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"Don't Put a Haze in our Holidays"

Saturday, December 01, 2007
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Event Type:
Party/Street Party
Location Details:
Gather at the corner of Laurel and Pacific. The Parade starts at 10am and goes up Pacific Ave to the Town Clock.

New Location: Corner of Cooper and Pacific

Saturday December 1st 10AM
Santa Cruz Holiday Parade
Activists against the aerial spraying will have a float in the parade:
"Don't Put a Haze in our Holidays"

This is a getting started email to let everyone know we are able to have a float in the parade to get the word out to the general public about the aerial spraying. The theme of the float will be "Don't Put a Haze in our Holidays".

Live Earth Farm is bringing their cool old Ford truck, we will have music, lots and lots of families and carry signs. The downtown association does not usually allow political floats in the parade as it is a community event. They feel the aerial spraying issue is so important, they are making an exception for us.

Given that, I would appeal to everyone to make signs that are informative, not inflammatory. I am picturing signs saying things like:the spraying will go on for years, Don't Spray Me I a sensitive, I am a kid not a guinea pig.....

We will hand out pencils with the websites people can visit to get involved in the issue. We might want to consider writing up a quick fact sheet that we could disseminate as well.

I am really viewing this as a big "marketing" or public relations platform. There are still soooo many people who have no idea the spraying will go on and on.

Things we need: signs sign signs families, lots of kids, good energy and enthusiasm. Lets remind people to see this is as an issue that affects all of our community and remind them everyone needs to be involved

Updates on the parade plans as well as other efforts by both citizens and our local governments to challenge the LBAM aerial spray program can be found at
Added to the calendar on Thu, Nov 29, 2007 1:07AM
§Change to Parade Venue-Must Read info
by Citizen V
Change to Parade Venue-Must Read info
by bonnie keet on Wed Nov 28, 2007 3:48 pm

Change of Outreach Venue at the Santa Cruz Holiday Parade

Dear Understanding Fellow Anti-aerial Spraying Activists:

We have become a force to be reckoned with. This is a good thing. But when that happens it increases our visibility and as a result our opposition has begun to find their voice.

I have had many families and organizations within and without our group very concerned about injecting politics into the holiday parade. Some more angry than others, their point - this is an event meant to focus on the holidays, not any particular political perspective. That coupled with the facts that

- the truck broke down
- we are literally too big of a group (the biggest the parade has ever seen)
- the truck broke down (I said that twice on purpose)
-and most important to getting our message out is having a stationary spot to sign people up for action and collect money for our “give aways”

This perfect storm of issues has led me to take our group out of the parade walking and into the stationary space offered in front of Oneill’s Surf Shop during the holiday parade. The Downtown Business Association has offered to give us the space with tables and permits during the set up, running and pedestrian milling about after the parade.

I know many of you will not agree with this change of venue. Please keep your flame mails to one per family and please remember I am one of you and trying to do the best I can to further our cause without furthering our opposition.

One last note, a group that can be fluid and responsive in its approach will ultimately be much more effective than one with its feet dug in.

See you in front of Oneills on Sat. Dec. 1st. We will be there at 8A and on. I truly hope you will still come.

Bonnie Keet
bonnie619 [at]
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