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Week of Success! Fight for Fifteen, Boycott Sprouts, and EIR Lawsuit! - by Occupy the Farm
Thank you for all of your support over the past month. From our first Boycott Sprouts action at Walnut Creek at the beginning of March, to the third (and fourth!) ones on April 15, this month has been packed to the gills with success stories and community mobilizations of support. There are still more big days coming up right around the corner — thank you for sticking with us for this ride!
Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 1:52PM
Santa Cruz ACLU Addresses Letter of Concern to UCSC Chancellor - by ACLU Santa Cruz County
Letter of Concern
Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 10:55AM
Questions Remain After UC's Tree Removal at People's Park - by Molly Batchelder
This letter was sent on 3-27-15 to UC Capital Projects Project Manager, David Johnson, as well as Christine Shaff, Communications Director at UC Berkeley Real Estate, two individuals directed to handle public concerns regarding the recent tree removal at People's Park. Both emails bounced back. The letter addresses some of my concerns after reading the HortScience Arborist Report and reasons for recommended tree removals.
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 12:22PM
Highway 6 Statement of Concern and Support - by Steve Pleich
Statement of Concern From A Community Member And Civil Libertarian
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 10:21AM
Supporting the HWY 6 at Their Second Court Appearance Together - by Alex Darocy
The six UCSC students arrested and charged in association with the March 3 blockade of Highway 1 (where it meets Highway 17 in Santa Cruz) returned to court on April 8. As the six defendants and their attorneys made their second appearance as a group before Judge Denine Guy, a prosecutor indicated the District Attorney's office will not offer them a plea deal to reduce misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and creating a public nuisance. The Santa Cruz DA also desires a restitution amount o...
Posted: Thu Apr 9, 2015 7:09PM
UC Student Health Doctors To Start Six Days of Strikes on Thursday - by via Union of American Physicians and Dentists
OAKLAND, Calif. and LOS ANGELES, April 8, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD) has given the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) notice that doctors employed by the University of California (UC) student health centers will hold multi-day Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strikes at all ten campuses starting Thursday, April 9th. Despite ample opportunity to do so, UC has not remedied any of the ULP charges that the union has filed ...
Posted: Wed Apr 8, 2015 5:41PM
Fumigant Pesticides Put Central Coast Communities At Risk - by via Californians for Pesticide Reform
Fumigants are outdated, and a toxic technology that undermines soil health, and safe replacements are needed to grow food on the Central Coast, concludes a new report released by Californians for Pesticide Reform (see PDF). The report examines data that revealed cancer-causing chloropicrin is in the air where Monterey County children live and play, and shares monitoring results that confirm chloropicrin in the city of Watsonville’s air poses an increased cancer risk, despite state required ...
Posted: Wed Apr 8, 2015 3:13PM
Upper Campus FOREST WALKS: Spring 2015 - by Forest Walkers
As the weather moves between sunshine and rain, we find ourselves moving between the realms of the forest, chaparral, creek and meadow. The new sprout, shoot and catkin come and tell us of a time of sweet smelling air, filled with new growth. Join us in Upper Campus this Spring!
Posted: Tue Apr 7, 2015 11:45PM
New Report: Cancer-causing pesticide found in the air; Chavez Day call for reform - by Mark Weller
In honor of Cesar Chavez’s birthday, a diverse coalition of farmworker groups, labor unions, teachers, parents and scientists will release new local information about pesticide threats – including powerful results from “Drift Catcher” pesticide air monitoring in Watsonville – and call for specific reforms relating to the use of pesticides. Co-founder of the United Farm Workers, Cesar Chavez was the country’s most prominent advocate for pesticide reform, fasting 36 consecutive day...
Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 11:30AM
Occupy the Farm, the film, opening Tuesday, 03.31.2015, Oakland (audio/mpeg 1.7MB) - by KPFA Weekend News/Ann Garrison
Occupy the Farm, a film about the 2012 struggle to claim 20 acres of a historic 100 acre farm for community farmers in Albany, will open at the New Parkway theatre in Oakland on Tuesday, March 31st. The University of California owns the land and it has granted one acre to the community farmers working with the University's Department of Natural Resources. Another 5 to 7 acres has been alloted to University research on corn genetics, and the rest has been promised to a big box grocery store ...
Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2015 9:17PM
The Unmanageable University - by Autonomous Students UCSC
Before dawn on Tuesday, March 3, a group of six students at the University of California Santa Cruz went to the fishhook connecting Highways 1 to 17. Evoking the practice of highway blockades popularized during the Black Lives Matter movement, they chained themselves to aluminum trashcans filled with cement and blocked traffic for nearly five hours. The traffic jam this caused stretched over the hill to snarl Silicon Valley commutes, an act of peaceful civil disobedience that has since become...
Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:54AM
People's Park: Chancellor Dirks Will Remember It For You, Wholesale - by Save People's Park Trees
This week is Spring Break; one day this week, workers from HortScience will enter the park and remove trees. On March 5th of 2012, the Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission passed a resolution in favor of reinstating a community advisory board before any alterations to the park are made. This resolution was made after the UC destroyed trees and flattened berms on the west end of the park. On April 3rd of 2012, Berkeley city council unanimously passed the resolution titled: "Ensuring Commun...
Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:06PM
Sprouts Management Intimidates Protests of Their Brand - by Boycott Sprouts
The management of the chain supermarket retailer Sprouts “Farmers Market” is intimidating and repressing protestors who are speaking out about their greenwashed brand, which is set to pave historic Gill Tract farmland in the East Bay.
Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:22PM
Caravana 43 Fresno: Parents of the 43 missing students from Iguala, Mexico visit Fresno - by
California State University, Fresno - Peace Garden
Event Date:Sat Mar 28, 2015 11:00AM
Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 9:34AM
Shutting Down Sprouts: Reportback from the #GilltractDefense Action in Walnut Creek - by Kaitlin Oki and Kat Perkins, OTF
Reportback from the #GilltractDefense and Boycott Sprouts action on March 14, 2015 in Walnut Creek, California
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:40PM
Supporters Pack the Courtroom for the Highway 17 Six - by Alex Darocy
Supporters packed a Santa Cruz courtroom today for preliminary hearings concerning the six UCSC students who were arrested for blocking traffic on Highway 17 on March 3 to protest tuition increases. Today's hearing was the first time all six of those arrested have appeared together in court, and they all have legal representation now. None have pleaded guilty to the charges they face, which include misdemeanors for "resisting arrest" and creating a "public nuisance." [Top photo: The six UC Sa...
Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 8:39PM
Stockton Rural Cemetery, Block 27 ~ 2015 Sesquicentennial Freedom Celebration - by khubaka, michael harris
Reverend Jeremiah King helped establish Block 27, a "colored section" within the Stockton Rural Cemetery in 1861. Rev. King and many other early Stockton pioneers have a final resting place within the "park-like" community resource. At the close of the US Civil War, a desire for proper dignity and respect for all fallen soldiers became what we call today Memorial Day. Together we celebrate the Sesquicentennial and design plans to preserve an amazing living legacy for another 150 years. Ge...
Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 10:49AM
Protesters Shut Down Sprouts Farmers Market to Stop Planned Development of Historic Gill Tract - by Occupy the Farm
On March 14th, farmers and neighbors of the historic Gill Tract turned out in large numbers to disrupt business as usual and eventually shutdown a local Sprouts supermarket. Their message to this corporate supermarket chain? "Don't build a Sprouts 'Farmer's Market' on our historic Gill Tract Farmland".
Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 6:06PM
UCSC Student Union Assembly Condemns Denial of Due Process to the Highway 17 Six - by via UC Santa Cruz SUA
On March 10, the Student Union Assembly (SUA), UC Santa Cruz passed a resolution condemning the denial of due process to the Highway 17 Six by UCSC Administration by a landslide vote (26-4-2 (y/n/ab) with roll call). As mandated by the resolution, SUA Chair Justin Lardinois sent a letter to campus administration further elaborating the resolution. The 'Highway 17 Six' are six students who were suspended from UCSC on March 3 when they blocked traffic on Highway 17 to protest University of Cali...
Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:19PM
Marching to the UCSC Police Station During 96 Hours of Action - by Alex Darocy
During the 96 Hours of Action demonstrations at UC Santa Cruz, students marched to the campus police station for an FTP vigil on March 4. As they marched, they carried two coffins with them to symbolize those killed by police. Some also carried "Drop the Charges" signs, which referred to the criminal charges six UCSC students face in association with the Highway 17 blockade in Santa Cruz that occurred on March 3. Demonstrations during 96 Hours of Action were organized from March 2-5 to oppose...
Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:13PM