Todd Irving of Funk Plastic live from Free Radio Santa Cruz

Photo of Todd Irving from Funk Plastic’s Myspace.

Todd Irving and I met one beautiful day in Santa Cruz; we were both hanging out and having fun on Pacific Ave. Todd, a street performer from the Portland area, went on a tour from Seattle to Santa Cruz. He is working on a book of guidelines for street performers. It was May 31, 2004, Food Not Bombs was serving up a top notch vegan stir-fry, soup, salad and mixed fruits, while Todd was getting down right funky, really tearing it up on his buckets. Later in the evening we met up at the Free Radio Santa Cruz studio.

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Opposition To Coercive Psychiatry

On July 14, 2004, members of Psychiatric Inmates’ Rights Collective (PIRC) demonstrated against forced psychiatric treatment at the Clock Tower in Santa Cruz.

MindFreedom Support Coalition International unites 100 grassroots groups and thousands of members to win campaigns for human rights of people diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities. MindFreedom is where mutual support meets human rights activism.

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Santa Cruz Indymedia’s Open House at Barrios Unidos

On the afternoon of Saturday, July 10, 2004, about twenty people participated in the first ever Santa Cruz Indymedia Open House. A fine feast of organically grown heirloom tomatoes and basil, melons and berries, chips and salsa, bread, hummus and olives fed the minds and mouths of incoming independent media makers before launching into an audio production workshop led by the V-Man.

As V-Man led a workshop on the basics of recording interviews on a minidisc, I helped SJG publish on Indymedia for her first time. SJG is on her way to the Americas Social Forum in Quito, Ecuador and hopes to provide some coverage on Santa Cruz Indymedia.

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Interview with Jenn and Tomas on Brown Berets and GirlZpace in Watsonville

On July 8, 2004, Tomas Alejo and Jennifer Laskin spoke with Bradley of Free Radio Santa Cruz about the history of the Brown Berets and the current campaigns of the organization. GirlZpace is a project associated with the Berets to provide a safe space for young girls.

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