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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
96 Hours of Action Concludes at UCSC with Successful Campus Shut Down - by Alex Darocy
Students at UC Santa Cruz concluded four days of protests against tuition and fee increases with a campus-wide strike and shut down. Dubbed "96 Hours of Action," the series of demonstrations were also organized to address issues of mass incarceration and the expanding police state. At 4:30am on March 5, picket lines were established at the West Entrance and at the corner of Hagar and Coolidge, and a majority of the cars attempting to enter the school were turned away. At around 7am, the UCSC ...
Posted: Sat Mar 7, 2015 3:49PM
An Open Letter about Student Protests at UCSC - by SA Smythe and Jennifer Teschler
While there have been vociferous expressions of support and solidarity for the recent UC student protests, a number of students, parents, faculty, administrators, and members of the greater Santa Cruz community have expressed frustration, what borders on vitriolic hatred, and ad hominem attacks against those who took to the highways and most recently to the campus entrances. As longterm members of the UC community, we know firsthand that these students are fighting so that all students might ...
Posted: Thu Mar 5, 2015 1:37PM
Hwy 17 Blocked for 4 Hours by UCSC Activists Protesting Tuition Hikes & Police Violence - by John Malkin
Yesterday 6 UCSC students blocked HWY 17 to protest University tuition hikes and police violence. 6 people were arrested.
Posted: Thu Mar 5, 2015 1:07AM
UCSC Students Block Traffic and Shut Down Highway One in Santa Cruz - by Alex Darocy
On March 3, six students protesting tuition hikes at UCSC blocked traffic where Highway 1 meets Highway 17 in Santa Cruz by sitting in the highway and locking themselves to cement filled cans. One can was spray painted with the message, "Fight the Fees," which references the large tuition increases recently approved by the Regents of the University of California. As a group of Caltrans workers, California Highway Patrol officers, and other police worked to saw the students free, several dozen...
Posted: Wed Mar 4, 2015 7:59PM
Chartering Austerity: A Look at the Fight Against Charter Schools in Oakland - by FireWorks
Interview with Classroom Struggle on the fight against charter schools in Oakland.
Posted: Tue Mar 3, 2015 2:32PM
96 Hours of Action Begins at UC Santa Cruz - by Alex Darocy
During the first week of March, students across California are mobilizing for "96 Hours of Action" by organizing demonstrations to be held over the course of four consecutive days to shut down, they say, "the racist, classist, corporate, militarized police state." The actions are in response to the recent University of California tuition hikes, but they also link the shrinking budget for education in California to the expansion of prisons and policing. On March 2, UCSC's 96 Hours of Action be...
Posted: Tue Mar 3, 2015 1:12AM
Rally and March for Civic Center Campus - by Allan Fisher
Assemble at 750 Eddy Street, Civic Center Campus (Tenderloin Campus); march to City Hall
Event Date:Thu Mar 5, 2015 1:00PM
Posted: Mon Mar 2, 2015 12:41PM
National Scholarly Research ~ Historic Stockton Waterfront District - by khubaka, michael harris
Historic Stockton Waterfront District builds on an amazing legacy 1840-1870. 2015 Stockton Black History Month ends with new primary source documents towards sharing a historic legacy unknown, unvalued or to be kept underground. The Ebony Boat Club is a welcomed maritime resource and recreational opportunity to join a growing collaboration of City, County, State and National officials eager to highlight the positive contribution by people of African ancestry. In context of a national conv...
Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 3:04PM