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Protesters Enact Symbolic "Die In" to Unwelcome Narendra Modi to Silicon Valley - by Alliance for Justice And Accountability
Over 2000 vibrant protesters from many different Indian American communities joined together outside the SAP Center in San Jose to counter Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of "Digital India" and Hindutva. They raised many issues with Modi's leadership, ranging from forced conversions to Hinduism, Internet surveillance, arrest of political bloggers, harassment of human rights activists, blind eye to rapes, dispossession of small farmers, rewriting of Indian history, and the 2002 Gujarat ...
Posted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 3:41PM
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
Santa Clara Doctors Oppose Plan to Contract Out Care for Mentally Ill Inmates - by via Union of American Physicians and Dentists
SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The alleged murder of Michael Tyree by guards in the Santa Clara County Main Jail made clear how vulnerable mentally ill inmates are, and that communities must do more to ensure their proper care. However, Santa Clara County executives are poised to take a huge step in the opposite direction by replacing the County psychiatrists who care for inmates at the Main Jail, Elmwood Correctional Facility and Elmwood Correctional Center for W...
Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 4:55PM
Hyatt Outsources Jobs: The People Protest - by R. Robertson
Hyatt's aggressive use of subcontractors allows it to pay poverty wages to workers. Yesterday in front of the Tech Mart and the Santa Clara Hyatt, pro-labor groups protested the giant hotel chain's lack of corporate responsibility. More on this story and more photos at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/09/23/18777988.php
Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 4:48PM
Silicon Valley Low Wage Workers Rise Up! - by R. Robertson
Silicon Valley’s "invisible" workers do not share in the success of the tech industry. Many large companies use underpaid black, Latino and immigrant contract labor as landscaping workers, janitors, cooks and security guards. Yesterday, a joint effort between Silicon Valley Rising and SEIU-United Service Workers West brought together workers and their supporters in a demonstration in front of the Hyatt Santa Clara. The group then marched to one of the contractors that the Hyatt uses, Univer...
Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 3:58AM
Amah Mutsun Petition Gov. Brown to Oppose Canonizing Junipero Serra - by via Amah Mutsun Tribal Band
The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band of Ohlone/Costanoan Indians is petitioning California Governor Jerry Brown to oppose the canonization of Junipero Serra. Sign the petition: https://www.change.org/p/jerry-brown-petition-california-gov-jerry-brown-to-oppose-canonizing-junipero-serra
Posted: Sun Sep 6, 2015 3:06AM
Mission Indian Honor Walk - by via Caroline Ward Holland
On September 23, 2015, Pope Francis will be canonizing Father Junipeo Serra, who was a priest in the Franciscan order of the Catholic Church. Junipero Serra was a driving force in the Spanish conquest and colonization of what is now the state of California.
Posted: Fri Sep 4, 2015 8:28PM
1 Million CA Students Attend School in 1-Mile Impact Zone for Derailing Oil Trains - by Center for Biological Diversity
OAKLAND, Calif.— More than 1 million California children attend school within a one-mile evacuation zone of railroads used by oil trains, according to a new analysis (http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/oil_trains/methodology.html) by the Center for Biological Diversity. Oil trains have experienced a dramatic increase in explosions and derailments across the country in recent years.
Posted: Thu Sep 3, 2015 4:53PM
Democratic Socialist of America Official Meeting - by Thomas Wells
San Jose Peace & Justice Center 48 South 7th St. San Jose, Ca. 95112
Event Date:Sat Sep 26, 2015 1:00PM
Posted: Wed Sep 2, 2015 10:35PM
Vigil in San Jose: SJPD on a Killing Spree - by
Kirkhaven Court & Stoneyhaven Way in San José
Event Date:Tue Aug 18, 2015 7:30PM
Posted: Tue Aug 18, 2015 10:12AM
Santa Clara County workers vote to ratify contract - by via SEIU 521
SAN JOSE, Calif., July 22 – Santa Clara’s largest labor force has voted to approve a four-year contract that lays the groundwork for recovery of public services which had faced substantial recessionary cuts in years past.
Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:55PM
Jerry Brown gushes about "fighting climate change" at Vatican as he fracks California - by Dan Bacher
"We urge Pope Francis to send a clear message to Brown and other elected officials that fracking—in California, in Europe, or elsewhere—has no place in his vision for a greener planet," said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Europe. Photo: Governor Brown delivers remarks at Vatican climate change symposium. Photo courtesy of Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:34PM
Arrests in Martinez as Californians demonstrate against oil trains - by R. Robertson
Police arrested four Bay Area protesters after they suspended themselves from the Benicia-Martinez railroad bridge to hang a banner protesting oil trains. Photos here are of the protest in San Jose, California. Both protests were part of a week of action against oil trains.
Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 6:22PM
Amah Mutsun's Response to Catholic Church's Encyclical on the Environment - by via Amah Mutsun Tribal Band
On July 1, Valentin Lopez, Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, sent a letter to Pope Francis in response to the Catholic Church's Encyclical on the environment. While the Amah Mutsun are supportive of the Catholic Church's stance on the environment, the tribe continues to request that the Pope reverse his decision to canonize Junipero Serra in September. "Serra's mission system forever changed California ecosystems, replacing bear, deer, elk and native plants with mega herds of grass dev...
Posted: Thu Jul 9, 2015 11:58AM
Amah Mutsun Tribal Band Prayer Ceremony Opposing the Canonization of Junipero Serra - by
California State Parks "grass quad" in front of the church at San Juan Bautista Mission. Mission San Juan Bautista 406 Second Street, San Juan Bautista
Event Date:Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:00AM
Posted: Wed Jul 8, 2015 3:55PM
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
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
Santa Clara County Workers Set Date to Strike: June 30 - by via SEIU 521
San Jose, Calif. – Members of Santa Clara County’s largest union workforce have overwhelmingly voted to go on an unfair practice strike on June 30. Service Employees International Union Local 521 members and community leaders addressed the reasons for the strike at a press conference today held at county headquarters. Workers voted to hold an “open-ended” strike with no end date.
Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 5:50PM
Farm worker champion Sal Alvarez: A life grounded in faith and service - by via UFW
The farm worker movement mourns the passing on June 7, 2015, of Rev. Deacon Sal Alvarez, who played a key role with Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta in the farm worker movement and on behalf of many other worthy causes over seven decades. Sal was motivated by deep faith in a movement grounded in the Catholic Church’s social justice teachings and dedication to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Photo: Rev. Deacon Sal Alvarez leading a procession into mass during the UFW’s 50th anniversary convention in...
Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 1:43PM
CSU Teaching Staff in a "Race To The Bottom: Losing Ground and Losing Faith" - by California Faculty Association
Both the quantitative and the qualitative data reveal a significant economic precariousness in the lives of many CSU faculty. From these responses (and from the salary data provided in our first paper), it is undeniable that significant numbers of faculty teaching in the CSU today are among California’s “working poor.” Many others are financially hanging on by a thread through a variety of means...
Posted: Mon May 18, 2015 11:40AM