|Taking Back Pacific Avenue and Defending Artist, Vendors, & the Community Against Bad Laws
|Saturday April 30
|12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
|Soquel and Pacific on Pacific Avenue outside Forever 21. Or whereever the wind blows or the police push us.
|rnorse3 [at] hotmail.com
|309 Cedar St. P.O. Box 14B, Santa Cruz, 95060
| Join us at noon on Pacific to TAKE BACK THE PUBLIC SPACE ! We’ll share coffee, brownies, strong opinions, and heart space with all comers.
HUFF [Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom] is tabling to raise public awareness about and action around…
+++ The upcoming attack on vendors and other non-commercial folks on the street by the City Council with its new “Vanish the Vendors” ordinance. The law reportedly returns to City Council on May 10th. See http://scsire.cityofsantacruz.
+++ Support for and solidarity with artists on Pacific Avenue, notably two arrested on Saturday April 16 for “displaying artwork outside the blue dotted area’. See “Pacific Avenue Santa Cruz: The Joff Jones and Alex Skelton Report on Freedom in the USA” at http://www.indybay.org/
+++ Join the HUFF campaign to open the City Hall bathrooms 24-hours a day, reopen the closed Soquel Ave. garage bathroom, and bring Santa Cruz into the 21st Century on elementary health and sanitation matters.
+++ Support the HUFF campaign to replace “forbidden zones” blue “performance pens”, and “move along” laws with the successful Voluntary Street Performers Guidelines–which worked well from 1980 to 2002, until torpedoed by a merchant-hamstrung City Council. See http://www.buskersadvocates.
Bring video and audio devices if you’ve got ’em (phones will do)!
Special coverage of Freedom SleepOut #42 and Council Capers before it; Interviews with the unrepentant unhoused: Dreamcatcher, Brent Adams, Sgt. Bush, Sherry, and others.
Come early at 10 AM to work on Freedom SleepOut #43 with Toby Nixon.
|Support Beach Flats Garden Defenders Then Defend the Right to Sleep– Freedom SleepOut #42
|Tuesday April 26
|5:00 PM – 5:00 AM
|Outside, Inside, and Outside City Council at Church and Center across from the Main Library in Downtown Santa Cruz
|Toby Nixon (post by Norse)
|tobynixon [at] gms.com
A show with no flashbacks ! Pacific Avenue Protest Solidarity with Arrested Freedom Artists Joff Jones and Alex Skelton..Street Interviews with Gary Currey, racially harassed for sleeping…Thursday interview on Alex & Joff’s recent arrest..Earlier Joff interview on their August 2015 arrest…Nick Bulaich’s Danger Report from Cannabis Negative Board of Supervisors …Red Church Interviews…Freedom SleepOut #41 Interviews…Wes White’s Extensive Salinas Update on the Month-long Sleepout outside their City Hall…and more!
Tonight’s show returns to June 20, 2000. We follow City Council’s retreat from its previous endorsement of the Safe Sleeping Zones in the industrial areas, jewelry seizure by the SCPD, Robert Steffan–the Pink Guy who previously lived in a garbage bag outside Bunny’s Shoes, a lengthy analysis of City Council treachery against the homeless by Chamber of Commerce CEO Mike Schmidt and insider Activist David Silva, as well as a dialogue on the Nueva Vista “oust the Latinos” project then called the Dolphin-Lee project.
|HUFF Tabling Against Police Repression Downtown
|Thursday April 21
|1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
|Pacific Avenue near Soquel next to Forever 21 or nearby
|To protest the heavy police (SCPD, 1st Alarm, Host) harassment of the poor, the artists, the vendors, the performers, and the activists on Pacific Avenue.
The “Vanish the Vendors” ordinance is due to return May 10th to City Council. This law will freeze into law police power to continue and increase the threats, citations, and arrests police have already introduced for the last few weeks downtown. See “…Vanish the Vendors Law…” at http://www.indybay.org/
Most notorious was the arrest of Alex Skelton and Joff Jones (See “Pigs Repress Free Speech on Pacific” at http://www.indybay.org/
HUFF will be tabling to demand an end to the restrictive boxes, forbidden zones, and move-every-hour law to return to the peaceful and success Voluntary Downtown Performance Guidelines. It voted at its weekly meeting to support those guidelines and expand them more broadly to vendors, tabler, and others engaging in extended non-commercial speech. See”Santa Cruz, California Street Performing Voluntary Guidelines” at http://www.buskersadvocates.
Other HUFF concerns include its Give A Shit! campaign: restoration and opening of 24-hour bathrooms, including Soquel garage bathroom (closed for three weeks for “vandalism”); end harassment of poor people with no legal shelter the right to sleep at night and cover up with blankets; and the broad restoration of public space in parks and public walkways (heavily monopolized by commercial interests downtown).
Bring signs, friends, video, and high spirits!
Iced tea and brownies likely available for early arrivals.
For more event information:
Freedom Sleeper Sidewalk Snoozer Toby Nixon says 10 AM is meeting time for those who want to scheme for next week’s Freedom SleepOut.
HUFF will roll out its agenda as soon after 11 as it can seat the restless coffee sippers. Prospects: Bathroom Bullshit–How Can “Vandalism” Close Down the Soquel Garage Bathroom Day and Night for Three Weeks? … Vanishing Vendors–Strategy for the next Council “Crap on the Street Folks” Session and Beyond… Questions for Commisar Collins–the Man Behind the Vanishing Vendors Law… and more.
|As Cops Handcuff Artists on Pacific, Freedom SleepOut #41 Raises Its Sleepy Head
|Tuesday April 19
|5:00 PM – 9:00 AM
|Bricked area next to the sidewalk in front of City Hall Courtyard across from the main library. The event begins around 5 PM with a prior flyer-and-feed prologue from Food Not Bombs. Keith McHenry will be reminding City Hall that “we’re still here” and “the abuses have not gone away.”
|Toby Nixon (posted by Norse)
|tobynixon [at] gms.com
|BACK TO THE BRICKS
In spite of internal disputes, activists will return to City Hall today (Tuesday 4-19) to challenge impervious and abusive City Hall authority backing the endless low-intensity War Against the Homeless.
Instead the homeless remain outside–the target of police, security guards, and NIMBY’s who use them. They are free, even encouraged, to harass those without shelter under the City’s Sleeping Ban (MC 6.36.010a), the “Closed Spaces” ordinance (MC 13.04.011), and other laws designed to make Santa Cruz a “less welcoming place” to the poor.
More info at http://freedomsleepers.org/
Even if you have no intention of ever going in the shelter, signing up is a good idea (and has to be renewed ever three days by phone). Citations given under MC 6.36 must be automatically dismissed by the City Attorney short of court according to MC 6.36.055. Section A of that law also states ” A person shall not be in violation of this chapter if, at the time of his or her citation for a violation of this chapter, either: the winter shelter at the Santa Cruz National Guard Armory is filled to capacity; or the person is currently on the waiting list for shelter service through one of the shelter programs offered by the Homeless Services Center or the River Street Shelter in Santa Cruz.”
EARLIER READ AND FEED
Food and flyers will be available earlier in the afternoon with Food Not Bombs organizer Keith McHenry and local FNBers. There’s no regular City Council meeting until April 26th when the Vanish the Vendors ordinance will reappear [See http://www.indybay.org/
Scott Collins, Assistant City Manager and one of the movers and shakers of the proposed VtV law, has not yet responded to questions about the law or agreed to meet.
BUMRUSHING BLUE BRACKET ARTISTS
Meanwhile last Saturday, two street artists were arrested and hauled away in handcuffs after refusing to sign their citations, as they had previously done in the past. [See “Pigs Repress Free Speech on Pacific” at http://www.indybay.org/
Alex Skeleton and Joff had previously won a trial against being “outside the blue boxes” [the bracketed and/or dotted areas on Pacific Ave. that “allow” artist activity]. They have been displaying and selling their artwork downtown for the last 9 months with no threats of citation recently. For more extensive background: http://www.indybay.org/
More info at http://freedomsleepers.org/
SUPPORT THE RIGHT TO SLEEP, THE RIGHT TO USE PUBLIC SPACE, AND THE RIGHT TO BASIC DIGNITY FOR EVERYONE.
KEEP THE PRESSURE ON CITY HALL.
THE RIGHT TO SLEEP IS THE RIGHT TO LIVE.
Preliminary news of the arrest of “Art is Free” painter Alex and fellow painter Joff on Pacific Avenue Saturday afternoon. Special C-4 Committee set up by the Board of Supervisors to propose marijuana cultivation restrictions. Two members weigh in with a report on what will be coming up at the Tuesday April 19 meeting of the Board of Superisors: Extended interviews with C-4 members Nick Bulach and Colin Disheron. A lookback at Freedom Sleep-Out #40 and look forward to upcoming Tuesday Freedom Sleep-Out #41 on April 19. Berkeley activist and attorney Osha Neuman will discuss PC 647e, the infamous “no lodging” law used by Santa Cruz authorities against protesters and homeless folks