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Interview :: Alternative Media : Government & Elections : Peace & War

Iraq Elections Free and Fair?

George Cadman of Free Radio Santa Cruz (101.1 fm / interviews Chris Toensing of The Middle East Research and Information Project ( about the Iraq elections on January 30th. Chris Toensing is the Executive Director of MERIP and the editor of The Middle East Report.

Audio: Listen to the Stream or Download the mp3 (38 minutes / 15.3 MB)

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News :: Arts & Culture : Globalization & Capitalism : Poverty & Urban Development

Seema Weatherwax and Jason Weston: A Photographic Lineage

the 24Upon Entering Special Collections I first focused on "Cactus Forest", an image that brought to mind the openness and depth of Ansel Adams. No Surprise. In the Glass case behind me was a copy of Ansel Adam's "Making a Photograph" from 1935, inscribed by the author to Edward Weston, who wrote the forward.

Focusing Through Time: a unique story of
Friendship, Photography, and Collaboration

McHenry Library Special Collections, UCSC
January 3 - March 18, 2005


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News :: Government & Elections : Peace & War : Resistance & Tactics

Nader: Activists Cannot Afford to Take A Day Off

Ralph Nader at Rio Theater, Jan 24. Ralph Nader was in Santa Cruz Monday night on his Anti-War Tour speaking about government corruption and the Iraq War. He gave the crowd numerous reasons to be outraged by the current political situation in the U.S. and urged them to take action.

His presentation was a variation on his lifelong message: outrage against a system completely corrupted by corporate influence. Citing everything from the grossly inflated military budget that charges tax payers $220 million for a single F-22 plane to the systematic conditioning of children for commercial gain by corporations, he implored the crowd to become active in politics, especially at the grass roots level.

“The forces of injustice never take a day off. We cannot afford to.?

Audio: Ralph Nader Rocks the Rio
Photos: Dance Brigade at the Rio Theater
Photos: Nader, Gonzalez, and more...

Another Reportback: Ralph Nader and Matt Gonzalez speak at the Rio

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News :: Poverty & Urban Development

Santa Cruz City Council Approves Coast Hotel Project Despite Widespread Community Opposition

In a 4-3 vote, the Santa Cruz City Council approved the Coast Hotel and Convention Project. Supporting the proposal were Ryan Coonerty, Cynthia Matthews, Mike Rotkin and Tony Madrigal; opposing it were Emily Reilly, Ed Porter and Tim Fitzmaurice.

Expressing deep concern for the process which she felt left out much of the community, Reilly suggested an alternative motion to the approval of the Environmental Impact Report that would table the issue for six weeks while the community was able to learn more and communicate about the project. She expressed her desire to get the community behind the project instead of dealing with “a bitter community for the next year and a half.?

Video: Clear View Court Residents are Kept in the Dark
Photos: From the Council meeting

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Announcement :: Environment & Food : Poverty & Urban Development

Santa Cruz C. C. Meeting on Hotel-Convention Center Project

SC City Council discussed the Hotel-Convention Center Project on Tuesday night, 25 January, at 809 Center St. People opposed to convention-hotel at the Dream Inn site, along with a 6-story parking garage, came to the city council meeting to keep the pressure on the council to not pass this deal with the developers and replace one eyesore for another on our coast.

After two public hearings last week, including one that went past midnight, the City Council is poised to make a decision on financing $30 million for this project tonight. Many residents have already voiced their disapproval of this plan which seems to be broadly flawed.

A particularly convincing argument against the project was that these types of ventures are not bringing in substantial dollars for the cities that invest in them and many are in the red, according to a recently published Broookings Institute study. Read more about the study at Bruce Bratton's website or on Brookings Institute online.

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Announcement :: Environment & Food : Poverty & Urban Development

Food Not Bombs Santa Cruz seeks help

Food Not Bombs has been feeding without discrimination since 1981 (Boston, Mass.), and is now in over 270 countries around the world. We act in defiance of weapons of mass destruction, and believe that as Martin Luther King said "Peace is not the absence of tension, but the presence of justice."

We are a small and young collective seeking experienced cooks and other volunteers. Donations of reusable spoons and bowls would be wonderful! If you are interested please email johndoe3332145 (at) or contact a food not bombs Santa Cruz collective member and express your interest. We are also starting gardens.

[ johndoe3332145's Gardening Page I Food Links from I Food Not Bombs News I Food Not Bombs Menu ]

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Interview :: Peace & War

Elise Cohen of The Fellowship Of Reconciliation talks about upcoming delegations to Israel

George Cadman of Free Radio Santa Cruz, 101.1 fm, interviews Elise Cohen of the Fellowship of Reconciliation about her work with the organization and the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. George's show is called "Peace Talks" and is on Sundays from 3 to 6 pm.

Elise Cohen is a Sephardic Jew, born in Atlanta, Georgia. She is co vice-chair of the National Council of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. She has lived in Israel and worked with Palestinians and Israelis. She has also led three delegations to the Middle East, to Israel/Palestine and Iraq.

She will be leading a discussion on Wednesday, Jan. 26th at the Monterey Senior Center. The event starts at 7 pm. and is a strategy session to make commitments to Middle East peace work. The Monterey Peace and Justice Center is sponsoring the event.

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News :: Globalization & Capitalism : Government & Elections : Peace & War

Inaugurate the People

More than 400 protestors turned out in Santa Cruz for a march and rally to coincide with the 2nd inauguration of George W. Bush as President of the United States. People gathered on the steps of the Santa Cruz County Courthouse and heard musicians and speakers, before collectively taking an oath of office as President Pro-Tem of the United States. Since no bible's were on hand, a copy of Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States" was used.

Soon after, the crowd made its way to the Town Clock, site of the Collateral Damage statue, where a number of drummers and other musicians performed. Speakers there cited a need for better health care, slammed Bush's environmental record, and called for an end to the US military occupation of Iraq. George McGovern, former South Dakota Senator and the Democrat Party's presidential candidate in 1972, addressed the crowd, and said members of the Bush Administration are masters of fear and deception.

Audio: FRSC: Inaugration Demonstration call-ins
Photos: Counter-Inauguration pix, part 1 I part 2
Video: Freedom, January 20, Santa Cruz
Audio: Counter-inauguration protest wrap
Photo: Lady Liberty at the Town Clock

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News :: Peace & War

Santa Cruz IMCistas Report from D.C.

Local activists danielsan & brian went to Washington D.C. to provide alternative news and information about the actions and events coinciding with the coronation of King George II. Among the tactics used to dispatch news out of our nations occupied Capitol were phone calls to free radio santa cruz as well as publishing serveral articles on santa cruz indymedia's open publishing newswire.

They attended a Code Pink action where chapters from across the country organized a chilly welcome for attendees of the Gold and Boots Ball the night before the Coronation, greeting fur-and-heel-wearing, cowboy themed tuxedo couples and corporate gentry with Hallibacon, snout-wearing well-wishers, and stacks of cash with everyone's favorite Dick printed on them. [ read more and view photos ]

danielsan & brian also attended a Black Block March to the security perimiter as the official Inaugural Parade began. Several skirmishes with police resulted and the march was turned back from the security perimeter. Smaller groups eventually broke through the fence, burned some pieces of red, white, and blue cloth, clashed with pepper sprayering riot cops, and mingled with lines and lines of Bush supporters waiting to get through security. [ read more and view photos ]

One of the most fun and creative actions of the week might have been the Backbone Campaign's trip to the Democratic National Headquarters in Washington D.C. A huge spine wound its way to the national headquarters of the Democratic Party the day after the Unauguration, a special delivery that recieved no notice from the office-bound democrats. Activists from all over the country carried the spine, singing (to the tune of that Hip Bone song--you know, "the hip bone's connected to the.... thigh bone"). I think it's called "Dry Bones" [ read more and view photos ]

[ Code Pink I Inaguration Media Coalition I Counter-Inaugural I Infoshop I Backbone Campaign I DC Indymedia ]

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Announcement :: Arts & Culture

Tsunami Benefit Concert

Recording artist and producer Sista Monica Parker is spearheading a community charitable musical event. It’s a Tsunami Disaster Relief Benefit Concert on Sunday, January 23, at 6pm (doors open at 5pm) in Santa Cruz, CA at First Congregational Church. Joining her will be Grammy award nominee Linda Tillery from the Bay Area. Singer Valerie Fiddmont, Watsonville Taiko Drummers, Rev. David Grishaw Jones, Rev. Deborah Johnson, artist Carol Bowie and many other community members all volunteering to “Singing In The Spirit?.

This benefit concert is in support of disaster relief for the victims of the Tsunami/Earthquake. There will be singing, meditation and individual performances to create and unite in the spirit of community and charity.

All proceeds go to the victims of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami via Oxfam International, Save The Children, United Church of Christ and Habitat for Humanity International.

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