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Santa Cruz Sends Relief to Louisiana

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Audio and photos from the report back with Curtis Reliford held on September 29 at the Santa Cruz Vets Hall. Curtis reported on the caravan that travelled from Santa Cruz to Louisiana (to Shreveport, Bogalusa, and New Orleans), to deliver four truckloads of goods donated by the people of Santa Cruz in the days following Hurricane Katrina.

Curtis told the story of the trip and answerd questions. This was followed by a welcoming to Santa Cruz of some 30 families who were displaced by the hurricane and have relocated to Santa Cruz.

Audio (mp3): Curtis Reliford a native of Shreveport, LA who now resides in Aptos, organized a caravan of 4 trucks and numerous volunteers from Santa Cruz. || Jimmy Pardo is one volunteer from Santa cruz who went on the caravan. || Michael Lindley is a second year student at the Health Sciences Center of Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. || David Jackson from Shreeveport, LA is relocating to Santa Cruz County with assistance from Curtis Reliford.

see also: Santa Cruz Community Yard Sale Benefits Katrina Survivors || "Thank You Santa Cruz!" from Shreveport, Bogalousa and New Orleans, Louisiana
 

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News :: Alternative Media : Civil & Human Rights : Resistance & Tactics

Audio, Photos and Written Reports from Houston and New Orleans

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On September 9th, Vinny and I arrived in Houston, Texas along with Blank from Portland, Oregon to provide aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The three of us headed to Houston to help with with independent media, including a low power fm radio station which was being organized for the Astrodome. Upon our arrival in Houston, we learned that the Astrodome emergency radio station was again being blocked from broadcasting information to survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

We went to the Astrodome and spoke with people who were willing to speak with us. We listened to their experiences in the past and at the Astrodome. Please visit the following links for audio, photos and written reports published by Vinny, Blank and I.

Audio: Criticism of Red Cross Relief Efforts at Astrodome || Katrina Survivor Recounts Experiences || Another Katrina Survivor Recounts Experiences || "One Day at a Time" || Katrina Survivors Organize for Better Conditions || Interview from 'Dome City' with Joseph Bijou of New Orleans || Activists Organize to Free Frances Newton

Photos: The Surreal Scene of Dome City || More Scenes from 'Dome City'

Words: The Houston Astrodome: Do You Know What Is Really Happening?

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While in Houston, we were asked if we could go down to the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana to help set up an emergency low power fm radio station. We were welcomed into the Algiers community by Malik Rahim and Common Ground, a community-run organization offering temporary assistance and mutual aid to the citizens of New Orleans and the surrounding areas.

Words: Algiers New Orleans: Where Common Ground Is Found

Photos: Creativity, Solidarity and Mutual Aid in Algiers, New Orleans || Community Support in Algiers, New Orleans || Common Ground Wellness Center in Algiers, New Orleans || Finding Common Ground in New Orleans

Audio: Interview with Noah, a volunteer medic || Algiers residents starting to return || Leenie Halbert interview || FSRN: Grassroots Groups Offer Assistance in Algiers

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We returned to Houston on September 16th. Blank traveled back to Portland and Vinny and I stayed in Houston. We continued trying to find out what was happening with the people at the shelters; human souls that we are referring to as "Katrina survivors."

Audio: Struggles for Katrina Survivors at George R. Brown Convention Center || Interview from 'Dome City' with Josh from New Orleans || Houston Ends Katrina Shelter Operations || Struggling for a Home After Hurricane Katrina

Photos: No Compassion at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston || Scenes from the Reliant Arena || Exit Only at the George R. Brown in Houston || Struggling for a Home After Hurricane Katrina

more resources: Houston Indymedia || Common Ground Relief || New Orleans Indymedia || Real Reports of Katrina Relief || Katrina Indymedia || Portland Indymedia's katrina aftermath page || Indybay's poverty page || Infoshops's Hurricane Katrina Mutual Aid Relief || Food Not Bombs || Grassroots/Low-income/People of Color-led Hurricane Katrina Relief || Common Ground: How You Can Help

Live radio from Algiers, New Orleans!: Listen to MP3 stream (or try m3u link). In New Orleans, tune in at 88.7FM or call in at 303-572-4390
 

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Commentary :: Civil & Human Rights

Stop Lethal Tasering in Santa Cruz

What are sheriff’s deputies doing tasering an unarmed man in jail?

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According to Sentinel reports, on September 18th, Santa Cruz Sheriff Robbins’ Deputies tasered* David Anthony Cross inside the Santa Cruz County Jail, alleged to “control? him after he began banging his head on the cell door and “acting irrationally.? The five second “stun? charge of 50,000 volts was applied directly to his shoulder “once or twice? rather than at a distance, according to Lt. Phil Wowak.

In April, Santa Cruz Mayor Mike Rotkin refused to direct the police department to open its records regarding taser use. On September 24th, a Public Records Act request was filed with the City, seeking to determine how widespread police use of tasers is.
 

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Globalization & Capitalism : Police State

An Encuentro Against All Borders - Building a Radical No Border Movement

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The No Border Encuentro took place on August 27-28th at the Sherman Heights Community Center in San Diego/Aztlan. Two days of events including a maquiladora tour, a benefit concert and a day of forums, panels and encounters took place with over 100 people from San Diego, Los Angeles, Fresno, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Orange County, Eugene, Portland, Tijuana, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia participating. On the walls hung photos of recent actions to stop the Minutemen, a poster of the PGA Hallmarks, and maps of Calexico, where the No Border Camp will be in September. [Complete Summary, another account]

Radio coverage was done all weekend by Blast Furnace Radio, due to some technical difficultues at radioActive sanDiego.

Audio: Beats Against Borders with Dias Tristes, Boomerang Politick and Entartete Kunst | Encuentro Opening and Border History Panel | History of the Border Part 2 | Closing presentation by Ashanti Alston | Migration and Indigenous Nations 1 | 2

Photos: Maquiladora Tour | More | Beats Against Borders | Encuentro

This is only part of a large movement against the MinuteMen, La Migra and the Border itself. Thursday night before the conference, La Raza Rights Coalition held a community forum to present their demands around these issues to legislators. Next weekend, Sept 2-4, BorderHack 2005 will be taking place in Tijuana. Also that weekend, on the 3rd, is a forum against the Minutemen in Chula Vista.

The Encuentro was planned as a space to strategize about how to create a world without borders, how to effectively challenge racism and how to put an end to the Minuteman Project. These strategies will be put into action from September 16-18th in a series of actions and a No Border Camp in Calexico.

see also: Sep. 16-18: Confront & Shutdown the Minutemen! No Borders, No Racists!
 

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Announcement :: Arts & Culture : Civil & Human Rights : Gender & Sexuality

GLBT Alliance: Hate-Based Reggae Out of Tune With Santa Cruz Values

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Deja vu.

Local Santa Cruz night club, The Catalyst, is bringing another reggae singer to town who advocates for violence against queer people. In October 2004, Capelton was scheduled to perform and was eventually cancelled due to community protest. Now, Sizzla, a self-professed murderer of gay men, is supposed to perform on Septemeber 11th at the club.

The GLBT Alliance is asking the community to exercise their collective consumer voice and tell the Catalyst management to cancel this hate-filled show.

See also: Fight Homophobia at the Catalyst

Photos: Protest Against Catalyst and Sizzla's Hatred
 

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Articles

News :: Civil & Human Rights

Trouncing the Demon Bush Cabal

Trouncing the Demon Bush Cabal
 

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LOCAL News :: Civil & Human Rights : Education & Youth : Globalization & Capitalism : Poverty & Urban Development

UCSC Custodians Demand Justice

January 19. 2006 - At approximately 12PM, hundreds of custodians (and their student supporters) at UC Santa Cruz skipped lunch to demand just wages.

The workers, part of the union AFSCME, recently found out that custodians at nearby colleges receive 14-30% more than they do, for the same (or less) work. Far from being a living wage, many UCSC custodians are working two/three jobs to make ends meet. This is at the same time that the UC system has raised student fees almost 80% over the past few years, and have given almost a billion dollars of executive perks for top UC employees, approximately the same amount of money as the student fee increases. Recently, Denice Denton, UCSC's Chancellor, claimed that Robert Dynes, the UC President, should be given an even higher salary. Dynes already makes more than $400,000 a year.

Meanwhile, the UC claims they have no money for the lowest-paid workers, academic programs, student initiated outreach and retention, and scores of other programs. It appears that there is not a lack of money, but a lack of decent priorities - not a budget crisis but a moral crisis.

The spirited rally, organized by AFSCME, with the support of the Student and Worker Coalition for Justice (SWCJ), is the continuation of a hard-fought struggle for the dignity of UCSC's lowest paid workers.

Speakers included:

* Julian, Yolanda, and a few other AFSCME workers.
* Maria, Marla, and Javier from the SWCJ.
* Dana Frank (prof of History)
* American Federation of Teachers (AFT) member
* Tony Madrigal (City Council, SEIU)
* Robert Chacanaca from the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council (MBCLC)
 

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Peace & War

Marines persecute Vietnam-era War Resister

wherewasbush_50.jpgIn bizzarre irony, a Vietnam war resister was arrested and has been imprisoned since August. Jerry Texiero, age sixty-five, is in ailing health and has lost thirty pound since his imprisonment. Meanwhile, AWOL Air National Guard member George W. Bush continues to terrorize the world as a free man.

News has surfaced that Texiero will be released with a discharge, rather than putting him on trial. We need to speak out in defense of this man and any others who bravely dare to speak out against bogus wars.
 

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LOCAL News :: Civil & Human Rights : Government & Elections : Resistance & Tactics

Paul Ortiz on Emancipation Betrayed

emancipation-betrayed_1-9-06.jpgOn January 9th, Paul Ortiz, UCSC Associate Professor of Community Studies, discussed his latest book, Emancipation Betrayed The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920 at the Louden Nelson Center in downtown Santa Cruz.
 

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Commentary :: Civil & Human Rights

"Legalize" the Natural Right to Sleep!

Why the natural right to sleep should be recognized and defended.
 

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