Saturday, January 28, 2017

Thousands Participate in Santa Cruz Women’s March

Thousands of people marched in downtown Santa Cruz on January 21 in the Women’s March Santa Cruz County.

The Women’s March Santa Cruz County coincided with the Women’s March on Washington DC, as well as those held internationally.

In Santa Cruz there was nearly an hour and a half of solid, continuous marching from Church Street to the Louden Nelson Center, after the front of the group started moving and reached Pacific Avenue.

Women’s March Santa Cruz Mission Statement:

"We stand with you, our partners and allies, to march in solidarity to protect the rights of ALL, including Women, LGBTQ, Immigrants, Religious Freedom, People with disabilities, and rights of People of color, sending a bold message to our administration and to the world. We recognize that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. All Human Rights matter- defenders of Human Rights join us!"

More photos can be seen on flickr or Facebook

Monday, January 23, 2017

Inauguration Day Protest Blocks Streets in Santa Cruz

For several hours, community members blocked the intersection of Pacific Avenue and Water Street at the Town Clock in downtown Santa Cruz as part of a series of interrelated Inauguration Day events to protest the presidency of Donald Trump on January 20.

Student marchers arrive at the Santa Cruz Town Clock

Organized as a general strike, students from multiple Santa Cruz area schools staged walk outs to join the demonstration. Students and faculty members at the University of California Santa Cruz participated in a UC system-wide walkout, marching from campus to the downtown. Additionally, a march was held on Pacific Avenue, and later in the day activists constructed a large wall out of cardboard boxes that blocked Cooper Street.

Faculty members march at UC Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Town Clock

Sit-in in the intersection of Water and Pacific, in front of the Town Clock