Friday, December 30, 2011

Oppositional Endurance

I stealth slept last night. There wasn't enough time to do research or handle protest logistics, the invigorating influence of strong willed people like Collette wasn't abundant, and I wanted to be better prepared this time around, so inherent tyranny prevailed, yesterday. Meanwhile, in other news...

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Protest Of One

So, after some personal drama and breaking news of that 9th Circuit ruling, I decided to protest, again.

Gated Gardens Of Governance

The City Of Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz County government buildings have lushly groomed areas, designated parks, on their properties. Supposedly, parks are traditional public forums, protected by the Constitution. That hasn't stopped the City and County from issuing protest related citations of various flavors (across multiple protests); acts of blatant viewpoint discrimination. Perhaps they don't want the presence of the unwashed masses in their personal playgrounds, speaking uncomfortable truths?

The conflict of interest involved is substantial. Local government (State and National government too) is engaged in a pattern of behavior, censoring protests that challenge their narrow desires.

The difference between being illegal and being enforced could be about 99%, which reminds me of that OccupyWallStreet meme: if they enforced financial regulations like they enforced park regulations, we wouldn't be in this mess.

Frozen Speech

Free Speech is a tough challenge for any society. With a broken heart I report that the City and County Of Santa Cruz, the State Of California, and the United States Of America are all (broadly and deeply) failing a critical test of societal character.

Exhausting Redress

I hope to publish a lot today. First, about receiving two 602(o) misdemeanor tickets last night, at a tiny version of PC2010.

Monday, October 31, 2011

An Unjust Law

During trial, the local judge addressed the jury...
Ladies and gentlemen, before Ms. Dabkowski gives her first argument, I am going to take judicial notice of certain facts.  Judicial notice is a process where I can receive evidence if it is considered indisputable and these next facts, I've determined, are indisputable, so you are to consider them as having been proven.  The law recognizes that sleep is a physiological need, not an option for humans.  It is common knowledge that the loss of sleep produces a host of physical and mental problems.
The judge also claimed there was no right to sleep, that the Constitution protects political rights but not physical rights.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sleep Is Not A Crime

I was arrested for sleeping at a protest (via California Penal Code Section 647(e)).
647.  Every person who commits any of the following acts is guilty of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor:

(e) Who lodges in any building, structure, vehicle, or place, whether public or private, without the permission of the owner or person entitled to the possession or in control of it.
We were protesting the Santa Cruz, California sleeping ban.  Santa Cruz thinks it should be illegal to sleep between the hours of 11 p.m. and 8:30 a.m., or use a blanket to keep warm at night (even if awake).  At the time of my arrest I was in a small sleeping bag, resting on top of a thin foam mat, protesting the Santa Cruz sleeping ban (via the act of sleeping).  There are a lot of other silly ordinances and laws involved, and I hope to ridicule them in detail here, but right now the topic is being arrested for sleeping.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Legalize Dreaming

On July 4th, 2010, a protest began.

On October 28th, 2011, I decided to write about it.