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News :: Civil & Human Rights

DEA Raids WAMM

Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana in Santa Cruz earlier this morning. WAMM Director Valerie Corral and Mike Corral have been arrested, and the DEA is obliterating the marijuana crop they have grown for use by Californian medical marijuana patients.

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Commentary :: Civil & Human Rights

Sanitized Downtown Would Leave Much to Be Desired

We further need to expand the commons for music, art and charity. We desensualize, sterilize and diminish our society by turning downtowns and cities into monocultural malls - standardized, privatized and slickly totalitarian.

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News :: Civil & Human Rights

SCPD Jails Homeless Activist for Vandalism Chalking

Police jail homeless activist for *Vandalism* chalking in new escalation of war on poor downtown; Erasable chalk user finds jail conditions grim and abusive.

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News :: Environment & Food

Earth First! Tree-Sit in Ramsey Gulch!

They sit in defiance to protest the ravaging of Ramsey Gulch, an area whose steep slopes and seismic instability will, if logged, further devastate habitat for the threatened Steel Head.

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Commentary :: Civil & Human Rights

The Manufacture of Consent: Santa Cruz Style

How do YOU feel about the new Downtown Ordinances? Santa Cruz has imposed severe space and time restrictions on street performers, artists and musicians, solicitation signs and political speech.

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News :: Civil & Human Rights

Crackdown On The Mall

On June 9th I was cited by Santa Cruz, police as I played classical harp music on Pacific Avenue. It took no less than one patrol car, two beat-officers and one very aggressive sergeant to issue this simple citation. I had no idea how scary classical music must be for the Santa Cruz police.

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News :: Civil & Human Rights

Downtown Ordinance Protest

A spirited rally of 150 people gathered at City Hall to express their outrage against the new downtown ordinances. Musicians, poets, chalk writers, and clowns were all in attendance. Protesters then marched down Pacific Ave. targeting those merchants who are supporting the crackdown. They then returned to city council chambers to give their input.

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Review :: Alternative Media

Downtown Ordinances & Media Omissions

Dan White's ... representation ... goes like this: "Councilman Ed Porter, who researched and proposed the rules, said he became convinced the council had to take action after the 'uproar' and the 'avalanche of e-mails' after a stabbing near Borders in the spring." Fhar Miess of The Alarm fills us in on the REAL story and exposes the Sentinel's dishonesty.

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Announcement :: Police State

Santa Cruz Declared Open City

Pacific Avenue is hereby declared open public space for everyone! COME TO PACIFIC AVENUE IN SANTA CRUZ and help create an OPEN CITY!! "Which is the worse crime, to outlaw public space, or to open up public space to outlaws?" "For those fighting the closure of public space, playful pleasure constitutes both the terms of engagement on which they are willing to fight, and also the sense of possibility, the imagination of an open city, for which they fight."

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Announcement :: Civil & Human Rights

Mammary Manifesto

The Mammary Manifesto is dedicated to the opposition of newly proposed Santa Cruz ordinances. - Jacksons Shoes' business owner Candi Jackson seeks to rid Santa Cruz streets of not just poor people but artists, musicians, hippies, bare breasted women, groups greater than five, and anyone engaged in "Hackeysack or any other sports" or recreational activities that she cannot profit from.

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