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On March 1, urban farmers demonstrated at Sprouts grocery chain locations in Petaluma, Fremont, Sunnyvale, and Mountain View, urging customers to shop elsewhere until the chain agrees not to pave over the historic Gill Tract farm in Albany. Boycott Sprouts is asking shoppers to patronize other stores until Sprouts backs away from the development deal. On March 5th, the Albany City Council approved paving six acres of the Gill Tract.
The Cotati-based national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) announced the settlement of a false-advertising lawsuit against defendant Steven Mahrt, doing business as Petaluma Farms and owner of Judy’s Family Farm Organic Eggs (“Judy’s Eggs”). The lawsuit alleges that imagery and statements used on Judy’s Eggs packaging led consumers to mistakenly believe the eggs came from hens with significant outdoor access. The lawsuit also alleges that consumers bought Judy’s Eggs because of these representations.
As a result of the settlement, and without admitting wrongdoing, Petaluma Farms has: (1) agreed to modify the packaging by removing the illustration of hens on a green field, and removing the language that Plaintiff alleged could lead consumers to mistakenly believe the eggs come from hens with significant outdoor access; (2) obtained Certified Humane certification (which includes a minimum animal welfare requirements) without changes to its facilities; and (3) agreed to donate $14,666.67 to Sonoma Humane Society for hen rescue efforts, $14,666.67 to the Public Justice Foundation to provide assistance to the victims of consumer fraud and false advertising, and $14,666.66 to Consumer Action to provide assistance to the victims of consumer fraud and false advertising.
After several months of litigation and extensive negotiations, the parties agreed to settle the lawsuit on an individual basis rather than as a class action. Petaluma Farms will also provide $1,000 compensation to Plaintiff Glover in lieu of any recovery to which she would have been entitled had she prevailed in this action through class-certification and trial, and pay some of the attorney fees Plaintiff’s counsel incurred to prosecute this lawsuit.
Read More | Animal Legal Defense Fund
Santa Cruz deputy harbormaster Timothy James Anderson is scheduled to be back in court in Napa County on March 4 to face battery charges stemming from an incident that occurred on August 13, 2013 near Lake Berryessa. Anderson and his friend Steven Belmont were arrested in Napa County after the incident, and Belmont has been ordered to stand trial on attempted murder charges for allegedly attacking Berryessa resident Roy Powell with a pitch fork.
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.
Andy Lopez was killed by Sonoma County Sheriff's deputy Erick Gelhaus on October 22. In a press release issued later that day, deputies claimed they first observed Andy walking with "what appeared to be some type of a rifle." After the scene was "secured”, deputies say they "learned" that the rifle was a replica of an assault weapon.
On October 28, the friends and family of Andy Lopez held a Rosario for the 13-year-old at the location where he was killed by a Sonoma County Sheriff's deputy on Moorland Avenue in Santa Rosa. Approximately 150 people were in attendance at the Rosario. One community member at the Rosario handed out a flier calling the killing an assassination, saying Andy was profiled, hunted, and then killed like prey by an impulsive sheriff. The flier also questions whether partner agencies are covering up the truth in the case.
On October 29, hundreds of community members in support of justice for Andy Lopez marched from Old Court House Square in Santa Rosa to the Sonoma County Sheriff's department. Before arriving at the Sheriff's department, demonstrators stopped at Santa Rosa Junior College for a short rally. A second march and rally were held on October 30.
On November 5, a “Jailhouse for Gelhaus” march met at the Old Court House Square and headed to the Sonoma County District Attorney's office to press their demand for justice. Community members declare they have but one demand: “We demand Erick Gelhaus be immediately fired, arrested, and Indicted for the Murder of Andy Lopez.” On November 9, events were held for a national day of protest for Andy.
Jailhouse for Gelhaus March |
CA Police Brutality Coalition Calls Andy Lopez Killing 'Police Terrorism' |
Family of Andy Lopez Files Lawsuit Against Deputy Erick Gelhaus and County of Sonoma |
Unity March for Andy Lopez Unites Diverse Communities in Santa Rosa |
National Day Of Protest For Andy Lopez/Día Nacional de Protesta para Andy Lopez (11/9) |
Jailhouse for Gelhaus/Carcel Para Gelhaus (11/5) |
2014 California Gubernatorial Candidate Demands Indictment of Santa Rosa Deputy |
La tía de Andy Lopez en el centro de Santa Rosa |
March for Andy Lopez (10/29 part 2, videos) |
March for Andy Lopez |
Justice Now! Unity March & Vigil for Andy Lopez (10/30) |
March for Andy Lopez (10/29) |
Rosario for Andy Lopez
On October 5, the eighth U.S. fur farm raid since July saw 2,000 mink freed from a farm in New Holstein, Wisconsin. Across the U.S., over 10,000 animals have been released since July — a level of activity not seen since the late 1990s. The latest raid also marks the 100th (known) release of animals from a fur farm since the Animal Liberation Front officially began it's fur farm campaign in 1995. The ALF appears to be targeting newly discovered farms, with six of the eight farms visited this summer having been made public in the last two years.
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.
The Point Reyes National Seashore’s ecological heart, Drakes Estero
, has been designated as the West Coast’s first marine wilderness area. In June, supporters of the Interior Department’s decision to protect Drakes Estero charged that opponents of the Obama administration’s decision presented “inaccurate and misleading” information to the Sonoma City Council to win approval of a resolution riddled with factual inaccuracies that run counter to established state and federal law.
The resolution asks Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) and Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) to intervene on behalf of the Drakes Bay Oyster Company in direct conflict with the well-established legal opinions of state agencies.
“This resolution is a work of fiction,” said Amy Trainer, Executive Director of the Environmental Action Committee
of West Marin. “It disregards well-established federal and state law and policy, as well as the expert scientific conclusions that Drakes Estero marine wilderness area is much better off without commercial oyster operations. We trust our state and federal legislators from this region will protect the public interest from right-wing-funded attacks based on cherry-picked information,” she said.
The Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s partners to exploit protected public lands have included Koch Brothers-funded organizations Americans For Prosperity and the Pacific Legal Foundation, pro-Keystone Pipeline Senator David Vitter (R-LA), arch-conservative chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, Congressman Doc Hastings (R-WA), and the conservative legal group Cause of Action.
Read More | See Also: More Links between Drakes Bay Oyster Co., Right-Wing Groups
| Court Documents Reveal Controversial Oyster Company's Financial Reporting Deceived State
| Legal Brief Shows the Federal District Court Was Right to Deny Injunction to Oyster Co.
| Drakes Bay Oyster Co. Criticized for New Lawsuit Against California Coastal Commission
| Ill-Informed Republican Inquiry Undermines Oyster Company's Legal Case
| Oyster Company's Flawed Legal Theories Underscored by Interior Dept. Legal Brief
| Coastal Commission Issues Cease & Desist Order Against Drakes Bay Oyster Company
| Federal court denies preliminary injunction request by Drakes Bay Oyster Company
| Repeated Coastal Act Violations Earn Drakes Bay Oyster Company Cease & Desist Order
| Drakes Bay Oyster Company Repeated Coastal Act Violations Trigger Enforcement Action
On January 9, the general assembly at Occupy Oakland passed a resolution calling on occupies across the country to support a National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners. In the following month, over a dozen communities across the nation followed in planning local prisoner solidarity demonstrations, including those in Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Denver, Durham, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Fresno, Portland, and Washington D.C.
On February 20
, hundreds of demonstrators marched to San Quentin Prison
where a rally was held in solidarity with the National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners.
San Quentin Prison is the first and oldest prison in the state of California, and the facility's death row is the largest in the country. In 2008, San Quentin held 637 male inmates on its death row, nearly twice as many as those held on the death rows in Florida and Texas.
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Voices from Inside |
See also: The Framing of Kevin Cooper, on San Quentin’s Death Row
At 12:00 noon on Monday, October 10th
— Indigenous People’s Day — members of the Elem Pomo
tribe will march to the offices of millionaire businessman John Nady in Emeryville to demand that he immediately halt his planned desecration of Rattlesnake Island
. The Elem Pomo have invited supporters to join the protest and tell Nady that from the Bay Area to Lake County, people will stand up to oppose the desecration of sacred native sites.
Located on the eastern end of Clear Lake, Rattlesnake Island has been the ceremonial center of the Elem community of Southeastern Pomo Indians for thousands of years. The island was stolen from the Pomo in 1877, when it was deeded to settlers as private property in a supposed “clerical error”. Ever since that time, the Elem Pomo have been fighting to regain their traditional ownership of this sacred land, which is now privately held by John Nady.
With blatant disregard for the wishes of the Elem people, John Nady is attempting to build vacation homes on the island, and has already illegally installed a septic tank, and thousands of feet of roads, trails, and utility trenching. He has now strong-armed his way out of conducting the required environmental impact report and is poised to begin further construction at any moment.
Following the annual sunrise gathering on Alcatraz Island, Elem Pomo representatives and supporters will deliver a letter to millionaire developer John Nady at the Emeryville headquarters of his electronics business urging him to stop the desecration of Rattlesnake Island. Event details
See also: Indigenous Peoples Day events
Thursday Nov 17th, 2011 12:03 PM :
Small crew of folks is picketing FBI racial profiling and civil liberty abuses as director Mueller gives speech at 595 Market St #OccupySF
Wednesday Oct 12th, 2011 7:57 AM :
Hundreds have arrived at Wells Fargo in march from #occupysf. building is surrounded by crowds in the street on all sides #occupysf #ows
Wednesday Oct 12th, 2011 7:52 AM :
BLO - Brass Liberation Orchestra - serenading at Wells Fargo's back door. SFPD writing up report w/ locked-out bank executive #occupysf
On September 17th, over one thousand demonstrators poured into New York City's financial district to confront corporate greed by establishing an ongoing presence, day and night, in lower Manhattan. The idea was to create an American Tahir Square on Wall Street. Police blocked marchers from reaching Wall Street, but hundreds persisted and set up camp in Zuccotti Park, now dubbed Liberty Plaza. In San Francisco, demonstrators likewise called for an occupation of the financial district starting the same day, outside of 555 California Street. The SF occupation is currently located in front of the Federal Reserve building on Market Street, although after midnight on October 6th, SFPD and city workers raided the site and took away the kitchen, tents, and truckloads of other occupier supplies. Several were beaten by SFPD and one was arrested during the raid. Occupations began in San Jose on Oct. 2nd, in Santa Cruz and Sacramento on Oct. 6th, Berkeley on Oct. 8th, Fresno on Oct. 9th, in Oakland on Oct. 10th and one is planned to start in Santa Rosa on Saturday, Oct. 15th