Santa Offers Hugs, Hot Chocolate, Cookies and Clothing in Santa Cruz

On Sunday, December 20th, Santa was hanging out at the corner of Pacific and Soquel in downtown Santa Cruz offering hugs, hot cocoa, cookies, conversation and warm clothing to passers-by. Many people were receptive and appreciative of Santa’s kind spirit and the elf giving out cocoa and cookies.

Several people inquired about the motivation behind Santa and the elf, assuming there was an organization or cause seeking publicity and donations. However, the motivation was solidarity and mutual aid within the community, and it was accomplished through direct action. There was no involvement, or ulterior motives, from any charity, non-profit or civic organization.

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Hidden in Plain Sight: Media Workers for Social Change, Chapter 2

Bradley has worked with the Santa Cruz Indymedia website since 2001, and has been one of the key people in its development.

by Peter M

This is the second in a series of profiles of activist and alternative media workers in the Bay Area by Indybay contributor Peter M. Featured in this profile is Bradley, who works with Santa Cruz Indymedia. Bradley spoke about his life as a student, his work, and his connection to Mexico.

I met with Bradley in his modest Santa Cruz apartment, where he sat for an interview under a poster of Ricardo Flores Magón, an anarchist figure from the Mexican Revolution. Bradley has worked with the Santa Cruz Indymedia website since 2001, and has been one of the key people in its development. Santa Cruz Indymedia is a semi-autonomous element of Indybay, which is itself part of the worldwide network of collective-run Indymedia sites. The sites are evolving as focal points for movements against environmental degradation, capitalism, racism and patriarchy, and for non-hierarchical co-operation and social justice.

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