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Drop the charges against the Santa Cruz 11!
 
It is high time that people started speaking out against the false charges leveled against a number of alternative media reporters and community activists, most of whom briefly entered the space & worked in their capacity- filming, photographing and recording interviews at a long-vacant bank building at 75 River Street in downtown Santa Cruz last November 2011 when a number of people Occupied the empty building for 3 days. The Santa Cruz Police Department apparently selected a small group out of the several hundred people who came and went from the building. The "Santa Cruz Eleven" are charged with felony vandalism, felony conspiracy to commit vandalism and misdemeanor trespass. District Attorney Bob Lee has presented no evidence yet that any of the 11 actually committed any vandalism, nor explained why a City Council member and the City Manager who both spent time inside were not being similarly charged if being there was "trespass" as charged against the SC-11.
 
Below you will find a link to an editorial written by Robert Norse about the Santa Cruz 11 and a sample letter to send by e-mail or snail mail or to be read over the phone if you call the 3 people in charge of prosecuting the Santa Cruz 11. Thank you for your support.
 
Sincerely,
 
John Thielking
pagesincolor@yahoo.com
 
 
The Sentinel has restored the original editorial by Robert Norse. It's now at http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_19998753?I and the Sentinel titles it "Robert Norse: Occupy Santa Cruz Trials May Turn Into A Costly Circus".
 
This link takes you to the Santa Cruz Sentinel article that details the charges leveled against the Santa Cruz 11: 
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_19931484?source=pkg
 
The charges are that each person allegedly involved with the takeover of 75 River St is being charged with felony vandalism (more than $400), felony conspiracy to commit vandalism, and misdemeanor trespassing.
 
There is also a twitter account that has been set up to support the SC-11 it is @supportsc11. You can view the tweets by going to
http://www.twitter.com/supportsc11 .


Recommendation: Call and e-mail the following people every day until they move to drop the charges.
 
District Attorney Bob Lee
Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office
701 Ocean St, Rm 200, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
dao@co.santa-cruz.ca.us
phone: 831-454-2400
 
 
Martin Bernal
Santa Cruz City Manager
mbernal@cityofsantacruz.com
809 Center St, Room 10
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
phone: 831-420-5010
 
 
Santa Cruz Police Chief
Kevin Vogel
Police Dept
155 Center St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
phone: 831-420-5810
lobby hours: Monday-Thursday 9AM-4PM, closed Friday-Sunday
askthechief@cityofsantacruz.com  [note that this e-mail address is no longer valid]
Selected questions may be posted on the Police Blog located at:
http://santacruzpolice.blogspot.com
 
 
Sample letter to mail or e-mail
 
To Santa Cruz County District Attorney Bob Lee
dao@co.santa-cruz.ca.us
 
CC: Martin Bernal
Santa Cruz City Manager
mbernal@cityofsantacruz.com
 
CC: Santa Cruz Police Chief
Kevin Vogel
askthechief@cityofsantacruz.com  [note that this e-mail address is no longer valid]


Dear Mr. Bob Lee:
 
Please work as diligently as possible to drop all charges against the Santa Cruz 11 defendants who are accused of felony vandalism, felony conspiracy to commit vandalism and misdemeanor trespass at 75 River st in Santa Cruz. The charges and the people charged were reported in the Santa Cruz Sentinel article located here: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_19931484?source=pkg

These people are upstanding members of the community and may currently be singled out for prosecution simply because they are easy to identify and not because they were directly involved with any specific crime that they are charged with.
 
Also, please be sure to not bring additional charges against any other defendants who were innocent bystanders, but who may not yet be named in this case.
 
Thank you.
 
Sincerely,
 
Your Name




 

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