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textOn People's Park, Democracy, and Politics by Memory
Berkeley city council-member Rigel Robinson released a recent article championing the UC's proposed redevelopment project on People's Park. This article was accompanied with a statement from council-member Lori Droste's legislative assistant. The statement compared People's Park activists to the January 6th insurrectionists....
Posted: Sat, Jun 25, 2022 5:46pm PDT
imageFree Leonard Peltier Santa Cruz 6-20-2022
by AutumnSun
The benefit was held at The Spot and was sponsored by Barrios Unidos and The American Indian Movement and others....
Posted: Tue, Jun 21, 2022 12:11pm PDT
documentKoffee Klatch Flyers Fighting Planned Benchlands July Sweep
by Robert Norse
For three mornings, activists tabled at City Hall circulating petitions and flyers demanding City Manager Matt Huffaker reverse his plan to sweep the 300-400 people in the Benchlands in July. Some of the flyers distributed are reprinted below....
Posted: Thu, Jun 9, 2022 9:32pm PDT
calendarAnti-SWEEPstakes Showdown
by Gay Shame
At the corner of Castro and Market Street in San Francisco...
Event Date: Thu, Jun 23, 2022 7:00pm PDT
Posted: Thu, Jun 9, 2022 12:08am PDT
imageWhile Waiting for Supreme Court Decision on Abortion, Large Street Protest in SF
by No Decision Today
The Supreme Court released only one decision Wednesday, June 8 but it was not the anticipated case that would determine the fate of Roe v. Wade....
Posted: Wed, Jun 8, 2022 9:26am PDT
textKoffee Klatch Against Cold Hearts at City Hall by Robert Norse
HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom) wants to encourage those outside and their supporters to provide a true narrative that exposes the unjustified and exaggerated claims of City officials led by City Manager Matt Huffaker, With help from Food Not Bombs and other good samaritans, we'll be providing coffee and sweet rolls in the morning for 3-days next week (June 6-8) and perhaps beyond.....
Posted: Fri, Jun 3, 2022 12:49pm PDT
textAttack on Atlas Subsidary Office in Oakland by Anonymous
Windows smashed at Atlas child engineering firm CEL in solidarity with Atlanta Forest Defenders. NO COP CITY....
Posted: Thu, May 26, 2022 4:13pm PDT
imageOutrage Explodes in Bay Area and Nation at Supreme Court Opinion Draft
by Leon Kunstenaar
The nation is angry about the Supreme Court's plan to abolish reproductive rights. In San Francisco, the National Mobilization for Reproductive Justice launched an immediate response to get people to the Federal Building to rally and led a march through the city....
Posted: Wed, May 4, 2022 10:43pm PDT
imageSCPD Discloses Military Equipment Inventory in Accordance with AB 481
by Santa Cruz Police News
California State Assembly Bill 481 requires local jurisdictions to adopt a military equipment use policy (via ordinance) prior to purchasing, raising funds for, or acquiring military equipment. The Santa Cruz City Council will craft its military equipment use policy during the evening session of the April 26 meeting. As part of the process, the Santa Cruz Police Department has supplied the council with its current military equipment inventory. (see list below)....
Posted: Fri, Apr 22, 2022 12:35am PDT
textTriple Trouble Tuesday: Trio of Terrible Items Scars Council Agenda by Robert Norse
Bad news for buskers, street vendors, and rv-dwellers hits the City Council agenda Tuesday April 12th on items 24, 30, and 31 in yet another "public not wanted" Zoomed meeting....
Posted: Sun, Apr 10, 2022 11:27pm PDT
imageWomen and Their Allies March For Reproductive Rights - Again
by Leon Kunstenaar
Many organizations in spirited march through Berkeley in follow up to March 8 action...
Posted: Sun, Apr 10, 2022 11:51am PDT
textWhat is a Crime Wave? (first of a series) by Steve Martinot
As police demand equipment to deal with a crime wave, they are one. Their use of surveillance technology is part of that. This article is a brief analysis of how....
Posted: Fri, Apr 8, 2022 10:41am PDT
documentTesting the Waters for Another Koffee Klatch
by Robert Norse
With the increased sweeps against those outside in Santa Cruz, HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom) is checking out unhoused and sympathizer support for a regular daytime presence at City Council offices to lobby the Council for some fundamental policy changes.The regular gathering would include coffee and munchables as we seek to speak to the unspeakable....
Posted: Tue, Apr 5, 2022 9:45pm PDT
documentTabling Downtown Takes on Two Insane Wars
by Robert Norse
Yesterday a small cadre of HUFFsters set up a table downtown to solicit and spread opinion on the War Against the Poor and the War in Ukraine.. We called our table the Vigil Against Two Wars. We opposed the NATO-provoked war criminal Russian invasion of Ukraine.and the sweep-em-out-of-sight authority now claimed by the City Manager Matt Huffaker...
Posted: Wed, Mar 16, 2022 9:07pm PDT
imageFirst Ever Oscar Grant Day Celebrated at Oakland City Hall
by Dave Id
Thirteen years after his death, the city of Oakland proclaimed his birthday, February 27, Oscar Grant Day. Oscar would have been 36 years old this year, had he not been murdered by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle on January 1, 2009. The first ever Oscar Grant Day was celebrated in front of Oakland city hall on February 26....
Posted: Tue, Mar 8, 2022 11:00pm PST
imageDefend KPFA Journalist Frank Sterling: Drop The Charges NOW DA Diana Becton
by Repost
Call for the dropping of charges against KPFA journalist and activist Frank Sterling who has exposed police repression by the Antioch police. Sign the online petition and contact Contra Costs DA Diana Becton to drop the charges....
Posted: Mon, Feb 28, 2022 7:10pm PST
image"From Selma To Sausalito" Journalist Jeremy Portje Press Conference In Sausalito
by Labor Video Project
A press conference was held to announce the filing of a lawsuit against the Sausalito police for the attack and arrest of independent journalist Jeremy Portje. Homeless and people living in boats also talked about the continuing violent assaults on them by the Sausalito police. They charged that the police have flagrantly violated First Amendment and basic human rights by the physical and abuse that journalists have faced....
Posted: Tue, Feb 22, 2022 9:40am PST
documentCity Attorney Threatens Food Not Bombs; Emergency Meeting 5 PM Friday
by Cassie Bronson, Keith McHenry (Norse posting)
Today, Keith McHenry, local Food Not Bombs worker, forwarded me the following threatening letter from Deputy City Attorney Cassie Bronson. McHenry called my Free Radio-on-the-Net show to discuss the letter and announced an emergency meeting 5 PM tomorrow (5-18) at the Red Church....
Posted: Thu, Feb 17, 2022 5:24pm PST
imageMemorial Service & Demand for Justice for Chinedu Valentine Okobi
by Ruth Robertson
A resident of San Mateo County is nine times more likely to get arrested if they are a Black person than if they were white. It can happen just as it did to Chinedu Okobi. On February 13, Okobi's birthday, a memorial event was held at the approximate location where Okobi was tased to death by county sheriff's deputies on October 3, 2018....
Posted: Thu, Feb 17, 2022 4:13am PST
textPolice Brutality Claim Highlights City Council Censorship by Robert Norse
Rhonda Reyna accused the SCPD of abusive violence & kidnapping against a minor last summer. City Administrator/Clerk Bonnie Bush refused to post the full text of this Claim on the twice-monthly Santa Cruz City Council agenda for its 2-4 meeting, leaving the community in the dark before the upcoming Council meeting. But then, this may have been the whole point....
Posted: Tue, Feb 15, 2022 9:20am PST