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New Report: Shrinking Corporate Tax Base is Wreaking Havoc on State Budgets - by Center for Effective Government
WASHINGTON, March 27, 2014—A new report published today by Center for Effective Government and National People’s Action (see PDF) uncovers how the shrinking corporate tax base is driving critical budget shortfalls and service cuts at the state and federal level. The report outlines exactly how much revenue has been lost due to a precipitous decline in corporate income tax rates and an explosion of loopholes. The report shows that since the recession, corporate income tax revenues have shr...
Posted: Wed Apr 9, 2014 2:45PM
Militarization of the police: Confront police brutality through organized mass action - by Nazila Bijari
Wearing full body armor and armed with assault weapons, SWAT teams’ tactics make it much more likely that people will be killed. Using no-knock raids, they rush into a resident’s home by breaking the door. Immediately upon entry, they commonly use “flash-bang” grenades, which render people temporarily blind and deaf. Naturally, the targets of such raids might assume that their home is under attack by criminals. If the residents are armed and try to defend themselves, they are likely t...
Posted: Tue Apr 8, 2014 4:05PM
Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo in the Bay April 2014 SHOW (audio/mpeg 87.4MB) - by Radio Autonomia
Full Audio plus individual segments from the April 6, 2014 broadcast of Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo in the Bay on Berkeley Liberation Radio, 104.1 FM, livestream at Berkeley Liberation Radio. This is Radio Autonomía-- Autonomy Radio, Zapatismo In the Bay. Our collective media project takes inspiration from the Zapatista movement in Chiapas México and focuses on autonomous political, economic, and social projects in the Bay Area that resonate with the anti-capitalist, rebel spirit of Zapatismo.
Posted: Tue Apr 8, 2014 9:35AM
Trona, Bloody Trona - by Mike Rhodes
Trona, Bloody Trona A book review by Mike Rhodes
Posted: Mon Apr 7, 2014 9:16PM
National Day of Solidarity with Albuquerque, May 10th - by Javier
On May 10th, we are calling out for a nationwide display of Solidarity with the people of Albuquerque, James Boyd, The strikers behind prison walls, and all of those who have been murdered and imprisoned under the guise of ‘the justice system’. We are calling out for a nationwide display of resistance against a society that wishes to incarcerate us, kill us, beat us, and repress us. Spread this everywhere, and organize this everywhere! Link up with friends, large or small, and do the fuck...
Posted: Mon Apr 7, 2014 5:49PM
Lawsuit Launched to Protect Rare Black-backed Woodpeckers in California, Oregon, S. Dakota - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity and the John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute on April 2 filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s failure to protect black-backed woodpeckers under the Endangered Species Act.
Posted: Fri Apr 4, 2014 6:28PM
Students Illustrate Ocean Life Impacted by Driftnets in Support of New CA Ocean Bill - by Joanna Nasar
4th Grade Class Calls on State Legislators to End Driftnets Along California Coast California Assemblymember Marc Levine Visits Class Today
Posted: Fri Apr 4, 2014 10:18AM
California Sunset: Future Of Fracking And Farming - by Tomas DiFiore
From Sunset Travel Magazine April Issue, Future of Fracking in California: The weakest links in the safety chain, according to experts, are the steel casings and cement that line the wells underground. They’re designed to isolate harmful chemicals from the surrounding environment, but they’re far from infallible 6 to 7 percent of new wells drilled failed within 3 years by “compromised structural integrity,” according to Ingraffea’s research. STOP. Now look at where the quotes appear...
Posted: Tue Apr 1, 2014 2:41PM
Earthquakes Pose Threat To Injection And Production Well Integrity - by Tomas DiFiore
Released in March 2014, On Shaky Ground: Fracking, Acidizing, and Increased Earthquake Risk in California was produced by Earthworks, The Center for Biological Diversity, and Clean Water Action. The report analyzes the earthquake risks associated with an increase in wastewater injection that would result from an expansion of fracking and other unconventional oil production in California. Impeccable timing. The recent La Habra earthquake, was felt in at least seven Southern California counties...
Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 11:24AM
Carbon Money Laundering The Golden State's GHG Emissions - by Tomas DiFiore
The California Air Resources Board Ten Billion Dollar Carbon Market: The Western Climate Initiative (Inc.) CARB created the WCI, Inc., registered as a Delaware corporation, “to perform market monitoring of allowance auctions, and market trading of compliance instruments.” California has Sunshine laws and open hearing regulations, Delaware is not subject to California state open meeting or sunshine laws. Additionally a 100 per cent Leakage Risk Looms Over Fugitive Emissions (100% leakage ...
Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:33PM
Court Asked to Uphold California Ban on Cruelly Produced Eggs - by The Humane Society
An attempt by six states to overturn a California law that requires more humane treatment of egg-laying hens and higher food safety standards will face legal opposition from The Humane Society of the United States. In papers filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, The HSUS is seeking to file a motion to dismiss a lawsuit that would overturn AB 1437, a law that stops the sale of eggs from hens confined in inhumane battery cages by the start of next year. The ...
Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:45PM
Gov. Brown Urged to Investigate Missing Acidizing Reports for Oil Industry Activity - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity called on Gov. Jerry Brown on March 26 to investigate why dozens of legally required notices of a dangerous oil industry practice called “acidizing” are missing from the reporting website of a California agency responsible for collecting information on hydraulic fracturing, acidizing and other risky techniques used in oil and gas extraction. Acidizing uses dangerous acids to dissolve underground rock formations and release oil and gas.
Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:53PM
Army Corps Reverses Misguided Policy Requiring Clearing Trees From Levees - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on March 24 announced a reversal of its policy requiring removal of all trees and shrubs from levees to obtain federal money for disaster assistance. A new interim policy allowing levee vegetation applies nationwide and the Corps has promised a rulemaking to make it permanent. The vegetation removal policy was challenged by conservation groups and opposed by many local flood districts, since vegetation on many levees provides important ha...
Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:49PM
California to Comply with Voter Registration Law According to Settlement - by ACLU
SACRAMENTO – In a victory for voting rights, the state of California has agreed to mail voter registration cards to nearly 4 million Californians who have signed up for health insurance through the state health exchange, Covered California, and to ensure that Californians who apply for health benefits through the exchange going forward are provided voter registration opportunities. The action is the result of a settlement agreement reached with the ACLU of California, the ACLU’s Voting Ri...
Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:34PM
California Rejects Controversial SoCal Power-line Project - by Center for Biological Diversity
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.— The California Public Utilities Commission on March 13 rejected (see PDF) a controversial power-line project proposed in Southern California and instead approved a scaled-down proposal to upgrade existing substations. The new substation and high-voltage power lines would have cut through habitat for endangered species and a rural greenbelt that separates the cities of Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley. Reduced energy demand (see graph) and fierce opposition from environme...
Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 5:40PM
California, Colorado, New Mexico Win Local Bans On Fracking - by Tomas DiFiore
The Environmental Defense Fund and 5 major Oil and Gas corporations with linked interstate operations, and global assets, wrote the Colorado Rules. I think Colorado residents could enact more local bans for their own health and safety. Having read all associated documents, I have to say, the headlines are a joke, thanks to the Environmental Defense Fracademia Headmaster Of Compromise And Concession.The EDF need to get out of the way and quit running interference for industry. Colorado faces s...
Posted: Sun Mar 9, 2014 10:39AM
Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo in the Bay MARCH 2014 "Autonomous Learning Centers" (audio/mpeg 103.2MB) - by Radio Autonomia
AUDIOS from the MARCH 3, 2014 broadcast of Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo in the Bay on Berkeley Liberation Radio, 104.1FM, livestream at http://www.berkeleyliberationradio.net Radio Autonomía: Zapatismo in the Bay to reflects the local focus of our reporting on anticapitalist and autonomous politics. All of our shows, old & new, will be archived: radioautonomia.wordpress.com
Posted: Sun Mar 9, 2014 6:58AM
US Beaches Fall Victim to Federal Budget Again - by Surfrider Foundation
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Mar. 5, 2014—The White House released the federal budget for FY2015 yesterday that proposes to eliminate all funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) BEACH Act grant program that supports water-testing programs at beaches around the country.
Posted: Sat Mar 8, 2014 3:45AM
L.A. City Council votes to write fracking moratorium - by Dan Bacher
In a historic vote, the LA City Council voted unanimously to write a moratorium on fracking. Congratulations go to all of the people who helped make this happen, including Adam Scow, Lauren Steiner, Conner Everts, Food and Water Watch and Californians Against Fracking and many others. Below is the press release from Californians Against Fracking. Photo courtesy of Food and Water Watch.
Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 2:56PM
Los Angeles City Council Approves Moratorium on Fracking within City Limits - by Environment California
Sacramento—The Los Angeles City Council has just voted to approve and ordinance to place a moratorium on fracking within Los Angeles’ city limits. The ordinance authored by Councilmember Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin passed unanimously.
Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:54AM