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image Community Survival Camp Established at Santa Cruz Post Office 480_community-survival-camp-santa-cruz-post-office-1_1.jpg by Alex Darocy
In response to the planned closure of the River Street homeless campground, community members in Santa Cruz have established a survival camp at the downtown post office. At 11pm on November 15, nearly two dozen individuals had set up spaces to sleep along the sidewalk in front of the large postal building, which is a landmark downtown. "Please join us for a peaceful night's sleep while celebrating the constitution and supporting the human right to sleep. Everyone is welcome, whether you have ...
Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:23AM
document Polling Folks Outside for November 15th campground_poll__updated_again.pdf_140_.jpg by Robert Norse
This poll was distributed yesterday at the Red Church meal and will be made available to unhoused (and housed) folks throughout the City to provide input for the march on November 15th to begin at the Town Clock and lead to a Campsite....
Posted: Tue Nov 6, 2018 9:06AM
document Campground Crisis As Winter Approaches city_council_speech_10-23-18_1.pdf_140_.jpg by Robert Norse
The River St. campground, City Manager Bernal tells us, is slated for dispersal at the end of November, breaking the promises by his underlings—Susie O’Hara and Tina Shull that it would last through the winter until April. Instead the population will be shoehorned into a small night-time only shelter, leaving little or no room for other winter shelter refugees....
Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:25PM
image Conscience and Action Calls for Basic Dignity 480_36969653_10156562534711983_4171725812191461376_o_1.jpg by Steve Pleich
Nonprofits Ready to Step Up...
Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:39PM
document Police Chief Mills Ducks Issue In the Wake of the Boise "No Jail for Sleep" Decision abbi_s_correspondence_with_mills_final.pdf_140_.jpg by Abbi Samuels and Robert Norse
City Council Ringleader David Terrazas cut off Freedom Sleeper activist Abbi Samuels at the City Council mike on September 4th as she denounced unlawful police action attacking sleeping homeless folks. This on the same day the 9th Circuit Court ruled supporting the homeless right to sue Boise for "cruel and unusual punishment" because ticketing and arresting homeless folks there when there is no real shelter alternative....
Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:13PM
calendar Pee & Poo Protest: Reopen Essential Bathrooms for the Public and the Poor by Robert Norse
At the edge of Louden Nelson (Laurel) Park where the Park meets the porch of the Louden Nelson Center....
Event Date: Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:30PM
Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:14AM
text Santa Cruz City Manager Refuses to Reopen Louden Nelson/San Lorenzo Park Bathrooms by Robert Norse
Closed as part of a broader campaign targeting unhoused folks outside, the bathrooms at Louden Nelson Center, San Lorenzo Park, and City Hall remained locked and/or closed to the general public. City Manager Martin Bernal ducked an invitation to explain at a gathering a week ago. He then met the next day with Conscience-and-Action [C&A] activists and rejected suggestions to reopen the bathrooms or immediately provide additional accessible portapotties....
Posted: Sun Jul 8, 2018 4:00PM
document Bathroom Baloney--Expanded Speech to City Council on its anti-homeless restrooms policies extended_city_council_speech_6-12-18_final.pdf_140_.jpg by Robert Norse
A highly shortened version of this speech was given Tuesday evening at City Council. It anticipated and announced the Thursday June 14th noon protest demanding reopening of the Louden Nelson Center and San Lorenzo Park bathrooms for public use. This was done without public notice, discussion, or vote....
Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:57PM
text Keith McHenry's Food not Bombs and Homeless Update from Santa Cruz by Medea Benjamin (posted by Norse)
Video of Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs activist Keith McHenry walking Medea Bejamin through the twice-weekly sidewalk meal outside the Santa Cruz main post office and giving an extensive update on the anti-homeless measures taken by Santa Cruz authorities on Sunday June 10th....
Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:36PM
text ACLU Statement of Opposition to Anti-Homeless Measures at Louden Nelson Center and Park by ACLU (posted by Norse)
In April, ACLU Chair Peter Geldblum sent a letter to the City's Parks & Recreation Department expressing revulsion and concern regarding the recent closure of the bathrooms and other restrictive actions burdening the public and especially local homeless folks. I post it here....
Posted: Sat Jun 9, 2018 1:53PM
text Vehicular Profiteering Downtown Will Punish the Poor and Drive Away Customers by Robert Norse
Santa Cruz City Council is set to rubberstamp increased parking fees, new parking meters, a two-hour "Move Along" vehicular law, "no vending from vehicles", and a "no vehicles above 6' in height" requirement along Pacific Ave. and adjacent streets at its 1:30 PM wesession tomorrow. It's item #18 on the so-called "Consent Public Hearings" section of the agenda....
Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:40PM
document Dispersing the Homeless from San Lorenzo Benchlands: Suggestions for the Victims campground_evictions__side_one.pdf_140_.jpg by Robert Norse
Below is a double-sided flier I circulated today and will do again tomorrow, energy willing. The San Lorenzo Benchlands area contains scores of tents which now face eviction. The "humanitarian" cover for this removal operation is a $90,000/month fenced off area on the edge of town at 1220 River St. with unclear access policies and three levels of policing (internal hosts, First Alarm Security outside, and a nearby mobile Police Substation)....
Posted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:23PM
text A Response to Jessica York's Latest Sentinel San Lorenzo Campground Story by Robert Norse
Jessica York's front-page story in today's Scent Anal "Camp Cleanups Shuffle City's Homeless Population" breezes over the destruction of homeless property and survival gear. It does indicate that City bosses colluded with Cal-Trans in the latest "destroy their stuff" campaign. Those bosses, of course, would be City Manager Bernal, Police Chief Mills, P & R head Garcia, and nominally Mayor Terrazas). Perhaps it's just raw meat for the Next Door/Take Back Santa Cruz crowd, but it's criminal...
Posted: Sat Feb 3, 2018 9:24AM
text Flyer Distributed at the Women's March in Santa Cruz by Robert Norse
This is an updated version of a flyer originally prepared last year in response to repression at the Bookshop Santa Cruz in its hypocritical reading of George Orwell's 1984, while excluding disfavored activists from the store, even from access to its publicly funded bathroom. My broader focus was on the criminalization of the poor and specifically poor women....
Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:22PM
image Flyer Distributed in the MLK Police-Led "Peace and Justice" March in Santa Cruz 480_robert-norse-cops-are-not-gods_1.jpg by Robert Norse
My brief report on the Monday MLK march....
Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:49PM
text Demands of the New Police Chief and His Initial Response by Robert Norse
In a letter to me, Police Chief Andy Mills has responded item-by-item to a series of concerns I raised in response to Steve Schnaar's letter skeptically regarding the SCPD endorsement of Martin Luther King celebration. While I remain skeptical of his answers--and they are pretty general--I reprint them so community members themselves can judge. I also include follow-up correspondence, which isn't too encouraging. While Mills temporarily instituted an incrementally saner policy around the S...
Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:07PM
text Stacked Deck Stay-Away Law Expansion Promises More Pain for Poor Outside by Robert Norse
Coming up today at City Council on the noon agenda (unusually early) is Item, #14. It may come up within an hour by 1 PM if not before. MC 13.08.100 exponentially expands the time a cop or ranger can unilaterally order a person to leave an area and not return. The vastly expanded area includes the Pogonip, Arana Gulch, and Moore Creek. The law is billed as a "School Safety" law, though the vast majority of the area covered is much further than 300' from a school....
Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:41AM
document Recommendations for Action in the MHCAN Crisis backup_of_norse_s_mhcan_demands_flyer_9-3.pdf_140_.jpg by Robert Norse
MHCAN (Mental Health Clients Action Network) has faced a crisis for the last several years with police and city agencies breathing down its neck. The management of MHCAN and its Board of Directors has chosen to pursue, largely a low-profile work-behind-the-scenes approach. There's been little publicity about the upcoming Special Use Permit meeting of the Planning Commission which Board Chair Steve Pleich says is slated for 9-28. A month ago, I wrote the following suggestions to the community....
Posted: Sun Sep 3, 2017 6:06PM
text Toxic Expansion of Stay-Away Ordinance Hits Council Agenda Today by Robert Norse
City Council will vote on the First Reading of a harsh law expanding Councilmember Terrazas' 4-Year old Anti-Homeless law today at its 2:30 PM Session. The law targets homeless community members for sleeping, being in a "park" after dark, obstructing the sidewalk, etc. It vastly expands the unconstitutional sweep of the current 13.08.100....
Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:41AM
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