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Fasting for Justice: Immigrant Rights - by R. Robertson
Demonstrators are fasting for eleven days, one day for each of the 11 million undocumented people in the US seeking political equality through immigration reform. The National Day Laborer Organizing Network is a key player in this action, along with Peninsula Interfaith Action and other groups. Top photo: Coming out of the shadows to interview with local media and bear witness for the cause.
Posted: Thu May 9, 2013 4:15PM
March for Immigrant Rights: Mountain View - by Reynita Roberts
The U.S. Senate is debating a landmark bill that could legalize many of the 11 million immigrants in the US. This brought higher than usual numbers of demonstrators out for the annual May Day occasion to march for immigrant rights in Mountain View, California.
Posted: Thu May 2, 2013 9:19AM
Mark Zuckerberg Goes Pro XL Pipeline, Demonstrators Protest at Facebook HQ - by Reynita R.
Last week, Mark Zuckerberg's new lobbying group spent money on ads to advocate for the Keystone XL pipeline. In response, environmental activists rallied outside Facebook headquarters today.
Posted: Wed May 1, 2013 4:13PM
Call to improve wages and working conditions for restaurant workers! - by Rise Up for Labor
Out of an evening with speaker/author Saru Jayaraman, came a commitment to support the newly formed ROC--United Bay Area Chapter. ROC-United is the only national organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to the needs of restaurant workers. ROC stands for Restaurant Opportunities Centers.
Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:55PM
"No XL Pipeline" Protest Near Obama Fundraiser on the Peninsula - by Ruth Robertson
President Obama is expected to make a decision by early summer about whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. He refused to approve it in 2012, but may not refuse again. The controversial pipeline has sparked strong opposition across the country, with major rallies and peaceful demonstrations in Washington, DC, San Francisco, and many other cities. On April 4 a rally was held to influence President Obama to refuse to approve the pipeline, which would bring crude oil from tar sands in C...
Posted: Thu Apr 4, 2013 10:54PM
Cross-country solar powered flights launch from San Fransisco May 1st - by David Roknich
"The official itinerary of the 2013 Across America mission was unveiled by André and Bertrand today, Thursday March 28th, at Moffett Airfield in San Francisco.", we learn from solarimpulse dot org. After a decade of work, designers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg of Switzerland dismantled their solar-powered craft, and re-assembled it in San Fransisco for a tour between 7 US cities that begins May 1st, 2013.
Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:10AM
Gun Buy-Back Program on the SF Peninsula - by Jamie Donoghue
A gun buy-back program on Feb 23 had the goal first and foremost of getting guns off the street and out of homes where children can get hurt. A second goal: to study whether gun buy-backs are effective. Top photo: Steve Rhodes under creative commons license on flickr.com
Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:24AM
Rally Against Gun Violence in Palo Alto - by James Eden
Rally participants in Palo Alto's Lytton Plaza this evening said that unfortunately supporters of the National Rifle Association's position will oppose reasonable legislation to ban semi-automatic and military-style firearms. They gathered to demand that measures proposed in Congress be debated and votes taken. They raised candles and then their cell phones to tell House Speaker Boehner that although Republicans may oppose some of the measures he must allow them to come to a vote.
Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:34PM
Fight for Women's Rights in front of Facebook CEO Home - by Condi Watch
Demonstrators protested outside of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Palo Alto home on Wednesday. Inside the house Zuckerberg was hosting a campaign fundraiser for New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie. But first, guests including Condoleeza Rice had to make their way through the throng of protesters.
Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:16PM
Christopher Manavi Galvanizes Community Against Local Racism - by Michelle Ramirez
Prominent technology entrepreneur Christopher Manavi galvanized the community last Sunday in the mid-west section of Redwood City, CA in an effort to curb the endemic educational racism pervasive in the local K-12 schools.
Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:04PM
Justice for Women: Pro-Choice March in Los Altos - by Ruth Stevens
The Los Altos/Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women sponsored a meeting and march yesterday on justice for women's reproductive rights.
Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 5:06PM
Stand in Orange: Guantánamo Protest Song (video/quicktime 31.7MB) - by Raging Grannies Action League
Amnesty International Chapter 19 members are seen in this video setting up in Palo Alto's Lytton Plaza on Sunday January 13th. The Raging Grannies are seen here rehearsing their composition "Stand in Orange" shortly before the protest began in earnest. 29 second video
Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:56PM
Orange Jumpsuit Protest in Palo Alto Marks Opening of Guantánamo 11 Years Ago Today - by Ruth Stevens
January 11, 2013: Today is the day the unlawful prison Guantánamo opened 11 years ago. A protest organized by Amnesty International Chapter 19 was held in Palo Alto's Lytton Plaza. Protesters demonstrated to remind President Obama of his promise to shut down Guantánamo prison and uphold human rights.
Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:30PM
Fair Housing Advocates Argue Against Gambling on Dream Houses - by Rutherford Grindle
In Menlo Park today, demonstrators protested in front of the Dream House that is being raffled off to benefit the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. They explained their objection to the Dream House model of fundraising.
Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:51PM
Protesters Say "Dream House" Raffle a Distraction from Real Housing Woes - by Rutherford Grindle
Members of Occupy Redwood City (ORWC) joined Occupy Bay Area United (OBAU), the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment and other anti-foreclosure and anti-eviction activists at an "Occupy the Dream House" press conference and speakout today. Top photo: Spokesperson from ACCE (Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment) interviews with corporate media TV.
Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:39PM
Wherefore Art Thou, Fiscal Cliff? - by Rutherford Grindell
Oh Fiscal Cliff tune: Oh Tannenbaum Oh fiscal cliff oh fiscal cliff ......oh wherefore art thou fiscal cliff Oh fiscal cliff oh fiscal cliff ......oh wherefore art thou fiscal cliff we know you're really just a slope we're well informed, we are not dopes Oh fiscal cliff oh fiscal cliff.....Oh wherefore art thou fiscal cliff?
Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:34PM
Family Files $10 Million Wrongful Death Suit for SSFPD Killing of Teen, Derrick Gaines (video/x-flv 94.0MB) - by Alex Darocy
On October 30, the family of Derrick Gaines, the 15 year old who was shot and killed by a South San Francisco Police Department officer on June 5, filed a federal civil rights action against the City of South San Francisco. Family members, who are seeking $10 million in damages, hired Attorney John Burris to represent them in the wrongful death action. Burris says, "This is a clear case of racial profiling that lead to disastrous results." The press conference was held in front of the South S...
Posted: Sat Nov 3, 2012 5:28PM
Interview: Prop 37 is right on, says Raging Granny (video/quicktime 94.6MB) - by Palo Alto Reporter
Raging Granny Ellyn O'Toole stands by a two-headed chicken at a rally in Palo Alto and explains why she doesn't want GMO's in her food. Length is one minute and a half.
Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 4:45PM
Rally for Yes on 37 Held in Palo Alto - by No GMO Sue
Dozens rallied at the corner of Embarcadero and El Camino Real last night. With signs and songs they declared, "We have a right to know what's in our food!" They encouraged passersby to vote YES on Proposition 37 that would require labeling of food that is not GMO free.
Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 3:55PM
Police Corruption in South San Francisco & City Hall - by Eddie and JackieJo
South San Francisco City Attorney Steve Mattas said the code enforcement issues were legitimate. The city was in talks to buy the property at 415 Grand Avenue. Police stole the building in violation of State Law. The case leaves some open-ended questions about the City's involvement...
Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:01PM