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ACLU Releases Detailed Best Practices for Police Body Cameras - by ACLU
NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union on May 21 released a detailed set of recommended policies for the use of police body cameras (see PDF).
Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 5:31PM
Canadian risk assessment finds GMO salmon susceptible to disease - by via Center for Food Safety
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A never-before-seen draft environmental review of AquaBounty Technologies’ (ABTX) genetically engineered (GE) salmon reveals that Canadian government scientists disagree with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on key questions related to the safety and performance of what may be the first GE animal approved for human consumption. In light of these findings, Food & Water Watch, Center for Food Safety, Friends of the Earth and Consumers Union today called on the ...
Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 4:48PM
Russia: Making troop deaths a secret ‘attacks freedom of expression’ - by Amnesty International
A decree signed today by President Vladimir Putin making deaths of Russian forces “in peacetime” a state secret is yet another attack on freedom of expression in the country, Amnesty International said.
Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 4:05PM
UCSC Chancellor Blumenthal: Stop the Parking Fee Hikes - by Petition via Teamsters Local 2010
Sign petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/ucsc-chancellor-blumenthal
Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 6:53PM
Prospective American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples risks progress - by Amnesty International
Prospective American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples risks undermining a decade of progress
Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 6:04PM
Santa Barbara Spill Shows Again That There is No Good Way to Clean up Ocean Oil Spills - by via OCEANA
Santa Barbara Spill Shows Again That There is No Good Way to Clean up Ocean Oil Spills
Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 5:49PM
New Santa Barbara Oil Spill Illustrates Unpredictability of Oil Infrastructure - by via Sierra Club California
SACRAMENTO—An oil pipeline burst onshore and dumped about 21,000 gallons of crude into a culvert leading to the ocean, creating a miles-long oil slick on one of Santa Barbara County’s most popular beaches, Refugio State Beach.
Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 5:44PM
California Officials Won’t Test More Water Wells for Oil Waste - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— After testing just nine water supply wells for contamination from illegal oil industry waste disposal operations, California regulators admitted today that they do not plan to do any additional state testing of water wells near protected aquifers tainted by illegal disposal wells.
Posted: Mon May 18, 2015 5:30PM
Corporate Trade Agenda Attacks Americans’ Right to Know - by via Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C.—Today, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled that mandatory country of origin labels (COOL) rules for meat and poultry that went into effect in the United States in 2013 are not compliant with global trade standards. The WTO continued to find that the goal of providing information to consumers was compliant with international trade rules, but it decided narrowly that the implementation of the rules for COOL labels negatively impacted livestock imports from Canada and Mex...
Posted: Mon May 18, 2015 5:13PM
Community-Style Court Holds First Session - by Homeless Persons Legal Assistance Project
Scheduled Court Session Could Be Forerunner of Broader Program
Posted: Mon May 18, 2015 3:10PM
AB 718 Offers Hope to Vehicle Sleepers - by Steve Pleich
Bill Also Opportunity to Revisit Safe Spaces Parking Program
Posted: Sat May 16, 2015 3:38PM
100 California Officials Ask Gov. Brown for Fracking Moratorium - by Center for Biological Diversity
ANAHEIM, Calif.— More than 100 mayors, city council members and other local officials from dozens of communities want Gov. Jerry Brown to halt fracking to protect California’s water supply from contamination during a devastating drought.
Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 7:27PM
Groups Sue Obama Administration Over Weak Tank Car Standards - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— In the wake of a spate of fiery derailments and toxic spills involving trains hauling volatile crude oil, a coalition of conservation organizations and citizen groups are challenging the U.S. Department of Transportation’s weak safety standards for oil trains. Less than a week after the DOT released its final tank car safety rule on May 1, a train carrying crude oil exploded outside of Heimdal, N.D. Under the current standards, the tank cars involved in the accident would n...
Posted: Thu May 14, 2015 7:02PM
An open letter to the following Greek organizations from MEChA de UC Santa Cruz - by via MEChA de UC Santa Cruz
An open letter to the following Greek organizations from MEChA de UC Santa Cruz: Kappa Zeta, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Sigma Phi Zeta and Lambda Phi Epsilon
Posted: Thu May 14, 2015 8:12AM
Preliminary Settlement in Class Action Lawsuit Over Conditions at Monterey County Jail - by ACLU of Northern California
SALINAS, Calif. – Lawyers for all parties in Hernandez v. County of Monterey announced on May 11 that they have reached a preliminary comprehensive settlement in the class action lawsuit filed in May 2013 in federal court in San Jose regarding conditions at the Monterey County Jail. The settlement was approved by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, California Forensic Medical Group (CFMG), the Monterey County Public Defender, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the law firm...
Posted: Wed May 13, 2015 1:27AM
Legislation Banning the Term “Redskins” as a School Mascot Passes Assembly Floor - by Luis Alejo Press Release
(SACRAMENTO) — On May 4, Assembly Bill 30, authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), passed the Assembly Floor with a bipartisan vote of 60 to 9. Assembly Bill 30 will establish the “California Racial Mascots Act,” prohibiting public schools in California from using the term “Redskins” as a school or athletic team name, mascot, or nickname.
Posted: Tue May 5, 2015 4:57PM
Leon Panetta Linked to Corinthian "Colleges" Bankruptcy - by George Washington
Local Hero Accepted $$$$$ in Lobbying Cash from Flim Flam College . . . and in other news . . . Local Hero Forgot to Check Whether Butch Baker was a Woman Abuser Before Speaking At His Memorial in San Jose Local Hero Sues Monterey County in Small Claims Court over Tree Damage to Fence
Posted: Mon May 4, 2015 11:06PM
Hwy 6 court appearance. Tuesday Apr 28th, 2015 - by Brent Adams
The judge in the case of the students who closed Hwy 17 for several hours, has indicated what her focus of her sentencing may be should this case proceed.
Posted: Mon May 4, 2015 3:05AM
Court Challenge Filed to Stop Uranium Mining Next to Grand Canyon National Park - by Center for Biological Diversity
PHOENIX, Ariz.— A coalition of conservation groups announced today they are appealing a lower court decision that opens the door to new uranium mining at the Canyon uranium mine, located only six miles from Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim.
Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2015 11:38PM
Bratton Report Glosses over Impact Broken Windows Policing Has on NY Communities of Color - by American Civil Liberties Union
NEW YORK - In response to a report (see PDF) released today by the NYPD and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton in defense of Broken Windows policing, the leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement. It is attributable to NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman.
Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2015 2:51PM