Thursday, June 20, 2019

Sat: Really Really Free Market & A Show! // Sun: Film // & FYI- Fri: Mission Bell Removal Ceremony at UCSC

-Saturday, June 22nd, noon-3pm:  Really Really Free Market! No money. No trades. Everything is free. 

We all have something to share with each other... and to receive with gratitude is also a gift.  This gathering is not about the "stuff" we give and take, but more about how we can care for each other.

This market is based on a gift-economy... capitalism NO! But come to the really really free market to give away your old stuff and/or get new-to-you stuff. Bring food to share.  Bring your special items that you don't use but can't throw away (ex. clothes, toys, art supplies, instruments, books and zines...your free box).  Bring your special talents to offer people (ex. haircuts, message, reiki...).  Come and take what you can use and say thanks!  We will have folks to check in with as you arrive.  First come first served, space may be limited. Don't be late and be sure to check in with the organizers when you get there. If you bring things, you are expected to take away whatever is left at the end of the market.

     And later that evening, 7pm... No Win & Late Bloomer w/ Just Dandy + Loser Soup

*No Win (Los Angeles, CA) -Dangerbird Records perfect power-pop **Late Bloomer (Charlotte, NC) -6131 Records indie/punk 
***Just Dandy (Santa Cruz) -indie/rock 
****Loser Soup (Santa Cruz) -indie/rock 

$5-7 donations. // ALL AGES // 7-10pm. // RESPECT THE SPACE. //

-Sunday, June 23rd, 7:30pm:  Free Film Screening: ¡Las Sandinistas!

SubRosa is hosting a 2019 screening of ¡Las Sandinistas!, in association with the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), Santa Cruz.

¡Las Sandinistas! uncovers the untold stories of women who shattered barriers to lead combat and social reform during Nicaragua's 1979 Sandinista Revolution, and the ensuing US-backed Contra War, as these same women continue as leaders in the struggle against their current government's suppression of democracy and women's rights.

The film is centered around the personal stories of Dora Maria Téllez, the young medical student who became a major Sandinista General, and four of her revolutionary allies - Nicaraguan women who overcame traditional gender barriers and subverted stereotypes to lead rebel troops in battle and reshape their country with landmark social reform. ¡Las Sandinistas! exposes a watershed moment in history when thousands of women transformed society's definition of womanhood and leadership before facing renewed marginalization by their male peers after the wars ended. Now, 35 years later, amidst staggering levels of gender violence in Nicaragua, these same women brave the streets once again to lead  popular movements for equality and democracy.


(Come on by and have some coffee, check-out a book or strike up a conversation)
Mondays, 1 - 4pm // Wednesdays, 10:30am - 2:30pm // Fridays, 9am - 12pm //
& open for events & meetings

And happening Friday, June 21st, 9:30am at UCSC:  Mission Bell Removal Ceremony at UC Santa Cruz --- On Friday June 21 at 9:30am (the summer solstice), representatives of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and UC Santa Cruz will assemble on campus with interested community members to witness the removal of the El Camino Real bell marker.

The bell marker, which memorializes the California Missions and an imagined route of travel that once connected them, is viewed by the Amah Mutsun and many other California indigenous people as a racist symbol that glorifies the domination and dehumanization of their ancestors. It is being removed at the request of the Amah Mutsun, with support from UCSC faculty members, students, and administrators.

The El Camino Real bell at UCSC campus is one of hundreds of the cast-iron markers on public display throughout California. "These bells are deeply painful symbols that celebrate the destruction, domination and erasure of our people," explains Valentin Lopez, Chair of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. "They are constant reminders that our people, and our history, continue to be disregarded to this day."

"The true history of the California mission system has never been told," states Lopez. "It is shameful that these places where our ancestors were enslaved, whipped, raped, tortured and exposed to fatal diseases have been whitewashed and converted into tourist attractions."

Lopez and other Amah Mutsun tribal members draw a parallel between the movement to topple Confederate statues and their own reckoning with mission bell markers. In both cases, what are presented as benign historical markers are in fact deeply political symbols which shape public perception, enshrining distorted visions of the past and obscuring historic crimes.

Two acceptable options have been identified by the Amah Mutsun for disposal of the bell— it can either` be placed in a museum setting and properly contextualized with an explanation of its removal from the public sphere, or, it can be melted down and "recycled for peaceful purposes."

The Amah Mutsun hope that the unearthing of this El Camino Real Bell—the first such official removal, to the best of their knowledge—will be "the first domino," launching a series of removals that will result in the elimination of all Mission Bell markers from public display.

Location of removal ceremony: Gather on the north side of the Hahn Student Services building on the UC Santa Cruz campus at 9:30am. One-day "A" permits, for parking, can be purchased at the kiosk at the main entrance to campus.


For the Indians who toiled in California's mission compounds the ringing of the bell regimented an iron-clad schedule of forced prayer and compulsory labor. The bell was a potent symbol of the domination of the Catholic Church and the Spanish state over all aspects of the lives of the indigenous people who were forced to live "under the bell."

In the early 20th century, a consortium of developers, automobile promoters and civic boosters seeking to expand tourism and settlement in California began promoting a romantic and fanciful vision of a "golden age" of the region's Hispanic past. The symbol of a mission bell on a shepherd's staff was chosen to mark the route of a new state highway following the mythical path of the so-called "Royal Road," or El Camino Real, linking the 21 missions of California, which were fashioned into profit-making tourist destinations.

"Our Tribe, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, objects to all symbols that attempt to honor and glorify the persons and institutions that were responsible for the capture, enslavement, abuse, and killing of our ancestors and the theft of our land."  —Valentin Lopez, Chair, Amah Mutsun Tribal Band


SubRosa is a collectively run anarchist community space, a place to meet others and challenge our assumptions and act on our passions. We strive to create a vibrant environment for events, classes, meetings, organizing, performance, art, studying and more. SubRosa also offers radical literature for sale, and houses the Anarchist Lending Library. We welcome folks to join us in fostering an environment free from coercion, sexism, homophobia, racism, and other hierarchies.

SubRosa is in downtown Santa Cruz, CA which is unceded land of the Awaswas-speaking Ohlone people.

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