Santa Cruz Good Times

Friday
May 29th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Checking in with Occupy

occupySANTA CRUZ >  Occupy Santa Cruz protests at Wells Fargo

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, around 50 demonstrators associated with Occupy Santa Cruz gathered in front of the Wells Fargo on Front Street. The group was protesting the charges against 11 activists who had been involved the 75 River St. occupation that took place late last year, as well as the city's overall treatment of homeless people.

“After being out on the streets, you definitely start to realize that we live in a police state,” said "JP," an activist holding signs condemning capitalism. “And now that the camp by the courthouse has been split up, homeless people are scattered around and business owners are starting to get upset again.”

 When asked about the current state of the OSC movement, JP said that the organization’s numbers have died down since the camp evacuation last December. “There’s a lot of coming and going, but right now there’s about 30 of us that are heavily involved," he said. "A lot of it has to do with the winter. I expect that we’ll pick up during the summer. Today, we got a lot of positive reception from people that passed by.”

The group of protestors convened in front of the bank at 3 p.m. and stayed until 6 p.m. Wells Fargo closed at 4 p.m., an hour earlier than they do normally. Nobody who worked in the bank could be reached for comment.

Robert Norse, one of the 11 defendants who is scheduled to be arraigned next week, told GT that out of the 11 people who were arrested for involvement with the 75 River St. occupation, five of them were reporters for alternative media outlets who were charged with vandalism, conspiracy and trespass. “Those charges are erroneous,” Norse says. “The Santa Cruz Police are targeting journalists who are sympathetic to the Occupy movement. We still have support, though—there’s a real common struggle that we’re all facing here.”

Several squad cars showed up across the street during the three hours that the protestors were at the bank, but nobody was told to leave. “You can expect more of these kinds of protests,” JP said.

Other protest and solidarity events coming up in the near future include a planned prison occupation on Feb. 20, a strike at UC Santa Cruz on March 1, and a March against foreclosure on March 11.

    

  

Comments (5)Add Comment
...
written by Justin Kennedy, February 29, 2012
Felt I had to respond to Lou Cipher's comment. This article is neutrally reporting the comments of the Occupy protestors. Unfortunately I was unable to get any comment from security guards or the employees of the bank. I am not endorsing or putting down the Occupy movement, just reporting what they are currently saying.
...
written by Psilocybanon, February 27, 2012
There was no reason for these people to be arrested. They were exercising their first amendment and if you don't like it, DON'T LISTEN!
...
written by Robert Norse, February 19, 2012
Any reason my last comment hasn't posted? Please contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to clarify what your criteria are.
...
written by Lou Cipher, February 18, 2012
the "occupy" movement is nothing more than bums, losers, and socialists. The fact that Norse is involved says it all. Of course "GT" is sympathetic, being the leftist rag that it is.
...
written by Ed Zachary, February 18, 2012
The moral strength of peaceful civil disobedience comes from the willingness of the protesters to accept punishment for their actions because they so strongly believe in their cause. See Ghandi, or Nelson Mandella as examples. These protesters, however, seem to believe that they should be excused for breaking the law because they feel strongly about their positions ... not a lot of moral strength in that approach.

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Ocean Odyssey

Sailing the high seas from Santa Cruz to French Polynesia, Sally-Christine Rodgers documents the trials, tribulations and joys of exploring the world by boat

 

Gemini Festival of Goodwill, World Invocation Day

This entire week is a preparation by the New Group of World Servers (NGWS) for the June full moon (Tuesday) and to welcome the Forces of Reconstruction, great outer planetary forces streaming into the Earth at the Gemini Solar Festival. The Gemini Festival at the June full moon is called the Festival of Goodwill and World Invocation Day (recitation of the Great Invocation, the mantram of direction for humanity, hourly around the world). During the (12 degrees) Gemini festival, the Wesak blessing of the will-to-good is released and radiated (Gemini distributes) to humanity. When the will-to-good is received, humanity is then able to radiate goodwill to each other and to the kingdoms. The Gemini Festival is the third of the Three Spring Festivals (triangle of Force), setting the spiritual template and resources for Earth for the rest of the year (‘til next spring). This festival recognizes the true spirit of humanity—aspiring toward and seeking the will of God, dedicated to right human relation. At the full moon, the Divine nature of humanity is recognized. Christ stands with humanity, leader of his people, “the Eldest in a great family of brothers” (Romans VIII, 29.) Each year at the Gemini festival, Christ preaches the last sermon of Buddha, His brother, a sermon calling forth human and spiritual unity, represented by an outflow of love (work of the Christ) and wisdom (work of the Buddha). The forces of reconstruction stream in during the Festival, ushering in an era of pronounced creative activity, rebuilding the tangible world on new creative lines. This necessitates the total destruction of the old forms no longer useful for the new world era. Everyone is invited. Join us everyone for this Festival of Goodwill by reciting the Great Invocation.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of May 29

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

The Main Avant

Jozseph Schultz caters New Music Works’ 35th annual Avant Garden Party, plus brews for a cause

 

What will Santa Cruz be like in the future?

 society that is more awakened and realizes its own value and the beauty of the stunning Earth. Marguerite Clifford, Felton, Nutrition Health Care

 

Chesebro Wines

Piedras Blancas-Roussanne 2011

 

Real Thai Kitchen

Ratana Bowden on why Thai cuisine isn’t as spicy as everyone thinks