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Long a go-to news source for community and independent radio stations across the country, Free Speech Radio News (FSRN) will permanently shut down at the end of April. For seventeen years, FSRN has broadcast stories documenting repression and corruption while highlighting the individuals, campaigns and movements working to bring about a more just and equitable society. Paul Riismandel writes: The loss of FSRN is truly tragic. FSRN has been dedicated to truly grassroots reporting that emphasizes local voices on the ground, with a focus on social justice.
Across California, and nationally, trans people are funneled into state prisons, detention centers and county jails. While incarceration is violent and unsafe for everyone, trans people face extreme conditions while locked up, including unsafe housing, physical/emotional/sexual assault, lack of access to basic transition health care and a refusal to be recognized by chosen names and genders. SB 310 would make it possible for trans people in custody to file for a legal name and/or gender marker change on their identification documents and would ensure that they are recognized as such while incarcerated.
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.
Take Back Santa Cruz (TBSC) is targeting community members again on social media, which is being aided by the false identification of a "suspect" by Officer Wes Hansen of the Santa Cruz Police. On November 16, TBSC published a photo of two "suspects" of a crime on their public Facebook page. The post has been shared over 300 times. In the comments section on the TBSC post, a witch-hunt style attack on the men ensues, containing the false accusation from SCPD Officer Wes Hansen.
On November 11, the transmitter for Free Radio Santa Cruz went silent following the eviction of their host. The radio collective is actively looking for a new site for their transmitter and antenna. Meanwhile they continue streaming through their website. Free Radio Santa Cruz is the only local, independent community radio station remaining in Santa Cruz.
Davey D writes: I was alerted to an inflammatory story from Bay Area ABC news reporter Dan Noyes that basically sought to disparage the Black August celebrations. The story noted that "police sources" had leaked a memo to him stating that prison guards and police were gonna be attacked by members of the Black Guerilla Family in celebration of Black August. Many found the allegations to be outlandish.
Thu Jun 16 2016 (Updated 06/17/16)
Historic Court Ruling for Net Neutrality
It’s being called one of the most important moments in the history of the internet and a First Amendment for the internet. A federal appeals court, in a 2-1 decision, ruled this week that internet service providers must offer essentially the same protections to users that are required of phone companies. Digital activists are gleefully celebrating one of the most significant parts of the ruling: the FCC can apply its net neutrality rules to cellphone data as well as home broadband.
Louis LaFortune passed away unexpectedly on the morning of March 13 at his family home in Live Oak. Media reports indicate he died in his home after suffering heart trouble. His family states that he passed quickly without pain or discomfort. Louis’s untimely passing, at the young age of 64, was a sad shock for his family and wide circle of friends.
On March 3, six UCSC students blocked California Highway 1 using lockboxes and garbage cans filled with concrete. Independent journalist Alex Darocy, long-time Indybay contributor and editorial collective member, shot several photographs of the student demonstrators from his car as he passed the blockade, and for that he is currently being prosecuted, facing the possibility of jail time. A Motion to Dismiss, which argued that the prosecution is attempting to criminalize and chill conduct that is protected under the First Amendment, was heard on November 13. Judge Paul Burdick denied the motion and set a trial date for February 22, 2016.
A U.S. District Court has struck down Idaho’s “ag-gag” law as an unconstitutional attempt by the agriculture industry to silence journalists, animal advocates, and whistleblowers who expose cruel farming practices. The ruling — the first of its kind — spells trouble for the agriculture industry’s attempts in other states to outlaw photography and video recordings of animal welfare, workers’ rights, and environmental violations. The lawsuit was brought by the Animal Legal Defense Fund and PETA, with support from a wide-range of organizations.
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7PM Wednesday Apr 26 Damon Krukowski at City Lights!
10AM Saturday Apr 29 9th Humboldt Anarchist Bookfair
7:30PM Tuesday May 2 Susan Faludi: In the Darkroom
7PM Wednesday May 3 James Nolan
7PM Wednesday May 17 Wired Wednesday
7PM Wednesday May 17 Gordon Ball at City Lights!
Fundraiser to Support LocalWiki! Santa Cruz Wiki News Saturday Apr 15th 9:37 PM
Pacifica Foundation Director Comments on Berkeley Secession Effort repost (1 comment) Saturday Apr 15th 12:16 PM
People’s Radio in Fresno for April 5, 2017 Mike Rhodes Wednesday Apr 5th 5:49 PM
New California State Legislation Honors The Dignity Of Transgender Prisoners Coral Feigin & Sasha Buchert, Street Sheet Wednesday Mar 8th 11:04 AM
Video Shows SCPD Blocking Media from Sean Arlt Killing Press Conference Wes White and Robert Norse (4 comments) Thursday Feb 23rd 2:36 PM
Stir it Up radio show in Fresno with Reza Nekumanesh and Hannah Brandt Mike Rhodes (1 comment) Thursday Dec 15th 8:50 AM
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A Sad Goodbye to Free Speech Radio News Paul Riismandel, Radio Survivor Monday Apr 24th 2:20 PM
Free Speech Radio News Going Silent After 17 Years of Movement Reporting Danielle Chynoweth, Center for Media Justice Monday Apr 24th 2:04 PM
Free Speech Radio News to Shut Down Free Speech Radio News (1 comment) Monday Apr 24th 1:58 PM
News and Improvements at Riseup.net: Personally Encrypted Email Storage Riseup, your friendly radical tech collective Wednesday Apr 19th 11:20 AM
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Getting Into Trouble with Franklin Lopez of SubMedia It's Going Down Sunday Mar 26th 1:19 PM
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