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Santa Cruz Indymedia Newsletter (4/8/04)

APRIL 8, 2004
Santa Cruz Anarchist Infoshop Now Open

The santa cruz anarchist infoshop, located at 509 broadway, off of ocean street, is now open!

April 1 marked the opening of the Santa Cruz Anarchist Infoshop. There is a huge anarchist lending library, a giant zine collection, free tea, amazing people, soon-to-be free public internet access and computer publishing access, and much much more. Come see for yourself. It is open Mon-Fri 3-7pm, Tues and Thurs 'til 9, then Sat and Sun from 11-7. See you there!

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City Council Blocks Affordable Apartments

"What I saw at the March 23rd Santa Cruz City Council meeting made me feel ashamed to live here. Council rejected 46 affordable apartments slated for an empty lot at High and Cardiff. Developer Maynard Manson intended to build studios for workers, students and people with disabilities. Instead, Council gave in to privileged homeowners who live nearby. This article focuses on homeowner prejudice and city council equivocation."

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Thousands March and Rally in Salinas to Honor Cesar Chavez

On March 28, several thousands of people from across the central coast rallied at the Cesar Chavez Community Park in Salinas to celebrate the legacy of Cesar Chavez. A couple thousand people marched through the streets in a high-spirited demonstration of unity. The support from community members observinging the march was tremendous. The goal of the annual event is to spread awareness among young people and Chavez's messages on social justice and nonviolence.

Arturo Rodriguez, the president of the United Farm Workers, spoke with eloquence about the life of Caser Chavez, the improved conditions for farmworkers since UFW began organizing, and the current campaigns that the UFW are working on.

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California Rice Commission Approves Two GE Drug-Producing Rice Varieties Spliced with Synthetic Human Genes

On March 29th, the California Rice Commission gave their approval for the planting and milling of two genetically engineered drug-producing rice varieties spliced with synthetic human genes. This will be the first commercial pharmaceutical food crop in the world and could be planted anywhere in the state.

The Food and Drug Administration has established a zero tolerance for pharmaceutical crop products in food and animal feed. Contamination of the food supply with this rice is inevitable!

Final approval for this Pharmaceutical Rice must still be granted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). CDFA may be making a decision at any time.

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California CoastWatcher on Santa Cruz City Council

“The Council should be crawling all over ourselves, begging to make this project work,? said Santa Cruz City Councilman Mike Rotkin, as Santa Cruz City Councilmembers crawled all over themselves in support of a proposal by the owners of the Coast Santa Cruz Hotel (formerly The Dream Inn) for a significant expansion. The existing hotel sits on top of the public beach adjacent to West Cliff Drive. The proposal is to knock down the existing hotel, with 163-rooms, and replace it with a new 268-room facility.

Double Shot Stick in the Eye. The Santa Cruz City Council, not willing to allow nature to stand in the way of fun, voted 7-0 to override their own Planning Commission to approve on the 150-ft tall thrill ride otherwise known as Double Shot. The ride is proposed for the Santa Cruz
Boardwalk, and will loom over San Lorenzo lagoon, which serves now as important bird and fisheries habitat. The local newspaper cannot understand why anyone would care about the birds and is urging the Coastal Commission not to stand in the way of amusement progress.

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Sahar Saba of RAWA Speaking at AWM/RAWA Fundraiser

Friday, 9 April
7:00 - 11:30 PM
Zami! 807 Laurel St.

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Transgender/Queer/Gender-Queer Self Defense Class

Sunday, 11 April
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sound Box, Porter College UCSC

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Joe Jordan presentation
"Alternatives to Fossil Fuels: Power From the Sky"

Monday, 12 April
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Classroom Unit 2 UCSC

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Globalization in Honduras

Tuesday, 13 April
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Resource Center for Nonviolence

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Open Mic Santa Cruz

Thursday, 15 April
7:30 - 9:30 PM
Louden Nelson Community Center

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Northern California Peace Centers Conference

April 16 - 18 (Friday - Sunday)
Various Locations in Santa Cruz
Check for more details!

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Amy Goodman of Democracy Now

Sunday, 18 April
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Rio Theatre

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Charlie King & Karen Brandow concert

Sunday, 18 April
7:00 - 10:00 PM
Friends Meetinghouse (225 Rooney St.)

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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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