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Frack to the Future: Interview with Santa Cruz Indigenous Solidarity on Fracking - by FireWorks
As the the drought, global climate chaos, and the fallout of industrial capitalism continues to be felt throughout the world, the issue of fracking looms as a potential for mass struggle against resource extraction - especially within California. Across North America, many indigenous groups are already waging various battles over fracking and the removal of resources from their lands. Catching up with the group Santa Cruz Indigenous Solidarity (SCIS), we asked them their thoughts on the possi...
Posted: Fri Mar 7, 2014 6:04PM
March 5-6 UCSC Hahn Occupation Statement - by Autonomous Students
March 5-6 UCSC Hahn Occupation Statement
Posted: Thu Mar 6, 2014 10:55AM
How And Why The US Government Aided A Coup By Neo-Nazis In Ukraine - by John Thielking (reprint of PSL)
The US has funded neo-Nazi organizations in Ukraine as part of its attempts to "bring democracy to Ukraine". This is a reprint of a "Liberation News" article from the PSL web site that was sent to me in an e-mail. The PSL "Liberation News" has a similar slant to but is different from the Liberation News authored by Steve Argue.
Posted: Tue Mar 4, 2014 9:31PM
UCSC Graduate Student Workers Receive Demands, Cancel Strike - by via UAW 2865
Graduate Student Workers at UC Santa Cruz announced on March 4 that, after two days of discussions, management has given in to all of their demands. The results: No more underpaid undergrad TAs, back pay ($6000 each) for all those who've already been in that position, serious reduction in TA workload for poorly planned Arts department classes, and a committee established to make recommendations for class-sizes with equal voices for labor and management.
Posted: Tue Mar 4, 2014 7:39PM
As UC Continues Bad Faith Bargaining with Patient Care Workers, ULP Strike Vote Scheduled - by AFSCME 3299
Oakland: The University of California’s largest union, AFSCME 3299, has announced that its 13,000 Patient Care Technical Workers will vote on whether to authorize an Unfair Labor Practice Strike on March 12th and 13th.
Posted: Tue Mar 4, 2014 1:19PM
Assistant D.A. Files Motion to Recuse Judge Burdick--Again - by Becky Johnson (posted by Norse)
Former Santa Cruz Eleven defendant and community activist Becky Johnson wrote this story about last weeks hearings in Judge Paul Burdick's court, further delaying the trial, settlement, or dismissal of the cases of the Final Four of the Santa Cruz Eleven. As homelessness & housing foreclosures increase, DA Bob Lee assails the activists who demonstrated against Wells Fargo Bank their banking practices that led to the housing crisis.
Posted: Tue Mar 4, 2014 11:28AM
Organic Farmers Pay the Price for GMO Contamination - by Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C. — This week, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture wraps up its comment period on the feasibility of genetically engineered (GMO) and non-GMO crops to coexist, Food & Water Watch in partnership with the Organic Farmers’ Agency for Relationship Marketing (OFARM) releases survey results (see PDF) that clearly show contamination from GMO crops is happening and it’s non-GMO farmers who are paying the price.
Posted: Mon Mar 3, 2014 7:13PM
Former Pacific Grove Police Commander Arrested for Making Threats of Violence - by Monterey County Police News
In what has been a busy week for holding police officers accountable in Monterey County, the District Attorney has announced that John Nyunt, a former police commander with the Pacific Grove Police Department, was arrested early Saturday morning, March 1 at his home in Monterey.
Posted: Mon Mar 3, 2014 6:18PM
U.S. Supreme Court Lets Stand Rulings Prohibiting Anti-Immigrant Housing Ordinances - by ACLU
NEW YORK - The U.S. Supreme Court on March 3 declined to hear two prominent cases involving anti-immigrant local ordinances in Hazleton, Pennsylvania and Farmers Branch, Texas that would have denied housing to immigrants that the cities considered "illegal aliens." The decision will let stand lower court rulings in the 3rd and 5th Circuits, respectively, that found the ordinances unconstitutional and permanently prohibited the ordinances from taking effect.
Posted: Mon Mar 3, 2014 12:22PM
Assembly Member Alejo Statement on Allegations Against King City Police Officers - by Luis A. Alejo
(SACRAMENTO) — The following is a statement from Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) regarding the recent allegations brought forth against six King City police officers.
Posted: Sun Mar 2, 2014 11:49PM
Senator Monning Statement on King City Police Department Corruption Scandal - by Bill Monning
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) issued the following statement regarding the King City Police Department corruption scandal:
Posted: Sun Mar 2, 2014 11:46PM
Santa Cruz Eleven Trial Postponed Indefinitely - by Alex Darocy
According to the Santa Cruz Eleven website, the trial for the remaining four defendants has been postponed indefinitely as the prosecution has entered a new motion to disqualify Judge Burdick.
Posted: Sat Mar 1, 2014 1:29PM
Patterns of Oppression - by Walter Bond
Whenever we the human race set about oppressing another group from within or from outside our own species the justifications we use are not only similar in design but often times exact verbatim. There is a fairly intricate pathology to how we determine the otherness of different groups. Unfortunately, it is far to complex for the scope of this slim essay. However, I would like to highlight a couple prime examples that I have come across in my years as an activist for the liberation of Animals...
Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:38AM
Carmel Valley Association Endorses Moratorium on Fracking in Monterey County - by Carmel Valley Association
The Carmel Valley Association Board of Directors, at their meeting on February 20, approved a statement endorsing a moratorium on fracking in Monterey County.
Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:38PM
House Votes to Strengthen Freedom of Information Act - by Center for Effective Government
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2014—The U.S. House of Representatives today approved H.R. 1211, the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2014, which would strengthen the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to increase access to public information.
Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:53PM
UC Student Worker Justice Network Demands Fair Contract for AFSCME 3299 Workers - by UC Student Worker Justice Network
We, the Student Worker Justice Network, are a coalition of students, staff, faculty and community members working for fair wages and just working conditions for UC workers, and we demand a fair contract for AFSCME 3299 service workers in the University of California system.
Posted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 12:49PM
Corrupt King City Police Targeted Hispanics - by Police News
Seven have been charged, including two chiefs of police, in a police corruption case where Hispanic people were targeted by police in King City who allegedly took their property unlawfully.
Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:19PM
Funding a neighboring water district emergency intertie system - by Paul Gratz
It seems the Santa Cruz City Council is playing catch up in order to address the deepening drought, dropping reservoir levels, increasing aquifer overdraft/saltwater intrusion, and climate change impacts. Today with stages 3-5 water shortage emergencies looming, the public remains increasingly vulnerable as a result of the City's failure to develop a comprehensive Plan B alternative after the overwhelming passage of Measure P in 2012.
Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:31PM
A Civil Libertarian Looks at Street Performers and the First Amendment - by Steve Pleich
The Sounds of Silence
Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:25AM
Successful Protest Against Backpack Bigotry Restores Street Scene for Two Hours - by Robert Norse
Cafe HUFF's sidewalk stop-and-slp station fielded mini-cups of free coffee to musicians, activists, sign-totters, tourists, and students outside the Coffee Roasting Company. The focus was a protest on anti-homeless Backpack Bans infecting the Roaster, Peets, Starbucks, Lulu Carpenters and other businesses downtown. We encouraged Roaster patrons to question the policy and encourage the management to restore fairer treatment. Even the six cops assigned to surveille the decaf demo were invited...
Posted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 2:13PM