We meet Wednesday mornings at the Sub Rosa Cafe at 703 Pacific Ave. (downtown Santa Cruz) 11 AM to 1 PM. Free beverage. Food Not Bombs serves 4 PM- 5:30 PM near the steps of the main Santa Cruz Post Office on Saturdays and Sundays where HUFFsters often lurk... HUFF activists often gather informally 6-7 PM at Calvary Episcopal Church (the "Red Church") at Lincoln and Cedar in Santa Cruz every week at the homeless meal. Join us.
NEW LINK: John Colby's videos--many local homeless and police-related items here
HOT, RECENT, AND LOCAL STORIES!
To add your thoughts and info - click "Leave a Reply" at the end of the article and leave your comment. Other stories including an archive of HUFF e-mailed stories can be found on the HUFF blog [access below].
HUFF is Santa Cruz's oldest and most stubbornly persistent grass roots homeless advocacy group. We make trouble for the powers that be and fight institutional human rights abuses such as the "blanket ban": a Santa Cruz City Council law prohibiting homeless mothers and children from covering up with a blanket between the hours of 11 p.m. and 8:30 a.m.
Get involved!!! Join our electronic mailing list - you'll receive meeting notices, updates about HUFF activities, press releases, information about homelessness issues and events in Santa Cruz and elsewhere, as well discuss what needs to be done to make change happen!
HUFF E-MAIL ARCHIVE AND BLOG
HUFF Blog About a dozen times a week HUFF activists send out e-mails about local protests, homeless news in Santa Cruz and other cities, and related controversies. These e-mails are archived here, the choicest of which are highlighted in the Hot Issues section above or on the HOT ISSUES ARCHIVE above. You can comment by clicking "Leave a Reply". You can also join the HUFF e-mail list by using the Yahoo Group sign-up above.
The indomitable and irascible Robert Norse hosts in studio guests, on-the-street interviews with the houseless, and listener call in's at (831) 427-FRSC or 427-3772. Phone HUFF (831) 423-4833 if you want to be a guest or have comments. If you get the voicemail, leave a message with phone or e-mail.
Broadcast Schedule Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Free Radio Santa Cruz is also reportedly picked up by pirate broadcasters and relayed at 101.3 FM.
You don't have to be at your computer to listen if you have a smart phone. Browse for "Free Radio Santa Cruz", click on the web link, and put this up as an application. You can then hear BB show where-ever you go!
HUFF is working to fight efforts by the merchants and City Council to further a police crackdown on youth, homeless and counter-culture folks downtown. In the last decade, City Council passed a variety of new laws, strengthening the anti-homeless "Downtown Ordinances". These changes gave police greater powers of selective enforcement downtown against poor and homeless people, political activists, street performers, and others. READ MORE
Street Shit Sheet Archives - Read the Street Shit Sheet Online - Issues date from 1988 through 2002 (with a few issues published intermittently thereafter) and contain many contemporary documents and articles, as well as commentary and original reporting from the street. Note: The archives are graphic scans encapsulated in PDF format (image files, not text, and thus very large), and each file includes many issues. Be patient when downloading. We've just recently rescanned the entire archive to correct problems with the original scanning process, so they're now generally in order by edition and within each issue. A complete bound set of Street Shit Sheet archives is also available in the Reserve section of the main branch (downtown) of the Santa Cruz Public Library. They are a fascinating look into one man's view of the history of homeless civil rights action in Santa Cruz County.
Street Spirit Archives - Read through some of the highlights & history of Santa Cruz homeless activism (1996-2007) in a collection of selections from past issues of The Street Spirit, a monthly sold by homeless and poor people for survival coins. Reports from other cities as well by Santa Cruz writers.
The first 50 minutes of this video is largely a puff piece, but 49 minutes into this video from Community TV, HUFF activist Robert Norse demands HSC director Martinez restore the HSC's prior policy. Prior to Martinez, the HSC gave out letters documenting the HSC's lack of shelter to the police, city attorney, and courts to discouage and/or dismiss Sleeping Ban tickets. Martinez lies with a smile about the issue. Fast forward past the fluff to hear this exchange."
Current Events, Direct Action, Meetings & Protests
Cutback COP CRACKDOWNS -- Not Social Services!
Stop Sleeping Ban Busts Not Youth Facilities !
Video Debate Watch a short clip from the Sleeping Ban Debate 2007 No Rest for the Weary
Watch the entire Sleeping Ban Debate from Community TV Voices From The Village on Youtube: CLICK HERE TO PLAY!