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calendar Jade Chang (The Wangs vs. the World) reads at Writers With Drinks 480_triptico_1499111492943_1.jpg by Charlie Jane Anders
The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd St....
Event Date: Sat Jul 8, 2017 7:30PM
Posted: Mon Jul 3, 2017 9:39PM
text Santa Cruz??!! by Robert Norse
Today's Sunday Sentinel featured Jessica York's story around Santa Cruz, the Town Without Crappers. A front-page above-the-fold story, no less. It can be found at but since such stories disappear or become accessible only to those who pay for on-line privileges, I'm repeating it below along with my commentary....
Posted: Sun Jul 2, 2017 1:14PM
image FightBack against City Manager's Anti-Homeless Signs at City Hall 480_santa-cruz-city-hall-personal-survival-property_1.jpg by Robert Norse
Throughout the past week, unhoused folks, who some call the Survival Sleepers, have defied the latest drive-em-out edicts of City Manager Martin Bernal. Other activists are planning protests at City Council next Tuesday. Bernal has refused to answer simple questions about his newly posted signs. Mayor Chase in a recent interview refused to put the issue on the May 23rd Agenda for Public Discussion and Vote....
Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 11:44AM
calendar Emergency Freedom Sleepers Sleep Out Tonight ! by Keith McHenry (posting by Norse)
809 Center St. City Hall Courtyard and Sidewalk along Center St...
Event Date: Fri May 12, 2017 6:00PM
Posted: Fri May 12, 2017 5:17PM
document "Progressives" Defeat Trump Wall Investment, but Local Anti-Homeless Fencing Still On survivor_sleepers_sign-up_list.pdf_140_.jpg by Robert Norse
Looks like the threat of disinvestment from Granite Construction may have discouraged them from bidding for the anti-immigrant Trump wall on the border. However the Councilmember Terrazas's :"Public Safety" Committee will still be considering a "cost-effective" fence along the levee along with increased cops, surveillance cameras, and lighting to add to the "no loitering", forbidden to sit, and high-pitched anti-homeless "Mosquito" boxes along the levee at Tuesday night's 4-25 Council meetin...
Posted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:08PM
calendar No Penalty for Poverty - Housing For All by Keith McHenry (posting by Norse)
3:30 PM County Building 4 PM Main Post Office Forbidden Fence 5 PM City Hall Throughout the Night: Inside and Outside City Hall...
Event Date: Tue May 9, 2017 3:30PM
Posted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:01PM
document Struggle Against Sleeping Ban Becomes a Matter of Survival at City Hall suggestions_for_survival_sleepers.pdf_140_.jpg by Robert Norse
For the last 10 nights since the Winter Shelter program ended (a month earlier than Berkeley's or Salinas's), some of its refugees have been camped at City Hall, spending their nights and some of their days there as well. Some are arrayed just outside the offices of Mayor Cynthia Chase and the same Council majority that kept sleeping a crime in a Council vote last spring. I've written a flyer or two about the issue & distributed it at "liberal" activist gatherings like the Indivisible rally...
Posted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:38PM
document War Against the Poor and War Abroad Ramps Up end_two_wars_flier.pdf_140_.jpg by Robert Norse
There have been nearly two years of weekly overnight protests on the sidewalks adjoining City Hall (the Freedom Sleepers) and a month of nightly protests (a group I call the Survival Sleepers) at the same spot. Now, the day after Fuhrer Trump has directly attacked Syria, escalating to the brink of nuclear war, SCPD attacked the poor sheltering themselves under the eaves of the City Hall and arrested Freedom Sleeper Abbi Samuels as she videoed the abuse. The Winter Shelter program (shelterin...
Posted: Fri Apr 7, 2017 8:49AM
calendar SF Protest Against Ukranian Government Repression ukrainian_nazis_odessa_massacre_at_trade_union_house.jpg by United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)
Ukrainian Consulate 530 Bush Street San Francisco...
Event Date: Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:00PM
Posted: Mon Apr 3, 2017 3:26PM
calendar Denounce City Council's Toothless Sanctuary Law, then Join Freedom SleepOut #88 by Keith McHenry (story by Norse)
Join the fun in front of City Hall at 809 Center St. on the brick entranceway to the "City Hall Courtyard" from Tuesday Afternoon through Wednesday mid-morning. The area was declared a "park" to give Parks and Recreation Rangers power to exclude homeless folks guilty of nothing but sleeping there at night in an unprecedented due process-free process on pain of a year in jail. Food and festivities will begin near (or perhaps inside) City Council chambers. The Gang of Seven will finalize an ...
Event Date: Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:00PM
Posted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:42AM
calendar Showing Contempt for Local Trumpite Sleeping Ban Enforcement--Freedom SleepOut #87 1984_came_early_in_santa_cruz.pdf_140_.jpg by Keith McHenry (story by Norse)
Again Besieging the Balmy Bigots at City Hall--809 Center St.---in the City Hall Courtyard both there and on the sidewalk. Sleeping bags, blankets, cameras, and hot soup are our weapons. From Tuesday afternoon through mid-morning Wednesday. Help needed posting videos on line to showcase the antics of the Sleepbuster Scalawags who stalk Freedom Sleepers by night and by day....
Event Date: Tue Mar 7, 2017 4:00PM
Posted: Mon Mar 6, 2017 10:43PM
calendar Following Fast and Fancy City Council footwork, Freedom Sleepers return for 86th Time by Keith McHenry (story by Norse)
Dodging raindrops and rangers, the nimblefooted Freedom Sleepers continue their relentless quest for sanity and justice outside City Hall on Tuesday night. Food usually arrives in the late afternoon, and coffee the following morning. The protest runs from Tuesday afternoon through mid-morning Wednesday. Come early Tuesday afternoon if you want to raise your voice at City Council. Bring video, warm bedding, and good humor to deal with the cold night and the city's paid nightmare providers...
Event Date: Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:00PM
Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:35PM
calendar First of the 2017 Flashbacks: March 2, 2002 Free Radio Show by Robert Norse
Free Radio Santa Cruz has lost its studio. Sunday's (2-26) Bathrobespierre's Broadsides show will be a 15 year flashback. We'll be streaming on The show will archive at ....
Event Date: Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:30AM
Posted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 8:22PM
image Video Shows SCPD Blocking Media from Sean Arlt Killing Press Conference 480_santa-cruz-police-block-press-from-press-conference_1.jpg by Wes White and Robert Norse
Activist Wes White documents the exclusion of alternative media from the SCPD's 2-16 Press Conference. There SCPD Police Chief Vogel announced that Officer Eric Bailey was the killer of Sean Arlt, who, police say, approached them aggressively with a metal rake back in early October. The only evidence presented was Vogel's account, some partial audio, and a partial obscured video that had no recognizable figures in it and ended ten minutes before Arlt died....
Posted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:36PM
calendar Rain at Midnight? Freedom SleepOut #85 Faces Wettest Winter by Keith McHenry (story by Norse)
Back again to City Hall--still the dark center of Sleeping Ban law and enforcement under City Manager Martin Bernal and the Watkins-Terrazas City Council. Determined activists and a crew of homeless folks will be huddling beneath the eaves of the buildings at City Hall until being driven out into the rain , wind, and cold. Just looking for a night of community and relative safety from the Sleeping Ban, they'll be in sleeping bags, under tents, in vehicles, whereever they can, hoping to spar...
Event Date: Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:00PM
Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:19PM
document Community Support for Black Lives Matter in Capitola huff_supports_black_lives_matter.pdf_140_.jpg by Robert Norse
Several dozen activists gathered at two corners of the 41st Ave. and Capitola Road intersection in support of reversing police violence. I was there s a HUFF activist and Free Radio Santa Cruz reporter....
Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:31PM
calendar Valentine's Day for Freedom SleepOut #84 by Keith McHenry (story by Norse)
Covering Up Warmly at City Hall 809 Center St or on the nearby steps, take your choice. The protest runs from Tuesday early afternoon to mid-morning Wednesday. Bring your sweetie to celebrate restoring civil rights for the rain-soaked renegades of Santa Cruz....
Event Date: Tue Feb 14, 2017 4:00PM
Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:37AM
calendar Stormy Times for Freedom SleepOut #83 by Keith McHenry (story by Norse)
Under tents, tarps, umbrellas, in the eaves of buildings, and in cars along the sidewalks of Santa Cruz City Hall (Public Assembly being forbidden on the City Hall grounds after 10 PM)...
Event Date: Tue Feb 7, 2017 4:00PM
Posted: Mon Feb 6, 2017 11:24PM
calendar Still Pushing On---Freedom Sleepers Back Again at City Hall Tuesday for 82nd Tuesday by Keith McHenry (story by Norse)
On the sacred turf ot the City Hall courtyard itself as well as along the cement sidewalks of Center St. from Tuesday night to Wednesday mid-morning....
Event Date: Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:00PM
Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:04PM
calendar Rain-Drenched and Dismissed by Mainstream Protest, Freedom Sleep #81 Won't Quit by Keith McHenry (story by Norse)
Expect light rain at City Hall where Freedom Sleepers will gather both under the eaves and later along the sidewalk after the likely midnight police raids driving them out to get drenched. The protest runs from Tuesday afternoon to mid-morning Wednesday. Thousands of Women’s March protesters crowded the same area Sunday filled with righteous anti-Trump anger but visibly indifferent to City Council’s abuse of unhoused and unprotected women outside here. Denounce nationally. Ignore locally....
Event Date: Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:00PM
Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:14PM