February Critical Mass in Santa Cruz

On February 25, 2006, Santa Cruz Critical Massers were riding on West Cliff as the sun dipped behind the Pacific Ocean.

Santa Cruz Critical Mass is the last Friday of each month. Riders meet at the Clock Tower at 5:00pm and start the ride at 5:30pm.

Whatever you can think of, you can ride for, so long as you ride…

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Ryan Harvey y El Pinche Simón: El Enemigo Común in Santa Cruz

On February 16, 2006, about 40 people crowded into the Resource Center for Nonviolence (RCNV)* in Santa Cruz to hear Ryan Harvey perform anarchist folk music and see a premier screening of El Enemigo Común.

All of Ryan’s music (many original songs and many rewrites) are free (as in libertad) to download, distribute, perform and use in any way you see fit to disrupt and eventually destroy capitalism.

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Death Penalty Focus Santa Cruz Speaks Out Against Capital Punishment

On February 20, 2006, about a dozen people held a vigil at the town clock in Santa Cruz to protest the state-sponsored premeditated murder of Michael Morales. Stanley “Tookie” Williams and Clarence Ray Allen were also killed at San Quentin by the death penalty in the last three months.

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Son del Centro y El Pinche Simón: El Enemigo Común in Santa Ana

On February 18th, about 50 people came out to El Centro Cultural de México in Santa Ana to hear Son del Centro perform son jarocho music and see a premier screening of El Enemigo Común.

Directed by Simón Sedillo, El Enemigo Común scratches beneath the surface of neoliberalism, and looks at some of the most hidden atrocities in recent North American history. The film documents instances of paramilitary activity against indigenous communities in Oaxaca, Mexico from 2002 through 2005, and includes footage of protests in Cancun against the World Trade Organization, and in Miami against the Free Trade Area of the America’s. The three locations in isolation expose the disparities in North American resistance movements, but also bring us closer to understanding the nature of an emerging common struggle.

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Investigation Reveals More Santa Cruz Police Department Spying

On February 13th, 2006, Just Us and the Santa Cruz Trash Orchestra held a press conference and rally to call attention to Santa Cruz Police Department spying and their investigation clearing themselves of any wrongdoing. Police Auditor Bob Aaronson’s rejection of the results of the SCPD’s investigation of its own behavior set the tone for the meeting of the Public Safety Committee of the Santa Cruz City Council. The Committee stated that they were not going to make any decisions until they had a chance to review the forthcoming (in 30 days) report from Bob Aaronson. People were then allowed three minutes to comment on police profiling and infiltration of community meetings and homes.

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