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City Council defied the Defund the Police demands made repeatedly at the last three Council sessions & direct action protests outside their homes by accepting at $750,000 federal grant for more SCPD enforcement (2 “Community Service” Officers) targeting minors and tobacco sellers. More expensive and repressive drug war and more powers to an unrestrained local police force that is neither transparent, accountable, nor a peace force. No change or discussion happened at the September 8th City Council. None is planned.
The D.A. and the SCPD have not dropped inflated and groundless felony charges against MARTY MIRABEL (“PIRATE”) for defending his friend Ben’s vehicular home from a massive police raid in violation of CDC “shelter-in-place” guidelines. Police continue to cite and harass Ben in spite of the CDC requirements and the Martin v. Boise decision prohibiting such official terrorism.
Optimists report six motels have been funded to assist some of the vulnerable houseless, but there are no indoor areas set aside for the toxic air quality alerts, the smoke danger, and cooling functions–particularly impactful of those outside. Dangerous COVID-19 vulnerable group shelters at the Vet’s Hall, Armory, “Housing Mumblings” Paul Lee Loft, and Laurel St. continue to be the main “go to” for police” as an “alternative” when they threaten camps.
Encampments along the San Lorenzo pathway near the Broadway bridge and along Hiway 1 at River St. have multiplied exponentially, without any expanded resources such as portapotties or wash stations. Mixed reports indicate the typical “emergency shelter” discrimination at the evacuation refugee camps favoring recently arrived middle class homeless against more impoverished long-term local unhoused folks.
No indication that vendors on Beach St. have been invited to resume their family-sustaining sidewalk businesses down near the Boardwalk.
VIDEOS OF AN SCPD GANG SURROUNDING A TACKLED AND TASERED BLACK MAN just outside the Westside Farmer’s Market at 12:40 PM 9-12-20 yesterday at https://twitter.com/gardengorl/status/1304894730698764290?s=12&fbclid=IwAR0k0z8qdkPJUWAeHAdT91f6CSbrqe71bpIs_vT7Mc9_YaLzu5m5CX7C3AA
EARLIER VIDEO OF THE POLICE MOBBING OF MARTY AT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP_IS4fR2JM&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR31gdenzugCVMc_TnLhFJwK_P-jgh-nLUzoTe250Wa0fnza5usMZPwHQKA
ON TODAY’S BATHROBESPIERRE’S BROADSIDES SHOW:
*** Part 2 of the last mass protest in Santa Cruz backing the still-banned Latinx vendors from Beach St: the Vendors speak. 8-18
*** Rally in front of Cynthia Mathew’s House on August 18th as the Council Zooms behind Closed Doors with no discussion of the budget nor of police defunding. 8-18
*** More Vendor Speeches at the close of the Rally at City Hall 8-18
*** Councilmember-in-exile Chris Krohn on “The Lessons of the Recall” and other topics 8-18
*** Angry Encampment Politics Along the Levee 9-11
*** Short Clips–Police Violence & Racist Discrimination Around the Country–Best Reason Not to Give Up Here
*** A Noon Visit with HUFF at City Hall 9-9.
*** Updates with “Furtive-but-Friendly” Fox, “Nutcracker” Nick, “Katzenjammer” Keith McHenry,
“Bathrobespierre” Robert, and “All in” Alicia Kuhl at the HUFFmeet
*** George Carvalho, Santa Cruz and San Benito County Patient Advocate on Riess Hearing “Protections” for those threatened with forcible psychiatric medication against their will.
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