[scimc-news] Santa Cruz Indymedia Update For Tuesday May 18th 2010
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Santa Cruz Indymedia Update For Tuesday May 18th 2010
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* Santa Cruz Guerilla Drive-in Screening Shut Down by Police
* Animal Welfare Activists Say, "Stop the Rodeo in Santa Cruz County!"
* Drum Circle Hits the Road, Pursued by Police
* Questions Raised About Legality of UCSC's Restitution Charges
* The Santa Cruz May Day Riot
* May Day in the Bay and Beyond
May 18th 1:30 PM: Stop the Rodeo in Santa Cruz County!
May 18th 6:30 PM: The Digital Mirror Project 1st Annual Digital Media Festival
May 18th 7:00 PM: John Laird on the June ballot measures
May 26th : Operation Small Axe Film Screenings
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Santa Cruz Guerilla Drive-in Screening Shut Down by Police
After 8 years, 13 locations and over 150 free films to the community, Guerilla Drive-In is being targeted by the Santa Cruz Police. On May 14th, local film The Jesus Factor by Cheri Lovedog, showing under the Soquel Ave bridge, was shutdown by Santa Cruz police officers before it even started. This is the second time in two weeks that the authorities have shutdown the screenings.
Animal Welfare Activists Say, "Stop the Rodeo in Santa Cruz County!"
05/17/10: For the first time in years, the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds is considering having a rodeo. The proposed rodeo will include roping young calves running at full speed and slamming them to the ground, using pain-inflicting flank straps to force horses and bulls to buck, and other methods of inducing fear, stress, and pain to force animals to perform -- all in the name of entertainment.
Drum Circle Hits the Road, Pursued by Police
On May 12, the Wednesday Drum Circle spent three hours at their new Elm St. location--to which they were driven by Farmer's Market expansion and police harassment at Lincoln and Cedar. Reports from Robert "Blindbear" Facer and Drum Circle Dave say 25-30 drummers moved to Scope Park next to the Town Clock. Police officers-including Officer Schonfield--then reportedly harassed and pursued the diminishing Drum Circle from spot to spot.
Questions Raised About Legality of UCSC's Restitution Charges
In the recently released itemized receipts for repairing Kerr Hall, following an occupation of the building in November 2009, there appears to be evidence that the UC Santa Cruz administration filed a claim for damages that occurred, and may have been reimbursed for the costs. This implies that the UCSC students being held responsible for participating in the occupation are being charged for expenses that have been covered by the UC's insurance policy. This raises questions about the validity and legality of those restitution charges.
The Santa Cruz May Day Riot
On the night of Saturday, May 1st, May Day, there was a dance party to mark International Workers' Day. During the event, around 250 people roved through the streets in a mixture of dancing, partying and protesting. A smaller number of people, some wearing masks or bandanas on their face, carried torches, spray painted graffiti, broke windows at an estimated 18 downtown businesses, and caused an estimated $100,000 in damage. In addition, a police squad car that responded was reportedly pelted with rocks, surrounded, and paint was poured on the hood.
May Day in the Bay and Beyond
Saturday, May 1st is May Day, or International Workers Day. The Bay Area observed the holiday with celebrations, marches, rallies, and street parties. Events on Saturday included rallies, marches, and demonstrations for immigrant and workers rights in San Francisco, Watsonville, the East Bay, Fresno, Modesto, and San Jose. Celebrations and street parties were held in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Oakland.
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