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Brown Administration Approves Nine New Offshore Fracks - by Dan Bacher
"Approving new offshore fracking just weeks after Santa Barbara’s devastating oil spill is a new low,” Kristen Monsell, an attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, said. “Gov. Brown’s oil regulators just saw how dangerous oil production in coastal areas can be, but they didn’t hesitate to greenlight these fracks. The high pressures and dangerous chemicals used in this toxic technique have no place in our beautiful ocean.” Photo of Santa Barbara Oil Spill provided by Sa...
Posted: Mon Jul 6, 2015 11:33AM
Community Campout Ends with Citations - by Alex Darocy
On July 4, community members in Santa Cruz held a public campout at Santa Cruz City Hall, but it was quickly cut short by police at about 1am. The campout was organized in response to the recent reduction of services at the Homeless Services Center that occurred due to a funding deficit, as well as to protest local laws that criminalize sleeping outdoors. [Top photo: Police issue citations to clear the community campout from Santa Cruz City Hall. Scroll down for more photos.]
Posted: Sun Jul 5, 2015 7:42PM
Oakland Mayor, Police Chief discuss public safety at summit - by Rasheed Shabazz
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Police Chief Whent host hour-long discussion on public safety, yet neglect to mention fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred the same morning.
Posted: Sat Jul 4, 2015 11:15PM
Peace and Justice Community Returns to Ocean Street for Annual 4th of July Rally - by Alex Darocy
Today on the 4th of July, community members in Santa Cruz brought messages of peace, justice, and equality to Ocean Street as they greeted visitors entering town for the busy holiday. Every year a variety of groups working on peace and justice issues rally along Ocean Street as thousands of people make their way to the beach and the Boardwalk. Although some very serious statements were communicated by those holding signs at the rally today, the atmosphere was generally fun and festive, and th...
Posted: Sat Jul 4, 2015 6:11PM
Green Party Attacked by SF Police at Dolores Park on 4th of July 2015 - by Register Peace & Freedom or Green
San Francisco's Democratic Party Park Police told the Green Party, which has had a table at the SF Mime Troupe Dolores Park performances since the Green Party's inception in 1990 or so, that it was not allowed to have an ironing board for a table since that is a household item and that the large Green Party sign they always have held up by 2 poles was not allowed because they thought it might make holes in the ground, a lie.
Posted: Sat Jul 4, 2015 5:45PM
Winnemen Wintu and Allies Protest Governor’s California Water Summit - by Dan Bacher
Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, emphasized that registration for the three-day summit was nearly an astounding $1,500 per person – and that been no efforts to “include tribal representatives, environmentalists or anyone who is advocating for sound water policy that will benefit future generations, local ecosystems and salmon and other fisheries.” Photo of protest against the California Water Summit in front of the Westin Hotel in Sacramento on Jun...
Posted: Sat Jul 4, 2015 10:55AM
Proud of Our Mission Neighborhood - by Patricia Jackson
Our neighborhood comes together in support of the Galeria de la Raza and its LGBTQ mural
Posted: Fri Jul 3, 2015 6:35PM
Community Campout - by Rabbi Phil Posner
out front of the Post Office at the corner of Front and Water Streets in Santa Cruz
Event Date:Sat Jul 4, 2015 7:00PM
Posted: Fri Jul 3, 2015 10:57AM
Big Brother is Spying on West Oakland Parks now (video/quicktime 46.8MB) - by WeCopwatch
As gentrification places a firm grip on West Oakland, the city has been clearing public spaces of black faces by shutting down and fencing up parks once enjoyed by many. This has been achieved through heavy handed policing resulting in increased displacement of West Oakland residents, ensuring space for new outsiders.
Posted: Fri Jul 3, 2015 8:00AM
On the Eve of Protest: Letters to and From Councilmember Micah Posner - by Robert Norse
The "Search for Sleep" Protest will begin on July 4th at 6:30 PM in front of the Main Post Office after the Saturday Food Not Bombs Meal. Councilmember Micah Posner sent the following letter of support for the protest. I responded with the letter that follows (slightly expanded and clarified for publication here) demanding actual action on his part and the part of other Councilmembers rather than pretty words.
Posted: Fri Jul 3, 2015 4:32AM
Chelsea Manning Contingent in the SF Pride Parade - by Daniel Borgström
Honoring the Whistleblower. The Pvt. Chelsea Manning Contingent marched again this year in the SF Pride Parade
Posted: Fri Jul 3, 2015 1:04AM
The Hanging Noose And Fighting Racist Terrorism On The Job At SF Recology - by Labor Video Project
Daryle Washingon who is a member of IBT 350 at Recology Company in San Francisco was retaliated against for protesting against a hanging noose on the job and other racist incidents at the company.
Posted: Thu Jul 2, 2015 3:09PM
Loose Associations: All In - by Sylvia Caras
Loose Associations: Tiny Homes in 18 Villages : A Framework All In is a framework to end homelessness in Santa Cruz county and provide a model for other regions. As a framework, it provides a guiding goal and direction, an organizing principle, with details to be worked out by the people and agencies involved in its execution.
Posted: Thu Jul 2, 2015 2:32PM
State officials fail to take meaningful action on brain-harming pesticide - by Mark Weller-Californians for Pesticide Reform
After a decade of delay, both federal and state officials acknowledge the dangers of chlorpyrifos, but neither has taken action to provide necessary protections for California communities.
Posted: Thu Jul 2, 2015 10:20AM
Community Rallies Behind Vandalized Gay, Lesbian, Transgender mural in the Mission (video/mp4 96.8MB) - by D. Boyer
Approximately 200 people gathered at 24th street and Bryant streets on Wednesday July 1st to rally in support of a Latino/Chicano Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Mural by Manuel Paul, titled "Pot Vida," that has been vandalized multiple times. The latest incident was arson. Video and pics from the rally
Posted: Thu Jul 2, 2015 9:29AM
Senate Bill 4 Regs Will Expand Fracking in California - by Dan Bacher
While environmental groups blasted the regulations developed under SB 4, the oil industry gushed with an oily torrent of praise for the new rules. Catherine Reheis-Boyd, the President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) and the former Chair of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative Blue Ribbon Task Force to create alleged "marine protected areas" in Southern California, praised DOGGR for rejecting comments calling for a moratorium on the environmentally destructive pr...
Posted: Thu Jul 2, 2015 8:52AM
Deal reached, Santa Clara County workers call off strike - by via SEIU 521
San Jose, Calif. – Hours before thousands of Santa Clara County workers were scheduled to walk off the job Tuesday, contract talks between Service Employees International Union Local 521 and the county produced a tentative agreement, and union leaders called off the 6 a.m. strike.
Posted: Wed Jul 1, 2015 9:14AM
Armed Trans People Will Not Get Bashed! - by D. Boyer
The San Francisco Chapter of the Pink Pistols, a pro firearm self defense group marches in the SF LGBT Pride Parade.
Posted: Wed Jul 1, 2015 8:03AM
Grand Jury Finds Lack of Accountability for Medical Services at Santa Cruz Jails - by Santa Cruz News
This week the Santa Cruz County Grand Jury released the report: "Medical Services at the Jails: How Does the Sheriff Coroner Manage Oversight?" Santa Cruz County outsourced its jail medical services to the private for-profit corporation California Forensic Medical Group (CFMG) in 2012. The Grand Jury has found that there is, "a lack of transparency and accountability on the part of CFMG and there is insufficient oversight by the Sheriff Coroner’s office," according to the report. The ...
Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 11:41PM
The U.S. Social Forum Puts San José on the Map of Social Change - by Sharat G. Lin
Another World is Possible! The United States Social Forum 2015 was held in San José at the end of June. A thousand activists from hundreds of organizations worked on strategies for necessary alternatives and system change.
Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:03PM