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image Peace and Justice Community Returns to Ocean Street for Annual 4th of July Rally 120_4th-of-july-santa-cruz-1-ocean-street.jpg original image ( 1000x668) - by Alex Darocy
Today on the 4th of July, community members in Santa Cruz brought messages of peace, justice, and equality to Ocean Street as they greeted visitors entering town for the busy holiday. Every year a variety of groups working on peace and justice issues rally along Ocean Street as thousands of people make their way to the beach and the Boardwalk. Although some very serious statements were communicated by those holding signs at the rally today, the atmosphere was generally fun and festive, and th...
Posted: Sat Jul 4, 2015 6:11PM
calendar Community Campout july4right2sleepflier.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Rabbi Phil Posner
out front of the Post Office at the corner of Front and Water Streets in Santa Cruz
Event Date:Sat Jul 4, 2015 7:00PM
Posted: Fri Jul 3, 2015 10:57AM
text On the Eve of Protest: Letters to and From Councilmember Micah Posner - by Robert Norse
The "Search for Sleep" Protest will begin on July 4th at 6:30 PM in front of the Main Post Office after the Saturday Food Not Bombs Meal. Councilmember Micah Posner sent the following letter of support for the protest. I responded with the letter that follows (slightly expanded and clarified for publication here) demanding actual action on his part and the part of other Councilmembers rather than pretty words.
Posted: Fri Jul 3, 2015 4:32AM
text Loose Associations: All In - by Sylvia Caras
Loose Associations: Tiny Homes in 18 Villages : A Framework All In is a framework to end homelessness in Santa Cruz county and provide a model for other regions. As a framework, it provides a guiding goal and direction, an organizing principle, with details to be worked out by the people and agencies involved in its execution.
Posted: Thu Jul 2, 2015 2:32PM
text State officials fail to take meaningful action on brain-harming pesticide - by Mark Weller-Californians for Pesticide Reform
After a decade of delay, both federal and state officials acknowledge the dangers of chlorpyrifos, but neither has taken action to provide necessary protections for California communities.
Posted: Thu Jul 2, 2015 10:20AM
image Senate Bill 4 Regs Will Expand Fracking in California 120_11698673_10153464146235990_3797282356781017931_n.jpg original image ( 650x488) - by Dan Bacher
While environmental groups blasted the regulations developed under SB 4, the oil industry gushed with an oily torrent of praise for the new rules. Catherine Reheis-Boyd, the President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) and the former Chair of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative Blue Ribbon Task Force to create alleged "marine protected areas" in Southern California, praised DOGGR for rejecting comments calling for a moratorium on the environmentally destructive pr...
Posted: Thu Jul 2, 2015 8:52AM
document Grand Jury Finds Lack of Accountability for Medical Services at Santa Cruz Jails medicalservicesatthejails.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Santa Cruz News
This week the Santa Cruz County Grand Jury released the report: "Medical Services at the Jails: How Does the Sheriff­ Coroner Manage Oversight?" Santa Cruz County outsourced its jail medical services to the private for-­profit corporation California Forensic Medical Group (CFMG) in 2012. The Grand Jury has found that there is, "a lack of transparency and accountability on the part of CFMG and there is insufficient oversight by the Sheriff ­Coroner’s office," according to the report. The ...
Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 11:41PM
calendar U.S. Department of Justice’s COPS Office to meet with Salinas community to discuss SPD salinas_community_to_discuss_salinas_police_department.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by
Sherwood Hall, 940 North Main Street, Salinas, CA 93906
Event Date:Tue Jun 30, 2015 6:00PM
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:24PM
text Highway Six Sentencing Hearing ACLU Letter of Support - by Steve Pleich
Justice Will Be Served By Moderated Sentence
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 4:24PM
text Statement Read by Lori Nixon at the Highway Six Sentencing Hearing - by via Lori Nixon
Today, five of the six UCSC students charged with blocking Highway 17 in Santa Cruz to protest tuition increases at the University of California, and the connection to police brutality, were each sentenced to 30 days in jail by Judge Denine Guy. In May, all six students pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts each after requesting an indicated sentence from Judge Guy when prosecutors informed them they would not negotiate a plea deal. Three of the five students read statements before the...
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 4:21PM
document "Homeless Lives Matter" Back For Fourth Meal Preparing for July 4th CampOut meredy_and_israel_s_july_4th_flier.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Robert Norse
Angry activists protesting closures, cutbacks, and laws against the homeless community held their fourth meal under the banner "Homeless Lives Matter!" They served their fourth breakfast around the corner from the Homeless Services Center, which I call the “Homeless (Lack of) Services Center” [HLOSC]. Its director, Jannan Thomas, announced cutbacks in services and shelters in May, announcing an end-of-June shut down the meals, laundry, shower, and restroom services previously availabl...
Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 11:49AM
image Sitting Freely in Downtown Monterey 120_monterey-sit-in-1.jpg original image ( 1000x668) - by Alex Darocy
At their latest monthly sit-in, community members protesting the sit-lie ban in Monterey sat freely on the sidewalk on Alvarado Street for the first time since beginning their protests. At each of the four previous sit-ins, demonstrators were pressured to discontinue the protest, either by the police or by downtown business owners. They have been gathering on Alvarado Street monthly since February to oppose the new Monterey ordinance, which outlaws sitting or lying on commercial sidewalks in ...
Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:42PM
document Santa Cruz County Grand Jury Releases Annual Jail Report jailinspectionreport.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Santa Cruz News
This week the Santa Cruz County Grand Jury released its annual jail report, which is based on their inspection of county detention facilities from January to April of 2015. The report details numerous improvements made to the Santa Cruz Main Jail on Water Street since the Grand Jury's last visit, but found that inmates complained about, "the variety of food served," and, "the lack of contact visits." According to the Grand Jury Report, "contact visits are not currently allowed because of secu...
Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 1:56PM
image Emergency Breakfast for Santa Cruz Homeless 120_homeless_lives_matter_gathering_santa_cruz_ca_062515__1_.jpg original image ( 2592x1952) - by Steve Conover
posting a few pics from June 25, 2015 Homeless Lives Matter and HUFF Emergency Breakfast at the Homeless (Lack of) Services Center, Santa Cruz CAQ
Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 8:26AM
text PredPol: An Open Letter to the Oakland City Council - by Oakland Privacy Working Group
In the matter of Predictive Policing and "PredPol" software.
Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 7:11PM
image Take Back Santa Cruz Members Coordinate Internet Attack Against UCSC Students 120_johnnyfonttakebacksantacruz_1.jpg original image ( 625x224) - by TBSC Watchdog
Members of the organization Take Back Santa Cruz (TBSC) coordinated an internet attack against the UCSC student activists who are facing an upcoming court hearing to sentence them for blocking a local highway to protest tuition increases. The TBSC members left taunts as a group on the students' facebook event page into the early morning on June 25th. Many locals were angered when traffic became congested after the students blocked the highway during the protest on March 3 and TBSC members rab...
Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 3:38AM
calendar July 4th Peace and Justice Rally in Santa Cruz! 120_independence-day-santa-cruz.jpg original image ( 700x462) - by
Ocean and Water Streets, Santa Cruz
Event Date:Sat Jul 4, 2015 10:00AM
Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 11:00PM
image UCSC Highway Six Back in Court June 29 & 30 120_ucsc-highway-6-may-14-2015-8.jpg original image ( 1000x668) - by Alex Darocy
The six UCSC students charged in association with the March 3 blockade of Highway 17, where it meets Highway 1 in Santa Cruz, will be back in court on June 29 and June 30. On June 29 at 10:00am, there will be a hearing in Santa Cruz County Superior Court to finalize their sentence, and on June 30 at 1:30pm there will be a restitution hearing.
Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 6:30PM
document 2015 Census Results Show Major Decline in Homelessness in Santa Cruz County santacruzcounty_homelessreport_2015.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by via Applied Survey Research
The 2015 Santa Cruz County Point-In-Time Homeless Census & Survey was released today. The 2015 report states that there was a decline in overall homelessness from 3,536 persons in 2013 to 1,964 persons in 2015 in Santa Cruz County and calls the change, "remarkable."
Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:57PM
image Santa Cruz Supports Statewide Coordinated Actions To End Solitary Confinement 120_end-solitary-confinement_5_sin-barras_6-23-15.jpg original image ( 1000x750) - by Bradley Allen
Over 14,000 people in California prisons, and 80,000 in the United States on any given day, are kept alone in steel and concrete cells the size of a parking space, with no fresh air or sunlight, for years and decades, some over 40 years. Many more are in solitary confinement in jails, juvenile facilities, and detention centers. Activists gathered on June 23 outside the Santa Cruz Post Office to expose and end the torture of solitary confinement in all lock-ups, in Santa Cruz County, statewide...
Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:56AM

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