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Community Sleep-ins Continue at Santa Cruz City Hall - by Alex Darocy
Community members protesting local laws that criminalize homelessness held their third group campout at Santa Cruz City Hall on July 26. Several dozen people slept in the City Hall courtyard from sunset until the following morning, when they were greeted with a large buffet-style breakfast served by a fresh-faced group. Organizers have more sleep-ins planned for the future, with the next confirmed for Sunday, August 2, again at Santa Cruz City Hall.
Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 4:37PM
Protesters sing, wave signs and blast Delta tunnels at "open house' - by Dan Bacher
"Right now the existing water projects continue to damage our ecology," said Caleeen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe. "They have already harmed our fish and driven them to extinction. The tunnels will only complete the job. The tunnels that they want to build are large enough to divert the entire Sacramento River." Photo: Chief Caleen Sisk at the protest against the Delta Tunnels in front of the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento on July 28. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:36PM
Proposition 47 Deserves Fair Chance to Transform Judicial System - by Steve Pleich
Prop 47 Offers Real Criminal Justice Reform
Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 6:29PM
California's biggest "secret" - oil industry capture of the regulatory apparatus - by Dan Bacher
Big Oil spent an amazing $266 million influencing California politics from 2005 to 2014, according to an analysis of California Secretary of State data by StopFoolingCA.org, an online and social media public education and awareness campaign that highlights oil companies’ efforts to “mislead and confuse Californians.” The industry spent $112 million of this money on lobbying and the other $154 million on political campaigns.
Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:49AM
City of Oakland Declares Humanist Hall a Neighborhood Nuisance, Issues Huge Fines - by Tulio Ospina, Oakland Post
The Humanist Hall, home to the Fellowship of Humanity on 27th Street in Oakland, is being attacked by newcomers who live in condos built right next door only about ten years ago. The Humanist Hall has provided space for countless radical and under-served organizations over the past 75 years, from the Black Panthers to Mexican baptisms, from transgender weddings to Oscar Grant movement events. The Humanist Hall is not some sketchy speakeasy with rave music bumping until 5am. It's an importan...
Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 3:43PM
The Importance of Building a Labor/Community Alliance - by Mike Rhodes
Interview with Ruben Zarate about the importance of building a Labor/Community alliance and electoral politics. Photo below: Ruben Zarate is the labor relations representative of the Laborers’ International Union of North America and the political affairs director of the CLC.
Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 9:01AM
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
Pathways Report: Policy Options for Regulating Marijuana in California - by Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy
The Pathways Report, released on July 21, 2015, provides the broad recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission for Marijuana Policy. The report draws from the research and public forums of the Blue Ribbon Commission to provide a comprehensive view of the strategies, policy goals, and policy options available to Californians as they consider the legalization and taxation of marijuana policy.
Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:13PM
Conservation groups slam Delta tunnels as Jerry Brown grandstands at Vatican - by Dan Bacher
“Governor Brown and the tunnel-promoting agencies have a bad case of tunnel vision, and have ignored all requests for a Delta plan with true alternatives that reduce fresh water diversions and protect the Delta,” said Robert Wright, senior counsel for Friends of the River. “The Environmental Water Caucus developed a Responsible Exports Plan alternative and handed it to BDCP agencies on a silver platter. Other agencies ranging from the National Academy of Sciences to the Environmental Pr...
Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:06PM
Richmond Tenants Win Rent Control - by Tenants Together
By a 4-1 vote, the City of Richmond passed a rent control law Tuesday night [July 21, 2015] , prompting celebration among the broad coalition of tenants, labor allies, homeowners, and progressive community groups that packed the hearing chambers all night. Landlords turned out in force to oppose rent control but had no support from any allies outside the landlord industry.
Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:38PM
Despite Heavy Police and Security Presence, Campers Make it Through the Night at City Hall - by Alex Darocy
On Sunday night members of local homeless rights organizations held their second community campout at Santa Cruz City Hall. Making it through the entire evening at City Hall was no easy task for the group, which was comprised of some individuals who have homes of their own to sleep at and some who do not. The campers wrangled with Santa Cruz police, who rousted them out of their sleep spots in the City Hall court yard at 1am after insisting the area be vacated. Many, however, returned to thei...
Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 9:30PM
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
Sam Farr Is Waffling On HR 1599, The DARK Act - by Pamm Larry, LabelGMOs
Rep. Sam Farr is waffling on his DARK vote. Rep. Farr is traditionally a supporter of laws that support consumer rights but needs you to remind him this is one of those issues and you want him to stand strong. Tell Farr to vote NO on HR 1599.
Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2015 12:53PM
New report reveals retiring toxic farmland would save water, money - by Dan Bacher
“California needs to balance water demands with the realities of its supply, which means retiring inappropriate farmland,” said Adam Scow, California Director at Food & Water Watch. “Retiring toxic farmland in Westlands is a commonsense step toward protecting our overstretched and dwindling water supply.”
Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2015 11:31AM
California Regulatory Bills on Medical Cannabis - by Americans for Safe Access
The California legislature has a full plate this year when it comes to medical cannabis
Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 4:16PM
The Dark History of the California Bear Flag: An Interview with Alex Abella (audio/mpeg 8.0MB) - by Dump the California Bear Flag
Alex Abella is a journalist and author. His article for the Los Angeles Times called California, it's time to dump the Bear Flag, tells the history of California’s Bear Flag and its origins in a racist revolt.
Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 1:15PM
Groups Demand More Time for Review of Jerry Brown's Delta Tunnels Plan - by Dan Bacher
The letter concluded, "In sum, the current comment period is inadequate because it fails to provide members of the public with adequate time for review. The proposed project is the most controversial public works project in California history. It is extremely complicated and the subject of voluminous analysis in the form of project justification and advocacy."
Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 10:42AM
Jerry Brown's New Fracking Regs Discriminate Against Latino Children - by Dan Bacher
“Everyday my daughters go to school, they fear for their health and safety because of how close the fracking wells are to their schools,” said Rodrigo Romo, the named plaintiff, whose two daughters have been exposed to dangerous levels of toxic pollution and psychological stress from extreme well stimulation while attending public schools in Shafter and Wasco, California.
Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 12:07PM
Medical Cannabis Advocates Oppose AB 266 Bonta - by Shona Gochenaur
AB 266 Bonta will dismantle SB 420, take action now to protect medical cannabis in California!
Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 2:31PM
My Ten Point Plan to Stop Fracking and Ocean/Estuary Destruction In CA - by Dan Bacher
Activists should educate themselves about the role of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) and Big Oil in California politics - and work to reduce their enormous influence by supporting movements like the Move to Amend and campaigns for more openness and transparency in California politics. Public trust advocates should form a new grassroots coalition, led by Indigenous Leaders, to connect the different water issues that impact one another, including the Shasta Dam Raise, Twin...
Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 11:56AM