Militarization

The Border Patrol is Getting Away with Murder

Update (6/1/2016): Six years after Anastasio Hernández Rojas’ death, there sadly remains no accountability for his brutal killing. In November 2015, the Department of Justice declined to bring criminal charges against any of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel involved in his death. More than six months later, CBP has not announced any administrative … Continue reading The Border Patrol is Getting Away with Murder

Akalá: Uncle Pompous

Akala began his career as a grime artist, but has moved away from the genre over time and has become a conscientious hip-hop artist, with many tracks containing heavily researched historical facts and deep messages. Akala's lyrics focus upon social class struggle, social conditioning and alienation among the disenfranchised. About the Author: Kingslee James Daley … Continue reading Akalá: Uncle Pompous

Send Back The Bearcat: Santa Cruz Rally and Action

By Sherry Conable Join the NEXT Rally and Action! Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 4 PM - City Hall, 809 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA UPDATE Please see report below of progress and discoveries to date. SEND BACK THE BEARCAT ARMORED MILITARY VEHICLE (Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck) Come speak to the Council or … Continue reading Send Back The Bearcat: Santa Cruz Rally and Action

The Violence Of The Status Quo

Michael Brown, Ferguson and Tanks Years ago I thought about writing a paper I would call “The Violence of the Status Quo.” I never wrote that paper. Perhaps now is the time—although it would have been appropriate any time in the last 500 years of US history. Michael Brown, yes, and as of August 19 … Continue reading The Violence Of The Status Quo

Give Back The Bearcat - Stop Militarization Of Local Law Enforcement

Take Action Today! Sign the petition and stay informed about upcoming local actions to stop escalating militarization of the Santa Cruz Police Department. Letter to City Council To: Santa Cruz City Council On December 9 the Santa Cruz City Council passed a Resolution to accept a Homeland Security Grant in the amount of $251,293 for … Continue reading Give Back The Bearcat - Stop Militarization Of Local Law Enforcement

Chris Hedges: Defending Our Civil Liberties

"A culture that does not grasp the vital interplay between morality and power, which mistakes management techniques for wisdom, and fails to understand that the measure of a civilization is its compassion, not its speed or ability to consume, condemns itself to death." ~ Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion: The end of Literacy and the … Continue reading Chris Hedges: Defending Our Civil Liberties

Witnesses Report Excessive Use Of Force By SCPD During Arrest Near Court House

Witnesses to the recent tasing and arrest of a man in Santa Cruz describe the incident differently from the account communicated by police through the reporting of the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Individuals on the scene report excessive force was used when officers with the SCPD arrested Oliver Howard near the Court House on Water Street … Continue reading Witnesses Report Excessive Use Of Force By SCPD During Arrest Near Court House

No City Police Needs An Armored Tank: Demilitarize U.S. Police

Take Action Today! Help Paul Hogarth, collect the needed signatures for change through Daily Kos. Sign the petition urging all local governments to follow the example of Davis, California—and tell their police to dump its military equipment. Some of the most disturbing footage to come from Ferguson, Missouri involved the armored vehicles, assault weapons and … Continue reading No City Police Needs An Armored Tank: Demilitarize U.S. Police

The New Gold Rush Israel’s Most Important Source of Capital: California

Stopping the Flow of Capital Last Saturday between one and two thousand protesters marched on the Port of Oakland to blockade one of its busy marine terminals and prevent an Israeli ship from docking. After confronting a line of police guarding the waterfront the protesters declared victory; the Zim Lines vessel hovered offshore, afraid to … Continue reading The New Gold Rush Israel’s Most Important Source of Capital: California