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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
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