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Nuclear Shutdown News, November 2015 - by Michael Steinberg
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline and fall of the US and global nuclear industry. In addition, it highlights the efforts of those who are working to create a nuclear free world. Here's our November report.
Posted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:52PM
Appeal Challenges Dangerous Oil Drilling in San Luis Obispo's Price Canyon - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., November 25, 2015 — The Center for Biological Diversity filed an appeal today against the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission’s recent approval of Freeport-McMoRan’s plan to drill dozens of new oil wells in the Arroyo Grande Oil Field in the Price Canyon area near Pismo Beach.
Posted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 6:24PM
Nurses Hold Rally, Speak Out on Unsafe Patient Lift Practices at UC Medical Centers - by via California Nurses Association
Registered nurses will gather at UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay on Thursday to speak out about the UC Medical Center’s failure to provide RNs with legally mandated safe lifting practices, the California Nurses Association (CNA) announced today.
Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:54PM
“God is Great, Merciful, Vengeful, bla bla bla…” - by Gil Villagrán, MSW,
Murder for religion is as old as much of human history, including the ancient world and later the crusades to cleanse the "holy land" for Christians or from "infidels" aka Christians, depending on which religion is doing the killing and labeling. During the conquest of the western hemisphere by European missionaries--the choice was "accept Christ or be put to the sword." It is critical that humanity wake up from our illusion that there is but one god, one true faith, and that killing for rel...
Posted: Sat Nov 14, 2015 4:20PM
The art of cinema from Berkeley to Hollywood - by Lynda Carson
Rob Nilsson can generally be found in front of the theater when his films are being screened. Often the actors appear at his films, and are available for a discussion about the film afterwards, with the audience.
Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 9:47PM
Western Governors' Association Calls for Massive Weakening of Endangered Species Act - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— At the behest of Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, the Western Governors’ Association is hosting a “workshop” in Cody, Wyo., through Friday to discuss legislative changes designed to weaken the Endangered Species Act, including further delaying protection decisions and loosening scientific standards. Although the stated goal of the workshop is to encourage bipartisan conversations to improve the Endangered Species Act, the speakers at the gathering overwhelmingly represented industr...
Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 11:08AM
Algae Blooms Causing Toxic Crabs, Marine Mammal Mortalities More Likely as Oceans Warm - by Center for Biological Diversity
OAKLAND, Calif., November 13, 2015 — The ongoing toxic algae bloom along the West Coast — which has shut down crab fisheries in California — is likely poisoning marine mammals from Mexico to Alaska. This is a serious ecological and economic threat, which could get even worse and more frequent in a warmer future as greenhouse gases continue to accumulate in the environment.
Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 10:55AM
Los Angeles Sued Over Racially Discriminatory Oil Drilling Permitting - by Center for Biological Diversity
LOS ANGELES, November 6, 2015 — Youth groups and community organizations sued the city of Los Angeles today for allowing oil companies to drill hundreds of contaminating wells near homes without conducting mandatory environmental studies, and for exposing black and Latino residents to disproportionate health and safety risks by imposing less-protective rules in their neighborhoods.
Posted: Fri Nov 6, 2015 4:22PM
California State University Faculty Votes to Authorize Strike - by via California Faculty Association
Members of the California Faculty Association on the 23 campuses of the California State University voted “Yes by over 94% percent” to authorize a strike, CFA President Jennifer Eagan announced today at a news conference.
Posted: Wed Nov 4, 2015 1:46PM
Secrecy Surrounds Attempts to Kill Free Speech on University of California Campuses by Cit - by Citizen Sane
Herein we will focus on what seems to be a somewhat elaborate, albeit loosely organized, conspiracy (one hesitates to use the word as arguments are quickly dismissed as conspiracy theories) in the making in which a relatively large number of pro-Israeli factions (both students attending American campuses as well as outside organizations as well as outside monies)are attempting to manipulate and intimidate people so Americans relinquish their right to free speech on American campuses—that is...
Posted: Mon Nov 2, 2015 3:14PM
Community Groups Challenge Utah Funding for Proposed Oakland Coal Export Terminal - by Center for Biological Diversity
OAKLAND, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity, Grand Canyon Trust, the Sierra Club and Earthjustice sent a letter to Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes today urging him to invalidate $53 million in state payments in support of a scheme to export millions of tons of coal from Utah and send it through a proposed bulk terminal in Oakland, Calif.
Posted: Mon Nov 2, 2015 1:48PM
EPA to Ban Dangerous Pesticide Chlorpyrifos - by via Pesticide Action Network
Children, communities and workers to benefit from long overdue phaseout of neurotoxic agricultural chemical, the subject of Salinas Valley studies.
Posted: Sat Oct 31, 2015 1:50PM
No cop out! Calling for a climate uprising - by Jesse D. Palmer -reprinted from Slingshot#119
The climate change group 350.org and others have called for a series of global marches and mass mobilizations before and after the so-called Conference of the Parties (COP 21) meeting scheduled in Paris from Nov. 30 – Dec. 11. The call to action gives us a chance to reject suicidal corporate business as usual and create a new world that is sustainable as well as just and free. (See end of article for local action info.) http://www.norcalclimatemob.net/
Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 4:23PM
California State University Faculty Conclude Strike Authorization Vote - by via California Faculty Association
Yesterday, members of the California Faculty Association (CFA) at the 23 campuses of the California State University system concluded a statewide vote on whether or not to authorize union leadership to call a strike if contract negotiations with management fail to result in a fair deal.
Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 1:45PM
Bacon, Ham, Sausage May Be Labeled as Carcinogens in California - by Center for Biological Diversity
OAKLAND, Calif. — The World Health Organization today classified the consumption of processed meats like bacon, ham and sausage as carcinogenic to humans, and red meat as probably carcinogenic. Under California’s Proposition 65, today’s decision should trigger a similar classification in California, requiring these meats sold throughout the state to include a label warning that the products are known to the state of California to cause cancer.
Posted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 2:43PM
Rescue KPFA! Vote for Scott Olson and the UCR 9! - by Ann Garrison
If you've given $25 or three hours of your time to KPFA Radio during the past year, you should soon receive an electronic and /or paper ballot to vote in the KPFA Local Station Board meeting. Rescue KPFA! Vote for the UCR 9!
Posted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 11:12PM
A master-plan is needed to support renter protections in Northern California, & elsewhere - by Lynda Carson
Oakland has the second fastest-rising rents in the nation, passing the pace of San Francisco’s rent increases, and coming in second behind the rent increases occurring in Denver. The rents in Oakland have climbed over 12.1 percent since 2014. Slumlords, greedy landlords, profiteers, speculators, and nefarious realtors reign supreme in Oakland, who are protected by local and state politicians that are in the pockets, of big money!
Posted: Sat Oct 24, 2015 1:45AM
KPFA Election: Vote Scott Olsen and the UCR 9 - by Adrienne
The KPFA governing board election has begun. You may get a paper ballot and/or an opportunity to vote on-line any day now. The people to vote for are aligned with the United For Community Radio Group. Rank the following as your # 1-11 choices: Scott Olson, Janet Kobren, Jeremy Miller, TM Scruggs, Marilla Arguelles, Virginia Browning, Sharon Adams, Don Macleay, and G. Mario Fernandez. United for Community Radio brings together the people fighting for more community participation and more c...
Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:14PM
Corrupting Influence Of Big Money Weakens Rent Laws/Health & Safety Laws - by Lynda Carson
Regarding the petition of the California Apartment Association that blocked Richmond's renter protections from going into effect on September 4, 2015, allegedly, the Contra Costa County Clerk Recorder-Elections Division did a random sampling of 500 signatures of which 389 of the 500 signatures were valid. This is all that they were required to do to claim that the petition was found to be sufficient, by using the formula approved by the Secretary of State to determine that the statistically p...
Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 4:33AM
Public Interest Groups Support California Intent to Label Glyphosate Carcinogenic - by via Center for Food Safety
SACRAMENTO, CA (October 19, 2015)—Today, nearly 20 food, farming, public health and environmental organizations submitted a letter (see PDF) in support of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment’s (OEHHA’s) determination to list glyphosate as a substance known to the State of California to cause cancer under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (aka Proposition 65).
Posted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 2:17PM