[scimc-news] Santa Cruz Indymedia Update For December 5th, 2009
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Santa Cruz Indymedia Update For December 5th, 2009
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* Fred Hampton, Jr. Speaks About the Assassination of His Father
* After 15 Months, Drum Circle Defender Case Resolved
* 2009 Cuba Caravan Report Back in Seaside
* Interview with PVUSD Trustee Sandra Nichols
* On the University's Perversion
* Jesse James Is Out of Jail
* Surveillance Camera Sabotage Claim in Santa Cruz County
* FBI Making Visits in Santa Cruz
* UC Santa Cruz Students Occupy Administration Building
* Hundreds Demonstrate at UC Santa Cruz Against 32% Fee Hikes
December 6th 11:00 AM: Mutual Aid for Papas
December 6th 3:00 PM: 2009 Cuba Caravan report back in Seaside
December 7th 7:30 PM: RCNV Movie Night: Occupation 101
December 7th 8:00 PM: Buddy Wakefield Performing at The Cypress Lounge!
December 9th 6:45 PM: No Impact Man Santa Cruz Screening!
December 13th 3:00 PM: Anarchy and Compassion - Free Skool Class
More Events On Santa Cruz Indymedia's Calendar:
Fred Hampton, Jr. Speaks About the Assassination of His Father
On December 4th, 1969, the FBI, working with the Chicago police department, assassinated the Chicago Black Panther Party Deputy Chairman Fred Hampton in his bed as he slept. Along with the murder of Mark Clark in the same apartment that night, the "raid" was one in a long line of illegal actions taken by the FBI as part of its COINTELPRO war against the social justice and anti-war movements. Fred Hampton Jr., now Chairman of the Prisoners of Conscience Committee (POCC), embarked on a speaking tour to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the assassination of his father.
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2009 Cuba Caravan Report Back in Seaside
On Sunday, December 6th at 3pm at the Peace Resource Center in Seaside, three members of the Watsonville Brown Berets will present about their experiences with the 2009 Pastors for Peace 20th annual Caravan to Cuba. The Caravan is a nonviolent direct action that brings literally tons and tons of aid to the island nation in open and direct defiance of the US embargo and travel ban against Cuba.
Interview with PVUSD Trustee Sandra Nichols
On Monday, November 30th, Teachers For Class War spoke with Sandra Nichols, a school board trustee for almost ten years in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District. Sandra talked about why she ran for the elected office, and the political battles waged over the course of her time on the board over issues like bilingual education, transparency, budget priorities, military recruitment, and more.
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After 15 Months, Drum Circle Defender Case Resolved
After fifteen months of court, more than a dozen court appearances, three major motions, four rejected plea deals, two district attorneys, and nearly a thousand hours of defense work, the case against drum circle supporters, Wes and Jack, is finished.
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On the University's Perversion
On November 19th the University of California Board of Regents approved a 32% fee increase in undergraduate fees, pushing fees to over $10,000 a year. "The UC administration say it is the state that is to blame," notes gazuedro group. "They tell us to bring our fight to Sacramento to demand a bail-out for public education. To that we say, THATâS YOUR FUCKING JOB! In fact, we donât want a bail-out as it does nothing to fundamentally change the unjust structure of the UC system at large."
Jesse James Is Out of Jail
On December 1st, Jesse James Forrey, who served two and a half months in a Ramsey County, Minnesota jail for "damage to property" during the 2008 RNC in St. Paul, was released. Jesse and his co-defendant have a court date on Thursday, December 10th concerning restitution, and they still need financial support.
Surveillance Camera Sabotage Claim in Santa Cruz County
An anonymous post to the newswire reports, "In late July and late October, 2009, attacks against intersection and freeway surveillance cameras took place in Santa Cruz County. Thirty cameras had their cables cut, rendering them inoperable. This was done as an act of resistance against increasingly pervasive surveillance technologies."
FBI Making Visits in Santa Cruz
An article anonymously published to the newswire on November 26th reports that the FBI has been showing up at peoples' workplaces and homes, asking questions about some or all of the AETA 4, as well as other groups and movements to their interest.
UC Santa Cruz Students Occupy Administration Building
On Wednesday, November 18th, hundreds of UC Santa Cruz students occupied the Kresge Town Hall following large rallies against a 32% tuition hike. The rallies obstructed the two entrances to the UCSC campus for several hours. On Thursday, UCSC's Kerr Hall, which contains the offices of the administration, vice-chancellors, and chancellors, was also occupied by students as part of the Days of Action Against the Tuition Hikes. Both occupations ended on Sunday morning after UC Police and Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Officers dispersed the people outside of Kerr Hall and those occupying the building.
Read more with photos, video and audio
Hundreds Demonstrate at UC Santa Cruz Against 32% Fee Hikes
On November 18th, hundreds of students rallied at the two entrances to the UC Santa Cruz campus, shutting them down for several hours. The demonstration was in conjunction with statewide actions against a 32% increase in undergraduate student fees, effective fall 2010, which was approved the same day at UCLA by the Committee on Finance of the UC Board of Regents.
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