Santa Cruz, CA

Toward an Abolitionist Horizon: On the Vandalism of Santa Cruz’s Black Lives Matter Mural

Santa Cruz People Over Policing (SC POP) - 08.24.2021
The vile defacement of Santa Cruz’s Black Lives Matter mural on Saturday, July 24, 2021 has generated rightful anger directed at the perpetrators of what can only be described as a hate crime. But recourse to a conventional criminal-justice response—expanding the purview of the SCPD—serves only to reinforce the structural racist violence at the center of policing and mass incarceration in the U.S. As members of Santa Cruz’s BIPOC community, we deserve better. Restorative justice and police abolition offer the best chance of repairing the damage and keeping us all safe—including when it comes to addressing senseless acts of white supremacy in our community.
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Standing against Line 3

Laurie Palmer - 08.18.2021
The struggle against Line 3 invites us to imagine a different future where Indigenous people are not dominated and cast aside by a colonial system, but rather exercise self-determination; a future where struggles by the people win out against the forces of capital and the state. Will Parrish – a Santa Cruz resident, organizer, PhD student, and investigative journalist – reports from a Line 3 water protector camp in Minnesota, where he is engaged with the Indigenous-led struggle against the Canadian multinational Enbridge’s laying a new pipeline that would bring Canadian tar sands oil into the U.S., crossing Anishinaabe land and the Mississippi River headwaters.
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Pesticide-Free Futures Begin with the Right to Know: A Brief History of the Fight Against Pesticide Racism in California Agriculture

Science for the People, Santa Cruz - 07.28.2021
California agriculture relies on chemical pesticides, many with known harmful effects on those who come in contact with them. On the front lines are the farmworkers and their families, who live and go to school nearby. Overwhelmingly immigrants and people of color, they are denied access to information about when and what is being sprayed.
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Santa Cruz City Council’s Cruel Camping Ban Criminalizes—and perpetuates—Houselessness

Westside Cares - 07.10.2021
As research and historical evidence shows, anti-homeless ordinances like Santa Cruz’s recently passed Camping Services and Standards Ordinance not only don’t work, they lead to further cycles of violence, more entrenched houselessness, and increases in police budgets and city legal expenses in fighting lawsuits—all in the interests of gentrification and real estate development.
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What is Affordable Housing?

Cyndi Dawson - 06.07.2021
If we are going to push Santa Cruz to build truly affordable housing, then we first need to understand what affordability is and what it is not.
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Colonialism: The True Cancel Culture

Martin Rizzo-Martinez - 06.07.2021
Decolonial removals of California Mission bells might be considered “cancel culture”—but actually it’s Indigenous history that’s erased by these monuments to dispossession and genocide.
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Statement on DSA-CA and the Road not Taken

DSA Santa Cruz Executive Committee - 03.24.2021
A process is underway to create a California-wide chapter of the DSA which will be voted upon by locals across California. While a statewide organization is a step forward, the current proposal represents a missed opportunity to really think creatively and democratically about socialist strategy and the appropriate form of organization for building power beyond the local level. Instead we are being be asked to vote to endorse an organization that is conceived as little more than a turn-out machine for statewide electoral campaigns and patterned on the same lines as National DSA.
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A Santa Cruz Green New Deal: Yes to Social Justice! No to Green Capitalism!

Ecosocialist Working Group - 03.06.2021
Proposed as a green jobs and justice program for the next ten years, the Green New Deal is both a social movement to unite diverse social justice struggles and a comprehensive platform for addressing climate change.
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Stop the Sweeps! Defending Houseless Comrades with Coalition Organizing

Stop the Sweeps Coalition - 02.10.2021
Stop the Sweeps was also successful because of our revolutionary perspective. We know that capitalism is the problem, and so we must fight capitalism at its roots.
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Seven Theses on the Post-Trump Right and DSA’s Role in the Fight Ahead

DSA Santa Cruz Executive Committee - 01.09.2021
As the largest and most organized force on the U.S left, DSA has a crucial role to play in how the broader left interprets and responds to the storming of the US Capitol. As socialists, we are opposed to everything that happened in Washington Wednesday because it was an attempt by racist, right wing extremists to grow their movement, not because we are, in principle, opposed to occupying Congress
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Workers of Bookshop Santa Cruz Unite!

Various DSA Members - 01.07.2021
One day after Bookshop Santa Cruz workers submitted a mission statement to owner Casey Coonerty Protti requesting voluntary recognition of their union with the Communication Workers of America Local 9423, the DSA Labor Working Group held a rally in support of their efforts.
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The Cruelty of the San Lorenzo Evictions: A First Hand Account

Abbi Samuels - 12.29.2020
Martin Bernal will continue to evict people from San Lorenzo Park during the holidays with no place to go. The City Council and much of the staff who care are all on vacation. Merry Christmas Santa Cruz!
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Santa Cruz’s Interim Recovery Plan: What’s Missing?

Electoral Action Working Group - 12.10.2020
The City’s Interim Recovery Plan leaves out the majority of Santa Cruzans–it is unacceptable and must be transformed to reflect the needs of working people.
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Statement on the 2020 Presidential Election

DSA Santa Cruz - 11.04.2020
Defending the integrity of the election results is the baseline. We have to do it, and we need to win, but in the DSA we know that elections are only one site among many where politics must occur. As socialists, we demand democracy, not only in elections, but in all areas of social life: in our workplaces, in our buildings, and on our blocks.
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Letter to Mayor & Chief of Police: Don't Use Police to Incite Violence or Silence Protestors

DSA Santa Cruz - 11.03.2020
If our democracy is truly under threat, the ONLY thing that will save it is a mass mobilization of people across the country, in red and blue states alike, shutting down cities, shutting down workplaces, and shutting down business as usual. The police will only exacerbate the ongoing violence of the state.
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The Karen to Cop Pipeline: Who are the Volunteer Cops and why are they targeting certain people with parking violation tickets?

Various DSA Members - 11.02.2020
In a town where many residents suffer extreme rent burden, it’s unsurprising to find workers, students, and disabled people living in vehicles. Targeting this precarious population with nuisance tickets for such violations as “tires too small” does nothing to solve the underlying crime of severe income inequality, it only makes it harder for people to maintain their vehicles and find secure housing. 
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Follow the Campaign Cash Flows

Chris Krohn - with input from the DSA Communications Working Group - 10.31.2020
Developer and real estate interests are funding at least three local candidates in the lead up to the November 3rd election and it is clear that real estate interests are trying to buy another city council. The overwhelming amount of money put up by the real estate industry and certain individual realtors for three candidates, is now clear and can be seen in the above candidate financial statements.
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Chief Andy Mills and the Thin Blue Line in the Sand

Comms Working Group - 10.28.2020
Skilled in the ways of PR and a subscriber to the fascist "thin blue line" philosphy, Chief Andy Mills is no friend of the people of Santa Cruz–whom he views as an unruly populace in need of counter-insurgency.
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Solidarity Not Charity! DSA Santa Cruz’s Mutual Aid Working Group (a.k.a Love Boat)

T. J. Demos - With input from Vicki Winters, Jo Isaacson, Abbi Samuels, and Madeleine Clyde - 10.28.2020
The Mutual Aid Working Group—a.k.a. the Love Boat—meets every Sunday morning to distribute food, hygiene, and first aid supplies to the unhoused community in Santa Cruz. Working from an anarcho-socialist theory of mutual aid, the group aims to build networks of social solidarity between the housed and the unhoused to effectively combat anti-homeless politics, meet the essential needs of some of the most disenfranchised folks living in our community, and build networks of support and collective care.
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