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Over 400 people organized by Californians for a Fair Water Policy, a statewide coalition opposing Gov. Brown’s massive water export tunnels, attended a rally on December 13 at the State Capitol protesting the Bay Delta Conservation Plan as the 120 day comment period for the BDCP and environmental documents began.
"So, on this Friday the 13th the BDCP public comment period begins," said Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA). "They give us 40,214 pages of documents – that’s a nine-foot high stack containing 20% more pages than the 32 volumes of the last printed edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica. We’re asked to provide comments within 85 working days – that’s 473 pages a day. You can purchase a printed copy for only $3,000."
Tunnel opponents pointed out “fatal flaws” of the tunnels they said would be too costly, create no new water and do nothing to increase regional water self-reliance. Experts identified many impacts from the tunnels that would damage water quality, harm the environment, destroy fisheries and sustainable farming, and impose billions of dollars of increases on water ratepayers. Two-thirds of the water would go to huge corporate agribusiness operations on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley, engaged in unsustainable agriculture, growing permanent crops on arid land.
Read More with Photos | See Also: Winnemem Wintu Tribe, Fishermen Blast Bay Delta Conservation Plan
| Environmental Water Caucus requests extension of BDCP comment period
| White Paper Outlining Alternatives to Giant Bay Delta Tunnels Released
| Water ratepayers protest ‘twin tunnel tax’ at L.A. City Hall
| Governor's Bay Delta Conservation Plan Point Man Resigns
| Dark Links: the MLPA Initiative and Bay Delta Conservation Plan
| Bay Delta Conservation Plan: Same Bad Proposal, No Real Solution
| Winnemem Wintu Reject Bay Delta Conservation Plan
| Bay Delta Conservation Plan EIR runs rough-shod over the facts
| Tell Governor Brown No to the Tunnels
| Agencies will receive Bay Delta Conservation Plan documents Friday
| Bay Delta Conservation Plan is not the 'most realistic plan'
| Peripheral tunnels won't address subsidence threat to Central Valley
| Westlands officials ponder big buy-in on Bay Delta Conservation Plan
On November 29, Black Friday 2013, Walmart employees, family members, and allies protested at hundreds of Walmart stores across the U.S. to demand improved working conditions, including increased wages, full-time jobs, and an end to retaliatory practices against those who stand up for workers' rights. Numerous workers chose to strike for the day, despite the fact that Walmart commonly fires striking and protesting workers. Strikers were members of OUR Walmart, a non-union workers group that draws support from the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) union.
In Roseville, over 100 people including Walmart Associates, labor union leaders, and community activists converged on the Walmart on Pleasant Grove Boulevard. “We're standing with Walmart Associates across the nation today,” said Meisha Bradley, who works at the Florin Road Walmart and is a member of OUR Walmart. “I consider this protest to be a big success - we got young and old people here today and we’re going to win this fight together." Roseville police arrested 15 people for failure to disperse while blocking a street near the store.
In Clovis, protesters held signs in front of the Shaw avenue Walmart. Walmart employee Anthony Goytia said, “I am a father of three. With the insufficient hours and the low pay that I get at Walmart, I will make around $12,000 this year. I don’t need cable or to own a house, but I shouldn’t have to rely on food stamps or donate plasma just to feed my kids when I have a job.”
In San Leandro, more than six hundred people protested at the Hesperian Boulevard Walmart. The Brass Liberation Orchestra performed. San Leandro police arrested 15 people for failure to disperse as they blocked a street near the store. In the evening, a large dollar sign in the parking lot was set on fire.
Roseville report |
Fresno/Covis report |
San Leandro announcement |
OUR Walmart website
Previous Related Indybay Feature:
Richmond and San Leandro Walmart Workers Protest in National Action on Black Friday 2012
Friends and family from coast to coast are mourning the loss of 28-year-old Anthony Messer, who died in Santa Cruz on the evening of December 2. Anthony was well known across California as a veteran of the U.S. military, a political activist, a traveler, and a generally friendly person who exuded positivity. Funeral services were held for him on December 9 in Chipley, Florida.
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 an end to police violence from California Attorney General Kamala Harris. They will demand proper investigations into their loved ones' deaths — not whitewashes performed by police investigating themselves and District Attorneys refusing to thoroughly investigate the police.
The event is being organized across multiple channels, including families of victims, The Stop Mass Incarceration Network
, and Anonymous. One of the key organizing groups is the Duenez family and supporters. Ernesto Duenez Jr. was gunned down on June 8, 2011, in Manteca, California, in what many have called a police execution. John Moody, who killed Duenez, was cleared of the shooting of Ernesto Duenez Jr. on December 13, 2012 by the county District Attorney, just a day before the police video of the incident was released to the public. And so, with essentially no check, police murders and assaults continue; the ranks of those killed are added to in the United States at an unparalleled pace.
After the rally In Sacramento, there will be another in Oakland at 2:30pm
at 73rd and International Blvd. and one at 4:30pm
at the Fruitvale BART Station. There will also be events held
in Fresno, Hayward, Redding, Los Angeles, San Diego, and other cities in California and across the United States.
Read More |
Oakland events |
October 22nd Coalition list of events
As the U.S. government marched towards war with Syria in late August, anti-war groups and activists across the state responded with two weeks of emergency demonstrations. The ANSWER Coalition organized a series of protests, and actions were planned for the offices of Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, and Barbara Boxer. Events were also held at well known anti-war protest locations such as Peace Crossroads in San Jose and on Ocean Street in Santa Cruz.
After two days of destroying property, the City of Fresno completely dismantled and removed the homeless from several of the largest encampments in downtown Fresno on August 27. Much of the homeless people’s property was put in roll-off dumpsters by city workers where they say it can be "reclaimed."
All of the Golden State off ramp encampment (there were probably 50 people living there), Santa Clara street (where another 50 people lived), F street (about 30 people), and G street south of the Rescue Mission (another 50 people lived) are now gone. The people have moved to other encampments or they are planning on returning once the dust settles.
On Tuesday,September 3
, the City of Fresno will begin again, this time destroying the encampment across Golden State Blvd, west of E street, between California and San Benito. There are at least 100 people living at that encampment, probably more because of all of the new arrivals. Help Fresno's Homeless is a new homeless advocate group that is attempting to stop these ongoing attacks against the unhoused.
Read More with Photos |
Fresno Homeless Advocates Hold Press Conference |
Fresno Tenants Demand Withdrawal of Illegal Eviction Notices |
Walking Through Fresno’s Homeless Encampments |
Found: A homeless encampment that the City of Fresno does not intend to destroy |
Help Fresno's Homeless
Who is burning down the Fresno Homeless Encampments?
Homeless Encampments Targeted (Again)
Previous Coverage: Fresno Irrigation District Evicts Homeless Encampment Along Canal
The federal government announced on August 2 the start of two new analyses of fracking risks to California public lands. The Bureau of Land Management will begin developing a new “environmental impact statement” for fracking in Central California, along with a statewide independent scientific assessment of the dangerous oil extraction process. Completion of the environmental impact statement and scientific review are likely to take more than a year.
Following the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's killer, George Zimmerman, on July 13, hundreds took to the streets in Napa, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francsisco, San Jose, and Santa Cruz. At rallies, candle light vigils, and marches, community members have called for justice for Trayvon and an end to the racial profiling and police abuses that occur on a day-to-day basis across the country. Demonstrations for justice continue locally and nationally.
A small group of homeless people, living on a canal bank near West and Ashlan avenues in Fresno, had their property taken on July 17 by crews from the Fresno Irrigation District. Structures were pulled out of the shrubbery, a bulldozer picked up people's property and put it in a dump truck, and several dogs were also removed by the SPCA.
Mike Rhodes writes:
"I asked Murray, who said he was a supervisor for the Fresno Irrigation District, if they were saving any of the property. He said they had not found anything of value yet, but I think my question got him thinking about the implications of their actions. Murray said that they had put notices up informing the homeless people that they were going to 'clean up'. I asked for a copy of the notice and he said he didn't have one."
"I walked away for a moment to take some photos, and when I came back the driver of the machine with the large claw said, 'We don’t have time for this shit. Call the police'. Someone (probably Murray) must have convinced the crew that they better make a show for the press, because then they started going through the shopping carts and putting things aside, which they said they were going to save."
Read More with Photos
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
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.
Regina Chichizola, who represents the Tribe, said PacifiCorp did not give any notification of the chemical use to river users, in violation of the federal Clean Water Act and California law, nor did they initiate public comment. The Tribe said PacifiCorp should start planning for dam removal to deal with the toxic blue-green algae.
"Studies show that PacifiCorp’s reservoirs create one of the worst toxic algae problems in the world,” said Leonard Masten, chairman of the Hoopa Valley Tribe. “PacifiCorp has stated they want to remove their dams for economic reasons, and has collected ratepayer money to do it, yet they are stalling dam removal by falsely saying they need legislation. They expose our communities to toxins while they stall the very Clean Water Act processes that are necessary to plan for dam removal and regulate water pollution.”