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Santa Cruz Billboard Shows Remarkable Candor

Santa Cruz, CA, October 7th, 2005: A Red Cross advertisement on Santa Cruz County's only remaining billboard, the "whale billboard" along Highway 17, was modified today by the Billboard Liberation Front who struck in the name of truth-in-advertising.

Where before the billboard exhorted people to give to the Red Cross, the added text reads "'cuz the government ain't doing squat."

This became painfully clear in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. It was revealed that not only had the Bush administration pulled funding for levy repair in New Orleans to fund the war in Iraq, but left National Guard troops unavailable in the wake of the disaster. The largely poor and black sections of the city were left without food, water, or relief. Critics of the government’s response to the disaster, pointed out that government response to the disaster was inadequate at best, and In many cases made a bad situation worse.

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Announcement :: Government & Elections : Poverty & Urban Development : Resistance & Tactics

Power, Politics, and Social Change: A New Web Site

Hoping someone out there might be interested in my new Web site on power, politics, and social change. It includes documents on national and local power structures as well as an updated photo essay on the Bohemian Grove and suggestions on new directions for progressive social change.

Who Rules America: Power, Politics, and Social Change is a Web site with many different aspects, created with the hope that everyone will be able to find something of use to them. It is based on social science research, mostly in sociology, but it can be applied in activism, media endeavors, or teaching.

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News :: Education & Youth : Globalization & Capitalism : Government & Elections

No Mas Rechazados, No al Plan Juárez en Oaxaca || No More Denied Students, No to Plan Juarez in Oaxaca

Me encuentro en la Plazuela del Carmen, entonces escucho susurros, que se hacen más fuertes. -"...educación primero al hijo del obrero, educación después al hijo del burgués...". Camino aprisa para encontrarme con la marcha de estudiantes de la UABJO (Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca), jóvenes no mayores de 25 años que caminan en dos filas, en medio de estas marcha la gente con pancartas, que acusan al rector Neri de utilizar el Plan Juárez, para disminuir la calidad de la educación, algunas de las propuestas de este plan son: privatizar la educación, aumento de cuotas, recorte de matriculas, eliminar el derecho de los estudiantes para poder elegir a su director, entre otras cosas. Lee más...

I was in the Carmen Plaza and I heard whistling and the chants were getting louder, “…education first for the children of the workers, educucation later for the children of the rich….? I quickly walked to encounter the march of students of the UABJO (Benito Juárez Autonomous University of Oaxaca), youth no older than 25 years that were walking in two lines, in the middle of the march was the students that were carrying large signs accusing the director of the university, Neri, of using Plan Juarez to decrease the quality of the education. Some of the main points of this plan are: privatize the education, increase the tuition, decrease the number of students, eliminate the students´ rights to elect their director, and other such cutbacks in overall quality of the education.

English Translation || Texto de Aviador || Fotos || Mas Fotos

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Commentary :: Government & Elections

Having Your Say At City Council Meetings Is a Right, Not A Privilege

How the Santa Cruz City Council Fails To Respect the Spirit and Intent Of The Brown Act and First Amendment

As citizens, we have certain rights, guaranteed by the 1st Amendment to the Constitution, and further enhanced and procedurally detailed by California's Ralph M. Brown Act, whose introductory section reads thusly:

“In enacting this chapter, the Legislature finds and declares that the public commissions, boards and councils and the other public agencies in this State exist to aid in the conduct of the people's business. It is the intent of the law that their actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly.

The people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created.?

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Announcement :: Government & Elections : Peace & War

SONG wants City Council to help bring the National Guard back to California

Peace activists in Santa Cruz working with Code Pink & using the monicker SONG, Support Our National Guard, are organizing to collect petition signatures, and to get City Council and County Board resolutions passed in support of a California National Guard recall from Iraq.

At the July 12 Santa Cruz City Council meeting, a few of the SONG members spoke at oral communications. The Council will likely take up the issue at its next meeting, July 26.

Audio: SONG Activists Speak at City Council
Photos: SONG Activists Urge City Council to Help "Bring Them Home Now"

See also: California National Guard Caught Spying on Women's Peace Groups

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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 :: Government & Elections

Designing the Future of the Earth Cooperatively.

An alternative to the current way of creating the Earth future.

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Government & Elections

Bush could seize absolute control of U.S. government

President George W. Bush has signed executive orders giving him sole authority to impose martial law, suspend habeas corpus and ignore the Posse Comitatus Act that prohibits deployment of U.S. troops on American streets. This would give him absolute dictatorial power over the government with no checks and balances.

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LOCAL Announcement :: Globalization & Capitalism : Government & Elections

Forum: Bolivia After the Election of Evo Morales (1/18)

Forum: Bolivia after the election of Evo Morales: what way forward? w/ a Presentation by UCSC student Eric Blanc, who has spent the last four months organizing in Bolivia.

8pm, Wed, 1/18/06 Porter Fireside Lounge - Free!

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Commentary :: Government & Elections

How Are We Serving Justice?

January 17 is the scheduled execution day of Clarence Ray Allen however this event demonstrates how callus and unmerciful we have become as a society. Here is a man that is dying and now we are preparing to take his life. The system is not working.

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