[scimc-news] Santa Cruz Indymedia Newsletter Septemeber 4, 2005
the open publishing newswire
scimc at indymedia.org
Sun Sep 4 01:35:04 PDT 2005
SANTA CRUZ INDYMEDIA UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 4, 2005
News and events currently featured as of Sunday, September 4:
Monday 12pm MBCLC Labor Day Picnic
Saturday Matriot Day in Santa Cruz
Saturday 10am WAMMFest III
Please visit this link for more event listings!
PUBLISH UPCOMING EVENTS on the SC-IMC Calendar!
SANTA CRUZ BUS DRIVERS THREATEN STRIKE
An ongoing contract dispute between bus drivers, and Santa Cruz Metro
Transit officials has reached a breaking point. Drivers have threatened to
walk off the job September 8 if no deal is reached.
FRSC reporter Vinny Lombardo has more.
CRY FROM NEW ORLEANS: "PEOPLE ARE DYING IN THE STREETS!"
Saturday: Over 10,000 Feared Dead
Reports are pouring in about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina that hit
the Gulf Coast this week; residents of the decimated and submerged City of
New Orleans have been severely affected. An estimated 25,000 people have
filled the New Orlean's Superdome where they are packed together in
exhausting heat without working toilets or clean running water. Because a
rescue worker was reportedly shot, evacuations were stopped on Wednesday.
Despite the fact that people are dying in the streets, rescue workers were
diverted from their work of humanitarian assistance to protecting
buildings from looting, according to reports.
AN ENCUENTRO AGAINST ALL BORDERS - BUILDING A RADICAL NO BORDER MOVEMENT
The No Border Encuentro took place on August 27-28th at the Sherman
Heights Community Center in San Diego/Aztlan. Two days of events including
a maquiladora tour, a benefit concert and a day of forums, panels and
encounters took place with over 100 people from San Diego, Los Angeles,
Fresno, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Orange County, Eugene, Portland,
Tijuana, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia participating. On the walls hung
photos of recent actions to stop the Minutemen, a poster of the PGA
Hallmarks, and maps of Calexico, where the No Border Camp will be in
This is only part of a large movement against the MinuteMen, La Migra and
the Border itself. Thursday night before the conference, La Raza Rights
Coalition held a community forum to present their demands around these
issues to legislators. Next weekend, Sept 2-4, BorderHack 2005 will be
taking place in Tijuana. Also that weekend, on the 3rd, is a forum against
the Minutemen in Chula Vista.
The Encuentro was planned as a space to strategize about how to create a
world without borders, how to effectively challenge racism and how to put
an end to the Minuteman Project. These strategies will be put into action
from September 16-18th in a series of actions and a No Border Camp in
GLBT ALLIANCE: HATE-BASED REGGAE OUT OF TUNE WITH SANTA CRUZ VALUES
Local Santa Cruz night club, The Catalyst, is bringing another reggae
singer to town who advocates for violence against queer people. In October
2004, Capelton was scheduled to perform and was eventually cancelled due
to community protest. Now, Sizzla, a self-professed murderer of gay men,
is supposed to perform on Septemeber 11th at the club.
The GLBT Alliance is asking the community to exercise their collective
consumer voice and tell the Catalyst management to cancel this hate-filled
NO MAS RECHAZADOS, NO AL PLAN JUAREZ EN OAXACA || NO MORE DENIED STUDENTS,
NO TO PLAN JUAREZ IN OAXACA
Me encuentro en la Plazuela del Carmen, entonces escucho susurros, que se
hacen más fuertes. -"...educación primero al hijo del obrero, educación
después al hijo del burgués...". Camino aprisa para encontrarme con la
marcha de estudiantes de la UABJO (Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de
Oaxaca), jóvenes no mayores de 25 años que caminan en dos filas, en medio
de estas marcha la gente con pancartas, que acusan al rector Neri de
utilizar el Plan Juárez, para disminuir la calidad de la educación,
algunas de las propuestas de este plan son: privatizar la educación,
aumento de cuotas, recorte de matriculas, eliminar el derecho de los
estudiantes para poder elegir a su director, entre otras cosas.
I was in the Carmen Plaza and I heard whistling and the chants were
education first for the children of the workers,
educucation later for the children of the rich
. I quickly walked to
encounter the march of students of the UABJO (Benito Juárez Autonomous
University of Oaxaca), youth no older than 25 years that were walking in
two lines, in the middle of the march was the students that were carrying
large signs accusing the director of the university, Neri, of using Plan
Juarez to decrease the quality of the education. Some of the main points
of this plan are: privatize the education, increase the tuition, decrease
the number of students, eliminate the students´ rights to elect their
director, and other such cutbacks in overall quality of the education.
HAVING YOUR SAY AT CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS IS A RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEGE
How the Santa Cruz City Council Fails To Respect the Spirit and Intent Of
The Brown Act and First Amendment
As citizens, we have certain rights, guaranteed by the 1st Amendment to
the Constitution, and further enhanced and procedurally detailed by
California's Ralph M. Brown Act, whose introductory section reads thusly:
In enacting this chapter, the Legislature finds and declares that the
public commissions, boards and councils and the other public agencies in
this State exist to aid in the conduct of the people's business. It is the
intent of the law that their actions be taken openly and that their
deliberations be conducted openly.
The people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies
which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their
public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know
and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining
informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have
SEXISM IN THE STALLS?
Overall, the Seabright Brewery seems like a fun, locally-owned brew pub
that makes some decent beers on site. The employees and locals seem to
like it and it's conveniently located in Santa Cruz near the beach.
However, a peek into the women's restroom shows outmoded imagery that
makes light of the victimization of women. What's behind the Women's Room
VISIT THE BROWN BERETS WEBSITE
Visit our Website to stay informed about our local actions and issues
affecting our community. The Brown Beret Website is up and running.
BROWN BERET LIBERATION SCHOOL
"Each One Teach One"
Every Thursday at 4pm
The Brown Berets meet every Thursday at 7pm in Watsonville. We are Located
at 406 Main Street (Suite 408b). Membership is open to anyone dedicated to
battle social injustice. call (831) 722-1775
12th ANNUAL PEACE AND UNITY MARCH
October 16, 2005 11am-4pm
March starts Noon at downtown Watsonville Plaza. Rally at 2pm
IN MEMORY OF ALL VICTIMS OF GANG VIOLENCE
PEACE IN THE HOOD NOW!!
'CUBAN FIVE' RULING REVERSED, NEW TRIAL SCHEDULED
On August 9, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals located in southern Florida
reversed a trial court ruling against the Cuban five and ordered a new
trial with a mandated change of venue for the five Cuban agents arrested
in 1998 for conspiring to commit espionage. Fernando González, 41; Rene
González (no relation to Fernando), 49; Antonio Guerrero, 46; Gerardo
Hernández, 39; and Ramon Labañino, 41, were convicted in Miami before a
trial judge and jury whose anti-Castro bona fides was so palpable that it
poisoned any resemblance to a fair trial. Since then, indignant civic
leaders, both here and abroad, have been pushing for a re-trial in a less
biased region of the country.
WEAPONS INSPECTORS VISIT LOCKHEED MARTIN ON HIROSHIMA REMEMBERENCE DAY
On the afternoon of August 5th, the Santa Cruz Weapons Inspection Team
visited the gates of Lockheed Martin. Through art and diaglogue, they
called on the consciences of employees to consider the implications of
Lockheed Martin plays a part in genocide by supplying the United States
and other aggressive nations with the equipment needed to deliver Depleted
Uranium munitions and other weapons used against civilian populations. In
other words, Lockheed Martin profits off of the misery that war is
inflicting on people around the world.
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.
Santa Cruz Independent Media Center
You Publish the News!
More information about the Imc-sc-announce