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image Tuesday is Still the Night to Sleep at Santa Cruz City Hall 480_freedom-sleepers-1-santa-cruz-city-hall_1.jpg by Alex Darocy
After celebrating their one-year anniversary on July 5, the Freedom Sleepers returned to Santa Cruz City Hall for their 53rd community sleepout on July 12, as well as their 54th sleepout on July 19. [Top photo: A Freedom Sleeper lies next to a protest sign that reads, "Embrace Your Moral Compass Because We Upon This Earth Are One," at the 53rd community sleepout held on July 12.]...
Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 6:43PM
image Houseless activist protests sleeping ban, public space restrictions in Santa Cruz 480_dsc_0177_1.jpg by zh
Houseless activist Lucero Luna shares her experience in Santa Cruz city jail and protests against laws criminalizing poor and houseless people within the city....
Posted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 1:28PM
image Environmental racism in the “leftmost city” 480_nopal_1.jpg by Santa Cruz Ecological Justice
Santa Cruz is a majority white town, characterized by an extreme shortage of affordable housing and rentals. In recent years there has been increasing encroachment by wealthy out-of-towners seeking second homes near the beach. Within the city’s neighborhoods, one stands out demographically. Beach Flats, bordering the Boardwalk’s enormous parking lots, is populated mainly by immigrants from Mexico and Central America....
Posted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 10:21AM
text Questions About Mass Incarceration Remain Unanswered by Steve Pleich
Grand Jury Report and Larger Problems Still Ignored...
Posted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:17AM
image "Kill Cops Not Trees" Graffiti Found in Santa Cruz 480_kill_cops_not_trees_santa_cruz_1.jpg by Police News
SCPD is reporting that graffiti stencils with the message "Kill Cops Not Trees" have been found painted this week in Downtown Santa Cruz. The "Kill Cops Not Trees" message was found painted on a bridge over the San Lorenzo River and on the river levee pathway near Felker Street, Santa Cruz Police said. The stencil has been left in up to a dozen places so far....
Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 4:55PM
video Police Execute Man in Santa Maria, California (video/mp4 11.0mb) by VIDEO ZONA TV Network
Here's the unedited, uncensored video of Wednesday's (July 20, 2016) fatal officer-involved shooting of a knife-wielding man at the corner of Enos and Broadway in Santa Maria, California captured by James Jepsen....
Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 3:42PM
image Remembering Frank Alvarado, Two Years After His Death at the Hands of Salinas Police 480_frank-alvarado-memorial-1-mayor-joe-gunter-salinas-police_1.jpg by Alex Darocy
It has become a tradition to celebrate the life of Frank Alvarado with flowers. On July 10, Frank's family was joined by a large group of supporters near the location of his death to mark the second year since his killing by Salinas police. His father, Frank Sr., handed out roses to many of the women gathered, saying the gesture was in memory of "lover boy" as he lightheartedly referred to Frank. His family fondly remembers how dearly Frank loved to give women gifts, and especially the gift o...
Posted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 5:24PM
image SURJ (showing up for racial justice) Santa Cruz Ca. 7-14-2016 480_013_1.jpg by AutumnSun
SURJ held a meeting, to a full house, in Santa Cruz at The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History at 705 Front Street. Though meetings are held in different locations at different times. For more information please go to: https://www.facebook.com/SCSURJ/...
Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:13PM
text Farming Community Rallies in Sacramento to Demand Protections from Agricultural Pesticides by via Californians for Pesticide Reform
Residents from California’s most extensively farmed regions converged on Sacramento today to deliver more than 27,000 petition signatures and a letter representing hundreds of thousands of Californians, all demanding protections for their children from exposure to agricultural pesticides at school....
Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:36PM
calendar Going Into Year 2 with the Freedom Sleepers by Keith McHenry
On the edge of City Hall, where city police, rangers, and security guards have driven the homeless protesters--along the Center St. sidewalk across from the Main Library...
Event Date: Tue Jul 12, 2016 5:00PM
Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 10:36AM
image Supporting Black Lives Matter Peace Vigil Santa Cruz Ca. 7-10-2016 480_009_1.jpg by AutumnSun
People come together after the all the killings across our country!...
Posted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:58PM
image New Report Documents 74% Decline in Monarch Butterflies Overwintering in Coastal CA 480_monarch_butterfly_cluster_xercessociety-candacefallon_1.jpg by via The Xerces Society
SANTA BARBARA, Calif.; Friday, July 8, 2016—A report released today by the Xerces Society (see PDF) shows a sharp two-decade decline in the number of monarchs which overwinter along the California coast and prioritizes the top 50 overwintering sites most in need of conservation and management attention....
Posted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 3:46AM
video City directed police shutdown of artists and PUBLIC ALERT on Pacific Ave in Santa Cruz, CA (video/mp4 329.5mb) by The Jones/Skelton Report
15 minute video of the City directed police shutdown of artists and protesters Alex Skelton and Joff Jones on Pacific Ave in Santa Cruz, CA. on July 6, 2016....
Posted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 12:47AM
image Demonstration says "Enough!" "Stop Killing!" "Stop killing black people!" at town clock 480_p82a02161_1.jpg by Zav Hershfield
Demonstrators stood at the town clock Friday to protest recent police killings across the country....
Posted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 12:31AM
image Freedom Sleepers Anniversary: One Year of Protesting the Sleeping Ban at City Hall 480_freedom-sleepers-1-santa-cruz-city-hall_1.jpg by Alex Darocy
The Freedom Sleepers celebrated their one-year anniversary together on July 5 with a march through downtown Santa Cruz, and then an outdoor movie screening at Santa Cruz City Hall. The Freedom Sleepers have been sleeping for one night a week at city hall since July 4, 2015 to protest local laws that criminalize homelessness. Their primary demand has been for a repeal of the city's camping ban, which prohibits sleeping in public, with or without bedding, between the hours of 11pm and 8:30am. T...
Posted: Sat Jul 9, 2016 5:18PM
image Stop The Violence and police killings vigil in Watsonville, Ca 480_040_1.jpg by AutumnSun
After the Baton Rough and Falcon Heights Police killings!...
Posted: Fri Jul 8, 2016 11:15PM
image Stop The Violence 7-8-2016 Santa Cruz, Ca 480_034_1.jpg by AutumnSun
Demonstrating to demand change!...
Posted: Fri Jul 8, 2016 10:09PM
text Bus Rider's Association Brings Change by Lemon Tree
A statement and update from one of the members of the bus rider's association, a group that came together to fight the bus cuts. Wider thoughts and realities are brought into the picture of what is taking place locally with transportation issues....
Posted: Fri Jul 8, 2016 4:58PM
image Runners arrive at the Beach Flats Community Garden in Santa Cruz Ca. 7-6-2016 480_117_1.jpg by AutumnSun
Peace and Dignity Journey This year dedicated to Seeds!...
Posted: Thu Jul 7, 2016 3:44PM
image Ranger Mathews Arrests Artists on Pacific Avenue 480_artworkarrested_1.jpg by Free Speech Matters
Joff Jones and Alex Skelton were arrested again on Pacific Avenue Wednesday 6July2016 around 4:38PM and their artwork confiscated....
Posted: Thu Jul 7, 2016 10:26AM