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Announcement :: Resistance & Tactics

Santa Cruz Anarchist Infoshop Now Open

The santa cruz anarchist infoshop, located at 509 broadway, off of ocean street, is now open!

April 1 marked the opening of the Santa Cruz Anarchist Infoshop. There is a huge anarchist lending library, a giant zine collection, free tea, amazing people, soon-to-be free public internet access and computer publishing access, and much much more. Come see for yourself. It is open Mon-Fri 3-7pm, Tues and Thurs 'til 9, then Sat and Sun from 11-7. See you there!
 

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News :: Education & Youth : Poverty & Urban Development : Poverty & Urban Development

City Council Blocks Affordable Apartments

novacancy.jpgWhat I saw at the March 23rd, 2004 Santa Cruz City Council meeting made me feel ashamed to live here. Council rejected 46 affordable apartments slated for an empty lot at High and Cardiff. Developer Maynard Manson intended to build studios for workers, students and people with disabilities. Instead, Council gave in to privileged homeowners who live nearby. This article focuses on homeowner prejudice and city council equivocation.
 
 

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

Thousands March and Rally in Salinas to Honor Cesar Chavez

chavez_3-28-04.jpgOn March 28, several thousands of people from across the central coast rallied at the Cesar Chavez Community Park in Salinas to celebrate the legacy of Cesar Chavez. A couple thousand people marched through the streets in a high-spirited demonstration of unity. The support from community members observinging the march was tremendous. The goal of the annual event is to spread awareness among young people and Chavez's messages on social justice and nonviolence.

Arturo Rodriguez, the president of the United Farm Workers, spoke with eloquence about the life of Caser Chavez, the improved conditions for farmworkers since UFW began organizing, and the current campaigns that the UFW are working on.

Photos: [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 ]

Audio: Rockin' the Boat: Farmworkers March to Remember Cesar Chavez

Indybay coverage of S.F. and Fresno demonstrations
 
 

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News :: Environment & Food : Government & Elections

California Rice Commission Approves Two GE Drug-Producing Rice Varieties Spliced with Synthetic Human Genes

Cutting_Down.jpgOn March 29th, the California Rice Commission gave their approval for the planting and milling of two genetically engineered drug-producing rice varieties spliced with synthetic human genes. This will be the first commercial pharmaceutical food crop in the world and could be planted anywhere in the state.

The Food and Drug Administration has established a zero tolerance for pharmaceutical crop products in food and animal feed. Contamination of the food supply with this rice is inevitable!

Final approval for this Pharmaceutical Rice must still be granted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). CDFA may be making a decision at any time.

[ Californians for GE-Free Agriculture I Background on GE Rice in California I Raising Risk: Field Testing of GE Crops in the US I BioTech IMC I PDX-IMC's GMO Page ]
 
 

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News :: Environment & Food

California CoastWatcher on Santa Cruz City Council

coast_hotel.jpeg“The Council should be crawling all over ourselves, begging to make this project work,? said Santa Cruz City Councilman Mike Rotkin, as Santa Cruz City Councilmembers crawled all over themselves in support of a proposal by the owners of the Coast Santa Cruz Hotel (formerly The Dream Inn) for a significant expansion. The existing hotel sits on top of the public beach adjacent to West Cliff Drive. The proposal is to knock down the existing hotel, with 163-rooms, and replace it with a new 268-room facility.

Double Shot Stick in the Eye. The Santa Cruz City Council, not willing to allow nature to stand in the way of fun, voted 7-0 to override their own Planning Commission to approve on the 150-ft tall thrill ride otherwise known as Double Shot.
 
 

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News :: Education & Youth : Police State

Rally for Loreto Arizpe and All Youth in Prison

On March 25, supporters of Loreto Arizpe and all youth in prison rallied in front of the Santa Cruz County Courthouse to send a clear message to Bob Lee, the District Attorney for Santa Cruz County. The message is that the California Youth Authority (CYA) will only make problems worse and that Loreto is ready, willing, and able to make very positive contributions to his community.

Bob Lee may be well on the way to pushing Loreto Arizpe deeper into the Injustice System by sending Loreto to the California Youth Authority, directly contradicting his public statements. On February 22, Lee stated that Santa Cruz County would join the CYA ban and that "...while there are no local offenders 'in the pipeline' for sentencing, the county is prepared to use other programs and detention facilities...to house sentenced offenders until the CYA hearings are completed and recommendations made."

Loreto's sentencing was scheduled to take place during the rally, but has been postponed to a later date.

Audio: Speak Out for Loreto Arizpe and All Youth in Prison!!

[ rally announcement and background information: Say No to the CYA! I Critical Resistance ]
 

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News :: Education & Youth : Resistance & Tactics

Parents Protest Unsafe Route to School

Local parents are worried about the safety of their children.

Since the School Board’s decisions to close Branciforte Elementary and to cut the transportation budget, families are wondering how their children will get safely to schools 2-3 miles from their homes.

Many of the Branciforte students live in the neighborhoods surrounding Grant Street Park. In all three scenarios presented to the School Board these students are now in the Delaveaga attendance area. There is currently no safe route for these children to walk or bike to their new school. Many families are unable to drive their children to school, and without the transportation funds formerly available, there is no money for buses.
 

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News :: Police State

Santa Cruz Law Limiting Free Speech Ruled Unconstitutional

not-silent.jpgSanta Cruz Superior Court Judge Michael Barton ruled today (March 19) that a Santa Cruz City law that prohibits political tabling for more than an hour is unconstitutional.

Activist Steve Argue was arrested twice under the law in June and July 2003. He was arrested staffing a joint political table of the Peace and Freedom Party and Homeless United for Friendship and Freedom.

A number of police began to time and monitor Steve Argues political activities as soon as he erected the literature table on the sidewalk of Pacific Avenue. When an hour was up the police demanded Argue take down his table or face arrest. Argue refused the police orders saying that City law was in violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution. Twice, on June 23 and July 6th, he was handcuffed and taken to jail with literature and signs taken in as evidence.

Today Judge Barton agreed with the argument put forward by Steve Argues attorney, Tony Bole, that the law is unconstitutional on the grounds that it discriminates against non-commercial displays in favor of commercial displays. Those setting up commercial displays can attain a license and sell their products all day while there is no such avenue for non-commercial displays such as free literature.

First Amendment Center
 
 

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Announcement :: Civil & Human Rights : Police State : Resistance & Tactics

Santa Cruz Copwatch, These Streets are Watching

Santa Cruz Copwatch is a community based organization comprised of students, professionals, activists, community leaders, and others that seeks to provide police oversight by observing police activity, aiding people in airing their concerns and grievances with the police, and reporting their findings to the community. Copwatchers observe and record but do not interfere with police activity. Independent citizen police review and oversight is vital in all communities, but is especially important in Santa Cruz with the recent elimination of funding for the personnel of the Citizens' Police Review Commission.

Please join Santa Cruz Copwatch for a special screening of These Streets are Watching on Wednesday, April 7, from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the Resource Center for Nonviolence.
 

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Announcement :: Resistance & Tactics

March 20 Action In San Francisco

mar_20.jpgJoin the Global day of Action in San Francisco Saturday, March 20, 2004 11am at Dolores Park, 18th & Dolores Sts.

On March 20th, the one year anniversary of the U.S. war against Iraq, a Global Day of Action will bring hundreds of thousands of people into the streets in cities around the world.

This will be a unified demonstration opposing the criminal and empire-building policies of the Bush administration and their impact abroad and at home. The march calls for an end to the occupation and corporate control of Iraq and to bring the troops home now. It calls for an end to the occupation of Palestine. It calls for the funding of human needs, the funding of social programs and demonstrates against the ever-expanding attacks on all immigrants, labor rights and everyone's civil liberties - It calls for a united stand against racism here and abroad.

Audio and Photos: Images and Sound from SF March 20th Event
 
 

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