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May Day in Santa Cruz Sees Visits to the Boardwalk and New Leaf Market
by Alex Darocy (alex [at] alexdarocy.com)
Tuesday May 3rd, 2016 9:47 PM
International Workers Day was honored on May 1 in Santa Cruz with a march in support of two food justice issues of particular concern locally: the international boycott of Driscoll's, which is headquartered in Watsonville, and the fight to preserve the Beach Flats Community Garden.
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The march began at Santa Cruz City Hall and made its way to the downtown New Leaf Market, where a large group of demonstrators entered the popular natural foods store. Inside the market, a letter signed by community members was delivered to the business asking them to honor the Driscoll's boycott and to stop selling the brand's berries.

From New Leaf, community members marched to the Beach Flats Community, and then on to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, where gardeners and community members delivered a letter to the Seaside Company asking that the business work with the city to preserve the entire Beach Flats Garden for the gardeners. On April 26, the Santa Cruz City Council formalized a lease agreement with the Santa Cruz Seaside Company that only preserves 60% of the garden for public use for three years.

After leaving the Seaside office, the march ran parallel to the Boardwalk down Beach Street to the wharf, before ultimately returning to the Beach Flats Garden for snacks. Jardíneros spoke at a number of locations along the march route, and in addition to the greater community, there was strong support from UC Santa Cruz students.


For more information about the Beach Flats Community Garden, see:

https://beachflatsgarden.org/

For more information about the Driscoll's boycott, see:

Boycott Sakuma Berries
http://boycottsakumaberries.com/


Alex Darocy
http://alexdarocy.blogspot.com/
§Demonstrators assemble in front of New Leaf Market
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§Inside of New Leaf
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§Leaving New Leaf
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§Marching next to the Beach Flats Garden
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§On the way to the Boardwalk
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§An officer with the SCPD followed the group to the Boardwalk
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§Delivering the letter to the Seaside Company
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§Marching at the Boardwalk
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 3rd, 2016 9:50 PM
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May Day
§On Beach Street
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 3rd, 2016 9:51 PM
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§Marching to the wharf
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 3rd, 2016 9:53 PM
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§Speakers were heard on the wharf
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§"Food Sovereignty is a Human Right"
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§"Protege El Jardín"
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 3rd, 2016 9:57 PM
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§The group arrives at the Beach Flats Garden
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 3rd, 2016 9:59 PM
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§Spring in the newly configured Beach Flats Garden
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§One view of the newly configured Beach Flats Garden
by Alex Darocy Tuesday May 3rd, 2016 10:04 PM
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The City of Santa Cruz bulldozed 40% of the Beach Flats Garden and installed an orange fence to mark the area the Seaside Company intends to take back.
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Take back local governmentJohn Cohen-ColbyThursday May 12th, 2016 7:39 PM
How much money to Seaside Company?John Cohen-ColbyWednesday May 4th, 2016 9:25 PM
re: The Lease AgreementEscape ClauseWednesday May 4th, 2016 3:44 PM
The Lease AgreementRazer RayWednesday May 4th, 2016 2:47 PM
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