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Calling for anti-capitalist bloc at the People's Climate March - by Some NYC @'s
On September 20, 2014, Bill McKibben's 350.org and a host of other Green NGOs are calling ( http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/a-call-to-arms-an-invitation-to-demand-action-on-climate-change-20140521 ) for a massive march through New York City to demand "the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet. A world safe from the ravages of climate change. A world with good jobs, clean air, and healthy communities for everyone."
Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:41PM
More Than 12,000 Call on Aspen Art Museum to Halt Controversial Tortoise Exhibit - by Center for Biological Diversity
ASPEN, Colo.— The Center for Biological Diversity today delivered petitions signed by more than 12,000 people calling on the Aspen Art Museum to cancel a controversial exhibit by Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang featuring three African sulcata tortoises, each with a pair of iPads stuck directly to its massive shell.
Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:28PM
ACLU Santa Cruz Brings Statement of Principle to Board of Supervisors - by ACLU Santa Cruz
ACLU Calls for Board Consideration of Moratorium on Camping Ban
Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 12:14PM
Saudi Arabia: Four relatives executed for hashish possession amid surge in executions - by Amnesty International
The Saudi Arabian authorities must halt all executions, Amnesty International said after four members of the same family were executed today as part of a “disturbing” recent surge in the use of the death penalty in the country.
Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:24PM
Big Oil Permanently Poisons 2 Million Gallons of California Water Each Day - by Californians Against Fracking
LOS ANGELES – At City Hall on August 13, City Councilmember Paul Koretz, Los Angeles residents and California climate and water experts called on Big Oil to stop wasting California’s water. During the worst drought in the state’s recent history, the oil and gas industry is permanently destroying millions of gallons of water and drilling deeper into the earth, threatening dwindling groundwater supplies by using fracking and other water-intensive extraction processes.
Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 3:29AM
Obama Admin Finalizes Stronger Stream Buffers to Protect Imperiled Salmon from Pesticides - by Joanna Nasar
The Environmental Protection Agency today finalized an agreement to restore no-spray buffer zones around waterways to protect imperiled salmon and steelhead from five toxic pesticides.
Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:27PM
Lawsuit Launched to Reinstate Protections for Endangered Sperm Whales - by Joanna Nasar
Turtle Island Restoration Network and conservation groups today announced plans to file a lawsuit to reinstate rules designed to protect endangered sperm whales from deadly, mile-long drift gillnets in ocean waters off California.
Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:30PM
Drought Demands New Water Policy in Santa Cruz - by Steve Pleich
Water Supply Security Needs More that Baseline Options
Posted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:39AM
ACLU Santa Cruz County Adopts Landmark Statement of Principle - by ACLU Santa Cruz
ACLU Board Supports Camping Ban Moratorium
Posted: Wed Aug 6, 2014 8:02PM
Recent Israeli, Palestinian Crisis Must Be ‘The Last Time’ - by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, to the General Assembly on the situation in Gaza, in New York, 6 August:
Posted: Wed Aug 6, 2014 4:24PM
Mayor Robinson Still Refuses Transparency, Won't Reveal Appointments, Public Appearances - by Robert Norse
Santa Cruz Mayor Lynn Robinson refuses to reveal the history of her meetings with lobbyists, her appointment book, or announcements of her upcoming public appearances. This is not unusual, however contrary to the public interest, as most mayors have done the same (with the exception of former Mayor Don Lane). Robinson was initially asked to come clean and public last March, but declined to respond. Three days after the request I was arrested at City Council for "unattended" audio recording...
Posted: Tue Aug 5, 2014 11:14PM
Steve Pleich Withdraws from City Council Race; Urges Support for Sherman and Van Allen - by Steve Pleich
Thanks and Goodbye
Posted: Mon Aug 4, 2014 5:20PM
Monitors at Gaza Protest Try to Rein in Sign-Holders on the Median Strip - by Robert Norse
At the Friday August 1 rally against the Israeli massacres in Gaza (and the Hamas rocketings), two activists reported hassle and pressure from several fellow activists who tried to persuade them to abandon the more prominent and visible protest positions on the median along Water St. between the Town Clock and the post office. At issue was the protest-coralling (and anti-homeless) "no lingering on the medians" law that was passed by City Council last year. Keith McHenry, a well-known Food ...
Posted: Mon Aug 4, 2014 12:16PM
ACLU Santa Cruz County Renews Its Objection to Cowell Beach Curfew - by ACLU Santa Cruz County
Public Fora Must Remain Public
Posted: Sat Aug 2, 2014 12:23PM
Selective Enforcement of Smoking Ban, Obstruction of Video Reporting--Report to the Chief! - by John Colby (posted by Norse)
Yesterday I received a phone call from advocate John Colby reporting his account of an incident of harassment downtown at Laurel and Pacific in the early afternoon. Colby noted he'd videoed some of the incident. He forwarded me his complaint and demand for public records addressed to SCPD Police Chief Kevin Vogel. His account seems to be newsworthy and instructive though I cannot vouch for its veracity. It does seem specific and credible if backed up by video and witness accounts. It als...
Posted: Sat Aug 2, 2014 10:00AM
Cops Claim Metro Bus Center "Private Property" To Shut Down Disabled Advocate with Video - by Robert Norse
I received a report yesterday from disability advocate John Colby. Colby observed SCPD Officer Scott Freeman and two First Alarm Security guards at the Metro Transit Center taking an intoxicated man to a squad car. Colby became concerned, having seen the video of last year's "face first drop to the sidewalk" of Richard Hardy by Officer Vasquez ("SCPD Officer Vasquez Slams Drunk Man's Face On Pavement" at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2013/04/23/18735710.php). To document the incident,...
Posted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 2:51PM
Local ACLU Issues Resolution of Support for Santa Cruz 11 - by ACLU Santa Cruz County
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY CHAPTER OF THE ACLU OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA RESOLUTION OF SUPPORT
Posted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 7:49PM
Animal Protection Groups Stop Coyote Killing Contest - by Animal Legal Defense Fund
BEND, Oregon – On July 25, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), along with co-plaintiffs Project Coyote and an individual Oregon resident, settled a lawsuit against Duane Freilino, organizer of the annual JMK Coyote Hunting Contest in Crane, Harney County, Oregon. Freilino’s killing contest, held annually for eight seasons, required hunters to “buy in” to the contest by paying an entry fee of $100. Top teams won cash prizes totaling more than $10,000 for various ki...
Posted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 2:01PM
Pa. Residents with Fracking-Related Health Complaints Urge Action from Attorney General - by Food & Water Watch
Harrisburg, Pa. – On July 29, individuals from around Pennsylvania who had fracking-related health complaints ignored by the state’s Department of Health (DOH) shared their stories and called on Attorney General Kathleen Kane to launch an investigation into the apparent disregard for their complaints.
Posted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 11:10AM
Taking a Stab at Responding to Stab Santa Cruz - by Stacey Falls
“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” So what is the problem with the “Stab Santa Cruz” article? Honestly, there is so much that is just plain wrong, that it feels daunting to try to address it all, but I will give it my best shot. I mean, I will take a stab at it.
Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 12:39PM