Cacophony Society Inclusion in Santa Ana Art Walk Rings U.S. Homeland Security Alarm Bells

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Is the ultimate arbiter of art and culture in the city of Santa Ana the federal Department of Homeland Security?

Seems to be so based on a recent letter Vicky Baxter, executive director of Downtown Incorporated of Santa Ana, sent to Reverend Al Ridenour of Cacophony Los Angeles, a scheduled participant in the Feb. 4 Art Walk at Grand Central Santa Ana.

"Today I received a call from Mike McCoy, Homeland Security who issues permits for events from the City, with concerns about the February Art Walk and the association with the Cacophony Society," begins Baxter's letter.

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"He spent some time looking at the website and is concerned about what will be presented to the public because the City of Santa Ana is co-sponsor of the First Saturday Art Walks. He is asking for a detailed description of what will be presented to avoid any issues with public complaints or controversy. I did not anticipate this but he is right. We do co-host the First Saturday Art Walks with the City.

"Please send me the details of what is planned so we can inform Mike."

Cacophony Los Angeles is one of the Cacophony Society lodges in 36 U.S. cities and nine countries. Once again, that's the Cacophony Society, not the Communist Party or al Qaeda or FPMR or FARC or Al-Jihad or Zviadists or the Salafist Group for Call and Combat or Black September or Hezbollah or the IRA. It's not even Occupy Santa Ana or the Answer Coalition or the GOP or the Minutemen or those yahoos who throw out the name Virginia Dare like Chiclets.

The Cacophony Society, which began in 1986 as a spin-off of San Francisco's Suicide Club, describes itself as "a randomly gathered network of free spirits united in the pursuit of experiences beyond the pale of mainstream society." It's been described elsewhere as an unintended outgrowth of the Dada movement and the Situationists. Visit Cacophony.org, and you'll discover, "You may already be a member."

So, by Homeland Security's reckoning, you may already be a terrorist? Or is this another witty Cacophony prank? Hmmm .  .  .

After all, as mischievous but harmless the Cacophony Society is, what could possibly have leather panties at Homeland Security in a bunch? Is it possible the feds see too much similarity between this Cacophony image . . .

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And this?

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La Figa blogger Lisa Derrick reached out to Homeland Security's McCoy for an explanation, as did we, also to no avail. But, rather than retreat in horror, Cacophony LA and the Cacophony Society responded to McCoy with an open letter that goes into excruciatingly delicious detail about what the group has in store for Santa Anans.

The letter follows after the break:

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FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

So if one person takes offense to any performance by Cacophony Society their presentation gets shut down? How could any performer/artist absolutely guarantee they wouldn't offend anyone? They couldn't and everyone damn well knows it. This whole thing sounds like censorship not-so-cleverly disguised as bureaucratic BS to me. Is every artist or artist troupe subject to this nonsense? Of course art is going to offend people...some of the most revered works still do!

Thetruth4567
Thetruth4567

Mike McCoy works for the Santa Ana Police Department's division of Homeland Security, not the federal Department of Homeland Security. He approves permits for outdoor events in the city of Santa Ana.

Alicia Rojas
Alicia Rojas

Reading the article..I come to a couple questions and HUGE concerns...

1. How does the city of Santa Ana Co-sponsor the artwalk?Do they co-sponsor the artwalk by providing officers to keep the peace? is that the idea of co-sponsor? what does Vicky mean by that? she is downtown inc..not the city? or have they merged so much that she thinks she is the city? was Vicky's e-mail taken out of context? 

2. Why is dowtown inc or city trying to censor the artwalk? if it was just about permits why wasn't that included in the article? 

3. Officer McCoy is a very nice man. I personally met him when picking up all the permits for Occupy and have had various conversations with him..now that doesn't mean that somehow he is not involved with homeland security but that is a big stretch for me to believe that they are intruding in the art walk..they have better shit to do. I am not going there. My mayor beef is Downtown Inc and their seemly ownership of the artwalk and its contents...Vicky should release the whole e-mail so we can gage if the e-mail was really taken out of context.

DM
DM

Great sleuthing, Matt Coker, for not doing some basic internet research and discovering the Mike McCoy who works for Santa Ana PD is a different guy than the one who works for DHS.

Artpedroza
Artpedroza

Different guy with the same name.

peaceloveunderstanding
peaceloveunderstanding

"Once again, that's the Cacophony Society, not the Communist Party or al Qaeda or FPMR or FARC or Al-Jihad or Zviadists... "

see NDAA - Know that we are all terrorists now.

elserracho
elserracho

" Homeland Security who issues permits for events from the City," WOT? 

S.A. Artist
S.A. Artist

Let's make T shirts with the Real McCoy dressed like a Native American  protecting the "Santa Ana Homeland Security"  not to be confused with The Fed. Dept of Homeland Security.  

Lstormfeather
Lstormfeather

someone just got taken on their first "virtual zone trip"-Lorien (Grand PooBear of the PDX Stumptown Cacophony Lodge)

S.A. Artist
S.A. Artist

  That's funny.  Pedroza ("Grand Inquisitor")  and DM   because Downtown inc. now claims it is the same guy!    Go Figure.  

S.A. Artist
S.A. Artist

American Citizens with a conscience are Terrorists now. (Or at least threats to National Security or Enemy Combatants when caught Occupying or something like that)    

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

Mike McCoy is with Santa Ana Police Department, not the Department of Homeland Security.

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

Wait, has anyone seen Mike McCoy of Santa Ana Homeland Security and Mike McCoy of U.S. Gubment Homeland Security in the same room at the same time? Schou 9/11 conspiracy pals, weigh in please.

DM
DM

Just confirmed with Vicky herself: Dept. of Homeland Security DOES NOT issue local permits.

Scott McCoy works for the City of Santa Ana, has worked for the PD for a number of years, and issues permits. His title IS "Homeland Security" but he IS NOT with the Department of Homeland Security.Of course, the writers who spread this exploitive nonsense have failed to correct the record... I'll have to wait and see if Matt Coker does so as well, or if he takes no responsibility for flawed reporting.

S.A. Artist
S.A. Artist

That being said, Mc Coy is a nice guy.  I hope he won't let the others detain me indefinitely without a trial.    

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

Michael G Mccoy (GS 15) is an employee working for the Department of Homeland Security / Federal Emergency Management Agency in Sacramento, CA. In the fiscal year 2010, this employee received a base salary of $121,745.

Salary for Michael G MccoyBase Salary$121,745

Bonus$2,000

Pay GradeGS 15

PositionLogistics Management

Series0346

Department/AgencyDepartment of Homeland Security / Federal Emergency Management Agency

LocationSacramento, CA

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

And if it's Santa Ana, shouldn't it be Homieland Security?

Alicia Rojas
Alicia Rojas

Here is the part that doesn't allude to the explanation of a fire concern..:" He is asking for a detailed description of what will be presented to avoid any issues with public complaints or controversy. " Since when is Vicky and Downtown Inc concern with performance art that might offend the community? Clear censorship to me..Maybe her whole e-mail will explain better but what is presented reads clearly as such.I try to read between the lines. We are here to question things, not to just merely follow..trying to get a clear understanding by questioning the City is our job as artist. Also questioning the intentions of a public funded organization is also important specially when there is a history of lack of transparency and obscure communication.This post seems like a spin to me..no where in the e-mail does it talk about public concern..unless that was purposely taken out of the story by the OcWeekly then Vicky should release her whole e-mail communication!

DM
DM

From Vicky, verbatim:

This is a non-issue but I am happy to explain.  The City of Santa Ana co-sponsors the monthly Art Walks with Downtown Inc.  That means they assist in coordination and ask what vendors (City allows 10), entertainment, theme, etc., will be at the First Saturday Art Walks.  Claudia Lavini, our University Intern works directly with Mike McCoy (City of Santa Ana Police Department Homeland Security) who issues the permits.  Mike  issues all event permits in Santa Ana.   Cacophony Society will be using various art forms on the promenade and DTI was asked about details.  There was concern over setting an object on fire using BBQ propellant and of course SAPD/SAFD were concerned as no fires are allowed due to public safety issues.  Downtown Inc will be sponsoring this event.   The City will issue the permit and if there are safety/noise issues, or complaints, SAPD along with the Downtown Security Guards will be available as they are for all events. The issue seems to stem from the fact that Mike McCoy shares his last name with Scott McCoy who is actually with the State Department of Homeland Security.   Someone did not check their facts and took my email to the Cacophony Society completely out of context.  Asking for details at the Art Walks is a common thread.  The vendors are interviewed to ensure they are selling Art.  Local artists are always given priority. 

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

Mike McCoy is a Police Community Service Specialist at Santa Ana Police Department.

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mi...

His email is mmccoy@santa-ana.org

I've personally dealt with him when applying for special events permits.  He's definitely an employee of the Santa Ana PD, working right here in Santa Ana...not a Logistics Management person at DHS/FEMA in Sacramento.

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