[scimc-news] Santa Cruz Indymedia Newsletter October 9, 2004
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bradley at riseup.net
Sat Oct 9 21:29:14 PDT 2004
SANTA CRUZ INDYMEDIA UPDATE, OCTOBER 9, 2004
News and events currently featured as of Saturday, October 9:
* Sunday 10:00 AM Watsonville Peace & Unity March
* Sunday 3:00 PM Santa Cruz Trans March!
* Sunday 8:00 PM Comedy Show Fundraiser to Benefit WAMM
* Monday 5:30 PM Santa Cruz Indymedia meeting
* Monday 6:30 PM Three Great Films to Benefit FRSC and Media Watch
* Tuesday 5:30 PM Gadabout Film Fest to Benefit Free Radio Santa Cruz
FBI SEIZES INDYMEDIA SERVERS IN THE UK
Thursday morning, US authorities issued a federal order to Rackspace
ordering them to hand over information hosted on Indymedia web servers to
the FBI. Rackspace, which provides hosting services for more that 20
Indymedia sites at its London facility, complied by turning over two
Indymedia servers to federal authorities, effectively removing those sites
from the internet.
Indymedia, a global network of independent non-corporate media
organzations, had been asked last month by the FBI to remove a story about
Swiss undercover police from one of the websites hosted at Rackspace. It
is not known whether Thursday's order is related to that incident,
however, since the order was issued to Rackspace and not to Indymedia.
According to Rackspace, they "cannot provide Indymedia with any
information regarding the order." ISPs have received gag orders in similar
situations which prevent them from informing concerned parties about what
It is unclear to Indymedia how and why a server that is outside US
jurisdiction can be seized by US authorities.
RECORDING OF DR. HELEN CALDICOTT AT THE VETS HALL IN SANTA CRUZ
On October 6, Dr. Helen Caldicott, President of Nuclear Policy Research
Institute, spoke at the Veteran's Hall in downtown Santa Cruz about the
profound medical, environmental, political, and moral effects of nuclear
weapons, nuclear power, and nuclear waste.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA LIMIT NOW 3 POUNDS IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
Sheriff Mark Tracy was repeatedly praised by members of the Wo/Men's
Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) for viewing the medical marijuana
limit in 'medical' terms as opposed to 'legal'.
Tracy recommended that a board of physicians determine the limit.
Following the physicians' recommendation county counsel drafted an
ordinance which allows for medical marijuana users to grow '3 pounds of
dried product' per year in a garden up to 100 square feet.
FREE RADIO SANTA CRUZ RAIDED BY THE FCC AND US MARSHALS
At 8:20 AM on Wednesday, September 29, armed US Marshals and FCC Agents
raided the house from which Free Radio Santa Cruz broadcasts. Free Radio
Santa Cruz was airing Democracy Now! at 37 watts as the FCC Agents and US
Marshals worked to get into the studio. Listeners of FRSC heard the sound
of static for the first time ever due to governmental interference.
Agents videoed community members who lined the street and crowded onto the
sidewalk in front of the house in support of the station. Residents were
not allowed to bring cameras into their home, nor were they allowed
entrance without first having their bags searched.
Freak Radio has been raided after almost 10 years of broadcasting for the
Santa Cruz community and listeners around the world via online streaming.
FRSC has received strong support from members of the community, including
the Santa Cruz City Council.
GADABOUT FILM FESTIVAL AT BARRIOS UNIDOS ON 10/12; BENEFIT FOR FREE RADIO
The Gadabout Film Festival will take place on Tuesday October 12 from 5:30
- 9:30 PM at Barrios Unidos located at 1817 Soquel Avenue.
The Gadabout is a nationally touring film festival that seeks to open new
avenues of distribution for truly independent filmmakers that get pushed
aside by Hollywood and the commercial film festival circuit. Focusing on
short, mostly "low to no budget" films, the Gadabout offers an alternative
to the cliche world of commercial film.
AUDIO FROM THE FELTON FLOW PANEL ON WATER PRIVATIZATION
On September 23, Felton FLOW (Friends of Locally Owned Water) organized a
film screening of Thirst at the Rio Theater in Santa Cruz, CA. Thirst is a
new documentary that examines community water conflicts on three
After watching Thirst, a six speaker panel discussed water issues around
the world with a focus on Felton, a rural community in the Santa Cruz
$5000 SETTLEMENT IN FALSE ARREST OF ACTIVIST DOWNTOWN
The City of Santa Cruz and Sushi Now owner Matisse Selman agreed to an out
of court settlement of $5000 with activist Robert Norse who they falsely
arrested on January 30, 2002.
City of Santa Cruz Police Department Sgt. Loran Baker arrested longtime
activist Robert Norse for "obstructing the sidewalk" on a "citizen's
arrest" from Sushi Now! owner Matisse Selman on January 30, 2002. After
videotaping him for several days, Baker then handcuffed and transported
Norse to the local police station - though the "crime" was a minor
infraction normally handled like a traffic ticket. This was the third time
within a 7 month period that Baker had custodially arrested Norse on
charges that were later dropped or were never even filed.
Be sure to visit the Santa Cruz Indymedia Calendar for information on
upcoming events in the Monterey Bay area.
You are also encouraged to add events to SC-IMC's open-publishing Calendar!
Santa Cruz Indymedia is an autonomous member of the Independent Media
Center network with a focus on local issues and the direct impact of
larger issues on our community. Santa Cruz Indymedia is not a membership
organization; it is a tactic, a concept, and a movement that can be
effectively utilized in many different ways.
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