Eleven reporters and community activists were arrested last fall during an Occupy occupation. Seven journalists and spokespeople still face charges, but all should be acquitted.
A Santa Cruz judge acquitted four alleged Occupy Santa Cruz protesters, but the remaining defendants are all associated with independent media.
Protesters marched through downtown Santa Cruz on March 11 to raise awareness about fraudulent foreclosure practices.
“Santa Cruz 11″ faced with 22 charges after local authorities completed an investigation revolving around the November occupation of a vacant bank building. The 10 of the 11, including local homeless activist Robert Norse, have been charged with felonies.
One night in November of last year, John and Sue, both participants of Occupy Santa Cruz, threw a brick through the window of the Wells Fargo building downtown, just a few blocks from where they live. City on a Hill Press recently sat down with the pair to learn more about Occupy Santa Cruz, from an insider’s perspective — as well as what led them to vandalism for the sake of a cause.
Roughly 80 protesters occupied a vacant building at 75 River Street on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Santa Cruz police attempted to enter the building, but demonstrators barricaded the door.
The past two weeks have been tough for Occupy Santa Cruz. The city has issued a camping permit with strict guidelines, city attorneys have filed lawsuits against members of the encampment and the protesters are taking the city to federal court.
Bank Transfer Day doubles the amount of money being transferred from national banks and into community banks and credit unions since Sept. 29, the day Bank of America announced plans to implement a $5 debit card fee. Account holders at the large national banks have been taking action with their wallets since then, an action that has been costing Wall Street banks billions of dollars.
Hundreds of graduate students, undergraduate students, faculty, TAs and union workers marched from Quarry Plaza to downtown Santa Cruz yesterday. The march stopped at Wells Fargo and the Occupy Santa Cruz homebase.
From film screenings, to booths and human chains, Occupy SC was anything but boring over the weekend. The popular local arm of the Occupy Wall Street movement protested injustice and inequality all over town during the long, hot weekend, and many community members came out to join and support them, a sign that shows the movement is still strong.