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Pacific Avenue Santa Cruz: The Joff Jones and Alex Skelton Report on Freedom in the USA
by Joff Jones and Alex Skelton
Monday Apr 25th, 2016 6:52 PM
2 videos (11 minutes and 6 minutes) of Joff Jones and Alex Skeltons attempts to gather information from Santa Cruz Police regarding Municipal Ordinance 5.43.020, the "blue box" ordinance. Joff Jones and Alex Skelton were arrested Saturday April 16, 2016 on Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz, CA for displaying their art and protest outside of a blue box and declining to participate in the citation program. The video is a compendium of footage taken on Pacific Avenue between April 20 and April 24, with two clips from April 16th, and one from April 5, 2016.
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Artists Joff Jones and Alex Skelton were arrested Saturday April 16, 2016 on Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz, CA for displaying their art and protest outside of a blue box and declining to participate in the citation program. They were told by their arresting Officers that the next offense would result in misdemeanor charges, and their belongings would be taken and held for evidence until after the court date. Joff and Alex returned to Pacific Avenue to cover their further interactions with the Police in what they say is a violation of their Constitutionally protected right to express themselves in the public forum and to peaceably assemble in protest of Municipal infringements on these Rights.
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by Joff Jones and Alex Skelton Monday Apr 25th, 2016 6:52 PM
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§Last Time
by Joff Jones and Alex Skelton Monday Apr 25th, 2016 7:19 PM
We were also arrested August 20th of 2015 on identical charges. The saga continues. More info here:

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/08/23/18776537.php

§4-16-2016 Arrest Footage from "Copwatch by the blind"
by Joff Jones and Alex Skelton Monday Apr 25th, 2016 8:18 PM
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Fuller footage from 4-16 arrest
§playback problems? lower resolution video
by Joff Jones and Alex Skelton Monday Apr 25th, 2016 9:13 PM
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Having some issues with playback on "volume 2". Hopefully this lower resolution video works. Apologies for the slightly disorganized presentation this is our first time using indybay.
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by Joff Jones and Alex Skelton Monday Apr 25th, 2016 10:03 PM
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Still having problems with playback on some devices. Hopefully these files work for those folks. Again, first time using indybay. Thank you for the support !
§playback problems? OTHER video filetype of VOLUME 2
by Joff Jones and Alex Skelton Monday Apr 25th, 2016 10:11 PM
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alternate filetype of VOLUME 2

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by Robert Norse
Tuesday Apr 26th, 2016 12:52 AM
Thanks for the videos, Alex and Joff.

Remember you don't have to cross at crosswalks to be legal crossing the street, provided you aren't obstructing a vehicle. Don't let these hired goons tire you out.

See http://www.legal-news-california.tozerlaw.com/jaywalking_california.html as well as
http://www.legal-news-california.tozerlaw.com/jaywalking_laws_california.html .

The City is reluctantly recognizing the "rights" of artists who display their own work (within the sacred blue boxes and 1 hour at a time). Though not the rights you are rightfully asserting, of course--which is the right ot use public space as long as you're not a health or safety hazard.

However, vendors of everything else--including crafts--will be made completely illegal--inside or outside the blue boxes. If the final draft of the "vanish the vendors" ordinance, as I call it, returns as originally presented at the first Council meeting in May (May 10), vencing handcrafted jewlery will be a crime on or near Pacific Avenue, at the Wharf and at numerous other traditional tourist spots.

Now that you've had a taste of police abuse and obliviousness, I hope you stand up for greater solidarity as well as your own rights as graphic artists.

Again much thanks for your courageous stand and your documentation. Keep it coming.

Let us know when your arraignment date is.

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