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Pigs Repress Free Speech on Pacific
by Copwatch by the blind
Saturday Apr 16th, 2016 9:06 PM
Pigs arrest artists 4:37
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City Councils new let's fuck over the artists policy in action.
§Joff's Statement
by Joff Jones (posted by Norse) Wednesday Apr 20th, 2016 10:26 AM
Joff Lee Jones
April 17 at 1:55pm ·

This is the only footage I could get before my phone ran out of memory. Shortly after, fellow artist Alex Skelton and I were arrested and taken to jail. they took all of our art and are holding it till Tuesday as evidence. I apologize to those of you who are waiting for commissions.

We are required to share these areas with commercial vendors, so when all the spaces are taken by these commercial vendors and others, there is no longer free expression in the public form. The city ordinance has remained the same since we first went through this ordeal. This is a small example of our constitution being deconstructed through private interests. Their parameter of the ordinance is all arbitrary. It has become a complicated and convoluted mess that discourages fellow humans from free speech and expression in public. People travel from around the world to see the diverse artistic culture found in Santa Cruz. I will not let this come to an end. Once again it is time to get involved. We already won this case on September 3rd of 2015, and we will do it again.

[This statement appeared at under Linda Luna's response).
§Video: Joff's View
by via Joff Lee Jones Wednesday Apr 20th, 2016 5:44 PM
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"So I Just got out of jail after getting arrested for showing my art in the public space... So it begins...Round 2."

April 16, 2016. Artists Outside A Box

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by The Constitution
Sunday Apr 17th, 2016 4:56 AM
What’s up with boyz in blue jeans? Real pros those boyz and girlz in LE!
They take an oath to uphold the Constitution. Clearly they have violated their oath office!
Jail the fascists!
by Robert Norse
Sunday Apr 17th, 2016 12:06 PM
"Regulations" don't trump Constitutional rights.

In fact, that's what the Constitution is for--to set limits on oppressive state authority.

In Santa Cruz, it's the community that needs to respond to this latest outrage.
by John Cohen-Colby
Sunday Apr 17th, 2016 3:19 PM
Once more Sgt. Jonathan Bush is involved in SCPD hijinks. He's a disappointment.
by Steve Pleich
(spleich [at] Sunday Apr 17th, 2016 3:34 PM
Art so often imitates life that they become indistinguishable in form and substance to the average person. Our civic leaders, on the other hand, seem not to understand nor appreciate either as the arrest of local downtown artists illustrates. When did we decide as a community to suppress artistic expression rather than encouraging it to flourish? When did we decide that artistic expression should be bound and circumscribed by legislative fiat? I mentioned in a past letter to the Sentinel that our myopic focus on increasing downtown revenue has obscured the need to honor the richness and vibrancy which we owe in no small part to local artists. This latest crackdown is simply another wrongheaded policy that for a time robbed us of the Great Morgani, a true Santa Cruz artist and icon. It was only a full throated and wholehearted community response that brought us back from the brink of that publicly embarrassing precipice. To be less disturbed by these most recent events does Morgani and all other artists a disservice, as it does all of us as a community.
by Shitlord Prime
Monday Apr 18th, 2016 9:09 PM
this video ought to go up on Youtube so it can reach a wider demographic.
by Robert Norse
Tuesday Apr 19th, 2016 10:47 AM
[Radio interviews in September] (1 hour and 40 minutes into the audio file).
"Artists Return After Arrest" at
"Alex and Jeff "Freedom Painters" Go to Court Hearing" at .

A broader description of some of the issues: ["Defending Public Space - More on why driving artists off of Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz is a crime"]
"Unpermitted Blue Boxes Appear Overnight on Pacific Avenue" at
by Culture Warrior
Tuesday Apr 19th, 2016 9:24 PM
Morgani is "Special". For years the PD didn't fuck with him standing there ILLEGALLY on top of his milk crate, because he's a local businessman who panders to the gentry (interior design) and a member of the DTA. So he gets hassled once and you act as if he's some sort of hero, or example.

Fuck that. You probably think Bernie Sanders is a hero for ONE BUST back in '63 when he was in college.
by Joff Jones (posted by Norse)
Wednesday Apr 20th, 2016 10:20 AM

Alex and Joff haven't seemed particularly interested in drumming up court support or engaging in solidarity with other performers (though I haven't heard of any others being arrested). Their cases are nonetheless important.

Vendors are slated to be forcefully excluded from Pacific Avenue and other places under the Scott Collins legislation returning to City Council on April 26th for a First Reading. Several have told me they'd like to form a Vendor's Guild. I'd suggest a resurgence of the old Downtown for All group formed in 2002 to fight the original expansion of the Deadly Downtown Ordinances. ( )
by G
Wednesday Apr 20th, 2016 3:32 PM
Wow, sounds kinda like the Coonerty's (when they aren't being the gentry, or PredPol'in).
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