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On February 8, the University of California Student Association, the independent official voice of 240,000 UC students, passed two advisory resolutions: Resolution Calling for the UC Regents to Divest from Corporations Violating Palestinian Human Rights and Resolution Toward Socially Responsible Investment at the University of California by an 9-1 vote, with 5 abstentions.
Flowback fluid from fracked oil wells in California commonly contains dangerous levels of cancer-causing chemicals, a new analysis by the Center for Biological Diversity has found. Benzene levels over 1,500 times the federal limits for drinking water were found in fracking flowback fluid tests dating back to April 2014 obtained and analyzed by the Center. Benzene in excess of federal limits was found in 320 tests, and chromium-6 was detected 118 times. Both chemicals can cause cancer.
Wed Jan 14 2015 (Updated 01/15/15) Statewide Tour Urges Governor Brown to Stop Fracking
While Governor Jerry Brown and his staff continue to greenwash the Governor's abysmal neo-liberal environmental policies, thousands of Californians are convening January 12-18 as part of the "California Crossroads Tour" calling on Governor Brown to ban fracking, stand up to Big Oil, and "move California beyond fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy," according to a news release from Californians Against Fracking.
Eric McDavid Released from Prison On January 8, Eric McDavid was ordered released from prison. It has been almost 9 years exactly since he was arrested in Auburn, CA, on January 13, 2006.

Eric’s release came about because of the habeas petition that he and his legal team filed in May 2012. Because the government withheld important documents from the defense at trial, Eric’s original judgment and sentencing were vacated and he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge that carried a five year maximum sentence. This means Eric has already spent four years longer in prison than could have been required under the statute for the charge he pleaded guilty to. He received credit for time served and was ordered released.

McDavid has always asserted he and his two codefendants were entrapped by an overzealous FBI and its then 19 year old informant, “Anna.” “Anna literally herded the group together from around the country, paying for their transportation, food, and lodging,” said Ben Rosenfeld, one of McDavid’s attorneys. “And when they failed to show enthusiasm for her schemes, she berated them and threw fits,” Rosenfeld said. “Any conspiracy that existed was hers not theirs.”

Read More | Post-Release Fund for Recently Released Political Prisoner, Eric McDavid | imc_pdf.gifCivil Liberties Defense Center | Support Eric McDavid || NY Times || Sac Bee

Indybay's Past Coverage of Eric McDavid's case: Trial Date of September 10th for Eco-Prisoner Eric McDavid || As Trial Begins, Supporters Concerned About Lack of Vegan Food for Eric McDavid || Eric McDavid is Given Commissary Again; Trial Continues || Eric McDavid Found Guilty || Eric McDavid Ends Hunger Strike— For Now || Motion for New Trial for Eric McDavid to Be Heard on January 24th || Eric McDavid Sentenced to 235 Months in Prison After FBI Entrapment || Eric McDavid Maintains Strength After Three Years in Prison || imc_audio.gifRadio Interview with Sac Prisoner Support about Eric McDavid
Dan Bacher writes: Unfortunately, I fear that the abysmal management of the American, Sacramento, Feather and other Central Valley rivers over the past few years has spurred this apparent decline in the steelhead population. Department of Water Resources and Bureau of Reclamation officials systematically drained Trinity Reservoir on the Trinity River, Lake Shasta on the Sacramento River, Lake Oroville on the Feather River and Folsom Lake on the American River in 2013, during a record drought, to export water through the State Water Project and federal Central Valley Project.
UPDATE 11/14: New CA Ebola Mandate Inspired by NNU Appeal to Gov. Brown, Sets National Model
On November 11, two-day strikes started that effect nearly 20,000 registered nurses at 86 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics, a Sutter hospital in Tracy, and Watsonville Community Hospital kicking off a wave of protests in 15 states and the District of Columbia over eroding patient care conditions symbolized by inadequate Ebola safeguards at most U.S. hospitals. Large noon rallies were held at Kaiser Oakland and Kaiser South Sacramento.
SodaStream to Close Factory in Occupied West Bank For several years, Pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) activists in Northern California and across the globe have pressured retailers to stop selling SodaStream products in their stores. This is because Israeli beverage firm SodaStream produces many of the products it sells worldwide at a factory in the Mishor Adumim settlement in the occupied West Bank.

On October 29, amid ongoing boycott pressure from the international community, SodaStream announced that it was closing their controversial factory located in the West Bank settlement, while simultaneously reporting a 9% decline in sales.

SodaStream said that it would relocate the factory by the end of 2015. According to the firm, the plant closure would "improve the operational efficiency" of the company, listed on the New York stock exchange since 2010.

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Previous Related Coverage: photoEarth Day: Activists Ask Zabar's to Stop Selling Israeli Occupation Profiteer SodaStream | photoSanta Cruz Activists Have Protested Regularly Since the Assault on Gaza Began| audio"Mideast Migraines" - Israeli Legal System Reflects General Injustice | photoNew Yorkers March on Broadway for Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions Against Israel | photoBrooklyn Protest Asks Target to Drop Israeli Settlement Product SodaStream | photoBlack Friday Mall Shoppers Informed of SodaStream's Connection to Occupied Palestine | photoQueers Undermining Israeli Terrorism Push Cliff's Variety Store to Boycott SodaStream | photoCaroling New Yorkers Protest Israeli Settlement-builder Leviev, as Israel Boycott Grows | calendaraudioComedian songwriter Dave Lippman back in Sac!| photoSodaStream Sponsors Bomb The Children Day at Cliff's Variety | calendarRally to End Israel’s Siege on Gaza; its Blockade, Occupation and Apartheid | photoSacramento BDS demonstrate outside of Target | photoTell Cliff's to Dump SodaStream | photoProtesting the sale of SodaStream in Sacramento | calendarSacramento Demonstration on the sidewalk in front of the Bed, Bath and Beyond
"Sucked Dry: Drought and Privatization" Tour Shut Down by GMO Dean at UC Berkeley A Beehive Collective presentation originally scheduled as an event at the Gill Tract Community Farm was shut down with a week’s notice by Steve Lindow, the first researcher to do field trials of a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO), who is now the Executive Associate Dean in the College of Natural Resources. Lindow claimed that the art show was “not relevant to the research at the community farm." According to a news release from Students for Engaged and Active Learning (SEAL), "The event highlights the privatization of water across Mesoamerica and the potential for water privatization in CA under Prop 1." Water bond opponents have criticized California's Proposition 1 as a sweetheart bill for water-intensive industrial agriculture.

The students said the event had been approved with strong support from community members, students, and the farm’s events working group. This was the first interference in farm events from the administration — and students feel that it is a clear example of repression against free speech on campus, with political motivation. Determined not to be silenced, students at the University of California, Berkeley brought the Beehive Collective’s art project on drought and Prop. 1 to the steps of Sproul Plaza, where 50 years ago students demonstrated for their right to disseminate political materials, kicking off what is known as the Free Speech Movement.

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My Daughter and I Were Arrested Today by Military Police Guarding Worlds Most Hated Weapon On October 28, father and a daughter Mauro Oliveira (Red Sun) and Mahai'a Sol helped blockade Beale Air Force base, which is east of Sacramento. They are free now, but they face Federal charges. For months, an affinity group of mostly Elder citizens has been setting up information outlets, banners, signage and even blockading the entrance to the base and triggering arrests, as part of Occupy Beale Air Force Base.

Mauro Oliveira writes:Before the sun rose our banners greeted the rapid flow of vehicles, including drone pilots, entering the base. We sang spirited songs as wild horses ran ecstatically in the distance. We then all moved into the road and blockaded the entrance and exit. State Highway moved in and huddled with the base MPs.

My daughter has stood against war all her life and today was no different. As the guards attempted to avert an arrest and close the gate, effectively completing our blockade, my daughter and I slid thru and triggered our military arrest. We want drones to end and until THAT day, my family wants it to be clear to the victims of drone strikes and to the entire world, that we believe in Peace, not war and consider drone strikes as a war crime against humanity and an act against the Creators greatest gift, the Children of the world, of which we all are.

Read More | Occupy Beale Air Force Base
3 Billion Gallons of Oil Industry Wastewater Illegally Dumped into Central Valley Aquifers As the oil industry spent record amounts on lobbying in Sacramento and made record profits, documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity reveal that almost 3 billion gallons of oil industry wastewater were illegally dumped into Central California aquifers that supply drinking water and irrigation water for farms.

The documents also reveal that Central Valley Regional Water Quality Board testing found high levels of arsenic, thallium and nitrates, contaminants sometimes found in oil industry wastewater, in water-supply wells near these waste-disposal operations. The illegal dumping took place in a state where Big Oil is the most powerful corporate lobby and the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) is the most powerful corporate lobbying organization, alarming facts that the majority of the public and even many environmental activists are not aware of.

An analysis of reports filed with the California Secretary of State shows that the oil industry collectively spent over $63 million lobbying California policymakers between January 1, 2009 and June 30, 2014.

Read More | Billions of Gallons of Oil Industry Wastewater Illegally Injected into Central California | Center for Biological Diversity

Related Indybay Feature: California's Big Oil Dirty Dozen
Sun Sep 28 2014 (Updated 01/02/15) No More Sweetheart Water Deals for Billionaire Farmers
Stewart Resnick, the Beverly Hills billionaire owner of Paramount Farms in Kern County, and his wife, Lynda, have been instrumental in promoting campaigns to eviscerate Endangered Species Act protections for Central Valley Chinook salmon and Delta smelt populations, as well as to build the fish-killing peripheral tunnels. One of the largest private water brokers in the U.S., the Resnick holding company Roll International makes millions of dollars in profits off marketing subsidized public water back to the public.
Water Warriors Rally at Trinity River Fish Hatchery On August 27, over 200 Tribal Members and Leaders, river advocates and politicians attended a day of celebration on the Trinity River below Lewiston Dam. It was a day that the Bureau of Reclamation designated as a “Multicultural Day,“ so the Hoopa Valley Tribe organized an event to demonstrate the impacts of water diversion on their culture and the river communities.

It was also a day for giving thanks and celebrating culture and tradition. Tribal Officials talked of a sense of relief for having water flowing in decent amounts down the Trinity River, providing cooler water for spawning salmon to make their epic journeys back to the places of their birth. Members of the Yurok, Hoopa Valley and Karuk tribes, as well as leaders of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, displayed signs and banners with slogans including “Fish Need Water,” “Let The River Flow,” "Give Us Our Water, " "Save The Salmon," "Tribal Rights Are Non Negotiable," "Release The Dam Water," "Undam the Klamath - Free the Trinity," "Central Valley agri-giants are killing salmon", "Fish Can't Swim In Money," and "Westlands Sucks The Trinity Dry."

The event began right before noon when the “Water Warriors,” those who have protested in defense of the Trinity in recent weeks, walked from the gate at the entrance into the hatchery where they convened at a stage. The “Water Warriors” wore t-shirts donated by Hoopa Valley Tribal Fisheries with “Free Our River” emblazoned on the front and carried an array of signs and colorful banners. Many of those “Water Warriors” had participated in a direct action protest at the Bureau of Reclamation Offices in Sacramento on August 19, organized by the Klamath Justice Coalition and Got Water?, that helped pressure Reclamation to increase releases into the Trinity River below the dam to avert a fish kill on the lower Klamath.

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National Scholarly Research ~ Historic Stockton Waterfront District khubaka, michael harris
Friday Feb 27th 3:04 PM
Water board chief admits he was 'just wrong’ Dan Bacher (1 comment)
Saturday Feb 21st 6:20 PM
Historic march for divestment at UC Davis photo essay Francisco J. Dominguez (1 comment)
Thursday Feb 19th 6:30 PM
American River steelhead run is worst on record Dan Bacher (1 comment)
Thursday Feb 19th 4:28 PM
Nurses to Rally At Attorney General’s Sacramento Office Tuesday via California Nurses Association (1 comment)
Monday Feb 16th 5:32 PM
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