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Announcement :: Arts & Culture

Hip Hop history timeline on Freak Radio! - June 7, 8 and 9

The show will kick off on the always epic "Red X Show," on Tuesday, June 7th 6-8 PM. This kick off will start off with hip hop roots in the early seventies spoken word music of Gil Scot Heron and the Last Poets, before bringing us through the early eighties. Finally culminating in the watershed year of 1988.

The Hip Hop Timeline will continue the following evening, Wednesday, June 8th, from 9-midnight, on the critically acclaimed "Self Defense 101" program. This show will take you through Hip Hop's golden age and deep into the nineties.

The final installment in this Timeline will come on Thursday, June 9th, from 11-1 AM, and will take you through some of today's cutting edge Hip Hop, while we will explore Hip Hop's future.

The Timeline is presented by Kid Haiti, DJ Danielsan and Rizzo, and is a Free Radio Santa Cruz exclusive. You can hear the show at 101.1 FM in the Santa Cruz area, or you can stream it here.

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Announcement :: Civil & Human Rights : Government & Elections : Health & Drugs

Protest Supreme Court Decision

Supreme Court Bans Medical Marijuana Everywhere!

Monday, June 6th: Today the Supreme Court ruled against state medical marijuana laws. The decision paves the way for DEA raids on patients and their caregivers. In our own community the Wo/men's Alliance for Medicinal Marijuana faces the possibility of another raid on them and their medicine.

Show your support for WAMM and medical marijuana by coming to the clock tower downtown Tuesday June 7th at 5pm. Please wear black.

"When citizens require protection from their own government and need to cloak in secrecy acts of compassion for the sick and dying, you have found the very definition of tyranny. Acts of tyranny by the government over the people will not be tolerated by the people, not now, not ever. No person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property, without due process of law."

-- Valerie Corral (WAMM Co-founder)

Read more on Indybay's Drug War News page

Photos: Supreme Court Decision Protested at the Town Clock
Photos: PIX: 6/7 MedMJ Protest
Audio: Rockin' the Boat: Supreme Court Rules Against Medical Pot

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Announcement :: Arts & Culture

Barrios Unidos presenta exposicion grafica 100% Chilango

Colectivo Caldo de Cultivo Urbano desde la Ciudad de Mexico

El Colectivo Caldo de Cultivo Urbano es un grupo de mujeres artistas formado por Adriana García, Susana Bautista, y Gabriela Santos. El colectivo se formo en 2001 en la escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas en la Universidad Autónoma de México.

El arte de Adriana, Susana y Gabriela se expondra en Barrios Unidos de Santa Cruz durante el mes de junio. Las exposicion grafica contiene la experencia de la vida de mujeres urbanas. Barrios Unidos se encuentra en 1817 Soquel Ave.

Los eventos seran en espanol e ingles.

Audio: Entrevista con el Colectivo Caldo de Cultivo Urbano


The Colectivo Caldo de Cultivo Urbano is a women's grassroots artistic collaboration comprised of Adriana García, Susana Bautista, and Gabriela Santos. The collective was formed in 2001 at La Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City.

The art of Adriana, Susana and Gabriela will be displayed at Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos through the month of June. These exhibits feature printmaking techniques that convey the experience of women in urban life. Barrios Unidos is located at 1817 Soquel Ave.

All events will be in Spanish and English.

Audio: Interview with Caldo de Cultivo Urbano Art Collective

Photos: Working on the mural || Reception at Barrios Unidos

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Announcement :: Arts & Culture

Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping are coming!

On Thursday, June 2, the world famous church of anti-corporate-consumer-craze will be back in Santa Cruz with performances at UCSC and at a local union-busting behemoth. Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping will be singing down goliath, they may face the fierce fires of starbucks.

The schedule for June 2nd is
4-6 Performance / Talk at UCSC Media Theater
6-8 Possible Retail intervention at a local Chain Store
8-10 Performance followed by a THURSDAY NIGHT Guerrilla Bike-in Movie Showing of "Night of the Iguana" under the Soquel Bridge

[ Rev. Billy and Night Of The Iguana at the Guerilla Drive-In || Guerilla Drive-In to Challenge Rules Around Public Space || Santa Cruz Guerilla Drive-In Rousted by Authorities (7/9/04) || Rev. Billy and the Church's Visit on 4/20/04 ]

Video: Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping at the Guerilla Drive-In

Audio: Interview with Groucho Monarchs at the Guerilla Drive-In w/ Rev. Billy

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Announcement :: Environment & Food : Labor & Economics : Poverty & Urban Development

UN World Environment Days June 1 - 5

This week UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and mayors from all over the world will converge in the Bay Area for World Environment Days. The focus of the event is environmental justice in the context of cities-as-standards-setters. Organizers of the event hope to get support for the San Francisco Urban Environmental Accords, the goal of which is to create a grassroots movement through the public's access to mayors who are already responsible for many urban environmental issues. Local environmental and social activists are planning many actions to coincide with the event.

Audio: Peace Talks Interview with Alli Starr

[ Green Cities, Brown Folks (6/1) || Voices Rising (6/4) || Community Sponsored Events || Grassroots Community Actions ]

Read more on Indybay's Environment News page

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News :: Animal Rights

Animal Liberation Front Raids Future Primate Facility

Quakertown, PA: The Animal Liberation Front (ALF) visited a Pennsylvania plant nursery whose owner is planning to turn it into a breeding facility of non-human primates to be sold to animal experimenters. Owner Michael Hsu admits to tens of thousands of dollars in damages, and has seen his plans withdrawn from Thursday's agenda for the Richland Township Planning Commission as community opposition has grown.

Activists overturned and destroyed about 1,000 peonies, including some rare breeds last Thursday night. They poured paint stripper on two vehicles and spray-painted graffiti on buildings and greenhouses at Peonyland, 475 Church Road, Richland Township. They wrote phrases -- such as ''Fuck with primates, get fucked by us. ALF"; "the ALF is watching"; and "this will just be the start" -- on greenhouses and storage garages at the business owned by the Hsu family. "I can't say right now whether or not we'll continue," Michael Hsu said Friday.

The kennel supposedly would house up to 500 monkeys until they are shipped to medical research laboratories, where they would be subjected to painful experiments before being killed, usually years or decades later.

"Experimentation on animals has been shown to be outdated and unlikely to result in cures for human diseases", states Dr. Jerry Vlasak, a practicing surgeon and former animal experimenter himself. "The so-called scientists who kill animals in labs are frustrated clinicians who cannot or will not practice medicine that helps people. They are wasting millions of scarce health-care dollars on useless research that will never help one of my patients".

Resources: North American Animal Liberation Press Office (NAALPO) || Animal Liberation Front - USA || Animal Liberation.Net || Bite Back || No Compromise || IMC Animal Liberation pages @ Indybay, Portland and United Kollektives

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News :: Arts & Culture : Education & Youth

Youth and Power in Watsonville

On May 27, the Fourth Annual Youth and Power event took place at the Veterans Memorial Building in Watsonville. The theme was "Youth Empowerment Through Art, Education, and Music." About three hundred people, mostly teenagers, enjoyed an evening of music, dancing and great food!

A commenter writes, "...this event will never just come and go. It was about planting seeds of consciousness and revolution in the minds of our young people of Watsonville.I think we accomplished that. Events like ours rarely get attention of the local mainstream press, but let the growers put on some drunkfest like the Stawberry Festivel and the press is all over it. No big deal, because our work continues. Thanks Indymedia for covering Youth and Power and thanks to the Watsonville Brown Berets for all the work you do in this community."

Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Audio: Entrevista/Interview: Fernando Suarez del Solar

See also: Kick Recruiters Out of Our Schools! Regional Youth BBQ (6/4) || All Around the U$, Recuiters are Feeling the Heat

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News :: Labor & Economics

UPTE Workers Stage One Day Strike

Reasearchers at the University of California, represented by University Professional and Technical Employees Local 9119 held a one-day, system-wide strike Thursday to demand a raise, and better working conditions. 150 people held a noon time rally at the main entrance of UC Santa Cruz.

Bad faith bargaining, and unilateral changes in job duties are key issues for the strike. Lindy Cloud, UPTE state treasurer, says the contract expired last September, and members haven't had a raise in nearly three years.

"We got zero percent increases last year, no step increases within range increases, no cost of living adjustments, and the University made $780 million dollars. Its not that the money isn't there, they just don't want to give it out, that's ridiculous."

Audio || Photos

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News :: Education & Youth : Peace & War

UC Regents Ignore Massive Resistance, Vote to Build Nukes

UC San Francisco, 03/25/05 - Today witnessed a passionate display of concern and anger at the decision that the University of California will bid with corporate war profiteer, Bechtel, for the nuclear labs at Los Alamos.

In a time when many schools are on break, more than four dozen students, mostly organized by UC Santa Cruz's Students Against War (SAW), woke at 4:30am to attend the UC Regents meeting in San Francisco. With strong words and strong actions, these students did everything in their power to ensure that they would not be silenced and that the interests of the globe would not be ignored. However, the UC Regents voted unanimously to bid with Bechtel and two other suspicious corporations on the management of Los Alamos labs.

The University of California has been responsible for every nuclear weapon in the U.S. stockpile, including those dropped on Japan. This year will be the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. (Pre-Action Info: 1 | 2)

Photos and Reportback: 1 | 2

[ Students Against UC Exploitation | The Regents | Military Research | UC investments || UC Nuclear Free || Waging Peace || TriValley Cares ]

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News :: Education & Youth : Government & Elections : Labor & Economics

Demonstrations Against the Terminator held in Watsonville, Sacramento and LA

Action Day for a Better California Rallies Against Governor's Reforms

Pajaro Valley AFT 1936 Committee on Political Education organized a rally at the Plaza in Watsonville on May 25, which included students, teachers and their supporters. The theme of the demonstration was Broken Promises + Broken Schools = Broken Dreams. About 100 people where part of the energenic protest against Arnold and his neglect for youth and education in Watsonville. The rally was part of a statewide day of protest against Governor Schwarzenegger and his so-called "reforms." Photos: 1 | 2 || Audio

In Sacramento, more than 25,000 people, including teachers, nurses, firefighters and labor unions, rallied against Governor Schwarzenegger and his broken promises to public services. Country Joe sang "I Feel Like I'm Fixing to Die," his famous anti-Viet Nam War song. The crowd enthusiastically sang along in the heat. Representatives from the so-called special interests groups spoke and told their powerful stories and demanded that Arnold keep his promises to California. An airplane flew the message "California is not for sale!" Read more... || Reportback and Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 || Audio

In Los Angeles, about three thousand public employees attended a rally, “Action Day For a Better California,? in Downtown LA at Pershing Square. Parents, teachers, registered nurses, firefighters and police officers showed up to display their discontentment about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's policy agenda shortchanging them and their children." Reportback and Photos: 1 | 2

Read more on Indybay's Education page



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