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News :: Education & Youth : Environment & Food

UCSC "SlugStock" Campus Earth Festival

The Campus Earth Festival will take place on Saturday, April 24, at 12:00 PM at UCSC's College 8 Plaza. The Festival is a combination of a bonanza music festival, a celebration of the local environmental movement, and an opportunity for the entire community to unite toward the wider purpose of sustainability.

The UCSC Student Environmental Center (SEC) is partnering with College 8 to coordinate the largest Earth Day celebration in campus history (2002 Festival). The "SlugStock" Campus Earth Festival, organized in the spirit of community, will feature the live music of five accomplished bands, who will join students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members in celebration of the university's pioneering sustainability movement.

RadioActive from Spearhead, one of the Bay Area's most popular and socially-conscious musical powerhouses, headlines a diverse line-up of popular artists. Also performing will be San Francisco-based indie pop rockers the Botticellis, Latin hip-hop troupe East L.A. Sabor Factory, Santa Cruz psychedelic rock group illumination, and UCSC "homegrown" Still Searchin'.

Keynote speaker Ocean Robbins, a Santa Cruz native and internationally acclaimed environmental activist, will deliver an address titled "When Hope Takes a Stand," a clarion call to people both young and old to embrace their particular vision for a better world.
 

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Announcement :: Gender & Sexuality

Women in Islam Week

msa.gifThe UC Santa Cruz Muslim Student Alliance presents "Women in Islam Week." All are welcome to this week-long event of educational talks, dialogue, and a poetry performance to challenge and deconstruct stereotypes and misconceptions of Women in Islam.

On Tuesday, April 20, there will be a Question and Answer panel of four Muslim women from different backgrounds sharing their unique experiences.

Wednesday's event, Women and Islamic Law (Shariah), will be presented by Stanford Professor Hina Aza.

On Thursday, April 22, there will be a spoken word performance by an artist collective based in the Bay Area called Calligraphy of Thought.

UC Santa Cruz Muslim Student Alliance
 
 

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Announcement :: Arts & Culture

Reverand Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir Stop in Santa Cruz

Just back from actions in Barcelona, Spain, Reverand Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping have fought Starbucks, Disney and Walmart in support of independent businesses and the survival of our neighborhoods.

The Church performed on Pacific Ave. in Santa Cruz on Tuesday, April 20. Church was held at Borders, the GAP, Starbucks, and Urban Outfitters.

Reverend Billy and the Stop Big Boxes Gospel Choir are on a singing and preaching tour from L.A. to Humboldt County April 16 to 24, performing for citizens, activist groups and union locals who are resisting the predatory influx of transnational chain stores.

Some performances take place in theaters, others are “retail interventions� – unannounced, unpermitted appearances that take place in “contested space� supercenter lobbies, sweatshop dressing rooms and strip mall parking lots. Throughout its seven year existence the OBIE-winning Church of Stop Shopping has fought Starbucks, Disney, Walmart (to name a few) promoting independent businesses and gift, thrift and barter economies; encouraging the survival of our neighborhoods; and giving a voice to countless sweatshop workers worldwide.

Photos: [ 1 - 2 - 3 ]

Audio: Rockin' the Boat: Reverend Billy Preaches in Santa Cruz

coverage of Reverend Billy in Los Angeles: Reverend Billy Challenges Corporatism
 

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Announcement :: Peace & War

Northern California Peace Centers Conference

The Resource Center for Nonviolence is hosting the annual Northern California Peace Centers Conference at the Louden Nelson Center in Santa Cruz starting Friday and lasting until Sunday afternoon. Everyone is invited to get acquainted, hear updates from other people and organizations, take part in workshops, learn from keynote speakers, sing songs, reflect on the struggles, and eat delicious foods!

Friday evening includes a briefing on Peace Group Surveillance; learning lessons from the Peace Fresno Infiltration by Local Law Enforcement.

Saturday is packed with great workshops and speakers, including “Solidarity in Contentious and Critical Times", Dr. John Brown Childs, Professor of Sociology at UCSC.

Details for the Peace Centers Conference in Santa Cruz April 16 - 18

Audio: Interview with Nicolas of Peace Fresno
 

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Commentary :: Civil & Human Rights

Silencing Our Voices, Abusing the Constitution

sherry_9-9-03.jpgAs citizens of the United States, we are living at a time when we all know that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are under attack. And we are concerned. Santa Cruz is a community hailed and known for its relatively progressive and liberal positions, for often being a beacon of hope, and a seed pod for initiating change and action about very important issues. I want to share some information and thoughts about discrepancies that I see here at home, and farther away, in our commitment to the Constitution. I believe they need serious attention and redress.

We have done well as a community in expressing right action about issues far away. The City Council of Santa Cruz, UCSC Faculty Senate, and UCSC Student Government took action opposing the invasion of Iraq, which was not only unconstitutional but criminal; we called for the investigation and impeachment of the Bush Administration for constitutional reasons among others; Santa Cruz City Council, high school students, and libraries in Santa Cruz opposed the Patriot Act as a violation of constitutional rights; and we opposed discrimination against the gay community by calling for marriage equality (which does have a local component in the attempt to issue marriage licenses right here!). The question for me is about abuses of the Constitution, and particularly the First Amendment, right here at home, and what I believe is a lack of adequate concern, leadership, and response.

More and more space on Pacific Avenue is becoming privatized, turned into cafe seating or simply fenced off, which further restricts First Amendment activities, since all distance regulations are measured from the farthest point of the fencing. The pleas of activists about very obvious selective enforcement of these ordinances against certain classes of people, which is a violation of State Law and the US Constitution, go, for the most part, unheeded. And many folks believe that the enforcement of the sleeping ban itself violates the principle of "the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

The police have guns, clubs, mace, tear gas, and the ability to arrest people - now they apparently are using money as another form of control. As in the rest of our society, money seems to be the bottom line, and if it costs enough, maybe people will do what they are told, or will decide not to do what they really want to! (One of the most prohibitive costs to organizing events in Santa Cruz is the assignment of extra police personnel, which is left entirely to the discretion of the department.)

I feel that we have failed locally to adequately defend the Constitution, and particularly the First Amendment, both as officials and as common citizens. We cannot create a lasting justice far away until we have created it right here at home. We must think globally AND locally, and act with equal conscience and intention in both arenas.

[ Pacific Avenue Rag I Letter to Santa Cruz City Council - Try Again! I Letter to Congressman Sam Farr ]
 
 

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Commentary :: Peace & War

How To Prepare For Children At Protests: Vice Versa Is Not Possible

kidsatprotestsfrenchsign2.jpgProtest zones are important classrooms. Attending protests with kids is different than attending protests without kids. But going to a protest with an affinity group, or as a street medic, is also different than going alone. How should we prepare to take kids with us?

Groups of parents have banded together in protests, worldwide, over the last 2 years. Baby blocs showed up at Feb. 15 anti-war rallies, as well as FTAA protests last Nov., in Miami. Families are protesting together, from “Babies, Not Bombs� anti-war rallies in Melbourne, Australia, to protests in France, with signs displaying children’s drawings and their words, “Porquoi la guerre! Faites la paix!� People with children care greatly about their futures, enough to raise kids, and enough to protest bad international policies with their kids.

[ Articles by Kirsten Anderberg I Parenting versus Protesting: Are They Mutually Exclusive? I Is There A Legal Age for Political Dissent? Teens at Protests! ]
 
 

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News :: Environment & Food

Dirty South Earth First! Delievers a Message in Neighborhood of Maxxam Executives

sacred.jpgWhile forest defenders battle Pacific Lumber in the old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest, Dirty South Earth First! has taken the battle to the executive homes of PL's Houston-based parent company, Maxxam Corporation. In addition to numerous home demonstrations, the following letter was recently sent to the neighbors of these executives.

Dear Community Member,

In Humboldt County, California, Houston-based Maxxam Corporation and its subsidiary, Pacific Lumber Company, have been clear-cutting the remaining 3% (approx. 100,000 acres) of old growth forest that remain in the continental United States. Maxxam-owned Pacific Lumber has decimated populations of already endangered species and created hazardous conditions that have led to floods, forest fires and mudslides that continually endanger area residents.

Charles Hurwitz, Maxxam CEO, has faced numerous criminal charges and civil suits for looting and crashing the United Savings Association of Texas in 1988, costing American taxpayers $1.6 billion. Hurwitz simultaneously raided Pacific Lumber’s worker pension fund, removing $55 million from the retired loggers and mill workers’ nest eggs, and selling off much of the company’s other liquitable assets for the quick cash he desired. Hurwitz has lost seven environmental lawsuits over his incessant, illegal logging in the ancient redwood forests of Northern California.

[ Dirty South Earth First! I Jail Hurwitz! I Information on Pacific Lumber / Maxxam ]

see also: Ten Years of the Northwest Forest Plan: Eco-Resistance in Cascadia
 
 

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Education & Youth : Gender & Sexuality : Gender & Sexuality : Government & Elections : Resistance & Tactics

Santa Cruz March for Women's Lives

The UCSC chapter of The Feminist Majority hosted the Santa Cruz March for Women's Lives on April 16 to support the national March for Women's Lives in Washington D.C on April 25, marking the largest collective pro-choice event in the past decade. Different organizations from all across the nation are participating in the March, including N.O.W. and The Feminist Majority.

The pro-choice march is meant to combat conservative legislation that has been milling through congress in the past few years and publicize important causes that are in dire need of attention. Such legislation includes the partial-birth-abortion law, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (UVVA), and The Cupid Project.

The Santa Cruz March for Women's Lives began with a rally at 2:00 p.m. at Porter Meadows where students gathered before marching through the theater arts center, by McHenry library, and on to the Quarry Amphitheater for speakers and musicians at the main event.

Photos and Audio: Your Body is a Battle and Trouble in Paradise

[ Women's Reproductive Rights Continue to Crumble I Indybay's Womyn page ]
 

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Education & Youth : Gender & Sexuality : Globalization & Capitalism : Peace & War : Poverty & Urban Development : Resistance & Tactics

Sahar Saba of RAWA in Santa Cruz

mazar.jpgSahar Saba, a soft spoken young woman, stood firmly as darkness fell. She spoke of the hell that is her home; where 'everyone has a story to tell’ about a sister, a brother, a parent, or a child who was tortured, raped, killed; sometimes before their eyes.

She repeated several times that the problem of fundamentalism persists in Afghanistan. That RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, sees the persistence of fundamentalism as the major problem for women, children, and the Afghani culture in general. That the US attack and presence has done little to improve the situation, that indeed the situation has gotten worse under the US supported warlords.

Audio: Rockin' the Boat: Interview with Sahar Saba

[ Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan I Afghan Women's Mission ]
 
 

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Announcement :: Globalization & Capitalism

The Honduran Struggle Against Privatization, Environmental Destruction, and Human Rights Abuses

Honduran community activist Gilberto Flores and Jenni Petullo of Rights Action spoke about the history and current political situation in Honduras on April 13 at the Resource Center for Nonviolence in Santa Cruz.

Privatization of public services, the building of mega-dams, deforestation, and harmful mining practices, as well as human rights abuses are among the challenges facing Honduran communities. Flores and Petullo discussed how these problems fit within the context of corporate globalization, international financial institutions, and multilateral trade agreements.

This event provided an in-depth perspective on Honduras, presented ways North Americans can support struggles for global justice.

Audio: Transnational Corporations Cut, Kill, and Export in Olancho, Honduras

[ Olancho Situation I Declaration by Popular Resistence Organization I Project Censored 2004: PPP and the FTAA I Understanding the FTAA I Forcing “Free Trade� on the Americas ]
 

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