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Very Diverse Demonstrations in May

A total of 49 separate reports in May, the largest being - an estimated 40,000
marched in New York City to abolish nuclear weapons.
Again last month, many people protested against military recruitment centers
on and off of college campuses.

There was a large march in Houston against Halliburton during it's annual
stock holder's meeting. There was a large cow with the map of Iraq on it's side
that a figure of Cheney was milking.

The First Lady Laura Bush was met with protesters in the Middle East.

A group of 823 people associated with Michigan's Calvin College took out a
full-page newspaper ad protesting President Bush's planned commencement
speech.

A protest was held to tell CACI "You're Not Welcome in San Francisco" On Monday, May 16th. A protest was held to launch a campaign to get CACI International to leave San Francisco. Campaign organizers say that CACI employees were involved in the torture scandal, and that the company provided many interrogators who worked at the Abu-Ghraib prison.

A war resister was convicted by the Navy but given a light sentence.

A "Tom Delay Carnival" was held in Wash. DC.

Mike Oden intends to walk from San Bernadino, California, where he began a journey last September that he hopes will culminate in New York City in front of the Statue of Liberty on August 14, 2005.

New Hampshire's Senator Judd Greg's Concord office saw demonstrators.

Activists at the University of Hawaii held the administration building, to demand the University cease all work on a secret Navy research project, UARC. This secret research is for the development of space-based laser systems, surveillance technologies, and sea-based mines.
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Around the world, dozens of cities saw large protests after the Newsweek article citing two year old
news of abuse of the Koran at Guantanamo Bay.

And the most unusual - Steve and Lana Jacobs, members of the St. Francis Catholic Worker community that shelters the homeless and runs a local soup kitchen were arrested today by University of MIssouri police for digging graves on the lawn of the university's ROTC building.

The entire month's protests can be accessed here:

www.angelfire.com/nb2/www.dissentam.org
 
 


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April was quite a month as well...

Thanks for posting all of these important events together. It is sometimes difficult to see that this is going on every day of every month--seeing it all in one place drives the point home effectively, I think, b/c we feel very alone sometimes and marginalized and ineffective as organizers and affecters of change. Here's a complilation of late April protests, local to Santa Cruz:
Monday, April 18

Tent State established at UCSC: March from Baytree Plaza at 12 to begin class at ucsc.tentstate.com
Monday evening campers will maintain the campus through the night. Classes and activities continue all week.
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Tuesday April 19

Watsonville Counter Recruitment Rally
9:30 am-12:15 Watsonville Vets Hall
Brown Berets organizing two day event to educate youth about alternatives to Military Enlistement

Tent State calendar posted at ucsc.tentstate.com
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Wenesday April 20
Counter Recuitement Rally day 2--same as above new brown beret chapter forming in
Santa Cruz: email brownberets (at) msn.com

Denim Day is an international symbol day of protest against harmful attitudes about rape in response to an Italian Supreme Court decision, which overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore jeans. The
Italian Court justices reasoned that the victim must have helped her attacker remove her jeans, because they believed that without the victims help removing the jeans would be impossible. To the Justices this implied consent. April is sexual assault awareness month.
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Student WALKOUT for education 12 noon
Student walkout and march from UCSC and any other campus to

2pm Rally at the County Buildings Water and Ocean St., Santa Cruz
Join students, parents, and teachers from public schools and educational organizations in solidarity against the budget cuts. Students will be walking out of school, beginning at 12pm

-Actions will also be taking place in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and San Diego-.
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TENT STATE ACTIVITIES CONTINUE
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Youth Speaks Brave New Voices event
April 20-23 San Francisco
_www.youthspeaks.org
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7:30 PM Public Hearing on Poverty in Santa Cruz County, for Community Action Board @ Louden Nelson
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9 pm-11 "Self Defense 101" on Free Radio Santa Cruz will feature organizers and participants from the ReelWork filmfestival, speaking about labor history, May Day, the IWW, and some of the films being shown during the week April 24 to May 1.

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Thursday April 21

12-1 Solidarity Rally with workers of Sunshine Villa, a retirement home that has been actively undermining workers and unions organizing for better labor conditions for caretakers and nursing staff. Rally 12-1 at the foot of the Santa Cruz Wharf.
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"Strange Fruit" with talk by Angela Davis
7 PM Del Mar Theatre
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Issac Saney will also be showing his new film, African Stalingrad, about
Cuba's role in Angola and it's contribution to the freedom of Southern Africa. The
presentation and film will be at the Live Oak Grange (1900 17th Avenue) at 7pm Thursday, April 21.

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Friday April 22
"Syria: Between Iraq and a Hard Place"
a film followed by discussion with filmmaker Saul Landau Friday April 22, 2005 7:30 p.m.
Friends Meeting House 225 Rooney Street (at Morrissey Blvd.)

-------Tent State Activities continue

Free Skool Santa Cruz classes continue, including a 6-9 Open Source Software/Computer skillshare at Barrios Unidos on Soquel (every friday 6-9)

Youth Poetry Slam Festival Continues:
8 PM Concert in SF: deadprez @ the Grand Regency Theatre
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Saturday April 23rd Free Radio Santa Cruz 10th Anniversary Party
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Sunday April 24th
is Mumia Abu Jamal's 51st Birthday.

The ReelWork Film festival kicks off with the Yes Men 12-2 at the Nick
check out the whole week's schedule at
reelwork.org/schedule2005.htm

It's also a full moon
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Monday the 25th

7:30 PM
EarthVisionFilmFest Benefit event
"Monumental" is the story of David Brower,a true American legend who inspired the environmental movement and transformed the Sierra club into a national political force. This event benefits the upcoming EarthVision environmental film festival. At the Attic 931 Pacific Ave
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Tuesday the 26th
12 noon "Emancipation Betrayed" Book talk/signing at Cafe Revolucion at UCSC, College 10: On Election Day,1920,thousands of Black Floridians braved Ku Klux Klan violence,
and attempted to vote.This talk will focus on the contested and incomplete nature of
emancipation in the United States.
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Wednesday the 27th is a day of action in DC on Cuba Policy. Stay tuned to Free Radio Santa Cruz for more information.
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Thursday the 28th
Paul Buhle who will be in town to do a reading and book signing for his new book,
Wobblies, A Graphic History downtown at Sin Fronteras book store, from 5 to 6:30 PM

he's also doing a reading and talk at College 8 Red Room, the same day at noon to 1:30 on the 28th. Legendary labor folklorist Archie Green will be a respondent along with an activist from AFSCME. At 1:30 we will watch film maker Anne Fischel's new film on the Centralia Massacre.

Thursday evening you may take a casual stroll from Paul's Sin Fronteras event over to the Del Mar to see Naomi Klein's "The Take" at 7:00. Featured speakers include Cecilia Sainz and Ernesto "Lalo" Paret, activists in the Movement of Recovered Factories in Argentina.

You may find an updated schedule for the 4th annual May Day Labor Film Festival, "Reel Work" at: www.reelwork.org
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Friday April 29th is a Critical Mass Radio Network coordinated broadcast, with Free Radio Santa Cruz 101.1 FM participating once again.

It is also a Critical Mass Bike Ride, meeting at the SC Clock at the usual time?

Open Source Software workshop at Barrios, 6-9 santacruz.freeskool.org

Reel Work films at Cabrillo College Watsonville Center including "Since Salazar"
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Saturday April 30

Free Self Defense skillshare in San Lorenzo Park, 12-2, brought to you by the free skool

MST [Brasil] Film Screening & Fundraiser Location TBA

Sunday MAY 1st
IS INTERNATIONAL WORKERS DAY
workers day parade starts 1 PM
from SC Town Clock
Check reelwork.org for full schedule.
 

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