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image Video Shows Watsonville Police Abuse Disabled Man 120_watsonville_police_abuse_diabled_man_september_2014.jpg original image ( 496x772) - by Santa Cruz County Police News
A video was posted on Facebook on September 17 that shows a disabled man being dragged out of his wheel chair by an officer with the Watsonville Police Department.
Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 5:22PM
text FBI Adds Animal Cruelty Category to Nation's Crime Report - by Animal Welfare Institute
WASHINGTON, DC—Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James B. Comey officially announced a historic change in the identification and reporting of animal cruelty crime statistics. The FBI will now report animal cruelty crimes as a separate offense under the agency’s Uniform Crime Report (UCR) Program, the prime source of information on crime in the United States.
Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:07AM
document Report from SCPD Corner barnett_cites.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Robert Norse
After some lively debate, the HUFF meeting voted to endorse a "mellow" but visible presence on the corner of Laurel and Center Streets in front of the SCPD parking lot. We wanted to go forward with the presence near the SCPD to encourage the rest of the community that our police are not above criticism and accountability--or should not be at any rate. And that we and others should not be afraid to expose the nightly abuse homeless people suffer and the racial profiling that many blacks & Lat...
Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:55PM
document Fracking Equals Climate Change urgent_case_for_ban_on_fracking.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Food & Water Watch
Washington D.C. – With just days before the People’s Climate March and one week until the United Nations Summit on Climate Change in New York City, Food & Water Watch released a new report (see PDF) outlining why fracking means more dangerous global warming, along with air pollution, water pollution and other problems. The Urgent Case for a Ban on Fracking provides a comprehensive review of the science behind fracking’s impacts and finds that the only path to a sustainable energy future...
Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:25PM
audio Mideast Migraines - DtSO, closing "Paving for the Messiah" (audio/mpeg 135.2MB) - by Ren Tawil
Finishing chapter 9, "Paving the Way for the Messiah" in They Dare to Speak Out. Length: 1:58:08/ Date Recorded: 2014-09-06/ Location: Santa Cruz, CA/ File Info: 64Kbps, mp3 (138MB), Mono
Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 2:56PM
image For Scotland’s Right to National Self-Determination 120_a_scotland.jpeg original image ( 350x191) - by Steven Argue
[Photo: Thousands of Scottish nationalists protesting the biased coverage of the BBC against Scottish independence on Sunday, September 14th. In addition, in recent months, large protests have also come out against the BBC’s biased coverage of the Israeli massacre of Palestinians in Gaza as well as their lack of coverage of a large protest against anti-working class austerity carried out by the British government.]
Posted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:19PM
calendar Mattole Forest Defenders Benefit Dinner w/ Music, Speakers 120_mattole-benefit-poster-web-144.jpg original image ( 1224x2016) - by Forest Keepers
Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz
Event Date:Sat Sep 27, 2014 6:00PM
Posted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:45PM
calendar Pushback at the PD Against Homeless Harassment barnett_demo_flyer.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Robert Norse
155 Center St. in front of the Santa Cruz Police Department Corner of Laurel and Center Streets
Event Date:Wed Sep 17, 2014 2:00PM
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:10PM
calendar Meatless Monday on Sunday - by Candace
The Resource Center for Nonviolence 612 Ocean Street Santa Cruz, CA 95010
Event Date:Sun Sep 21, 2014 4:00PM
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:28PM
text Creation of Affordable Housing in the New Economy - by Steve Pleich
Affordable Housing Development, Like Affordable Housing, Needs a Plan
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:50PM
image Steve Pleich Sides with Racists In Online Forum 120_santa_cruz_el_mustachio.jpg original image ( 620x349) - by Paul Mendoza
Steve Pleich, the former Santa Cruz City Council candidate and current member of Santa Cruz County Community Coalition to Overcome Racism (SCCCCOR) and the Santa Cruz ACLU removed me from the online discussion group Citizens for a Better Santa Cruz when I brought up the sensitive issue of a possibly racist post by the Santa Cruz Police Department. I was attacked viciously by a group who claimed I was someone I am not, and I was kicked out of the group and the post was removed. People who made...
Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:28PM
text Federal Court Rules BP’s Reckless Behavior to Blame for 2010 Deepwater Oil Disaster - by Oceana
WASHINGTON – On September 4, a United States federal judge ruled that BP’s reckless and negligent behavior is at fault for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which killed 11 people and caused 200 million gallons of oil to flood into the Gulf of Mexico. The ruling opens up BP to billions of dollars in possible civil penalty fines, including a possible $18 billion under the Clean Water Act.
Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 9:23PM
image New Data Shows California Drift Gillnets Not Sustainable, Continue to Kill Marine Mammals 120_gray_whale_california_drift_gillnet_noaa.jpg original image ( 438x320) - by Center for Biological Diversity
MONTEREY, Calif.— The National Marine Fisheries Service has released new data showing that the California-based drift gillnet fishery targeting swordfish killed an estimated 53 marine mammals from May 2013 through January 2014. Fishery observers monitored 34 percent of the drift gillnet sets made last year; they documented that the fishery killed an estimated three California gray whales, six short-finned pilot whales, nine northern right whale dolphins, nine California sea lions and 26 sho...
Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 9:01PM
document Lawsuit Seeks Public Records on Keystone XL's Impacts on Endangered Species complaint_kxl_foia_14-1527.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit (see PDF) on September 9 against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the State Department to obtain public records that reveal how the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project will affect migratory birds and endangered species, including whooping cranes. Nearly 10 months ago the Center filed a Freedom of Information Act request for Keystone’s “migratory bird conservation plan” and survey data specifically referenced in th...
Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 8:52PM
text The Environmental Costs and Benefits of Fracking - by Stanford University
The Environmental Costs and Benefits of Fracking
Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 8:19PM
text Santa Cruz Needs "Shelter First" Model for Homeless Community - by Steve Pleich
Gimme Shelter
Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 12:19PM
calendar Association of Faith Communities City Council Candidates Forum - by Steve Pleich
Calvary Episcopal Church 532 Center Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Event Date:Thu Oct 9, 2014 7:00PM
Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 12:03PM
calendar Free video showing: The New Pearl Harbor - by Paul
Quaker Meetinghouse, 225 Rooney Street, Santa Cruz
Event Date:Sat Sep 13, 2014 8:00PM
Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 7:46AM
image Plans for Monterey Bay Resort Deemed Deficient 120_monterey_bay_shores_simulation_sand_city.jpg original image ( 960x554) - by via Sierra Club, Ventana Chapter
According to the Ventana Chapter of the Sierra Club, the California Coastal Commission on August 29 sent a letter to the developer of the Monterey Bay Shores Resort, Ed Ghandour, informing him his response to the requirements of the conditional Coastal Development Permit (CDP) was deficient. The Coastal Commission tentatively approved the development in April, after years of opposition from environmental groups, including the Sierra Club and the Audubon Society. Monterey Bay Shores is planned...
Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 5:55PM
document Afghanistan: Urgent inquiry needed after new US airstrike increases civilian death toll left_in_the_dark_afghanistan_amnesty_international.pdf_140_.jpg original image ( x) - by Amnesty International
The reported killing of 14 civilians, including two children, in a US/NATO airstrike in eastern Afghanistan highlights the urgent need for transparent investigations and justice for civilian casualties caused by foreign troops in the country, said Amnesty International.
Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 12:51AM

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