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Escalating Protest Against Institutionalized Police Bullying on the Horizon?

by Robert Norse
I see rising national outrage against police, prosecutors, and politicians for the entrched system of callous class and vicious racial warfare. Will this find local expression in demands for profound change here in Santa Cruz? HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom) will be serving Shout-Out Soup at Tuesday's afternoon City Council meeting opposing the "Stamp-Out-the-Homeless" Stay-Away Orders. I'm also suggesting some ideas for a overturning the current SCPD system that covers up class and racial abuse, targets and scapegoats the homeless, packs the jails with Drug War criminals, and makes the community less safe. HUFF will be supporting a Saturday of protest on December 13th, demanding justice for us all.
Protests continued in many cities across the nation for the third day and night (see even Fox news at ). The demand for an end to police violence and privilege is something to make the ghost of Emma Goldman dance up a joyful storm. While symbolic, peacemeal, and focused on a few individual cases, awareness is growing that individuals and communities abused by the police are not alone. Not only the talk of the nation, I hope this swelling tide becomes the talk of the town and the county--a series of tsunamis with enough force to engulf the castles of power and privilege. Could it happen here?

To that end, I present two flyers which I'll be distributing tomorrow at the Xmas parade (10-noon), the UN Human Rights celebration (noon to 3), and the "Compassion is not a crime; Food is a right" demonstration at the main post office starting at 4 PM. HUFF will also be gathering tickets and providing claim forms to be filed against the city for police and ranger abuses against poor and homeless people involving property theft, the Sleeping Ban, Stay-Away-from-Parks edicts, and the Downtown Ordinances at the Food Not Bombs table at 4 PM We'll also be at City Council Tuesday afternoon at 3 PM along with soup, coffee, and brownies.
§Protest at City Hall Tuesday 12-9
by Robert Norse
§Reiterated Background
by Robert Norse
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