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imageDrop Rent Santa Cruz
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by No Wages No Rent
We are in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. Many of us have lost our income because of this pandemic. We need rent dropped now....
Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2020 2:18PM
imageSanta Cruz Police Prohibit Food Distribution to Homeless at Town Clock
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by Santa Cruz News
Santa Cruz Chief of Police Andrew Mills has addressed a cease and desist letter to Keith McHenry, the co-founder of Food Not Bombs, demanding McHenry, "cease feeding people at the clock tower immediately." Additionally, Police have issued a public notice to vacate the area of the Town Clock, which states that all personal belongings must be removed from the park by March 25 at 9 am. Since the Coronavirus/COVID-19 shelter in place order issued by the County took effect on March 17, Santa Cruz ...
Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:29PM
imageReal Estate Interests Seek Limits on Proposed Eviction Moratorium in Santa Cruz
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by Santa Cruz News Network
Santa Cruz Together is calling for a 90-day "repayment period" to be written into the proposed emergency eviction moratorium ordinance on the agenda of tomorrow's Santa Cruz City Council meeting. The ordinance seeks to, "protect the health, safety, and welfare of the larger community by preventing residential or commercial evictions for non-payment of rent as a result of economic losses related to the coronavirus pandemic to avoid further homelessness and loss of jobs and employment opportuni...
Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:26PM
textShutdown of Post Office Encampment After Denial of Portapotties & Wash Stations There by Robert Norse
Chief Mills and a dozen or more cops, rangers, and camp trashers moved on to evict and fence out the homeless tent-shelter-in-place encampment along Water St. near the Post Office. This "out of sight/out of town" policy, while claiming a public health rationale rings false given the lack of protected indoor shelter being offered in spite of the funding available....
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:57PM
textDated Updates on the Current Homeless Crisis by Robert Norse
Some things are changing quickly. Others (sadly) not at all--such as the City's failure to provide the most elementary sanitary services such as porapotties, washing stations, and bathrooms (many of them now shutting down). The following e-mail I sent out as a replacement for my usual Wednesday HUFF meeting yesterday. Audio updates will be posted between times at http://www.huffsantacruz.org/Lostshows.html ....
Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:26AM
textS.C. County Issues Shelter-in-Place with No Shelter or Facilities for Those Outside by Robert Norse
Several hours ago the County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency followed up on actions by San Francisco, Marin, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Mateo counties declaring much public assembly a misdemeanor. Meanwhile acting City czar Martin Bernal has declined to provide portapotties, open bathrooms, provide vacant hotel and motel rooms, or declare an eviction moratorium for folks outside and hard-pressed renters inside....
Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:22PM
imageSanta Cruz Homeless Union COVID-19 Relief Center
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by Keith McHenry
The people living outside need our support. Please donate food, masks, hand sanitizer, blankets, tarps, tents, food handling gloves and other survival gear. Please drop by to see how you can help....
Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:58AM
imageSanta Cruz Committee Unanimously Forwards 1st Predictive Policing Ban in US
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by Oakland Privacy
On March 11, the Public Safety committee of the Santa Cruz City Council unanimously recommended passage of a surveillance transparency ordinance for the City of Santa Cruz....
Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:51AM
imageSanta Cruz County Schools to Continue to Provide Meals for Students
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by Santa Cruz News
Schools in Santa Cruz and Watsonville will continue to provide meals for students impacted by school closures during the week of March 16-20....
Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:39PM
textSanta Cruz City Council Committee Advances Surveillance Oversight Ordinance by ACLU of Northern California
SANTA CRUZ, March 12, 2020 – On Wednesday, the Santa Cruz Public Safety Committee voted to approve a Surveillance Technology Ordinance that would prevent the government from using any surveillance technology without public debate, clear use policies, and mechanisms of oversight and accountability. The law also prohibits government use of facial recognition, and in what would be a national first, bans government use of predictive policing technology as well....
Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:39PM
textPostponement of Signature Gathering for Voter Right to Decide on Downtown Parking Garage by Campaign for Sustainable Transportation
[March 13, 2020] To help reduce the serious risk of COVID-19 spreading in our community, the Campaign for Sustainable Transportation is postponing petition signature gathering to place on the ballot Santa Cruz city voters’ right to decide on future construction of a parking garage downtown. CFST wants our community to thrive, and there is no more fundamental basis for the common good than public health. Each of us individually and all of us collectively must work to create a sustainable commu...
Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:31PM
imageCOLA & Corona
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by Spread The Strike!
UCSC, like other campuses, has gone online-only to mitigate coronavirus. Rather than maintaining a physical picket, we focus our efforts on the digital picket. Our organizing will only get stronger and more creative!...
Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:11PM
documentA Double-Sided Flyer to City Council on the Homeless Health Crisis
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by Robert Norse & Keith McHenry
A flyer distributed at the City Council Tuesday night 3-10-20, one side by me, the other by Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry, due back in town tomorrow after three weeks away. I touch on the futility and foolishness of missing or locked sanitary facilities; Keith proposes his own 7-point program to address the escalating health and housing crisis....
Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:37PM
documentReactionary Riptide Against Homeless Must be Stopped !
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by Robert Norse
SCPD Chief Andy Mills and reactionaries on the City Council want to "work around" the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Martin v. Boise decision. Since they refuse to open up survival encampments or vacant public buildings, police need "tools" to drive unhoused people out of public spaces. Hence the Mills 7-Point Plan......
Posted: Mon Mar 9, 2020 10:17AM
imageWhose University? Day 18 Strike Updates at UC Santa Cruz
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by Pay Us More UCSC
For the 18th day of the strike, hundreds of graduate students, undergraduates, faculty, staff, lecturers, and others successfully closed down UCSC’s main campus for the entire working day....
Posted: Fri Mar 6, 2020 12:35PM
imageHuge Turnout for UC Berkeley Day of Action and Solidarity
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by CAL COLA -​ Pay Us More UCB
UC Berkeley graduate student workers, undergraduates and faculty stop work to demand COLA and reinstatement of fired UCSC workers....
Posted: Fri Mar 6, 2020 11:44AM
imageUC Santa Cruz Shutdown: Why Classes Are Cancelled
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by Spread The Strike!
Classes are cancelled today because things must change if anything is to carry on at all....
Posted: Thu Mar 5, 2020 3:47PM
audioTrue / False - Interview with Negativland's Mark Hosler (audio/mpeg 83.6MB) by John Malkin
Interview with Mark Hosler, founding member of Negativland, on politics, music, Negativland's newest album "True False" (2019) and 40 years of art activism....
Posted: Thu Mar 5, 2020 10:26AM
imageA Statement by The People's Coalition Post-Firing of the Graduate Students
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by The People's Coalition
We believe it is time that this strike spreads even further, and that it is we undergraduates who spread it. Cola4all is an autonomous direct-action based movement of student-workers reimagining the UC System....
Posted: Wed Mar 4, 2020 6:40PM
imageThis Is America: Interview with Grad Student Workers from UC Santa Cruz and UC San Diego
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by It's Going Down
We feature a discussion with two anarchists involved in the ongoing #COLA4All struggle and wildcat strike popping off across University of California campuses. We talk about how the movement has grown in the face of threats from the UC President and where the strike might go now, after over 80 grad workers have been laid off for participating in strike activity. Scroll down for the audio interview....
Posted: Wed Mar 4, 2020 12:20AM