[scimc-news] Support the Santa Cruz Eleven, May Day, LGBTQ Youth, and WILPF
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* Friday, May 4: Rally and March to Support the Santa Cruz Eleven!
* Occupy Santa Cruz Supports the Santa Cruz Eleven
* May 1st, 2012 in Santa Cruz - International Workersâ Day
* Judge Burdick Dismisses Charges Against Four of the Santa Cruz Eleven
* Community Members "Break the Silence" at LGBQT Youth Rally in Santa Cruz
* WILPF Condemns Local Law Enforcement and Supports Eleven Local Activists
May 3rd 8:00 PM: "When a Woman Steps Forward" Documentary Screening & Hip Hop Concert
May 4th 2:00 PM: Rally and March to Support the Santa Cruz Eleven!
May 5th 12:00 PM: Cinco de Mayo Senior Dance / Baile para Mayores de Edad
May 12th 9:30 PM: Springfield Community Grange: Mother's Day Brunch
May 19th 7:00 PM: Stand Together! Celebrating 10 Years of Singing Out for Peace & Justice
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Friday, May 4: Rally and March to Support the Santa Cruz Eleven!
On Friday, March 4th, at 2:00 PM, at the Santa Cruz Courthouse, a there will be a press conference, rally and march to demand dropping all charges against the Santa Cruz Eleven. The Santa Cruz Eleven are local community members who have been charged with an unprecedented variety of offenses arising from their alleged involvement with the occupation of a long-time vacant bank building late last fall, 2011. Supporters of the Santa Cruz Eleven are seeking local, regional, national and international support for the defense of these community members.
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Occupy Santa Cruz Supports the Santa Cruz Eleven
A resolution in support of all eleven defendants who were charged in relation to the occupation of 75 River Street in Fall of 2011 was adopted by Occupy Santa Cruz at their general assembly held on April 29. Steve Pleich facilitated the general assembly, held on the steps of the Santa Cruz Post Office, and read the resolution before Occupy Santa Cruz adopted it. The resolution by Occupy Santa Cruz "calls for the immediate dismissal of all charges presently lodged against the River Street defendants.
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May 1st, 2012 in Santa Cruz - International Workersâ Day
An assembly of UC Santa Cruz students, workers and community members have planned a day of action in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street's call for a worldwide general strike and the historical significance of May 1st, International Workers Day. This day of events will include rallies, poetry, performance, art, and education around the struggle of the 99% and the collective potential for social transformation. The action will begin with a kick-off rally at the Quarry Plaza on UCSC campus at 11:30 AM which will culminate in a late afternoon march to the downtown post office.
Judge Burdick Dismisses Charges Against Four of the Santa Cruz Eleven
DA Says She'll Refile; Seven Defendants Still Face Felony and Misdemeanor Charges
Santa Cruz, CA â District Attorney Bob Lee's prosecution (some say "witchhunt") of eleven activists and alternative media journalists came to a crashing halt on April 25th, as Judge Paul Burdick stopped the preliminary hearing after hearing only two prosecution witnesses. After listening to Officer William Winston of the SCPD and Det. David Gunter's testimony, Burdick challenged Assistant DA Rebekah Young by saying "Ms. Young, you agree that none of these four defendants committed any act of vandalism."
Community Members "Break the Silence" at LGBQT Youth Rally in Santa Cruz
In downtown Santa Cruz on April 20, LGBQT community members from the Diversity Center's Youth Program and their family members and allies held a "Breaking the Silence" rally in front of the Del Mar Theatre before a showing of the film "Bully". People held signs and shared stories. There was a group shout out, and many involved with the youth program wore tape x'd over their mouths to both symbolize the silencing effect of bullying on the LGBQT youth community, as well as to be an expression of solidarity with those who could not attend the rally in person for many different reasons of privacy.
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WILPF Condemns Local Law Enforcement and Supports Eleven Local Activists
WILPFâSanta Cruz Branch writes, The Santa Cruz Branch of the Womenâs International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) condemns the action of local law enforcement in attempting to prosecute eleven local activists who are alleged to have occupied the long-deserted bank building at Water and River Streets last fall. Four of the defendants are journalists, who were present to report to the community on the protests. The First Amendment is clear on the rights of journalists to observe and print their findings; the charges against them should be dropped immediately.
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