Now that you have been inspired by a Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival program, it's time to take action!
The Right To Sleep (See Reel Work events: UCSC 4/19/17; Pacific Grove 4/24/17)
Income inequality, housing crises and issues around homelessness are currently hitting hard across our country, especially affecting our city of Santa Cruz. Thankfully, there are many organizations and involvement opportunities currently available to show solidarity amongst our community.
- Food Not Bombs serves free, hot vegan meals every Saturday and Sunday starting at 4pm in front of the Downtown Post Office on Pacific Ave. You can volunteer to serve food in the afternoon, or help with meal preparation from 12pm-3pm each day. Volunteer at Food Not Bombs website.
- The Freedom Sleepers movement in Santa Cruz is still going strong, with weekly protests against the sleeping ban happening in front of Santa Cruz City Hall. You can find their most up-to-date organizing and event information in their public Freedom Sleepers Facebook group.
- The Homeless Services Center is a great community agency that helps folks experiencing homelessness in numerous ways. They are always accepting volunteers for everything from food pantry organizing to mail room assisting, as well as monetary and item donations. For a list of programs, donation requirements and ways to get involved, check out the HSC website.
- Community Aid and Resources (CARe) is a great opportunity for UCSC students interested in getting more involved in social activism and helping homeless folks through a the campus student-led organization. Throughout the year, CARe hosts fundraisers to fund downtown clinics where they offer services like foot washes, haircuts, hygiene supplies, sandwiches, warm clothing and more to whoever is in need. You can get in contact to find out specific ways to get involved through CARe's website.
End Solitary Confinement (See Reel Work event: Santa Cruz 4/30/17)
Volunteer to work with Together to End Solitary, Santa Cruz.
- Monthly rally on Sun. Apr. 23, Tuesday May 23rd, and the 23rd of every month, 12-2 pm, Pacific Ave. at 112 Cooper St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Speak-out, talk to passersby, sing, do readers’ theater, spoken word art, take action, write letters to end sleep deprivation torture of people in CA solitary units. Help table, carry banner in marches, promote the Agreement to End Hostilities, support Family UNIty Bus Trips to Pelican Bay State Prison, and more.
- End Solitary Santa Cruz on Facebook
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity
Nationwide: Together To End Solitary
CA Families Against Solitary Confinement (CFASC)
Medicare For All (See Reel Work events: Aromas 4/19/17; Santa Cruz 4/26/17)
A Medicare for All/Single Payer healthcare system is the most cost effective way to provide medical care. The Healthy California Act - SB 562 was recently introduced in the California legisature. SB 562 will guarantee comprehensive healthcare services for every person living in California, saving money and lives.
- Medicare for All - Santa Cruz is a local group dedicated to passage of the Healthy California Act - SB 562. To get involved, come to the group's meeting on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at 6:30pm at 3200 Cliffwood Drive, Soquel, CA 95073.
- Ask your organizations and groups to endorse Healthy California Act - SB 562 (endorsement letter on website at HealthyCA.org)
- Join May 19 Lobby Day in Sacramento to meet with legislators to ask them to support SB 562 (buses and will be provided).