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Sun Sep 28 2014 (Updated 09/29/14) No More Sweetheart Water Deals for Billionaire Farmers
Stewart Resnick, the Beverly Hills billionaire owner of Paramount Farms in Kern County, and his wife, Lynda, have been instrumental in promoting campaigns to eviscerate Endangered Species Act protections for Central Valley Chinook salmon and Delta smelt populations, as well as to build the fish-killing peripheral tunnels. One of the largest private water brokers in the U.S., the Resnick holding company Roll International makes millions of dollars in profits off marketing subsidized public water back to the public.
The National Marine Fisheries Service has released new data showing that the California-based drift gillnet fishery targeting swordfish killed an estimated 53 marine mammals from May 2013 through January 2014. Fishery observers monitored 34 percent of the drift gillnet sets made last year; they documented that the fishery killed an estimated three California gray whales, six short-finned pilot whales, nine northern right whale dolphins, nine California sea lions and 26 short-beaked common dolphins.
Israel's Ministry of Justice has filed an indictment against a border policeman for assaulting and injuring 15-year-old Tarek Abu Khdeir, cousin to Muhammad Abu Khdeir, who was burned to death by Israeli settlers, in July. According to reports, the officer, whose name remains under gag order, was indicted at the Jerusalem magistrate court on September 10, for using "excessive force" that could not be justified.
"Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. It's time for these words to be made constitutional law", said Jackie Speier, U.S. Representative for California's 14th congressional district at a rally in Redwood City on August 26. Women in attendance at the rally wore red bandanas in solidarity and sang in unison led by the Raging Grannies, "We fought this fight before and now we fight again today."
Rallies and marches in solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Mo. were held across the world following the events of August 9 when Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in broad daylight in front of numerous witnesses. Michael was reportedly unarmed and holding his hands up while attempting to surrender when he was gunned down. Protests in the Bay Area were held in San Francisco, San Jose, and Santa Cruz.
Environmental groups filed a legal petition on August 26 to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking Endangered Species Act protection for monarch butterflies, which have declined by more than 90 percent in under 20 years. During the same period it is estimated that these once-common iconic orange and black butterflies may have lost more than 165 million acres of habitat — an area about the size of Texas — including nearly a third of their summer breeding grounds.
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.
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. A total of 9886 Palestinians, including 2878 children, 1854 women, and 374 elderly, have been injured. 47 Israeli soldiers, most of whom were invading Gaza at the time of their death, have been killed by Palestinian resistance, and two Israeli civilians were killed by Palestinian shells.
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.
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 the Affordable Care Act.
On June 30, the United States Supreme Court denied the petition for review filed by the Drakes Bay Oyster Company, a private business that has been operating in the Point Reyes National Seashore. The company sued the Interior Department in December of 2012 after former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar decided to let their 40-year lease to expire on its own terms. This decision affirms the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal's denial of the Company's preliminary injunction lawsuit. Environmental groups now hope the Department of the Interior will set in motion a timeline for the company to remove its oyster operation from Drakes Estero.
The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to log 661 million board feet of timber in the area burned by the Rim fire last summer in California’s Stanislaus National Forest. The new proposal would sell almost four times the timber volume sold by the Forest Service in the entire state of California in 2013. It would ignore longstanding rules protecting old-growth trees and destroy habitat for roughly 60 percent of imperiled black-backed woodpeckers.
On June 10, activists rallied in front of Martin Luther King Jr. Library in San José to protest the unjust prosecution of 66-year-old Palestinian-American activist Rasmea Odeh. Last October, Homeland Security agents arrested Odeh after the Department of Justice charged her with “unlawful procurement of naturalization.” The Obama administration’s filing of these charges could result in her being stripped of her U.S. citizenship and deported.
On the afternoon of June 24, a group of activists set up tents and banners in front of Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA. The protester’s demanded that Google engage in a conversation about what the company should be doing in the fight for Net Neutrality. The activists claim Google could be doing a lot more, and started the camp-out to apply pressure. Late in the night, ten activists, including a journalist who was livestreaming the event, were arrested for trespassing.
On Saturday, May 24, people all around the world united, including in Santa Cruz, California, to March Against Monsanto, calling for the permanent boycott of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and other harmful agro-chemicals. Marches occurred on six continents, in 52 countries, with events in over 400 cities. In the USA, demonstrations were held in 47 states.
Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio visited Mountain View, CA on May 6 to speak to an ultra-conservative group. At one point Arpaio approached protesters, some of whom said to him, "we don't want your hate here." Street theater demonstrators impersonated the sheriff and ICE federal agents in a skit near the entrance to the hall where the sheriff spoke.
On May 5, sign language interpreters who work at Purple Communications in Oakland went on a one-day unfair labor practice strike in Oakland. They were joined in the strike by workers in San Diego; Denver, Colorado; and Tempe, Arizona. “This is about safety and health care,” said Carol Day, a veteran ASL interpreter who was picketing and handing out leaflets in downtown Oakland.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest report on March 31 highlights the increasing threat from rising global meat and dairy consumption to limiting global warming, especially as the world population continues to grow. By 2050, estimates indicate, beef and lamb will account for half of all agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. Cheese and other dairy products will account for about one quarter of total agricultural climate pollution.
In a victory for ocean wildlife, federal fishery managers in Sacramento on March 13 decided not to expand driftnet fishing into protected sea turtle habitat along the California coast because it would significantly raise the risk of capture and drowning of endangered whales, sea turtles and dolphins. But the Pacific Fishery Management Council failed to take direct action to remove driftnets from the California coast, though the gear is banned in Oregon and Washington.
The United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced on February 7 its decision to maintain the classification of the Light Brown Apple Moth as a quarantine-significant pest. Eradication programs relating to the moth have been of particular concern to those in California, where large residential areas in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties were sprayed aerially with pesticides in 2007.
As sports commentators and news reporters from all over the world endlessly discuss Sochi's not-so-cold weather and Olympian efforts to improve snow conditions, they often fail to mention that balmy winters may become the new normal in many long-established ski destinations, thanks to our changing global climate. The Olympics have repeatedly placed the world's most pressing concerns and crises in front of a world audience. This year, 105 winter Olympians have called for climate action.
On January 31, as part of an "International Day of Action" against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), protesters rallied in front of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's office in San Francisco's Federal Building and marched on Market Street. Nancy Pelosi has said publicly that she has concerns about the TPP but she continues to avoid taking a bold stance against Fast Track and TPP that might make a difference in the legislation's chances.
Homeless advocates involved in establishing Santa Cruz Sanctuary Camp embarked on a tour of Oregon and Washington State’s “sanctuary type” homeless camps and villages as a research investigation. After touring the northwest interviewing the creators, inhabitants, and neighbors of these camps, a video documentary was produced that chronicles their trip and showcases the new paradigm of citizen organized, community sanctioned homeless communities.
On February 3, protest vigils were held across the country following the State Department’s release of the final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL pipeline. The protests included thousands of demonstrators urging the president to keep his word in the fight against climate change and reject the controversial pipeline. In the Bay Area rallies were held in many cities, including Oakland, Palo Alto, and Santa Cruz.
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Court Upholds Grand Canyon Uranium Mining Ban Center for Biological Diversity
Tuesday Sep 30th 5:38 PM
Ferguson Police Chief apologizes; Michael Brown's family unmoved KPFA Weekend News (1 comment)
Tuesday Sep 30th 5:27 PM
Message from Leonard Peltier on his 70th Birthday Leonard Peltier
Tuesday Sep 30th 4:47 PM
U.S. Dietary Guidelines Must Include Reduced Meat, Dairy to Meet Sustainability Goals Center for Biological Diversity
Tuesday Sep 30th 1:39 PM
Trade Sanctions Sought to Halt Extinction of Mexican Porpoise, Fish Center for Biological Diversity
Tuesday Sep 30th 8:34 AM
From Scarcity to Glut? Norbert Nicoll
Tuesday Sep 30th 4:23 AM
What is Solitary Confinement? Abdul Olugbala Shakur
Monday Sep 29th 8:59 AM
Bay Area activists again prevent unloading of Israeli ship Charlotte Silver, Electronic Intifada
Sunday Sep 28th 9:31 PM
Israeli Zim Shanghai At Standstill In Oakland By ILWU Action & Picket Line Labor Video Project (1 comment)
Saturday Sep 27th 4:01 PM
Global Arms Trade Treaty – a beginners’ guide: 50th ratification update Amnesty International
Thursday Sep 25th 6:22 PM
Wheat Gluten May Cause Symptoms Including Depression and Paranoia Wheat Lobby Denies Connection
Thursday Sep 25th 1:12 PM
Why a Global Wealth Tax Reduces Inequality Thomas Piketty and Hagen Kramer
Thursday Sep 25th 5:57 AM
We Have Not Yet Overcome Racism SCCCCOR Steering Committee
Wednesday Sep 24th 6:07 PM
The New Jim Crow: A Conversation with Michelle Alexander via Southern Poverty Law Center
Tuesday Sep 23rd 6:29 PM
New Report: Monarch Butterfly a Species Our Children May Never See Center for Biological Diversity (1 comment)
Tuesday Sep 23rd 5:34 PM
The Need to Abolish the Prison System Steve Martinot
Monday Sep 22nd 1:48 PM
The NSA wants you. Recruitment FAIL at University of New Mexico IndyRadio (2 comments)
Friday Sep 19th 6:32 AM
FBI Adds Animal Cruelty Category to Nation's Crime Report Animal Welfare Institute
Thursday Sep 18th 2:07 AM
Fracking Equals Climate Change Food & Water Watch
Wednesday Sep 17th 6:25 PM
Bomb Abroad Spank At Home Listener
Wednesday Sep 17th 11:08 AM
People's Climate Train Leaves CA En Route to Historic Climate March in New York City Center for Biological Diversity
Monday Sep 15th 2:31 PM
New Data Shows California Drift Gillnets Not Sustainable, Continue to Kill Marine Mammals Center for Biological Diversity
Saturday Sep 13th 9:01 PM
Lawsuit Seeks Public Records on Keystone XL's Impacts on Endangered Species Center for Biological Diversity
Saturday Sep 13th 8:52 PM
Pirate Bay founder on trial again IndyRadio (1 comment)
Saturday Sep 13th 10:53 AM
Urban Agriculture ~ U.S. Census of Agriculture 2017 khubaka, michael harris
Saturday Sep 13th 5:57 AM
SF Immigrant Film Fest: Official Selection 2014! C.W.
Thursday Sep 11th 9:12 AM
We Are Lab Animals in Fluoridation Experiment NYSCOF
Thursday Sep 11th 5:13 AM
TISA: Everything Will Be Marketed Christoph Jehle and Jascha Jaworski
Tuesday Sep 9th 6:11 AM
Tell The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to Protect the Threatened Monarch Butterfly Center for Food Safety Petition (2 comments)
Saturday Sep 6th 8:39 PM
(Ferguson) We Need More Copwatchers. Not Cops with Cameras. WeCopwatch (2 comments)
Thursday Sep 4th 11:52 AM
Video: Astra Taylor on The People's Platform Astra Taylor
Wednesday Sep 3rd 7:03 AM
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