Police Violence

Send Back The BearCat

Petitioning Santa Cruz City Council: Send Back the BearCat Please Sign the Petition Last week, President Obama ended the federal government's transfer of military equipment to police departments and limited the transfer of a broader range of military-style equipment, including vehicles like the BearCat that our City Council recently allowed the Santa Cruz Police Department … Continue reading Send Back The BearCat

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

Politics And Policing Do Not Reflect Santa Cruz Values: Say No To Homeland Security Grant

Not in Santa Cruz Take Action! Sign the Letter Below! Add your signature to this letter (for complete language,click READ THE PETITION in petition box or below) requesting Santa Cruz City Council rescind their vote to partner with Homeland Security. The militarization of Santa Cruz, California, like many cities across the nation, is being called … Continue reading Politics And Policing Do Not Reflect Santa Cruz Values: Say No To Homeland Security Grant

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

UN Torture Watchdog Urges US To Crack Down On Police Brutality

U.N. Committee against Torture The U.N. Committee against Torture urged the United States on Friday to fully investigate and prosecute police brutality and shootings of unarmed black youth and ensure that taser weapons are used sparingly. The panel's first review of the U.S. record on preventing torture since 2006 followed racially-tinged unrest in cities across … Continue reading UN Torture Watchdog Urges US To Crack Down On Police Brutality

In Defense Of Looting

For most of America’s history, one of the most righteous anti-white supremacist tactics available was looting. As protests in Ferguson continued unabated one week after the police killing of Michael Brown, Jr., zones of Twitter and the left media predominantly sympathetic to the protesters began angrily criticizing looters. Some claimed that white protesters were the … Continue reading In Defense Of Looting

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

Why Activists Are Blocking an Israeli Ship From Docking on the West Coast

A coordinated “Block the Boat” solidarity action will leave Israel looking elsewhere to unload its goods. Amidst the terror Israel has unleashed on Gaza, activists on the West Coast have organized a Palestinian solidarity action that is not only politically symbolic, but economically hits Israel where it hurts. Starting Saturday, activists in Oakland, Los Angeles … Continue reading Why Activists Are Blocking an Israeli Ship From Docking on the West Coast

Our World Needs More Hedy Epstein's

The article below highlights Hedy Epstein's most recent stand for Justice. Hedy, who recently celebrated her 90th birthday stated, “I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn’t think I would have to do it when I was 90. We need to stand up today so that people won’t have to do this … Continue reading Our World Needs More Hedy Epstein's

China Lock-Down Seals Off Tibetan Unrest

Written by Michael Bristow Freedom For Tibetans In the past week alone, five people have set themselves on fire, in a campaign calling for more freedom for Tibetans. From the air, the snow-capped mountains of China's Sichuan province push through the clouds in dramatic formations. But it is not easy to see them from the … Continue reading China Lock-Down Seals Off Tibetan Unrest