Wanted! Ronald McDonald: Santa Cruz Solidarity with the CIW

‘the year that was’ in the struggle for fair food…

On October 29, 2006, allies of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers demonstrated in front of the McDonald’s on Mission Street / Highway 1 in Santa Cruz, California during coordinated days of actions and solidarity with the CIW. Activists played music, held signs calling on McDonald’s to support justice for farmworkers and also delivered a signed letter to the Manager at McDonald’s. You can learn about the Student Farmworker Alliance, CIW and the campaign for fair-food by reading the SFA’s 2006: Year in Review which has been re-published below.

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Weeping Wednesday: A Protest Against the UC Regents

The first big protests of the 2006-2007 school year at UC Santa Cruz took place on October 18, 2006, the day the UC Regents came to visit campus. It had been five years since all 26 UC Regents came to UCSC. During the second demonstration of the day by hundreds of students outside the new Humanities Building at Cowell College, police pushed, swung and jabbed with their batons before taking three students hostage and hurling streams of pepper spray directly into the eyes of demonstrators.

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Students and Workers (Re)United for Justice!

On October 18th, AFSCME workers and students at UC Santa Cruz held a rally in the Baytree Plaza and then marched to the base of campus calling on UC President Dynes to release funds promised by the California Legislature to low-paid UC workers. AFSCME workers and students are also demanding wages comparable to those of neighboring colleges and universities where people are paid up to 30% more for doing the same amount or less work.

At the base of campus, people immediately marched into the center of the Bay and High intersection. Then everyone crossed the streets at the same time, though allowing cars to pass through without much delay. Since the police and Santa Cruz Metro began re-directing traffic away from the base of campus, people decided to use the opportunity to rally in the middle of the main entrance to campus. This was the first action this school year in ongoing struggle where students and workers are united in demanding social justice at UC Santa Cruz.

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Fernando Mendoza of APPO speaks in Watsonville

On October 12th, 2006, Al Rojas of Sacramento and Fernando Mendoza from the Peoples Popular Assembly of Oaxaca (APPO) spoke to a packed house at the Watsonville Brown Beret office about the situation in Oaxaca. Al introduces Fernando and speaks a little of his role as a stateside organizer. Fernando tells us the history and present situation in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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13 Years of Marching for Peace and Unity

On October 7th, 2006, friends and families of the victims of violence, as well as community activists, passionately marched through different Watsonville neighborhoods demanding an end to all violence, including war and government oppression during the the 13th annual Peace and Unity March.

After the tragic gang-related murders of Jessica Cortez, 9, and her older brother Jorge Cortez, 16, in 1994, the Peace and Unity March was organized by the newly formed Watsonville Brown Berets to address the gang warfare going on in their community. The Berets aim to re-channel the energy that youth put into violent gangs and transform youth into community leaders and activists with a strong knowledge of their culture.

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