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Announcement :: Civil & Human Rights : Labor & Economics

March Against INS Intimidation

Starting Tuesday June 29, a series of marches and rallies against INS intimidation and for legalization and union rights-- launched by the United Farm Workers Union and joined by the whole labor movement-- will sweep through immigrant communities of the Salinas, Pajaro, San Benito and south Santa Clara valleys.

The campaign promises to be bigger and broader than anything since the historic strike movements of the 1970s. If successful, this may be a turning point in the long struggle for union rights for 50,000 unorganized immigrant workers in the fields and packing sheds of the Central Coast.

The campaign begins with a five-day march that begins Tuesday, June 29, at 8 AM at the King City Park. On Tuesday evening marchers will rally at Patriot Park in Greenfield after marching through the town. Marches and rallies will follow each day, moving north to Soledad, Gonzalez, Chualar and arriving in Salinas on Saturday. A similar campaign will move through towns to the north of Salinas during the following week, arriving again in Salinas on Sunday July 11.

Audio: Yadira Speaks About the June 29 - July 3 Pilgrimage Supporting Immigrants and Farm Workers

[ United Farm Workers I Monterey Bay Central Labor Council I Take Action for AgJobs S.1645 ]


Commentary :: Civil & Human Rights : Government & Elections : Health & Drugs : Police State

Designed Out of Existance: or why the Santa Cruz Medical Marijuana ordinance doesn't work

maryj.jpgDespite City Measure C passing in 1994, despite State Prop 215 passing in 1996, Despite a local medical marijuana ordinance passed in 2000, and besides a 9th circuit court decision that found that the drug laws are not meant to apply to medical uses for cannabis, no distribution center has been open in the City of Santa Cruz since 2000. Critics say the law is fatally flawed and must be reformed before any distribution centers can open. This article explains why.

It is 2004, eight years after the passage of Proposition 215, the Medical Marijuana Compassionate use Act. An elderly woman walks with a cane down near the levee. She carries cash with her. Her hip joint aches with every movement, her knees also pain her and both her ankles are swollen. She meets her connection and they both look furtively around before they exchange cash for a small plastic baggy of the only medication she has found that helps her to endure her pain without knocking her into a stuporous non-productive state.

Why can’t this woman go into a clinic or health care center and pick up her medication? Why must she sneak around furtively in some back alley getting questionable quality cannabis when the citizens of Santa Cruz voted overwhelmingly (73% in favor) of legalizing the use of medical marijuana?

How to Defend a Medical Marijuana Patient in California

[ Area 420 I Tax and Regulate I California NORML I Marijuana Policy Project ]


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

Shameless plug for Community-Supported Agriculture

produce.jpgYou can enjoy locally-grown organic produce for $7.50 per person per week, from the Homeless Garden Project / Women's Organic Flower Enterprise.

This article is not so much an advertisement as an exploration of alternatives. For some time, I had been planning to write a story about unaffordable food prices and unhealthy gimmick foods at New Leaf and The Food Bin, the two "progressive" markets in the Downtown Santa Cruz area. Instead, I am going to suggest an alternative: the Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program of the Homeless Garden Project / Women's Organic Flower Enterprise.

Basically, you sign-up to receive a portion of the harvest from the Homeless Garden farm. Every Friday afternoon, you pick up your produce at the WOFE store (foot of Washington Street, near the Municipal Wharf; Metro's Route 19 bus, and the free summertime Beach Shuttle, both stop there).

I had wanted to try this for several years, but the pick-up point used to be at Natural Bridges -- not a good location for folks like me, who don't drive. This year, the pick-up point is very convenient!

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Review :: Environment & Food : Globalization & Capitalism : Resistance & Tactics

Protesting BIO 2004

reclaim_earthjpg.jpgAn account of the June 8th protest at the biotech convention in San Francisco.

People who are politically aware follow news events closely and know about the Miami Model. Our country is rapidly becoming a police state and few progressives have any doubts or illusions about that. Conferences and conventions where corporations promote their agendas are closely guarded and to approach one is to step into a danger zone where truncheons can start swinging at any moment.

According to the newspapers, there were between 15 and 18 thousand delegates from 56 countries at this convention. But only a minority of the delegates were involved with gene splicing. Many were from the pharmaceutical industry. There were also patent attorneys, lobbyists and others who make up the corporate teams that manipulate the government, avoid regulations and work out ways to get tax breaks while doing so.

For our part, the protesters came from a broad spectrum of views, ideologies and religions. There were Pagans, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, and Muslims. There were socialists as well as a sizable and extremely visible contingent of anarchists. The anarchists were especially noticeable because many of them dressed in black and carried black or black and red flags. There were also a good many protesters like myself who just call themselves "progressives." Numerous organizations and affinity groups were represented. Our project was organized by a coalition called "Reclaim the Commons."

The problem is that biotech corporations are currently unregulated and often find it profitable to ignore matters of community health, community need and planetary sustainability. At the very least, we need regulations based on community good to guide these corporations.

Mostly the delegates avoided us, which is understandable. After all, we weren't here to welcome them to California.

"The seeds will grow
when the empire cracks!
Reclaim the commons.
Take it back!"

[ 6/8 The Mass Arrest: Part II of Protesting Bio 2004 I 6/7 Report from the IMC Space in the Convergence Center and the March To The Mexican Consulate ]

More Indymedia Coverage of Reclaim The Commons [ Articles I Audio I Photos I Videos ]


News :: Education & Youth : Peace & War

Texas and California Activists Launch Campaigns Opposing University Management Of Weapons Lab

abomb.jpgTexas activists oppose the University of Texas’ plans to takeover management of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, while California activists want the University of California to end its role in managing the lab.

Los Alamos is the birthplace of the atomic bomb and a key Department of Energy (DOE) facility for new work on mini-nukes and bunker buster nuclear
weapons. UC has managed the weapons lab since 1943. But the DOE decided last year to open the management contract to competitive bidding. The
DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) schedule “in the near future.?

UT Nuke Free will act as a clearinghouse for Texas opposition to the University of Texas' pursuit of the Los Alamos National Laboratory management contract.

The UC Nuclear Free campaign seeks to end the University of California's role in researching, developing and producing nuclear weapons – weapons
capable of destroying civilization and most life on earth.

[ UT Nuke Free I UC Nuclear Free I The WMDs are in New Mexico! (video clips) ]


News :: Peace & War

Veterans for Peace Info table for Upcoming Military Draft 2005

Veterans for Peace post 5888 are currently running an informational table in front of the Vets Hall in downtown Santa Cruz to bring awareness to twin bills S. 89 & H.R.163 quietly pending legislation to start the draft as early as spring 2005.

$28 million has been added to the 2004 Selective Service System (SSS) budget to prepare for a military draft that could start as early as June 15, 2005. Selective Service must report to Bush on March 31, 2005 that the system, which has lain dormant for decades, is ready for activation. For more information, see the SSS annual performance plan for fiscal year 2004.

Dodging the draft will be more difficult than during the Vietnam era.

College and Canada will not be options. In December 2001, Canada and the U.S. signed a "smart border declaration," which could be used to keep would-be draft dodgers in. Signed by Canada's minister of foreign affairs, John Manley, and U.S. Homeland Security director, Tom Ridge, the declaration involves a 30-point plan which implements, among other things, a "pre-clearance agreement" of people entering and departing each country. Reforms aimed at making the draft more equitable along gender and class lines also eliminates higher education as a shelter. Underclassmen would only be able to postpone service until the end of their current semester. Seniors would have until the end of the academic year.

Audio: Interview with Veteran working the table in Santa Cruz. ( 1.3 megabytes / 3:28 minutes )
(Download the mp3)

[ US Preparing for Military Draft in Spring 2005 I Beware of Attempts to Revive Military Draft I U.S. Preparing For Military Draft in Spring of 2005 ]

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Announcement :: Alternative Media

FCC Coming to Monterey on July 21

michaelpowellmini.jpgThe FCC announced Friday (6/18) that is has rescheduled the Localism Hearing in Monterery with the stated purpose to "gather information from consumers, industry, civic organizations, and others on broadcasters' service to their local communities." The hearings, scheduled originally for March 17th, were cancelled without comment.

These hearings are an extremely rare opportunity to tell the FCC about the state of your local media, how well your needs are being served, and how you feel about the increasing consolidation of media ownership. The FCC hears from broadcasters' lobbyists and lawyers every day. Help make sure they hear from the people on July 21!

Prepartion Meetings and Community Teach-Ins: Thursday (June 24) 5:30 PM in Monterey I Friday (June 25) 11:30 AM in Salinas and 5:00 PM in Santa Cruz

Audio: Rockin' the Boat: Jeff Perlstein on Media Reform (3/4/04)

More information from: [ Media-Alliance I Free Press I Reclaim The Media I FCC (.pdf) I The Center for Public Integrity ]

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Announcement :: Environment & Food

All Peoples Power Summit (July 15-18) in Arizona; Winona LaDuke speaking

allpeoples.jpgA global environmental justice summit in Flagstaff, AZ led by youth of color

This summer young people from around the world will be gathering at the base of the sacred mountain known as the San Francisco Peaks for the ALL PEOPLES POWER SUMMIT: Building Communities of Hope, Strength, and Sustainability. The mountain, outside the town of Flagstaff, Arizona, is one of the most culturally significant places in the world, being sacred to more than twenty-two different nations in the southwestern United States.

From July 15-18, we will be holding three days of workshops, trainings, discussions, dancing, hip-hop, and poetry. We will be discussing and educating each other about the injustices our lands and our peoples face. We will be promoting the creative talents and positive self-expression of all.

The ALL PEOPLES POWER SUMMIT will address how we as leaders of our communities can work to better build a global movement that challenges the systems and structures of exploitation and domination, a movement that carries all our people with it. We are working to bring together youth and elders from different communities to promote a cross-cultural and cross-generational exchange, focusing on hope, strength, and sustainability.

[ All Peoples Power Summit I Agenda I Principles of Environmental Justice I Winona LaDuke ]


Announcement :: Alternative Media : Animal Rights : Environment & Food : Globalization & Capitalism : Resistance & Tactics

The End of Santa Cruz Earth First!?

scef.gifAs of Wednesday, 23 June, 2004, at 7 pm. Santa Cruz Earth First! will be gone - Unless you do something about it!

If any of you want to see Santa Cruz Earth First! continue, then you have to let the group know it.

You MUST come to the meeting on Wednesday, 23 June at 7 pm at 224 Walnut Ave (The HUB) Suite E (Upstairs over the Bike Church) or You MUST send a donation to Santa Cruz Earth First!, POB 344, Santa Cruz, CA 95061 that arrives before the meeting on June 23rd.

Don't send a reply email saying how much you want SCEF! to continue - SHOW UP OR SEND A DONATION!

If you want SCEF! to continue and are willing to participate, support it and be active, and show it, then SCEF! will live on.

A Quick Look Back: History of Santa Cruz Earth First! I SCEF! Fights for Jailed Comrade "Victim" I SC County Jail is Redecorated I Treesitters Needed NOW I EF! Tree-Sit in Ramsey Gulch! I Ramsey II Sitters Threatened at Gun Point I Treesitter Dies Defending Ramsey Gulch Ecosystem I EF! Organizers' Conference I SCEF! Climb Training I Earth First! Radio News (archives)

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Announcement :: Alternative Media : Resistance & Tactics

Grassroots Radio Conference 9, Los Olivos, CA June 24 - 27

sbimc.jpgSanta Barbara Indymedia has been helping to organize this year's Grassroots Radio Conference taking place in Los Olivos, CA from June 24 - 27

The Grassroots Radio Conference brings together media activists and community radio people to share skills and knowledge in everything related to our work. This is the first time that the national conference has been held on the West Coast and the first time that it is being organized by a college radio station. The conference will draw on the DIY approach of community radio, utilizing a non-hierarchical workshop format in which all in attendance can actively participate.

[ Grassroots Radio Conference I KCSB-FM 91.9 I Santa Barbara Indymedia I ECR I Kill Radio I FRSC I Stop the NAB in San Diego ]

Help Sponsor a Freak Radio Santa Cruz DJ!

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