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Fri Jun 30 2017 (Updated 07/01/17)Agreement Reached to Close Cemex Sand Mine in Marina
Fri Jun 30 2017 (Updated 07/01/17)An End to the Last Coastal Sand Mine in the United States
On July 13, the California Coastal Commission will consider an agreement that would close the Cemex Lapis Sand Mine in Marina. The mine has been linked to severe coastal erosion in southern Monterey Bay, which is losing more coastline than anywhere else in the state. Cemex mines about 300,000 tons of sand each year from a self-made pond right on the beach in Marina. This is essentially like carrying away one 14-yard dump truck full of sand from the beach every 40 minutes, around the clock. And this has been going on at the plant for decades — although at lower quantities when operations began — without a requisite Coastal Development Permit.
Fri Jun 30 2017Critical Time to Defend People's Park
Fri Jun 30 2017Berkeley Mayor and UC Chancellor Agree to End People's Park
From the open-publishing newswire: Berkeley's new mayor, Jesse Arreguin, has been meeting in private with UC Berkeley's new chancellor, Carol Christ. The new mayor and the new chancellor are in agreement: People's Park must end. According to Berkeleyside, the mayor "is enthusiastic about the plans" to develop housing on People's Park. This is a crucial time to defend People's Park, through occupy tactics, and other methods of public support. The development plan includes two large buildings: a unit for student housing and allegedly a unit to house the homeless. Increasing housing is a noble cause; however, the city of Berkeley has a shortage of truly public open space.
Wed Jun 28 2017 (Updated 06/30/17)Berkeley Votes to Continue Participation in Urban Shield Despite Protest
Wed Jun 28 2017 (Updated 06/30/17)Police Beat & Arrest Community Members Protesting at Berkeley City Council Meeting
On June 20, over 500 advocates and Berkeley residents, including former mayor of Berkeley Gus Newport, packed the Berkeley City Council chamber to show support for withdrawing the city from the controversial and highly militarized Urban Shield SWAT training and weapons expo. Berkeley police officers violently cracked down on community members opposed to Berkeley’s participation in Urban Shield at a special hearing of the city council. Two people were arrested, and multiple people were injured. Two days later, the City of Berkeley decided to uphold the largely contested vote by the Mayor and City Council on the city's participation in the controversial Urban Shield program.
Tue Jun 20 2017 (Updated 06/26/17)Charges of Election Rigging Aggravate Split in California Democratic Party
Tue Jun 20 2017 (Updated 06/26/17)Independent Audit Sought to Resolve Secretive Selection Process for Dem Party Chair
Joel Block writes: Clearly, there is a split in the California State Party, which reflects the split in the National Party since the beginning of Bernie Sanders' campaign and even earlier. The current issue splitting the California Party is over who won the recent Party Chair election at the State Convention in Sacramento, May 19-21. Everyone agrees the California State Convention Chair election between "insider" Eric Bauman and "outsider" Kimberly Ellis was extremely close. No official election vote report was made to the Convention Delegates. The ongoing informal "ballot review/audit" process to resolve the election and the challenges is clearly not working to unite the Party.
Mon Jun 5 2017The Epic Battle Between Big Oil & the People of California
On Thirteenth Street in front of the Sacramento Convention Center where the Democratic Convention was being held on May 20, a group of activists held a mock “tug of war" between the people of California and the oil industry for the loyalty of Governor Jerry Brown. The skit depicted the contradiction between Jerry Brown the “climate leader,” who appeals to his Democratic base by preaching against climate change and for green energy, and the other guy, “Big Oil Brown,” who supports the expansion of fracking in California and the construction of the Delta Tunnels — and has received millions in contributions from the oil and energy industries.
Tue May 30 2017 (Updated 05/31/17)Fuck Trump at the Oakland Coliseum
Tue May 30 2017 (Updated 05/31/17)Artists Project Call for Trump Impeachment at Coliseum, Get Handcuffed by Security
From the open-publishing newswire: Don the Con has admitted to obstructing justice, and he should be impeached. We tried to project just that on a billboard next to Oracle Coliseum, after a Warriors game (victory!). IMPEACH didn't fit the sign as well as Fuck Trump. As fireworks went up so did the chant, "Fuck Trump! Fuck Trump!" Security noticed. A policewoman asked us to leave, and we packed up. As we were on our way out, we were surrounded and seized by coliseum security. Some of us were handcuffed. Our projector tripod was broken. The coliseum security did not wear badges and refused to give their names.
At a meeting between representatives of the Santa Cruz chapter of ACLU of Northern California; Sanctuary Santa Cruz; Peace United Church of Christ and the Public Defender’s Office on April 19, Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart was presented evidence of the ongoing arrangement whereby the Sheriff’s Office notifies ICE of release dates of arrested but non-convicted undocumented locals. When confronted with this evidence Hart confirmed the jail policy of cooperation and agreed to consider the information presented to him about other jurisdictions who refused to cooperate with ICE. At a meeting on May 10, however, Hart said that he would not change Santa Cruz County's jail policy.
A new study released by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, Paying More for Being Poor: Bias and Disparity in California’s Traffic Court System, shows that Californians pay some of the highest fines and fees in the country — more than three times the national average for running a red light. And new Bay Area data reveals that African-Americans are four to sixteen times more likely to be booked into county jail on a charge related to inability to pay a citation. Two bills before the California Legislature (SB 185 and AB 412) seek to address many of the disparities
Wed May 17 2017 (Updated 05/19/17)The Poverty, Politics and Profit of Section 8 Housing
Wed May 17 2017 (Updated 05/19/17)Section 8 Vouchers Help The Poor — But Only If Housing Is Available
More than 2 million families now use Section 8 vouchers to keep from becoming homeless. It's the government's largest program to help low-income families pay their rent. However Section 8 housing proposals face stiff opposition in cities across the US, including the McKinney and Frisco suburbs of Dallas, Texas. Nicole Humphrey, an opponent, proclaimed, "In this neighborhood, most of us are stay-at-home moms with young kids. The lifestyle that goes with Section 8 is usually working, single moms or people who are struggling to keep their heads above water. It's just not people who are the same class as us."
Tue May 16 2017Call Goes Out to Defund OPD, Invest in Community
Defund OPD writes: The process of allocating Oakland’s 2.6 billion dollar budget for 2017-2019 has begun. We believe that the scandal-ridden and dysfunctional Oakland Police Department consumes far too many of our city's resources. It’s time to audit police spending and performance, and redirect wasted funds to community-building, constructive strategies for making Oakland a safer and better place to live. The people of Oakland know that policing is the wrong framework for bringing true security to our communities. Oakland’s budget needs to reflect our values and our priorities.
Fri May 5 2017 (Updated 05/16/17)Reclaim Our Democracy from the Oil Industry
Fri May 5 2017 (Updated 05/16/17)Oil Money Out, People Power In! March and Rally in Sacramento
California is often portrayed as the nation's “green leader,” but the reality is much different. Over the 2015-2016 Legislative Session, the oil industry spent a historic $36.1 million to lobby California lawmakers. During the last six years, the industry has spent $122 million in Sacramento, more than any other interest group. “This spending spree has paid huge dividends for these companies, allowing them to dismantle and crush any meaningful legislation that might significantly curb their power to drill and pollute in California,” said David Braun of Rootskeeper. Braun urged people to join a diverse array of activists on Saturday, May 20 for a march and rally in Sacramento.
Wed May 3 2017 (Updated 05/10/17)City Considers Taking More Measures Against The Homeless
Wed May 3 2017 (Updated 05/10/17)Protest and March on May 9: No Penalty for Poverty — Housing for All
The City of Santa Cruz is considering a number of new policies that would impact local homeless people. There is an effort by a handful of property owners and their allies at City Hall to end the Food Not Bombs meals outside the downtown Post Office. Officials may implement a number of new restrictions and architectural changes to make the lives of those without housing more painful. One unhoused person, Greg Mercado, died of complications from an old surgery twelve hours after the police kicked him out from the City Hall grounds and gave him a ticket for being in a park after hours.
Wed Apr 19 2017 (Updated 04/20/17)The End of Money Bail in California?
Wed Apr 19 2017 (Updated 04/20/17)California Senate Committee Votes to Eliminate State's Money Bail System
California warehouses thousands of people in jails while they await their court dates — simply because they can’t afford to post bail. Meanwhile, wealthy people can easily buy their freedom. Research shows that Black people are assigned higher bail amounts than white people accused of similar offenses. People who can’t post bail are at a higher risk of being convicted, pleading guilty (even if they’re innocent), and receiving harsher sentences. The California Money Bail Reform Act, however, will create a system that prioritizes pretrial services and prevents people from being held in jail simply because they can't make bail.
Tue Apr 18 2017 (Updated 04/23/17)Tax Day Protests Demand Trump Release His Taxes
Tue Apr 18 2017 (Updated 04/23/17)Tens of Thousands in Over 150 US Cities Demonstrate Against Trump on Tax Day
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump said he would release his taxes, but that he couldn't until a supposed IRS audit concluded. Trump continues to refuse to release his tax returns, despite mounting questions regarding conflicts of interest and how much he might be beholden to those representing foreign powers such as Russian oligarchs. Protesters gathered in over 150 cities on April 15, the traditional tax filing deadline, to demand that Trump release his taxes. In Northern California, Tax Day protests were held in Santa Cruz, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, Ukiah, and other cities.
6PM Thursday Jul 27 Engaging in Democracy: Short Films & Panel Discussion
6:30PM Thursday Aug 3 Protect the Vote, with Jason Kander
5PM Sunday Sep 10 Wine Tasting for a Cause
6:30PM Tuesday Sep 12 Are We Being Spied on? The NSA and Mass Surveillance
The Fix Is In: Brown administration approves environmental documents for Delta Tunnels Friday Jul 21st 7:32 PM
Campaign to defund OPD challenges Oakland City Council Sunday Jul 16th 2:51 PM
Protesters Shut Down Oakland City Council Meeting, Call for Budget That Responds to Oakland's Needs Sunday Jul 16th 2:47 PM
Democrat Pelosi Calls Abortion A Fading Issue Wednesday Jul 12th 9:51 PM
Berkeley: Trump Supporters Kicked Out of Town by Community (11 comments) Sunday Jul 9th 11:49 AM
Jerry Brown Announces Global Climate Action Summit As He Promotes Fracking, Delta Tunnels Saturday Jul 8th 11:56 AM
Bathrooms....in Santa Cruz??!! (12 comments) Sunday Jul 2nd 1:14 PM
170th Liberian Independence Day Celebration ~ Historic Stockton Waterfront District Friday Jun 30th 4:28 PM
Fishing and Conservation Groups Sue to Block Delta Tunnels Project Friday Jun 30th 2:04 PM
The links between Delta Tunnels and faux "marine protected areas" are deep & alarming Friday Jun 30th 9:47 AMMore Local News...
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Democrats Join Republicans to Give Trump $696 billion for War, More than Trump Requested Saturday Jul 15th 10:05 AM
Mozambique Audit Reveals Corruption and Short Falls in Financial System Wednesday Jul 5th 2:20 PM
Puerto Rico Board Meets on Anniversary of Debt Legislation Friday Jun 30th 10:03 AM
Legislation Combats Shell Company Corruption Wednesday Jun 28th 8:58 AM
Sapar Isakov – a foreign agent, presiding over the Office of the Kyrgyz President Thursday Jun 15th 1:33 AM
The Great Trump Show (3 comments) Sunday Jun 11th 3:52 PM
House Financial Choice Act Repeals Responsible Lending and Anti-Corruption Measures Friday Jun 9th 9:43 AM
Pence as president could be worse than Trump Monday Jun 5th 12:20 PM
G7: Famine, Debt and Corruption Friday May 26th 2:25 PM
UN Forum Focuses on Financing for Development Goals Tuesday May 23rd 9:25 AMMore Global News...
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Brazil: A short letter to President Trump Sunday Jul 23rd 11:44 AM
SEIU 1021 Nato Green Doing Damage Control For SEIU? Opposes Single Payer In CA Wednesday Jul 12th 4:10 PM
European Union Votes on Corporate Transparency Regulations Monday Jul 3rd 7:39 AM
30 OPD officers Guilty (No Firings) of Child Molestation/Pimping as City Pays 1 Million (1 comment) Monday Jun 19th 11:12 AM
The President as Businessman (1 comment) Monday Jun 19th 4:29 AM
Russian Ruse by US Masonic Order Thursday Jun 8th 1:03 PM
Call SF Supes to House Homeless & Stop Bus Fare & Fine Increases Sunday Jun 4th 6:11 PM
Court cases supporting no license needed to practice law (1 comment) Sunday May 21st 3:49 PM
Consumer Bureau Escapes Congress Action to Remove Prepaid Rule Friday May 12th 4:00 PM
SF Police state terrorism; Housing Crisis, Nuclear Contamination of Pacific Ocean Monday May 8th 8:01 PMOpen Newswire...
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