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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Peace & War

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrated in Santa Cruz

A coalition of local organizations invited the entire community to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by joining in activities to promote peace, equality and social justice on Monday, January 17th. People throughout Santa Cruz County commemorated the holiday by engaging in community service activities - making MLK's birthday a "Day on, not a Day off."

"We believe that helping to put food on the table of a hungry family or providing reading material to help educate someone in jail are perfect examples of things that bring us one step closer to Dr. King's dream of an equitable, just society" notes Volunteer Center Director Karen Delaney. YouthSERVE hopes to collect 1,000 books for Friends Outside and 10,000 pounds of food for Second Harvest Food Bank between Dr, Kings' Brithday and Cesar Chavez day in March.

Pat Clark, former NAACP President and one of the local organizers, hopes that people will use part of their holiday to help spread Dr. King's message of hope, equality, compassion and peace. "People think of Dr. King saying "I have a Dream." We want people to remember that Dr. King was also an advocate for ending poverty, promoting peace and taking personal responsibility for making the world a better place."

Video: Download it here! (32.4 megabytes) I Photos I More Photos

[ Martin Luther King remembered in Fresno I Shut down PG&E Contingent at MLK march in SF I Indybay's Race page ]

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News :: Poverty & Urban Development

City Council Makes Move to Redevelop Dream Inn to Five Story Convention Center, Make Your Voice Heard

Within Santa Cruz County there is an entity separate from the City yet still directly connected to it. This entity is the Redevelopment Agency. The purpose of the redevelopment agency is to, separately from the City, "improve" blighted areas, not to blight improved areas -- yet it has just this in mind.

In an sneaky deal between the Redevelopment Agency and the Coast Hotel, plans have been devised to demolish the current hotel and its parking lot and replace it with a five-story convention center and gigantic matching parking structure. Because of its controversy the City has been planning in secrecy for about two years, and information about it has just been released to the public. Aside from incredibly biased photographs portraying the plans blocking Cowell's beach from public access, included in this package is a payoff for the Redevelopment Agency alone -- no direct revenue is paid to the City yet at the same time the City would be forced to pay for the construction.

One Commenter writes: Public Hearing on the Redevelopment of the Coast Hotel is 7 pm Tuesday, January 18 in City Council Chambers, 809 Center St. and 7 pm Wednesday, January 19, in the Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St.

Report Backs: Y Swami Y Given Special Mayoral Escort I Rotkin Sent Third Brown Act Demand on Public Comment Censorship

See Related: SC Coast Hotel project--Sentinel article analysis

Previous Coverage: California CoastWatcher on Santa Cruz City Council

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Announcement :: Civil & Human Rights : Government & Elections

Inaugurate the People - Reclaim Our Democracy!

Join us on Thursday, January 20th, at the County Courthouse, 701 Ocean Street in Santa Cruz for a good old fashioned rally, from 4:30 PM to 5:45 PM, and culminating with a mass swearing in of all those present as Collective President Pro-Tem of the USA.

then, at 5:45, we will march to the Collateral Damage Sculpture/Town Clock Park, corner of Water and River Streets, to mourn and honor the victims of war, call for an end to the Iraq Occupation, and lay flowers of remembrance in silence and reflection

at 6:30, we will proceed across Water Street, to the Sister Cities Circle next to the Post Office - together we will rekindle the torch of our giant Statue of Liberty Puppet, bringing her spirit and her purpose back to life!!

Update: George McGovern will speak at about 6:45pm

See Also: Mass Demonstrations in DC, LA, and San Francisco on Inauguration Day

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Commentary :: Peace & War : Womyn

Men who batter women are terrorists

"Domestic violence" is overwhelmingly MALE violence against women. The FBI's definition of terrorism is, "the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce the government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof in furtherance of political or social objectives."

Men who batter women use force and violence to "intimidate or coerce" in furtherance of their "social objective" – male supremacy. Since women are a "segment" of "the civilian population," men who batter them are legally "terrorists."

Presently, men control religion and government. Thus, issues which particularly interest and affect women such as domestic violence, the environment, housing, child care, job training, education, family planning, and health care are chronically underfunded – if they're funded at all.

Wife-beating is a "traditional family value." The "Rule of Thumb" was a law allowing Englishmen to beat their wives with a stick "no thicker than a man's thumb" to make them obey. According to the U.S. surgeon general, battering is the number one "health" problem of women in America.

[ The Feminist Agenda! ]

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Announcement :: Resistance & Tactics

The Shell Game of Reform Has Mobilized Tons of Energy for A Feeble Outcome

We've had more than 200 years of reform methodology, and look where it has gotten us. As soon as reformers can finally stop one abuse of authority, a hundred more surface and immediately flower. Duh, maybe it's time to see the system as it really is!

[ anti-politics forum ]


Interview :: Peace & War

Israeli Refuseniks Speak Out

George of Free Radio Santa Cruz 101.1 fm. ( interviews Israeli Refusers, Noam Bahat & Shimri Zamaret on her show "Peace Talks" (3 to 6 pm. Sundays).

In September, 2004, 5 Israeli Jewish high school refusniks --prisoners of conscience-- were released from Israeli prison. Noam Bahat after serving 645 days in prison and Shimri Zamaret after 643 days in prison. Noam and Shimri speak about the Israeli Occupation of Palestinian lands, the reasons for their refusal to be conscripted into the Israel Defense Forces, and their experience in prison.

Audio: Listen to the Stream or Download the mp3 (48:07)

[ Refuser Solidarity Network I B'Tselem I RCNV's Middle East Report I Gush Shalom (en) ]

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Announcement :: Civil & Human Rights : Police State

SCPD General Orders now Online

Santa Cruz Copwatch is pleased to announce the availability of part of the Santa Cruz Police Department General Orders as of 12-29-2004 online.

If you have ever had any questions as to the proper Santa Cruz Police procedure and behavior according to local, state, and federal laws, the SCPD General Orders is probably the most thorough and detailed document available to find the answer. It is also sometimes helpful in finding out what the city expects the behavior of the public to be in certain situations.

The General orders are available at:

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News :: Animal Rights

Animal Liberation Resources

Newsflash!! New resource for Animal Rights!
The San Francisco Bay Area IMC has expanded to include a special Animal Liberation page., an open-publishing website, is providing a new home for animal activists, organizers, and the animal-conscious in the Bay Area and Northern California. Check it out for the latest on upcoming actions, news reports with photos and video, and a broad list of resources for vegetarian and vegan living.

IMCs with Active Animal Categories: [ Portland I Indybay I San Diego I United Kollektives ]

Feel free to post links you would like to see on this page in the comments below.

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News :: Government & Elections

Boxer's Blow: Senator Challenges Ohio Electoral Ballots

California Senator Barbara Boxer was the sole U.S. Senator to join with other U.S. Representatives in contesting Ohio's electoral ballots.

As a result of the objection, both Senate and Congress were dismissed to their respective houses and started a mandated two hour debate on the subject. After the debate, they will resume the joint session; despite the objection, the election is expected to be certified today.

[ Black Box Voting I pdx-imc's election fraud page I us-imc's election 2004 page ]

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News :: Police State

Military Helicopters Flying Low Over Santa Cruz

At approximately 1:30 p.m. today six large military helicopters were sighted flying over the Santa Cruz mid-county area. They seemed to be flying especially low and, as such, were extremely noisy and obtrusive.

When I contacted Santa Cruz County's emergency services (911) department, the attendant told me that they had no notice of exercises to be carried out in the area or prior warning about the choppers. She mentioned that she had never seen (such a thing) it before, but felt that there was no cause for alarm, that "they were just passing through."

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