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Thu May 25 2017 (Updated 06/22/17)Hunger Strike Begins at Folsom State Prison
Thu May 25 2017 (Updated 06/22/17)Prisoners Protest Inhumane Conditions in Segregation Units with Hunger Strike
The men at Old Folsom State Prison in the ASU and Ad-Seg will begin a hunger strike on May 25 due to ongoing issues with the conditions of confinement that violate the Eighth Amendment. All the prisoners held in Folsom’s ASU and Ad-Seg are without food bowls, therefore having to eat out of ziplock bags. They have no cups, needing to drink water from an old milk carton. They have no TVs, no property at all. The mail is sometimes withheld for no reason — up to a month for some prisoners, for others even longer. All they’re asking for is to be given day-to-day necessities. So, in order to have their voices heard, they feel they have no choice but to hunger strike.
Wed May 17 2017 (Updated 05/19/17)The Poverty, Politics and Profit of Section 8 Housing
Wed May 17 2017 (Updated 05/19/17)Section 8 Vouchers Help The Poor — But Only If Housing Is Available
More than 2 million families now use Section 8 vouchers to keep from becoming homeless. It's the government's largest program to help low-income families pay their rent. However Section 8 housing proposals face stiff opposition in cities across the US, including the McKinney and Frisco suburbs of Dallas, Texas. Nicole Humphrey, an opponent, proclaimed, "In this neighborhood, most of us are stay-at-home moms with young kids. The lifestyle that goes with Section 8 is usually working, single moms or people who are struggling to keep their heads above water. It's just not people who are the same class as us."
Tue May 16 2017Call Goes Out to Defund OPD, Invest in Community
Defund OPD writes: The process of allocating Oakland’s 2.6 billion dollar budget for 2017-2019 has begun. We believe that the scandal-ridden and dysfunctional Oakland Police Department consumes far too many of our city's resources. It’s time to audit police spending and performance, and redirect wasted funds to community-building, constructive strategies for making Oakland a safer and better place to live. The people of Oakland know that policing is the wrong framework for bringing true security to our communities. Oakland’s budget needs to reflect our values and our priorities.
Fri May 5 2017 (Updated 05/10/17)Affordable Housing Crisis in Sonoma County
Fri May 5 2017 (Updated 05/10/17)Younger Workers Priced Out of Sonoma County Housing Market
The bay area's affordable housing crisis continues to expand, and students at Sonoma Student University are trying to cope with the implications. Kendyl Saxby writes: Sonoma County is in a rent crisis that is negatively effecting everyone and it is only growing. People are stuck living in squalor due to the 1% vacancy rate in Santa Rosa. Families can no longer afford extracurricular activities for their children. College students cannot afford rent and end up living at home with their parents or homeless. Employers are losing workers who can no longer afford to live here.
Wed May 3 2017 (Updated 05/10/17)City Considers Taking More Measures Against The Homeless
Wed May 3 2017 (Updated 05/10/17)Protest and March on May 9: No Penalty for Poverty — Housing for All
The City of Santa Cruz is considering a number of new policies that would impact local homeless people. There is an effort by a handful of property owners and their allies at City Hall to end the Food Not Bombs meals outside the downtown Post Office. Officials may implement a number of new restrictions and architectural changes to make the lives of those without housing more painful. One unhoused person, Greg Mercado, died of complications from an old surgery twelve hours after the police kicked him out from the City Hall grounds and gave him a ticket for being in a park after hours.
Tue May 2 2017 (Updated 05/04/17)UCSC's Kerr Hall Reclaimed Until A/BSA Demands Are Met
Tue May 2 2017 (Updated 05/04/17)Students Reclaim Main Administrative Building at UC Santa Cruz to Press Demands
Update: In a meeting on May 4, Chancellor George Blumenthal agreed to meet all four demands presented by A/BSA. Students stress that the struggle continues.
On May 2, hundreds of students rallied in Quarry Plaza at UC Santa Cruz to "let the Chancellor know Black Students need support from the University." Students then marched to Kerr Hall, the main administrative building at UCSC, and launched a reclamation of the building. Employees left the building, as students declared they will remain until the demands from Afrikan Black Student Alliance (A/BSA) are met. Their demands begin by stating, "The Afrikan Black Caribbean identified students have spoken. The issues on this campus far exceed anything easily fixed. However Black students at UCSC have composed a list of uncompromisable demands."
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.”
Sun Apr 16 2017 (Updated 04/17/17)Exposing KPFA's Secret Secession Effort: "Big Tent Radio Network"
Sun Apr 16 2017 (Updated 04/17/17)KPFA Local Station Board Member Tries to Secretly Create New Organization
Pacifica Foundation is a non-profit organization which owns five independently operated, non-commercial, listener-supported radio stations known for their progressive/liberal political orientation. Its national headquarters adjoins station KPFA in Berkeley. Bill Crosier, Pacifica Foundation's interim Executive Director, addressed members of the 5-station radio network after it became known that at least one of the KPFA Local Station Board members, with others, has secretly contacted celebrities and prominent supporters of progressive causes, falsely claiming that Pacifica is “collapsing”, and asking them to be on the board of a new nonprofit organization which would seek to acquire Pacifica's assets, or at least those of station KPFA.
Wed Apr 12 2017 (Updated 04/15/17)"I Don't Work With Pot, I Work With People"
Wed Apr 12 2017 (Updated 04/15/17)Valerie Corral of Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana Speaks on Industry Today
Valerie Corral and her former husband founded Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) in Santa Cruz, the nation’s oldest continuously operating medical cannabis collective that provides free cannabis for 30 percent of its members. She also helped write and pass Proposition 215, California’s revolutionary medical marijuana law. She has helped build the medical industry and seen it change into what it is today. Now, another twenty years later, the financial climate around cannabis in the United States has changed into a million dollar industry, but Valerie still isn't interested in making money from cannabis.
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.
Wed Apr 5 2017 (Updated 04/08/17)One-Year Anniversary of the Death of Luís Góngora Pat, Killed by SFPD
Wed Apr 5 2017 (Updated 04/08/17)March Against Police Terror in the Sanctuary City of San Francisco on April 7
Luis Góngora Pat was a 45-year-old indigenous Mayan Mexican, an immigrant worker, and a family man who supported his wife and three children in southern Mexico. On April 7, 2016, his life was brutally taken by SFPD. Luis’s killing was at the nexis of several struggles faced by low income people of color: indigenous peoples’ struggles, housing rights, illegal evictions, immigrant rights, dignified wage labor, homelessness, racial profiling and discrimination, police brutality and utter impunity for killing Black and Brown residents. On Friday, April 7, the one year anniversary of his death, Luis’s family will march against police terror in the so-called Sanctuary City of San Francisco.
Mike Zint & JP Massar write: What does it take to get off the streets? Money? Affordable housing? Employment? Of course the answer is yes, but none of those things is the first step. The first step is stability. Stability that the housed take for granted. A lack of stability means the homeless barely survive. Figuring out how to exist with no sense of safety and security and nowhere to go, worrying about the police yet having committed no crime, takes all that someone has. Sometimes it’s too much and a short note appears in a local paper.
Tue Mar 14 2017Anti-Homeless Architecture is Widespread in Downtown Santa Cruz
Anti-homeless architecture is common in Santa Cruz, including hi-frequency Mosquito Boxes in parks, removing planter boxes and free speech zones on Pacific, replacing the City Hall lawn with gravel and rocks, and now the ugly chain link fencing at the historic downtown post office. On March 11 and 12, Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs decorated the anti-homeless fence at the post office to make it more attractive. Signs, toys, toothpaste and toothbrushes, socks, soap, clothes, shoes, flowers, and strips of fabric were weaved through the links of the fence.
Fri Mar 3 2017 (Updated 03/04/17)Anti-Homeless Group Tries to Drive Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs Out of Sight
Fri Mar 3 2017 (Updated 03/04/17)Janet Fardette of Leveelies Pushes the Idea that “Street Feeding” Keeps People Homeless
Keith McHenry writes: The most common government response to the suffering of those being forced into homelessness is the passage of laws against being homeless. Laws against sleeping, sitting, asking for money, living outside, or what officials call “quality of life crimes” make this bad situation even worse, and make the lives of homeless men, women, and children even more miserable. Another aspect of this punitive response to homelessness is passage of laws prohibiting the public sharing of meals with the hungry. The hope is that hiding from public view the problem of homelessness will make it go away.
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1PM Sunday Jul 30 Film: Now is the Time: Healthcare for Everybody
Pesticide Incident Sends 18 Farmworkers to Hospital Tuesday Jun 27th 11:51 PM
Trump administration approves permit to build Jerry Brown's Delta Tunnels Monday Jun 26th 2:56 PM
Local Housing Development Can Be Both Affordable and Supportive (1 comment) Sunday Jun 25th 10:28 AM
City Must Adopt Two-Pronged Approach to Address Budget and Social Services (2 comments) Sunday Jun 18th 11:26 AM
Oakland City Funding for Eviction Defense Support Expiring on June 30, 2017 Thursday Jun 15th 5:15 PM
The McCoppin Sewar-Another SF fail? Sunday Jun 11th 12:43 PM
New Restrictions on City Hall Access Must Be Reviewed by Council (3 comments) Sunday Jun 11th 8:42 AM
Group Files Lawsuit Against DWR Over Oroville Dam Asbestos Records Thursday Jun 8th 12:30 PM
Time to Revisit All-Volunteer Needle Exchange (3 comments) Wednesday Jun 7th 4:19 PM
Santa Cruz blowing the leaves (1 comment) Monday Jun 5th 8:46 PMMore Local News...
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California EPA Becomes First U.S. Agency to Declare That Roundup Causes Cancer Tuesday Jun 27th 11:47 PM
Video: Science in the New Dark Age, 28 min Thursday Jun 8th 12:08 PM
California’s Attorney General Asks EPA to Ban Brain-Harming Pesticide Wednesday Jun 7th 10:43 AM
GOP Healthcare Bill in Senate: Act Now Thursday May 25th 1:48 PM
Neoliberal Austerity Leads to Deeper Crisis (1 comment) Monday May 22nd 6:18 AM
Section 8 Vouchers Help The Poor — But Only If Housing Is Available Wednesday May 17th 10:54 AM
Israel Cuts Water Supply to Jordan Valley Village Monday May 15th 6:44 PM
Nicole Humphrey, 'Not Racist or Bigot,' on Class and Section 8 Housing (17 comments) Wednesday May 10th 5:14 PM
Trump regime nominates Pamela Hughes Patenaude to be Deputy Secretary of HUD Friday Apr 28th 11:46 PM
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Haysha Deitsch on Property Tax in the United States Tuesday Jun 27th 6:08 AM
Trump Tuesdays - Louisianans Protest Senate GOP Health Bill Monday Jun 26th 9:24 AM
Call SF Supes to House Homeless & Stop Bus Fare & Fine Increases Sunday Jun 4th 6:11 PM
Close down the casino economy! Monday May 29th 9:42 PM
From 9/11 Inside Job to Repeal of AHA: US Gov't Murders Americans (1 comment) Thursday May 4th 9:43 PM
Statement from Afrikan/Black Student Alliance on Reclamation of Kerr Hall at UC Santa Cruz Wednesday May 3rd 11:23 AM
Poverty Returns with Misguided Policy Friday Apr 14th 4:54 AM
California Announces Revised Proposed Rules on Agricultural Pesticide Use Near Schools Thursday Mar 16th 10:11 AM
Cower or Continue? (1 comment) Wednesday Feb 22nd 9:07 PM
Will Work for Food Monday Feb 6th 12:18 PMOpen Newswire...
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