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Recall of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Underway Due to High Level of Discontent (video)
In front of Oakland City Hall on July 11, Leigh Davenport of the Anti Police-Terror Project announced community activists' intention to recall Mayor Libby Schaaf. Primary among the concerns cited as cause for Schaaf's removal from office are her failures: 1) to address the massive displacement of long-time Oakland residents; 2) to support local youth and job centers; and 3) to hold Oakland police accountable for corruption, sexual exploitation, and those they've killed. Also referenced is S...
Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:19PM
Tuesday is Still the Night to Sleep at Santa Cruz City Hall
After celebrating their one-year anniversary on July 5, the Freedom Sleepers returned to Santa Cruz City Hall for their 53rd community sleepout on July 12, as well as their 54th sleepout on July 19. [Top photo: A Freedom Sleeper lies next to a protest sign that reads, "Embrace Your Moral Compass Because We Upon This Earth Are One," at the 53rd community sleepout held on July 12.]...
Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 6:43PM
Houseless activist protests sleeping ban, public space restrictions in Santa Cruz
Houseless activist Lucero Luna shares her experience in Santa Cruz city jail and protests against laws criminalizing poor and houseless people within the city....
Posted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 1:28PM
Environmental racism in the “leftmost city”
Santa Cruz is a majority white town, characterized by an extreme shortage of affordable housing and rentals. In recent years there has been increasing encroachment by wealthy out-of-towners seeking second homes near the beach. Within the city’s neighborhoods, one stands out demographically. Beach Flats, bordering the Boardwalk’s enormous parking lots, is populated mainly by immigrants from Mexico and Central America....
Posted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 10:21AM
Farming Community Rallies in Sacramento to Demand Protections from Agricultural Pesticides
Residents from California’s most extensively farmed regions converged on Sacramento today to deliver more than 27,000 petition signatures and a letter representing hundreds of thousands of Californians, all demanding protections for their children from exposure to agricultural pesticides at school....
Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:36PM
Going Into Year 2 with the Freedom Sleepers
On the edge of City Hall, where city police, rangers, and security guards have driven the homeless protesters--along the Center St. sidewalk across from the Main Library...
Event Date: Tue Jul 12, 2016 5:00PM
Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 10:36AM
City directed police shutdown of artists and PUBLIC ALERT on Pacific Ave in Santa Cruz, CA (video/mp4 329.5mb)
15 minute video of the City directed police shutdown of artists and protesters Alex Skelton and Joff Jones on Pacific Ave in Santa Cruz, CA. on July 6, 2016....
Posted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 12:47AM
Freedom Sleepers Anniversary: One Year of Protesting the Sleeping Ban at City Hall
The Freedom Sleepers celebrated their one-year anniversary together on July 5 with a march through downtown Santa Cruz, and then an outdoor movie screening at Santa Cruz City Hall. The Freedom Sleepers have been sleeping for one night a week at city hall since July 4, 2015 to protest local laws that criminalize homelessness. Their primary demand has been for a repeal of the city's camping ban, which prohibits sleeping in public, with or without bedding, between the hours of 11pm and 8:30am. T...
Posted: Sat Jul 9, 2016 5:18PM
Bus Rider's Association Brings Change
A statement and update from one of the members of the bus rider's association, a group that came together to fight the bus cuts. Wider thoughts and realities are brought into the picture of what is taking place locally with transportation issues....
Posted: Fri Jul 8, 2016 4:58PM
Ranger Mathews Arrests Artists on Pacific Avenue
Joff Jones and Alex Skelton were arrested again on Pacific Avenue Wednesday 6July2016 around 4:38PM and their artwork confiscated....
Posted: Thu Jul 7, 2016 10:26AM
San Francisco Police Reforms Starting to Surface?
Have San Francisco police reforms started to surface? On July 6 2016 at approximately 2pm a man in the Tenderloin had an encounter with the San Francisco police department. It was then that a 3-3.5 hour stand-off ensued between the allegedly armed man and San Francisco police and the SWAT team. The African American man was seen lying on the sidewalk without a shirt as San Francisco police surrounded him and eventually got him medical attention. Pics and video from that scene....
Posted: Wed Jul 6, 2016 9:29PM
Attorney Steven Adair MacDonald Helps 99-Year-Old Client Retain Lifetime Lease
Steven Adair MacDonald, of Steven Adair MacDonald & Partners, P.C., is negotiating an agreement in a case where a 99-year-old woman is facing eviction from a flat she’s occupied since the 1950s....
Posted: Tue Jul 5, 2016 8:56AM
1st Anniversary Freedom Sleeper Celebration and Look Back
City Hall Grounds and Sidewalk at 809 Center St. Event to last through the night until 9 AM or thereabouts (the 4 a.m. cutoff time above is incorrect)....
Event Date: Tue Jul 5, 2016 4:00PM
Posted: Mon Jul 4, 2016 2:34AM
Summer for the Freedom Sleepers
The Freedom Sleepers have defied the odds by reaching summer time and continuing to organize sleepouts at Santa Cruz City Hall. Since July 4 of 2015 they have been sleeping at city hall once a week to protest local laws that criminalize homelessness. The 50th community sleepout on June 21 saw a large increase in participation, with over 30 people sleeping in front of city hall. As warm and comfortable as the day time hours have been, however, several participants at the 51st community sleepou...
Posted: Sat Jul 2, 2016 6:44PM
Democracy vs. Begging at City Council
This is an account of multiple betrayals by the Berkeley City Council. With $25 million in reserve, it begrudges non-profits that serve the homeless a mere $40K. Along with that cut, it advances to the police some $400K. It is as if it knows it has to beef up the police if it is going to cut services to the poor. Apparently, money is no object. What is the object? And what can we who believe in democracy do about it?...
Posted: Fri Jul 1, 2016 4:15PM
Four Days…the Slaying of Krista Deluca in the Santa Cruz County Jail
A description and analysis of the incarceration and pain she endured in the four days and nights she was held captive by the officials in charge of the Santa Cruz County jail. She was deprived of the medication that, without question, would have ended her agony and saved her life. The limitlessness of her four sleepless days and nights of torture and mayhem, that culminated in her choking on her own vomit and dying, is not easy to imagine....
Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 11:16AM
Liberty City 2
Old Berkeley City Hall Allston & MLK, Berkeley, CA...
Event Date: Sat Jul 2, 2016 4:00PM
Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 7:44AM
Press the press on homelessness
Inforum at the Commonwealth Club hosted a panel of journalist biggies who didn't finger community-generated land values as the key to addressing homeless issues....
Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 12:36AM
RV Nighttime Parking, "Littering", Street Vendors Again on Chopping Block Today at Council
The Niroyan-led Nimbies are back again at City Hall demanding the City ban RV's at night city-wide. To avoid a veto from the Coastal Commission, city staff homeless-cleansers have dickered with Coastal Commission staff for half a year. They are introducing a midnight-5 PM resolution (though allowing for a broader parking ban in the law) (Item #25). Additional items of interest involve tripled fines for "littering" city-wide from July 2 through July 6 and $200+ fines for violating the "Vani...
Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 12:55PM
Marin Eagle Scout’s Final Project Will Get Redwood Trees Growing in Bay Area Classrooms
Marin High School Student and Eagle Scout Liam Birmingham learned about the 10,000 Redwoods Project (10000redwoods.org), and decided to devote his time to assisting Turtle Island Restoration Network achieve this goal....
Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 10:18AM