Holi 2013: A Spring Festival of Colors at Santa Cruz MAH

Holi commemorates Krishna’s pranks, and creates space for a momentary freedom to drop inhibitions and simply play and dance.

On Saturday, March 30, 2013, approximately 150 people squeezed into the back patio at the Museum of Art & History for Santa Cruz’s premier Holi celebration. Participants had a wonderful time smearing friends and strangers alike with gulual, vibrant pigmented powders made from natural materials, and briefly dancing to bhangra beats.

Holi, a Hindu festival of colors, is primarily observed in India, Nepal and other locations around the world with large Indic diaspora populations. It is commemorated by throwing pigmented powders on the last full moon day of the lunar month “Phagun” (February/March) at the end of the winter to commemorate spring’s arrival. People of all ages participate, though it is highly anticipated by Indian youth who start celebrating Holi almost a week before the actual festival day.

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Citrus in Seabright with Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project

On this sunny afternoon, the group converged at Frederick Street Park and then split up from there to pick lemons and oranges.

On Saturday, March 23, 2013, the Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project held a citrus harvest in the Seabright neighborhood. Inspired by similar projects across Canada and in the U.S., the Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project seeks out residents willing to share their surplus fruit, as well as trees on public land or vacant lots. Since August 2010, they have organized approximately 50 harvests and workshops.

On this sunny afternoon, the group converged at Frederick Street Park and then split up from there to pick lemons and oranges. At the park, organizer Steve Schnaar explained that unlike previous events, all the harvested fruit would be placed into collective bins and then distributed at the end. Furthermore, the Fruit Tree Project also intends to start giving processed fruit gifts to all the residents who share their fruit.

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Charged with Photography as a Crime: Bradley Stuart Allen’s Story

Santa Cruz Indymedia photographers Bradley Allen and Alex Darocy were charged with conspiracy, trespassing, and vandalism, because they reported on the occupation of an empty Wells Fargo building in Santa Cruz.

This interview is part of the book Media Workers for Social Change, written and photographed by Peter Maiden.

One year ago today, the preliminary hearing for Santa Cruz Indymedia photographers Bradley Stuart Allen and Alex Darocy began. They were charged with felony and misdemeanor counts of conspiracy, trespassing and vandalism, because they reported on the occupation of an empty Wells Fargo building in Santa Cruz. Four people still face charges for the incident, and have a trial date in May. Below is the story of what happened to Allen.

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Santa Cruz Basketball: Rio Grande Valley Vipers Overwhelm Warriors

The atmosphere on the court, in the bleachers, and overall with the Santa Cruz Warriors basketball team, is fun, upbeat, and positive.

The Santa Cruz Warriors were handily defeated, 131-100, on Friday, March 1, 2013. At no time during the game were they able to gain a point advantage over the visiting Vipers. The Rio Grande Valley Vipers, affiliated with the Houston Rockets, play their home games in Hidalgo, Texas, and currently lead the Central Division of the NBA Development League.

The Santa Cruz Warriors, affiliated with the Golden State Warriors, are in second place in the Western Division, which is comprised of five teams. There are six teams in the Central Division, and five in the Eastern Division, for a total of 16 teams in the NBA D-League.

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Ground the Drones Demonstration on Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz

While participants held over 150 placards, one person chanted to pedestrians on Pacific, “These are the names of some of the kids killed by U.S. drones.”

On Friday, March 1, from 5-6 p.m., Women In Black of Santa Cruz, along with other peace groups, demonstrated at the corner of Cooper and Pacific in downtown Santa Cruz to call for an end to the U.S. drone program and to tell the government and President of the United States, “Ground the drones! Stop killing children and other innocent people!”

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