On November 30th, Santa Cruz Police arrested a demonstrator named Joe on Water Street along the Post Office, while other activists were beginning the occupation of a vacant bank at 75 River Street in Santa Cruz. No witnesses knew why Joe was arrested, but he was later charged with “interfering with an officer”, and bailed out of jail for $100. While arresting Joe, the police made sure that he was not able to pass his video camera or phone to bystanders. Furthermore, his video camera and phone were not returned to him after he was bailed out of jail.
On November 30th, more than a hundred activists in Santa Cruz demonstrated in front of a Chase bank, before marching to and occupying a vacant bank building on River and Water Streets at 3 PM. A communique handed out shortly after the building was entered states, “This building is being re-purposed in solidarity with Occupy Santa Cruz. Formerly a Coast Commercial Bank, the building was bought by Wells Fargo, closed, and has been vacant for the past three years. The company leasing the building manages foreclosures for Wells Fargo.
“The building is being re-purposed under Federal and State laws surrounding ‘adverse possession.’ This law states that space is most beneficial to the people who use it. Spaces like this one, reclaimed from the wealthiest 1%, are places where we can seek redress to our grievances.”
November 26th marked the 57th day of Occupy Los Angeles, which is the largest standing Occupy encampment in the nation. The occupation is located at Solidarity Park (formerly known as City Hall Park) in downtown Los Angeles.
On November 25th, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, standing beside LAPD Chief Charles Beck, announced that he is ordering the closure of Solidarity Park on Monday, November 28th at 12:01am. Occupiers are preparing to resist eviction.
On November 19th, Occupy Oakland held a rally and march which began at Oscar Grant Plaza (aka Frank Ogawa Plaza) located at 14th and Broadway in Oakland. Thousands of people wound their way through Oakland, including around Lake Merritt, before stopping to set up a new occupation in the park and empty lot on 19th and Telegraph in the Uptown neighborhood and entertainment district. As of 11:30pm, the camp was intact and there were no reports of clashes between police and demonstrators.
A march from campus to downtown to speak out not against budget cuts in education, and to highlight the issues of educational justice and wealth disparity.
Article by Heather R. Putnam; video and image by Bradley Stuart
Wednesday, November 9th was a day of action at UC Santa Cruz. Workers, graduate and undergraduate students, UCSC faculty, K-12 teachers, union members, and others gathered for a march from campus to downtown to speak out not only against budget cuts in education, but also to highlight the inseparability of the issues of educational justice and wealth disparity on our campuses, in our community, our nation, and the world.