[scimc-news] Santa Cruz Indymedia Newsletter March 29, 2006
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Wednesday March 29th
4:00pm Help Student Protesters... Teacher & Ally Meeting
6:00pm Urgent Public Meeting about Police Spying
7:30pm Derrick Jensen Speaking Benefit
Thursday March 30th
7:00pm Bearing Witness in Colombia
Friday March 31st
5:00pm Critical Mass Bike Ride
Walkouts in Aptos, Watsonville, Hollister and Salinas for Immigrant Rights
03/28/2006 AT LEAST 5 LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS WERE PART OF MONDAY'S ACTIONS.
THEY CONTINUED TUESDAY.
On Monday March 27th, word spread fast around high schools in the Pajaro
Valley School District that students would be walking out of their classes
at 11:00am in protest of anti-immigrant legislation known as HR 4437. The
message of the students was that the United States is nothing without
Mexicans and HR 4437 is nothing short of racist. Monday's local walkouts,
including thousands of students, were at Watsonville HS, Pajaro Valley HS,
Aptos HS, Alisal HS, and Alvarez HS. Student walkouts have erupted all of
the state of California, but is also occuring in cities nation-wide.
Student walkouts continued on Tuesday in Watsonville, Salinas, and now
Hollister. As with Monday, there appeared to be a large squad of riot
police in Watsonville attemping to squelch student dissent. Reports also
suggest that students may have halted traffic on Highway 1.
Soraya Hernandez, a student, said: "Watsonville High students walked out
again today for the second time during our break time. A student posted a
bulletin on a site which expressed their thoughts of the walk out and were
very hurtful and expressed in an "angry" way [anti-immigrant]. Someone
decided to print it and post around school which infurried student of
immigrant desent. By this incident, many students were mad including
myself which made us want to stop this and make a point... to make a
statement about immigration. We [students] didnt mean to cause "violence"
or "public disturbance" but yet of course there were a few break outs here
and there that were made big deals of which trust me if you went to high
school they would be NOTHING...cops got aggressive and so did some
students. The point is the walk out, it meant something, or at least to me
Read more, view photos and listen to audio:
SCPD Violated Civil Rights Of Parade Organizers
03/22/2006 INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION COMPLETED
There is finally news after weeks of silence on the police spying issue in
Santa Cruz. The Independent Investigation into Santa Cruz Police spying
was released today by Bob Aaronson. This focused on an undercover police
infiltration of a group planning an unpermitted New Year's Eve parade in
Santa Cruz, California.
"In my opinion, the Santa Cruz Police Department violated the Last Night
DIY Parade organizers' rights to privacy, freedom of speech and freedom of
assembly in the manner in which they went about obtaining information
about the organizers' activities." Bob Aaronson, Police Department
Read more, download the independent investigation and listen to interviews
with Bob Aaronson and Rico Thunder:
Marches In Watsonville and Salinas for Peace and Immigrant Rights!
03/22/2006 241-MILE MARCH FOR PEACE FROM TIJUANA TO SAN FRANCISCO
On March 25th, over 2,500 latino immigrants joined Gold Star Families for
Peace member Fernando Suarez del Solar, and Iraq War resister Pablo
Paredes for the 5 mile Watsonville leg of their 241 mile march for peace
from Tijuana to the Mission District in San Francisco. Along with chants
for peace, many on the march were also moved to take a stand against the
draconian anti-immigrant bill HR4437.
After the march, the Watsonville Police Department targeted one organizer
(a Brown Beret) and wrote him a citation with 8-10 counts against him,
including criminal charges.
Shortly after the march in Watsonville, a thousand latino immigrants
joined Fernando Suarez del Solar and Pablo Paredes for the 5 mile Salinas
leg of their 241 mile trek. People took to the streets in opposition to
war in Iraq and the anti-immigrant bill HR4437. Read more and view photos
Organizers say, "Latinos represent nearly 15% of the US population and 11%
of the US military, with many serving in combat or hazardous duty
occupations. In addition, an estimated 20% of the fallen service members
in the early months of the invasion were Latino. With the continued growth
of the Latino population and its vital importance to the future of this
country, it is time the Latino community become an active and vocal part
of the 60%+ of US citizens that oppose this War."
Read more, view photos and listen to short interviews:
Santa Cruz Demonstration Against War in Iraq
03/21/2006 LOCAL U.S. OUT OF IRAQ DEMONSTRATION
On March 19th, somewhere between 150 and 200 people rallied at the clock
tower in Santa Cruz before marching down Pacific Avenue and up Front
Street. Demonstrators called for a withdrawal of troops from Iraq, the
removal of George Bush from the White House and for government money to be
spent on education instead of warfare.
Read more and view photos:
500+ March for Immigrant Rights in Santa Cruz
03/14/2006 ANTI-HR4437 ACTION LARGEST LOCAL PROTEST SINCE APRIL '05 AFSCME
More than five hundred people joined rallies and marches against HR 4437
in Santa Cruz on March 17th. The rally started at the Santa Cruz County
Building and then marched to Beach Flats Park, with the community running
out of their homes and into the streets throughout the night. People then
left the Beach Flats, headed up Pacific Avenue, and back to the County
Building for a final rally of the night.
HR 4437 would make it a felony offense to be in the U.S. without proper
documentation. This would push undocumented immigrants further
underground, and increase the potential for exploitation by employers.
This bill would also criminalize nurses, teachers, clergy, social workers,
and anyone else who aids, assists, or otherwise has regular contact with
Read more, view photos and listen to speakers from the rally:
100+ Take to the Streets in Monterey in Oposition to HR 4437
03/20/2006 HR 4437: AN ATTACK ON EVERY PERSON OF EVERY COLOR
On Wednesday March 15th, over one hundred activists congregated at Dennis
the Menace Park in Monterey to voice their opinion on the new HR4437 bill
that had just passed in the House of Representatives and is now on its way
to the Senate. The activists included students, community members, Brown
Berets, veterans, and children. After a rally at the park, the
demonstrators marched to Downtown Monterey (Alvarado Street) to tell the
general public how they felt. As the protest moved towards downtown the
number of demonstrators increased as they found more supporters to their
cause. At one point the demonstration blocked one lane of the road as the
demonstrators took to the street.
David Rovics and Attila the Stockbroker LIVE at FRSC 101fm Benefit
03/19/2006 A RARE BENEFIT PERFORMANCE FOR FREAK RADIO SANTA CRUZ 101FM
David Rovics and Attila the Stockbroker LIVE at FRSC 101fm Benefit
Multimedia of Free Radio Santa Cruz 101fm benefit and 11 year celebration
featuring David Rovics and Attila the Stockbroker performing to a full
house recorded LIVE at the Sacred Grove on 03-13-06.
Free Radio Santa Cruz has been on the air for over eleven years without a
license. FRSC broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year,
in defiance of federal regulations.
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