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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.
Fri Feb 17 2017 (Updated 03/02/17)SCPD Officer Erik Bailey Named as Killer of Sean Smith-Arlt
Fri Feb 17 2017 (Updated 03/02/17)Santa Cruz DA Won't File Charges Against Police Officer Who Killed Man Holding Garden Rake
On February 16, Santa Cruz County District Attorney Jeff Rosell announced his office will not file charges against Erik Bailey, the Santa Cruz Police Department officer who shot and killed 32-year-old Sean Smith-Arlt on October 16, 2016. SCPD Officers Erik Bailey and Adam Baker were the first officers to be dispatched to a house on Chase Street that evening after residents called to report a disturbance at the home. When police arrived they say they confronted Sean, who was advancing towards them with a gardening rake. Within 20 seconds they deemed him a threat and opened fire on him.
Thu Feb 9 2017 (Updated 03/06/17)Militant, Anti-Capitalist Feminists Call for International General Strike
Thu Feb 9 2017 (Updated 03/06/17)International Women's Day General Strike on March 8: Walk Out, March and Demonstrate
On March 8, International Women's Day events are scheduled for Berkeley/Albany, Oakland, San Francisco, Cupertino, Santa Cruz and throughout Northern California. A diverse group of radical feminists issuing a call-out for an international women's strike write: In our view, it is not enough to oppose Trump and his aggressively misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic and racist policies. We also need to target the ongoing neoliberal attack on social provision and labor rights. Let us use the occasion to build a feminism for the 99%, a grassroots, anti-capitalist feminism – a feminism in solidarity with working women, their families and their allies throughout the world.
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.
Sun Jan 29 2017Anti-Abortionists Countered in San Francisco
On January 21, religious extremists once again held their annual anti-abortion Walk For Life march in San Francisco. They believe holding these events in liberal San Francisco packs a bigger punch because San Franciscans by and large believe that no laws or religion should govern decisions about their bodies, health, and welfare. Every year they are confronted by pro-choice protesters, even though this year there were dueling events in San Francisco. A larger anti-choice event was held in Washington D.C. on January 27.
Over the past several years, Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project has been working with the City of Santa Cruz to develop the city's first community orchard. Riverside Community Orchard was launched in early 2015 when more than fifty volunteers came out to plant twelve dwarf apple, pear, and citrus trees along a fence line at Riverside Gardens Park. On Saturday, February 4, the group will break ground on a major expansion of the orchard, planting upwards of twenty more trees across the street, in an open area adjacent to the skate park and ball courts of Mike Fox Park, by the San Lorenzo River levee.
Wed Jan 25 2017 (Updated 02/09/17)Oakland Land Reclaimed for Housing by Homeless Residents and Activists
Wed Jan 25 2017 (Updated 02/09/17)Encampment Offers Safe and Dignified Space City of Oakland Unable to Provide
On the morning of Saturday, January 21, a network of Oakland community members took over Marcus Garvey Park, a public plot of land at 36th Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, moving in small homes, a hot shower, a healing clinic, and other services — declaring it a people’s encampment for those who need housing and basic needs and services. The group which includes folks living on Oakland streets, activists from Feed the People and Asians for Black Lives said that the move-in demonstrates their ability to provide what the City of Oakland cannot to its most vulnerable residents.
Sat Jan 14 2017 (Updated 01/16/17)Speakeasies and Artists Warehouses: A Tale of Two Oaklands
Sat Jan 14 2017 (Updated 01/16/17)Fruitvale Community Further Marginalized in Politicization of Ghost Ship Fire
Dozens of reporters, videographers and photographers thronged around the yellow tape surrounding the block containing the Ghost Ship warehouse the morning after the tragic fire that killed 36 people in the center of Fruitvale. Voices in Fruitvale, a neighborhood where almost half the children live in poverty, weren’t heard for days at all. In this sensational story that garnered nation-wide attention, it was weeks before journalists evinced the slightest interest in the neighborhood where the fire occurred.
Sat Jan 14 2017 (Updated 01/16/17)Fruitvale District Has Highest Levels of Lead Poisoning in California
Sat Jan 14 2017 (Updated 01/16/17)Lead Poisoning in Oakland's Fruitvale District Is Worse Than Flint
Toxic lead levels are dangerously high in Oakland’s Fruitvale district, which has the highest level of contamination in California and are worse than in Flint, Michigan, according to a national report. Unlike Flint’s contaminated water crisis, which caught national attention in 2015, Oakland’s lead is not in the water system but is coming from old buildings and chipping paint that is getting into the dirt and being tossed up in the wind. The result is that 7.57 percent of children under the age of seven who were tested have high levels of lead in their blood.
Tue Dec 20 2016 (Updated 12/21/16)Tulare County Has Most Agricultural Pesticide Illnesses in California
Tue Dec 20 2016 (Updated 12/21/16)Santa Cruz County Ranked Second for Agricultural Pesticide Illnesses in 2014
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) released a report last week detailing the 2014 results of their Pesticide Illness Surveillance Program. The report, documenting all reported pesticide-related illnesses from all California counties, shows 20.1% of agricultural pesticide-related illnesses occurred in Tulare County, making it the county with the most agricultural pesticide illnesses in the state. Santa Cruz County came in second with 17.2%. Of the 53 counties with documented pesticide-related illnesses in 2014, Tulare County accounted for over 1 in every 5 cases of poisonings from agricultural pesticides.
A lawsuit filed on December 13 by civil rights groups charges the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) with violating the constitutional rights of homeless people by confiscating and destroying their property in ongoing sweeps. Plaintiffs have lost cherished and necessary items, including family heirlooms, photographs of loved ones, tents, sleeping bags, warm weather clothing, tools, food, camp stoves, bicycles, and personal documents. “Caltrans has been a major obstacle to getting my life together," said plaintiff James Leone. "Twice in six years, I’ve been left with only the clothes on my back. Twice I’ve lost everything I own in the world.”
Fri Dec 16 2016 (Updated 12/18/16)California Agency Floats Plan to Turn Livermore Aquifer Into Oil Waste Dump
Fri Dec 16 2016 (Updated 12/18/16)Oil Company with History of Spills Seeking Exemption to Safe Drinking Water Act
An oil company with a long history of hazardous spills in California wants state and federal permission to dispose of contaminated waste fluid into an underground water supply in Livermore. The proposal, announced by California's Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, seeks to exempt an aquifer in eastern Alameda County from the federal Safe Drinking Water Act on behalf of E&B Natural Resources, the oil company seeking the exemption. State officials are now taking public comments and will hold a January 11 hearing on the proposal.
Wed Dec 14 2016Evicted Okupa Chanti Ollin Calls for Solidarity
Wed Dec 14 2016Autonomous Cultural Center in Mexico City Seeks Global Support
Chanti Ollin, a well-known autonomous cultural center in the gentrified financial district of Mexico City, was violently evicted on November 22. Eight hundred riot police, two helicopters, and an armored car executed the operation, illegally breaking into the building and detaining 26 individuals without so much as a judicial order. This eviction takes place against the backdrop of Mexico City's new constitution, which seeks to privatize land and resources, and suppress any political or cultural activity that disrupts this profit-making program.
Sun Nov 27 2016 (Updated 11/29/16)Santa Cruz Police Eject Homeless Individuals Sleeping at City Hall on Rainy Night
Sun Nov 27 2016 (Updated 11/29/16)Attendance at Freedom Sleepers City Hall Sleepouts Remains High After 16 Months
Santa Cruz police initiated a raid at City Hall on November 23 at 3:30 am, shortly after it stopped raining that evening, to clear from the area approximately two dozen individuals who had been sleeping and sheltering themselves from the weather under the eaves of the buildings in the complex. Officers issued citations to individuals, and made one arrest. Many of those sleeping at City Hall were participating in the weekly Freedom Sleepers sleep protest, while others were simply sheltering themselves from the wet weather temporarily with the group.
5:30PM Wednesday Mar 29 Training: Homeless Encampment Sweeps Watch
12PM Saturday Apr 1 March for Health, Santa Rosa
1PM Thursday Apr 6 Veterans Job Fair
1PM Saturday Apr 8 Responding to Mental Health Crisis without the Police:...
5:30PM Tuesday Apr 11 Remembering Michael Randell Mears
10AM Saturday Apr 15 TEDxBerkeley 2017: Constellate*
2PM Saturday Apr 15 What the Health
11AM Saturday Apr 29 Uhuru Community Health Fair
12PM Sunday May 7 YTHLive
Oakland’s affordable housing threatened by Trump’s proposed $6.2 billion budget cut to HUD Saturday Mar 25th 5:08 AM
Remembering Michael Randell Mears (1 comment) Friday Mar 24th 6:59 PM
Remembering Michael Mears (2 comments) Wednesday Mar 22nd 12:14 PM
Stability First: A Community Of Tents and Tables; Chairs, Coffee and Camaraderie. Wednesday Mar 22nd 11:11 AM
California regulators weaken proposed rules for pesticide use near schools Friday Mar 17th 4:54 PM
Brytanee Brown on Housing and Urban Displacement: Oakland and New Orleans Thursday Mar 16th 10:21 AM
Anti-Homeless Fence Decorating Party (2 comments) Monday Mar 13th 5:16 PM
Trump’s proposed budget cuts to HUD by the numbers in California Sunday Mar 12th 1:00 AM
Anti-Homeless Architecture — Anti-Homeless Fence at the Post Office in Santa Cruz (5 comments) Thursday Mar 9th 7:52 PM
Court Support for DAMN Member Arrested at Houselessness Protest (2 comments) Thursday Mar 9th 5:49 PMMore Local News...
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House Rejects Puerto Rico Healthcare Amendment Friday Mar 24th 6:59 AM
Stephanie Jackson: Community Organizer for Ride New Orleans on Making Riders' Needs Heard Wednesday Mar 22nd 1:43 PM
Interview with Dj Jaffe - Focusing on Reforms for Untreated Serious Mentally Ill People Tuesday Mar 21st 7:24 PM
Interview with Cindy Schwartz: Jail Diversion Program Direction - Miami-Dade County Monday Mar 20th 10:05 PM
Revised: HUD Tenant Leaders Demand Congress Reject Trump’s “Death Budget” Monday Mar 20th 5:19 PM
Scientific Panel Criticizes EPA Assessment of Glyphosate Friday Mar 17th 5:43 PM
HUD Secretary Ben Carson supports $6.2 billion in budget cuts to HUD (1 comment) Friday Mar 17th 3:52 AM
Californians Not “Roundup-Ready”: Citizens Triumph over Monsanto in Cancer-Causing Pesticide Listing Thursday Mar 16th 2:07 PM
EPA Opens Civil Rights Investigation Over Pesticide Use In Hawai`i Monday Mar 13th 5:35 PM
Court Clears California to Require Cancer Warning on Roundup Monday Mar 13th 4:56 PMMore Global News...
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Ask For Your Money Back Monday Mar 27th 6:26 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 PM
The Descent Society Monday Jan 23rd 3:43 AM
The Generations Manifesto (1 comment) Thursday Dec 22nd 8:34 AM
Low Taxes is an Act of Desperation Tuesday Dec 20th 7:20 AM
Oakland Ghost Ship Fire Caused by Housing Crisis and City Negligence, Say Tenant Advocates Wednesday Dec 14th 6:04 PM
Tories announce NHS 'STP' plan for City of Bristol, UK Sunday Dec 4th 6:07 AM
2016 California Diabetes Awareness Month ~ Victory Garden Project Saturday Nov 26th 2:04 PMOpen Newswire...
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