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documentSave the Ross Campground
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by Robert Norse & Keith McHenry
The Heroes encampment behind the Gateway-Ross area is under threat of "abatement" according to resolution passed at the 2-12-19 S.C. City Council. The flyer here describes some actions discussed by HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom)....
Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:23PM
imageLocal RV Safe Parking Programs Can Revive Interest Statewide
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by Steve Pleich
Safe Parking a Local and Statewide Priority...
Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:02PM
imageThis is a Homeless Emergency
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by Keith McHenry
It is time to stop talking and start implementing compassionate solutions for those who live outside. You are invited to join our nonviolent direct action campaign to form stable living conditions for people who cannot afford housing in Santa Cruz. Community members plan to form an emergency survival camp in one of the downtown parking structures. We have started a GoFundme campaign to raise money to pay any bail and fines that survival sleepers might receive if the authorities interfere with...
Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:44AM
imagePetition for Houseless Students
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by Snail Movement
Sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/university-of-california-santa-cruz-petition-for-houseless-students-snail-movement...
Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:11PM
imageLakota People's Law Project Event 2-10-2019 Chase Iron Eyes, Nathan Phillips
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by AutumnSun
The event was held Sunday night at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. A large crowd attended to the event to hear Chase Iron Eyes, Nathan Phillips, Nathan's daughter Alethea, attorney Daniel Sheehan, Ann Marie Sayers, Corine Fairbanks, Wounded Knee Decampo, Tatonka Bricca, and many others including Santa Cruz City Council members Chris Krohn and Drew Glover, along with many others....
Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:50PM
imageThe Fierce Urgency of Now
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by Santa Cruz City Councilmember Drew Glover
This Wednesday I went to the “Ross Camp” with some of the interns that work with me at the Resource Center for Nonviolence to get an update on the situation and to engage people in a conversation about poverty. As we arrived we met Mel Nunez, a dedicated advocate for the poor and representative from our local faith communities. [Photo: The view of the Ross Camp from the River Street side.]...
Posted: Fri Feb 8, 2019 10:45PM
imageRest in Peace Sherry Conable
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by Alex Darocy
In shocking news to the Santa Cruz activist community, Sherry Conable was identified as the woman found dead on Cowell Beach on Monday morning. Sherry participated in and organized countless political demonstrations and anti-war events over the course of decades in the Santa Cruz area. She will be dearly missed....
Posted: Tue Feb 5, 2019 7:56PM
calendarProtest War Criminal Madeleine Albright
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by Food Not Bombs (Global)
Kaiser Permanente Arena 140 Front Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060...
Event Date: Tue Feb 5, 2019 6:00PM
Posted: Tue Feb 5, 2019 3:36PM
imageFollowing in the Footsteps of Bell and Martin
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by Steve Pleich
Justice Delayed is Justice Denied...
Posted: Sat Feb 2, 2019 6:28PM
imageOil industry, environmental leaders mark 50th anniversary of Santa Barbara Oil Spill
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by Dan Bacher
“The 50th anniversary of the Santa Barbara oil spill is a grim reminder of how far we have to go in stopping not only offshore drilling, but onshore oil and gas expansion as well,” said Tomás Morales Rebecchi, senior Central Coast organizer with Food & Water Watch. “If Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to lead opposition to the Trump administration’s plans to expand dangerous offshore drilling, he should start by ending drilling in California state waters and onshore throughout the state."...
Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:04PM
imageSanta Cruz Police Officer Chris Galli Uses Racist Term to Describe Homeless Man
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by Peter Green
Officer Chris Galli of the Santa Cruz Police Department used a racist term today on social media to describe his experience with a local homeless man. Posting as "Chris Meriekuh" in the Facebook comments section of a local hate blog, Officer Galli referred to a homeless man as a "dindunuffin", a common racist term used by law enforcement officers to describe arrestees of color who claim to be innocent. The comment was directed at Michael Sweatt, a homeless man of color who was recently interv...
Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:20PM
documentPolice-Led Martin Luther King Day March, Lots of Smiles, Little Substance
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by Robert Norse
I joined the MLK parade, annoyed at the annual pomp and ceremony, sterilizing, sanitizing, and snoozifying his real message-to act locally against war, racism, and poverty. The flyers I distributed lay out some of the specifics that I often echo on this website. At least one speaker at the civic Auditorium noted it was, for the second year, police-led--the final bitter icing on the fluffy cake of expropriating, transforming, and degrading King's original message and work....
Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:10PM
imageMartin Luther King March
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by AutumnSun
Martin Luther King March January 21, 2019 Held in Santa Cruz CA. as it has for some years!...
Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:09PM
imageTime for Santa Cruz City Council to Create a Homeless Strategic Planning Committee
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by Steve Pleich
A Idea Whose Time Has Come...
Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:33PM
textSentinel presents Sympathetic Story on Van Dweller Harassment, Ducks Police Accountability by Jessica York, Robert Norse
Sentinel writer Jessica York's story unusually sympathetic to RV van dwellers but absent any critical analysis of the SCPD is reprinted below for those unable to access it on line or pay $1.50 for a paper. I include my lengthy comments as well....
Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:25AM
imageThe Vandwellers Meet the Police Chief: Relearning Sad Facts
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by Robert Norse
Alice Kuhl, a mother of 3 who lives in her RV in Santa Cruz, asked SCPD Chief of police Andy Mills some hard questions last week. Kuhl challenged what she termed harassment by hostile homeowners and SCPD's vehicle abatement enforcer Joe Haebe. She noted lack of support from Mills SCPD complaints line and sought assurance from Mills. She got none....
Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:22PM
imageGateway Plaza Camp Providing Service to Our Community
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by Steve Pleich
Homeless Heroes Doing What Local Government Has Not...
Posted: Mon Jan 7, 2019 3:39PM
calendarClarifying RV Dwellers Rights in Santa Cruz
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by Nick Whitehead
150 Center St. Fountain area of the Santa Cruz Police Department...
Event Date: Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:30PM
Posted: Mon Jan 7, 2019 1:53AM
imageMutual Aid Disaster Relief Tour Recap: Fall 2018
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by Mutual Aid Disaster Relief
At the end of a long year, our second workshop tour is complete! Over the course of three months, we worked our way from Albuquerque to San Diego, then north toward Seattle, and across the midwest into Wisconsin, making a total of 21 stops....
Posted: Wed Jan 2, 2019 1:14PM
imageDepartment of Pesticide Regulation finds illegal pesticides on our food
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by Sarait Martinez
“DPR’s study indicates that on average, Californians can expect to eat a piece of poison on our plates once a week, due to pesticide residues. That’s an unacceptable gamble, if you’re eating non-organic produce,” said Mark Weller, Co-Director of Californians for Pesticide Reform....
Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:02PM