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Santa Cruz City Council Members to Initiate Discussion of Local Minimum Wage - by Alex Darocy
Mayor Don Lane, Vice-Mayor Cynthia Mathews, and Council Member Cynthia Chase have submitted a proposal to be heard by the Santa Cruz City Council on Tuesday, April 28 which if passed, will direct city staff to research the subject of a local minimum wage.
Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:34AM
Senator McGuire introduces legislation to forever ban CA offshore oil drilling - by Dan Bacher
“We have to close the loophole in state law that could allow for new offshore oil development,” Senator McGuire said. “After all of the work that we have done to protect our coast and our environment, it’s unconscionable to think that there is a loophole that could lead to additional drilling in state water. It poses too great a risk.”
Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2015 1:55PM
National Conference on Left-wing Challenges to the Two Party System to be held in Chicago - by Jonathan Nack
The two day conference will feature panels, workshops, and discussions for “candidates, individuals, and organizations committed to a non-sectarian left political alliance in opposition to the two-party system of corporate-capitalist rule.” The conference organizers hope that an ongoing network for independent electoral activists, candidates, and elected officials will emerge from their efforts.
Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 2:46PM
The Homeless in Tulare and their Allies Organize for Change - by Mike Rhodes
A group of about 100 homeless people and their supporters attended the Tulare City Council meeting last night (Tuesday, April 21, 2015) calling for changes in public policy. The group, which delivered a petition signed by over 1,000 residents, called for improvements in the way homeless people are treated by the police, a safe place to sleep and equal rights.
Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 2:19PM
Wiping the smug look off the face of capitalism! - by The Acorn
When a young anti-capitalist leapt on to the desk in front of European Central Bank president Mario Draghi when he was giving a press conference in Frankfurt on April 15, the look on Draghi's face was priceless.
Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 11:01AM
Commentary on Sheriff's Latest "Fence 'em Out!" Plan at the Jail - by Robert Norse
I wrote the two speeches below for the Board of Supervisors this morning. "More Martial Law Measures..." is an update of an earlier speech I prepared and only partially gave in February when the Supes were set to rubberstamp Hart's earlier request to post "No Trespassing" signs and fence off whatever areas he pleased. "Muzzle the Messenger..." was prepared for this meeting, but I only gave part of it.
Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 10:15PM
Stewart Resnick expands almond acreage as cities forced to slash water use - by Dan Bacher
"It appears that Stewart Resnick is making Paramount Farms into a Wall Street bank that is too big to fail," quipped Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta.
Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:12PM
Anti-Arab Racism Promoted by USA - by Register Peace & Freedom or Green
The American-Saudi blood for oil war in Yemen reeks with anti-Arab racism, a hallmark of US imperialism. The latest example is that of a Yemenite man, Mosed Omar, age 64, brought to this country as an adopted child, became an American citizen and worked for decades in this country and now lives in San Francisco with some family members. He has diabetes and high blood pressure. He went back to Yemen in July 2012 to bring his youngest daughter, age 13, to the US. The US embassy in Yemen tor...
Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 8:34PM
President Obama’s Earth Day Climate Message Inconsistent With His Support for Fracking - by via Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C. – As President Obama prepares to travel to South Florida’s Everglades tomorrow to deliver an Earth Day speech on climate change, the national advocacy group Food & Water Watch is highlighting the disconnect between the President’s statements on climate and his administration’s promotion of fracking on “protected” federal lands – including some in the Everglades region. In March, the Obama administration released toothless regulations that encourage new fracking ...
Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 6:48PM
Were Steve Glazer and Arnold Schwarznegger Separated at Birth? - by Steven Maviglio
"Special Interests" Monsanto, Dow Chemical, Big Ag Backing Glazer
Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 3:18PM
No New Fence Around the Jail! - Pack the Board of Supes - by Sin Barras
Santa Cruz County Government Center, 701 Ocean Street, Room 500, Santa Cruz
Event Date:Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:00AM
Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 1:30PM
Tax Day Protest in Fresno - by Mike Rhodes
The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom distributed fliers today at the U.S. Post Office at Blackstone and Griffith today, protesting tax money being used to support militarism.
Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 4:57PM
RNs Call for Accountability Standards on Non-Profit Hospital Charity Care - by via California Nurses Association
Will California finally require non-profit hospital giants to live up to their obligation on provision of charity care and community benefit programs in return for the windfall in taxpayer funded revenues they receive in return for their tax exempt status?
Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:26PM
The Extinction Governor Rips the Green Mask off His Tunnels Plan - by Dan Bacher
“The new plan is a giant step backward,” said Chelsea Tu, a staff attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. "If it goes through, this massive project’s boosters will be able to build these tunnels without having to do anything to protect our wildlife and waters — and will neatly sidestep input from the public.” Photo of Governor Jerry Brown at the inauguration on January 5, 2015, by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 8:28AM
The Futile Attempt to Learn Why Philadelphia (and Your Hometown) Is Voting to Arm Nazis - by Chris Randolph
The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to send guns to Ukrainian fascists. Getting a straight answer from your representative as to why, or even getting them to admit to that reality, is nearly impossible.
Posted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:55PM
Mayor Announces Support for Reparations for Survivors of Chicago Police Torture - by Amnesty International
CHICAGO – After months of work by survivors and stakeholders, including Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM), Amnesty International USA, Project NIA and We Charge Genocide, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his support for a proposed ordinance that would provide reparations to survivors of Chicago Police torture during the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s. The ordinance will be introduced to the Chicago City Council tomorrow.
Posted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 2:15PM
Zeke Grader, Legendary Fish Advocate, Honored at Sausalito Gathering - by Dan Bacher
Zeke Grader has served as a relentless defender of fishing families and fishery restoration not only in California but across the world for over three decades. He developed a close working relationship with Indian Tribes and recreational anglers, as well as with environmentalists and human rights activists. I wish the best to Zeke and his family in his retirement! Photo: Representative Jared Huffman and Zeke Grader display the Congressional Proclamation honoring Zeke for over three decades...
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 6:55PM
Meeting - Creating PEOPLES ACTIONS around the US Conference of Mayors in SF - by Bob
UNITE / HERE (Local 2) 215 Golden Gate Ave (nr Leavenworth St.) (nr. Civic Center BART) San Francisco
Event Date:Sun Apr 19, 2015 2:00PM
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 12:07PM
Medical Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance at SCC Supervisors Meeting - by
County Building (next to the Courthouse) 701 Ocean Street, Room 525 Santa Cruz, CA
Event Date:Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:00AM
Posted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 9:58PM
California water restrictions must include Nestlé, Big Ag and Big Oil! - by Dan Bacher
Almond acreage in California has expanded by 70,000 acres, a total of 280,000 acre feet per year of new water demand, during the current drought, according to "On the Public Record" blog. Graphic courtesy of US Uncut
Posted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 3:25PM