On April 30th, I attended Free Skool Santa Cruz’s Surveillance Camera Walking Tour. After meeting at the Clocktower, we walked up Mission Street to get a bird’s eye view of the downtown. Our class started off with about a dozen people, including professor Winston Smith. In addition to pointing out cameras, our lesson for the day was to discuss various types of surveillance and the effects it has on individuals and society. We will also take a peek into the loss of public space and personal privacy on Pacific Avenue.
Many businesses will be closed on Monday, May 1, 2006, as Santa Cruz prepares for a May Day work strike and consumer boycott. No Work, No School, No Buying, No Selling. UC Santa Cruz will be shut down from 6:00am to at least 12:00pm when UCSC students march to downtown Santa Cruz and join up with a demonstration starting in the Beach Flats.
On Friday, April 29th, a large mass of bikers and a young girl with a scooter, took to the streets of Santa Cruz to celebrate Critical Mass, the bike ride which takes place the last Friday of each month all around the world.
Critical massers gathered at the town clock at about 5:00pm. At about 5:45pm, people hit the road. But, the word came in that 15 more bikers were waiting at the town clock under the assumption the ride would start at 6:00pm. So the mass returned to town clock and we were a united mass. Our travels took us down Pacific Ave., up Laurel St., down Center and past the Santa Cruz Police Department, through the Arcade and Boardwalk and up River St.
On April 17th, 2006, the Watsonville Brown Berets held the 6th annual Youth and Power. The theme was “Brown and Black Pride” and the event, held on a Monday night, brought together more than thousand people from ‘Los Atzlan’ to the Bay Area.
On April 11th, 2006, about 200 students marched and rallied to get the military out of UC Santa Cruz. Students rallied outside the McHenry Library before marching to the Job Fair held at College 8. This is the third time in a row that the military has been confronted by large student demonstrations while trying to recruit at UCSC Job Fairs.