Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

FCC Agents, backed by armed US Marshals, raided Free Radio Santa Cruz on September 29, 2004.

At 8:20 AM on Wednesday, September 29, armed US Marshals and FCC Agents raided the house from which Free Radio Santa Cruz broadcasts. Agents entered with guns drawn, showing the warrant to a couple of residents but not serving the warrant to anyone at that time. All residents, some wearing only their bathrobes and PJ’s, were herded to the sidewalk in front of their house.

Free Radio Santa Cruz was airing Democracy Now! at 37 watts as the FCC Agents and US Marshals (we counted at least 16) worked to get into the studio. By this time FRSC 101.1 FM was airing a pre-programmed interview with Howard Zinn. This interview, in which Zinn read poems by Langston Hughes and Bob Dylan and cited Zora Neal Hurston’s comments against WW2, was in progress when the signal was taken off the air. Listeners of FRSC heard the sound of static for the first time ever due to governmental interference.

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New Community Mural in the Beach Flats

A Beach Flats Mural Celebration took place on September 9, 2004, at the corner of Beach Street and Park Place, just below Santa Cruz’s well known Giant Dipper roller coaster. The Beach Flats Mural Project was always meant to be more than a finished mural. It was meant to be a process that brought together people of all ages, backgrounds and skills, in a community project.

Mas que pintura en una pared el proyecto del mural siempre lo comenzamos con la idea de que fuera un proyecto comun. Nuestro mural ha involucrado a personas de todas edades, origines y destrezas en un proyecto comun.

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Todd Irving of Funk Plastic live from Free Radio Santa Cruz

Photo of Todd Irving from Funk Plastic’s Myspace.

Todd Irving and I met one beautiful day in Santa Cruz; we were both hanging out and having fun on Pacific Ave. Todd, a street performer from the Portland area, went on a tour from Seattle to Santa Cruz. He is working on a book of guidelines for street performers. It was May 31, 2004, Food Not Bombs was serving up a top notch vegan stir-fry, soup, salad and mixed fruits, while Todd was getting down right funky, really tearing it up on his buckets. Later in the evening we met up at the Free Radio Santa Cruz studio.

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Santa Cruz Night Out

Salsa in the Streets. August 12, 2003.

Text by Coalition for Community Commons
Photos by Bradley

Santa Cruz Night Out is a community based event downtown where families and visitors will enjoy a variety of events showcasing the diverse cultural talents of Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz Night Out is planned for three Tuesday nights in August from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. The purpose of Santa Cruz Night Out is to create an open-air street fair atmosphere on Pacific Avenue (between Cathcart and Lincoln Streets) for families to enjoy while invigorating downtown businesses on a weeknight.

Would you like to see the diverse talents of Santa Cruz displayed in your downtown? Would you like to experience downtown from a whole different perspective? Wonder what Pacific Avenue would be with less cars cruising the street and more space for the community to gather?

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