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On February 8, the University of California Student Association, the independent official voice of 240,000 UC students, passed two advisory resolutions: Resolution Calling for the UC Regents to Divest from Corporations Violating Palestinian Human Rights and Resolution Toward Socially Responsible Investment at the University of California by an 9-1 vote, with 5 abstentions.
At least 145 of America's last wild, migratory bison have already been captured inside Yellowstone National Park's Stephens Creek bison trap this week as a result of the park and other entities working under the controversial Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP). They intend to kill upwards of 900 of the gentle giants under the guise of population control and "disease risk management."
In Oakland, hundreds of people from more than two dozen groupings organized in response to the Anti Police-Terror Project’s call to come together for ninety-six hours of direct action over the Martin Luther King Day weekend. The first action announced was a protest inside Montgomery BART station in San Francisco at 7am on Friday. The weekend’s events culminated in a Jobs and Economy March for the People on Monday, January 19. Other groups organized more MLK-related events in Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Palo Alto, Santa Cruz, and throughout Northern California.
Stephany Seay writes: Many believed that a Salmon, Idaho-based wolf and coyote killing spree was canceled when organizations released to the media that the BLM had revoked permits for the event. However the Forest Service still allowed it, and the derby was still on. Eight individuals braved the hostile Salmon community to be on the ground and document the carnage.
Tue Jan 6 2015 (Updated 01/11/15) Monarchs Decline By 90 Percent In Past 20 Years
In response to a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Food Safety, Xerces Society and renowned monarch scientist Dr. Lincoln Brower, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stated that Endangered Species Act protection may be warranted for monarch butterflies. The agency will now conduct a one-year status review on monarchs, which have declined by 90 percent in the past 20 years.
The Indymedia (Independent Media Center) project started in late November of 1999, to allow participants in the anti-globalization movement to report on the protests against the WTO meeting that took place in Seattle, Washington, and to act as an alternative media source. The San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center, commonly known as Indybay, started in 2000. By 2002, there were 89 local IMCs around the world spread between 31 countries (plus the West Bank) and 6 continents. By January 2006, the Indymedia network had grown to over 150 Indymedia outlets around the world.
As expected, the grand jury tasked with determining if there was enough evidence for charging Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Mike Brown determined that there wasn’t probable cause. That night, on November 24, people in Ferguson and across the country began to rise up for Mike Brown and blocked freeways, city streets, and more. Fires were set, merchandise taken from stores, and, on Black Friday, BART was disrupted in West Oakland and shopping centers shut down in San Francisco. Protests continued throughout the week, culminating on the annual Black Friday shopping day and continuing into the weekend.
On November 10, peace activists in Santa Cruz protested a book signing appearance by Leon Panetta, the one-time Secretary of Defense and CIA Director. Bookshop Santa Cruz hosted the event with a crowd of hundreds in attendance. By the end of the evening, five individuals were "banned for life" from Bookshop Santa Cruz, in retaliation for activities related to the evening's peaceful protest. Additionally, Panetta's security assaulted an Indybay journalist who was documenting the event.
On November 12, activists with the Bay Area Rasmea Defense Committee chained themselves to doors of the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building in Oakland to protest the conviction and imprisonment of 67-year-old Palestinian community organizer Rasmea Odeh. Odeh was convicted on Monday, November 10th in a Detroit federal court of knowingly lying on her immigration application. Hundreds were present in court to support Odeh over the course of her trial in Detroit and across the country solidarity demonstrations have been held demanding that she be freed.
On November 8, Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs shared food in solidarity with those who have been arrested for serving food in public in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Volunteers with Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs have been serving food continuously to the hungry and homeless at the same location, the Santa Cruz downtown post office, for several years now. An event announcement for the solidarity event stated, "No one should be arrested for helping the community. Sharing food is an unregulated act of compassion." Events have been held worldwide in support of those being arrested in Fort Lauderdale.
On November 3, United States District Judge Jon S. Tigar awarded legal fees of over $87,000 to the open-publishing news website Indybay and internet service provider Layer42 after dismissing an "objectively baseless" lawsuit filed by Bay Area attorney Dionne Choyce. Indybay is represented pro bono by Roger R. Myers, Leila C. Knox and Jessica Mar of Bryan Cave LLP, who will be redistributing any and all fee payment made by Dionne Choyce to 501(c)(3) organizations.
Voters in two California counties were able to overcome the oil industry and pass fracking bans by wide margins. Measure J in San Benito County passed with 57% of the vote, and Measure S in Mendocino County passed with 67%.
The Committee for Responsible and Accurate Posters (CRAP) writes: Chevron, in exercising their completely hard-fought right to defecate unlimited cash into a small-town election (thanks, Citizens United), has flooded Richmond with $3 million in propaganda both to support their own prop candidates and to shamelessly attack Team Richmond.... Richmond residents should know that Nat Bates isn’t running for Richmond’s mayor, he’s running to be Chevron’s puppet. And so are city council candidates Donna Powers, Charles Ramsey, and Al Martinez. Sorry Chevron, but Richmond’s election is not for sale.
For several years, Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) activists in Northern California and across the globe have pressured retailers to stop selling SodaStream products in their stores. On October 29, amid ongoing boycott pressure from the international community, Israeli beverage firm SodaStream announced that it was closing a controversial factory located in an occupied West Bank settlement. SodaStream said that it would relocate the factory by the end of 2015.
On October 28, father and daughter Mauro Oliveira (Red Sun) and Mahai'a Sol helped blockade Beale Air Force base, which is east of Sacramento. They are free now, but they face Federal charges. Mauro Oliveira writes: We want drones to end and until THAT day, my family wants it to be clear to the victims of drone strikes and to the entire world, that we believe in Peace, not war and consider drone strikes as a war crime against humanity and an act against the Creators greatest gift, the Children of the world, of which we all are.
Conservation groups notified the National Marine Fisheries Service of their intent to sue the agency for delaying Endangered Species Act protection for the pinto abalone, an approximately six-inch snail with an iridescent inner shell that was once common in rocky, intertidal coasts from Alaska to Baja California.
On October 6, the Department of the Interior and the Drakes Bay Oyster Company announced a settlement agreement that will dismiss the oyster company’s failed litigation and assign clean-up costs for the mess caused by the company’s non-native oyster cultivation. The settlement agreement follows four consecutive Federal court decisions that upheld DOI’s November 12 decision to let Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s lease expire as long planned, thereby protecting the West Coast’s first marine wilderness at Drakes Estero within Point Reyes National Seashore.
Newly proposed U.S. dietary guidelines should include meat and dairy reductions to create a sustainable food system in the United States that helps curb climate change, reduce environmental destruction and protect wildlife, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, currently in the process of developing the 2015 Dietary Guidelines, is taking sustainability concerns into account for the first time.
Sun Sep 28 2014 (Updated 01/02/15) 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.
On September 8, 2014, Bay Area chapters of Code Pink and World Can’t Wait participated in a worldwide reading of texts by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: “With this worldwide reading, we call on the United States Government to recognize that Edward Snowden's revelations are of essential importance for the safeguarding of democracy in the digital age.... Washington should therefore immediately lift all legal charges and complaints against Snowden, so that he can return home safely as a free man.”
"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.
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Logging Industry Fails Again to Strip Threatened Seabird of Protections Center for Biological Diversity
Monday Mar 2nd 6:26 PM
Amah Mutsun Letter to Pope Francis Regarding the Canonization of Junipero Serra via Amah Mutsun Tribal Band
Monday Mar 2nd 6:03 PM
Facebook Racially Profiles Native American Traditional Last Names Mike Raccoon Eyes Kinney (1 comment)
Saturday Feb 28th 4:49 PM
Mideast Migraines - Three Muslims in North Carolina Ren Tawil
Saturday Feb 28th 2:17 PM
FCC protects net neutrality for civil rights win! Color of Change
Friday Feb 27th 12:49 PM
Dear FCC: Thanks for Listening to Team Internet via Electronic Frontier Foundation
Friday Feb 27th 2:17 AM
Thank you FCC! Victory for Internet Fredoom via Freepress.net
Thursday Feb 26th 5:44 PM
Year After Standoff Over Nevada Cattle Trespass, Questions Remain About Unpaid Fees Center for Biological Diversity
Thursday Feb 26th 5:15 PM
Voices from the Gulf: Monique Verdin My Louisiana Love WTUL News
Thursday Feb 26th 1:02 PM
Venezuela: To coups and economic sabotage answer with a revolutionary offensive! Marxist Tendency of the PSUV
Thursday Feb 26th 2:28 AM
Bells Across the Land: Sesquicentennial Celebration of Freedom khubaka, michael harris
Wednesday Feb 25th 11:30 AM
Nurses Welcome Veto of Keystone XL Pipeline Bill via National Nurses United (2 comments)
Tuesday Feb 24th 6:37 PM
Fire to the Prisons #12 is Available Now! FTTP
Tuesday Feb 24th 4:25 PM
KPFA's Africa Today on Albert Woodfox w/ Robert H. King and Amnesty USA's Jasmine Heiss Africa Today audio posted by Angola 3 News
Tuesday Feb 24th 10:45 AM
Feds Will Expand Habitat Protections for Endangered Killer Whales on West Coast Center for Biological Diversity (1 comment)
Monday Feb 23rd 12:51 PM
Nuclear Shutdown News February 2015 Michael Steinberg
Saturday Feb 21st 10:22 PM
Deforestation-Free And Zero-Deforestation, Palm Oil's Carbon Footprint Tomas DiFiore (2 comments)
Friday Feb 20th 3:33 PM
Good Friday Set to Denounce Junipero Serra and Honor California Native Indians via AIM Southern California
Friday Feb 20th 3:24 PM
CBP Unveils Body-Worn Camera Testing Locations American Civil Liberties Union
Friday Feb 20th 2:54 PM
Amnesty International USA Urges Obama to Address Torture by Chicago Police Amnesty International
Thursday Feb 19th 5:38 PM
Groups Applaud U.S. Dietary Guidelines' New Sustainability Focus Center for Biological Diversity
Thursday Feb 19th 4:32 PM
Lawsuit Seeks to Halt Offshore Fracking in California Center for Biological Diversity
Thursday Feb 19th 1:57 PM
Death of Dr. Ernest Sternglass Joseph Mangano
Monday Feb 16th 9:17 PM
PA Governor Tom Wolf halts executions! Prison Radio
Monday Feb 16th 9:43 AM
Interview with Noonieman of Yellow Pocahontas WTUL News & Views
Monday Feb 16th 7:50 AM
Peter Dale Scott and David Talbot on the U.S. Deep State Ed Rippy (1 comment)
Sunday Feb 15th 7:30 PM
Memorial to Tamir Rice and all Lives Stolen by Law Enforcement, Speak-Out and March StopMassIncarcerationBayArea
Sunday Feb 15th 10:15 AM
A3 Coalition: LA Continues to Obstruct Justice But Albert Woodfox Does Not Fear A Trial International Coalition to Free the Angola 3
Friday Feb 13th 6:27 PM
Interview With Senator JP Morrell WTUL News & Views
Friday Feb 13th 8:39 AM
Advocates Urge FDA to Halt Risky GMO Mosquito Release Food & Water Watch
Thursday Feb 12th 9:07 PM
Amnesty International Responds to the Re-Indictment of Albert Woodfox Amnesty USA statement posted by Angola 3 News
Thursday Feb 12th 8:26 PM
Obama Wants To Be Czar... Asks For More Powers Of War IVAW Supporter
Thursday Feb 12th 11:29 AM
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