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text HUFF resolution strongly denouncing CPS - by Homeless United for Friendship and Freedom
Santa Cruz, Ca. -- Homeless United for Friendship and Freedom (HUFF) met on April 16 with a homeless couple who had their adorable daughter, 8-month old Baby I, removed from them by the Santa Cruz County Child Protective Services, and placed in foster care.
Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:57AM
text FDA Decision to Expand Food Irradiation Masks Weak Import Inspections - by Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C. – “Today’s announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approving the use of ionizing radiation as a food safety measure for crustaceans continues to show how inadequate the FDA food inspection system is, especially for imported foods. Food & Water Watch continues to harbor concerns about the safety of foods treated with radiation, but irradiation continues to be used as a crutch by FDA as a substitute for hiring more inspection personnel and investing in...
Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 2:43PM
text Federal Agencies Capitulate to Armed Militia: Allow Rancher to Run Trespass Cattle - by Center for Biological Diversity
LAS VEGAS— The Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and other federal agencies on April 12 capitulated to threats of violence from armed militia members and ceased their legally and morally required duty to remove trespass cattle from public lands. Even worse, they returned 400 head of cattle confiscated over the past week so they can be illegally turned out on public land again without permit, payment or management.
Posted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 12:55PM
text Report Reveals the “Monterey Shale” as Major New Source of Climate Disruption - by Michael Thornton, Sierra Club California
Report Reveals the “Monterey Shale” as Major New Source of Climate Disruption. Highlights Need to Keep Dirty Fuels in the Ground. Shows Additional Reasons for Halting "Fracking" and Extreme Oil Extraction in California and Beyond.
Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 10:56AM
text Audubon California displeased by Coastal Commission’s ruling on Monterey Shores Eco-resort - by Audubon California
San Francisco - California's birds and wildlife suffered a huge setback on April 11. The California Coastal Commission approved the development of a large hotel and condominium complex sited on beach and dune habitat on Monterey Bay in Sand City. The developer calls this 360-unit complex, with parking for almost 1,000 cars, the "Monterey Shores Eco-resort."
Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 10:32AM
text Treatment for Mentally Ill Offenders - by Brenda Olave Campbell
This is an editorial regarding the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act of 2013 (H.R. 401/ S. 162) and the treatment of mentally ill offenders. Santa Cruz has developed innovative programs to provide individuals diagnosed with mental illness treatment rather than incarceration; other counties can learn and implement something similar if they had the funding.
Posted: Wed Apr 9, 2014 12:35PM
text Militarization of the police: Confront police brutality through organized mass action - by Nazila Bijari
Wearing full body armor and armed with assault weapons, SWAT teams’ tactics make it much more likely that people will be killed. Using no-knock raids, they rush into a resident’s home by breaking the door. Immediately upon entry, they commonly use “flash-bang” grenades, which render people temporarily blind and deaf. Naturally, the targets of such raids might assume that their home is under attack by criminals. If the residents are armed and try to defend themselves, they are likely t...
Posted: Tue Apr 8, 2014 4:05PM
text Can Flash Mobs And Olive Drab Clubs Defeat The NSA? - by John Thielking
Below is a bit of a protest piece that I posted to the Santa Clara County Green Party email list about the technical challenges and possibilities faced by activists attempting to remain anonymous in the face of increasingly sophisticated NSA and other alphabet soup organizations' soon to be omnipresent surveillance activities. In the end there may be no long term technical fix for any of this.
Posted: Tue Apr 8, 2014 10:04AM
text Janet Napolitano: Drop the Charges Against the UCSC 22 - by Petition
From April 2nd-3rd, twenty-two students at UC Santa Cruz were arrested while peacefully picketing and protesting against intimidation of student-workers represented by UAW 2865 at the University of California.
Posted: Mon Apr 7, 2014 2:22PM
text US Imposes Diplomatic Sanctions for Icelandic Whaling, Falls Short of Trade Sanctions - by Animal Welfare Institute
WASHINGTON, D.C.– On March 31, President Obama announced that the United States will not impose targeted trade sanctions to address Iceland’s commercial whaling, although the President has revised and repackaged a series of diplomatic measures that US officials will be obligated to implement.
Posted: Sun Apr 6, 2014 1:00PM
text Resolution in Support of UAW Strikers and Student Protest Climate at UC - by UC Student Association
University of California Student Association had a meeting and passed a resolution in support of student activists at UC Santa Cruz.
Posted: Sat Apr 5, 2014 2:44PM
text END "Cruz ID" Internet Log-in Protocols University of California Santa Cruz - by Rogue Comet
The University of California Santa Cruz is now forcing students to "log-in" in order to use the library internet facilities and/or to print.
Posted: Sat Apr 5, 2014 12:59PM
text UCSC Faculty Letter to EVC Galloway and Chancellor Blumenthal on April 2 Arrests - by solidarity
We don't understand why these students were arrested while picketing. Neither do we understand why UCB police with riot gear were brought to our campus. This is a draconian approach to student political actions and labor actions, and represents a dramatic escalation of confrontation on the part of the administration.
Posted: Thu Apr 3, 2014 8:30AM
text In Solidarity with UAW and the UCSC 20 - by M.E.Ch.A. de UCSC
We, as Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A) de UCSC, a student run, student led organization that is committed to the advancement of civil and human rights of the Raza people, strives for the educational, gender, cultural, sexual orientation, economical, political, racial, and social equity of the community; and who supports the struggle of other progressive movements on our campus and in our communities, stand with our fullest solidarity with UAW Local 2865 and the University ...
Posted: Thu Apr 3, 2014 3:51AM
text Norse Incident Sounds Alarm - by Steve Pleich
Civil Liberties Threatened by Council Action
Posted: Wed Apr 2, 2014 10:57AM
text 20 Demonstrators in Support of UAW Strike Arrested at UC Santa Cruz - by solidarity
City on a Hill Press, the student newspaper at UC Santa Cruz, as well as other sources, are reporting that 20 people were arrested this morning. 6 are UAW members and the rest include undergraduate students.
Posted: Wed Apr 2, 2014 10:14AM
text Arizona State Senator Blocks Funding for Long-Sought Medical Marijuana Research - by MAPS
After 22 years of hard-fought efforts, the non-profit pharmaceutical company Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) has finally obtained approval from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for a FDA clinical trial to examine the medical safety and efficacy of marijuana. The trial would study military veterans suffering from treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Yet the study’s ability to receive Arizona state funding is in jeopardy...
Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:55PM
text Why we are Striking - by via UAW 2865
An Open Letter to University of California Grad Students
Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 5:33PM
text Copy Editors of the World, Untie! Err, Unite! (Monterey County Herald) - by via MoCo Weekly
Copy Editors of the World, Untie! Err, Unite!…When Squid caught wind of what’s going on at The Monterey County Herald—with layoffs coming and consolidations afoot—sorrowful ink dribbles from Squid’s large eye. Too many good people and good journalists deserve better, as does a dynamic community with way too many good stories left untold—and way too many governments, councils and commissions left unwatched.
Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:37AM
text Anonymous Operation Albuquerque - by Anonymous
Greetings city of Albuquerque, we are Anonymous. Recently, a video has been released to the public which shows Albuquerque Police Officers murdering a man in cold blood for 'illegally camping'. This man, which was schizophrenic, obviously had no intention of hurting these police officers, on the contrary, this man looks as if he is simply attempting to protect himself from visually fierce militarized thugs.
Posted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:07PM

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