Where are all the People? Where are the Buses?

On Tuesday September 27, 2005, I went to the Santa Cruz Metro Center because I heard that the bus drivers were on strike.

At 5:30pm, the Metro Center is usually active with people trying to get home from a day at work and students going to and from UC Santa Cruz.

Many people must have been surprised to find out that our local bus service was not in operation today.

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Anti-War Demonstration Held in Santa Cruz on September 24

On September 24, about 100 people who are “sickened by the killing, torture, and spiraling human and financial costs of the illegal and immoral war in Iraq” held an anti-war demonstration in Santa Cruz. People rallied at the County Court House and marched to the Town Clock.

I got to the rally in time to hear some folk music, take some photos of the Raging Grannies, listen to a guy describe how voting machines don’t work, listen to another guy describe how 911 was an inside job, see Robert passing out flyers about a taser related death inside the Santa Cruz Jail, etc….

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Struggling for a Home After Hurricane Katrina

On September 20th, after Vinny and I visited the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, we headed over to the Reliant Arena to find out more information about Katrina survivors being transferred from the Arena to Fort Chaffee, a military base in Arkansas.

After trying to find family members and friends, the next step for Katrina survivors has been to try to find some form of housing.

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Audio, Photos and Written Reports from Houston and New Orleans

On September 9th, Vinny and I arrived in Houston, Texas along with Blank from Portland, Oregon to provide aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The three of us headed to Houston to help with with independent media, including a low power fm radio station which was being organized for the Astrodome. Upon our arrival in Houston, we learned that the Astrodome emergency radio station was again being blocked from broadcasting information to survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

We went to the Astrodome and spoke with people who were willing to speak with us. We listened to their experiences in the past and at the Astrodome. Please visit the following links for audio, photos and written reports published by Vinny, Blank and I.

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