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textUCSC Struggles over Grades amid Strike by Eugenio Negro
Eugenio Negro's report on interviews with students 20 February 2020 during the grad student strike that is shutting down classes and may withhold student grades....
Posted: Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:37PM
textMore Punch and Less Puff Needed in Countering Police Chief's Proposals by Robert Norse
While the Pleich/Posner "Review and Findings" has some positive elements, it seems a political document that caters to false fears and a false narrative....
Posted: Sat Feb 15, 2020 6:13PM
textAnother Letter to Mayor Justin Cummings by Robert Norse
Yesterday after a year of failed efforts to secure a meeting, Justin Cummings met with me for half an hour. The meeting will be netcast at freakradio.org/santacruz on Thursday (2-6) shortly after 6 PM. It will be archived at http://www.huffsantacruz.org/Lostshows.html . At the meeting, he asked me to remind him by e-mail of a number of issues which he would "consider". I did so late last night in the following letter....
Posted: Tue Feb 4, 2020 10:32AM
textEncampment Struggle and Suppression in Santa Cruz by Robert Norse
The history below was intended as a prologue to an earlier post entitled "Documents on Homeless Encampments and Civil Rights". However its length grew, so I'm posting it separately. For the Documents go to https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/02/01/18830292.php ....
Posted: Mon Feb 3, 2020 10:30PM
textWhat Would Martin Luther King Jr. Do? by Keith McHenry
Chief Andy Mills is pushing a series of cruel civil rights violations against those without housing and is sponsoring the MLK March in Santa Cruz....
Posted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:53AM
textThe Hypnosis of Patriotism by Leo Tolstoy
Patriotism is an unnatural, unreasonable, harmful feeling for our times, which causes much of the evil from which mankind suffers....
Posted: Mon Dec 23, 2019 2:57PM
textPack the Court! Justice 4 Kayla Moore 9th Circuit Appeal by Justice 4 Kayla Moore
The Moore family’s 9th circuit appeal in their case against the City of Berkeley and the cops who killed Kayla has been scheduled for oral arguments to be heard on 1/9/2020. Demand justice and support the Moore family in court! Thurs Jan 9 at 9a @ US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, 95 - 7th St in SF...
Posted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:11PM
textBoris Johnson and the Long Shadow of Stalinism by Jorg Schindler and Christopher Junke
The capitalist bourgeosie needs and defends democracy as a form of social freedom only as long as it is useful to its own class rule. Their understanding of democracy and freedom is structurally limited-only he is a full-fledged human being who is also a citizen of property. Learning from O Canada and imitating the 26 community centers in Vancouver could revive democracy &freedom....
Posted: Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:26AM
textBeing There by Carol Denney (posted by Norse)
Activist Carol Denney e-mailed me this account which she is also sending to the Berkeley Daily Planet. She writes the satirical Pepper Spray Times (available on line at Berkeleydailyplanet.com), sings, composes, and copwatches among other things....
Posted: Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:58PM
textSex Trafficking Support by Katie
Sex trafficking laws and support for victims...
Posted: Tue Dec 3, 2019 7:20PM
textRecidivism Linked to Criminal Justice System Failures by Annika Erickson
This is an article touching on the recidivism rates in the United States....
Posted: Tue Dec 3, 2019 7:17PM
textThe Wicked Witch of the West AKA Mayor of Oakland by ntuit
The Mayor and her administration are failing miserably in helping homeless people...
Posted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:43PM
textOpinion: SCPD Wants Tazer Money? by Herbert Gartner
Thoughts on SCPD asking city council for ~$230k for new Tazers...
Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:07PM
textPolice Brutality (Domestic Terrorism) by James Hemphill III
This article touches on police brutality (domestic terrorism) but focuses on the killings of unarmed and innocent black people in the United States....
Posted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 6:06PM
textOn-going attacks on Oakland & Berkeley’s unhoused violates their human rights by Lynda Carson
In scenes reminiscent of the bulldozer attacks on shanty towns around the world, Oakland’s Mayor Libby Shaft had the bulldozers sent in to clear out another homeless encampment of the unhoused 2 days ago!...
Posted: Fri Oct 25, 2019 11:58PM
textAranas is gone, but now what? by Anonymous Author
As reported by Scott Morris at Oakland Reporter, UC Berkeley police officer Sean Aranas is no longer on the force. This is reason to celebrate, however it should be kept in mind that all the people that looked the other way, or out-right defended him, are still on the UCPD force and other places of power....
Posted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 3:35PM
textInternet Anonymity is Pure Fiction! by Mike
Internet anonymity is pure fiction. The TOR anonymity network and ALL commercially available proxy systems are easily hacked. Governments and Internet companies easily identify and track users' online activities. WordPress has identified my publishing group through TOR browser, and evidently sold our private information to hostile third parties....
Posted: Sat Oct 5, 2019 12:31AM
textMoveOn’s Phony New Campaign for ‘Protecting Whistleblowers’ by Norman Solomon
Only some get the nod...
Posted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:58AM
textThe Political Theology of the New Right by Rolf Schieder
The new right-wing movements try to create a state of emergency with the help of apocalyptic rhetoric enabling them to suspend rules and procedures. Apocalyptics long for the final struggle between good and evil. Eschatologicsts are driven by a theology of hope. The feeling of completely losing control is the motivational driver for accepting right-wing offers....
Posted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 5:39PM
textThe Way to Authoritarianism is Paved with Lies by Jurg Muller-Muralt
Lying is part of the human condition. But democracy is in peril when politicians make lying into a "business principle." Lying is a second nature for Trump. Trump lies strategically and doesn't have a bad conscience. For Trump, the borders between true and false have largely disappeared. Liars and bullshitters undermine trust in language and calculable communication....
Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:58AM