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New York Fracking Ban Increases Pressure on Obama to Protect Public Lands From Fracking - by Center for Biological Diversity
ALBANY, N.Y.— After years of public pressure, New York today became the second state to ban hydraulic fracturing because of risks to people and the environment. The announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo adds to the pressure on the Obama administration to end fracking across the country, including on America’s public lands.
Posted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 3:59PM
Police Brutality and the American Inquisition - by Steve Conover
In addition to looking into why Police brutalize drunks, we also should look into why police and corporations also are so supportive of AA/NA. I think I know why, such drunks then have to admit it was all their fault, they are powerless, god will make them a better employee and citizen, and god will remove their desire to drink. btw, to get food stamps and GA these folks are forced to attend AA/NA. And the really sad thing is that this American Zeitgeist is rarely questioned, as if there i...
Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:00PM
"Bearcat-a-tat-tat" Video and Abbi Samuels Letter to the Mayor - by posted by Norse
This morning videojournalist Brent Adams posted an impressive video covering the City Council's Hasty Acquisition of the Bearcat "Protester Punisher" vehicle. It's available now on You-Tube. Additionally, Abbi Samuels forward to Mayor Don Lane a series of questions still unanswered that she asked at City Council before they shut down the discussion, locked the doors, and recessed the meeting on December 9th. Lane's original apologia for the Bearcat bulldozing and my response ("Mayor Resp...
Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 8:31AM
Mayor Responds to Indybay Story on Council Lock-Out - by Robert Norse
A few minutes ago I received and responded to a letter from Don Lane. He in turn was reacting an earlier article I posted ("Council Moves to Shut Down "Shame" Protest; Excludes Public; Jettisons Agenda" at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/12/09/18765331.php . I reprint his letter and my reply below. I have also invited the Mayor to expand his views on Free Radio Santa Cruz this Thursday.
Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 7:11PM
Congressman Mark Pocan Introduces Bill to Ban Fracking on Public Lands - by Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C. – On December 10, U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) introduced a bill to ban fracking for oil and gas on federally owned, public lands with Representative Jan Schakowsky (IL-09). This is the strongest federal bill against fracking introduced in Congress to date. Along with the introduction of the bill, Food & Water Watch released the results of a national poll conducted by Lake Research Partners, which finds that 48 percent of Americans oppose fracking on public lands,...
Posted: Sun Dec 14, 2014 6:38PM
Petition to "Give Back the Bearcat" - by Steve Pleich
Stop Militarization of Local Law Enforcement
Posted: Sun Dec 14, 2014 11:20AM
Give Back the Bearcat ! - by Steve Pleich (posted by Norse)
Steve Pleich requested I post this appeal to Give Back the Bearat.
Posted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 6:42PM
Time is Right to Revisit Creation of a Citizens Police Review Board - by Steve Pleich
A Citizens Police Review Board Could Benefit the Community
Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 1:34PM
Posner Sets Office Hours for Input Around Street Performer & Other Pacific Avenue Stuff - by Robert Norse
After some delay Micah Posner has agreed to be in his office 11 AM to noon every Friday to hear take input on the new (goes into effect December 25th) "Performer Pens" law. He asks that folks call in advance if they're planning to come in on his office line at 831-420-5028. For this Friday only, Posner says he'll be in the office at 3:30 PM. Lest there be any confusion or false hopes raised, Posner is not promising (or likely) to introduce changes to the ordinance or even speak out pub...
Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 8:58AM
Council Moves to Shut Down "Shame" Protest; Excludes Public; Jettisons Agenda - by Robert Norse
Every single speaker opposed the acquisition of a new armored police vehicle at the afternoon City Council meeting. When two speakers turned their backs on the Council, outgoing Mayor Robinson made arrest threats, further heightening the tension in the room. At one point the Council left the room, leaving the community to organize its own meeting. They shortly returned, quickly voted in the police vehicle, without giving a clear answers to questions about the deadline requirement, addition...
Posted: Tue Dec 9, 2014 10:29PM
Inequality Under the Law - by Steve Pleich
Time to Reexamine Ourselves as a Community
Posted: Mon Dec 8, 2014 1:45PM
Free Radio Santa Cruz Announces September Activist of the Month - by dues payin dj
almost as late as our rent announcement of activist of the month sept.
Posted: Fri Dec 5, 2014 1:34AM
SCPD No Disclosure of When People were PepperSprayed, Choked, Tasered, Gun-Bullied or Shot - by Robert Norse
In August of this year, the SCPD forwarded me its Policy 300, covering Use of Force. They also refused to respond to the substantive part of my request detailing when and where they drew their guns, shot their guns, used their tasers, initiated choke holds, used their clubs or pepper-sprayed. City Council's "Public Safety" Committee has been spending its time wagging its tail behind the "Homeless Are Criminals" Public Safety Task Force and, as far as I know ignored this important issues th...
Posted: Thu Dec 4, 2014 1:10PM
Lawsuit Launched Against Offshore Fracking in California's Santa Barbara Channel - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Interior Department for violating three federal laws by rubber-stamping offshore fracking in California’s Santa Barbara Channel without evaluating its polluting effects on coastal communities or blue whales, sea otters and other marine wildlife.
Posted: Thu Dec 4, 2014 12:16PM
Thirty years on from Bhopal disaster: Still fighting for justice - by Amnesty International
On the night of 2nd December, 1984, toxic gas had leaked from a factory run by Union Carbide India Ltd spreading fumes over a large residential area in Bhopal.
Posted: Tue Dec 2, 2014 3:15PM
Santa Cruz Veterans Group Revives Thanksgiving Meal For Homeless Community - by Steve Pleich
Back to the Future
Posted: Tue Dec 2, 2014 1:13PM
Havasupai Tribe, Conservation Coalition Will Defend Grand Canyon From Uranium Industry - by Center for Biological Diversity
GRAND CANYON, Ariz.— The Havasupai tribe and conservation groups will fight appeals filed on November 25 by two mining lobbying groups challenging a ruling by Arizona U.S. District Court Judge David G. Campbell that upheld a ban on new uranium mining claims on about one million acres adjacent to Grand Canyon.
Posted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 2:48PM
Fuck the Regents and Fuck Jerry Brown Too - by via Education Should Be Free!
The alternative to tuition hikes proposed by Jerry Brown, the governor of California, is to turn the UCs into 3-year degree granting institutions. He wants to fire tenured faculty and lecturers and replace them with chat rooms for the profit of millionaire Stanford graduates in Silicon Valley. Online education may be a fine supplement to classroom learning, but only someone as clueless as Brown, who has never set foot in a classroom as an educator, could think that it might replace the type o...
Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:57PM
Details Murky in Officer Involved Shooting in Seaside - by Monterey County Police News
The Monterey County Weekly is reporting that a man was killed on Laguna Street in Seaside by Seaside Police on November 22. According to the Weekly, "a source who asked to remain anonymous confirms the man, who was taken by ambulance to Natividad Medical Center, had died."
Posted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 3:49AM
From Cairo: Letter of Solidarity with the Occupations at Santa Cruz and Berkeley! - by Students and Faculty of Cairo’s Universities
A lovely solidarity letter from comrades in Egypt!
Posted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 1:05AM