[scimc-news] Santa Cruz Indymedia Newsletter June 17th, 2006
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4PM Wednesday Jun 21 Food Not Bombs
7PM Friday Jun 23 David Bacon: "Children of NAFTA"
South Central Farm Solidarity Actions
Save The South Central Farm
At 8:30am Friday morning, demonstrators staged a blockade at a central
Santa Cruz intersection (at Laurel St. & Mission St/Hwy 1) as a gesture of
solidarity with the hundreds of families who lost their land in Tuesday's
forced eviction of the South Central Farm in Los Angeles. Holding signs
both large and small, the 30 or so demonstrators blocked traffic at the
intersection with A-frames, a stray sofa, and at least four dumpsters
rolled in from nearby businesses. Flyers explaining the legacy of the Farm
were distributed to the delayed drivers with responses ranging from
enthusiastic interest to violent threats. No one was injured, nor were any
citations or arrests made during the action.
In the days since the eviction, there have been expressions of support for
the farmers of South Central throughout Santa Cruz. People have spoken
about the eviction at concerts and informal gatherings, and an interview
with activists who were present during the eviction has been in continuous
rotation on Free Radio Santa Cruz. Even the marquee at the Food Bin health
food store on the corner reads "SOLIDARITY SO. CENTRAL FARM."
Read more and view photos
Demand Journalism at UCSC
Asking Questions About UCSC's Missing Journalism Program
On June 7th, UC Santa Cruz students concerned about their missing
journalism program asked questions of Bill Ladusaw, UCSCs Vice Provost
and Dean for Undergraduate Education. Ladusaw seemed to place blame on
UCSCs faculty for the loss of the journalism program, while dodging
questions about the misappropriation of funds at the administrative level,
including Chancellor Denice Dentons extravagant dog-run. Ladusaw
encouraged students to seek support from faculty members and the academic
senate for the reestablishment of the journalism program, though it was
unclear why students should shift their focus off of UCSCs
Read more and view photos
Counting Lives Lost
Making Tangible an Abstract Measure of Grief
Four inch figures representing "every person who has died in Iraq since we
invaded" are on display in Watsonville as part of the Pajaro Valley Arts
Council exhibit, Sculpture IS, which is showing June 2nd through July
30th. Thirty-nine regional artists are showing over seventy pieces of work
ranging from installation and performance art to a variety of sculptures
that are kinetic, functional, traditional and collaborative. "Counting
Lives Lost, Making Tangible an Abstract Measure of Grief" was installed by
a volunteer group of artists over Memorial Day weekend.
Read more and view photos
Students for a Democratic Society - now forming in Santa Cruz
Without Struggle There Is No Progress
Thomas Leavitt writes: "If you agree that we need to end the war NOW and
that the Bush administration is a clear and present danger to the health
and well being of the average American citizen and to liberty and freedom,
then you need to join SDS and help bring the noise. Help start Students
for a Democratic Society in Santa Cruz and take the anti-war movement to
the next level!
Students for a Democratic Society, one of the most influential anti-war
groups of the 1960s, has been re-formed, and is preparing for its first
national meeting later this year.
Students and Workers Rally to Demand Affirmative Diversity
Coalition Charges UCSC with Institutional Racism & Sexism
On June 6th, communities of color at UC Santa Cruz held multiple rallies
and confronted Chancellor Denice Denton to demand concrete infrastructural
support for diversity at UCSC. While the University has made a rhetorical
commitment to diversity, custodians (who are predominately workers of
color) continue to receive up to 30% less in wages than their counterparts
at Cabrillo and CSUMB; the University has actively denied institutional
support and failed to recognize the centrality of student initiated
outreach and retention programs to making diversity viable at UCSC; large
numbers of valuable senior faculty of color have been (or may be) forced
to resign due to hostile working environments. Administrators and
university policies have actively upheld all these problems.
Read more and view photos and video clips
Reclaiming the Streets of Santa Cruz
Tue Jun 6 2006 Stop Consuming and Start Living
Invitations were distributed to Reclaim The Streets of Santa Cruz on June
3rd with a free street party for everyone. Slowly but surely, musicians,
artists, chalkers, dancers, bikers, disc tossers, walkers and other party
goers began arriving at Pearl Alley in anticipation of Saturday night's
"experiment in spontaneous urban uprising."
Free loaves of challah and a jug-band got the party started in Pearl
Alley. At about 8pm, people drifted into slow-moving traffic on Pacific
Avenue to "take over the streets and reclaim community space for community
People left Pearl Alley then marched down Pacific Avenue to Laurel where
they danced and played in the intersection before continuing up Laurel and
then Cedar. Reclaim The Streets continued up Cedar and got word that the
Dyke March was on Pacific and heading towards the Town Clock. The street
party acted swiftly to join the Dyke March, bringing an interesting twist
to both events.
Read more, view photos and listen to audio coverage
Shakey Bones Brings the Ruckus to Freak Radio Santa Cruz
Shakey Bones Live on Free Radio Santa Cruz
They were kicked out of the Santa Cruz Farmer's Market on Wednesday, but
on Thursday the ruckus music of Shakey Bones was welcomed on Freak Radio,
our renowned community pirate radio station. Shakey Bones formed in
January of 2006 in Walnut Creek, a "boring suburban town in the east bay."
Shakey Bones plays, "RUCKUS MUSIC. New tunes, old tunes, rewritten tunes
and all kinds of other madness. We make all our own cds, and send them out
ourselves. Up the punx. Fuck the naysayers. Bash the fash. Eat the cake.
Save the world."
Read more, view photos and listen to the audio
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