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Oct. 7 Photos: Community Response to UTU March (Part 5 of 5)

Part 5 of 5 - Community Response to UTU March.

Friday, Oct. 7, 2005 - Continuing the hard-fought struggle to support local bus drivers on strike, hundreds of students and workers from UC Santa Cruz, as well as many community members, held a brief rally at the base of the UCSC campus before embarking upon a highly visible and chant-filled march to the downtown Metro Center.

Once at the Metro Center, a rally and speak-out was held to discuss the bus drivers' struggle and the great deal of solidarity between various sectors of the community. After many complaints of the Santa Cruz Sentinel's poor coverage of the strike, the community marched over to the Sentinel's offices to greet the origins of their frusteration.

Friday's action, organized by the Student and Worker Coalition for Justice (SWCJ), has been the strongest show of support in the almost two week-old strike. Early last week, students and workers descended on Mike Rotkin's office, leading to his denouncement of the Transit Board's decision that led to the strike. A few days later, a College Republican attempt at an anti-worker rally sank amidst overwhelming UTU solidarity.

Rotkin has called for an emergency Transit Board meeting Tuesday.
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Just barely after the march started and was heading down Bay St., a good number of these rotten apples were thrown from atop a hill to the right of the road. No one saw who threw them, but some guessed it may have been the disgruntled College Republicans.
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After we passed the apple area, things were smooth sailing! Many many community members expressed their support by honking their horns, clapping, giving us a thumbs up, or joining the march.
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A couple basketball players take a few minutes to express their support as the march passes by Louden Nelson Community Center.
After hearing all the chanting, this man stepped outside his Lourel St. home to give a thumbs-up.
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This homeless man told me that without the buses he has no way to get around.
A little girl waves as the march passes by.
Thank you to the organizers and participants of this action. For additional photos and/or to re-print please contact sugarloaf (at) for more information.

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