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text CA Approves Plan Allowing Oil Companies to Continue Contaminating Underground Water - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Oil companies can continue dumping millions of gallons of waste fluid a day into scores of protected California aquifers under a plan approved today by the state’s Office of Administrative Law.
Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:24PM
text Americans with Disabilities Act 25th Anniversary Celebratory PSA - by Helen Walsh
On the ADA's 100 day countdown to the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we are pleased to announce the release of a universally designed 46 sec PSA marking the 25th anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This PSA highlights several events leading up to as well as the signing of the ADA
Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2015 11:28PM
text 10th Circuit Court Rejects Navajo Coal Mine Emergency Motion - by Center for Biological Diversity
DENVER— Two days after a federal district court halted coal mining within a newly expanded area of New Mexico’s Navajo Mine, mine operators filed an emergency motion asking the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to allow that coal mining to resume. The appeals court on Thursday denied that motion, saying that the Navajo Mine’s owner, the Navajo Transitional Energy Company, “failed to make the requisite showing” justifying their request to restart coal mining.
Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 5:49PM
text Lawsuit Targets 30-year Plan for Marine Terminal Receiving Ships Full of Dangerous Crude - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— Environmental groups sued the California State Lands Commission on April 17 for approving a 30-year plan for refinery operations at a Suisun Bay marine terminal that will receive hundreds of tankers full of dangerous crude oil feedstocks, including highly explosive Bakken crude.
Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 5:30PM
text San Francisco Nonprofit Conard House Targeted For Abusing Tenants - by Michael Steinberg
Activists gathered in San Francisco to protest abuses by nonprofit Conard House against its tenants.
Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 12:29AM
text 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
text ACLU, Detroit Agree On Interim Rules To Protect Free Speech In Public Parks - by American Civil Liberties Union
DETROIT - In an effort to settle an ACLU of Michigan lawsuit that accuses the private groups that manage and secure Detroit’s Campus Martius Park of illegally banning activists, the City of Detroit agreed on Thursday to immediately implement a series of interim rules designed to safeguard free-speech rights at all of its public parks.
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:06PM
text Highway 6 Statement of Concern and Support - by Steve Pleich
Statement of Concern From A Community Member And Civil Libertarian
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 10:21AM
text Seniors Act Up at SF Housing Authority - by MPetrelis
The video is available for viewing at two sites: https://www.facebook.com/Petrelis4Mayor/posts/731777263601742 or http://mpetrelis.blogspot.com/2015/04/seniors-act-up-at-sf-housing-authority.html
Posted: Sun Apr 12, 2015 12:19AM
text Groups Challenge Major USDA Change to Organic Rule - by via Food & Water Watch
Organic stakeholders filed a lawsuit in federal court, maintaining that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) violated the federal rulemaking process when it changed established procedures for reviewing the potential hazards and need for synthetic chemicals in certified organic food. A coalition of 15 organic food producers and farmer, consumer, environmental, and certification groups asked the court to require USDA to reconsider its decision on the rule change and reinstitute the agency...
Posted: Thu Apr 9, 2015 5:46PM
text Oil Industry Drops Lawsuit Over California County's Fracking Ban - by Center for Biological Diversity
HOLLISTER, Calif.— The only oil company to sue San Benito County over a local ban on fracking and other high-intensity petroleum operations announced today it has dropped its lawsuit, leaving the voter-approved ordinance in place.
Posted: Mon Apr 6, 2015 8:34PM
text Report Back of Defend Knowland Park! Kickoff Action - by Defend Knowland Park!
Alert! – As soon as April 16th, the Zoological Society can section off the combined 77 acre “California Trail” and mitigation sites, from public access, behind an 8-foot chain linked barbed wire fence Last Friday, a crowd of 50 people assembled in the Oakland highlands to inaugurate a direct action campaign against the East Bay Zoological Society’s “California Trail” project that would expand the Oakland Zoo above the ridgeline into the undeveloped 400- acre region known as H...
Posted: Fri Apr 3, 2015 4:28PM
text New York City and State Officials Joining Forces to Combat Tenant Harassment - by OTenant
New York City and State Officials Joining Forces to Combat Tenant Harassment - SF Bay Area and California Officials - we need this too.
Posted: Wed Apr 1, 2015 1:19PM
text Nuclear Shutdown News, March Edition - by Michael Steinberg
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the continuing decline of the US nuclear industry, and highlights efforts of those who are democratically working to bring about a renewable energy future. As nuclear plants in the US are approaching or surpassing their 40 year operating life, their ability to operate properly and safely lessens, creating more and more problems across the nation.
Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 5:22PM
text Open letter to Berkeley's John Caner - by Thomas Lord
A recently shared video shows a downtown Berkeley "hospitality ambassador" showing aggression towards and then repeatedly hitting a man who offered no provocation. Poor people, including unhoused people hanging out in Berkeley are considered by the Downtown Berkeley Association to be a problem and the "ambassador" program is run by the assocation as a "solution". John Caner who is CEO of the association sent a letter to the Berkeley homeless commission. I've quoted his letter and openly ...
Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2015 6:14PM
text People's Park under Siege, Call for Support! - by Defenders
More support needed! People will be meeting at the People's Park stage at 9 PM this evening to discuss possible next steps. We strongly encourage everyone to come by People's Park tomorrow at 6 AM to prevent further damage to the park. Everyone is encouraged to come to People's Park tomorrow throughout the entire day, as the scheduled tree cutting will last until 3.
Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 6:39PM
text HIP Housing’s Home Sharing Program Celebrates its 35th Year Anniversary Amid the Region’s - by Clarice Veloso
HIP Housing’s Home Sharing Program Celebrates its 35th Year Anniversary Amid the Region’s Housing Crisis
Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 1:27PM
text People's Park: Chancellor Dirks Will Remember It For You, Wholesale - by Save People's Park Trees
This week is Spring Break; one day this week, workers from HortScience will enter the park and remove trees. On March 5th of 2012, the Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission passed a resolution in favor of reinstating a community advisory board before any alterations to the park are made. This resolution was made after the UC destroyed trees and flattened berms on the west end of the park. On April 3rd of 2012, Berkeley city council unanimously passed the resolution titled: "Ensuring Commun...
Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:06PM
text 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
text Petition for "Strategic Release" for Abdul Olugbala Shakur - by Steve Martinot
Abdul Olugbala Shakur is a political prisoner, one of the organizers of the Cal. prison hunger strikes, and a founder of the George Jackson University. He has stayed involved in black communities and the struggle for justice even while in prison. This is a petition to try to win parole for him.
Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:26AM

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