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News :: Globalization & Capitalism

Two Santa Cruz Cycling Puppeteers

turtle.gifTwo core activists of Santa Cruz Art & Revolution, Jeff C. and Tom S., may have been among the Cycle Circus puppeteers arrested in St. Louis at the World Agricultural Forum hosted by Monsanto. Jeff and Tom have not yet established contact with their fellow artists in Santa Cruz.


News :: Environment & Food


MORRISSEY & SOQUEL 5-19-03.jpgDay after day, while we go about our lives in this virtual "paradise" of Santa Cruz, Something is being sprayed in our sky. AND NO ONE SEEMS TO NOTICE!!!!

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Announcement :: Resistance & Tactics

Third Annual People's March for Social and Economic Justice with the Rolling Thunder Democracy Tour

sb call to activism.jpgCentral Coast activists come together for the Third Annual People's March for Social and Economic Justice. Headlining speakers include Jim Hightower, Arianna Huffington, and Anita Roddick.

Workshops and panels will focus on local issues including democracy and civil rights, healthcare, food, housing, environmental issues, media awareness, racism, labor and workers' rights, issues affecting women, anti-war organizing, the war and people of color.

The intention is to put words into action, to advance from simply being agitated to being organized, to strategize and encourage direct and do-able citizen actions. The theme this year is "A Call to Activism".

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Announcement :: Resistance & Tactics

Native Sovereignty & Prospects for Revolution In America

On Wednesday, May 14, John "Splitting the Sky" Hill and Craig Rosebraugh will be speaking at UCSC's Charles E. Merill Lounge from 5:30 - 7:30 on Native Sovereignty, reevaluating the anti-war movement, and prospects for revolution in America.

Splitting the Sky - Speaking on Native Sovereignty
From a backround of orphanages and boarding schools, Splitting the Sky emerged as a principled leader of the Attica prison rebellion at the age of ninteen, and later became a major figure with the American Indian Movement. He was founder of the League of Indigenous Sovereign Nations of the Western Hemisphere, has been involved in numerous armed standoffs with the Canadian and US authorities, and after decades of poverty, imprisonment, and repression, he continues to agitate for Native sovereignty and prisoners rights.

Craig Rosebraugh - "Reevaluating the Anti-War Movement"
Former spokesperson of the underground Earth Liberation Front. Long time proponent for direct action tactics to defend the earth, animals, and people.


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News :: Education & Youth

UC Manages Armageddon

A History of the Labs

The model example of military university collaborative research is the inception, design, and creation of the atomic bomb. Conceived and developed by University of California, the creation of the most deadly device ever made was a product of research funded by the military and conducted by an elite group of America's university scientists, professors and graduate students.

Since the Los Alamos Laboratory opened its doors in 1943, every single nuclear weapon built for the United States arsenal was designed at a University of California managed weapons laboratory. The history of the development of Los Alamos and the second National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore laid the foundation for the last fifty years of military research and development conducted on America's college campuses.

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Announcement :: Resistance & Tactics

Critical Mass in Santa Cruz on Friday, April 25

Come All Bikers and Petroleum-Free Riders!
Critical Mass in the Streets of Santa Cruz.
Meet at the Clocktower at 5PM on Friday, April 25!

It has been far too long since we in Santa Cruz have shown those with whom we share this place, that a culture that continues to hold Capitol as God, that exploits fossil fuels in spite of the clear connection with ecological collapse, is a culture of pathology. We oppose this not with speeches from ivory towers in the theoretical sky, but with Direct Actions of Non-Compliance.


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Interview :: Peace & War

Debate: Sam Farr -- Bane or Boon to the Santa Cruz Peace Movement?

Aired Sunday, April 13, 2003 on Free Radio Santa Cruz 96.3FM
on Bathrobespierre's Broadsides: Civil Rights for the Poor

When Sam Farr was first invited and then disinvited to speak at the massive peace rally on February 15, 2003 in Santa Cruz City Councilmember and UCSC lecturer, Mike Rotkin called Joe Williams and Paul Franklin of the Santa Cruz Peace Coalition "sectarian idiots." Joe Williams wrote a reply which was published in the Sentinel defending his actions. Meanwhile Congressman Sam Farr has wobbled between bad votes and good votes while still getting the enthusiastic support of Mike Rotkin.

Audio: Mike Rotkin debates Joe Williams


News :: Resistance & Tactics

Art and Revolution Helps Residents File Their Taxes

April 15th, tax day. Hundreds of Santa Cruz residents filed into the post office to send off their tax forms, and Art and Revolution, along with other students and community member, were there to meet them.

Dressed as skeletons, continental soldiers, women covered in lace and blood, Bechtel and Halliburton and Uncle Sam, clad fully in American stripes with a huge $ sign on his back and oil containers chained to his feet and hands, they certainly upped the ante on paying their national dues.

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News :: Civil & Human Rights

Jailing of The Reverend Raises 1st Amendment Issues

Jailing The Reverend, a homeless, black tarot card reader raises serious issues of racial, social, and economic cleansing on Pacific Ave. by the use of drug war tactics. And this in a City which is known as sympathetic to medical marijuana users. The Sentinel spins us a story in which police state tactics are simply "mental health issues" faced by "law enforcment." Paschal facing up to 90 days in our County jail, $12,000 - $18,000 in transporting costs, and up to eight months in a New Hampshire prison are all paid for with shrinking public funds.

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News :: Peace & War

Santa Cruz Civilian Weapons Inspection Team Refused Entry to Lockheed Martin

On Friday, April 11, about sixty members of the Santa Cruz Citizen Weapons Inspections Team visited the Lockheed Martin facility at the top of Empire Grade in Bonny Doon. The goal of the team was to ascertain to what extent that facility is developing weapons of mass destruction.

Upon reaching the gate, the team announced that they would begin the inspection, and they requested admittance to the site. Facility Operations Manager Pete Olinger responded, “Sorry, we cannot let you in. We recognize your right to protest, but we also hope you respect our employees' rights and our property. If you have any additional comments, please contact Jeff Richmond at the Public Relations Department.?

“At this point we have decided not to go in without permission,? said a member of the Weapons Inspection Team. “But we do intend to inspect this site and may go in (illegally) at some later time.?

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