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Picture Denim Day in Santa Cruz
by Corrina McFarlane
Wednesday Apr 25th, 2007 7:13 PM
Santa Cruz City Hall Courtyard hosted a jean art exhibit today as part of DENIM DAY in Santa Cruz. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and wearing denim, "Wear Your Jeans", is part of an international protest of an Italian High Court decision to overturn a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans.
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The Jean art exhibit out front of Santa Cruz City Hall today was worth capturing on film. We've seen the Mayor of Santa Cruz raise a hemp flag in honor of a hemp-fueled vehicle rolling into town after driving coast to coast. This Denim Day exhibit on the City Hall front lawn must be a first too.

Denim Day is about challenging myth-based injustice. The Italian High Court decision (1999) to rule against the woman because she was wearing jeans (and therefore would have to have helped) was a hugely unpopular verdict that sparked a worldwide outcry and has now become an international symbol of myth-based injustice for sexual assault victims.

Branciforte Middle School was among the participants producing jean art with strong and proud statements. The DA came to speak in the formal opening of the City Hall exhbit as did the local police. Walnut Women's Center did a presentation and were one of the groups tabling. They had purple bracelets which read "Peace Begins at Home"

One day when you're walking by City Hall, cross that lawn and check out the small sculpture. It was dedicated in 1984 and it is called "Changing of the Guard". SC City Council has made national news on more than one occasion for their radical stance (in institutional terms), for championing issues and initiatives considered controversial in the mainstream. Between Matriot Day and Denim Day, it would be more fitting to talk about the Herstory of Santa Cruz.
§Jeans Make A Stong Statement at City Hall
by Corrina McFarlane Wednesday Apr 25th, 2007 7:13 PM
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§Jean Exhibit for Santa Cruz Denim Day
by Corrina McFarlane Wednesday Apr 25th, 2007 7:13 PM
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§Branciforte Middle School Jean Art
by Corrina McFarlane Wednesday Apr 25th, 2007 7:13 PM
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§Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women
by Corrina McFarlane Wednesday Apr 25th, 2007 7:13 PM
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§Changing of the Guard City Hall sculpture
by Corrina McFarlane Wednesday Apr 25th, 2007 7:13 PM
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Stop male violence against womenUtopia BoldWednesday May 2nd, 2007 9:39 PM
To honor all the victims of violence you must acknowledge a few thingsWMST gradWednesday May 2nd, 2007 12:44 PM
All men are responsible for stopping all forms of male violence against womenElaine CharkowskiSunday Apr 29th, 2007 6:59 PM
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