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Beat It! This is Our Parking Lot!
by ~Bradley (bradley [at] riseup.net)
Friday Jan 25th, 2008 4:02 PM
As you literally may of heard, on January 23rd, the Santa Cruz Trash Orchestra and fellow drummers provided rhythm for the weekly community gathering in the Cathcart parking lot during the Santa Cruz Farmers Market. A vegetarian soup was provided to all interested by a renown local chef and supporter of peaceful community gatherings. The mushroom soup was able to soothe hunger and warm up the cold, although not rainy, afternoon and break the ice while people were beginning to gather around and wonder what was going to happen. Without needing any cues, the Santa Cruz Trash Orchestra got the party started and slowly but surely more and more people began playing music, dancing, sharing food, poi spinning, hacky sacking, talking, documenting and spectating.

One woman was arrested, for reasons that were unknown to her and witnesses to her arrest, by SCPD officer Cline. At least four police cars and a police SUV were stopped in Cathcart Street immediately after the arrest, but they decided to keep on rolling down Cathcart and left the community gathering and drum circle alone. In response to police harassment at the drum circle in previous weeks, a poster taped on a tree urged people to support the market drummers and asked Mayor Ryan Coonerty if having the SCPD issue citations for drumming was his way to Keep Santa Cruz Weird.
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You can read more about the weekly gathering in the Cathcart parking lot (Lot No. 4) on Wednesday, January 23rd and watch video at:

Taking Back the Tarmac--Santa Cruz Reclaims People's Parking Lot #4
http://www.indybay.orgnewsitems/2008/01/23/18474460.php

For further background information, see:

Santa Cruz Police Hassle Drummers During Farmers Market
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/01/16/18472983.php
§Keep Santa Cruz Weird?
by ~Bradley Friday Jan 25th, 2008 4:02 PM
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Mayor Coonerty... is THIS how you
Keep Santa Cruz Weird?

Santa Cruz Police Hassle Drummers During Farmers Market
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/01/16/18472983.php
§Santa Cruz Trash Orchestra
by ~Bradley Friday Jan 25th, 2008 4:02 PM
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Santa Cruz Trash Orchestra
http://www.trashorchestra.org
§Trash-struments
by ~Bradley Friday Jan 25th, 2008 4:02 PM
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§What?
by ~Bradley Friday Jan 25th, 2008 4:02 PM
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Is was unclear why this woman was apparently singled out, quickly arrested, and taken away in a police car by SCPD officer Cline.
§Cline
by ~Bradley Friday Jan 25th, 2008 4:02 PM
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§Cuffed
by ~Bradley Friday Jan 25th, 2008 4:02 PM
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§Taken
by ~Bradley Friday Jan 25th, 2008 4:02 PM
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§Cathcart
by ~Bradley Friday Jan 25th, 2008 4:02 PM
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§Flowers
by ~Bradley Friday Jan 25th, 2008 4:02 PM
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§Community Cart
by ~Bradley Friday Jan 25th, 2008 4:02 PM
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The Community Cart, a project of the Wellness Community Transformation Center of Santa Cruz, kindly provided hot tea and exchanged visionary ideas with people.
§Drum Circle
by ~Bradley Friday Jan 25th, 2008 4:02 PM
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§Hacky Sacking
by ~Bradley Friday Jan 25th, 2008 4:02 PM
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§Cat
by ~Bradley Friday Jan 25th, 2008 4:02 PM
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How long is a cat legally allowed to be in a tree in Santa Cruz?

There are many factors to consider, such as: Is the tree located on Pacific Avenue, in a parking lot, at San Lorenzo Park, or on Science Hill? Does the cat appear to be shopping, or simply hanging out? Does the cat look or smell dirty? Is the cat on a leash? And, of course, is the cat white or black? ;-)
§Parking Lot
by ~Bradley Friday Jan 25th, 2008 4:02 PM
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§Poi
by ~Bradley Friday Jan 25th, 2008 4:02 PM
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Poi is a form of juggling, or object manipulation with balls on ropes, held in the hands and swung in various circular patterns, comparable to club-twirling. It originated with the Māori people of New Zealand (the word poi means "ball" in Māori). Women and men used it to increase flexibility, strength, and coordination. It developed into a traditional performance art practiced mostly by women. This art, in conjunction with others including waiata a ringa, haka and titi torea, make up the performance of kapa haka (Māori culture groups).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poi_(juggling)
§Trumpet
by ~Bradley Friday Jan 25th, 2008 4:02 PM
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§Food Not Bombs
by ~Bradley Friday Jan 25th, 2008 4:02 PM
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§Kids
by ~Bradley Friday Jan 25th, 2008 4:02 PM
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Reiterating [with paragraph breaks that make it actually readable]Robert NorseMonday Sep 1st, 2008 1:40 PM
Wildgurl: why should Coonerty bother with fresh material?-Thursday Jan 31st, 2008 8:36 PM
For More on the Coonerty E-Mail...Robert NorseThursday Jan 31st, 2008 2:31 PM
More Kudos for CoonertyRobert NorseThursday Jan 31st, 2008 2:21 PM
More Kudos for CoonertyRobert NorseThursday Jan 31st, 2008 2:20 PM
Ryan knowsRicoThursday Jan 31st, 2008 11:17 AM
RE: Mayor Coonerty Responds to a Resident concerned about the Crackdown on the DrummerswildegurlThursday Jan 31st, 2008 12:22 AM
Dont feed the Trolls and Case number applied to interviews made by police on Wed Jan 16thTim RumfordWednesday Jan 30th, 2008 5:02 PM
It's funny; Robert has become a Troll BusterWe've come full circle.Wednesday Jan 30th, 2008 6:56 AM
ReiteratingRobert NorseWednesday Jan 30th, 2008 5:43 AM