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Anti-Fourth Celebration in Santa Cruz
by Alex Darocy (alex [at] alexdarocy.com)
Sunday Jul 5th, 2020 1:04 PM
To celebrate the holiday weekend without glorifying genocide, slavery and the settler state, community members in Santa Cruz organized a block party on July 4 at the Town Clock, which was followed by a protest march. An online post promoting the street party read: "This event is open to all members of the community who do not want to celebrate the foundations of this country being on stolen land. This is a space to share food, community and acknowledge the truth. We are choosing to honor those who have suffered genocide by the American government. This day is a sanitized holiday to erase indigenous nations and a history of slavery. We are not independent, we are not free."
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The march traveled down Pacific Avenue to the Santa Cruz Police Department, and then on to the Boardwalk and the Beach Flats Community. There were periodic stops in street intersections, were speeches were made. In addition to statements against celebrating the Fourth of July, individuals carried protest signs with statements in support of Black Lives Matters, as well as the abolition of police and prisons.

At the police station, an American flag and two "thin blue-line" police flags were burned. One of the flags had the statements "Andy Mills is a fascist" and "Nadar Oweis is a fascist" written on it. Mills is the Chief of Police of the Santa Cruz Police Department, and Oweis is the Chief of Police for the UC Santa Cruz Police Department.

The mood of the march was lively, and garnered wider support from the community. This included participation from tourists on Beach Street, who spontaneously marched along with the group. There was a similar reaction from locals in the Beach Flats Community, many of whom thanked marchers as they passed by.

To conclude the march, the group returned to the Town Clock, where a number of American flags, including a Trump flag, were burned in the street.


Alex Darocy
§Pacific Avenue
by Alex Darocy
Sunday Jul 5th, 2020 1:04 PM
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by Alex Darocy
Sunday Jul 5th, 2020 1:04 PM
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§Santa Cruz Police Department
by Alex Darocy
Sunday Jul 5th, 2020 1:04 PM
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by Alex Darocy
Sunday Jul 5th, 2020 1:04 PM
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Flag with the statements "Andy Mills is a fascist" and "Nadar Oweis is a fascist" written on it.
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by Alex Darocy
Sunday Jul 5th, 2020 1:04 PM
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by Alex Darocy
Sunday Jul 5th, 2020 1:04 PM
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by Alex Darocy
Sunday Jul 5th, 2020 1:04 PM
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by Alex Darocy
Sunday Jul 5th, 2020 1:04 PM
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by Alex Darocy
Sunday Jul 5th, 2020 1:04 PM
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by Alex Darocy
Sunday Jul 5th, 2020 1:04 PM
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by Alex Darocy
Sunday Jul 5th, 2020 1:04 PM
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by Alex Darocy
Sunday Jul 5th, 2020 1:04 PM
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"Fuck the Fourth, Love Your Friends," written in chalk around the Collateral Damage statue, an artwork dedicated to the victims of all wars.
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by Alex Darocy
Sunday Jul 5th, 2020 1:04 PM
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by Alex Darocy
Sunday Jul 5th, 2020 1:04 PM
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