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National Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Day October 7 (audio/mpeg 30.7MB) - by WTUL News & Views
Friends and families of loved ones with serious mental illness hold National Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Day October 7, 2015 to urge Representatives Upton and Pallone to Pass HR 2646 "The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act"
Posted: Fri Oct 2, 2015 8:36AM
Oakland, California will host the 2015 Black Farmers and Urban Growers Conference - by Frank Talk
The Oakland organizing team for the Black Farmers and Urban Growers Conference is a dynamic group of farmers, growers, activists, and innovative social enterprise entrepreneurs who are part of the vibrant local food scene, ranked #7 nationwide by USA Today.
Posted: Thu Oct 1, 2015 7:19AM
Charlotte Laws: Rebel with a Cause - by Denise Fleck
In her memoir, "Rebel in High Heels," television personality and long-time animal activist, Dr. Charlotte Laws, promotes the idea of moving from a democracy to an omniocracy—a government with representation for all living beings.
Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:10AM
Victory in Alaska: Shell Pulls Out of Arctic After Failing to Strike Oil - by Center for Biological Diversity
CHUKCHI SEA, Alaska— Royal Dutch Shell has announced an end to its Arctic oil exploration “for the foreseeable future” after failing to strike oil at its Burger Prospect site in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea, located in remote federal waters within the Arctic Circle. The public and conservation groups have long opposed drilling in the Arctic — where an oil spill would be impossible to clean up — and have criticized the Obama administration’s approval of Shell’s permits.
Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 3:03PM
Groups Sue to Overturn Controversial Wyoming Data-Censorship Laws - by via Center for Food Safety
CHEYENNE, WY (September 29, 2015) – A diverse coalition of conservation, press, academic and animal-protection groups filed suit today in federal court seeking to strike down a pair of Wyoming state laws that stifle freedom of speech and make citizen science illegal in the state. The suit claims that in violation of Americans’ constitutional rights, the laws punish communication to government agencies of photos and data taken on open land, criminalizing otherwise lawful advocacy in an att...
Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 3:00PM
Neglect of Public Housing - by Thomas Pany and Thorsten Knuf
Crisis and chance are represented by the same Chinese letter. Big US and German cities sold off public housing to gain revenue so the public housing stock fell from 3.5 million to 1.5 million. The housing emergency in Germany and the US demands counter-measures and tax incentives. The Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit program has financed 2-3 million units. The state is obligated to protect human rights from the brutal and authoritarian profit-oriented market. Public spirit and trust b...
Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 4:55AM
Over-income public housing tenants make the housing crisis worse for the poor - by Lynda Carson
When a recent audit revealed that more than 25,000 over-income households presently reside in public housing, in response HUD officials cited the importance of reducing concentrated poverty in public housing with higher income renters, while not creating disincentives to self-sufficiency!
Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 12:16AM
Ramsey Orta has been catching hell. (video/quicktime 45.1MB) - by WeCopwatch
over the last year it wasn't been organized copwatch groups or projects that brought the killing of Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, or Walter Scott to the public eye, but rather individuals who live in the areas being impacted by police violence. With this overt transition of copwatch from the privileged to the oppressed, there is a responsibility for organized Copwatch groups, as well as police accountability groups to support and insulate these "Copwatchers" so they are not targeted for retaliat...
Posted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 12:36PM
Mission Carmel Vandalized Days After Pope Francis Canonizes Junipero Serra - by Monterey County News
Today, as a parish celebration of the sainthood of Junipero Serra was scheduled to take place at the Carmel Mission Basilica, a statue of Serra was toppled over and paint was smeared on two grave sites, as well as on signs with the name of Serra, and on the doors of the mission. One mission artifact was inscribed with the statement, "Saint of Genocide". As founder of the California mission system, Junipero Serra oversaw the enslavement and torture of tens of thousands of Native Americans. Ser...
Posted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 3:45PM
Indian Prime Minister Modi to Face Mounting Protests in Silicon Valley Visit - by Sharat G. Lin and Kaleem Kawaja
Opposition to Narendra Modi's visit to San Jose mounts as Indian-American groups and human rights organizations announce more protests and joint action. Modi's failure to address burning social issues, blind eye to attacks on minorities and women, and shielding of corruption is called into question. Scores of buses from across California are set to converge on SAP Center in San Jose.
Posted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 9:00PM
Bernie Sanders' Vague Statement on “War and Peace” is Wanting - by Jonathan Nack
File photo Sanders' call for a grassroots movement to take power away from the Billionaires and their corporations, and his specific proposals on domestic issues, such as free higher education, give people who want real progressive changes reasons to be excited. His statement on War and Peace does not. Those with politics further to the left, whom call for dramatic reductions in the military budget and an end to the so-called “war on terrorism,” and those with a critique of U.S. im...
Posted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 6:01PM
Environmental, Animal Protection Groups Join Fight to Halt Florida's Black Bear Hunt - by Center for Biological Diversity
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Local, state and national animal-protection and environmental organizations filed a “friend of the court” brief today in support of a lawsuit to stop the impending trophy hunt of Florida black bears, an iconic and rare Florida species with a long history of threats to its survival.
Posted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 5:17PM
New Report Shows Widespread Water Body Contamination from Neonicotinoid Insecticides - by via Center for Food Safety
Center for Food Safety (CFS) on September 16 released a new report, “Water Hazard: Aquatic Contamination by Neonicotinoid Insecticides in the United States” (see PDF), showing widespread water contamination with neonicotinoid insecticides and threatening a range of aquatic invertebrates including crabs and insects. In particular, the report draws attention to the use of neonicotinoid seed coatings, up to 95 percent of which ends up in the environment, not the crop. Neonicotinoids are a cl...
Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 6:09PM
Appeals Court to Reinstate Lawsuit Against FBI by Insane Clown Posse Fans - by American Civil Liberties Union
DETROIT, SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today hailed a federal appeals court ruling that allows fans of rap duo Insane Clown Posse — known as “Juggalos” — to move forward with a lawsuit against the FBI for designating Juggalos a criminal gang.
Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 5:23PM
Catholic Hospital Refuses Procedure for Pregnant Woman With Brain Tumor - by American Civil Liberties Union
GRAND BLANC, Mich. — A Catholic hospital in Michigan denied a pregnant woman with a life-threatening brain tumor a request to get her tubes tied at the time of her scheduled C-section next month. The refusal comes following a demand letter sent on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan last week and despite the hospital’s prior record of granting exceptions to other women seeking the same procedure.
Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 5:18PM
Task Force Urges Pope Francis to Practice "Golden Rule" for LGBTQ People and Families - by via National LGBTQ Task Force
Washington, DC, September 24, 2015 — The National LGBTQ Task Force is urging Pope Francis to practice the “Golden Rule” for LGBTQ people and their families. The Pope emphasized the often quoted axiom in his address to a joint session of the US Congress—but went on to implicitly criticize marriage equality and reproductive rights, issues of vital importance to LGBTQ people and their allies.
Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 12:01PM
Another report on Sawant & Hedges meeting - by John Reimann
A socialist perspective on the meeting with Sawant, Hedges & McGloughlin in Oakland last Saturday. Among other things, the meeting provided an interesting view of the difference between Sawant and Hedges. The latter is well to the left of Sawant.
Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 12:30PM
Gahiji Lumumba Barrow interviews Leroy Perry, Donald Jones and Lauren Anderson (audio/mpeg 31.5MB) - by WTUL News & Views
Gahiji Lumumba Barrow interviews Leroy Perry who runs the re-entry program at the homeless Mission in New Orleans they are joined by Lauren Anderson a staff attorney with the Orleans Public Defenders Office and Donald Jones who is a re-entry client. 23:47
Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:22AM
Reportback on Albert Woodfox's State Court Hearing Today in Louisiana - by International Coalition to Free the Angola 3
Featured below is the Angola 3 Coalition Newsletter, just released.
Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 6:12PM
Eight Imperiled Amphibians, Reptiles Move Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— In response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on September 17 announced (see PDF) that five amphibians and two reptiles in California, and one reptile in Arizona, may qualify for Endangered Species Act protection. Because habitat loss and other factors are threatening them with extinction, the Center petitioned for the amphibians and reptiles in July 2012. Photo: Shasta Salamander, Hydromantes shastae, US Forest Se...
Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 5:45PM