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Dropping dead on your doorstep

HUFF activists have been lobbying for years to end the Sleeping Ban, but now that homeless people are dropping dead on the Mayor's front step, it is definitely time to act.

It was against the law to lie down on a bench, but that was the least of his problems. Robert Wagner, 58, of Santa Cruz was dying of cancer. A fatal tumor occluded his airway, and as he slept on a park bench directly outside of Mayor Mike Rotkin's office, he died of asphyxiation. When SCPD Officer Venegas arrived on the icy November 29th morning, he found Wagner's lifeless body. The local paper described his history of alcoholism but made no mention of the cancer.

[ HUFF Santa Cruz I previous sc-imc coverage: March and Vigil Remembering Dead-of-Exposure Homeless Man ]

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Announcement :: Arts & Culture : Peace & War : Resistance & Tactics

Buy Nothing Day in Santa Cruz

This Friday. November 26th. The "Biggest Shopping Day of the Year" Tell your friends, allies, neighbors, and family:

Buy Nothing Day is happening in Santa Cruz!!

I imagine some of you will want to be part of another Buy Nothing Day. Downtown, Art & Revolution are meeting at 1:30 at the Farmer's Market Lot (by toadal fitness). Capitola Mall will be a favorite spot, too.

Free Radio Santa Cruz will be "webcasting" all day as part of the Critical Mass Radio Network. Listen to broadcasts from Portland, LA, SF, NYC, SD, and from 2-4 PM all networked stations will be broadcasting FRSC's stream over the people's airwaves. The day's programming will be focused on "COLONIAL HOLIDAYs". Stay "tuned" to

[ CRITICAL MASS BIKE RIDE (buy nothing day edition) I Fourth Critical Mass Radio Network Broadcast ]


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Commentary :: Peace & War

An Injury to One is an Injury to All

Abuse of power is always wrong. Abuse of animals legitimizes the abuse of power over human beings (sexism, racism, homophobia and all the other "isms"). This leads to war.

What's the point of knitting a sweater-while unraveling it at the same time? Women fighting for reproductive and equal rights, social justice workers, gays and lesbians fighting homophobia, civil rights activists and even environmentalists "unravel" all their good work if they abuse their power over animals and Nature! What a bitter irony!

What is the source of racism, sexism, homophobia, exploitation of the poor by the rich, genocide, war and all the other ways humans oppress each other? Why are we arrogantly destroying Mother Earth who sustains all living beings-including humans and their global economy? Why do these insane practices from the age of barbarism continue?

[ United Poultry Concerns I Friendly Feudalism: The Tibet Myth ]


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Announcement :: Peace & War : Police State : Poverty & Urban Development

Military Families Speak Out in Watsonville on Oct 26

A candlelight vigil to honor and protest the lost lives in Iraq will be held on Tuesday, October 26 from 6:00 - 7:00 PM in the Watsonville Main Plaza.

The event will be attended by family members of Victor Gonzalez, a local Marine just killed in Iraq last week. Also present will be Fernando Suarez Del Solar, father of Jesus Suarez Del Solar, the first GI killed in Iraq.

After the vigil, at 7:30 Mr. Suarez will be giving a talk about his experiences and the realities of the military enlistment and recruitment for Latino youth. The presentation will be in the Brown Beret Office located at 406 Main Street.

[ Military Families Speak Out ]


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Announcement :: Alternative Media : Globalization & Capitalism : Peace & War

Mike Ruppert: The Truth and Lies of 9/11

Mike Ruppert founded the print newsletter and website From the Wilderness in March 1998. FTW is now read by more than 16,000 subscribers in 40 countries. Since 9/11/01, he has been the point man in breaking major stories involving government foreknowledge, corruption, and violations of the Constitution. He has also pioneered the effort to educate the world about the consequences of Peak Oil - the fact that the world is running out of hydrocarbon energy and what this might mean for human civilization.

On Wednesday, October 20, Mike Ruppert gave a presentation on The Truth & Lies of 9/11 and The Consequences of Peak Oil.

Audio: Recording of Mike Ruppert at the Vets Hall in Santa Cruz

related audio: Indymedia interviews Mike Ruppert - transcripts (April 2002)

[ From the Wilderness I Peoples Investigation into 9/11 ]


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LOCAL News :: Education & Youth : Globalization & Capitalism : Peace & War : Technology

DeNuke UC! -- UCSC Students Rally Against Bechtel and Nuclear Proliferation

This a press release/summary of what happened today at UCSC. Pictures are coming...

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LOCAL Review :: Peace & War : Resistance & Tactics

Hope in Cynical Times - Rajiv Vora, Friday, Dec. 9, 7PM

“Hope in Cynical Times" is the subject of a Friday, Dec. 9th, 7pm presentation by Rajiv Vora, preeminent interpreter of
Mahatma Gandhi’s writings, a trainer and organizer of multi-culture and inter-national peace- making teams in India and Sri Lanka.

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News :: Peace & War

The Truth From Our Own Soldiers About Iraq: Letters from redeploying soldiers

Letters from soldiers going back to Iraq for a second, third or fourth deployment

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Commentary :: Peace & War

US Military, President Out of Control

"Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience…therefore have the duty to VIOLATE domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring." [Emphasis added.]

- Nuremberg Tribunal, 1950

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LOCAL Announcement :: Civil & Human Rights : Education & Youth : Peace & War

DE-Nuke the UC! Wednesday, Nov. 30th

(Please forward this e-mail widely)

THIS WEDNESDAY, November 30th -
DE-Nuke UC Day of Action

Join students from 12 - 2 PM in the Quarry Plaza to speak-out against UC's continued
involvement in the nuclear weapons business! STUDENTS ARE GATHERING ACROSS THE

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