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Interview :: Arts & Culture

FRSC: Interview with Chris Hannah of Propagandhi

John Malkin interviews Chris Hannah of Propagandhi on location at their Vet's Hall performance on 11-30-05 in downtown Santa Cruz.

Propagandhi is a progressive punk rock/thrash band formed in Winnipeg, Canada in 1992 by Chris Hannah, Jord Samolesky and John K. Samson.

Featuring noticable political involvement especially taking on ignored topics and standing up against human rights violations, the band's political attitude includes anti-racism, anti-imperialism, anti-fascism, anarchism and anti-capitalism. Moral and ethical attitudes include pacifism and veganism.

Audio: Download the Interview (mp3) (50:12 minutes / 46 MB)

Tune in to The Great Leap Forward every Wednesday at 7pm on Free Radio Santa Cruz 101fm.


News :: Arts & Culture : Peace & War

Thousands Celebrate the New Year with DIY Last Night Santa Cruz Parade

On Saturday, December 31, 2005, thousands of people celebrated the new year with a Do-It-Yourself Last Night Santa Cruz parade. Hundreds of ordinary folks, freaks, clowns, fire dancers, samba drummers, punks, pirates, artists, zombies, marching bands, moms, dads, kids, trash musicians, art cars, bikers and boaters began to gather at the Saturn Cafe parking lot at 5pm. After a bunch of drumming, juggling and poi dancing in the parking lot, the parade went up Pacific Ave and ended at the intersection of Pacific Ave, Front St and Mission St.

Police barricades were in place to discourage people from crossing Mission St. The Town Clock and the Veterans War Memorial eagle statue were completely fenced off. A large drum circle backed by the Santa Cruz Trash Orchestra provided music in the street and then on the corner by the Post Office.

The parade was very high in energy. You could almost taste playa dust in the air. For a few hours, Pacific Ave had a bit of the look and feel of an evening in Black Rock City. [Read more with photos]

Photos: PIX: "Last Night" DIY Parade on Pacific Ave

see also: A Letter to the Community About Last Night

see related: Police Infiltrate Peaceful Parade Organizers || An open letter to the Santa Cruz City Council in protest of police infiltration: || Police Infiltration of Parade Politically Motivated

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News :: Arts & Culture : Education & Youth : Resistance & Tactics

Last Night Critical Needs

There is a lot that still needs to be done for the Last Night Santa Cruz DIY Parade and Celebration. A quick list of critical Last Night needs:

1) Art & Revolution's Giant Puppets needs fifteen people to operate them. 2) The Trash Orchestra has more instruments than people to play them. We need ten more trash orchestra players (no previous percussion marching band experience necessary). 3) We need your help along with a half dozen people making Last Night banners. 4) We need a dozen people in the parade's Sweeping Tail to clean up after the parade. 5) We need two experienced people to serve as police liaison. 6) We need an experienced group for safety and security. 7) We need lawyers and legal support. 8) If you are an experienced videographer, we need you to document the parade. 9) We need still photographers to document the parade.

Check out this list of 7 ways you can get involved.

What Is This?

As opposed to the city sponsored First Night, Last Night is a decentralized, collective, spontaneous, open, public New Year's Eve celebration.

DIY stands for do-it-yourself. And that is what we are doing. A little bit of planning, a little bit of work, some getting together. This is our celebration that you and I make happen. This is not a paid gig, not something organized or well-planned. It's a people's event. We are doing this just for the love of it.

The latin root of the word amateur means to love (as in te amo or mi amor). So an amateur is one who does something for the love of it. And in that sense, we are all amateurs here. Let downtown be filled with music and dancing as we ring in the new year!

see also: Last Night Peace Walk || Call for CRITICAL MASS style bike ride in the Last Night Santa Cruz DIY Parade


Announcement :: Arts & Culture : Resistance & Tactics

What are you doing New Year's?

Want to join this year's New Year's Eve Parade in Santa Cruz?

There's no First Night this year, so we're going to do it ourselves. It's our parade. It's your parade. No city-sponsorship. No corporate donors. We make it happen together. We're calling it

(diy stands for do-it-yourself)

Let's get a group together. Start a marching band. Build puppets. Get our bicycle friends together. Form a dancing troupe. Organize our kid's play group. Anything and everything!

Committed so far: Art & Revolution, Village Drumming Circles, The Opera Lady, the Santa Cruz Trash Orchestra, the Man in Black, firedancers, stilt walkers, Peace Walk, Santa Cruz Moontribe, puppets, bunnies, clowns, and bike kids. (We'd still like to see Samba bands, marching bands, more music, political groups, a coalition of homeless folks, art cars, zombies, pirates, more kids and parents, and more more of everything in our community)


Un-organizing meeting: 17 Dec, 742 N. Branciforte Ave
Tribe Discussion:

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Interview :: Arts & Culture

FRSC: Folk Goddess Diane Patterson Live in studio

Skidmark Bob Interviews Diane & Kelle on 10-25-2005 about their tour, music, sustainable transportation, Big Mountian, producing their environmentaly consience new Album "Hip the Hip" released on Green Eye Records Foundation.

Audio: Download the mp3 (52:04 minutes / 47.7 MB)

Photos: Courtesy of Matt Fitt || Special Scooter Collage

Diane's sound is deep and authentic, expressing at the same time hard truth and uplifting hope. An accomplished guitarist and "wordsmith," channeling lyrics and composing impassioned original music, she insightfully stirs together Grassroots Folk, Funk and Blues in a hopefull batch of original healing musical elixir. Pattersons music is woven throughout today's Global peaceful peoples, grassroots movement for Social Justice, Human Rights & Environmental Sustainability.

[ Free Radio Santa Cruz ]



LOCAL Announcement :: Arts & Culture : Education & Youth : Resistance & Tactics

Only Fifteen days until Spring Quarter deadline

We want you to teach Free Skool Santa Cruz

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Announcement :: Arts & Culture

DVD To Raise Funds For Grenada Hurricane Relief

GRENADA: THE MAROON SPIRIT, a new documentary film by Pumpkinhead Production Company to donate portion of sales to Grenada Maroon Fund

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LOCAL Announcement :: Arts & Culture

TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE at Santa Cruz Bike Church Benefit (1/27)

A Benefit for the Bike Church! You already are familiar with the Bike Church, right? From the Santa Cruz DIY Guide: You need not be a mechanic to use the Bike Church's do-it-yourself repair facility. Church ministers (mechanics) are there to help you with the repair of your bicycle. The Bike Church encourages you to learn by getting your hands dirty and familiarize yourself with the machine you rely on to get you from place to place.

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LOCAL Announcement :: Arts & Culture : Globalization & Capitalism : Labor & Economics : Resistance & Tactics

John Harrington: The Challenge to Power: Money, Investing and Democracy 1/23

The Resource Center for Nonviolence invites you to join us for a conversation with John Harrington regarding his new book, "The Challenge to Power," a thoughtful analysis of the influence corporate power has on democracy.
John will be at Capitola Book Cafe on Monday, Jan. 23rd at 7:30pm
Capitola Book Cafe is located at 1475 41st Avenue Capitola, CA
Call 831-462-4415 for more info

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LOCAL Announcement :: Arts & Culture

Utah Phillips in Santa Cruz!! (1/15)

Ever wish you'd made sure to see a musical legend but never got around to it? Well, your big chance is here. Utah Phillips is peforming this weekend in Santa Cruz. Don't miss this show!

Utah Phillips - Sunday, January 15th at 5:00 PM at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center

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