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Santa Cruz Indymedia Newsletter July 10, 2004

Featured articles and upcoming events.
Santa Cruz Indymedia is Having an OPEN HOUSE!

Santa Cruz Indymedia is having an open house at our new home at Barrios Unidos! On Saturday, July 10, from 3-6pm come and see what resources are available to you for producing indymedia, find out about upcoming production workshops, watch audio, video, photo and text uploading demos and pick and watch any indynewsreal segment you may have missed on Community TV.

Hands on media making.
Free food.
Free from corporate control.

That’s Saturday, July 10, from 3 to 6pm at Barrios Unidos, 1817 Soquel Avenue


Californians Support Sustainable Agriculture!

On March 6, 2004 residents of Mendocino county passed a measure banning the cultivation of Genetically Engineered (GE) crops -- also known as Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) -- within their county. Mendocino county’s Measure H is being used as a model for at least seven other counties in California where local residents are well on their way to passing similar measures. Californians feel that local measures seeking to ban the cultivation of GE crops are critical steps to take in the promotion of economically and ecologically sustainable agriculture.

Alameda, Butte, Humboldt, Marin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Sonoma counties of California are currently campaigning to ban cultivation of GE crops. The people behind these campaigns include farmers, gardeners, health professionals, chefs, business owners, teachers, local government officials, and environmentalists.


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-- swept 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.


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

Despite 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.


TELL THE FCC! ¡DIGALE AL FCC! July 21 in Monterey

What's Wrong With the Media? Want More Media Diversity? More Local Programming? Less Commercialism?

Only opportunity on the West Coast

The FCC is the government body charged with regulating Radio and TV for the good of the public.

Join Media Alliance and friends from across the state to help make the case for greater media diversity, local content, and local ownership. We need your participation and support to ensure that FCC Chairman Powell and the FCC Commissioners get a full sense of Californians’ concerns about the quality of our local media and that they cannot ignore our proposals for fostering a more just and accountable media system.


Shameless plug for Community-Supported Agriculture

You can enjoy locally-grown organic produce for $7.50 per person per week, from 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!


Protesting BIO 2004

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.

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Upcoming Events

Saturday (July 10) 3:00 PM Santa Cruz Indymedia is Having an OPEN HOUSE!

Saturday (July 10) 4:00 PM Carpooling to Oregon and/or Arizona to Register Voters - meeting

Monday (July 12) 5:30 PM Santa Cruz Indymedia meeting (new day, time, and location!)

Wednesday (July 14) 7:00 PM Santa Cruz Preparatory Workshop for the FCC Public Hearing

Saturday (July 17) 10:00 AM Salinas Preparatory Workshop for the FCC Public Hearing

Saturday (July 17) 3:00 PM Monterey Preparatory Workshop for the FCC Public Hearing

Wednesday (July 21) 5:30 PM FCC Hearing in Monterey!

Sunday (August 8) 1:00 PM "Books Not Bombs" Major Hiroshima Commemoration and Protest in Livermore

Be sure to visit the Santa Cruz RadiCalendar for more information on the events posted above, as well as other events in the Monterey Bay area.

You are also encouraged to add events to the open-publishing RadiCalendar!

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