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Tuesday is Still the Night to Sleep at Santa Cruz City Hall
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
Houseless activist protests sleeping ban, public space restrictions in Santa Cruz
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
Environmental racism in the “leftmost city”
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
Questions About Mass Incarceration Remain Unanswered
Grand Jury Report and Larger Problems Still Ignored...
Posted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:17AM
"Kill Cops Not Trees" Graffiti Found in Santa Cruz
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
Police Execute Man in Santa Maria, California (video/mp4 11.0mb)
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
Remembering Frank Alvarado, Two Years After His Death at the Hands of Salinas Police
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
SURJ (showing up for racial justice) Santa Cruz Ca. 7-14-2016
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
Farming Community Rallies in Sacramento to Demand Protections from Agricultural Pesticides
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
Going Into Year 2 with the Freedom Sleepers
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
Supporting Black Lives Matter Peace Vigil Santa Cruz Ca. 7-10-2016
People come together after the all the killings across our country!...
Posted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:58PM
New Report Documents 74% Decline in Monarch Butterflies Overwintering in Coastal CA
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
City directed police shutdown of artists and PUBLIC ALERT on Pacific Ave in Santa Cruz, CA (video/mp4 329.5mb)
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
Demonstration says "Enough!" "Stop Killing!" "Stop killing black people!" at town clock
Demonstrators stood at the town clock Friday to protest recent police killings across the country....
Posted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 12:31AM
Freedom Sleepers Anniversary: One Year of Protesting the Sleeping Ban at City Hall
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
Stop The Violence and police killings vigil in Watsonville, Ca
After the Baton Rough and Falcon Heights Police killings!...
Posted: Fri Jul 8, 2016 11:15PM
Stop The Violence 7-8-2016 Santa Cruz, Ca
Demonstrating to demand change!...
Posted: Fri Jul 8, 2016 10:09PM
Bus Rider's Association Brings Change
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
Runners arrive at the Beach Flats Community Garden in Santa Cruz Ca. 7-6-2016
Peace and Dignity Journey This year dedicated to Seeds!...
Posted: Thu Jul 7, 2016 3:44PM
Ranger Mathews Arrests Artists on Pacific Avenue
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