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The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal petition on January 16 with the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect more critical habitat for the endangered Southern Resident population of orcas. If successful the proposal would extend Endangered Species Act protection to the whales’ winter foraging range off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California. After several drastic declines, only 81 killer whales remain in the Southern Resident population.
Sat Oct 19 2013 (Updated 10/20/13)Families and Supporters Demand "Fuck That! No More Killing!"
Sat Oct 19 2013 (Updated 10/20/13)2013 National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality & Criminalization of a Generation
On the morning of October 22nd, supporters and members of some 50 families of those executed by California police will converge on Sacramento as part of the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation. They will demand proper investigations into their loved ones' deaths — not whitewashes by police and District Attorneys refusing to thoroughly investigate. After the rally In Sacramento, there will be two more rallies in Oakland along with events held in Fresno, Hayward, Redding, Los Angeles, San Diego, and other cities in California and across the United States.
Tue Jul 9 2013 (Updated 07/11/13)Hoopa Valley Tribe Blasts PacifiCorp for Applying Chemicals to Curb Algae
Tue Jul 9 2013 (Updated 07/11/13)Chemical Use in Klamath River Violates Clean Water Act and California Law
A plan by Warren Buffett’s PacifiCorp to apply chemicals to kill toxic blue-green algae on the Klamath River for the second year in a row has ignited opposition by North Coast Indian Tribes and river users. The Hoopa Valley Tribe and river users cite studies from 2012 that show killing the algae actually releases the algae toxin, microcystin, at a time of year when people are swimming, wading, rafting and fishing in the Klamath River.
Sun Jul 7 2013 (Updated 07/09/13)Rallies and Demos Begin in Support of 2013 California Hunger Strikers
Sun Jul 7 2013 (Updated 07/09/13)Oakland Noise Demo Raises Ruckus Outside of Alameda County Jail for Hunger Strikers in SHU
On July 4th, about 100 people marched from Oscar Grant Plaza to the Glenn Dyer Alameda County Jail. Marchers were acting in solidarity with hunger strikers in the SHU (Special Housing Units), "prisons within prisons," where inmates are kept in solitary confinement for years and even decades.On July 8th, California prisoners will begin a hunger strike and work stoppage in order to insist upon five core demands that the governor and the Department of Corrections have refused to implement since negotiations surrounding the previous hunger strikes of 2011. Solidarity events took place in Oakland and at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City on July 8th, and a statewide mobilization and march to Corcoran State Prison is planned for July 13.
Wed Jun 26 2013 (Updated 07/23/13)Occupation of the Willits Bypass on Highway 101
Wed Jun 26 2013 (Updated 07/23/13)Earth Firster Occupies Wick Drain Stitcher to Save Little Lake Valley from Willits Bypass
June 25 marked the sixth day in which Will Parrish has been occupying a wick drain stitcher in the Willits Bypass construction area. He is currently out of food and water but is staying strong. Resupplies have been attempted but with no results, as he is being guarded by two CHP officers at all times. Parrish has managed to stop Caltrans from working for six days and plans to be up there until they stop the project. Earth First! Humboldt reports that the community is very strong in Willits but needs more support from those who are able and willing to help.
Wed Apr 3 2013 (Updated 04/09/13)Action Camp to Defend Little Lake Valley Established
Wed Apr 3 2013 (Updated 04/09/13)Tree-Sitters Removed as Opposition to CalTrans Bypass Project Grows
On March 30, defenders of Little Lake Valley in Mendocino County announced the establishment of an action camp to oppose the construction of a four-lane superhighway by CalTrans through Little Lake Valley in the town of Willits. Resistance to the project has taken the form of tree sits, and on March 28, the tree-sitter known as "Warbler" embarked on a hunger strike. On April 2, the tree-sitters were forcibly removed by the California Highway Patrol, but Warbler has become an icon in the fast-growing campaign in opposition to the Caltrans Bypass project, and her hunger strike continues.
Tue Feb 26 2013 (Updated 02/28/13)Pit River Tribe Unanimously Resolves to Protect Medicine Lake Highlands
Tue Feb 26 2013 (Updated 02/28/13)Tribe Asserts Geothermal Development is Incompatible with use of Highlands as Sacred Area
On February 15, the Pit River Tribe unanimously affirmed a resolution opposing geothermal and other industrial developments in the sacred Medicine Lake Highlands. The resolution affirms that geothermal development would threaten the underlying aquifer and would result in the injection of toxins into the atmosphere and waters.
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