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imageHunger Strike Starts Tonight in Santa Clara County Jail
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by via Silicon Valley deBug
Prisoners of Santa Clara County Main Jail 7B will be standing in protest in the form of a hunger strike beginning tonight challenging their conditions of confinement and cruel and unusual punishment, specifically the jail and medical staff response towards Covid outbreaks in the jail. The letter below is from the county jail prisoners to the Jail Administration....
Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:56PM
documentTRO Extended Another Week; Homeless Removal Squad Seeks More Pretexts
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by Norse, Condotti, and van Keulen
Federal Magistrate Susan van Keulen granted a last minute motion from City Attorney Condotti delaying any decision and/or hearing on the San Lorenzo Campground until January 20th, allowing both the SC Homeless Union Survival Supporters and "Save the Grass; Screw the Homeless" attorneys to present more evidence and argument to sweep the park....
Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:00AM
imageZAP-ATHON Online Action to Cancel Rent and Ban Evictions!
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by SMC Tenants Council
JOIN US for an action-packed week of online (covid-safe) actions to cancel rent debt and ban evictions in Oakland and the Bay Area, CA. Together, united from afar, we will phone zap! email zap! and post zap! landlords and their allies to demand they stop profiting off the backs of tenants during the pandemic. Participants who complete the most actions will win a piece of tenant-made art! You can win from tons of amazing prizes including t-shirts, zines, and patches! This action will culmin...
Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:21PM
imageNewsom's 2021 Budget Doesn't Address Fossil-Fueled Public Health & Climate Crises
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by Dan Bacher
The response to the budget by environmental, climate and environmental justice groups was mixed. The Sierra Club praised the funding of incentives to replace fossil fuel vehicles with electric vehicles, while the Last Chance Coalition, a coalition of more than 750 public health, environmental justice, climate, and labor organizations, said the budget fails to directly address the extraction and production of fossil fuels in California after a year during which the state’s oil and gas regulato...
Posted: Sat Jan 9, 2021 4:12PM
calendarStop the Sweeps in Watsonville
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by Stop the Sweeps
Linear Park 100 E Front St., Watsonville...
Event Date: Tue Jan 5, 2021 6:00AM
Posted: Mon Jan 4, 2021 5:59PM
imagePolice Chief Mills says New Homeless Camping Ordinance will go to City Council this Month
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by Santa Cruz News
In the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has the local homeless population scrambling for places to camp and shelter in place, Santa Cruz Police Chief Andrew Mills is soliciting support from the public for a new camping ordinance that he says will go before the City Council for approval in January. "It will need our support," Mills said. "We Have not had an ordinance to enforce due to a SCOTUS decision and council suspending our ordinance," he added. (Photo: Correspondence between Police...
Posted: Sun Jan 3, 2021 9:25PM
audioStop The Sweeps in Santa Cruz: Activists Resist Closing San Lorenzo Park (audio/mpeg 97.8MB) by John Malkin
Interviews with human rights activist Abbi Samuels and unhoused activist Hannah, who lives in a homeless encampment in San Lorenzo Park in downtown Santa Cruz....
Posted: Thu Dec 31, 2020 12:04PM
documentWorking on a History of Protest Power Around Shelter and Sweeps in Santa Cruz
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by Robert Norse
In light of the current community support for the San Lorenzo Survival Campers, I thought it might be helpful to post a partial history of the changes and services created by protest and direct action in the past. I distributed this flyer at the Park today. If Chief Mills word is to be believed, the protests Monday have already extended the Final Sweep "Solution" deadline to late January....
Posted: Tue Dec 29, 2020 6:54PM
textEducating the City Manager (and his Neighbors) by Robert Norse
On December 20th and 21st, Santa Cruz Union activists demonstrated and spoke in front of City Manager Martin Bernal's suburban house at 96 Brookwood Drive. Bernal's police have begun demolition of the San Lorenzo survival campgrounds destroying tents, gear, and other property. In winter weather, with no winter shelter, defying a shelter-in-place CDC order--Bernal's decree raised much outrage....
Posted: Sun Dec 27, 2020 4:24PM
textNext Steps in Fighting the Anti-Homeless Sweeps? by Robert Norse
An outreach demonstration today on Pacific Avenue seeks to gather perspectives and supporters for a sane and fair solution to the Winter Shelter crisis. The crisis has been provoked and intensified by City Manager Bernal's Sweeps, the overboard powers granted him by Myers' City Council, the lack of any walk-in shelter, and the police destruction of homeless gear in violation of the Boise v. Martin "no tickets without shelter" decision....
Posted: Sat Dec 26, 2020 5:11PM
textMissing Documentation on San Lorenzo Camp Extermination to Remain Missing by Robert Norse
I sent the following Public Records demand to the City Administrator/Clerk on 12-17 regarding the abrupt and toxic shutdown of the San Lorenzo Campground displacing 150-200 people. I received a reply that City offices would be "closed for the holidays" until January 4th -but City Mangler Bernal has set January 6th as the date for completion of the destruction of the shelter-in-place camp....
Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2020 9:56AM
documentHomeless Dead in Santa Cruz County 2020
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by HPHP & Others (posted by Norse)
This is the list given out at the on-line 2020 Homeless Memorial on December 17, 2017, sponsored by Housing Matters, the Santa Cruz County Homeless Persons Health Project, Wings and the Salvation Army. It was updated for the in-person Memorial held today at the Food Not Bombs meal location at Front and Laurel Sts....
Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 8:12PM
document"Clear 'em Out" Cruelty as Usual: Deportations Slated from San Lorenzo Park
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by Robert Norse
City Manager Martin Bernal and Parks and Recreation Boss Tony Eliot are expanding an existing crisis in San Lorenzo Park. Staring Monday December 21st, they have announced they will begin removing unhoused survival camps there with no shelter destination. Community activists Alicia Kuhl and Peter Gelblum have published their responses to this latest insanity....
Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:28AM
imageCorruption Galore! SF Hunters Point TI Radioactive Cover-up for Profits with Dr. Ahimsa Sumchai
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by Labor Video Project
Dr. Ahimsa Porter Sumchai of the Hunters Point Community Biomonitoring Program talks about the decades long struggle to protect the community and workers from the contaminated radioactive dump site. She also discusses the continuing corruption and cover-up of government officials in San Francisco, the State of California and the US government....
Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2020 9:59AM
imageAlternative Responses to 911 - Santa Cruz ACLU Webinar Highlights CAHOOTS Program
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by John Malkin
Tonight the Santa Cruz ACLU presents "Alternative Responses to 911" - a Zoom Webinar - Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 - 6:30 PM PST...
Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2020 10:47AM
imageCommunity Food Serve
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by Direct Action Everywhere
Join us on Sunday December 20th to hand out food, water, and blankets to our houseless neighbors in need. Please message us for the exact address if you are planning to join us! --- Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) is a grassroots network of animal rights activists. Through open rescue, demonstration, and disruption, we are creating a world where every animal is safe, happy and free. DxE cultivates a welcoming and supportive community. We ask that all those who attend our events (online and off...
Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2020 3:12AM
imageFrom AIDS HIV To Covid-19: Lessons Today With UCSF Epidemiologist Dr.George Rutherford
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by Labor Video Project
Dr. George Rutherford a UCSF professor and world expert on HIV AIDS is interviewed about the lessons of HIV AIDS and fighting Covid-19....
Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2020 11:46PM
imageCaravan Carries Message: Trump, You Lost. Now Get the Hell Out!
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by R. Robertson
Coronavirus hospitalizations have hit record highs in the Bay Area. While people are urged to avoid crowds and stay home as much as possible, one form of protest is seen as safe. Car caravan demonstrations featuring autos and vans decorated with banners continue to be held through the current lockdown period....
Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2020 4:11AM
textDemanding Safeway Put an End to Restrictive Covenants this Human Rights Day by Food Empowerment Project
North Bay Labor Council Joins Food Empowerment Project on Human Rights Day in Demanding Safeway Put an End to Their Restrictive Covenants!...
Posted: Tue Dec 8, 2020 10:21AM
imageIn sickness and health, Fresno Food Not Bombs turns 25!
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by Kelly Borkert
January 2021 will mark the 25th anniversary of Fresno Food Not Bombs Saturday meal serving, an unbroken string of free meals over 25 years. Will that string be broken?...
Posted: Sun Dec 6, 2020 2:17AM