On Friday 1August2014, activists occupied the median strip on Water Street at Pacific Avenue across the street from the war protest sculpture titled “Collateral Damage”, talking to the public about their outrage over deaths of women and children in Gaza aided and abetted by US funding. Police arrived to inform them that local ordinances prohibit free speech in medians of Santa Cruz streets. Instead of agreeing to leave or sign promises to appear, these brave protesters decided to risk arrest and jail to get their message out.
Non-Violent Civil Disobedience
Civil disobedience has an honourable history, and when the urgency and moral clarity cross a certain threshold, then I think that civil disobedience is quite understandable, and it has a role to play.
<a href=”http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/a/al_gore.html”>Al Gore</a>
Gaza Protesters Block Sidewalks and Violate Sit/Lie Ordanances
A demonstration was held in downtown Santa Cruz on July 28 to protest Israel’s continued assault on Gaza and the people of Palestine. After rallying at the Town Clock, where many of the names and ages of Palestinians killed were displayed on placards, community members marched to the Cooper House on Pacific Avenue where a die-in was staged. Individuals laid down on the sidewalk and their bodies were outlined in chalk as organizers read the names and ages of Palestinian children killed since the war began on July 8.