Cinco de Mayo Anti-Immigrant Rallies in Santa Clara

According to Illegal Immigrant Protest dot com, May 5th and 6th were a “National Illegal Immigrant Protest Rally Days.” Destroy the Border Coalition called for people to go out and counter the racist message of the rallies, saying, “The people who do the work in a community are entitled to live with dignity and without fear of violence and deportation. Undocumented workers are economic refugees from the countries that the U.S. has been exploiting for hundreds of years.”

On May 5th (Cinco de Mayo) several dozen flag waving americans lined a short stretch of Kiely Blvd in front of Central Park in Santa Clara. The american flag wavers were holding an, “anti-illegal immigrant protest calling for secure borders, decreased migration to the US and no amnesty for illegal immigrants.” In response to the nationwide call for “anti-illegal immigrant protests” the Destroy the Border Coalition called for people to counter-demonstrate against the racist message of the rallies in Santa Clara and says, “the people who do the work in a community are entitled to live with dignity and without fear.”

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May Day 2006 Rocks Santa Cruz County

On Monday, May 1st, International Workers Day, students and workers at UC Santa Cruz walked picket lines at the base of campus and west entrance to support the rights of immigrants and all people. In the United States, grassroots organizers of May Day 2006 called for a day of, “No Work, No School, No Buying, No Selling” to help illustrate the critical role that migrants play in the United States and global economy.

Thousands of Santa Cruz residents marched from the Beach Flats to the town clock and on to San Lorenzo Park. At the town clock, the march from the Beach Flats met up with thousands of people who marched from the base of the UCSC campus.

An estimated 10,000 (or 12,000+) people marched through the streets of Watsonville to support the rights of immigrants and all people. From the Watsonville Plaza, people marched over the bridge to Pajaro and then up Main Street to Highway 152. The march then went through neighborhoods in the east side of Watsonville before returning to the Plaza.

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Surveillance Camera Walking Tour in Downtown Santa Cruz

On April 30th, I attended Free Skool Santa Cruz’s Surveillance Camera Walking Tour. After meeting at the Clocktower, we walked up Mission Street to get a bird’s eye view of the downtown. Our class started off with about a dozen people, including professor Winston Smith. In addition to pointing out cameras, our lesson for the day was to discuss various types of surveillance and the effects it has on individuals and society. We will also take a peek into the loss of public space and personal privacy on Pacific Avenue.

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A Small Taste of Santa Cruz Organizing for May Day 2006

Many businesses will be closed on Monday, May 1, 2006, as Santa Cruz prepares for a May Day work strike and consumer boycott. No Work, No School, No Buying, No Selling. UC Santa Cruz will be shut down from 6:00am to at least 12:00pm when UCSC students march to downtown Santa Cruz and join up with a demonstration starting in the Beach Flats.

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Critical Mass Bike Ride Rolls the Boardwalk

On Friday, April 29th, a large mass of bikers and a young girl with a scooter, took to the streets of Santa Cruz to celebrate Critical Mass, the bike ride which takes place the last Friday of each month all around the world.

Critical massers gathered at the town clock at about 5:00pm. At about 5:45pm, people hit the road. But, the word came in that 15 more bikers were waiting at the town clock under the assumption the ride would start at 6:00pm. So the mass returned to town clock and we were a united mass. Our travels took us down Pacific Ave., up Laurel St., down Center and past the Santa Cruz Police Department, through the Arcade and Boardwalk and up River St.

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