This interview was first published by Slow Food Santa Cruz in the Snail Mail newsletter for June 2014.
Slow Food Santa Cruz (SFSC) recently sat down with owner of Santa Cruz-based Copper Pan Jams, Bradley Allen. A 14-year resident of Santa Cruz, Allen not only produces jam, but also is a website developer, photographer, social justice activist, on the steering committee for the Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project and a production partner for Half Moon Bay-based Beeta Ganoush. Allen shares his inspiration for starting a jam business and also his perspective on agriculture in and around the region.
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Frank’s niece Natalie righteously proclaimed, “It’s not right. There was no reason for how he was killed; no way to justify their actions.”
Update (7/15/14): Information on Donations to Frank’s Family
On July 10, 2014 at around 5 AM, officers with the Salinas Police Department reportedly shot and killed Frank Alvarado at a private home in East Salinas. Frank was a member of Santa Cruz-based Sin Barras and spoke out against prison expansion at a rally in Santa Cruz on May 14. His killing was at least the fourth murder by Salinas Police Department cops since March 21, 2014. All four police killings have been of Latino men, and all have occurred in East Salinas.
At the May 14, 2014 rally in Santa Cruz, Frank spoke passionately about the need to budget state money for social programs instead of prison expansion. Frank also shared his personal experience of incarceration, and described his release from prison in July of 2013. He cautioned that building more prisons at the sacrifice of schools and parks will lead to devastating results for California. “You will have your hell if you build those prisons,” he said.
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We must carry forward the fight of the courageous prison hunger strikers until long-term solitary confinement is abolished.
Text via Sin Barras
Photos by Bradley Allen
On July 8, 2014, allies across the state participated in rolling hunger strikes and held local actions. In Santa Cruz, we gathered at the intersection of Water & Pacific Ave. to make these struggles against torture and criminalization visible!
July 8, 2013 is a day we remember to never forget the torture the state of California willingly inflicts on human lives. On that day, 30,000 prisoners followed the lead of their fellow prisoners locked in solitary confinement and refused to eat. By one account, close to 100 people went without eating for 59 days before agreeing to eat in exchange for serious concessions from the California Department of Corrections.
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Richard Estes of Speaking in Tongues on college radio station KDVS in Davis, California speaks with Bradley Allen of Indybay.
Richard Estes of Speaking in Tongues on college radio station KDVS, 90.3FM in Davis, California speaks with Bradley Allen of Indybay on June 20, 2014.
Richard and Bradley discuss Indymedia in Santa Cruz and the San Francisco Bay Area, homelessness in Santa Cruz and the Central Valley, the grassroots response to Hurricane Katrina, the Santa Cruz Eleven, as well as community organizing against the police in Salinas and Oxnard.
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