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Toward a Fuller Discussion of Grand Jury Resistance - by Ben Rosenfeld
In follow up to my post two years ago which some people misconstrued as advocating partial grand jury cooperation:
Posted: Wed Mar 4, 2015 4:00AM
Pressure for Federal Protection of Monarch Butterfly Grows as Public Comment Period Closes - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— More than half a million people called on the government to protect the monarch butterfly today, as the public comment period on protecting monarchs under the Endangered Species Act closed. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service now has nine months to determine whether to propose protections for the iconic orange-and-black butterfly, which has declined by 90 percent in the past 20 years. The agency’s review of the monarch was spurred by a legal petition filed in August by the Cent...
Posted: Mon Mar 2, 2015 6:33PM
Logging Industry Fails Again to Strip Threatened Seabird of Protections - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— The DC Circuit Court of Appeals last Friday rejected yet another attempt by the timber industry to remove federal endangered species protections from the marbled murrelet, a unique coastal bird found in the Pacific Northwest. The appeal was the timber industry’s fifth attempt in the past decade to eliminate protections for the old-growth forests that marbled murrelets call home, despite undisputed scientific evidence that has shown murrelets are continuing to disappear from th...
Posted: Mon Mar 2, 2015 6:26PM
Amah Mutsun Letter to Pope Francis Regarding the Canonization of Junipero Serra - by via Amah Mutsun Tribal Band
On February 24, the Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band of Ohlone Indians, Valentin Lopez, wrote an open letter to Pope Francis, making him aware that the Amah Mutsun will rescind their request for a mass of reconciliation if Juniper Serra is named a Saint.
Posted: Mon Mar 2, 2015 6:03PM
SB 608 "Right to Rest Act" introduced in California State Senate - by Homeless Persons Legal Assistance Project
Q&A About the Right to Rest Act
Posted: Mon Mar 2, 2015 11:11AM
Poll reveals most voters oppose Governor Brown's 'big government projects' - by Dan Bacher
There is no doubt that Governor's Brown's approval ratings would slip well below 50 percent if the mainstream media and corporate "environmental" NGOs would stop greenwashing the Governor's environmental record and report the truth about Brown's war on fish, water and the environment. Photo of Jerry Brown courtesy of the Governor's Office
Posted: Mon Mar 2, 2015 7:18AM
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
Feds Will Expand Habitat Protections for Endangered Killer Whales on West Coast - by Center for Biological Diversity
SEATTLE— The National Marine Fisheries Service announced today that it intends to expand critical habitat protections along the West Coast for endangered “Southern Resident” killer whales. The finding, which says a decision will be made in 2017, comes in response to a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity seeking to extend Endangered Species Act protection to the whales’ winter foraging range off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California.
Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 12:51PM
Water board chief admits he was 'just wrong’ - by Dan Bacher
"He admitted he was wrong last year in assessing the impacts to fish - and so now he is proposing to do it again," said Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA).
Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 6:20PM
Good Friday Set to Denounce Junipero Serra and Honor California Native Indians - by via AIM Southern California
Los Angeles, CA. February, 18, 2015 – on Friday April 3rd as most Catholics observe Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary, California Native Nations, Native organizations, friends and supporters will be gathering for Prayer to denounce Pope Francis's decision to canonize Junipero Serra and to pay respects to those buried in mass graves at each of the 21 Missions. Location and time to be announced soon.
Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:24PM
Historic march for divestment at UC Davis photo essay - by Francisco J. Dominguez
One hundred students at UC Davis marched in a call for the resignation of Chancellor Linda Katehi on February 10.
Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 6:30PM
Governor Jerry Brown wins "Cold, Dead Fish Award" three years in a row! - by Dan Bacher
The common link in much of the destruction and mayhem I’ve described in my articles is Jerry Brown, the worst Governor for fish, water and the environment in recent California history. Brown has constantly gushed about his "green energy" and carbon trading policies at press conferences and photo opportunities while he enthusiastically supports the expansion of fracking in California and is rushing the most environmentally destructive public works project in California history, the Bay Delt...
Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:50PM
American River steelhead run is worst on record - by Dan Bacher
“The steelhead died for a noble cause - almonds," quipped Bill Jennings, executive director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA). Photo of Sammy Yoro, Jr., of Watsonville with two winter hatchery steelhead caught on the American River in January 2011 by Dan Bacher. The Bureau of Reclamation's abysmal management of Folsom Reservoir and the American River during a record drought has resulted in the destruction of the once abundant steelhead population that anglers, N...
Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:28PM
Lawsuit Seeks to Halt Offshore Fracking in California - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Interior Department today (see PDF) for violating three federal laws by rubberstamping offshore fracking off California’s coast without analyzing fracking pollution’s threats to ocean ecosystems, coastal communities and marine wildlife, including sea otters, fish, sea turtles and whales.
Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 1:57PM
Californians Against Fracking slams hearing process, calls for fracking ban - by Dan Bacher
“Governor Brown’s oil regulators have issued rules for fracking before they’ve even finished studying it, putting the cart before the horse and endangering lives," said David Braun in a statement before the hearing on behalf of Californians Against Fracking. "Unsurprisingly, this is the same agency responsible for issuing hundreds of illegal permits for the disposal of oil industry wastewater into multiple protected drinking water aquifers." Photo of anti-fracking march in Oakland o...
Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 8:53AM
Western Regional Advocacy Project Calls for Support of "Right to Rest Act" - by Steve Pleich
Act Would Protect Basic Human Rights of People Experiencing Homelessness
Posted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 1:21PM
Fishermen, Delta Leaders Protest Move to “Destroy Salmon” - by Dan Bacher
Water rights attorney and C-WIN Board Member Mike Jackson said, “Evidently after the Bureau of Reclamation’s killing of 95% of the endangered winter-run salmon year last year, the Federal government has decided to propose a much worse water plan for 2015. It’s a much more complicated plan, but if it is approved by the California Water Board it may send both the endangered salmon and Delta smelt to extinction. We will find out soon if the Governor’s office intervenes with the Water Boa...
Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 8:08PM
KPFA Radio-Media Network Community & Staff Event - by KPFA Community Advisory Board
Central Berkeley Public Library, Community Meeting Room 2090 Kittredge at Shattuck, 3rd floor administrative wing, look for KPFA signs.
Event Date:Sun Feb 22, 2015 1:30PM
Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 6:37PM
Nurses to Rally At Attorney General’s Sacramento Office Tuesday - by via California Nurses Association
Dozens of Daughters of Charity registered nurses, joined by other hospital workers, will rally outside the offices of Attorney General Kamala Harris calling on her to approve the sale of six endangered California Daughters of Charity Health System (DCHS) hospitals to Prime Healthcare without conditions that would likely scuttle the sale and force the hospitals to close.
Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:32PM
Largest Anti-Fracking March in U.S. History Photo Essay - by Dan Bacher
People from all walks of life came from throughout California to Oakland on February 7 to call on Governor Jerry Brown to stop fracking and other extreme energy extraction in the state, stand up to big oil and move California beyond fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy. Photo of the March for Real Climate Leadership banner at the front of the march by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 12:03PM