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Occupy Santa Cruz nuzzles into Gay Pride Parade (autonomous action)
Date Sunday June 03
Time 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location Details
Corner of Pacific Ave. and Cathcart Avenue, Downtown Santa Cruz, CA
Event Type Party/Street Party
Organizer/AuthorBrent Adams
Its too late to put this to a vote at the General Assembly... so I'm proposing this here and now. I've got plenty of positive feedback from occupiers. I currently have possession of one large Occupy Santa Cruz banner..

Here are the details:
The official Gay Pride Parade submission entry ended on May 15. We will take up the rear at the end of the parade and follow in with the OSC banner, several of us COLORFUL OSC activists will represent. The Occupy music bike trailer is tentatively planning on joining us so we'll have music to dance to.

I encourage you to add whatever creative spin to this as you'd like to. GET AUTONOMOUS with us!! Let's have some fun in the sun.

This is one of Santa Cruz's funnest events and it'll be a hoot to be a part of it too. The parade is followed by a festival at the north end of pacific with live music, a beer garden, lots of booths and revelry. I personally love it!!

Our GA will take place very nearby at the Post Office steps at 2am so come down a few hours earlier and lets have fun and celebrate this beautiful brand of diversity.

Added to the calendar on Friday Jun 1st, 2012 3:00 PM
Several members of Occupy Santa Cruz marched autonomously in the Santa Cruz Gay Pride Parade.

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by John E. Colby
Saturday Jun 2nd, 2012 6:48 PM
Housing discrimination is a major problem for the LGBT community, especially older LGBT people. Reference the provided link about this.

It should be unacceptable to the Santa Cruz LGBT community that at the Mission Gardens Apartments at 90 Grandview Street an adult gang of LGBT haters stalk and harass perceived LGBT residents. They target anyone they perceive to be LGBT. Worse the management does nothing to protect perceived LGBT residents. After an angry man yelled homophobic threats at me in February 2009, Mission Gardens attorney wrote that management could not be be the monitor of pleasant interactions between neighbors. Later I was accosted with LGBT slurs, the same man suggesting that I was a pedophile, remarking to a nearby mother holding a baby: "Hide the baby, hide the baby, he's a pervert!" His friend asked me, "Do you have any Hershey bars?" while pointing at her butt. This incident was recorded with a digital audio recorder.

After this incident the management made it a lease violation to audio record in common areas of the apartment complex, preventing me from gaining more evidence of this harassment to protect my civil rights — a Santa Cruz Police Department (SCPD) officer recommended carrying a digital audio recorder in the common areas after their officers investigated the aforementioned man yelling homophobic threats at me.

The Santa Cruz City Council listened to the audio in which I was attacked with homophobic slurs. They have done nothing to protect me. The SCPD refused for more than two years to log the digital audios in as evidence. They still refuse to further investigate the LGBT harassment at Mission Gardens. For example, an SCPD officer claimed that a transposed "Q" painted on my sister's bumper was merely bird poop. I presented the City Council, City Attorney John Barisone and the SCPD with photographic proof this transposed "Q" could not be bird poop — but no action was forthcoming. The City of Santa Cruz has done nothing to stop LGBT harassment at Mission Gardens.

I have had to suffer more homophobic slurs from these two individuals and their friends with no relief from the management. Unfortunately, perceived sexual orientation is not a protected class under the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA). The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) carried out a poor investigation of my complaint about this harassment based upon perceived sexual orientation. The investigator only spent about eight hours on their investigation. The investigator never listened to the objective audio evidence I sent them, nor did they interview all the LGBT harassers. They did not interview my witnesses who were privy to this LGBT hate campaign. They also ignored a police report which showed one of these LGBT harassers is a serial homophobe who repeatedly called a female police officer arresting them (for methamphetamine abuse) a "dyke".

Thus the management, the City of Santa Cruz and the state agency (DFEH) meant to protect me have all failed me. I have suffered for three years without relief. This gang of LGBT haters have been spreading vicious rumors about me to Mission Gardens residents. Employing the worst LGBT stereotype, they have slandered me, saying that I endanger Mission Gardens children.

This is unacceptable in Santa Cruz in 2012. This should be unacceptable to the Santa Cruz LGBT community. This should be unacceptable to the entire Santa Cruz community.

I invite the Santa Cruz LGBT community and their supporters to demonstrate in solidarity with me, to show they do not condone LGBT housing discrimination at the Mission Gardens Apartments, that the community will not tolerate it.
by E. Goldman
Sunday Jun 3rd, 2012 7:04 PM
Who took the photo?
by I. Dunno
Tuesday Jun 5th, 2012 1:19 PM
The thing I've been thinking is that we've got two differing views of the underlying politics.... Autonomous actions spring from an anarchist politics. Consensus decisions come from an orientation of participatory democracy. Dissent seems to be what we all have in common, but is that enough to carry us through all together in the face of the demoralization of both State repression and conventional politics as usual? I duuno.

What can we build that bridges these differences?