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Judge Rejects Water-Grabbing Lawsuit over Trinity River Flows - by Dan Bacher
"Straight up, if the Bureau of Reclamation did not make the decision to augment flows on the Klamath, we would be right now cleaning up thousands of salmon carcasses on the river,” said Thomas P. O'Rourke, Sr., Chairman of the Yurok Tribe. “We applaud Judge O'Neill's decision. We need to do everything possible to ensure in-basin fish needs are met and to prevent another heartbreaking tragedy on the Klamath River." Photo of Lewiston Dam on the Trinity River by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Wed Oct 1, 2014 3:37PM
Governor signs Chesbro bill to protect fisheries from ‘frankenfish’ - by Dan Bacher
“As chair of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture since 2010, every year I have authored an ‘omnibus’ bill to protect California fisheries and enhance commercial and sport fishing in the state,” Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro said. “The idea for this year’s bill – to protect our irreplaceable salmon and steelhead fisheries – came out of the annual Fisheries Forum that the Joint Committee hosted at the Capitol earlier this year."
Posted: Wed Oct 1, 2014 8:44AM
Corcoran SHU Prisoners Start Hunger Strike for Decent Healthcare; Support Needed Now - by via Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity
The medical care at Corcoran SHU is so bad that life-threatening situations have occurred on too many occasions to the people in the SHU and possibly also elsewhere at CSP-Corcoran that they have had to resort to a hunger strike, the ultimate nonviolent protest, in order to make this point known to the warden, the medical receiver appointed by the court to oversee California’s notoriously bad prison healthcare, and the administration of the California Department of Corrections (CDCr).
Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 5:15PM
New Marijuana Practices in California: Private Security Firm Raiding Mendocino Pot Farms - by markthshark
They wear camouflaged uniforms, bearing military-style insignia. They ride helicopters over the forests of Mendocino County, Calif., on the state's north coast, equipped with firearms, where they cut down illegal marijuana. But they aren't the army. They aren't even the police. They are Lear Asset Management (no phone listing or company website), a private security firm that is attracting a lot of attention for the work it's doing -- and even perhaps some work it hasn't done.
Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 1:33PM
Stop ZIM Action Committee Thanks Supporters of Zim Shanghai Pickets and ILWU Local 10 - by Longshoreman's Daughter
The Stop ZIM Action Committee thanks participants and supporters of the Zim Shanghai blockade on Saturday, September 27, and salutes ILWU Local 10 longshore workers for honoring the picket lines.
Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:44AM
Liverpool Dockers Solidarity with ILWU Local 10 and Oakland Community Picket of ZIM Ships - by Longshoreman's Daughter
Following the successful blockade of the Zim Shanghai at the Port of Oakland on Saturday, September 27, Liverpool dockworkers both past and present sent the following statement of solidarity to ILWU Local 10 longshore workers, for refusing to cross community picket lines against the Israeli-owned ZIM ships. All day Saturday the Zim Shanghai was prevented from doing business in the Bay Area and sent back out to sea with all its cargo untouched. For several days in August another ZIM ship, ...
Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:21AM
What is Solitary Confinement? - by Abdul Olugbala Shakur
This is an analysis written recently, and re-printed with permission, by Abdul Olugbala Shakur, a New Afrikan Revolutionary Prisoner currently in solitary confinement in Pelican Bay State Prison. Abdul here discusses the modern manifestations of isolation/solitary confinement and its potential impacts on prison organizing (both inside and out). Please share! If you would like to write to Abdul, his contact information is at the bottom of the article. thanks! -Carl
Posted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 8:59AM
Meet the Resnicks, the Koch Brothers of California Water - by Dan Bacher
While serving on the board of Conservation International, Stewart Resnick become notorious for buying subsidized Delta water and then selling it back to the public for a big profit as Delta fish and Central Valley salmon populations crashed.
Posted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 10:31AM
Martin's Beach Access Lawsuit Won Against Vinod Khosla - by via Surfrider Foundation
On September 24, the Surfrider Foundation (surfrider.org), scored a huge victory in its protracted legal battle against billionaire and venture capitalist, Vinod Khosla, to restore beach access at Martin’s Beach in San Mateo, California. In a decision made by San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Barbara J. Mallach, Khosla will be required to seek a permit from the California Coastal Commission for the gates, signage and other access-blocking development at Martin’s Beach and begin a publ...
Posted: Thu Sep 25, 2014 6:05PM
UK Film-makers Ken Loach & Paul Laverty Statement Of Solidarity With Zim Picket In Oakland - by Ken Loach, Paul Laverty
UK film-makers Ken Loach and Paul Laverty have sent greetings to the community and labor activists who are picketing the Zim ships in Oakland. They have just returned from a tribunal on war crimes by Israel and Ken Loach has also protested the bias by the BBC in covering the war on the Palestinians.
Posted: Thu Sep 25, 2014 3:22PM
Helping Hearts 2 Heal - by Jeralynn Blueford
Center Of Hope Community Church 8411 Macarthur Blvd, Oakland, California 94605
Event Date:Sat Oct 25, 2014 9:00AM
Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 1:22PM
Pomo Leaders, AIM elders and Activists Shut Down Caltrans Construction - by Karen Pickett
Tribal Pomo Representatives, AIM elders and Environmentalists Take Action for Ancient Native Sites and Wetlands. Trucks Dumping Fill are Shut Down at the site of the under-construction Caltrans Willits Bypass in Mendocino County. The Native participants, from Coyote Valley, Sherwood Valley, Potter Valley and the American Indian Movement entered the construction site with the AIM flag, banners and drums for prayers and direct action in conjunction with local environmental activists.
Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 9:14PM
New Report: Monarch Butterfly a Species Our Children May Never See - by Center for Biological Diversity
The monarch butterfly, whose spectacular 2,000-mile migration has captivated scientists and school students for generations, is disappearing largely due to pesticides and may not be around for our children to witness in the future, according to a new report (see PDF).
Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 5:34PM
Prop 47 Offers Smart Solutions for Real Criminal Justice Reform - by Steve Pleich
Reduction of Low Level Offenses is Sensible Policy
Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 11:24AM
Big Oil Brown greenwashes his legacy at U.N. Climate Summit - by Dan Bacher
Oil Change International, a research, communication, and advocacy organization focused on "exposing the true costs of fossil fuels and facilitating the coming transition towards clean energy" has given Brown a new nickname, "Big Oil Brown," for the large contributions he has received from oil companies and his support of fracking. Photo of Jerry Brown courtesy of Damien Luzzo.
Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 10:42AM
Fresno County Central Library helps prepare for California Kwanzaa Ag Expo - by khubaka, michael harris
Progressive leaders at the Fresno County Central Library are preparing to showcase Kwanzaa Ag Education of our "California Grown" holiday season. The symbols and principles of Kwanzaa will be displayed in a culturally sensitive way for all to learn about the "first fruits of the harvest."
Posted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:37PM
Did Prop. 30 donors know their money would support deadbeat dams? - by Dan Bacher
Carolee Krieger, No on Prop. 1 leader and California Water Impact Network (CWIN) Executive Director, said, “The governor is using a legal loophole to divert donations for public education to back his deadbeat dams, pork programs and subsidies for huge agribusiness.
Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 6:47PM
Feds release emergency flows after fish parasite found in Klamath - by by Dan Bacher
“While there has not been a confirmation that any fish have died as a result of Ich, we are extremely concerned that there could be another fish kill in the coming weeks if additional flows are not released. We appreciate that the Bureau of Reclamation heeded our request to send emergency flows down the Klamath River,” said Thomas P. O’Rourke Sr., Chair of the Yurok Tribe.
Posted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 3:11PM
16th Annual, California Kwanzaa Ag Expo ~ Expression of the Best Pan-African Traditions - by khubaka, michael harris
California Kwanzaa Ag Expo, is preparing to showcase Black Agriculture collaborative partnerships the #1 Agriculture County in America, December 5-7, 2014, Fresno, California
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:06PM
People's Climate Train Leaves CA En Route to Historic Climate March in New York City - by Center for Biological Diversity
EMERYVILLE, Calif.— More than 100 people — including nuns, ministers, tribal leaders and student activists — boarded the People’s Climate Train this morning for a four-day cross-country trip en route to the large demonstration in the history of the climate movement. The train, organized by the Center for Biological Diversity, will include workshops, discussions and activist trainings as the train passes through lands threatened by the climate crisis.
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:31PM