top
Santa Cruz IMC
Santa Cruz IMC
Indybay
Indybay
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz
Indybay
Regions
Indybay Regions North Coast Central Valley North Bay East Bay South Bay San Francisco Peninsula Santa Cruz IMC - Independent Media Center for the Monterey Bay Area North Coast Central Valley North Bay East Bay South Bay San Francisco Peninsula Santa Cruz IMC - Independent Media Center for the Monterey Bay Area California United States International Americas Haiti Iraq Palestine Afghanistan
Topics
Newswire
Calendar
Features
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Santa Offers Hugs, Hot Chocolate, Cookies and Clothing in Santa Cruz
by ~Bradley (bradley [at] riseup.net)
Sunday Dec 20th, 2009 4:16 PM
On Sunday, December 20th, Santa was hanging out at the corner of Pacific and Soquel in downtown Santa Cruz offering hugs, hot cocoa, cookies, conversation and warm clothing to passers-by. Many people were receptive and appreciative of Santa's kind spirit and the elf giving out cocoa and cookies.

Several people inquired about the motivation behind Santa and the elf, assuming there was an organization or cause seeking publicity and donations. However, the motivation was solidarity and mutual aid within the community, and it was accomplished through direct action. There was no involvement, or ulterior motives, from any charity, non-profit or civic organization.
santa-love_1_12-20-09.jpg
The event announcement on the Santa Cruz Indymedia calendar states,

"Santa Cruz has a complicated relationship with homeless people. Recently there has been a movement to rid downtown of these folks in time for the holiday shopping season. This comes as the rainy season has hit and the temperatures have dropped below freezing on a couple of nights. It is illegal to sleep outside (tickets are plentiful) and rangers trash homeless' belongings when camps in wooded areas are discovered. The excessive amount of tickets written to homeless folks downtown sends the message that they are not welcome. Santa Love would like to send the message that they are welcome and loved."

Photos by Bradley, http://bradleystuart.net
§Cookies Are Well Received
by ~Bradley Sunday Dec 20th, 2009 4:16 PM
santa-love_2_12-20-09.jpg
§Warm Clothing Meant A Lot
by ~Bradley Sunday Dec 20th, 2009 4:16 PM
santa-love_3_12-20-09.jpg
§Santa Listens and Daddy Takes Notes
by ~Bradley Sunday Dec 20th, 2009 4:16 PM
santa-love_4_12-20-09.jpg
A request is put in for a blue transformer. Santa says to be kind to people.
§Santa Love in Santa Cruz
by ~Bradley Sunday Dec 20th, 2009 4:16 PM
santa-love_5_12-20-09.jpg
LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the latest comments about this post.
These comments are submitted anonymously by website visitors.
TITLE AUTHOR DATE
Reclaiming Santa ClauseGrrr-antFriday Jan 1st, 2010 2:05 AM
direct actionmark gomezSunday Dec 20th, 2009 10:16 PM
We are 100% volunteer and depend on your participation to sustain our efforts!

Donate

donate now

$ 190.00 donated
in the past month

Get Involved

If you'd like to help with maintaining or developing the website, contact us.

Publish

Publish your stories and upcoming events on Indybay.

IMC Network