Santa Cruz Indymedia’s Open House at Barrios Unidos

On the afternoon of Saturday, July 10, 2004, about twenty people participated in the first ever Santa Cruz Indymedia Open House. A fine feast of organically grown heirloom tomatoes and basil, melons and berries, chips and salsa, bread, hummus and olives fed the minds and mouths of incoming independent media makers before launching into an audio production workshop led by the V-Man.

As V-Man led a workshop on the basics of recording interviews on a minidisc, I helped SJG publish on Indymedia for her first time. SJG is on her way to the Americas Social Forum in Quito, Ecuador and hopes to provide some coverage on Santa Cruz Indymedia.

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Interview with Jenn and Tomas on Brown Berets and GirlZpace in Watsonville

On July 8, 2004, Tomas Alejo and Jennifer Laskin spoke with Bradley of Free Radio Santa Cruz about the history of the Brown Berets and the current campaigns of the organization. GirlZpace is a project associated with the Berets to provide a safe space for young girls.

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Rábia Balkhi Hospital Project in Kabul, Afghanistan

Imagine being nine months pregnant and taken to a hospital. The doctor tells you they must do an emergency caesarean section. They must begin immediately, yet they have no sutures nor needles available to finish the operation. They start anyway. Your baby is born but she is not breathing. The hospital has no emergency equipment nor trained staff to deal with her.

Jane Sinense, founder of the Rábia Balkhi Hospital Project in Kabul, Afghanistan joined me in the studio of Free Radio Santa Cruz for this interview.

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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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