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PHOTOS: Unpermitted Blue Boxes Appear Overnight on Pacific Avenue
http://bradleyallen.net/2015/08/unpermitted-boxes-pacific-avenue/

On August 24, 2015, things were just a little bit different as the day began on Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz. Most people, including locals, didn’t notice that the number of “blue boxes” painted onto the sidewalk had grown dramatically overnight. The “blue boxes”, which are actually rectangles, are supposed to represent designated areas of the sidewalk where artisans and people living on the streets will not be harassed and ticketed for displaying their artwork, artistic performance, or panhandling.
Most people, including locals, didn't notice that the number of "blue boxes" painted onto the sidewalk had grown dramatically overnight.
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I covered a Sin Barras demonstration yesterday demanding an end to the torture of solitary confinement.
It was good to knock the dust off my camera and my blog!
http://bradleyallen.net/2015/06/end-solitary-confinement/
Over 14,000 people in CA prisons, and 80,000 in the US, are kept alone in steel and concrete cells the size of a parking space.
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New Cannabis Prohibitions in Santa Cruz County
http://bradleyallen.net/2015/03/cannabis-prohibition-santa-cruz-county/

Nearly everyone who spoke before the Supervisors said they were against environmental degradation. Valerie Corral of The Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM), a world-famous collective of patients and caregivers who helped to establish California’s Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (Proposition 215), stated that Santa Cruz County should lead the way with organic methods for sustainable cannabis production, as opposed to Monsanto and Phillip Morris brand cannabis.
On March 24, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted to ban the cultivation of cannabis in all areas of the county, with limited exceptions.
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Thousands Unite and March in East Oakland to Reclaim King’s Legacy
http://bradleyallen.net/2015/01/oakland-reclaim-kings-legacy/

A weekend of direct actions, teach-ins, politically charged cultural events and marches throughout the Bay Area to Reclaim King’s Legacy culminated with a Jobs and Economy March for the People on January 19.

Power concedes nothing without a demand. —Frederick Douglas
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Speak Out on the Ferguson Uprising at San José State University
http://bradleyallen.net/2014/09/ferguson-uprising-san-jose-state/

On September 18, students at San José State University in California held a speak out and report back on the recent uprisings in Ferguson, Missouri following the murder of Mike Brown by police officer Darren Wilson.

The demonstration began around noon at the base of The César E. Chávez Monument: Arch of Dignity, Equality and Justice designed by Judith F. Baca in the bustling quad outside the student union building.
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Slow Food Santa Cruz Interviews Bradley Allen of Copper Pan Jams 
http://copperpanjams.com/2014/07/slow-food-santa-cruz-interview/

This interview was first published by Slow Food Santa Cruz in the Snail Mail newsletter for June 2014.

Update for July: Copper Pan Jams are now featured at Nut Kreations, located at 104 Lincoln St. in downtown Santa Cruz!
Slow Food unites the pleasure of food with responsibility, sustainability and harmony with nature.
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I wrote a brief summary of the “Cannabis Cultivation Choices Committee.”

At the June 23 meeting of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, representatives John Leopold and Zach Friend proposed the formation of a “Cannabis Cultivation Choices Committee.” If formed, the 13 member committee, limited to a term of six months, will work to create a policy framework for the Board to adopt for regulating medical cannabis cultivation in Santa Cruz County.
The Supervisors want a committee of community members to develop recommendations that “protect our neighborhoods, protect our environment, and ensure that there is an adequate supply of medical cannabis for those who have a doctor’s recommendation.”

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http://bradleyallen.net/2015/07/cannabis-cultivation-choices-committee/
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In an interview by Matthew Swinnerton of Event Santa Cruz, I discuss my inspiration for Copper Pan Jams, owning a business, challenges I face, the influence of Santa Cruz, and what's next for Copper Pan Jams.

http://www.eventsantacruz.com/jammin-with-bradley-allen-from-copper-pan-jams/
My inspirations to start a company making jam from local organic fruits come from a range of people, organizations, ideals, events, and job experiences. On a trip to France in 1998, I remember breakfast always included fresh butter croissants accompanied with delicious strawberry jam.
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Frank Alvarado Sr. Speaks Out Against Salinas Police; Declares “There Will Be Justice” [photos & audio]
http://bradleyallen.net/2014/10/salinas-frank-alvarado-sr/
Frank Alvarado Sr. spoke out against the local "PAL Program" in Salinas, explaining that it is nothing more than a farce for the Salinas Police Department.
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[Video and Photos] Paula Gregoire: Save Paula’s Cottage
http://bradleyallen.net/2014/09/paula-gregoire-save-paulas-cottage/

On September 9, 2014, Paula Gregoire, her mother also named Paula, and her daughter Isabella, spoke before the Santa Cruz City Council against the city’s inhumane rental inspection program. The cruel and invasive ordinance was pushed through in August 2010 in a 5-1 vote by the gentrifying forces of the Santa Cruz City Council with pressure and backing from UC Santa Cruz.

The circumstances faced by Paula and Isabella — homelessness and couch surfing — resonate with thousands of people struggling to pay rent and survive in Santa Cruz, as well as people who have already been priced out of town.
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Rally in East Salinas Demands Justice for Frank Alvarado, Killed by Salinas Police 
http://bradleyallen.net/2014/07/justice-frank-alvarado-salinas/

On July 10, 2014 at around 5 AM, officers with the Salinas Police Department reportedly shot and killed Frank Alvarado at a private home in Salinas. Frank was a member of Santa Cruz-based Sin Barras and spoke out against prison expansion at a rally in Santa Cruz on May 14. His killing was at least the fourth murder by Salinas Police Department cops since March 21, 2014. All four police killings have been of Latino men, and all have occurred in East Salinas.

In response to the killing of Frank, the Direct Action Monterey Network called for a rally on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the corner of S Sanborn Rd & Fairview Ave in East Salinas against police violence and to demand justice for Frank Alvarado. Demonstrators, including friends and family of Frank from Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, held signs with messages such as “Stop Police Brutality. Justice For My Uncle!,” “SPD Don’t Shoot Me. I’m On My Phone,” “Another Murder Brought To You By The SPD,” and “Stop Giving Cops Paid Vacation For Murder!”

Information on Donations to Frank’s Family
http://bradleyallen.net/2014/07/justice-frank-alvarado-salinas/#donations
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I like art, design, dogs, photography, nature and social justice. http://bradleyallen.net
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    Social Documentation, 2006 - 2008
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
    Environmental Studies, 2000 - 2002
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