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Ward Churchill at CSU Monterey Bay

Ward Churchill spoke for more than two hours at an event organized by Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MeCHA) de California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB). Outside there were competing displays of support and disgust for Churchill. Some supporters poked fun at the recent controversy, while some took it quite seriously. Churchill discussed recent attacks on his scholarship, patriotism, heritage, and writing and the essay that has caused so much controversy.

Continuing the talk, he outlines U.$. Policy, foreign and domestic, victims of said policies; American Exceptionalism, Educational system.

Audio: parts 1 - 2 || parts 3 - 4 || parts 5 - 8
Pages for downloading the mp3s: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

More audio courtesy of FRSC: Legal Update on Leonard Peltier's Case

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News :: Government & Elections : Health & Drugs : Police State

Roger Mentch Gets Leniency from Courts

Sentencing for local medical marijuana provider Roger Mentch, took place May 2, in the chambers of Superior Court Judge Samuel Stevens. Nearly two years ago, the Santa Cruz County Sheriffs drug task force raided the Felton home of Roger Mentch, managing director of the Hemporium, a medical marijuana consultant and delivery service, with about 20 clients.

The prosecutor who tried the case, Thanh Ngo, argued for a 150 day jail sentence and demanded the DA's office retain all evidence, particularly the cash seized by sherrif's deputies. Judge Stevens handed down, a 5-day jail sentence, giving Mentch credit for time served, and summary probation for 3 years. He was also ordered to pay $220 in court costs. Throughout the hearing, Judge Stevens repeatedly stipulated Mentch could continue to operate his marijuana deliveries, saying, "If he wishes to conduct himself under the law, he will not be in violation of probation." Read more...

Roger Mentch comments: First and foremost I want too thank eveyone that has played a part in supporting me/us in this medical marijuana battle. We are very happy with the verdict, timed served and probation and a $220 fine. A different outcome could of easily distroyed this family unit and the service we provide for many local patients. After my sentencing today I signed documents starting the appeals process. Read the full comment...

Another commenter writes: While Roger and friends were pretty happy about the sentence (no jail time), it still leaves unsettled the question of why Mentch was prosecuted in the first place to the tune of $80,000 in public funds (or so says Mentch) and if he can be prosecuted again for selling medical marijuana to patients with medical marijuana cards. What was never clear to me (perhaps someone can enlighten me?) is what was illegal about what Roger Mentch did in 2003 that prompted his eightteen month ordeal. Read the full comment...

Audio: Rockin' the Boat: Medical Pot Provider Gets Leniency

Photos: Roger Mentch will continue the Hemporium, LLC. a Professional Caregiving Service


News :: Education & Youth : Police State : Poverty & Urban Development

Crafting Solutions to Gang Violence in Santa Cruz

The US Justice Department estimates more than three-quarters of a million people in the US are gang members. For decades, various street gangs have operated in large US cities, but in recent years, many small towns and rural areas have become fertile ground for gang activity. As the U.S. Conference of Mayors convenes today in DC for a National Summit on Gang Violence, FSRN's Vinny Lombardo examines how one California community is confronting these issues and crafting solutions.

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News :: Education & Youth : Police State

Letter to Chancellor Denton and EVC Kliger from UCSC Faculty and Staff

Dear Chancellor Denton and EVC Kliger:

We know that this has been an extremely difficult week for you and for the university.

We also know that each of you as well as others in the administration, including Associate Vice Chancellor Jean Marie Scott, have worked very hard in an attempt to negotiate a satisfactory resolution to the confrontation with the students who organized Tent University at the base of campus. We acknowledge these efforts.

However, we express our deepest distress at the decision to call in the police to arrest students on Monday evening. Based on observations by those of us present at various times during the evening, and reports from others, we believe the use of police was unwarranted and seriously endangered the safety of the students at Tent University and threatened to escalate into a wider conflagration. It was also very disturbing to us that police were brought from the Berkeley campus in riot gear to handle what was fundamentally a peaceful gathering because of concerns about “camping,? a matter which could have been easily handled with simple citations or other non-confrontational police presence, as well as continued negotiations. We are also distressed at the police violence and the numbers of students injured, some of whom are in our classes. Tent Universities have been established at a number of campuses nation-wide and no such police action was initiated.
Read the full letter and view the list of signers

See also: Tent U Police Brutality Update: Pat True on Hunger Strike

Previous TUSC features: Tent University Santa Cruz, April 18-22: Claiming UCSC As Our Own || An Open Letter to the Campus Community from Lit Grads || TUSC Direct Democracy Forum Votes To Stay Put || Suddenly, the Cops Ran Away and the People Rejoiced! || UCSC's Vice-Chancellor of Communications lies about police brutality at TUSC || Tent University -- Toward A Common Platform || Fuck the Corporate Media; Guerilla Screening at Tent U. Santa Cruz

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News :: Education & Youth : Police State : Resistance & Tactics

Fuck the Corporate Media; Guerilla Screening at Tent U. Santa Cruz

As the University of California Administration engages in a public relations campaign of lies, Santa Cruz Indymedia's open-publishing newswire is being utilized by UCSC students, staff, faculty and members of the community to expose the truth about the events that took place on Monday evening (4/18/05) at Tent University Santa Cruz (TUSC) and some of the many reasons for organizing TUSC in the first place.

On April 20, Santa Cruz Indymedia volunteers presented an outdoor midnight guerilla screening of A Call To Media Arms, Ring of Free Trade, To Protect and Serve (6 minutes of abuse at TUSC), Fuck The Corporate Media, and The Miami Model in the Quarry Ampitheater as part of Tent Univeristy Santa Cruz.

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LOCAL News :: Police State

Police Infiltration of Parade Politically Motivated

Police Dept Sources: Undercover Spying on Grassroots Parade Thought to be Anarchist Event

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LOCAL News :: Police State

Police Infiltrate Peaceful Parade Organizers

Undercover Officers Spying on Grassroots Santa Cruz New Year's Parade Meetings

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LOCAL Commentary :: Civil & Human Rights : Education & Youth : Police State

Law School As Activist Revenge

We need to go to law school. Seriously. As activists, we are absolutely dependent on an industry of law that we know very little about and have very little influence in. Prison is serious stuff and to have so little available help within our own ranks is not acceptable or safe. Our friends and lovers are shuffled around in a system that leaves them wondering what they were actually charged with and/or convicted of and what exactly the evidence against them was. Our family are left in utter darkness about procedures and are reduced to begging for legal information from attorneys paid $200 an hour. I seriously believe we need more activist attorneys. NOW.

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Commentary :: Civil & Human Rights : Police State

A Prayer for Justice

For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged...

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News :: Police State : Resistance & Tactics

COINTELPRO: The Dangers We Face

Despite the fact that Santa Cruz has largely turned into a sleepy, rich community, some peaceful interest groups are still targeted by infiltrators, according the the most recent revelation that UCSC SAW was profiled by the FBI.

People should not be paranoid, but should know what is going on. The section about people who disrupt groups is especially interesting.

"Over the years we have been warned about the danger of subversive organizations that would threaten our liberties, subvert our system, would encourage its members to take further illegal action to advance their views, organizations that would incite and promote violence, pitting one American group against another... There is an organization that does fit those descriptions, and it is the organization, the leadership of which has been most constant in its warning to us to be on guard against such harm. The [FBI] did all of those things."
-- Sen. Philip A. Hart
Select Committee on Intelligence Activities and the Rights of Americans, 1975

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