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Activists warn that SB 350 will do nothing to address CA oil and gas drilling - by Dan Bacher
"Gov. Brown should immediately stop the worst drilling practices including all forms of fracking to further protect not just California communities, but natural resources worldwide," said Rebecca Claassen, Santa Barbara County organizer at Food & Water Watch, in a statement on behalf of Californians Against Fracking. Californians Against Fracking press conference at the State Capitol in Sacramento on January 29, 2015. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Wed Oct 7, 2015 1:33PM
Sustainable Certification And The Flow Of Commodities And Currency - by Tomas DiFiore
Sustainable Certification in new frontiers for flex-crops such as palm oil, or soy, requires first that an educational format convey the benefits of changing (agri)cultural practices in usually distant remote places of a landscape. It mat be necessary pass amendments to Constitutions (land use changes) and National Interpretations of International law; there are lawyers and layers of linguistics, adjusting the language of 'land reform' to gain acceptance by various strata of society. Furtherm...
Posted: Tue Oct 6, 2015 9:21AM
Feds undermine Stockton California mayor - by David Roknich/IndyRadio
Stockton Mayor (here seen sleeping with the homeless under a freeway) was forced to give up his laptop password by DHS agents after returning from a mayor's conference in China. They offered no reason for search and seizure, not even the minimal "reasonable suspicion" required by a recent federal appellate court ruling. Sources claim a secret investigation is underway.
Posted: Mon Oct 5, 2015 11:37AM
We've filed our initiative to legalize cannabis in California in 2016! - by via ReformCA.com
I wanted you to be the first to know. We've filed your initiative!
Posted: Sun Oct 4, 2015 1:06PM
#CaravanForJustice to Mobilize CA Communities Against Police Violence - by ACLU of Northern California
Oakland – From Saturday, Oct. 3 through Saturday, Oct. 10, a #CaravanForJustice featuring survivors of law enforcement violence and grassroots organizers will travel throughout California to mobilize communities of color against police brutality.
Posted: Fri Oct 2, 2015 6:24PM
Caravan For Justice Kickoff @ Oscar Grant Plaza - by orion
oscar grant plazza 14th st and broadway oakland
Event Date:Sat Oct 3, 2015 2:00PM
Posted: Fri Oct 2, 2015 1:35PM
Winnemem Wintu Chief Leads 'Water. Every Drop Sacred' Rally and March - by Dan Bacher
Caleen Sisk, the Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, spoke movingly about the sacredness of water and the threat to the environment and people posed by controversial plans to raise the Shasta Dam and build Jerry Brown's Delta Tunnels. “This spring, the headwaters of the Sacramento, is sacred to us,” said Chief Sisk. “Archeologists once said they couldn’t find any evidence of indigenous people around this spring. That’s because our ancestors believe the site ...
Posted: Thu Oct 1, 2015 7:55PM
Experts reveal many terminal flaws of Delta Tunnels EIR - by Dan Bacher
Robert Wright, Senior Counsel for Friends of the River, reported on the devastating impacts that Tunnels Plan would have on endangered species, including Sacramento River Chinook salmon, Central Valley steelhead, green sturgeon and Delta and longfin smelt. "The Delta Water Tunnels would instead destroy endangered and threatened fish species," said Wright. "The Tunnels would divert for the Central Valley and State Water Projects vast quantities of freshwater from the Sacramento River near ...
Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:36AM
Over-income public housing tenants make the housing crisis worse for the poor - by Lynda Carson
When a recent audit revealed that more than 25,000 over-income households presently reside in public housing, in response HUD officials cited the importance of reducing concentrated poverty in public housing with higher income renters, while not creating disincentives to self-sufficiency!
Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 12:16AM
Mission Carmel Vandalized Days After Pope Francis Canonizes Junipero Serra - by Monterey County News
Today, as a parish celebration of the sainthood of Junipero Serra was scheduled to take place at the Carmel Mission Basilica, a statue of Serra was toppled over and paint was smeared on two grave sites, as well as on signs with the name of Serra, and on the doors of the mission. One mission artifact was inscribed with the statement, "Saint of Genocide". As founder of the California mission system, Junipero Serra oversaw the enslavement and torture of tens of thousands of Native Americans. Ser...
Posted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 3:45PM
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
New Report Shows Widespread Water Body Contamination from Neonicotinoid Insecticides - by via Center for Food Safety
Center for Food Safety (CFS) on September 16 released a new report, “Water Hazard: Aquatic Contamination by Neonicotinoid Insecticides in the United States” (see PDF), showing widespread water contamination with neonicotinoid insecticides and threatening a range of aquatic invertebrates including crabs and insects. In particular, the report draws attention to the use of neonicotinoid seed coatings, up to 95 percent of which ends up in the environment, not the crop. Neonicotinoids are a cl...
Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 6:09PM
MWD considers purchasing Delta islands in tunnels' path - by Dan Bacher
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta, questioned why it was necessary for MWD to conduct its purchase of Delta land behind closed doors. “In secret, it appears MWD is getting into the land management business acquiring properties for a project that is neither approved, nor, as proposed, complies with federal and state water quality and environmental protection laws. Why is it necessary for MWD General Manager Jeff Kightlinger to conduct such a transaction be...
Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 8:35AM
Eight Imperiled Amphibians, Reptiles Move Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— In response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on September 17 announced (see PDF) that five amphibians and two reptiles in California, and one reptile in Arizona, may qualify for Endangered Species Act protection. Because habitat loss and other factors are threatening them with extinction, the Center petitioned for the amphibians and reptiles in July 2012. Photo: Shasta Salamander, Hydromantes shastae, US Forest Se...
Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 5:45PM
Coalition urges Interior Secretary to reject Delta Tunnels - by Dan Bacher
The letter said the Delta Tunnels project would have “devastating impacts” on the Delta ecosystem, and inhibit the ability of Jewel’s agency to comply with the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act and to meet their trust obligations to Native Americans, especially those on the North Coast that depend on waters from the Trinity River Division.
Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 5:07PM
Alarming: Some Jews and Zionists Are Using Exaggerated Hysteria to Destroy Free Speech on - by Grady Grip
There is something very disturbing going on with the University of California school systems that is more serious than over-inflated allegations of anti-Semitism and hate crimes on college campuses in California, and that is special interest bully pulpit attempt by some Jews to get regulations passed that outlaw any kind of speech that that basically rejects the Zionist project in Israel as a Jewish State. This is a very serious attack on free speech in one of America’s college systems. Try...
Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 3:42PM
In bizarre perverse twist of fate, anti-tenant group CAA partners with United Way - by Lynda Carson
In a bizarre perverse twist of fate, the anti-tenant organization California Apartment Association (CAA) an organization that has been attacking renter protections that assist community members from displacement and homelessness in Richmond, while attacking renter protection proposals in Santa Rosa and San Mateo in recent weeks, has entered into a partnership with the United Way to help out the homeless!
Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 6:12PM
Groups Slam Sweetheart Settlement for Westlands Water District - by by Dan Bacher
“We are outraged that the Obama Administration has sold out California taxpayers and their water,” said Adam Scow, California Director of Food & Water Watch. “This bad deal will allow corporate agribusinesses in Westlands to keep irrigating water-intensive almonds and pistachios on toxic land in the desert, mostly for export to China. We will work to defeat this taxpayer giveaway in Congress.” Attached is the complete Westlands Drain Settlement that was filed in Federal Court in Fr...
Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:06AM
CAA is pressuring Santa Rosa to oppose rent control & Section 8 protections - by Lynda Carson
On Tuesday, September 15, at 3:00pm the Santa Rosa City Council will be taking up the issue of proposing rent control and protection of Section 8 vouchers against landlords who discriminate against Section 8 voucher holders (Housing Choice Voucher Holders)!
Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 1:37AM
Richmond progressives respond to CAA petition blocking renter protections - by Lynda Carson
On September 11, RPA member Mike Parker said: “The filing of petitions to suspend the City’s rent control/just cause ordinance does not stop the need for tenant protections in a city where almost half the residents live in rented housing!"
Posted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 6:08PM