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Vocational Schooling Vs Profession Training: The Poor Vs The Elite

While at Cabrillo College, in Aptos, Ca., I began to understand class privilege as it relates to access to education. It is my firm belief that vocational and community colleges and Associate Degrees were created first and foremost as a way for white men with property, to keep universities and professions insulated for themselves, while making the underclasses believe they were getting “equal opportunity education� and an equal opportunity within the job market. Neither of those myths are true. Vocational training is not equal to a professional degree in any way, shape, or form. An Associates Degree (A.A. or A.S.) is **nothing** like a B.A./B.S., M.A./M.S, of Dr./PhD degree. And that is why you do not see the rich or upper, insulated classes slumming it in community college. You will have no chance of meeting the Kennedy or Bush clan at a community college! Even idiots like Dan Quayle never stepped foot in a community college. Their social castes shot them straight into universities.
 

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Rockin' the Boat: MRC Greenwood Sendoff Party/Protest

On February 23 UC Santa Cruz chancellor MRC Greenwood was promoted to Provost - the second highest position next to President. As provost, Greenwood receives an annual pay increase of $110,000, bringing her total salary to $380,000. Higher and higher salaries for UC administrators is a growing trend, while student tuitions also increase. At the same time, UCSC's clerical and custodial employees, already understaffed, are burdened with an expanding workload, as the campus grows.

In light of budget shortfalls, University Labor United, a coalition of campus unions at UCSC have demanded Greenwood turn down the raise. As invited guests and friends of Greenwood attended her farewell gala at the Coconut Grove on, June 3, a coalition of unions students, and community members came out to protest.

Free Radio Santa Cruz reporter Emily Hell was on scene to provide live coverage on Rockin' the Boat.

Audio: [ Listen to the Stream or Download the mp3 ]
 

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Labor & Economics : Poverty & Urban Development : Resistance & Tactics

"Put People First!" S.C. Protest Against California Budget Cuts

On March 27, 2004 about 500 Santa Cruzans came together to protest next year’s proposed budget. Projected county budget cuts attempt to compensate for a loss of 7.5 million state dollars by cutting 118 jobs, 80 of which are from the human and health services departments. This lopsided allocation of funds will directly affect programs like Medical, Foods Stamps, In Home Services, and Public Health Nurses. Organizers called for more equitable distribution of available funds.


Santa Cruz County budget hearings will be held June 15 – 25 at 9AM on the fifth floor of the county building and are open to the public.



Audio: Workers Independent News Service (WINS) coverage

In Home Services Slated for Cuts
 

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Commentary :: Civil & Human Rights : Poverty & Urban Development

Catastrophic Anarchy

The closest thing to a Utopian society I have been in is the aftermath of major earthquakes. For a brief moment, people are humbled, and there is a thankfulness for life, itself. Possessions are seen as transitory in this light. The homeless are not arrested, police seem to disappear...Santa Cruz and Northridge Earthquakes taught me a lot...
 

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Announcement :: Civil & Human Rights : Peace & War : Police State : Police State : Poverty & Urban Development : Poverty & Urban Development : Resistance & Tactics

Concerned Citizens form Santa Cruz Copwatch

Copwatch, a group to observe and monitor police activities, is being formed by Santa Cruz citizens concerned about police misconduct and abuse of power in the Santa Cruz community. Following examples set by other Copwatch groups across the nation, members of Santa Cruz Copwatch concerned with the lack of police accountability will launch observation patrols and “Know-Your-Rights� trainings in order to increase the community’s oversight of police activities.

Copwatch chapters exist in at least 6 other cities, including the 10 year old Berkeley Copwatch, and the newly formed Copwatch in East Palo Alto. Copwatch patrollers take down badge numbers, provide written testimony, and in some cases videotape the interactions between police and citizens. The objective of Copwatch is to train the public in non-confrontational techniques with which they can increase their ability to observe police actions, and thus reduce police brutality and other civil rights violations. Santa Cruz Copwatch will be networking with other community groups and work towards amassing incident reports which will be presented to City Council encouraging increased regulation of the Police Department.

Citizen's Police Review Board Gets Dismantled from January, 2003

Santa Cruz Copwatch currently meets on Tuesdays, 7:00 PM, at the Infoshop (509A Broadway).

[ Santa Cruz Copwatch I Know Your Rights card in Spanish and English ]
 

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Labor & Economics : Poverty & Urban Development

Jesse Jackson arrives in New Orleans

Reverend jesse jackson and his rainbow coalition arrived in New Orleans with hundreds of hurricane survivors hoping to find work and housing. Mama D was there to meet them, among others who attended their press conference at Piccadilly's restaurant. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was there promising a "living wage" for everyone saying, "the days of minimum wage are over." Job recruiters from McDonalds, Burger King, UPS, and other minimum-wage employers were there to hand out applications. there were also residents with signs demonstrating for their housing rights.
 

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LOCAL Review :: Poverty & Urban Development

FRSC: Scavenging Its Against The Law!! a reading of Santa Cruz City Public Works newsletter

Skidmark Bob Reads from the Santa Cruz Public Works Quarterly Newsletter Criminalizing anyone who "Steals" from city recycling containers creating "Gateway Criminals" in a neighboorhood near you. WATCH YOUR CANS!! BE AFRAID BE VERY AFRAID!!!
 

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LOCAL News :: Education & Youth : Peace & War : Poverty & Urban Development

Marching, Pausing, Reaching Out and Performance at the Peace and Unity March in Watsonville

On October 16, the 12th Annual Peace and Unity March was held in Watsonville. About 250 people participated in the march which went through numerous communities in downtown Watsonville.

This march conmemorates all carnales and carnalas who have died of gang, domestic, and international violence in our community. For 11 consecutive years the Brown Berets have brought the different barrios together in a march which encompasses Watsonville as a whole. We are not only advocating for peace, but also for unity within our barrios.
 

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LOCAL News :: Education & Youth : Peace & War : Poverty & Urban Development

FSRN: Watsonville Peace and Unity March

October is known as Crime Prevention Month. Hundreds gathered in Watsonville, CA on Sunday, Oct. 16 to march for peace and commemorate the victims of violence. FSRN reporter Vinny Lombardo has the story.
 

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LOCAL News :: Education & Youth : Peace & War : Poverty & Urban Development

Marching in the Streets of Watsonville for Peace and Unity

raza_10-16-05.jpgOn October 16, the 12th Annual Peace and Unity March was held in Watsonville. About 250 people participated in the march which went through numerous communities in downtown Watsonville.

This march conmemorates all carnales and carnalas who have died of gang, domestic, and international violence in our community. For 11 consecutive years the Brown Berets have brought the different barrios together in a march which encompasses Watsonville as a whole. We are not only advocating for peace, but also for unity within our barrios.
 

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