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imageAnti-Fourth Celebration in Santa Cruz
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by Alex Darocy
To celebrate the holiday weekend without glorifying genocide, slavery and the settler state, community members in Santa Cruz organized a block party on July 4 at the Town Clock, which was followed by a protest march. An online post promoting the street party read: "This event is open to all members of the community who do not want to celebrate the foundations of this country being on stolen land. This is a space to share food, community and acknowledge the truth. We are choosing to honor thos...
Posted: Sun Jul 5, 2020 1:04PM
audioCommunity Safety Without Police: Interview with CAHOOTS / White Bird coordinator Tim Black (audio/mpeg 101.7MB) by John Malkin
Interview with Tim Black, operations coordinator at CAHOOTS / White Bird Clinic in Eugene, Oregon discussing 30 years of community-based safety and security instead of policing....
Posted: Thu Jul 2, 2020 10:58PM
textMonterey Zoo Faces Scrutiny Over Elephant Deaths by PETA
Salinas, Calif. [June 30, 2020] – PETA has just obtained necropsies for two elephants, Paula and Kristy, who died at the Monterey Zoo in 2019—and the reports raise serious questions about the level of care that the animals received prior to their deaths....
Posted: Thu Jul 2, 2020 9:01PM
calendarFuck the Fourth, Love Your Friends
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by Santa Cruz for Abolition
Clocktower, Pacific Avenue and Water Street, Santa Cruz...
Event Date: Sat Jul 4, 2020 1:00PM
Posted: Wed Jul 1, 2020 11:39PM
audioOakland Police Banned from Using Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets, Grenades at Protests (audio/mpeg 98.3MB) by John Malkin
Interview with Walter Riley, civil rights attorney with the National Lawyers Guild, on the June 18, 2020 temporary restraining order banning Oakland police from using tear gas, rubber bullets, flash bang grenades and other "battlefield weapons" during current Black Lives Matter protests....
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:28PM
imageFirst Municipal Ban on Predictive Policing in Santa Cruz
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by Oakland Privacy
On June 23, the Santa Cruz City Council voted 7-0 to ban the municipal use of predictive policing software and facial recognition technology in the central coast city. Santa Cruz becomes the eighth city to ban the use of facial recognition, joining San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley and the MA cities of Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline and Northampton, and the first city to ban predictive software....
Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:20AM
audioChanging the Culture of Policing in Our Community and Beyond (audio/mpeg 107.9MB) by John Malkin
"Changing the Culture of Policing in our Community and Beyond" Santa Cruz, California, Thursday, June 25, 2020 - Audio recording...
Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2020 9:43PM
textChatting with a Conscience-Lacking Council by Robert Norse
The 'No Public, Please" City Council meeting today again has call-in access only, and likely Oral Communications limited to one minute and cut off at the whim of Mayor "I Kneel with the Police Chief" Cummings. I pass on suggested talking points. However, deaf politicians and staffers need large numbers showing up at workplace and home to be convinced. Obediently following do-nothing guidelines will...do nothing....
Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:12AM
imageJuneteenth March Santa Cruz photos 6-19-2020
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by atonomo
Rally in front of Louden Nelson and march to SC City Hall....
Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:05PM
imageSanta Cruz Mission Spray Painted Again and More Downtown Fencing Liberated during Defund SCPD March
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by Alex Darocy
Mission Santa Cruz was spray painted for a second time this month during a march organized on June 21 in support of defunding the Santa Cruz Police Department. The phrase "Maldita Cruz," which roughly translates to "cursed cross" or "damned cross," was spray painted on the replica mission, and an American flag was burned on the mission's historical landmark plaque, with the phrase "decolonize everything" spray painted over it. The word "genocide" was spray painted on the back of the historic ...
Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 11:26AM
imageJuneteenth in Santa Cruz
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by Alex Darocy
Community members in Santa Cruz commemorated Juneteenth this year with a large march from Louden Nelson Center to Santa Cruz City Hall, where speakers were heard....
Posted: Sun Jun 21, 2020 10:56AM
audioThe End of Policing - Interview with Alex Vitale (audio/mpeg 85.7MB) by John Malkin
Interview with author Alex Vitale about his book "The End of Policing" (2017-Verso)...
Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2020 6:33PM
calendarMarch to Defund SCPD
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by Defund SCPD
Front & Laurel Streets, Santa Cruz Meet at Food Not Bombs at 4pm March at 5pm...
Event Date: Sun Jun 21, 2020 4:00PM
Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:24AM
image"I Can't Breathe": Remembering David Cross, Killed by Corrections Officers in Santa Cruz County Jail
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by Santa Cruz Police News
David Cross, a 44-year-old local plumber, was killed on September 18, 2005 in Santa Cruz County Jail while experiencing a mental health crisis. Corrections officers who responded that day to address his health issues decided Cross needed to be restrained, so they sat on his back as he lay on his stomach and "hog tied" him on the floor of the jail. Cross screamed, “I can’t breathe,” “I’m going to die,” and “Please get off me,” before his body went limp after 3 1/2 minutes of being restrained. ...
Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 4:11PM
textThe Questions Grow More Pressing by Robert Norse
I've been persistently raising issues of police abuse with the SCPD. Most recently, I sent a letter to Chief Andy Mills with a variety of questions, following up on issues raised months (and often years) ago. He roplied. I responded to his reply a few days ago. So far no reply....
Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 1:14PM
imageFederal Criminal Complaint Links Attack on SC Sheriffs, Oakland Security Officers to Boogaloo Movement
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by Fred
U.S. Air Force Sergeant Steven Carrillo has been charged federally with murder and multiple other counts in connection to the attacks on Santa Cruz Sheriff's deputies in Ben Lomond on June 6, as well as the attacks on federal security officers outside the federal building in Oakland on May 29. The attacks on law enforcement officers left two dead and three injured in total. Evidence in the federal criminal complaint links Carrillo, a right-wing libertarian extremist, to the Boogaloo movement....
Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:07PM
calendarWhat Happened to Tamario Smith Protest
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by What Happened to Tamario Smith?!?
The Clock Tower Pacific Avenue and Water Street, Downtown Santa Cruz...
Event Date: Thu Jun 18, 2020 5:00PM
Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2020 12:46PM
audioChris Krohn & Drew Glover - Interview - May 29, 2020 (audio/mpeg 95.7MB) by John Malkin
Interview with former Santa Cruz City Council members Chris Krohn and Drew Glover, recently recalled in March, 2020....
Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:44PM
imageMission Santa Cruz Spray Painted and Mission Bell Removed During Abolish Police March
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by Alex Darocy
The original Mission Santa Cruz adobe and the replica mission were both spray painted yesterday during a demonstration organized in Santa Cruz in support of the abolition of police. The phrase "Fuck Your Citizenship" was painted on the Neary-Rodriguez Adobe, and the phrase "Maldita Cruz" was spray painted on two structures. The word maldita means "damned" or "cursed" in Spanish. Additionally, the word "genocide" was painted on the state park plaque, and the mission bell located in Mission Pla...
Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2020 2:51AM
textSome Questions for Sandy Brown and the City Council by Robert Norse
An e-mail sent to Councilmember Sandy Brown will likely result in no action at City Council. More seriously, the Council, which has ultimately control of the police through the City Manager, needs to be forced to confront long-standing SCPD issues that are of a piece with demands on departments across the nation....
Posted: Tue Jun 9, 2020 11:57AM