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Santa Cruz Eleven Defendants Follow the Money from Bob Lee to Wells Fargo at Latest Parade
New Trial Date Set for Santa Cruz Eleven: July 27, 2015
On August 22, another energetic parade was held in support of the final four Santa Cruz Eleven defendants, who are still facing criminal charges in relation to the 2011 occupation of the vacant bank building located at 75 River Street. Wells Fargo is the so-called plaintiff in the case. Though defendants argued in court District Attorney Bob Lee should be recused from the case, due to his financial relationship with the bank, Santa Cruz judge Stephen Seigel on August 27 denied their motions and set a new trial date of July 27, 2015.

The course of the August 22 parade "followed the money" from District Attorney Bob Lee, who is prosecuting the case, to Wells Fargo Bank. Community members dressed in green and carried large, gold dollar signs. They followed a suit-clad parader wearing a Bob Lee mask who lead them to the Wells Fargo branch located at 74 River Street. The visit to Wells Fargo felt much like the 2011 occupy protests that occurred there, and many of the other locations visited along the parade also recalled the occupy era.

Friends of the Santa Cruz 11 writes: "If you are a friend to any of the defendants you may want to reach out and show some personal support. They may or may not specifically need or ask for it, and all the better to receive a gift when not in need. Our heads are high and our sights are on what feels right and true: the ending of this case; not forgetting that Wells Fargo is one of the most disgusting companies in this country and does not deserve money from our community; that Bob Lee is politically and economically motivated in this biased prosecution; that no matter what happens the courts and cops cannot touch our hearts. We will continue to support each other, to dream of better, healthier ways to live, and to try to put those dreams on the ground here in our lives and communities."

imc_photo.gif Read More with Photos | August 27 Santa Cruz Eleven Court Update | It's a mystery! The Disappearing Records of Bob Lee's $34,000 Wells Fargo Loan | Attorney Arguments Around the Santa Cruz Eleven Case To Be Heard August 13 and 27 | Support the Santa Cruz Eleven

Previous Coverage: The Show Goes On and On for the Santa Cruz Eleven || Parading through Town in Support of the Santa Cruz Eleven || Vacant Bank Occupied in Santa Cruz
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