top
Newswire
Calendar
Features
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Tue Apr 24 2012 (Updated 04/26/12)
WILPF Condemns Local Law Enforcement and Supports Eleven Local Activists
Santa Cruz WILPF Issues Statement Supporting Eleven Charged in Occupation of Vacant Bank
"The Santa Cruz Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) condemns the action of local law enforcement in attempting to prosecute eleven local activists who are alleged to have occupied the long-deserted bank building at Water and River Streets last fall.

"Four of the defendants are journalists, who were present to report to the community on the protests. The First Amendment is clear on the rights of journalists to observe and print their findings; the charges against them should be dropped immediately.

"It is also apparent that some of the defendants have been targeted for arrest (out of the hundreds who went in and out of the building over the several days of the occupation) because of previous brushes with law enforcement officials. The Constitution forbids charging people with crimes on the basis of their identity or past actions.

"Santa Cruz Occupy, a grass-roots movement to attempt to change our extremely unfair economy and end the corporatocracy that now has de facto control of our country, has injured no one, and like all citizens, has a right to be treated with fairness and respect."

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

imc_pdf.gif Read More | Sign the ACLU's Statement of Support!

Previous Coverage: imc_photo.gif Demonstration at Wells Fargo in Solidarity with 75 River St. Arrestees || imc_photo.gif Occupy Santa Cruz Marches to Protest Repression of the Occupy Movement || imc_pdf.gif imc_audio.gif Indybay Journalists Charged with Felony: Conspiracy to Make Media || imc_photo.gif Demonstration at Wells Fargo in Santa Cruz: "Drop the Charges! Bust the Banksters!" || ACLU Statement of Support and Petition for "Journalists, Local Press and Activists"
10/07/18 Tenants Rights Demonstrations Continue at Properties of Slumlords Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia10/02/18 Rallies Stand Up for Christine Blasey Ford as Future of Supreme Court at Stake Front Page | Womyn | San Francisco | East Bay | Peninsula | U.S. | Government & Elections09/29/18 Founders of "Public Safety" Group Discuss Their Own Brushes with the Law Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Health, Housing & Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia09/28/18 Independent Farm Workers Union Calls for Global Day of Action Against Driscoll's Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | Labor & Workers | Global Justice & Anti-Capitalism | Womyn | San Francisco | U.S. | International | Americas | Santa Cruz Indymedia09/25/18 Restraining Order Restricts Animal Rights Protests at Berkeley Whole Foods Front Page | Police State & Prisons | East Bay | Animal Liberation09/18/18 Protesters March on Climate Summit, Disrupt Meeting During Week of Action Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Environment & Forest Defense | Racial Justice | Health, Housing & Public Services | Arts + Action | San Francisco | Immigrant Rights09/17/18 Homeless Advocates Call on Governor Jerry Brown to Veto AB-2178 Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | California | Government & Elections09/10/18 PLO Offices in DC Ordered Closed Days After More Than $300 Million in Funding Cut Front Page | U.S. | International | Government & Elections | Palestine09/08/18 Santa Cruz City Council to Introduce Weak Renter Protections Ahead of Vote on Measure M Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia08/31/18 Prisoners Strike for Better Conditions, Full Pay, Re-Enfranchisement, Legal Reforms Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | Health, Housing & Public Services | Central Valley | North Bay / Marin | California08/28/18 Most Oil Wells Approved Under Jerry Brown in Low Income Areas, Communities of Color Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Education & Student Activism | Central Valley | California | Government & Elections
Related Categories: Santa Cruz Indymedia | Global Justice & Anti-Capitalism | Media Activism & Independent Media | Police State & Prisons | Front Page