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Thu Apr 20 2017 (Updated 04/24/17)Cops Boot Santa Cruz Homeless Folks to the Curb
Thu Apr 20 2017 (Updated 04/24/17)Campaign Against Those Without Homes in Santa Cruz Grows More Repressive, Even in the Rain
Keith McHenry reports: On April 17, the police came and kicked people out from under the Santa Cruz City Hall awning into the pouring rain during a very severe storm. On April 18, following a community meeting at the public library on solutions to homelessness, library staff shared that city manager Martin Bernal was making several changes, including the removal of the benches outside the library and the stationing of two police officers. After the meeting, members of the Freedom Sleepers gathered at City Hall to plan a march on Tuesday, May 9 with the message “Housing For All — No Penalty For Poverty.”
Wed Apr 19 2017 (Updated 04/20/17)The End of Money Bail in California?
Wed Apr 19 2017 (Updated 04/20/17)California Senate Committee Votes to Eliminate State's Money Bail System
California warehouses thousands of people in jails while they await their court dates — simply because they can’t afford to post bail. Meanwhile, wealthy people can easily buy their freedom. Research shows that Black people are assigned higher bail amounts than white people accused of similar offenses. People who can’t post bail are at a higher risk of being convicted, pleading guilty (even if they’re innocent), and receiving harsher sentences. The California Money Bail Reform Act, however, will create a system that prioritizes pretrial services and prevents people from being held in jail simply because they can't make bail.
Tue Apr 18 2017 (Updated 04/23/17)Tax Day Protests Demand Trump Release His Taxes
Tue Apr 18 2017 (Updated 04/23/17)Tens of Thousands in Over 150 US Cities Demonstrate Against Trump on Tax Day
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump said he would release his taxes, but that he couldn't until a supposed IRS audit concluded. Trump continues to refuse to release his tax returns, despite mounting questions regarding conflicts of interest and how much he might be beholden to those representing foreign powers such as Russian oligarchs. Protesters gathered in over 150 cities on April 15, the traditional tax filing deadline, to demand that Trump release his taxes. In Northern California, Tax Day protests were held in Santa Cruz, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, Ukiah, and other cities.
Sun Apr 9 2017 (Updated 04/13/17)Last Generation of Salmon Fishermen, Unless Salmon Runs Improve
Sun Apr 9 2017 (Updated 04/13/17)Record Low Klamath Salmon Run Spurs Tribal, Commercial and Sport Fishery Closures
Fishery scientists are expecting a record low return of fall-run Chinook salmon to the Klamath River this year, due to a combination of several years of drought, water diversions in the Klamath Basin and to the Sacramento River and the continued presence of the PacifiCorp dams. Tribal, commercial and recreational fishermen are currently waiting for the decision by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) on the fishing seasons at its meeting in Sacramento on April 10, but the outlook is dismal, based on the low Klamath salmon estimates.
Mon Mar 20 2017 (Updated 03/21/17)Improbable Partners: Tech and Social Justice Advocates Rally Against Trump
Mon Mar 20 2017 (Updated 03/21/17)"Tech Stands Up" Rally Calls on Company Leaders to Speak Out for Diversity & Civil Rights
Left wing activists, in partnership with tech employees, staged a rally against White House policies on March 14 at Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza in Palo Alto. The demonstration was attended by hundreds of people. Speakers at the four hour "Tech Stands Up" rally called for inclusion, diversity, and civil liberties. Tech Stands Up is an organization of people in the tech world who object to the Trump administration’s alt-right policies, and wants tech company leaders to speak out against the White House's discriminatory actions.
Fri Feb 24 2017Sanctuary for All March In Fresno
About 500 people participated in the Sanctuary for All march in downtown Fresno on February 18. In their call out for the march, organizers wrote: This is the first of many responses to our Mayor’s press conference. Our undocumented community is telling us that they DO NOT feel safe after the press conference. Our county Sheriff continues a close partnership with ICE. We are committed to a Fresno culture that emphasizes the dignity and safety of every Fresnan. We will show that Fresno is a sanctuary community, and communicate to our elected officials that we expect policies and structures that represent our values!
Tue Feb 14 2017 (Updated 02/15/17)Trump Administration Waives Water-Protection Rule for California Oilfields
Tue Feb 14 2017 (Updated 02/15/17)Safe Drinking Water Exemptions Allow Oil Companies to Dump Waste Fluid Into Aquifers
The Trump administration this week granted requests from Gov. Jerry Brown's regulators to exempt three aquifers in California's Kern County from the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. Approval of these "aquifer exemption" applications by the Environmental Protection Agency gives oil companies permission to dump contaminated waste fluid into these underground water supplies. California officials plan to submit dozens of additional exemption applications for other aquifers across the state, including underground water sources in Alameda, Monterey, Ventura, Kern and other counties.
Mon Feb 13 2017 (Updated 02/14/17)Lake Oroville Surges Over Emergency Spillway for First Time in History
Mon Feb 13 2017 (Updated 02/14/17)Dam Maintenance Neglected as Governor Brown Promotes Delta Tunnels
Water from Lake Oroville flowed over the emergency spillway at Oroville Dam for the first time in the reservoir's 48-year history after the water level exceeded 901 feet in elevation on February 11. The water slowly began to flow over the concrete weir of the auxiliary spillway, down a hillside and into the Feather River. After saying the situation was stable and public safety was not threatened, state officials reversed course and issued evacuation orders late in the afternoon of February 12. On February 13, state officials would give no timeline on when the 188,000 evacuees can return to their homes.
Thu Feb 9 2017 (Updated 02/24/17)A Public Bank for Oakland
Thu Feb 9 2017 (Updated 02/24/17)Public Bank of Oakland Aims to Serve the People, Use Bank’s Profits for Common Good
Emily Wheeler of the Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland writes: A thriving local economy is something we all want to see—no controversy there. But we’ve been too quick to accept the prevailing notion that there is a trade-off between that and providing ourselves with adequate housing, health care, or education programs. It’s time to align our fiscal practices with our social ideals. It’s time for the Public Bank of Oakland. On February 9, the City of Oakland hosted a public forum on the potential of the Public Bank of Oakland.
Wed Feb 8 2017 (Updated 02/10/17)Oakland Deploys an Army of Police and DPW to Destroy Homeless Sanctuary
Wed Feb 8 2017 (Updated 02/10/17)Mayor and City Administrator Bulldoze Homes & Village of Services for Oakland’s Homeless Residents
At 8:30am on the morning of February 2, at least 80 Oakland Police raided the village. Structures were then bulldozed by the Department of Public Works (DPW). The inhumane action went against the wishes of hundreds of Oakland residents who contributed to building up the sanctuary for two weeks. Sixteen residents, half of them elderly, were displaced. An additional four guests who were seeking sanctuary for the night were also rudely awakened. Two of the evening guests who slept in The Promised Land open air living room, sought refuge because Caltrans had destroyed their encampments down the street.
Protesters and journalists have reached a tentative settlement with the City of Berkeley in a National Lawyers Guild federal civil rights lawsuit over police brutality at a December 6, 2014, racial justice protest. The plaintiffs alleged that they were clubbed and tear gassed for no reason and forcibly herded more than a mile down Telegraph Avenue, from the south campus area into Oakland. The settlement, which is expected to be approved at the February 14, 2017, Berkeley City Council meeting, includes policy changes intended to prevent a recurrence of the police misconduct, and $125,000 for seven plaintiffs.
Tue Feb 7 2017 (Updated 02/10/17)Trump's Muslim Ban Protested Nationwide
Tue Feb 7 2017 (Updated 02/10/17)Thousands Demonstrate at Airports as Courts Rebuff Trump's New Immigration Restrictions
On Friday, January 27, Donald Trump issued an executive order banning refugees and other visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The following day, thousands of people began to gather at airports across the United States to protest. At San Francisco International Airport, over four thousand protesters showed up in support of migrants and against the Muslim ban, virtually shutting down the airport. On Monday, courts across the nation began to weigh in, halting parts of the ban in differing regions. On February 3, a US District Court judge in Seattle ordered a nationwide stay on Trump's entire executive order.
Mon Jan 30 2017 (Updated 02/01/17)End Domestic Violence, Boycott Driscoll's, and Ban Fracking
Mon Jan 30 2017 (Updated 02/01/17)Hundreds Attend ChangeFest: A Climate Mobilization at State Capitol in Sacramento
A diverse array of Sacramento community groups participated in ChangeFest, a climate mobilization rally at the state capitol on January 21 as part of a week of anti-Trump street protests in Sacramento centered around the Presidential Inauguration. Speakers and musicians covered issues ranging from violence against women, to the Driscoll’s boycott in support of indigenous farmworkers in Mexico, to successful campaigns to ban fracking in San Benito and Monterey Counties, to the No DAPL struggle at Standing Rock. ChangeFest took place concurrently with the 20,000-strong Women's March in the Capitol.
Mon Jan 30 2017Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines Back on Table
President Trump signed executive orders on January 24 to push ahead with the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. Both projects sparked widespread opposition and protests, especially because of their risks to water, wildlife, climate and people. On January 27, attorneys representing the first ten water protectors arrested in actions against the Dakota Access Pipeline in early August 2016 renewed their motion for a change of venue, on grounds that the state did not adequately respond to their motion and is not taking basic steps to assess bias among jurors.
Sun Jan 29 2017Police Warrant Heightens Concerns Over In-Home Microphones
A warrant from police in Arkansas seeking audio records of a man’s Amazon Echo has sparked an overdue conversation about the privacy implications of “always-on” recording devices. The story serves as a wakeup call about the potential surveillance devices that many people are starting to allow into their own homes. The Amazon echo is not the only such device; others include personal assistants like Google Home, Google Now, Apple’s Siri, Windows Cortana, as well as other devices. Digital assistants and other IoT devices create a triple threat to privacy: from government, corporations, and hackers.
3PM Tuesday Apr 25 Freedom Sleepers # 94 - Sleep-Out to End the Sleeping...
7PM Tuesday Apr 25 Stop Urban Shield: All Out to Berkeley City Council
7PM Thursday Apr 27 Refinery Town: How the Richmond Progressive Alliance...
1:30PM Saturday Apr 29 Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper on...
7:30PM Sunday Apr 30 An Outspoken Evening with Vijay Prashad
2PM Saturday May 6 May Day Tribute: How to Make Sanctuary Real
3:30PM Tuesday May 9 No Penalty for Poverty - Housing For All
6PM Friday May 12 Borders in Central America - The Impact of US Policy
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6:30PM Tuesday May 23 Asia's Rise and America's Decline: From Obama to Trump...
7:30PM Thursday May 25 Chris Hedges on "Overcoming Fascism"
7:30PM Wednesday Jun 21 Whistleblower at the CIA: Melvin Goodman with Daniel...
California Farm Equity Act (AB1348) Takes a Major First Step in the Legislative Process Tuesday Apr 25th 1:04 PM
Santa Cruz City Council to Vote on Divesting from Trump’s Wall, DAPL Banks Resolutions Monday Apr 24th 3:48 PM
Healthcare in Sonoma County Monday Apr 24th 3:03 PM
"Progressives" Defeat Trump Wall Investment, but Local Anti-Homeless Fencing Still On Monday Apr 24th 12:08 PM
No Penalty for Poverty - Housing For All Monday Apr 24th 12:01 PM
Local Government Does Not Care Saturday Apr 22nd 3:22 PM
California African American Heritage includes commemoration of the Battle of Puebla Friday Apr 21st 1:11 PM
How Berkeley Cops Helped Alt-Right Trolls with No Permit Stage Their Rally (1 comment) Thursday Apr 20th 10:29 PM
Stop Urban Shield: All Out to Berkeley City Council (3 comments) Thursday Apr 20th 5:57 PM
Freedom Sleepers # 94 - Sleep-Out to End the Sleeping Ban (3 comments) Wednesday Apr 19th 2:28 PMMore Local News...
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Puerto Rico Religious Leaders Call for Bankruptcy Ahead of "Vulture Fund" Deadline Tuesday Apr 25th 6:45 AM
Formerly Enslaved Africans Created American Memorial Day Tuesday Apr 18th 5:20 PM
Illegal Purchase Of Execution Drugs as Ark. GOP Gov Hutchinson Seeks To Murder 8 Prisoners Friday Apr 14th 12:03 PM
Puerto Rico Oversight Board Mediates Last Ditch Debt Negotiations Friday Apr 14th 7:23 AM
This Week in Palestine, April 7, 2017 Sunday Apr 9th 10:17 PM
Re: Those Missiles at Syria from U.S. Saturday Apr 8th 2:49 PM
Puerto Rico and Bondholders Agree on Electric Company Debt Deal Thursday Apr 6th 1:57 PM
Representative Doggett and Senator Whitehouse Introduce Legislation to Close Tax Havens Thursday Apr 6th 7:03 AM
One Year Anniversary of Panama Papers Leak Monday Apr 3rd 6:59 AM
Put Medicare for All on November 2018 Ballot Thursday Mar 30th 8:39 PMMore Global News...
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Are We Ready for Body-Worn Cameras in Santa Cruz? Sunday Apr 16th 4:12 PM
Nationalize Airlines to Stop Overbooking & Police Terror (1 comment) Thursday Apr 13th 8:47 AM
Gramsci on US President Trump: "Delicate and Dangerous" Tuesday Apr 11th 5:24 AM
California bill to eliminate bail system clears first hurdle Thursday Apr 6th 11:10 AM
Social Security Expansion Bill has 156 Sponsors, Pelosi Not There Wednesday Apr 5th 8:09 PM
3/16/68 My Lai Massacre & The Killing Never Stops Wednesday Mar 22nd 9:00 PM
Hawaii Judge Tosses 2d Muslim Travel Ban (1 comment) Wednesday Mar 15th 7:24 PM
Vault 7: Wikileaks, Paradigm Shifts & Rule of Law (1 comment) Thursday Mar 9th 10:44 AM
Housing Secty Carson and Energy Secty Perry confirmed with Democratic votes Friday Mar 3rd 6:08 AM
Ryan Zinke approved by 16 Democrats as Interior Secty Wednesday Mar 1st 8:55 PMOpen Newswire...
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