Demo at K-Mart Against militarized Easter baskets

I took a handful of photos at today’s [March 16, 2003] demonstration outside of K-Mart in Capitola.

I went into K-Mart to look for the Easter baskets containing the action figures, but I could hardly find them. The articles about this demo gave me the impression that the Easter baskets with military men had replaced traditional baskets! I eventually did find the white guy with guns next to some candy in an Easter basket.

Shortly thereafter, a group of mostly women gathered outside K-Mart armed with bunny ears, poster boards, and leaflets on militarized Easter baskets.

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Recruitment Center Closed for Peace

A collection of photos from my lunch break on Wednesday, March 5, 2003, the day of the National Moratorium to Stop the War on Iraq.

The Santa Cruz County recruiting offices for the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines remained closed all day due to a large rally and civil disobedience action held outside their offices at 41st and Clares Streets in Capitola.

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Corporate Walk of Shame

On Tuesday, February 26, 2003, more than 30 people showed up in downtown Santa Cruz to express their opposition to Corporate America. Santa Cruz was one of many cities participating in a day of action to reform Starbucks. In addition to Starbucks, Borders and the Gap were also targeted on Pacific Avenue because of their significant roles in the exploitative neoliberal “hands off” global economy.

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International D.I.Y. of Action

We know that the mainstream media will not do a quality job of covering the peace movement or any other movement involving social and economic justice.

SANTA CRUZ, CA – I was delighted to see thousands of people marching from the Santa Cruz County Building to the Mission Plaza. There has not been a demonstration this large here in many years (Bruce Bratton, are you in?). I believe this is only a small taste of organized mass resistance to war in Santa Cruz.

Most of my time was spent conversing with people and distributing flyers about Santa Cruz Indymedia. Most people I spoke with were very excited to learn about Santa Cruz Indymedia. I specifically made a point to try and explain Indymedia to the hundreds of photographers and videographers that participated in the march and rally.

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Reverend James Lawson Jr’s Call for Non Violent, Direct Action

Reverend James Lawson Jr. at Santa Cruz Civic

“I say we must have a movement that brings those troops home and launch a crusade to transform our school buildings, we launch a crusade to see to it that every citizen has adequate and affordable housing, we launch a crusade to make universal health care. We need not soldiers anymore in the world. We’ve had enough of them in western history.”
— James Lawson Jr., Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

On January 21, 2003 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, Reverend James Lawson Jr. discussed his forty plus years as an activist for civil rights and human rights during UC Santa Cruz’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation.

Selected quotes of the presentation given by Rev. James Lawson Jr., are published below.

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