We have seen weeks of stepped up harassment downtown (Mayor Coonerty's "crackdown"). Most recently Sgt. Harms and other blueshirts drove away drummers from the Drum Circle next to the Farmer's Market on Wednesday 12-10. See http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/12/03/18553519.php
On Saturday morning, the annual but this year rather threadbare merchant Xmas parade will come down Pacific Avenue.
December 6th will continue as a day of "honoring" the 60th Anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights with an afternoon talk, music, and fiesta at the Louden Nelson Center (free to all).
To return a little reality-based activity to Pacific Avenue, HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom) and HRO (the Human Rights Organization) will set up a table in front of Borders, and do a Saturday evening Copwatch.
Around 9:30 PM, in honor of the Christian evangelist foodservers ticketed on November 13th (for providing sandwiches and song to hungry poor people there), Jumbogumbo Joe Schultz will ladle out a hot tasty vegan soup against the cold weather and colder hearts of the Downtown Association, Coonerty-Mathews City Council, and SCPD.
Later that night, we will challenge Santa Cruz to legalize outdoor sleeping (95% of the homeless will be outside that night without shelter in Santa Cruz) as Los Angeles, San Diego, Fresno, Richmond, and Palo Alto have done. We invite the community of housed and homeless people to join us, either in their vehicles or outside.
Warning: sleeping is illegal in Santa Cruz after 11 PM at night, outside or in a vehicle. lying down on the sidewalk is illegal on Pacific Avenue 24 hours per day.
On Sunday morning, Free Radio Santa Cruz will present Bathrobespierre's Broadsides--a debate on civil liberties in Santa Cruz and up at UCSC as Councilmember Mike Rotkin and others debate 9:30 AM - 10 PM on 101.1 FM (http://www.freakradio.org
). Call-in at 831-427-3772.
Join us to do sentry duty against abusive police behavior downtown Saturday night.
Stand with the homeless to restore the UN Declaration of Human Rights in Santa Cruz: sleep out or stay awake with the homeless through the night.
Call in to report your experiences Sunday morning (8:30 AM-1 PM) on Free Radio.