Santa Cruz Good Times

Tuesday
Oct 21st
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Occupy Escalates

occupy2SANTA CRUZ > Protestors occupy building adjacent to Wells Fargo

On Wednesday, Nov. 30 at around 2 p.m. in the afternoon, Occupy protestors marched across the intersection of River and Water streets and illegally entered the abandoned building currently owned by the Wells Fargo across the street. Protestors who wished to remain anonymous explained that they were able to pick the locks of the building without causing any damage to the doors.

By 4 p.m. more protestors had entered the building and some began to hang banners and signs up on the inside of the windows and from the roof that featured slogans like “Seize the Banks,” and “Occupy Everything.” (The latter originally read “Oocupy Everything,” but was later corrected.) Several police cars gathered in the parking lot, and some police officers stood nearby the bank’s open doors watching the Occupiers move in and out of the building.

”Right now we’re trying to make sure that they [the Occupiers] don’t cause any damage to the building,” one officer told GT. “We don’t want to confront them even though they are illegally trespassing. We’re being reasonable. When I approached the doorway, I was greeted by a bunch of kids wearing bandanas and yelling ‘F you Pig!’ in my face.”

Desiree Foster, the official media representative for OSC, told GT that the reason that protestors moved into this abandoned building was because they hoped to make it their official headquarters for an indefinite period of time. “This building has been abandoned for three years,” she said. “The winter’s coming up so we could really use this space. We’re claiming this building under the law of adverse possession.”

‘Adverse possession’ refers to a common law that states that a property can change ownership without compensation to the original owner if it is held for a specified period and in a manner which conflicts with the true owner’s rights. Fliers passed out by Occupiers near the front doors stated that under adverse possession, a “space is most beneficial to the people who use it. Spaces like this one, reclaimed from the wealthiest 1 percent, are places where we [the Occupiers] can seek redress to our grievances. In the years to come, this space will be used to organize humanitarian efforts, house a library, and provide a forum for discussions”

Foster further stated that the people camping in San Lorenzo Park would be welcome to stop by the building but that they could only stay there as long if they actively helped out with the movement.

Zach Friend, spokesman for the Santa Cruz Police Department (SCPD), told GT that the property owner asked the police to remove the Occupiers for trespassing. “It’s unfortunate Occupy SC is escalating this well beyond what their original purpose was,” Friend says. “We’ve [SCPD] been measured and balanced for these five weeks and it is our intention to maintain that approach. Hopefully they agree to leave peacefully and don’t further encourage an escalation of events.”

Later that evening, a ballooning number of demonstrators sang “Hey hey hey…goodbye!” as police retreated from the protest.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Field Work

Santa Cruz Mountain winemakers explain how the harvest works, and what kind of wine to expect from this year's crop

 

Libra's Two Choices

Libra (our last week) is the sign of creating right relations and values. In Libra we are asked to choose how to be, our identity in the world. We can maintain a hermetic sealed-off attitude (my life, my work, my money, etc.) or we can gain knowledge of world events and learn more about those in need. Libra is a group sign—self with others. Here are some events occurring in our world this week concerning food, poverty, spirituality, values and global realities. The UN (a spiritual experiment) each month places a “light” upon world problems. This week a light shines on Rural Women, Farms, Food & Poverty. Before we choose to respond we must have knowledge. “So we can each do our part.” Oct. 15 - International Day of Rural Women (unrecognized with few resources); Oct. 16 - World Food Day & Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth; Oct. 17 - Eradication of Poverty Day (international). During the month of Libra (with Saturn exalted), we pause, contemplate and assess what it is we know, don’t know, and need to know. Libra receives and distributes Ray 3 of divine intelligence, right relations, right choice and right economy (Venus). Use your intelligence “tips the Libran scales” in terms of being able to see and then choose between the two paths Libra offers (return to the past or step forward into Scorpio’s Discipleship). Libra (the oscillating light) prepares us for the great tests and conflicts in Scorpio. In Libra we are subtly tested as we learn the nature of polarized energies (s/he loves me, s/he loves me not). In Libra we learn more about ourselves through others. Libra’s Ray 3 asks us to become more adaptable and skillful. And then we are to teach each other what we know. In Libra, we all become teachers. In all these ways love is cultivated.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Docs Without Borders

United Nations Association Film Festival showcases documentaries from around the globe
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Nut Kreations

Co-owner Craig Olsen goes nuts over nuts

 

What artist or artists participating in the encore weekend of Open Studios should not be missed?

Santa Cruz | Teacher

 

Martin Ranch Winery

Friends who are wine club members of Martin Ranch invited us to the winery’s fun and festive annual barbecue, where the wine is flowing and the food just keeps on coming. Music and dancing are part and parcel of the action, and a good time is guaranteed.

 

Beer Bus

Santa Cruz’s new Brew Cruz, award winning ales, mole by el Jardín, and Wildcat Ridge Chardonnay