onlookers as we chanted, "We Don't Need the Bosses, the Bosses Need Us!!!"

For better or worse, there were more people that wanted to watch The Wobblies than could fit into the main dartroom of the Poet & Patriot. Those of us that did not make it into the film screening celebrated 100 years of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) with a live performance of Rebel Girl by Phil Free and a birthday cake.
http://santacruz.indymedia.org/feature/display/17102/index.php


FELTON RESIDENTS TO VOTE ON WATER BUYOUT

For two and a half years, residents in Felton, CA have been battling with German energy giant, RWE, the world's third largest private water utility, over that companies buyout, of the local system. On Wedneday, April 27, Santa Cruz County Supervisors unanimously agreed to hold a special election, and let Felton voters decide on an 11 million dollar bond to purchase the system from Cal Am/RWE. A special mail-in ballot deadline has been set for July 26.

The California Public Utilities Commission has scheduled a public hearing for May 13 at the Felton Community Hall to take testimony on Cal-Am/RWE's proposal to consolidate the Felton and Monterey water districts.
http://santacruz.indymedia.org/feature/display/17098/index.php


DA DROPS CHARGES OF 19 ARRESTED AT TENT UNIVERSITY

On the afternoon of April 29, the DA announced that the charges brought against those arrested at Tent University the night of April 18th have been dropped. We greatly appreciate the faculty, community members and students who voiced their support for those arrested. Although this is a celebrated victory, we are still anticipating a date to be set with Chancellor Denice Denton as well as the academic senate to begin their investigation into the events of the week of April 18th.
http://santacruz.indymedia.org/feature/display/17097/index.php


AN EVENING WITH BOBBY SEALE, COFOUNDER OF THE BLACK PANTHERS

Santa Cruz, CA. - On April 28, e-squared and the Ethnic Student Organization Council (ESOC) presented the 4th Annual Speaker Blowout: An evening with Bobby Seale, cofounder of the Black Panthers. Seale sported a yellow ribbon and an M8-tank hat, as he spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at UCSC.

(1 hour and 55 minutes / 39.4 MB -- this includes 10 minutes of introduction and 25 minutes of Q&A)
http://santacruz.indymedia.org/feature/display/17096/index.php


CRAFTING SOLUTIONS TO GANG VIOLENCE IN SANTA CRUZ

The US Justice Department estimates more than three-quarters of a million people in the US are gang members. For decades, various street gangs have operated in large US cities, but in recent years, many small towns and rural areas have become fertile ground for gang activity. As the U.S. Conference of Mayors convenes today in DC for a National Summit on Gang Violence, FSRN's Vinny Lombardo examines how one California community is confronting these issues and crafting solutions.
http://santacruz.indymedia.org/feature/display/17093/index.php


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