Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

FCC Agents, backed by armed US Marshals, raided Free Radio Santa Cruz on September 29, 2004.

At 8:20 AM on Wednesday, September 29, armed US Marshals and FCC Agents raided the house from which Free Radio Santa Cruz broadcasts. Agents entered with guns drawn, showing the warrant to a couple of residents but not serving the warrant to anyone at that time. All residents, some wearing only their bathrobes and PJ’s, were herded to the sidewalk in front of their house.

Free Radio Santa Cruz was airing Democracy Now! at 37 watts as the FCC Agents and US Marshals (we counted at least 16) worked to get into the studio. By this time FRSC 101.1 FM was airing a pre-programmed interview with Howard Zinn. This interview, in which Zinn read poems by Langston Hughes and Bob Dylan and cited Zora Neal Hurston’s comments against WW2, was in progress when the signal was taken off the air. Listeners of FRSC heard the sound of static for the first time ever due to governmental interference.

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Felton FLOW Panel on Water Privatization

[ FLOW supporters at the Public Utilities Commission. Photo via FLOW. ]

On September 23, 2004, Felton FLOW (Friends of Locally Owned Water) organized a film screening of Thirst at the Rio Theater in Santa Cruz, CA. Thirst is a new documentary that examines community water conflicts on three continents. ‘Thirst’ demonstrates that popular opposition to the privatization of water ignites remarkable coalitions that cross partisan lines. When it comes to water, many people demand local control and fear the arrival of multinational corporations with large lobbying budgets and little local accountability.

Thirst also shows that the individual struggles of these communities raise the same profound questions: Is water a human right for all people? Or, is it a commodity to be bought, sold, and traded in a global marketplace?

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Keep Space For Peace: Protest at Vandenberg AFB

On Saturday, September 25, 2004, there was a protest at Vandenberg Air Force Base in northern Santa Barbara County as part of the International Week of Protest to Stop the Militarization of Space.

Background information:

An International Week of Protest to Stop the Militarization of Space will take place from September 25 to October 2. Helen Calidicott is the keynote speaker on September 25 at the Front Gate Protest Rally at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County. At 11:30 there will be a 3 mile march to the front gate starting at the Hwy 1 on-ramp at Vandenberg Village.
The Bush Administration (after abandoning the ABM Treaty that outlawed missile defenses) plans to deploy missile defense interceptors before the next election as the next step to controlling and dominating space. Fifteen interceptors (that have yet to be proven effective) will be put into the ground at Ft. Greely, Alaska and Vandenberg AFB, California. We oppose the development of the proposed “shield” from behind which pre-emptive strikes can be launched. Help build support for a U.N. sponsored ban on weapons in space.

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Critical Mass Returns to Santa Cruz

Friday September 24, 2004, was the 12 year anniversary of Critical Mass. It also marked a return of Critical Mass to the streets of Santa Cruz. About 30 bikers met at the clock tower and rode around downtown and the westside.

Bikers were generally respectful towards the unfortunate souls rolling around town in metal boxes, however several motor-aided commuters were delayed for a short time. The responses were mixed from the people in the cars, but the majority of people, especially ones driving 18 wheelers, were supportive of the Critical Mass.

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Bruce Gagnon on the Privatization and Militarization of Space

In celebration of Keep Space for Peace Week, the Santa Cruz branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom hosted a town meeting on the militarization and privatization of space. On September 16, 2004, Bruce Gagnon, founder and director of the Global Network Against Nuclear Power and Weapons in Space, spoke at the Louden Nelson Community Center in Santa Cruz about the privatization and militarization of space. The Santa Cruz Raging Grannies opened up the evening.

In addition to discussing how satellite technology and weapons in space affect current Earth-bound warfare, Bruce discusses the military and corporate motivations that lie behind some of NASA’s recent projects such as the Mars landing and the Cassini probe of Saturn.

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