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Wider World is Watching the BEARCAT in Santa Cruz - by Steve Pleich
Community Needs the Wider Conversation About Militarization and Public Trust
Posted: Sun Feb 1, 2015 11:04AM
Food & Water Watch Blasts Approval of Biggest Supermarket Merger - by Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C.— “The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) put the food industry ahead of consumers by refusing to block the biggest supermarket merger in history. The FTC allowed the Albertsons-Safeway merger to go through almost completely unobstructed after the chains divested a paltry number of grocery stores in a handful of cities. The merger creates the third largest grocery retailer (behind Walmart and Kroger) and leaves supermarket shoppers vulnerable to price gouging.
Posted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 1:27PM
Support Free Speech at UCSC - by Don Monkerud
22 Jewish Alumni protest Angela Davis address at UCSC. Why can't Americans debate U.S. policies that support Israel? Such debate promoted in Israel. Why do people oppose Israel policies? Important issues for Americans.
Posted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 12:06PM
Neighbors Break Ground on Santa Cruz’s First Community Orchard - by via Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project
The first public orchard in the city of Santa Cruz, Riverside Community Orchard, has been approved at Riverside Gardens Park in the Lower Ocean neighborhood. Fruit trees will be planted on February 8th, 2015 in an atmosphere of community celebration. Future harvests – apples, pears, citrus, and more – will be freely available to community gardeners, neighbors, and the general public.
Posted: Sun Jan 25, 2015 9:54PM
Homeless Persons Legal Assistance Project Files Suit Challenging "Stay Away" Ordinance - by Steve Pleich
Complaint Seeks to Enjoin Enforcement
Posted: Fri Jan 23, 2015 4:00PM
Congress Considers Destructive Border Security Proposals - by Center for Biological Diversity
TUCSON, Ariz.— The U.S. Congress has taken up consideration of HR 399, which would dramatically ramp up ongoing militarization in the southern border region in the name of “border security,” including in some of the most sensitive and important wildlife habitat in the nation. The bill would also permanently exempt border security activities from more than a dozen environmental laws within 100 miles of the Mexican border, including the Endangered Species Act, Wilderness Act, and National...
Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:35PM
Petition: Urge Pope Francis to abandon his decision to canonize Junipero Serra - by via MoveOn.org
Urge Pope Francis to abandon his decision to canonize Junipero Serra as "the great evangalizer" and apologize to the descendants of thousands of indigenous Californians that died at the hands of Serra's Mission system. Sign petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/urge-pope-francis-to
Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:32PM
Free Radio Santa Cruz Activists of the Month Brent Adams - by FRSC
2 actions stand out in December, the shut down of Santa Cruz City Council and the first Warming Centers.
Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:58AM
Guatemala: Conviction of ex-police chief finally brings justice for 1980 embassy attack - by Amnesty International
The families of 37 people burned to death in an attack on the Spanish embassy in Guatemala City in 1980 finally have some relief as justice has caught up to a former high-ranking police officer for his role in the crimes, Amnesty International said today.
Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 6:56PM
Open Letter to Mayor Lane Re: Compassion and Actions vs Words - by Steve Schnaar
A response to Mayor Don Lane's invite to a day of volunteer service with Compassion Santa Cruz on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The letter points out that King's definition of compassion calls for system change as more fundamental than charitable acts, and calls on Lane to take inspiration from King's uncompromising stance against injustice.
Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:14PM
France faces ‘litmus test’ for freedom of expression as dozens arrested in wake of attacks - by Amnesty International
A string of at least 69 arrests in France this week on the vague charge of “defending terrorism” (“l’apologie du terrorisme”) risks violating freedom of expression, Amnesty International said.
Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 5:58PM
Exercise your 1st Amendment 'rights', expect to be spied on?! - by G
Rule Of Law is a Farce.
Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 2:29PM
2014's Record Heat Reinforces Need for Fossil Fuel-free Future - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— Earth suffered the hottest year in recorded history in 2014, federal climate experts announced today, underscoring why the Obama administration must back an international plan to end virtually all fossil fuel use by 2050.
Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 2:09PM
The Bearcat Battle is Not Over! - by Steve Pleich
Let Your Voice Be Heard
Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:29PM
Nurses Welcome White House Community College Initiative - by via National Nurses United
National Nurses United today announced strong support for President Obama's community college initiative that NNU said should have a huge impact on expanding and improving nursing education opportunities for an entire new generation of registered nurses.
Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 3:18PM
DPR Recommendations Leave Schoolchildren, Rural Communities At Risk from Pesticides - by via Californians for Pesticide Reform/MBCLC
Sacramento, CA – Today the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced new “recommended restrictions” on the use of chloropicrin, a cancer-causing pesticide used widely on California strawberries. Health, environmental and rural advocates say that DPR ignored its own scientists in developing today’s proposal, and that the recommended restrictions fall far short of protecting schoolchildren and rural residents from harmful exposures to the toxic pesticide.
Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 8:01PM
Mayor Refuses to Postpone Repression with Quick and Dirty Decorum Rule Changes - by Robert Norse
The "decorum rule" changes proposed at City Council today are part of a long ongoing process of marginalizing, discouraging, and discrediting activists. When the community got righteously angry at the SCPD last-minute hurry-through of its armored personnel "rescue" vehicle and some members turned their back on the Council (quite legally and legitimately), Mayor Lane went into crisis mode. As a strong media critic of his and his Council around their homeless abuses, I've been punished for th...
Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:59PM
Local ACLU Issues Statement of Support for Community Court Program - by Steve Pleich
Community Court Program a Much Needed Restorative Justice Model
Posted: Fri Jan 9, 2015 12:49PM
Lawsuit Seeks Federal Documents Revealing Extent of Offshore Fracking in Gulf of Mexico - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the federal government today for failing to release public documents revealing the extent and risks of offshore fracking in the Gulf of Mexico.
Posted: Thu Jan 8, 2015 8:15PM
Mystery Condor Discovered by Biologists - by via Ventana Wildlife Society
Over the holidays, Ventana Wildlife Society biologists discovered a mystery condor at its wildlife sanctuary in Big Sur, California. This juvenile condor was seen with adult condors, #209, aka "Shadow" and #231, aka "Wild 1", which are a breeding pair. This pair of condors is suspected of nesting in a remote portion of the Ventana Wilderness in the Arroyo Seco drainage and are the most likely parents for the mystery bird. Biologists have never entered the nest because of the area's inaccessib...
Posted: Thu Jan 8, 2015 8:13PM