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Santa Cruz Indymedia Newsletter (5/7/04)

MAY 7, 2004
(image from The Weekly Best of Indymedia Worldwide)

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Selections from Santa Cruz Indymedia

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Open Letter to SEIU Local 415

An open letter to SEIU Local 415 regarding their spokesperson's recent statements of support for the location of a Home Depot store in Santa Cruz's industrial Westside.

I am utterly baffled and incensed by the statements made by Leslie Scanagatta (identified by the Sentinel as SEIU Local 415's "chief spokesperson") regarding the City Council's stance toward Home Depot. In that paper, she was quoted chiding the Council for its perceived inaction in allowing Home Depot to build on the old Lipton site in Santa Cruz's industrial Westside. Generally, I am inclined to give people quoted by the Sentinel the benefit of the doubt considering the bias of its publishers and some of its reporters. However, in this case, Ms. Scanagatta's specific mention of Home Depot and numerous other quotes printed in the Sentinel's May 5th article lead me to believe that her comments were not simply twisted out of context.

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Group Aims to "Think Globally, Act Locally," on Sweatshops

The popular shirts with the "Santa Cruz" logo are imported by a local company, NHS Inc., from factories in Asia and Mexico. On April 9, a group of young people associated with the documentary film, Planet USA, returned hooded sweatshirts made in Burma to Pacific Wave and requested the store stop carrying shirts made in a brutal dictatorship, The group wants to meet with the president of NHS Inc. to discuss their current factory conditions but he is refusing.

Here in Santa Cruz, we have a company, NHS Inc., which has imported clothing from Burma, among other places, and distributes all over the U.S. The popular items among surfers and skaters here are the T-shirts and sweatshirts emblazoned with the familiar red and yellow “Santa Cruz? logo. You can walk into any of a number of hip shops in town and read these labels – “Made in Myanmar/Burma.?

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Know Your Rights Training

Copwatch will be giving a free Know Your Rights Training on Saturday, May 8 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM in San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota St. in Santa Cruz.

Some of the topics covered will be:

* Your rights when you are stopped by the police
* What to look for when you see someone else being stopped
* Staying safe while observing police
* What can be done if the police have violated your rights
* How to document incidents
* Plus an introduction to video taping and using a police scanner

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Oasis Of Peace / Israel

George Cadman of Free Radio Santa Cruz speaks with Adi Frish and Laila Najar about their life in the village of Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam (Oasis Of Peace) in Israel. Laila, 20, and Adi, 21, are visiting communities across the U.S. this month to speak about their lives together. Adi, who is Jewish, and Laila, a Palestinian Arab, are addressing groups and congregations in eight cities through May 3. Lifelong friends, Adi Frish, 21, and Laila Najjar, 20, were among the first children born in Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam. Their parents decided in 1978 to live with the other side. Adi, who is Jewish, and Laila, a Palestinian Arab, grew up as neighbors and attended the village’s integrated, bilingual Primary School together.

Located mid-way between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam is a community of 50 families, half Palestinian and half Jewish, all with Israeli citizenship. Democratically governed by an elected mayor & city council, the village's mission is to demonstrate that Jews and Palestinians can live together as equals. During even the most difficult times in Israel, the residents of the village are committed to this ideal. Through their various departments and educational projects, they reach out to the surrounding communities, involving all those who want to participate in lectures, workshops, and classes that further the work of peace among Palestinians and Jews. They reach beyond their borders with the message that "Peace is Possible."

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Students, Community, Resist Military Recruitment at UCSC

On April 13, 2004, the United States military, invited by the administration at the University of California, Santa Cruz descended upon the Last Chance Job and Internship Fair. The Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force joined the Border Patrol and the CA Dept. of Corrections to try and seduce college students looking for money for college and job training. This accounts a student organizer's perspective, detailing the annual recruiter visit and subsequent annual student actions.

Administration pressure, you ask? It started with when we were setting up our posters and were told that we couldn't give speeches outside because it was not a "free speech zone". We were also told that we couldn't put our flyers up on the stucco building because we didn't have a permit. We were asked twice by two different officials from that area of the university to not put our posters on the stucco, but we mostly ignored them.

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Reclaim the Commons - San Francisco * June 3 - 9

Thousands of activists and organizers around the Western US will converge on San Francisco from June 3 - 9 to shut down the corporate takeover of basic life needs. While Savannah, Georgia will be the focus of G8 protests on East Coast, the West Coast G8 demonstrations will target the biotech industry's largest meeting of lobbyists and executives happening concurrently in San Francisco. However, this mobilization is much bigger than biotech.

Organizers have put out a call to not only target the meetings, but to reclaim the city of San Francisco from the corporate oligarchs and return it to the people. They plan actions that will create free local food sources and community gathering spaces, as well as actions that will bring together groups working for global, environmental and racial justice.

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The Unexpected Ending of the Case Against the Oakland 25

The DA had been prosecuting 25 victims of the police assault which took place on April 7, 2003 in the Port of Oakland. A year later, the ordeal of these people finally ended in a strange twist.

A year ago on April 7th, police assaulted protesters, legal observers, longshoremen and newspeople with "less-lethal" munitions, injuring several dozen people, some permanently. The attack was the most violent police assault on the antiwar movement during the spring of 2003, and it was later mentioned in a report by the United Nations Human Rights Commission. So our city of Oakland is now on the same list as Indonesia, Guatemala and other human rights abusers.

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Santa Cruz Activists Face Off with US Military outside Najaf, Iraq

The Najaf Emergency Peace Team, "Peace Between Peoples", includes two members of the Santa Cruz activist community. Meg Lumsdaine and Peter Lumsdaine are among the handful of determined volunteers who have placed themselves "nonviolently, symbolically and physically" between the U.S. armed forces massed nearby and the civilian population of the ancient holy city, Najaf.

As numerous people from nonprofit organizations working in Iraq evacuated the country during the past week, an independent emergency delegation of U.S. civilians was preparing to enter the conflict-torn nation, traveling to the tense stand-off around Najaf, where the U.S. military recently deployed almost 3,000 troops for a looming assault to crush Shiite rebels there.

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Clear View Court: City Council sells out residents

The 60 residents of Clear View Court mobile home park lost their rent control protections last September when the City Council caved in to Manufactured Home Communities (MHC), an out of state corporation, and abandoned rent control for mobile home parks in Santa Cruz. In an attempt to do damage control, the council offered to negotiate long-term leases for tenants at fair market value. But what is fair?

In an unusual Thursday City Council meeting -- held in the afternoon maximizing the inability of residents to attend the meeting, the City unveiled its deal of 34 year leases for the current residents of Clear View Court. These leases will replace the "irrevocable" leases "in perpetuity" that the City signed with residents guaranteeing rent control and then abandoned when the rapacious MHC sued the City for unfair practices.

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Bladerunner at the Santa Cruz Guerilla Drive-In

Friday, 7 May
8:00 - 10:00 PM
Dubois St.
look for an empty field next to a big white wall

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Verified Voting meeting

Saturday, 8 May
2:00 - 4:30 PM
Santa Cruz Library

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Mothers Day Candle Light Vigil for Peace

Sunday, 9 May
7:00 - 9:30 PM
Town Clock / Collateral Damage Sculpture

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William Waterway Marks and Marcela Olivieira presentation

Monday, 10 May
7:00 - 09:00 PM
UCSC - Classroom Unit 2
(near the Baytree Bookstore)

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Marla Ruzicka - Humanitarian Relief Aid to Iraqis

Tuesday, 11 May
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Louden Nelson Center - multi purpose room
301 Center Street

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Same Sex Marriage Teach-In

Tuesday, 11 May
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Namaste Lounge, College Nine

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Santa Cruz Indymedia Yard Sale!

Saturday & Sunday, 15 & 16 May
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
727 Hanover
Eastside of Santa Cruz
Seabright is the cross street

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Santa Cruz Indymedia meeting

Sunday, 16 May
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Resource Center for Nonviolence
(515 Broadway @ Ocean)

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Starhawk presentation

Monday, 17 May
7:00 - 9:00 PM
UCSC - Classroom Unit 2
(near the Baytree Bookstore)

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Just Pieces or a Just Peace?

Tuesday, 18 May
7:00 - 09:00 PM
Quaker Meeting House
225 Rooney St. in S.C

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Civil Liberties and the U.S. Prison System

Thursday, 20 May
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Louden Nelson Center - Room 3
301 Center 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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