Full-scale head-on Sidewalk Snatching in pursuit of "law and commerce" will begin October 24th when a second protest is scheduled (see flier below).
At issue are the laws targeting street performers, artists, vendors, homeless folks, sparechanges, and anyone who likes to linger downtown in a non-commercial mode.
Rushed through City Council with no prior public process, outreach to affected groups, or consultation with social service providers, street performers, and others downtown, the laws reduce public space downtown almost to the vanishing point.
The laws provide police, hosts, and security guards as well as cranks, hostile merchants, and Take Back Santa Cruz vigilantes a field day against whomever they want to "move along".
A historical tour of past public space struggles is slated for 2 PM when we may also be able to observe the Hostile-patility yelllow jackets as they helpfully advise people to surrender rights and space...or face hundreds of dollars in fines (and jail for the second offense).
Bring a musical instrument, horn, or other noisemaker if you have one.
Meanwhile the right-wing City Council through Mayor Bryant's "Public Safety" Citizens Task Force is considering all manner of anti-homeless and anti-progressive measures. Shudder at the latest Task Farce staff report at http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=34511
Many of the Downtown Ordinances that will be in full grim flower on October 24th are described at https://www.indybay.org/uploads/2013/10/10/tour_of_shame_longer_flyer.pdf
Final cries of anguish & definance can be directed at City Council on Tuesday October 22nd at 5 PM during the brief Oral Communications period.
The Committee for Fairness & Equal Opportunity for Artists and Musicians is planning a Community Blanket Sit-In 10-24 1 PM to 3 PM as described below. Bring video equipment.