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textAn Immodest and Long Overdue Proposal by Robert Norse
Please post your reactions to this proposed protest, which mirrors actions undertaken by nurses, unions, and homeless advocates in other cities. An earlier version of these suggestions was originally posted on facebook....
Posted: Tue Apr 7, 2020 8:45AM
textLobby for your Life: Suggestions from Laura by (posted by) Norse
Laura Chatham suggest folks barrage do-nothing city officials with some basic info and demands. An an activist with HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom), I'm particular concerned with the City and County's failure to provide the funded motel rooms for folks aside to shelter-in-place. I pass on her suggestions....
Posted: Mon Apr 6, 2020 2:42PM
textCorrecting the Sentinel's Latest Errors by Robert Norse & Keith McHenry
Food Not Bombs activist Keith McHenry corrects errors, omissions, and distoertions in Sentinel writer Jessica York's recent story "Santa Cruz County launches joint homelessness task force in coronavirus pandemic; Food Not Bombs expands food distribution" (4 PM, April 4th) at ....
Posted: Sun Apr 5, 2020 3:41PM
textUpdates from Santa Cruz's Struggling Benchlands Meal & Santa Barbara's Peter Marin by Robert Norse
Santa Barbara activist Peter Marin blasts Santa Barbara's "Let 'Em Die:" Lack of Services. Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs activist Keith McHenry Calls for More Volunteers, Warns Local Authorities Violate CDC Safeguards for Those Outside...
Posted: Sat Apr 4, 2020 10:00AM
calendarSunrise General Meeting Via Zoom
by Sunrise Movement Santa Cruz
Event Date: Wed Apr 15, 2020 6:00PM
Posted: Fri Apr 3, 2020 5:26PM
textDominican Hospital's (mis)treatment of (disabled) homeless people by John Colby
As an advocate for (disabled) homeless people who blogs about this advocacy (thus I'm an independent journalist), I've come across numerous incidents of discrimination by Dignity Health's Dominican Hospital against (disabled) homeless people. I obtained a media statement about how Dignity Health's Dominican Hospital will (equally) serve homeless COVID-19 victims. Please report non-compliance to me....
Posted: Wed Apr 1, 2020 1:03AM
textUpdates from the "Ignore Them Until they Disappear or Die Off" Genocide Zone by Robert Norse
While City & County officials who live indoors postulate, ponder, and predict, no safe shelters, sanitary shithouses, or reliable food services have opened up to replace those shut down. HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom) critic passes on some updates and the latest in-the-field reports from Food not Bombs still-serving-under-fire foodster Keith McHenry....
Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:47PM
imageWatsonville Community Hospital Nurses to Hold Shift Change Actions To Demand Protections When Treating Patients With COVID-19
by California Nurses Association
To protest the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and preparedness for frontline health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, registered nurses at Watsonville Community Hospital will hold a silent vigil and solidarity stand on Monday, March 30, 2020. Registered nurses are calling on Watsonville Community Hospital to reverse its decision to weaken personal protective equipment standards and cancel staff rather than preparing for a surge of COVID-19 patients....
Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:48PM
imageGrad Students Continue Withholding Grades During Covid-19 Pandemic
by Spread The Strike!
Email from graduate student to UCSC Chancellor and Executive Vice Chancellor on the day Winter quarter grades are due....
Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:08PM
imageDrop Rent Santa Cruz
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
textCDC: Housing, Not Handcuffs Is the Way to Stop COVID-19 Amongst Homeless Populations by National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
Advocates Hail First Step, Call for More Help...
Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:01PM
imageSanta Cruz Police Prohibit Food Distribution to Homeless at Town Clock
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
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 ....
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
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
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
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