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Kentucky's Proposed Tar Sands Mining Puts People, Water, Wildlife at Risk - by Center for Biological Diversity
LOUISVILLE, Ky.— The Center for Biological Diversity today called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deny permits for a tar sands mining project in Logan County, Ky., that would include strip-mining wetlands and streams in pursuit of these particularly dirty and dangerous fossil fuels.
Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 12:05PM
The Unmanageable University - by Autonomous Students UCSC
Before dawn on Tuesday, March 3, a group of six students at the University of California Santa Cruz went to the fishhook connecting Highways 1 to 17. Evoking the practice of highway blockades popularized during the Black Lives Matter movement, they chained themselves to aluminum trashcans filled with cement and blocked traffic for nearly five hours. The traffic jam this caused stretched over the hill to snarl Silicon Valley commutes, an act of peaceful civil disobedience that has since become...
Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:54AM
Statewide Coordinated Actions To End Solitary Confinement Begin - by Willow Katz
Statewide Coordinated Actions To End Solitary Confinement (SCATESC), began March 23, 2015. Actions were held in California from San Diego to Arcata (Arcata/Eureka, LA, Oakland, San Diego, San Jose, Santa Cruz) and in Philadelphia, PA. More locations to come on April 23rd and the 23rd of each month. Below is a report from just one locality, Santa Cruz, which took a creative approach.
Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:13PM
Utah move on firing squads latest attempt to "fix" the unfixable - by Amnesty International
Utah’s decision to turn to the firing squad if it is unable to secure drugs for lethal injection is the latest attempt by a US state to keep alive a punishment that should have long ago been consigned to the history books, said Amnesty International om March 24.
Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 2:24PM
Proposed Bill Major Step Forward for Preventing Fiery Oil Train Derailments - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— In response to the recent spate of fiery derailments that have highlighted the dangers posed by oil trains, Senators Maria Cantwell, (D-Wash.), Dianne Feinstein, (D-Calif.), Tammy Baldwin, (D-Wis.), and Patricia Murray, (D-Wash.), have proposed a bill that would remove the most dangerous tank cars from service, increase track inspections, and help to ensure that first responders have the equipment needed to respond to derailments.
Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:51PM
New Cannabis Prohibitions in Santa Cruz County - by Bradley Allen
On March 24, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted to ban the cultivation of cannabis in all unincorporated territories of the county, with limited exceptions.
Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 2:52AM
Coastside Vigil in Santa Cruz Protests Use of Solitary Confinement - by Alex Darocy
On March 23, coordinated actions were held statewide in California to oppose the use of solitary confinement in prisons and jails. Protests were planned for Eureka, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose. In Santa Cruz, community members gathered on West Cliff Drive for a rally and candlelight vigil. "We have decided to hold this gathering on the coast because so many people locked up in solitary confinement talk about their desire to see and be near the ocean," an event...
Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 3:40PM
Innovative New Show on Free Radio Santa Cruz - by Penny Sweet
New program on Free Radio Santa Cruz.
Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 4:14PM
Santa Cruz City Council Session on the BearCat - by via SCRAM!
On Tuesday, March 24th, at 7PM the Santa Cruz City Council will reconsider the purchase of a BearCat Armored Vehicle for the Santa Cruz Police Department, and a proposed policy of use if the vehicle is received.
Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 3:03PM
New Report Links World's Most Commonly Used Herbicide to Cancer - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— A new report by the World Health Organization has linked the world’s most commonly used herbicides to cancer. Glyphosate — widely known as Roundup and marketed by Monsanto — has also been linked to the decline of many wildlife species, including the monarch butterfly. The WHO determined that glyphosate and two other insecticides, malathion and diazinon, are “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 2:49PM
Santa Cruz City Council to Revisit Issues Surrounding BearCat Purchase - by Alex Darocy
On Tuesday night, the Santa Cruz City Council will revisit issues surrounding the council's decision in December to approve the police purchase of a $250,000 Lenco BearCat (Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck) with Department of Homeland Security grant funds. The BearCat is on the council's March 24 agenda and will be addressed at 7pm. The agenda report for the meeting states that the vehicle's use policy will be discussed, as well as a proposal to clarify the process o...
Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 12:28PM
Santa Cruz Statewide Action to End Solitary Confinement - by
The Lighthouse-West Cliff Drive Santa Cruz, California 95060
Event Date:Mon Mar 23, 2015 5:30PM
Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 8:22PM
Cannabis Advocates Alliance meeting - by
Louden Nelson Community Center 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz
Event Date:Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:00PM
Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 10:53AM
Board of Supervisors Vote on Medicinal Cannabis in Santa Cruz County! - by
Santa Cruz County Building 701 Ocean Street, room 525 Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Event Date:Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:00AM
Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 10:50AM
This is the Moment We Have All Been Waiting For - by Steve Pleich for SCRAM!
SCRAM! Calls Community to Action: Let Council Hear Your Voice on Tuesday Night
Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 6:30PM
Mideast Migraines - Fascism Is Again the Issue (audio/mpeg 126.6MB) - by Ren Tawil
"Why the Rise of Fascism Is Again the Issue" by John Pilger; Resetting Palestine's Political System" by Sam Bahour; music by Stuart Davis. Length: 1:50:37/ Date Recorded: 2015-03-16/ Location: Santa Cruz, CA/ File Info: 64Kbps, mp3 (130MB), Mono
Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 2:35PM
Mideast Migraines - WP, the Samaria Ruins (audio/mpeg 53.8MB) - by Ren Tawil
Continued reading of "Witness in Palestine" by A. Baltzer; the Music of Arab Americans. Length: 1:57:26/ Date Recorded: 2015-03-07/ Location: Santa Cruz, CA/ File Info: 64Kbps, mp3 (55MB), Mono
Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 2:16PM
Mideast Migraines - The Tragedy of Elie Wiesel (audio/mpeg 53.5MB) - by Ren Tawil
The tragedy of Elie Wiesel, Hell Fire - Weapons Industry & Gaza, interview with former AIPAC member, Netanyahu’s Latest Falsehood, Destroying History, music by Andrea Bocelli. Length: 1:56:58/ Date Recorded: 3-2-2015/ Location: Santa Cruz, CA/ File Info: 64Kbps, mp3 (55MB), Mono
Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 2:02PM
Zafar of PUC: 75 yo Woman CutOff by PG&E "Shouldn't Manipulate Her Age & Fragility" - by J Hart
The CPUC claims that it “serves the public interest by protecting consumers and ensuring the provision of safe, reliable utility service and infrastructure at reasonable rates.“ Yet internal e-mails show betrayal of the public interest, and state-sponsored tolerance, even sponsorship, of elder abuse .
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:21PM
Monarch Butterflies in North America Found to be Vulnerable to Extinction - by via The Xerces Society
PORTLAND, Ore.—A newly completed assessment has found that monarch butterflies in North America are vulnerable to extinction. The assessment was undertaken by NatureServe and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, and results were published in a report released by the U.S. Forest Service on March 9 (see PDF).
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 11:21AM