[scimc-news] Santa Cruz Indymedia Newsletter July 4, 2005
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SANTA CRUZ INDYMEDIA UPDATE, JULY 4, 2005
News and events currently featured as of Monday, July 4:
Wednesday 7:30pm Presentation on Human Genetic Engineering
Wednesday - Friday: West Coast Anti-G8 Mobilization in SF
Thursday 6pm Post Carbon Santa Cruz meeting
Thursday 7:30pm Amy Goodman in Monterey
Please visit this link for more event listings!
PUBLISH UPCOMING EVENTS on the SC-IMC Calendar!
DANCES FOR KITTENS: CONSCIENCE CONSUMERISM, YOUTH ACTIVISM AND DIY LIFESTYLE
A group of youth activists associated with YCSC and troubled with growing
authority by adult "allies" (although we do have good ones like sandino!)
and city linked laws and regulations are forming a group that will devote
itself to the ideas of protesting corporate monsters in santa cruz (we
already hit urban outfitters) DIY stuff, independant lifesyle stuff and
for the summer counter military highschool and college recruitment stuff.
We think we will call ourselves dAnces with kittens for the summer. YCSC
regulations will not be on us so the meetings for this group will be 5-630
on tuesdays upstairs at resource center for nonviolence all ages welcome
but youth Under 26 especially highschool age will be very welcome since
thats what all of us so far are (also its imporatant for us cause we never
saw this city before the dot come boom and earthquake. after the summer
ends the date will move as ycsc will take this time please all members
welcome it would be nice to have some college connections also so please
attend our meetings. So if you are interested in the future of
corporations coming to santa cruz, building a more independant lifestyle
and helping block military recruiters, join santa cruz's youth activists
and build our future!!!!!!!
WATSONVILLE "EMERGENCY CARD" OPT-OUT A WINNER
The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees voted in favor
(4 to 3) of a proposal to increase student and family awareness of the
OPT-OUT choice parents have to deny military recruiters access to private
As a result of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, a requirement of federal
education funding is that high school administrations release student
contact, and other information to military recruiters. Students and
parents may Opt-Out of the information release list, but notification of
this option is careless-to-nonexistent.
In the predominantly Latino district, where recruiters descend on
students like vultures on road kill, (as one counter recruitment worker
stated) how is family and student notification of Opt-Out best assured?
That the opt-out choice be included on the [mandatory] emergency card for
all high school students including those at alternative high schools was
the motion eventually approved.
A coalition of trustees, parents, students and community organizations
wanted greater assurance of opt-out choice notification. Board chair Rhea
DeHart bluntly stated, I have talked to too many people where this
important information gets lost in the shuffle.
THE PROJECT: SPRING INSURRECTION
The Project Collective strives to document and inspire radical actions
that are relevant to local, regional, and global socioeconomic justice. We
believe independent media plays a crucial role in facilitating dialogue,
organizing mass mobilizations, and encouraging daily acts of resistance.
In our latest issue, titled "Spring Insurrection," we focus on the string
of radical actions that hit the UC system during Spring quarter. From
those who participated we receive accounts and critiques of the
counter-military recruitment action at the career fair, the various
strikes, Tent U, and the disruption of the Regent's Meeting at UCSF. In
addition are articles on the Bush Administration's policies of torture,
Bush's favorite Jesus-loving rapist, an interview with Barrios Unidos
founder Daniel Alejandrez, an interview with Mayor Mike Rotkin, and other
tidbits to fuel the insurrection!
Enjoy and keep fighting! - The Project Collective
30 YEARS SINCE PINE RIDGE SHOOTOUT
Leonard Peltier is still imprisoned thirty years after the shootout on the
Pine Ridge Reservation in which two FBI Agents and an AIM member were shot
On June 26th, 1975, two unmarked cars sped onto the Jumping Bull Ranch on
the Pine Ridge Reservation. Two plain clothes FBI agents came onto the
land ostensibly to serve a warrant for the theft of a pair of used cowboy
boots. During these years, the "Reign of Terror," firebombing, beatings,
intimidation, disappearences, and other COINTELPRO tactics were more than
commonplace, they were the rule of law.
Download the mp3 to hear more about the case of Leonard Peltier, still
caged in Leavenworth Penitentiary as you read these words, more than
thirty years after the shootout. He's been inside longer than he was ever
Produced for Freak Radio Santa Cruz, featuring Ward Churchill, Peltier
Attorney Barry Bachrach, John Trudell, and other AIM leaders. (18:25
minutes / 16.9 MB)
GOVERNMENT MANIPULATION OF THE LEGAL SYSTEM TO SUPPRESS DISSENT
>From racist attacks targeting Lodi, Californias Muslim community, to
attempts to silence and imprison political activists in San Francisco and
San Diego, dissent and freedom of speech are under attack. As government
repression in general increases, so does the use of the federal grand jury
to intimidate, incarcerate and render impotent activists across social
movements. In recent years, pressure on the animal rights, environmental
justice, anti-war and anarchist movements has increased exponentially.
Government officials seem anxious to pin the label terrorist on anyone
that is effectively campaigning against injustice. At a recent hearing
before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, John E.
Lewis, Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterterrorism Division of the
FBI, testified that, Investigating and preventing animal rights extremism
and eco-terrorism is one of the FBIs highest domestic terrorism
Activists and people of color are not the only people being persecuted,
lawyers are feeling the heat as well. On Febuary 10, 2005, New York civil
rights attorney Lynne Stewart was convicted of conspiracy, providing
material support to terrorists and defrauding the US government. Yet,
Stewart never provided any financial support, weaponry or any other
concrete aid for any act of terrorism. No act of terrorism is alleged to
have resulted from her actions. Lynne and her supporters argue that all
she did was represent her client effectively as a good attorney should.
audio: New York Human Rights attorney Lynne Stewart interview
San Diego: Judge to Hear First Amendment Objections
San Francisco: Reprieve for Activists
NO PARTY ORDINANCE APPROVED!
Santa Cruz City Council voted to approve the "no party" ordinance tonight
[6/28/05]. It will go into effect in 30 days from today.
The vote was five to two in favor of the broad sweeping ordinance, which
with its current language, disproportionately punishes renters and
students who hold two or less parties within a 12-month timeframe, sends
letters to the parents of 18-21 year olds, and letters upon the first
warning to landlords, does not create an appeals process, nor did it
create measurable criteria for what constitutes a violation of the "quiet
enjoyment of public property."
Opponents of this ordinance will be meeting to organize soon to campaign
for the repeal of this draconian ordinance unfairly targeting students and
previous report: City Council Unanimously Passes First Reading of NO
JUNE 25: MARCH AGAINT WAY, EMPIRE, & CAPITALISM IN DOWNTOWN PALO ALTO
There's a war on - a war between the United States government and the vast
majority of the world's population. This war has many faces - the
struggles over globalization, corporate empire, and the invasion and
occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan - but everywhere the same lines are
drawn. Everywhere the US government is acting in the interests of
corporations, and everywhere people are being slaughtered, are starving to
death, and are watching their lives be torn apart and sold for profit.
This war has to stop. The occupation must end, neoliberalism must be
buried, and any attempt to invade Iran must be prevented. The prediction
that the US may not have the military or political capacity to wage
another war must be fulfilled. Already well over five thousand soldiers
have deserted and recruitment is falling far short of the military's
goals. It's up to us to ensure that the US government does not maintain a
political or social capacity to continue its war on the world's
HYDROELECTRIC PLANT PROPOSED ON THE SOUTH FORK OF THE PIT RIVER
Local land developer, Barry Swenson, is a controlling stakeholder in the
organization that regularly drains this Modoc County river which is
habitat to endangered and threatened species.
Modoc County, CA - Under Federal Energy Regulation Commission Application
P-12053, Nicholas Josten of Idaho filed an application to construct a
hydroelectric plant upon the South Fork of the Pit River, located in rural
Modoc County. This project proposes to generate electrical power for a
maximum of 2,200 households.
As partners, the South Fork Irrigation District of Likely, California and
Barry Swenson of Alturas Ranches who is financing the studies and
arranging for the financing of the million plus dollar project, propose to
divert 100 cubic feet from a river that hardly runs 45 cubic per second
during average years along a three mile stretch of scenic roadway that
runs alongside Jess Valley Road. The river is home to the endangered red
band trout and the project site is proposed to sit on a 31 acre piece of
BLM property, situated between two private residences and in the midst of
a small residential area.
Swenson, a multimillionaire Silicon Valley Builder and Land Developer, dba
Green Valley Corporation, and a sixty percent stakeholder in the South
Fork Irrigation District, owns much property in Santa Clara, Monterey,
Marin, Alameda, Fresno, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Yuba, Sutter, Sonoma
and Modoc Counties and builds major hotels and commercial buildings. He
started acquiring property in Modoc County in 1997. Read More
Two fiery and heated scoping sessions were held Wednesday, June 15th in
Likely, California, with FERC officials and representatives of the
National Forest Service and BLM on a proposed small hydropower project on
the South Fork of the Pit River in Modoc County. Swenson's representative
threatened landowners and opponents, "You people will find yourselves
living in a community that hates you if you continue this!" (meaning
opposing the project)
RADIO FREE BRATTLEBORO SHUT DOWN BY FEDS
Brattleboro, Vermont - At 6:58 a.m., June 22, 2005, armed with a warrant
issued by a Burlington magistrate, United States Marshals entered the
studios of Radio Free Brattleboro and seized its broadcasting equipment.
The seizure of equipment and shutdown of rfb's local broadcasts under
authority of a warrant issued in Burlington comes while an action is still
pending before Judge J. Garvan Murtha in the federal court in Brattleboro.
Rfb does not operate in defiance of government but rather from the belief
of its members and listeners that community radio is essential to good
government and democratic process. Radio free brattleboro has always
stressed to the public and to the FCC that it will adhere to FCC
guidelines and will serve the public whether licensed or not.
HISTORY OF UNDERGROUND MUSIC IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
WikiSCUM is a project to develop a Web-based encyclopedia of historic and
contemporary underground music in Santa Cruz County, California.
Santa Cruz County has 28 years of punk history to its name. i've been
doing my best to compile that history - but there's no way i can do it
alone. so i've created a site that allows anyone to add information they
know. It is called WikiSCUM. Wiki is the name of the software; SCUM stand
for Santa Cruz Underground Music. check it out: http://scum.wikicities.com
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