Homeless United for Friendship and Freedom


We meet every other Wednesday mornings at the Sub Rosa Cafe at 703 Pacific Ave. (downtown Santa Cruz) 11 AM to 1 PM. It’s currently the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month.
You can call HUFF at 831-423-4833 to doublecheck for schedule changes and special meetings.
You can also get updates by joining the HUFF e-mail list by e-mailing rnorse3@hotmail.com.

HUFF has a facebook page which features regular announcements (usually reprints of HUFF e-mails and blog stories) at "https://www.facebook.com/HUFFSantaCruz/
Or type in "Homeless United for Friendship and Freedom (HUFF)" on the facebook search bar.

Food Not Bombs serves 4 PM- 6 PM near the steps of the main Santa Cruz Post Office on Saturdays and Sundays where HUFFsters often lurk... A HUFF activist can often be found 6-7 PM at Calvary Episcopal Church (the "Red Church") at Lincoln and Cedar in Santa Cruz at the homeless meal.

To hear the most recent Bathrobespierre's Broadsides radio show (Sundays 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM, Thursdays 6-8 PM) focusing on homeless civil rights issues, go to http://www.freakradio.org or 101.3 FM. If you missed the show or want to hear recent back shows, go to...Latest Shows and Lost Shows at http://www.huffsantacruz.org/Lostshows.html.

For more info on radio/internet shows, scroll down to "Bathrobespierre's Broadsides" on this page...

HUFF Resolutions

Richard Quigley Radio Show Archive!

NEW LINK: John Colby's videos--many local homeless and police-related items here

NEW LINK: Salinas Union of the Homeless activist and archivist Wes White's videos here


To add your thoughts and info - click "Leave a Reply" at the end of the article and leave your comment. Other stories including an archive of HUFF e-mailed stories can be found on the HUFF blog [access below].

Recent Legal Decisions:

 Whyte decision protects street artists right to sell not just display for donation

  Lavan decision demands cops stop destroying homeless property

Hampsmire decision throws out Santa Cruz's "muzzle the musicians" law View actual Hampsmire decision here

Martin v. Boise decision challenges Camping Bans in 9th Circuit Court district here

HUFF is Santa Cruz's oldest and most stubbornly persistent grass roots homeless advocacy group. We make trouble for the powers that be and fight institutional human rights abuses such as the Santa Cruz's cop-initiated "Stay-Away" law (SCMC 13.08.100) which cops and rangers use to accompany harassment citations for using a park to sleep in at night (in a city with inadequate shelter)--SCMC 13.08.100 banning unhoused folks from otherwise public spaces on pain of fine and jail before any court process.


Get involved!!! Join our electronic mailing list - you'll receive meeting notices, updates about HUFF activities, press releases, information about homelessness issues and events in Santa Cruz and elsewhere, as well discuss what needs to be done to make change happen!

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HUFF Blog Several times a week HUFF activists send out e-mails about local protests, homeless news in Santa Cruz and other cities, and related controversies.
These e-mails are archived here, the choicest of which are highlighted in the Hot Issues section above or on the HOT ISSUES ARCHIVE above.
You can comment by clicking "Leave a Reply". You can also join the HUFF e-mail list by using the Yahoo Group sign-up above.


Listen to Bathrobespierre's Broadsides live On Free Radio Santa Cruz at 101.3 FM or http://audio.str3am.com:5110/listen.pls

Watch an introductory video on YouTube.

The indomitable and irascible Robert Norse hosts in studio guests, on-the-street interviews with the houseless, and listener call in for subsequent comment, information, or info about Free Radio at 423-4833.
(831) 423-4833 is also the HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship and Freedom) phone line. If you get the voicemail, leave a message with phone or e-mail rnorse3@hotmail.com.

Broadcast Schedule Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m with shows regularly extended to 3:00 p.m.
Free Radio Santa Cruz is also reportedly picked up by pirate broadcasters and relayed at 101.3 FM.
We have recently had transmitter and power problems. If you can't find us, shows are regularly archived below under Latest and Lost Shows.

You don't have to be at your computer to listen if you have a smart phone. Browse for "Free Radio Santa Cruz", click on the web link, and put this up as an application. You can then hear BB show where-ever you go!

To find brief descriptions of most shows in 2017 and in following years, go to the HOT, RECENT, AND LOCAL STORIES! section of this page and click on Full Blog Archive click here. Check on the right side of the Archive page under recent posts to find a (very) brief summary of the show.
To find descriptions of some earlier shows, go to the Descriptions link below. Many shows have not yet been briefly described, but are available to hear.

To find Descriptions of Flashback shows (older shows embedded in more recent ones), follow this link Flashback Replays Listing. Some archives include audios on homeless subjects that were aired years later. Free Radio Santa Cruz began operating in the spring of 1995.They extend as far back as 1984.

  • Latest shows (no descriptions): 17-11-12 and before -For shows after that date (November 12 2017), go to "Latest shows and Lost shows" below. That's also the site for incomplete or unscheduled shows. To read content summaries of some of the shows, go to "Descriptions" (see below).
  • Click the link for Full Blog Archive on this page. On the Full Blog page go to Recent Posts and scroll down to find a (very) brief summary of the show.

  • Descriptions: and access to most current shows, some older shows and more, click here.
  • An Archive of the Oldest Shows:1995-2004 Flashbacks and Earlier Interview/Event Archives Prior to 1995 [link] This listing describes on what shows the flashbacks and earlier interviews/events were carried.
  • Lastest shows and Lost Shows-Use this link to find the Latest show--done after November 12, 2017 (17-11-12). If you can't find a show under other categories like Latest Shows, Descriptions... or An Archive of..., try here as well. This is also the site where shows are archived that are defective or missing.

HUFF is working to fight efforts by the merchants and City Council to further a police crackdown on youth, homeless and counter-culture folks downtown. In the last decade, City Council passed a variety of new laws, strengthening the anti-homeless "Downtown Ordinances". These changes gave police greater powers of selective enforcement downtown against poor and homeless people, political activists, street performers, and others. READ MORE


  • Street Shit Sheet Archives - Read the Street Shit Sheet Online - Issues date from 1988 through 2002 (with a few issues published intermittently thereafter) and contain many contemporary documents and articles, as well as commentary and original reporting from the street. Note: The archives are graphic scans encapsulated in PDF format (image files, not text, and thus very large), and each file includes many issues. Be patient when downloading. We've just recently rescanned the entire archive to correct problems with the original scanning process, so they're now generally in order by edition and within each issue. A complete bound set of Street Shit Sheet archives is also available in the Reserve section of the main branch (downtown) of the Santa Cruz Public Library. They are a fascinating look into one man's view of the history of homeless civil rights action in Santa Cruz County.
    Street Spirit Archives - Read through some of the highlights & history of Santa Cruz homeless activism (1996-2007) in a collection of selections from past issues of The Street Spirit, a monthly sold by homeless and poor people for survival coins. Reports from other cities as well by Santa Cruz writers.
  • Also check out current issues and recent archives of The Street Spirit at http://www.thestreetspirit.org back through June 2011."
  • To vend Street Spirit yourself, contact Robert Norse at 831-423-4833 or rnorse3@hotmail.com.
  • To access more recent Street Spirits, go to http://www.thestreetspirit.org where current issues as well as complete archives back to 2007 and partial archives further back are on line.

  • Current Events, Direct Action, Meetings & Protests
  • Cutback COP CRACKDOWNS -- Not Social Services!
  • Stop Sleeping Ban Busts Not Youth Facilities !

Video Debate Watch a short clip from the Sleeping Ban Debate 2007
No Rest for the Weary

Watch the entire Sleeping Ban Debate from Community TV Voices From The Village on Youtube: CLICK HERE TO PLAY!

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