This Sunday’s show revisits
…2005 Street interviews from Pacific Avenue
…phone discussion with “Tax and Regulate Marijuana” advocate and pollster Tim Rinker
…Mayor Mike Rotkin’s hokey Office of Compassionate Use (OCU) legislation, which host Norse denounces as “useless”, “non-compassionate”, and “not an office”
….Compassion Flower Inn hostess Andrea Tishler discusses the restrictive Santa Cruz marijuana ordinance and Santa Cruzans for Sensible Marijuana Policy working to put Santa Cruz’s Measure K on the November 2006 ballot
…Attorney Kate Wells praises a recent 9th Circuit decision overturning a law making it a misdemeanor to make false claim against a police officer, discusses local tasering cases, notes the upcoming Richard Quigley wake
…Street report of an early October assault allegedly prompted by Officer Pam Bechtel at Punker Corner
…In-Home Care worker Tim Ahern talks about “rocking the boat” in dealng with union bureaucrats Tony Madrigal and Cliff Tillman
COMING UP TUESDAY JULY 18TH in Santa Cruz: PROJECT [HOMELESS] CONNECT [10 am – 3:30 pm 440 Frederick St.], THE LOCAL ACLU “KNOW YOUR RIGHTS FOR THE HOUSELESS” [Louden Nelson Cedar and Laurel], & FREEDOM SLEEPOUT #106 [City Hall].
Keith McHenry just got out of the hospital last night after an emergency surgery on his back. His back was killing him on Sunday morning and he still did Food Not Bombs. Afterwards, he went to get an inexpensive massage. After which, he discovered he could not walk and his left leg fell out from under him. In the morning, he still couldn’t walk and fell down when trying to stand. He had to crawl to go to the bathroom. I took him to the emergency room. Seven hours later after an MRI, it was determined by a neurosurgeon he needed emergency back surgery since his nerve to his left leg was being compressed.
The surgery was the same time as the start of the Freedom Sleepers. We sleep at City Hall every Tuesday night to protest the sleeping ban and the criminalization of those living on the street. So I asked one of the awesome volunteers, Tyler, to go to city hall to let people know it wouldn’t be happening. Instead, everyone who usually sleeps out continued with the protest and food without us. They even had a literature table. This was so beautiful to get this news. Thank you Zav, Jesse, George, Kevin and Tyler for making it all happen! Sorry if I’m missing anyone.
Keith’s surgery was a success but it will be several weeks to possibly several months for him to walk without assistance.
While in the hospital, he got a surprise visit from one of our unhoused friends, Stanton, who rode his bike to the hospital. He arrived with a beautiful card he bought in which he asked people to sign. Over 25 people mostly living on the streets wrote beautiful messages to Keith. This touched Keith so deeply.
Keith has been working non-stop and maybe this is a blessing in disguise to slow down. We know that our local chapter and the Freedom Sleepers can rise to the occasion and fill Keith’s shoes. We love you all!!!!
More photos and comments at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10211253010855897&set=pcb.10211253014976000&type=3&theater
Contact 575-770-3377 to volunteer different kinds of support for the Survival Sleepers now dispersed to the Post Office and points along Pacific Avenue, to back Freedom SleepOut #106, and support Food Not Bombs locally and those whose only resting place is an illegal piece of sidewalk.
Leave your comments and questions at the same number. $500 reward for any info leading to Free Radio’s finding a 10′ X 10′ studio space for Free Radio Santa Cruz to rent in Santa Cruz.
The complete version of the November 8, 2005 flashback can be found at http://radiolibre.org/brb/brb051105.mp3 .