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Troy Fletcher, Yurok Tribe's Visionary Leader, Passes Away - by Dan Bacher
"This is a tragic loss for the Yurok people, so tragic that words cannot express how we feel,” said Thomas P. O’Rourke Sr., Chairman of the Yurok Tribe. “Troy accomplished things that many people thought were impossible. We will forever be grateful for Troy’s tremendous contribution to the Tribe. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family." Photo of Troy Fletcher courtesy of the Yurok Tribe.
Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 8:41AM
Natural Health And The Panacea Of Red Palm Oil - by Tomas DiFiore
Deforestation: Consume In Moderation - While the continued yearly burning of Indonesian forests and peatlands for palm plantations creates regional health hazards, new advertizing claims of red palm oil promote the health benefits to niche markets for optimum health and energy bars. And while global transnationals commit to futuristic Zero-deforestation pledges, there is also a trend of corporate restructuring and large global land grabs to increase the plantation base. Don't be confused, red...
Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2015 6:15PM
California State University Faculty Votes to Authorize Strike - by via California Faculty Association
Members of the California Faculty Association on the 23 campuses of the California State University voted “Yes by over 94% percent” to authorize a strike, CFA President Jennifer Eagan announced today at a news conference.
Posted: Wed Nov 4, 2015 1:46PM
Calif. Indian Tribes Sue Transportation Agencies Over Destruction of Cultural Sites - by Karen Pickett
Calif. Indian Tribes Sue Transportation Agencies Over Destruction of Cultural Sites and Call for Halt of Construction After Ancient Village Bulldozed in the Dead of Night. Sacred Sites destroyed in the course of construction of Caltrans' Willits Bypass highway expansion in Mendocino County on Hwy. 101
Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 12:08PM
California State University Faculty Conclude Strike Authorization Vote - by via California Faculty Association
Yesterday, members of the California Faculty Association (CFA) at the 23 campuses of the California State University system concluded a statewide vote on whether or not to authorize union leadership to call a strike if contract negotiations with management fail to result in a fair deal.
Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 1:45PM
Palm Oil HCS Study, Consumer Action on Sustainably Sourced Palm Oil - by Tomas DiFiore
Is it any wonder, that the Palm Oil Industry giants are moving 'certified' operations to greener landscapes of Latin America, as they assuage the consumer's concern with a new certifying scheme, and a manifesto, and corporate pledges. The companies have all stated that the Indonesian fires were started adjacent to their plantations – the area known as the plasma obligation. Palm Oil companies fought the NGO's and Civil Society groups over whether the plasma obligation (as area equal to 20 p...
Posted: Wed Oct 28, 2015 11:04AM
California Moves to Keep Whales Out of Crab Gear - by Center for Biological Diversity
OAKLAND, Calif.— A state-convened working group is recommending a series of important initial steps toward reducing whale entanglements in crab gear in California, including more monitoring and retrieval of lost fishing gear. The Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group was convened in September after the Center for Biological Diversity and other groups found that whale entanglements in 2014 and 2015 had reached historic highs.
Posted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 3:42PM
Cal State U. faculty to mark start of a Strike Vote with Picketlines, Theater, Rallies - by via California Faculty Association
A Strike Authorization Vote by the faculty who teach in the 23-campus California State University system begins online and in person at 9 am on Monday, October 19. The vote continues through 5 pm October 28.
Posted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 8:03PM
Oct. 15th is Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Day - by Joanna Nasar
Turtle Island Restoration Network Calls for Action to Safeguard California Leatherback Sea Turtles from the Driftnet Fishery off California, Hawaiian Longline Fisheries & Gear Entanglements
Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 4:49PM
NLG Plays Pivotal Role in Solitary Confinement Victory - by National Lawyers Guild SF Bay Area Chapter
After years of struggle, people in California prisons dealt a significant blow to the practice of solitary confinement. On September 1, parties reached a settlement in Ashker v. Governor of California, limiting if not eliminating the use of indeterminate long-term solitary confinement. Led by those inside California prisons, who often put their lives on the line, several Guild attorneys and legal workers played a role in this historic victory. Photo: Activists, family members, and attorneys c...
Posted: Fri Oct 9, 2015 3:20PM
CBS News: Investigators Say Umpqua Gunman Had White Supremacist Literature - by repost
The LA Times reported yesterday that the shooter at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon was found based on his social media activity to be a support of white supremacy.
Posted: Thu Oct 8, 2015 12:02AM
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
Ecuador: Land of Green Palm Farms, Plantation Forests, And Eco-Lodges - by Tomas DiFiore
Of Forests, Forest Plantations and Zero Net Deforestation vs No Deforestation: The Ecuadorian tropical forest, once hosting an enormous cultural and biological diversity is about to disappear. There's no time for concepts of certified forest exploitation. We hear a lot of concern from palm oil suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors about the “Zero-Deforestation By 2020” Pledge, and the first thing to realize as a consumer, is that the pledge doesn't say that. “Deforestation continue...
Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:42AM
Campaigning for 15 Now Tacoma - by John Reimann
Report on campaigning with 15 Now Tacoma - the only 15 Now initiative that would actually raise the minimum wage to $15/hour NOW.
Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 9:01AM
Palm Oil Plantations and Modern Day Slavery - by Tomas DiFiore
The story of Sustainable Palm Oil, and Sustainable Certification of Palm Oil Products is a continuing story of human trafficking, genocidal pesticide toxicity, food scarcity, violence, murder, death squads (security forces), disregard for Indigenous cultures, oh and environmental destruction and deforestation. Alongside this have been huge profits, corruption, and global landgrabs. Certification has failed.
Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 10:14AM
Palm Oil Products - Beyond Certification - by Tomas DiFiore
Palm Oil, and Palm Oil Products distributors often make great claims of their product: 1) Producers are not actively cutting down rainforests 2) Endangered species habitat is not being removed for growing oil palm crops 3) Suppliers are not in conflict over land rights with indigenous peoples 4) Natural Peat Bogs are not being drained.... and that Palm Oil is a non-GMO alternative to trans-fats or hydrogenated oils....
Posted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 1:44PM
Bill to ban new offshore oil drilling held until next year - by Dan Bacher
“Big oil may have the money, but the people of California will win the fight to protect our environment and California’s $40 billion coastal economy,” said Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg). Photo: Mike McGuire speaks at a press conference for SB 788 at the State Capitol in Sacramento in April, 2015. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Sun Sep 6, 2015 9:57AM
Certified Redwood Forests and Public Trust Resources - by Tomas DiFiore
The importance of fog, and fog drip to regrowth of the forest within the range of coastal influence is not discussed in Chapter 126.96.36.199, of MRC's draft HCP. What management options (silvicultural prescriptions over the duration of the HCP) would achieve a positive increased input to forest hydrology, redwood ecology, and overstory interception? This would have been a much more useful discussion in THPs Section under CEQA “Alternatives Considered.” How is the role of fog (including fog dri...
Posted: Sat Sep 5, 2015 8:43AM
Groups Fight to Save Rare, Mink-like Carnivore in California, Oregon - by Center for Biological Diversity
ARCATA, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity and the Environmental Protection Information Center filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on September 1 for failing to protect the coastal marten, a secretive member of the weasel family, under the Endangered Species Act. The groups, represented by the public interest law firm Earthjustice, petitioned in 2010 for federal protection of the rare carnivore, then known as the Humboldt marten, but the Servic...
Posted: Fri Sep 4, 2015 2:31PM
Landmark Agreement Ends Indeterminate Long-Term Solitary Confinement in California - by Center for Constitutional Rights
Settlement Reached in California Class Action Suit Moves Out of SHU Those There 10 Years or Longer, Ends Solitary Purely Due to Gang Validation
Posted: Tue Sep 1, 2015 4:36PM