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text Lawsuit Launched to Halt Destruction of 14,000 Acres of Condor Habitat at Tejon Ranch - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— Condor advocates, conservationists and American Indians this week notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service they intend to sue over the agency’s approval of a “habitat conservation plan” that will destroy 14,000 acres of designated critical habitat for the California condor, one of the world’s most endangered birds. The habitat is entirely located on Tejon Ranch, north of Los Angeles, and will be destroyed by the development of the proposed Tejon Mountain Village re...
Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:50PM
text Congresswoman Waters Calls for Thorough Investigation into CA Highway Patrol Beating - by Maxine Waters
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) released the following statement today in light of a video showing a California Highway Patrol officer repeatedly punching a woman in the face on the 10 Freeway:
Posted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 6:54PM
image The fight to save the Che Cafe escalates. Action required 120_che-cafe_0_1.jpg original image ( 576x432) - by Chris Burnett
The fight to save the Che Cafe escalates. Action required
Posted: Mon Jul 7, 2014 12:06PM
image Arizona Game and Fish Dept. Tries to Spin CA Condor Lead Poisonings as "Success Story" 120_california_condor.jpg original image ( 4288x2848) - by Center for Biological Diversity
PHOENIX— As part of a campaign opposing limits on toxic lead ammunition in the Kaibab National Forest, the Arizona Department of Game and Fish is asserting that the best measure of efforts to protect California condors from lead ammunition is not the number of lead-related condor deaths but the percentage of hunters enrolled in a volunteer program to reduce exposure to lead bullets.
Posted: Wed Jul 2, 2014 7:20PM
text ALDF, Cat Sanctuaries Ask California Fish and Wildlife to Regulate Hybrid “Franken-Cats” - by Animal Legal Defense Fund
SACRAMENTO – On June 26, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), with co-petitioners Big Cat Rescue, Born Free USA, WildCat Haven, and Wildcat Sanctuary, submitted a petition to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) proposing a rule to amend regulations regarding the breeding and possession of controversial “hybrid” cats. These cats are a result of interbreeding domestic cats with exotic cats. ALDF argues that these hybrid breeds, like Savannahs and Beng...
Posted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:25AM
text Save the Che Cafe! Solidarity letter from Zack de la Rocha - by Chris Burnett
Save the Che Cafe! Letter of solidarity from Zack de la Rocha
Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 8:50PM
image 2014 World Maritime Day ~ ALC ~ Congressional Black Caucus Weekend 120_photo_70_.jpg original image ( 960x1280) - by Khubaka, Michael Harris
First steam vessel in California, owned by the "African Founding Father of California" will help restore confidence in today's expanded US ~ Pan African Global Trade and Commerce. During the 44th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) Sept. 24-27, 2014, in solidarity with the IMO ~ World Maritime Day traditional diplomatic reception, stay tuned for official notice for 25 September 2014 and in Washington, D.C. ~ the California party indeed is seen. "It starts with you" is the theme for the 4...
Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 8:28PM
audio Alternative Outlook Radio :: Episode 14 (audio/mpeg 54.9MB) - by James Simmons
Alternative Outlook Radio is a radical news and information radio program & podcast that brings you the latest in arts, activism, intellectual discourse, militant resistance, and beyond! Also, Alternative Outlook Radio is a collective media project, which means we depend on AND want citizen journalists and activists to appear and produce segments for this show on a rolling basis. Please email james@alternativeoutlook.org if interested.
Posted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 1:23PM
text The law was struck down prohibiting people from living in vehicles in Los Angeles - by Lynda Carson
In the case Desertrain v. City of Los Angeles, the court sent a strong message all across the nation that cities cannot end homelessness, by making homelessness illegal with egregious city laws that essentially make it impossible for homeless people to survive by staying in their vehicles!
Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2014 11:59PM
image Call for Artists - Highway 2 - The journey and the destination 120_1977670_10152252894659861_774536588_o.jpg original image ( 1630x822) - by Corina Roberts
Open call for artists focuses on the Angeles National Forest and Angeles Crest Highway, the fifty mile, two lane stretch of asphalt that connects people to land.
Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2014 12:31PM
image Africans in America Juneteenth Myth or Reality ~ 149th Anniversary 120_calabar__nigeria.jpg original image ( 640x730) - by khubaka, michael harris
Kick-off for the California Sesquicentennial Juneteenth Celebrations begin with a formal request for an official cultural resource study (1840 - 1865 ) The myth or reality of enslavement of people of African ancestry and the participation of people of African ancestry from California in the bloody battles of the US Civil War remains an open secret. Stockton, California is sister city to Asaba, Nigeria and a fitting place to begin a global conversation.
Posted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 10:15AM
text Wildlife Groups and Sportsmen Petition Feds to End Lead Ammunition on Public Lands - by The Humane Society
Animal protection and wildlife conservation groups, along with individual hunters and sportsmen, have petitioned the Department of the Interior to require the use of non-lead ammunition when discharging a firearm on the more than 160 million acres of federal lands managed by the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Each year, an estimated 10 to 20 million birds and other animals die from lead poisoning, either by ingesting lead shot or fragments directly or by feedin...
Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 5:58PM
document Oil Companies Used 45 Million Pounds of Air Toxic Chemicals in LA Area Over Past Year los_angeles_air_toxics_report.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Center for Biological Diversity
LOS ANGELES— Oil companies over the past year used more than 45 million pounds of dangerous chemicals in Los Angeles and Orange counties that have a history of escaping into the air and posing serious health risks to people, according to a new analysis (see PDF). The data analysis examined “air toxic” chemicals used in selected oil and gas extraction methods monitored by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 5:22PM
text Coastal Commission Urged to Consider Offshore Fracking's Threat to Huntington Beach - by Center for Biological Diversity
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.— As the California Coastal Commission meets in Huntington Beach today, hazmat suit-wearing protesters with the Center for Biological Diversity and Food & Water Watch will urge commissioners to consider the threat fracking poses to the local environment because of the hundreds of active oil wells in the city’s coastal zone. The protest starts at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday outside Huntington Beach City Hall, 2000 Main Street.
Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 12:42PM
image California’s Top-Two Primary Eliminates Third-Party Rivals 120_ellenbrown.jpg original image ( 960x720) - by repost
By eliminating party primaries, Top Two increased the cost of running for office – and the need for early big money – for candidates from all parties. Candidates now have to campaign to the entire electorate in June as well as in November (assuming they manage to reach the general election). That means the role of money in California politics has only increased as a result of Top Two, making it even easier for “the 1%” to buy elections.
Posted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 9:52AM
image Save the Sespe Petition Draws 2,000 Supporters 120_sespe_2.jpg original image ( 1024x768) - by Save the Sespe
A controversial proposal to frack the Sespe wilderness in the Los Padres National Forest sparked a massive petition effort by local residents concerned about high-risk oil and gas drilling near the federally-protected wilderness area.
Posted: Thu Jun 5, 2014 11:11AM
image Proposed Fracking in California Condor Habitat Draws Protest 120_california_condor.jpg original image ( 727x558) - by Center for Biological Diversity
GOLETA, Calif.— An oil industry proposal to drill and frack eight new wells and construct thousands of feet of new pipelines in the middle of Los Padres National Forest threatens the California condor and would generate fracking pollution dangerous to human health, two environmental groups said in a letter sent today to forest officials and the federal Bureau of Land Management (see PDF).
Posted: Wed Jun 4, 2014 7:17PM
text Obama Administration Agrees to Stronger Protections for Salmon From Pesticides - by Joanna Nasar
A coalition of advocates for alternatives to pesticides, conservation organizations, and fishing groups have reached a significant agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The agreement restores reasonable no-spray buffer zones to protect salmon and steelhead from five broad-spectrum insect killers – diazinon, chlorpyrifos, malathion, carbaryl, and methomyl.
Posted: Wed Jun 4, 2014 4:48PM
image Cows, Rice Fields and Big Agriculture Consume Well Over 90% of California's Water 120_showerhead.jpg original image ( 310x230) - by Guy T. Saperstein, Alternet
Low-flow showerheads help save much less water than people think. Most people shower once a day and use an average of 14 gallons of water. You could save more water by reducing your beef intake by one pound than by not showering for six months!
Posted: Sat May 24, 2014 12:40PM
image Attack on Zaptista School in La Realidad: Protest at Consulado de México en San Diego 120_galeano.jpeg original image ( 720x528) - by solidarity
On May 2, bad government sponsored paramilitaries attacked the Zapatista school and clinic in La Realidad, killing Maestro Galeano and injuring 15 others. Following a call for events and actions in the week May 18-24, a protest was held at the Mexican Consulate on Thursday, May 22. Photos and a 6 minute video from the event are attached. An event honoring Maestro Galeano will take place on Saturday, May 24 3-5pm at Chicano Park - flyer attached.
Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 2:04PM

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