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Santa Cruz Indymedia Newsletter (3/28/04)

BI-WEEKLY SANTA CRUZ INDYMEDIA UPDATE
MARCH 28, 2004
Rally for Loreto Arizpe and All Youth in Prison

On March 25, supporters of Loreto Arizpe and all youth in prison rallied in front of the Santa Cruz County Courthouse to send a clear message to Bob Lee, the District Attorney for Santa Cruz County. The message is that the California Youth Authority (CYA) will only make problems worse and that Loreto is ready, willing, and able to make very positive contributions to his community.

Bob Lee may be well on the way to pushing Loreto Arizpe deeper into the Injustice System by sending Loreto to the California Youth Authority, directly contradicting his public statements. On February 22, Lee stated that Santa Cruz County would join the CYA ban and that "...while there are no local offenders 'in the pipeline' for sentencing, the county is prepared to use other programs and detention facilities...to house sentenced offenders until the CYA hearings are completed and recommendations made."

santacruz.indymedia.org/feature/display/8242

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Parents Protest Unsafe Route to School

Since the School Board’s decisions to close Branciforte Elementary and to cut the transportation budget, families are wondering how their children will get safely to schools 2-3 miles from their homes.

Many of the Branciforte students live in the neighborhoods surrounding Grant Street Park. In all three scenarios presented to the School Board these students are now in the Delaveaga attendance area. There is currently no safe route for these children to walk or bike to their new school. Many families are unable to drive their children to school, and without the transportation funds formerly available, there is no money for buses.

santacruz.indymedia.org/feature/display/8141

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Santa Cruz Law Limiting Free Speech Ruled Unconstitutional

Santa Cruz Superior Court Judge Michael Barton ruled that a Santa Cruz City law that prohibits political tabling for more than an hour is unconstitutional.

Activist Steve Argue was arrested twice under the law in June and July 2003. He was arrested staffing a joint political table of the Peace and Freedom Party and Homeless United for Friendship and Freedom.

On March 19, Judge Barton agreed with the argument put forward by Steve Argues attorney, Tony Bole, that the law is unconstitutional on the grounds that it discriminates against non-commercial displays in favor of commercial displays. Those setting up commercial displays can attain a license and sell their products all day while there is no such avenue for non-commercial displays such as free literature.

santacruz.indymedia.org/feature/display/8132

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Santa Cruz Copwatch, These Streets are Watching

Santa Cruz Copwatch is a community based organization comprised of students, professionals, activists, community leaders, and others that seeks to provide police oversight by observing police activity, aiding people in airing their concerns and grievances with the police, and reporting their findings to the community. Copwatchers observe and record but do not interfere with police activity. Independent citizen police review and oversight is vital in all communities, but is especially important in Santa Cruz with the recent elimination of funding for the personnel of the Citizens' Police Review Commission.

santacruz.indymedia.org/feature/display/8131/index.php

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The Great Global Assembly Line: film shoot for Planet USA

Downtown Santa Cruz was used to illustrate global economics in a satirical scene for the upcoming film "Planet USA." Fat cats and corporate swine moved sweatshop operations from Mexico to China, pursuing profits, assisted by Profit Man and Greed Girl and American military.

Filming on the Planet USA project began July, 2003 when Director/Producer Marlene Winell organized 50 activists who participated in the Redwood City July 4th parade, the largest in Northern California. Under the auspices of "celebrating American contributions to world culture," the group utilized humor, satire and street theater in creating a float to "celebrate" Americas military, economic, and cultural domination around the globe.

santacruz.indymedia.org/feature/display/8050

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Brian Avery Speaks In Santa Cruz

Avery arrived in Jenin as a member of the International Solidarity Movement on April 5, 2003. He had been in the West Bank for two and a half months when, after spending six days in Jenin, there were gunshots outside of the apartment where he’d met with two Swedish activists. When the gunfire quieted down the three went out to check the streets. They were about two blocks from the apartment when two armored Israeli vehicles approached the roadside. At thirty meters the vehicle’s occupants opened fire with approximately 20 - 30 rounds. The two Swedes were unharmed but Avery was shot through the face.

The bullet entered the upper right side of his nose and blew out the bones of the left side of his nose, cheek and upper jaw. He lost most of his teeth and his left eye was permanently damaged.

santacruz.indymedia.org/feature/display/8016

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Silenced Hearts: A Day of Mourning for the Dead in Iraq

The turnout for this event was good. On March 13, about 200 people showed up, most dressed in black, and carrying small signs with the names of dead soldiers or dead Iraqis on them. As the people marched through the town, the names of some of the dead were read over the megaphone while others chanted "(name).... Died in Iraq" or "(name).... Killed in Iraq". At the end of the procession, people assembled at Mission park where Mike Rotkin read a Mayor's proclamation naming March 13th a day of remembering the dead in Iraq.

santacruz.indymedia.org/feature/display/8068/index.php

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FCC "Punks Out" of Monterey Localism Task Force Meeting

The Federal Communications Commission’s Localism Task Force announced that its next broadcast localism hearing will be held in Rapid City, South Dakota, on May 26, 2004. Further details regarding the Rapid City hearing will be released as they become available.

Scheduling conflicts and logistical difficulties required the Task Force to change its original timeframe for the remaining localism hearings. Dates for the California, Maine and Washington, D.C. hearings will be announced as they are established.

santacruz.indymedia.org/feature/display/8010/index.php

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* * * UPCOMING EVENTS * * *

Women in Black - Los Gatos

Sunday, 28 March
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Farmer's Market in Los Gatos

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Cesar Chavez Day March and Rally

Sunday, 28 March
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
250 N. Madeira St. in Salinas

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Street Performer Weekly Gig with SAFE

Wednesday, 31 March
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Pacific and Lincoln Ave.

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IWW meeting

Wednesday, 31 March
9:30 - 11:00 PM
Resource Center for Nonviolence

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Sidewalk Radio and Street Organizing

Thursday, 01 April
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Pacific Ave. between Soquel and Lincoln

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Mock SHU Demonstration

Saturday, 03 April
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Pacific & Cooper St.

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Art & Revolution Street Theatre Monthly Meeting

Monday, 05 April
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
RCNV - 515 Broadway

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PFLAG Meeting

Tuesday, 06 April
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
St. John The Baptist Episcopal Church
216 Oakland Ave. in Capitola

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Central Labor Council meeting

Wednesday, 07 April
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
440 Arthur Rd. in Watsonville

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Santa Cruz Copwatch, Special Screening

Wednesday, 07 April
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
RCNV - 515 Broadway

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

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