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FDA Decision to Expand Food Irradiation Masks Weak Import Inspections - by Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C. – “Today’s announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approving the use of ionizing radiation as a food safety measure for crustaceans continues to show how inadequate the FDA food inspection system is, especially for imported foods. Food & Water Watch continues to harbor concerns about the safety of foods treated with radiation, but irradiation continues to be used as a crutch by FDA as a substitute for hiring more inspection personnel and investing in...
Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 2:43PM
Rise Up, Shut It Down, San Francisco Is a Union Town! - by Michael Steinberg
On Tax Day, April 15, SEIU (Service Employees International Union) , Local 1021, rallied at City Hall and marched to Twitter in San Francisco. Protesters demanded the end of huge Big Tech tax giveaways, and the full funding of public services in the city.
Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 2:18PM
In slavery at its peak - by Ted Rudow III, MA
In 1991 there were about one million Americans behind bars. By 2012 the number was over 2.2 million, a more than 100 percent increase. Our prison population, in fact, is now the biggest in the history of human civilization. There are more people in the United States either on parole or in jail today (around 6 million total) than there ever were at any time in Stalin’s gulags. For what it’s worth, there are also more black men in jail right now than there were in slavery at its peak.
Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 12:23PM
AC Transit executive charged with stealing $560,000 from church funds - by Lynda Carson
AC Transit's chief financial officer, Lewis Green Clinton Jr., has been charged with ripping off $560,000 from the Allen Temple Baptist Church located at 8501 International Boulevard, in Oakland, for his own personal gain, according to charges filed by Inspector James Taranto, of the Alameda County District Attorney's office!
Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:25AM
Latest twist in Tech Bus Allegations - by Zrants
Bus-Blocking Protesters Call Out Google Staffer Who’s Allegedly Trying To Evict Guerrero Street Tenants
Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 1:23PM
Strengthening the walls between public housing and affordable housing - by Lynda Carson
The current information available in regards to the situation at Berkeley's 75 former public housing units, reveals that public housing privatization schemes using tax credits to buy and rehabilitate the public housing units, results in the displacement of poor people from their homes and communities!
Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 9:01AM
SF public housing privatization threatens tenants and union workers - by Lynda Carson
As recent as January 31, 2014, the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) invited developers and nonprofit organizations to become partners in the scheme to privatize and rehabilitate 3,491 occupied public housing units grouped into eight clusters throughout San Francisco, as part of the RAD privatization project, over a three year period.
Posted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 4:44AM
Treatment for Mentally Ill Offenders - by Brenda Olave Campbell
This is an editorial regarding the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act of 2013 (H.R. 401/ S. 162) and the treatment of mentally ill offenders. Santa Cruz has developed innovative programs to provide individuals diagnosed with mental illness treatment rather than incarceration; other counties can learn and implement something similar if they had the funding.
Posted: Wed Apr 9, 2014 12:35PM
Public housing tenants to pay higher rents - by Lynda Carson
Many public housing tenants are now facing major rent increases according to Section 210 of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Appropriations Act of 2014. The FY 2014 omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 3547) affecting public housing tenants was passed by a Senate vote of 72 to 26 on January 16, 2014, and shortly after was signed into law by President Obama.
Posted: Tue Apr 8, 2014 3:10AM
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
Announcing the Qilombo Community Social Center Grand Opening - by Os Qilombo
In January of 2014, the Holdout temporarily closed its doors to do some serious cleaning. Now that the space has gone through several transitions, it’s time to reopen as a radical social center that supports community in struggle–with new energy and a new name.
Posted: Mon Apr 7, 2014 10:18AM
Treasure Island Visit: First Impressions - by Michael Steinberg
An initial look around the toxic and radioactive mess that is San Francisco's Treasure Island.
Posted: Sun Apr 6, 2014 8:56PM
California tenants are better off without Senator Leland Yee - by Lynda Carson
Since his March 26 arrest, Senator Leland Yee has been suspended from the California Legislature and has suspended his campaign to run for the high office of Secretary of State, of California, and is presently out of jail on $500,000 bond. However, he has not resigned from his position in the California Legislature as a senator, nor has he made a plea in court.
Posted: Fri Apr 4, 2014 9:25PM
Norse Incident Sounds Alarm - by Steve Pleich
Civil Liberties Threatened by Council Action
Posted: Wed Apr 2, 2014 10:57AM
Apple and Google busses blocked in Oakland - by Sup Sub
Report of action at Alameda/Oakland border
Posted: Tue Apr 1, 2014 10:24AM
Arizona State Senator Blocks Funding for Long-Sought Medical Marijuana Research - by MAPS
After 22 years of hard-fought efforts, the non-profit pharmaceutical company Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) has finally obtained approval from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for a FDA clinical trial to examine the medical safety and efficacy of marijuana. The trial would study military veterans suffering from treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Yet the study’s ability to receive Arizona state funding is in jeopardy...
Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:55PM
Anonymous Operation Albuquerque - by Anonymous
Greetings city of Albuquerque, we are Anonymous. Recently, a video has been released to the public which shows Albuquerque Police Officers murdering a man in cold blood for 'illegally camping'. This man, which was schizophrenic, obviously had no intention of hurting these police officers, on the contrary, this man looks as if he is simply attempting to protect himself from visually fierce militarized thugs.
Posted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:07PM
On Medi-cal ? You CANNOT Choose A Physician Outside Your Own County !! - by Dorinda Oakes
California is in the process of removing freedom of Choice and Movement within the state by restricting the low income and disabled from seeking Primary Care Physicians outside the County in which they reside, Regardless of the quality or availability of care in their area.
Posted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:18PM
Needle Litter is the Problem; Needle Exchange is the Solution - by Steve Pleich
Addressing the Problem of Needle Litter at the Source
Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:00PM
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