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Santa Cruz Law Limiting Free Speech Ruled Unconstitutional

Santa Cruz Superior Court Judge Michael Barton ruled today (March 19) 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.

A number of police began to time and monitor Steve Argues political activities as soon as he erected the literature table on the sidewalk of Pacific Avenue. When an hour was up the police demanded Argue take down his table or face arrest. Argue refused the police orders saying that City law was in violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution. Twice, on June 23 and July 6th, he was handcuffed and taken to jail with literature and signs taken in as evidence.

Today 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.

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News :: Peace & War

PA TV continues incitement against Jews

On March 12, 2004 the Friday sermon was delivered on the State-controlled Palestinian Television to all of the Palestinians on the West Bank and in Gaza. The call to kill the Jews is nothing new. But it may be new to many Indymedia readers.
 

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LOCAL Commentary :: Alternative Media

Why I'm voting for Kerry: A different angle

 

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Commentary :: Peace & War

March 20th Anti-War Leaflet

A leaflet for distribution at March 20th Anti-War protests from a libertarian Marxist perspective...
 

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News :: Peace & War

Longshore Workers to Shut Down All Bay Area and Oregon Ports

Longshore Workers to Shut Down All Bay Area and Oregon Ports on March 20 on the Occasion of the Global Day of Action against the War and Occupation. Their demand: "Bring the Troops Home Now!"
 

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LOCAL Interview :: Health & Drugs : Peace & War

Rábia Balkhi Hospital Project in Kabul, Afghanistan

Imagine being nine months pregnant and taken to a hospital. The doctor tells you they must do an emergency caesarean section. They must begin immediately, yet they have no sutures nor needles available to finish the operation. They start anyway. Your baby is born but she is not breathing. The hospital has no emergency equipment nor trained staff to deal with her.

Jane Sinense, founder of the Rábia Balkhi Hospital Project in Kabul, Afghanistan joined me in the studio of Free Radio Santa Cruz for this interview.

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News :: Environment & Food

Tre Arrow arrested by FBI

 

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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.

Please join Santa Cruz Copwatch for a special screening of These Streets are Watching on Wednesday, April 7, from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the Resource Center for Nonviolence.
 

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Interview :: Alternative Media : Civil & Human Rights : Peace & War : Resistance & Tactics

Rockin' the Boat: Remembering Rachel Corrie

Today on RTB we remember the life of Rachel Corrie, killed one year ago by a bulldozer in Rafah. Joining me is Simona Sharoni, professor of peace studies at Evergreen State College in Olympia. We begin with a clip of Cindie Corrie, Rachel Corrie's mother, who I spoke with on July 3 2003.

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LOCAL Commentary :: Alternative Media : Civil & Human Rights : Peace & War : Resistance & Tactics

Rockin' the Boat: Brian Avery Talk

On April 5, 2003, Brian Avery Brian was working in the Occupied Territories as a volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement. He was shot in the face by the Israeli Military while wearing a bright red jacket. When he raised himself from the ground, witnesses saw that his left cheek had almost been totally shot off. Brian Avery spoke at the Resource Center for Nonviolence on Sunday, March 15.

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