Thursday, January 10, 2008

"We know who you are, and we're not impressed"

Friends, I'd like to introduce you to a little-known marching band from Santa Cruz, California.

This group is called the "Santa Cruz Trash Orchestra", and they love to show up places and protest. But judging by their name, understanding that the orchestra is populated by area trash, maybe the ones protesting are protesting that you showed up at all.

Their OWN description of themselves is illuminating:

"We want to help out with all the sh*t you're doing. We think you're awesome. We think your uncompromising stand against authority, against tyranny is inspiring.

"Invite us to wade through teargas with you, or break through police lines, to create a distraction while you rob a bank to redistribute the wealth in the name of the Cause. Invite us to help tear down the walls of oppression -- understand that it is totally okay if you mean this literally.
"If you are working to shut down the war machine, environmental destruction, the world free trade efforts, racist and classist mofos, corporate swine and their media lapdogs, repressive laws, the fascist police state, and capitalism itself -- if you are working to support indigenous rights, the freedom of women and children (and men, for that matter), civil liberties and free speech, poor people and homeless folk -- if you are engaged in anarchist and anti-authoritarian struggles -- we're there.
"Trash Orchestra is a marching percussion band – a bone-shaking recycled orchestra. We make percussion on tuna cans, hubcaps and barrels, pieces of sheet metal, and homemade oddities. We show up at demonstrations and performances, sometimes invited, sometimes not, to make a big noise wherever it is needed.

"We have experience working with kids, fighting cops, taking streets, entertaining crowds, tearing up a house show, leading parades and marches, spicing up an anarchist cafe, or crashing the local farmer's market. We want to play with you. We know we stink- that's why we wear bandanas!

"We know who you are, and we're not impressed." --Modesto Police (Well, that says it all!)
In related news from the Santa Cruz area, various governmental agencies and public interest groups have received 643 documented complaints from Monterey and Santa Cruz area residents who believe they suffered adverse short-term reactions following the aerial spraying of pesticide pheromones on their cities during the final three months of 2007. Of the 643 complaints, 509 are reported here for the first time, along with the original 134 complaints of adverse reactions following the aerial spraying of the Monterey area in September which were released to state agencies and the press.

Complaints include symptoms ranging from mild to severe asthma-like attacks and difficulty breathing, blurred vision, to chest pains, headaches, swollen lymph glands, and serious skin rashes; many required actually 'bathing'.

Tomorrow, or late tonight, the Local Malcontent urges everyone to wear Orange tomorrow, January 11th. Why?

1 comment:

Valerijan Ercegovic said...

Care to join us? You could teach us a thing or three. We have practice every week, a good time to meet the band.

Santa Cruz Trash Orchestra