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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
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
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
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
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
textPostponement of Signature Gathering for Voter Right to Decide on Downtown Parking Garage by Campaign for Sustainable Transportation
[March 13, 2020] To help reduce the serious risk of COVID-19 spreading in our community, the Campaign for Sustainable Transportation is postponing petition signature gathering to place on the ballot Santa Cruz city voters’ right to decide on future construction of a parking garage downtown. CFST wants our community to thrive, and there is no more fundamental basis for the common good than public health. Each of us individually and all of us collectively must work to create a sustainable commu...
Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:31PM
textUnions work to defeat UC-Santa Cruz grad student strike by Jonathan Burleigh (WSWS Repost)
February 27, 2020 - For striking graduate students at the University of California (UC), Santa Cruz (UCSC), today marks “Doomsday 2.0,” the administration’s new deadline to submit withheld Fall 2019 grades....
Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 1:26PM
textUC Santa Cruz graduate students defy administration ultimatum, vote to continue strike by WSWS Repost
February 22, 2020 - The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE), the youth movement of the Socialist Equality Party, is holding an emergency online meeting this Sunday, February 23, at 4pm Pacific Time to discuss an international socialist strategy for the UC strike. Visit for further details....
Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 6:24PM
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
textUC Santa Cruz graduate students call for expansion of wildcat strike by Jonathan Burleigh (WSWS Repost)
February 19, 2020 - The UC Santa Cruz (UCSC) graduate student wildcat strike escalated yesterday, Tuesday February 18, as students from United Auto Workers (UAW) union local 2865 mounted an all-day picket, culminating in a general assembly to vote on further action. Graduate students are holding fast against police repression and threats of dismissal or even deportation from the highest level university administration. Despite a virtual media blackout, support for the movement is growing acro...
Posted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 5:47PM
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 on Thursday (2-6) shortly after 6 PM. It will be archived at . 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 ....
Posted: Mon Feb 3, 2020 10:30PM
textUC Santa Cruz Undergrad Students Are Organizing Under the IWW by Carolyn Knight-Serrano
UC Santa Cruz Undergrad students are organizing a union under the IWW Industrial Union 620 fighting for better wages and the abolition of tuition....
Posted: Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:55PM