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Longest Blockade of Israeli Ship in History — Zim Lines Ship Forced to Leave Oakland Port - by Indybay
In a major victory against the Israeli Zim Lines shipping company, their ship the Piraeus was forced to leave the Port of Oakland after a mass march, four days of picketing, and the refusal of ILWU Local 10 and ILWU Local 34 to work the ship despite attempts by the Oakland police department and Alameda County deputies to break up the ongoing pickets. The Zim ship unloaded only a small portion of cargo before giving up and heading back out to sea. Oakland's "Block the Boat" victory represent...
Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:21AM
Sam Farr Votes Again and Again to Strengthen U.S.-Israel Military Ties - by Indybay
A demonstration to protest U.S. involvement in Israel's attacks on Gaza was held on August 14 outside of a fundraiser for Congress Member Sam Farr in Santa Cruz. On August 1 Farr voted, along with most of the House of Representatives, to give Israel an additional $200 million this year to fund their "Iron Dome" missile defense system. One sign held outside of the fundraiser asked, "Where is the Iron Dome for Gaza?"
Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:42PM
WeCopwatch Reports on Protests and Police Abuses from Ferguson, Missouri - by Indybay
WeCopwatch is reporting for Indybay from Ferguson, Missouri, where on August 9 a Ferguson police officer shot down and murdered 18-year-old local resident Michael Brown in broad daylight in front of numerous witnesses. In a town that is 67% African American, and constantly the subject of racist police stops and citations by a Ferguson police department made of up 53 officers, of whom only three are African American, the community is outraged by the murder.
Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 2:55PM
Eviction Free San Francisco Occupies Vanguard Properties and Demands Eviction be Rescinded - by Indybay
On August 12, Eviction Free San Francisco occupied the offices of Vanguard Properties — the largest real estate company in the Mission. Vanguard co-founder Michael Harrison is currently evicting four units at 151 Duboce, home of Benito Santiago and other residents. Benito, 64, has lived at his home for 37 years and has nowhere else to go. Members of Eviction Free SF entered Vanguard's office, and before being physically dragged out, demanded that the eviction at 151 Duboce stop immediat...
Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:53PM
Youth Press Conference in San Francisco Calls Attention to Children at the Border - by Indybay
San Francisco youth are holding a fast for 5 days to call our attention to the crisis of the children trapped at the U.S. Mexico border. Youth from ages 16 to 20 held a press conference at City Hall on August 12 and announced their plan to set up a tent across from City Hall Tuesday and Wednesday for donations. They will then return to ICE headquarters Friday at noon to end their five-day fast.
Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 10:15PM
Homeless Activists Urge ACLU to Take More Principled Stand on Criminalization of Sleep - by Indybay
At its board meeting on June 30, ACLU Santa Cruz County adopted a statement of principle in support of a proposed moratorium on camping ban laws and ordinances within the City and County of Santa Cruz. Proponents argued that criminalizing homelessness, and particularly the essential right to sleep, is a failed policy. It is the intention of the Board that the statement be read publicly before both the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors and the Santa Cruz City Council at their next meetings.
Posted: Sat Aug 9, 2014 7:26PM
Environmentalists, Farmers, Tribal Leaders Call for New Bay Delta Conservation Plan EIR - by Indybay
Restore the Delta (RTD) and many other groups held a large rally at the State Capitol on July 29, featuring the delivery of a “Death of the Delta" coffin containing thousands of public comments opposing Governor Jerry Brown’s peripheral tunnels. Hundreds of people, including fishermen, Tribal leaders, environmentalists, Delta farmers and environmental justice advocates, rallied to protest Jerry Brown’s tunnel plan and to call for a new Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Environmen...
Posted: Sat Aug 9, 2014 4:03PM
Latino Activists Demonstrate in Solidarity with Children Detained by U.S., Killed in Gaza - by Indybay
Latino activists in solidarity with Palestinians marched down Market Street in San Francisco on August 2 in a unity call for saving the children of Central America who are languishing at the US-Mexican border, as well as the children dying in Gaza. Movimiento por la Reunifacacion Familiar organizers reached out to everyone to join together in a march chanting, “No mas ninos deportados nuestros ninos son sagrados!” “No more children deported; our children are sacred.”
Posted: Sat Aug 9, 2014 3:09PM
Community Calls for End to U.S. Funded, Seven-Year Siege by Israel's Military - by Indybay
On August 4, activists in downtown Santa Cruz staged a second die-in as part of their ongoing protest of Israel's attacks on Gaza. Like the July 28 die-in, a rally was held first at the Town Clock, where many of the names and ages of Palestinians killed were displayed on name cards. Community members then marched to the Cooper House on Pacific Avenue where the die-in was staged. Individuals laid down on the sidewalk and their bodies were outlined in chalk as organizers read the names and ages...
Posted: Sat Aug 9, 2014 1:48PM
'Operation Chill' Provides Santa Cruz Police with New Weapon: Free Slurpees - by Indybay
The Santa Cruz Police Department announced they will be partnering with 7-Eleven stores to launch "Operation Chill," which is code for a program that attempts to affect the behavior of kids, and change their perception of the police department, by bribing them with coupons for free slurpees. According to police, since its inception in 1995, police departments have issued more than 12.5 million coupons,or “tickets” to kids in communities throughout the country.
Posted: Tue Aug 5, 2014 5:53PM
Three-Time Killer Reinstated After Being Fired for Throwing CS Flash-Bang at Scott Olsen - by Indybay
Seconds after an Oakland police officer shattered Scott Olsen’s skull with a lead-filled munition on October 25, 2011, officer Robert Roche threw an explosive teargas grenade at persons who were attempting to come to Olsen’s aid as he lay critically injured on the ground in clear view of the police. Roche was subsequently fired, but on July 30, 2014, an arbitrator overturned the termination and reinstated him with full back pay. Roche officially returned to work at OPD on Monday, August 4.
Posted: Mon Aug 4, 2014 12:39PM
Angry Seniors, Teachers, Hotel Workers, Artists and Community Block Tech Buses in SF - by Indybay
Seniors, union workers and community supporters stopped tech company buses on August 1 at 24th and Valencia Streets to protest the epidemic of evictions caused by the City of San Francisco, which has allowed tech buses to bring thousands of Silicon Valley workers to the City, pushing up prices and evictions.
Posted: Mon Aug 4, 2014 11:57AM
Community Calls for End to U.S. Funded, Seven-Year Siege by Israel's Military - by Indybay
A demonstration was held in downtown Santa Cruz on July 28 to protest Israel's continued assault on Gaza and the people of Palestine. After rallying at the Town Clock, where many of the names and ages of Palestinians killed were displayed on placards, community members marched to the Cooper House on Pacific Avenue where a die-in was staged. Individuals laid down on the sidewalk and their bodies were outlined in chalk as organizers read the names and ages of Palestinian children killed since t...
Posted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 11:59AM
Project Could Launch New Oil Field in Condor Habitat, Waste Millions of Gallons of Water - by Indybay
Citing concerns about water use and contamination, a Monterey County Superior Court judge has ruled that San Benito County unlawfully approved a dangerous new oil-development project near Pinnacles National Park that could result in hundreds of wells being drilled in important agricultural and wildlife habitat in the Salinas Valley watershed. As the judge’s ruling notes, “There are numerous opportunities for toxic spills to occur that the County has apparently not contemplated.”
Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 1:30AM
Feds Close Over 25,000 Square Miles of Ocean Off California’s Coast to Destructive Gear - by Indybay
In response to pressure from conservation groups, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced an area closure for the swordfish drift gillnet fishery in the Pacific Ocean off California from July 25 through August 31 to prevent entanglements and drownings of endangered loggerhead sea turtles. This year’s El Niño conditions, warmer than normal waters, attract the endangered loggerhead sea turtles to the nutrient-rich waters where the deadly fishery operates.
Posted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 5:58PM
DA's Decision Not to Prosecute Erick Gelhaus Prompts Civil Disobedience in Santa Rosa - by Indybay
In response to the decision from Sonoma County district attorney Jill Ravitch's decision not to prosecute Erick Gelhaus, the Sheriff's Deputy that killed 13-year-old Andy Lopez, protesters assembled in Santa Rosa on July 12 and marched through the downtown streets. After the official march was declared to be over, many continued to march in an act of civil disobedience towards Highway 101, where they blocked an off-ramp and all three northbound lanes of traffic.
Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 5:48PM
Eden Foods Wants to Stop Covering Birth Control for Its Employees - by Indybay
On July 19, the Raging Grannies passed out flyers in front of the Palo Alto Whole Foods store, telling customers why they should boycott Eden Foods, a company that is suing the Obama administration for exemptions to the Affordable Care Act. Eden Foods owner Michael Potter wants to stop covering birth control of all kinds, including pregnancy counseling, for his employees. The Grannies sang their message as well, calling out Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, who has also publicly campaigned against...
Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 5:05PM
Rallies Statewide Commemorate the Day 30,000 Prisoners Refused to Eat - by Indybay
On July 8, community members in Santa Cruz and around the state gathered to commemorate the one year anniversary of the California Hunger Strike. Sin Barras writes: "July 8, 2013 is a day we remember to never forget the torture the state of California willingly inflicts on human lives. On that day, 30,000 prisoners followed the lead of their fellow prisoners locked in solitary confinement and refused to eat. By one account, close to 100 people went without eating for 59 days before agreeing...
Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 1:58PM
Protests in East Salinas Resume Following Fourth Police Killing - by Indybay
In response to the killing of Frank Alvarado, the Direct Action Monterey Network called for a rally on July 12 in East Salinas against police violence. Frank's sister Angélica Garza spoke, saying she wanted justice for "Frankie" and "he had a big heart." For the duration of the rally, Frank's niece held a sign that read "Stop Police Brutality. Justice For My Uncle!"
Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:50PM
Hundreds of Palestinians, Including Whole Families, Have Been Killed in Gaza Since July 8 - by Indybay
Rallies have been held around the world in opposition to Israel's recent air strikes on Gaza and the collective punishment carried out against the Palestinian people living there and in the West Bank. In Northern California, demonstrations have been held in Fresno, Oakland, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Salinas, and Santa Cruz. According to the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC), as of August 17, approximately 1939 Palestinians, including whole families, have been killed since July 8....
Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:14PM