[scimc-news] Santa Cruz Indymedia Newsletter May 21, 2005
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SANTA CRUZ INDYMEDIA UPDATE, MAY 21, 2005
News and events currently featured as of Saturday, May 21:
Sunday 5pm Introduction to Santa Cruz Indymedia
Sunday 7:30pm Medea Benjamin on CodePink Book Tour
Monday 7:30pm Kathy Kelly in Santa Cruz
Tuesday - Friday 7pm Palestine Awareness Week
Friday 7pm Youth and Power in Watsonville
Please visit this link for more event listings!
PUBLISH UPCOMING EVENTS on the SC-IMC Calendar!
JUST SAY NO TO GOVERNMENT HARASSMENT
Know your rights, and fight back against government harassment of the Bay
Area activist community
Since the arrest of Peter Young in Santa Clara County, after over 7 years
on the F-B-I's WANTED list, there have been increasing levels of activity
by the feds in the counties of San Francisco, Alameda, Santa Clara, and
Santa Cruz. This comes as no great surprise as the Department of Justice
seems desperate to try and blame their failure to arrest Peter on some
sort of vast consiparacy.
It is especially important during this time of increased government
repression to stand up for our rights and just say NO to government
harassment. You have the right to remain silent - use it!
You do not have to talk to FBI agents, police or any law enforcement
agent. If approached tell them you have nothing to say.
ALL AROUND THE U$, RECRUITERS ARE FEELING THE HEAT
Escalations in protest against military recruitment locally and nationally
have shown results. Recuiters have been harassed, confronted, sued, kicked
out, and engaged in dialogue. And they are worried.
May 20th, 2005, all US Army recruiting offices were CLOSEDED in order to
"reaffirm" their "oaths." This should be seen as a victory to those who
have engaged in dialogue with recruiters--who have fallen short of their
"goals" for enlistment consistently the past few years.
COUNTING THE COSTS OF WAR
Actions calling for an end to the Iraq war were held across the US on
Sunday, May 15. Protestors wore numbers to dramatize the more than 100,000
Iraqis and 1,600 US soldiers who have died in the war. In Philadelphia,
anti-war activists staged a die-in at the Liberty Bell, while in Seattle,
Boston, and elsewhere, peace advocates held candlelight vigils, and other
actions. FSRN's Vinny Lombardo reports from Santa Cruz, CA where about 40
people handed out leaflets to educate tourists about the costs of war.
INFORMATIONAL RALLY AT SUNSHINE WILLA IS JUST THE BEGINNING
On May 12, S.E.I.U. workers, students, labor organizers and other
commmunity members demonstrated outside Sunshine Villa Assisted Living on
Beach Hill in Santa Cruz. Sunshine Villa is owned by Regent Assisted
Living which is based in Portland, Oregon. The owner is very worried that
if Sunshine Villa is unionized, then the many other assited living
facilities he owns in 7 other states will become unionized as well.
S.E.I.U has filed bad faith bargaining charges against Sunshine Villa.
While the Labor Board makes a decision, its important for Santa Cruz to
show Sunshine Villa that we will not be silent while they attempt to bust
MONTEREY BAY AREA LABOR TERMINATES GOVERNOR'S VISIT
Organized labor in the Monterey Bay area is a potent force -- powerful
enough apparently to intimidate Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger from
visiting Salinas. The Governor was planning an appearance in Salinas on
Wednesday, May 12, to commemorate the opening of a new California Highway
Patrol facility, but when a sizable protest organized against him was
publicized, he canceled out at the last minute on Tuesday evening.
Representatives from Schwarzenegger's office deny that he had planned on
being at the Salinas ceremony, but insiders confirm that the city was
preparing for the governor's visit.
Despite the governor's absence, the demonstration on Wednesday brought
record numbers of union supporters out into the streets of Salinas,
according to Monterey Bay Central Labor Council's Executive Director, Paul
Johnston. He estimated that there were 100 - 200 representing a wide
variety of unions in the morning and another several hundred of school
employees who arrived in the afternoon. "Outside of farm worker
demonstrations, this is probably one of the biggest in the last 50 years,"
TENT UNIVERSITY RALLY: NO RESPONSE GIVEN THUS FAR ON STUDENT DEMANDS
Many are trying to resume their normal schedules in the couple of weeks
that have passed since the violent arrests of 19 students and community
members at UC Santa Cruz. Last week, a group of involved students, members
of the community, faculty, and administration sat down to talk about what
happened on the night of April 18th. Chancellor Denise Denton apologized
to those involved for the excessive "pain compliance" tactics used on
peaceful demonstrators. The platform as a list of demands was also given
to the administration.
The Tent U community believes that the police repression that night
constitutes a violation of free speech and a glaring contradiction to the
supposed educational mission of the UC system.
3rd WEEKLY UCSC WEAPONS INSPECTION TOUR
5/6/05: Complete with costumes and characters such as UC President Dynes
and "Hans" of SNL fame, the march through Science Hill, organized by
Students Against War (SAW)'s Demilitarization working group, highlighted
UC's management of Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore Labs, as well as the
large amount of weapons research currently underway on UCSC's campus.
Student 'weapons inspectors' stopped outside the new Baskin Engineering
building before a die-in outside the Science and Engineering Library. The
inspectors also marched silently through the library and passed out
information about UCSC's connection to the war machine.
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