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Santa Cruz Indymedia's Regional Integration with Indybay.org

We are very pleased to announce that the Santa Cruz Independent Media Center's website will now be regionally integrated with Indybay.org, the website of the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center. The new website address for Santa Cruz Indymedia is Indybay.org/SantaCruz.

Together, as media activists in Central and Northern California and throughout the world, we will use the tactic of Indymedia to share news and information from within the struggles for a world based on freedom, cooperation, justice and solidarity, and against environmental degradation, neoliberal exploitation, racism and patriarchy.

All the reporters, photographers, sound recorders, videographers, organizers and activists who contribute to SC-IMC's open-publishing newswire are the heart and soul of Santa Cruz Indymedia.

Read more about Santa Cruz IMC's Regional Integration with Indybay.org || Lee más sobre Santa Cruz CMI que se esta Integrando con Indybay.org
 

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News :: Police State : Resistance & Tactics

Council votes to continue to do nothing about police spying (again)

the policeman spies
while the council does nothing
a winter leaf falls in the breeze


There was a motion before the city council proposed by councilmember Tony Madrigal to request an independent investigation into police spying. The council perhaps signalled it's intentions by placing the motion on the afternoon agenda of their regularly scheduled Tuesday meeting, rather than the more well-attended evening agenda.

There were a good many public speakers raising issues with the police internal audit and calling for the independent investigation. Additionally, people called for full disclosure of any past spying and for a strong binding ordinance limiting police powers to monitor political and community groups.

The public records contain emails that show that most everyone in the police department management from Chief Howard Skerry to Deputy Chief Kevin Vogel on down to Lt. Rudy Escalante knew about the undercover officers. Additionally, there were communications to and from high-level police from the city manager's office, the downtown development association, and even Mayor Cynthia Mathews herself.

In short, the council voted again to do nothing and trust the police to police themselves. But we will not let up pressure until citizens can express their free speech and free assembly rights without fear that a cop is lurking in their midst.

Audio: FSRN: SCPD Spying Update

Photos: Santa Cruzans Speak Out Against Police Infiltration and for an Independent Investigation

previous coverage: "Just Us" Action Against SCPD Spying || Police Infiltrate Peaceful Parade Organizers
 

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Police State : Resistance & Tactics

Clarence Ray Allen: Due to be Executed Jan 17, 2006

California is speeding up executions. Clarence Ray Allen is next.

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Clarence Allen is currently 75 years old and will turn 76 one day before his scheduled execution. He is very infirm, has suffered from a heart attack and diabetes and uses a wheelchair. He will be forced to walk the final few feet to the death chamber at San Quentin.

The prosecution's case rests primarily on the testimony of some of the accomplices involved in the second crime. They have all since stated at one time or another that they lied at Mr. Allen's 2nd trial. That, plus the fact that Mr. Allen is an American Indian has some very concerned that his execution is unjust. Others simply say that while there is no excuse for how the victims died, the death penalty is wrong and Mr. Allen should be given Clemency. Governor Schwarzenegger has refused to hold any kind of Clemency hearing for Mr. Allen. [ Who is Clarence Ray Allen? (.pdf) ]

There is a rally planned in San Francisco for Thursday, January 12. There is also going to be a rally at San Quentin on Monday, January 16, night of the execution. [ Fyler (.pdf) ] It is also quite likely that there will be a Death Penalty Focus vigil at the town clock in downtown Santa Cruz on the night of the execution.

Audio: Rockin' the Boat: CA Revs Up Death Chamber as Support for Capital Punishment Declines || FSRN: California Considering Death Penalty Moratorium

Indybay Coverage: Governor Says No Clemency Hearing for Clarence Ray Allen
 

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

Last Night Critical Needs

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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
 

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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?

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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

THE LAST NIGHT SANTA CRUZ DIY PARADE
(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)

MEET AT 5PM NEW YEAR'S EVE - SATURN CAFE LOT

Un-organizing meeting: 17 Dec, 742 N. Branciforte Ave
Website: http://www.lastnightdiy.org
Tribe Discussion: http://tribes.tribe.net/lastnightdiy
 

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Articles

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 :: Globalization & Capitalism : Resistance & Tactics

Critical Mass Radio Network (1/28)

Tune into the Critical Mass Radio Network on Saturday, January 28th for a broadcast from 6 cities across the US and Mexico reflecting on La Otra Campaña of the Zapatistas and what it means for our communities...

Listen online at criticalmassradio.net
 

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LOCAL News :: Police State : Resistance & Tactics

Council votes to continue to do nothing about police spying (again)

the policeman spies
while the council does nothing
a winter leaf falls in the breeze
 

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LOCAL News :: Globalization & Capitalism : Resistance & Tactics : Technology

Santa Cruz Indymedia se ha Integrado con Indybay.org

((i))_animation.gifTenemos el placer de anunciar, que el sitio web del centro de medios independientes de Santa Cruz, ahora forma parte de Indybay.org, que es el sitio web de el centro de medios independientes de la bahia de San Francisco. El nuevo sitio web de Santa Cruz Indymedia es http://indybay.org/santacruz.
 

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LOCAL News :: Globalization & Capitalism : Resistance & Tactics : Technology

Santa Cruz Indymedia's Regional Integration with Indybay.org

((i))_animation.gifWe are very pleased to announce that the Santa Cruz Independent Media Center's website will now be regionally integrated with Indybay.org, the website of the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center. The new website address for Santa Cruz Indymedia is http://indybay.org/santacruz.
 

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