On October 30, 2004, the 2nd annual Practical Activism conference was held at UC Santa Cruz (college nine/ten multipurpose room). The day featured interactive workshops and presentations that provided students and activists from both the Monterey and San Francisco Bay with tools for local and global change.
The closing performance was by Leroy Moore and James Tracy, two members of The Molotov Mouths Outspoken Word Troupe, a collective of Bay Area politically-direct poets. Gentrification, poverty, race, disability, and discrimination are just a few of the topics passionately explored through their writing and spoken word performances.
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At about 6:30 PM on Friday October 29, 2004, Ray, Joelle and Shane were walking down Soquel Avenue in Santa Cruz. Our conversation focused on the upcoming elections, discrimination towards youth, and what we want to change in our society.
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On October 20, Mike Ruppert spoke in Santa Cruz for the first time. His presentation at the Vets Hall was on The Truth & Lies of 9/11 and The Consequences of Peak Oil – the fact that the world is running out of hydrocarbon energy and what this might mean for human civilization.
Michael Ruppert is an American author, a former Los Angeles Police Department officer, and investigative journalist and peak oil advocate.
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On Tuesday October 12, 2004, the Gadabout Traveling Film Festival rolled into Santa Cruz for an evening of films, music, coloring books and zine distribution. Local poets got the night going followed by a short video of the Free Radio Santa Cruz raid. It all took place at Barrios Unidos and raised money for Free Radio Santa Cruz and to get the Gadabout folks up to the city.
If you have not heard yet, Santa Cruz has a blooming poetry scene. All of these poets were really great and some really focused in on the attempt to silence Free Radio Santa Cruz.
The Kiss Ups traveled from their hometown in New York’s Hudson Valley all the way to Santa Cruz, one of 45 stops on the Gadabout Traveling Film Festival. Also on the bus was Jacinta Bunnell of GirlsNotChicks.com.
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On October 6, 2004, Dr. Helen Caldicott, President of Nuclear Policy Research Institute, spoke at the Veteran’s Hall in downtown Santa Cruz about the profound medical, environmental, political, and moral effects of nuclear weapons, nuclear power, and nuclear waste.
Widely regarded as one of the most articulate and passionate advocates of citizen action to remedy the nuclear and environmental crises, Dr Helen Caldicott founded Physicians for Social Responsibility.
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