Homeless United for Friendship and Freedom


We meet weekly every Thursday usually at the Sub Rosa Cafe courtyard at 703 Pacific Ave. (downtown Santa Cruz) next to the Bike Church. We meet from 11 AM to 1 PM and usually beyond.

Temporarily we've relocated to the benches and tables between the courthouse and the San Lorenzo Park benchlands where the survival encampments of the homeless community are located.
The Courthouse is at 701 Ocean St. next to the San Lorenzo River with Ocean and Water being the nearest cross streets. We're meeting outside to maintain closer contact with the hundreds of unhoused folks living in the Benchlands under threat of being evicted but given no place to go.

You can call HUFF at 831-423-4833 between meetings for more information or to pass on reports to us of interest to unhoused folks and their supporters.

You can also get updates by joining the HUFF e-mail list by e-mailing rnorse3@hotmail.com. If you wish to continue to receive those updates and haven't done so already, please e-mail us as service is likely to be restricted soon.
If you wish to be removed from the list, likewise let us know, though in some cases you will need to unsubscribe at your end if you've been a longtime member.

HUFF has a facebook page which features regular announcements (usually reprints of HUFF e-mails and blog stories) at "https://www.facebook.com/HUFFSantaCruz/
Or type in "Homeless United for Friendship and Freedom (HUFF)" on the facebook search bar. You can message us there or e-mail us.

Food Not Bombs serves noon-5 PM daily at the city parking lot #22 at Front and Laurel as of mid-November 2020. Due to City harassment this location may change. Contact 575-770-3377 for their latest location.as the City demolishes buildings in its latest high-income gentrification efforts.

HUFF is primarily a civil rights organization concerned with exposing and correcting abuses by government and non-profit abuses against those outside. We have very limited resources and do more information-sharing than direct action.

To hear the most recent Bathrobespierre's Broadsides radio show (Sundays 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM, Thursdays 6-8 PM) focusing on homeless civil rights issues, go to http://www.freakradio.org Free Radio is no longer broadcasting, but is going out 24 hours on the net baring occasional technical problems.
If you missed the show or want to hear recent back shows, go to...Latest Shows and Lost Shows at http://www.huffsantacruz.org/Lostshows.html.

For more detailed info on past shows, scroll down to "Bathrobespierre's Broadsides" on this page. The more recent shows have brief descriptions on the HUFF blog.http://www.huffsantacruz.org/wordpress/

For Ursula Reid's commentary and extremely detailed description of many of the most recent shows go to Ursula's Utterances.
You can comment on the HUFF facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HUFFSantaCruz

To receive e-mail descriptions of shows, sign up for HUFF e-mail or check out the HUFF Blog.

HUFF Resolutions

Richard Quigley Radio Show Archive!

NEW LINK: John Colby's videos--many local homeless and police-related items here

NEW LINK: Salinas Union of the Homeless activist and archivist Wes White's videos here

OTHER LINKS: Go to http://www.huffsantacruz.org/links.html page.


To add your thoughts, e-mail rnorse3@hotmail.com Other stories including an archive of HUFF e-mailed stories can be found on the HUFF blog [access below].


 Whyte decision protects street artists right to sell not just display for donation

 Lavan decision demands cops stop destroying homeless property

 Hampsmire decision throws out Santa Cruz's "muzzle the musicians" law
 View actual Hampsmire decision here

 Martin v. Boise decision challenges Camping Bans in 9th Circuit Court district here

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 Santa Cruz's cop-initiated "Stay-Away" law (SCMC 13.08.100) which cops and rangers use to accompany harassment citations for using a park to sleep in at night (in a city with inadequate shelter)--SCMC 13.08.100 banning unhoused folks from otherwise public spaces on pain of fine and jail before any court process.


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!

Subscribe to HUFF Email List


HUFF Blog Several 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 HUFF Email List above.


Listen to Bathrobespierre's Broadsides on the net here

Watch an introductory video on YouTube.

The indomitable and irascible Robert Norse plays phone and on-the-street interviews with the houseless, and invites subsequent comments, information, or info at 423-4833 which is also the HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship and Freedom) phone line. If you get the voicemail, leave a message. Or e-mail rnorse3@hotmail.com.

Broadcast Schedule Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m with shows regularly extended to 3:00 p.m.
We have not had studio or phone access for several years, but may still be offering a reward for help finding a rentable place.
Call the HUFF number for info. We also are looking for a tree or second-story building to put up our antenna to return to the air. Help us to restore (mostly) uncensored Community Radio.

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!

Some archives include audios on earlier homeless subjects that were aired years later. Free Radio Santa Cruz began operating in the spring of 1995. The archives of homeless interviews and related material extend as far back as 1984.

  • Shows: 17-11-12 (November 12, 2017) and before - Ignore all links after 17-11-12. For those later post 17-11-12 shows as well as a few earlier shows go to the "Latest shows and Lost shows" link below.

    For brief descriptions of most shows in 2017 and in following years, go to the HOT, RECENT, AND LOCAL STORIES! section of this page and click on Full Blog Archive click here. Check on the right side of the Archive page under recent posts to find a (very) brief summary of the show.

  • To read content summaries for many shows before 17-11-12, go to the "Descriptions" link below. Many older archived shows have not yet been briefly described, but are available to hear. (see below)

  • Descriptions: and access to most current shows, some older shows and more, click here to hear many shows 2004-2017.
  • An Archive of the Oldest Shows:1995-2004
  • Lastest shows and Lost Shows-Use this link to find the Latest show--done after November 12, 2017 (17-11-12). If you can't find a show under other categories like Latest Shows, Descriptions... or An Archive of..., try here as well. This is also the site where shows are archived that are defective or missing.

  • To find Descriptions of Flashback shows (older shows interviews, and records embedded in more recent ones), follow this link Flashback Replays Listing This listing describes on what shows the flashbacks and earlier interviews/events were carried.

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.
  • Also check out current issues and recent archives of The Street Spirit at http://www.thestreetspirit.org back through June 2011."
  • To vend Street Spirit yourself, contact Robert Norse at 831-423-4833 or rnorse3@hotmail.com.
  • To access more recent Street Spirits, go to http://www.thestreetspirit.org where current issues as well as complete archives back to 2007 and partial archives further back are on line.

  • 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

You can watch the entire Sleeping Ban Debate from Community TV Voices From The Village here

E. info@huffsantacruz.org · Ph. 831-423-HUFF