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Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

At 8:20 AM on Wednesday, September 29, armed US Marshals and FCC Agents raided the house from which Free Radio Santa Cruz broadcasts. Agents entered with guns drawn, showing the warrant to a couple of residents but not serving the warrant to anyone at that time. All residents, some wearing only their bathrobes and PJ's, were herded to the sidewalk in front of their house.

Free Radio Santa Cruz was airing Democracy Now! at 37 watts as the FCC Agents and US Marshals (we counted at least 16) worked to get into the studio. By this time FRSC 101.1 FM was airing a pre-programmed interview with Howard Zinn. This interview, in which Zinn read poems by Langston Hughes and Bob Dylan and cited Zora Neal Hurston’s comments against WW2, was in progress when the signal was taken off the air. Listeners of FRSC heard the sound of static for the first time ever due to governmental interference.

Agents videoed community members who lined the street and crowded onto the sidewalk in front of the house in support of the station. Residents were not allowed to bring cameras into their home, nor were they allowed entrance without first having their bags searched.

Freak Radio has been raided after almost 10 years of broadcasting for the Santa Cruz community and listeners around the world via online streaming. FRSC has received strong support from members of the community (audio mp3), including Representative Sam Farr, Mayor Scott Kennedy (audio mp3) and the Santa Cruz City Council.

From the Free Radio Santa Cruz collective:
PRESS RELEASE: Free Radio Santa Cruz Silenced By Federal Government
FRSC Responds to our Supporters
WISH LIST from Free Radio Santa Cruz
Call FCC to Complain
Audio: Station Alert
FREE RADIO SANTA CRUZ NEEDS YOUR HELP
Free Radio Santa Cruz Is Reviewing All Options

Coverage and Analysis:
Initial report I personal account I early update I follow up coverage I back online I internet relays
FRSC: the issue from one geek's perspective
Photos: 1 I 2 I 3 I video and slide show I 120 Photos from the Raid
Audio: On-Scene Coverage I Coverage Compilation I Call to KCSB During the Raid I "Press Conference"
Audio: Freak Radio Raid mix 1 I mix 2 I transmission cut
Audio: Tribute to Free Radio Santa Cruz I The Inner Side #24
Audio: Freak Radio Santa Cruz News Piece
Television: Free Radio Raid on Indynewsreal I Video
Pacifica Radio Board passes resolution in support of Free Radio Santa Cruz & KFAR
Rep. Sam Farr's Letter to Michael Powell of the FCC

Coverage from: Indybay I Portland IMC I DIYmedia I Democracy Now! I Indymedia I Sprouts I mediageek
Translations from Indymedia: english I français I deutsch I italiano I português I deutsch I español

more repression in...
Knoxville, TN: Knoxville First Amendment Radio (KFAR 90.9) Raided by the FCC
Oaxaca, Mexico: Members of Community Radio in Oaxaca Beaten and Jailed

[ Free Radio Santa Cruz I Donate to FRSC I FRSC's Raid Page ]

FCC agents and US marshals confiscated the broadcasting antenna and all broadcast related equipment, packing it into their unmarked trucks while FRSC supporters shouted metaphorically ‘we’ll be back on the air by the time you reach the highway’.

And the departure *was* delayed when the agents discovered that five of their cars and trucks had flat tires. Tow trucks were called to pull the vehicles away.

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Free Radio Santa Cruz collective members will meet to decide their next moves in the effort to the Free the Airwaves. A benefit for Free Radio Santa Cruz has already been planned for Tuesday October 12, 5:30 PM, at Barrios Unidos. Messages of support are appreciated and have already poured in from Argentina, New York, Portland, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Knoxville, Fresno and elsewhere.

 
 


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Re: 10 AM PST FCC Busting Free Radio Santa Cruz

I hope you guys can go right back up where you belong, the airwaves should be free.
 

Re: 10 AM PST FCC Busting Free Radio Santa Cruz

well the fcc wont let me be......Hey from Argentina!!! i have no doubt that yáll will be up and running again soon...stay strong!
 

Re: 10 AM PST FCC Busting Free Radio Santa Cruz

Solidarity and love from New York City - That sucks and we hope you get back and running and kicking ass soon.
 

Re: 10 AM PST FCC Busting Free Radio Santa Cruz

document everything and keep on going! solidarity from Los Angeles
 

Re: 10 AM PST FCC Busting Free Radio Santa Cruz

Love from Portland, please let us know if we can help in anyway. Thanks for posting your news on pdx imc.
 

Re: 10 AM PST FCC Busting Free Radio Santa Cruz

Be prepared for more brain numbing clearchannel FCC pablum, election year facsism. The corporate swine will not leave gracefully. Free airwaves are essential, people. So, let us non-cooperate with anything they try to sell us, and spread the word. Arundhati Roy Rocks!
 

Re: 10 AM PST FCC Busting Free Radio Santa Cruz

Cheers from SoCal!

Good luck friends! Stay strong eand get that shit back up!


Green Chaos Collective
Southern California Anarchist Federation
 

RadioActive Broadcasting Injustices

SEIZE THE AIRWAVES! SEIZE THE TIMES! BECAUSE LYING TO THE PEOPLE IS THE REAL CRIME!!!!
 

Re: 10 AM PST FCC Busting Free Radio Santa Cruz

Can someone help find the legal guidelines to having a 100Watt attenna(it's supposed to be legal as of 2002?). Freak Radio was only a 150 Watt antenna, now just have the antenna and studio distances apart...
___________VIVA LA REVOLUTION RADIO____________
-Santa Cruz Freak Radio WILL Live Another DAY!-
 

Re: 10 AM PST FCC Busting Free Radio Santa Cruz

We love you Freak Radio. Stay Freaky.

-radioActive San Diego



mediaemergenc.org
 

Re: 10 AM PST FCC Busting Free Radio Santa Cruz

VIVA FRSC!
 

Re: 10 AM PST FCC Busting Free Radio Santa Cruz

T-shirts and stickers for fundraising being printed as we freak.
Please keep posted and inform your listeners of need of support to get up again asap.
The reach of Free Radio Santa Cruz is immense and with a little support from our friends we will come back stronger than they could ever imagine.

Prayers strength and support for the busted.

Lou
 

Re: 10 AM PST FCC Busting Free Radio Santa Cruz

Fuck the FCC, they will be held responsable for this and other immoral actions in the days to come. The air is ours, the peoples, the feds have over extended themselves once again, and as Valarie Corale will prove in Federal court soon so will this blow up in thier fat little faces! Stand Strong, the battle for liberty is being won!
 

Re: 10 AM PST FCC Busting Free Radio Santa Cruz

SOL-ID-AR-ITY!
I can't believe they'd do this.
Get on the air soon guys.
livejournal.com/~radiofanclub
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshalls

Solidarity and support from a Santa Cruz expait in Seattle. They may think this is the end, but it is only the beginning.
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

Stand strong Santa Cruz. We, also, feel the loss here in Knoxville Tennessee. The systematic silencing of voices of opposition continues.
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

Please save Free Radio Santa Cruz! The people that put energy into that radio station are doing our community and democracy a great favor.It's time to take back the media!
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

we at KFAR 90.9 just got raided and they did everything but vacumn our floors. goto tnimc.org to see! we got pics at kfar.org mess boards. we stand in solidarity with you. day of actions. yall mobilize on the west coast while kfar is going to raise hell on the east. lets cooridnate our actions for day of actions. we are protesting at our federal building on thursday at noon--not this week but the next. info to follow. lets crosslink and make the FCC suffer! our ships are under attack!

rosa parks had to fight to get on the front of the bus.

we are fighting to get on the bus--our airwaves. we aren't allowed on the front of the bus. hell we arent even being allowed on the bus--the corporations are! And its our fricken bus!

solidarity!

john conner kfar.org
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

The FBI have been all over this in Knoxville (KFAR 90.9). We had 3 federal marshalls, 4 fcc agents, three FBI agents on special assignment--along with the (in)justice department churning out pages of paper on us. They came after us like we were robbing banks! It is inappropriate for federal agents to be coming down on americans practicing their first amendment. KFAR is next to the heart of the american nuclear weapons production complex (oak ridge) and surrounded by decaying TVA nuclear power plants all over our region. People know another terrorist attack is coming to this country the cowardly attack on the iraqi people has guarenteed that--not to mention the other crap that nazi thug bush is pulling. Yet all these FBIs and FCC and Federal Marshalls are hunting down our 100 watt asses! We have less power than a lightbulb. I guess its easy to pick a fight with low power community radio station that to prepare to defend against a real attack.
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

take back the airwaves.
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

I AM BROUGHT TO TEARS AT THIS NEEDLESS RAID ON FREE-RADIO-SANTA-CRUZ............. PLEASE CALL US TOLL-FREE 1-866-275-1112 EACH THURSDAY 3-6 PDT(SantaCruz TIME)
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

I heard a rumor that every member of Zami was given a huge ticket. Anyone know if there is any truth to this?
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

Our beloved radio station lives on in our hearts and minds and will resurrect. I was saddened to hear that the FCC tires were slashed...An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. I believe we would have made a bigger impact if we had treated the Marshalls with the same respect and dignity we would have enjoyed. When we seek to punish, we lose our ability to protect.
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

Stay strong and keep us posted.
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

I don't believe that the slashing of the agents's tires was an act of revenge, I believe it was an act of rage. I also don't think we need to afford willful participants in the repressive state apparatus with much respect at all (at least not while they are carrying out the state's repressive work).
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

Fight the fuckers - dont take it sitting down! They tell us violence doesnt accomplish anything, then they turn around and use violence successfully against us all the time!

The money they spent on towing that truck, is money they cant spend raiding someone else. Good work, whoever!

Land of the Free, my ass. IT WAS JUST A RADIO STATION! The only thing more surreal about all this, is that it happens all the time so most people dont blink twice about it. It's amazing what people will accept, if they see it enough and see their fellow monkies NOT getting outraged.
 

WE'LL BE BACK!!!!

Thank you sooooooo much for the kind words all of you wonderful FRSC supporters. You better believe that we'll be back as soon as its technically and feasibly possible. We got plans in the works and we'll be back better than ever!!! In an age of crumbling schools, closing hostpitals, and a serious lack of opportunities for people to get real information, its a FREAKing shame they gotta spend $$$$$$$ harrassing a station like ours. Of course what would you expect from the corporate lackeys of an illegitimate psychotic administration that is waging illegal and immoral wars of aggression all around the world. You wanna know what really scares these corporate weasel suckers??? Free thinking individuals who are articulate enough to express themselves in a way that makes sense. That's what we at FRSC represented, represent, and will keep representing!!!
I LOVE THOUGHT CRIME!!!
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

Long live FRSC! Just wanted you to know that the chat room at http://www.pagesincolor.com is still here. It normally simulcasts with Bathrobespierre's Broadsides at 6-8PM on Thursdays and 9:30AM-1PM on Sundays. You all are welcome to drop in to discuss Free Radio anytime.
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

Solidarity for SoCal Bloc. Donate to help FRSC: www.freakradio.org/donate.html
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

you really should call "Howard Stern" for some help. He hates the FCC just as much as you do. He can be found at 92.3 KRock in New York.
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

Fuck the FCC. Free Free Radio!
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

FRSC Collective: Please post fundraiser dates and locations ASAP. Let's not have this election go down without being heard.

Thanks.
 

Gadabout Film Festival at Barrios Unidos on 10/12; Benefit for Free Radio Santa Cruz

Gadabout Film Festival at Barrios Unidos on 10/12; Benefit for Free Radio Santa Cruz

The Gadabout Film Festival will take place on Tuesday October 12 from 5:30 - 9:30 PM at Barrios Unidos located at 1817 Soquel Avenue. The Gadabout is a nationally touring film festival that seeks to open new avenues of distribution for truly independent filmmakers that get pushed aside by Hollywood and the commercial film festival circuit. Focusing on short, mostly "low to no budget" films, the Gadabout offers an alternative to the cliche world of commercial film.

Please come out to support Free Radio Santa Cruz!
The Gadabout Film Festival is going to be really excellent!

 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

Ugh, Rethugs pull plug.
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

FRSC is going to be back on the internet with an internet only broadcast, beginning at 6PM Thursday Sept 30th, 2004. Check it out at http://www.freakradio.org . The chatroom host will be in the studio but I'm not sure that the chatroom at http://www.pagesincolor.com will be communicating with the studio at this time. Check out one or both if you have time...
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

Sorry to hear about your loss to unjust laws, best of luck getting back on the air soon.
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

Ask for donations, hire a kick-butt attorney and sue the bastards! It's the only way, now.
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

Phat Beats Radio Houston supports you guys to the fullest. I hate the FCC as much as The rest of you now it is time to fight. if like 5000 new free radio station were to go on the air now then the fcc you run and hide that is what needs to happen. I run a Phat Beats Radio yahoo msg groups.yahoo.com/group/PhatBeatsRadio/ also have another pages here www.rpmradio.net/RPM_Phatbeats_homepage.htm& last I also run a general free radio msg board here com4.runboard.com/bradiopirate check them all out. I hope you guys get on the air shortly this is a sad day for Free Radio Santa Cruz now it will make you guys stronger.
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

"The money they spent on towing that truck, is money they cant spend raiding someone else. Good work, whoever!"

Either that or it's more of our money that they're spend to do both.
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

Forget the "free" stuff -- you want to win this battle, there's only one thing you need to learn, "federal jurisdiction". Forget the assumption that the FCC (not even part of the Executive branch) has the Constitutional authority to regulate every microvolt of radio throughout the Union (see US v Lopez). The feds are limited to "regulating commerce among the states". FM is "line of site", which is very difficult to make interstate from the Pacific Ocean.
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

boy i bet the FCC guys all have big hard-ons with
their women tonight as they relate how they busted a local radio outlet."OOOO and then we
showed them our badges....oooooo...and then we
took their turntables..ooooo...and then we took
their microphones...ooooo...i'm cooommmiiinnnggg!!!...aaaahhh...it's good to a fascist pig!!!!"
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

Great! KFAR is on the Internet as well at kfar.org.
We need to talk to the mexican radio station and see if we can do a day of action all at once. Plus--this thursday at noon we are demonstrating out side of the federal building where the FBI is located for shutting down KFAR. If yall can't do something that day do plan and action with us that we can both do and hype together. Cooridinated actions. We don't have to be joined at the hip--but we should do it a few times and see how much noise we can make together.

As far as the legal angle--good luck. FYI we found a trap here in Knoxville. They didn't have anyone to pin charges on since we are anarchist and had no "owner operator". But we found in the legal documents they left behind that we had 30 days to make a claim to get it back. We made some inquires and found out that in effect to make the claim someone would have to...claim the gear. This hands the FCC someone to pin fines on. Watch for this. Extended legal campaigns really hurt the American Indian Movement bad. They are expensive and time consuming with mixed results. We are focusing on making allot of noise--and grassroots hell raising. We have to create political pressure by being noisy and loud.

Solidarity
angry bob.
kfar.org
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

>>"The money they spent on towing that truck, is
>> money they cant spend raiding someone else.
>> Good work, whoever!"
>Either that or it's more of our money that
>they're spend to do both.

So you advocate not punishing thieves, for fear the they will only claim more victims? Fine a burglar, and he'll only burgle more homes to pay the fine? Jail a mugger, and he'll only mug more people to pay rent because he lost his day job while in jail?

Criminals should be punished, to discourage crime. The FCC are criminals, and should be punished to discourage them from attacking
"unlicensed" radio stations which have cooperated, and co-existed peacefully, with their other broadcasting neighbors.

A broadcasting "license" is a speech license - free speech should never be subject to govt permission! If another radio station has a complaint about FRSC stomping on their signal, let that station come forward, make their accusation, and let the broadcasters be CHARGED, and then have their fair day in court!

This Judge Dredd vigilante punishment bullshit from the FCC is *UNAMERICAN*.
 

Local Actions Everywhere on Oct 7

Local actions at media outlets EVERYWHERE on Oct 7!!! In Chiapas, Knoxville, Santa Cruz, San Diego at the NAB conf., and in your town!!! Great Idea!!! Coordinate a local action for free radio, and independent media!!!!
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

Houston Tx needx to do something on Oct7 check out my website if you can help me get something small going. Phat Beats Radio Houston one pirate to another hope you guys get back on the air shortly.
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

The FCC is just another arm of Washington DC. Their authority is Constitutionally restricted to

1) matters of INTER-STATE commerce, and
2) national security.

FRSC's signal never crossed the California state border. Bloody hell, you cant even get their signal in Scott's Valley!

California has its own Constitution too, you know. Our own laws. Our own law enforcement. This is a California INTERNAL matter - no one in any other state could even HEAR the signal!

Washington DC needs to stay the fuck out of California's private business! In fact it needs to stay out of every state's private business! The Founding Fathers CREATED DC - the District of Columbia (not even a legal State) - to arbitrate BETWEEN STATES when an INTER-STATE PROBLEM occured that the states involved could not resolve between themselves.

We are no longer the United States of America, because the individual states have lost their soveriegnty to DC. We have been absorbed by force, much the same way the former USSR took over the individual Russian states.

The only difference between us and the USSR now, is that the USSR had to forcibly subjugate the individual states. They had to take over by force.

Did Washington DC ever have to militarily defeat any of the 50 states? Nope.

We still have city police, county sherrifs, and state police. WHERE WERE THEY, when DC sent its battalion of soldiers to invade California and attack FRSC? We PAY THESE PEOPLE to protect us from attack.

But when DC attacks, our police sit back and allow it!

Why?

Ill tell you why - our local police, whom we hire and authorize and pay - have betrayed us. They accept bribes from DC (called "subsidies" and "grants" resulting in increased job security and fat overtime checks for "special enforcement operations"), and with those bribes our local, county, and state police have sold their loyalty to DC.

And so they sit back and let the DC pirates have their way with us, when DC wants to come in and take something.

The Mayor of Santa Cruz, the Chief of Police, and anyone else reponsible for the failure to put wheels in motion to defend the citizens of Santa Cruz from attack by these viking raiding parties from DC, should be fired for dereliction of duty. PLAIN AND SIMPLE.

But it wont happen, I know.

It wont happen because the structure of our government, of the chain of command, and the authority structure on which our police operate, is ROTTEN TO THE CORE.

It has been rotting for 200 years.

People need to wake up and realize that THIS IS WRONG, that this is NOT HOW IT SHOULD BE, and NOT HOW IT WAS MEANT TO BE. It is UNCONSTITUTIONAL, AND THUS ILLEGAL.

And if the police wont protect us - when do we start protecting ourselves? When do we start protecting each other?

When do we finally stand up and shout "NO MORE!" ?

Not ask, not beg, not go to the polls and vote "Please no more, I mean if that's okay with you Mr. Bureaucrat".

We have to DEMAND it. And demanding means backing it up. Demanding means doing whatever it takes to STOP THESE CRIMES AGAINST INNOCENT PEOPLE.

Might doesn't make right, it's true - but without Might, Right makes nothing. And that's what we have now. Lots of people know what is right, but they won't DO anything about it.

They just beg and submit, and then lie to themselves and each other about how their weakness and cowardice are some kind of virtue, just so they can sleep at night and not hang their head in shame when they see their friends.

What happened to America? This was once a great country.
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

Yo we at KFAR are on board for OCT 7th lets all kick the same ass together! Day of action for the first amendment! Lets take the bus back!
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

Based on what i've read here, especially considering the staion is only 37 watts and therefore presumably not even able to be heard across state lines thereby nullifying any expanded "interstate commerce" argument, all charges,etc. MUST be dropped IF the individuals present the lack of jurisdiction proof; viz., Article 1 sec 8 of the USA Constitution wherein is clearly spelled out the severe limit to jurisdiction of federal laws: "...Congress shall have power to ...exercise exclusive legislation...over such District(ie, the District of Columbia,aka Washington DC)...NOT EXCEEDING TEN SQUARE MILES.." Please read this over and over again until it sinks in:"..NOT EXCEEDING TEN SQUARE MILES.."This of course, includes the infamous reverse-named "Patriot Act" and EVERY other federal law. Just as Santa Cruz laws apply only to Santa Cruz, not China or New York or anywhere else, so do Wash DC laws apply only to DC![I'm omitting the Constitutional exceptions to this for simplicity which are miltary bases and land CEDED (not just bought/owned, but ceded by the vote of =2/3 of the Santa Cruz elected Council)]. How many thousands of people are in federal prisons now because they didn't know to raise this issue?If not raised, the Court will assume that you have volunteered into it's jurisdiction. So...Raise this in the Court(s) immediately! No federal (DC)jurisdiction on state land!!!!
PS.I suggest that instead of just resoulutions against the "Patriot" Act-400+ cities,etc. have passed such resolutions-we pass local LAWS against the feds violating the Constitutionally guaranteed inalienable rights of anyone residing in a locality where there is no fed jurisdition such that any fed agent who violates his oath of office to the Constitution by exercising power OUTSIDE his Constitutionally limited jurisdiction(DC) be sent to jail by the local authorities for a minimum of 10 years. This would , I believe, STOP their violations immediately-or at least right after a jurisdiction-violating fed is sentenced to a Santa Cruz jail for 10 years.
Incidentally, even federal law itself acknowledges this severely limited federal legislative jurisdiction.See 4USC sec.72 .."all offices [that includes FCC!]attached to the seat of government[ie,DC]shall be excercised in the District of Columbia and not elsewhere...". Lawyers do not generally like to use this juriosdiction argument as it is counterproductive to more trials/money!Find one who will!Or do it yourself without a lawyer-as was done successfully in the famous abortion clinic free speech case!Also, the federal "gun-free school zones"federal law was ruled to have no legislative jurisdiction in the states!
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

Million Pirate March!

We need to have a nationwide Million Pirate March. Folks in their own communities unifying as pirates and marching on a target to fight the FCC.

Of course we may only be able to mobilize 700,000 to 800,000 pirates on such short notice--but so be it! A MILLION PIRATE MARCH!.

ARRGHHHH!!

JC
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

Stay strong,
stay human,
get loud again
as soon as you can.
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

Solidarity and best wishes from your uk listeners.Fcc, what a bunch of wankers.Look forward to hearing frsc again soon, peace and love
 

Go to Low Power FM BroadCast System

I suggest you set up a Low Power FM broadcast system with lots of repeaters/signal boosters. The FCC has approved this technology and methodology already. It is being utilized in the Northeast at the present time. Here is the link to the FCC on this topic: http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/lpfm
 

How About a Ship-Based Radio Station?

What about a floating ocean-borne broadcast station beyond U.S. legal reach (12 miles or so)? It is being done in the U.K. Why not here? You could power it via solar (solar panel and/or solar hydrogen) and wind. Could be a good technology demonstrator as well.
ILLEGITIMUS NON CARBORUNDUM
(Latin for "Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down")

Starman

PS: These cocksuckers will be out in less than 30 days. bush is going to again be an unemployed/unemployable moron. I suggest you get heavily involved in the Kerry Campaign. He is now the only way out of this Fascism we are all now enveloped in. You Naderites take heed. If you go voting for Nader in the upcoming election, you'll elect bush again, and FASCISM will become a permanent fixture here in the States. The bush Crime Family will have nothing to fear from ANYONE if they get in again. You will have Fox and Clear Channel, and will either be in prison, working for a prison, or be in the military. There will be no peace nor justice, and you will have enabled this if you vote for Nader.

"If we can break it loose, we can move it."
--Jim Hightower
(He was referring to the election, and was trying to get folks to vote for Kerry)
 

Quick response to Rootboy

Okay, a comment above was meant in good humor, but revealed something that I can't quite pass over...

>boy i bet the FCC guys all have big hard-ons >with their women tonight

The FCC was actually a larger proportion of women than men, and even the "FCC guys" don't necessarily refer to their partners as "their women," even *if* they're straight.

I know I know, it was just a funny comment, but there are just too many assumptions that need deconstructing.
 

Blame Nader

Why don't we just blame Nader for killing Jesus and breaking my mom's nice coffee table? Why don't we blame Nader for more things? Let's blame him for high gas prices because he cost the auto industry so much. Let's blame Nader! Instead of blaming the people who vote for Bush (especially the *millions* of registered democrats that vote Boy George) let's blame Nader. We can have bumper stickers that say BLAME NADER. It'll be a great campaign. Get on board! Got problems? BLAME NADER. Got the clap? Blame Nader. Bus is late? Cops beat you up? boyfriend keeps cheating? Your uncle's molesting you? Blame Nader! Let's stear this one back to FRSC, which by the way is streaming online this very minute and just might be playing out this same discussion about third parties and independants and the refusal of so many to finally abandon the democratic party and take a chance on change. www.freakradio.org
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

"too many assumptions that need deconstructing"

"The FCC was actually a larger proportion of women than men,"

There were 6 FCC agents that I counted. 1 was female. There were three female US Marshals among them.
 

Just keep going, going, going,..

..going.. unstoppable.. Use all the tech you can. Recruit some more Geeks, build mobile studios, small mobile transmitters in suitcases. Move around and connect things ad-hoc using the Net, so that when you get visited by Federal Censorship Commission and thugs, you loose as little equipment as possible, and can be back up within minutes. Share air time and studios over the Net.
Studio found and confiscated? another studio connects to your transmitter units, they use both callsigns for a while. You drive there. FM transmitter confiscated, share time on another transmitter unit ; do the same for other radios taken down. Transmit over the Net, use peer-to-peer transmission, get articles on Slashdot.org, transmit over the phone if you need to. You will win. All it takes is time. The determination you have. Let us Geeks give you the Tech.
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

Much Love to all those in Santa Cruz....Austin, TX is most definately watching these fux called the FCC...The FCC are a part of the Fash and that sumbitch John Kerry aint gonna do a damn thing, but, send more troops and continue with what is soon to be an official fascist state.
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

Sending you love and blessings of Solidarity and strength! Stay STRONG and you will be back on the airwaves SOON, I pray! We all need you. Never give up and thank you for your many long years of Free Speech Radio. Keep on keepin' on!
DJ Sister Yasmin, Gualala, CA
 

Re: Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

Starman says vote for pro-war, anti-gay marriage, anti-single payer healthcare Kerry or you are voting for Bush. Sounds like he’s parroting the same old tired line we keep hearing in the corporate media telling us to vote for one or the other corporate politician or else.

What has Kerry ever done to free the airwaves from the FCC? What will he do besides give us four more years of war? Kerry –VS- Bush, CNN –VS- FOX, Coke VS Pepsi, its all crap!

No to corporate media and no to corporate politicians!

P.S. Locally, Ron Shannon, moderator a Santa Cruz group working on the Kerry campaign was upset that I had posted an article (santacruz.indymedia.org/newswire/display/11745/index.php ) defending Free Radio on his Yahoo site. Of the article he said, “It advocates activities which are, as you acknowledge, currently illegal?. Considering basic first amendment activities to be illegal is a police state mentality.
 

Cool Indy Blog with Coverage of FRSC

FCC Raid During Democracy Now! Broadcast

from jeblog

So a Santa Cruz radio station that has been broadcasting for a decade was raided by the FCC, guns drawn & everything. They were airing Democracy Now! at the time of the raid. Fuck the FCC (mp3).

The scoop is at Santa Cruz Indymedia…

 

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