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Thu Jan 11 2018 (Updated 01/14/18)We Will Not Comply
Thu Jan 11 2018 (Updated 01/14/18)Reclaim MLK 2018: 96 Hours of Non-Compliance with the Trump and Schaaf Regimes
For the fourth year in a row, the Anti Police-Terror Project has called for 96 Hours of action over the King Day Weekend. From Friday, January 12 through Monday, January 15, people will take to the streets in a series of direct actions, vigils, rallies and film screenings. The weekend concludes with the Reclaiming Kings Radical Legacy March on Monday beginning at 14th and Broadway. Friday's actions address State-Sponsored Violence; Saturday's confront the Housing crisis; Sunday's focus on Indigenous/International Solidarity; and Monday, "We reclaim the Radical legacy of MLK."
Thu Jan 11 2018Protect Monterey County to Appeal Court Decision on Measure Z
Protect Monterey County and its attorneys will appeal the Monterey County Superior Court decision that overturns portions of Measure Z. Last year Monterey County voters passed Measure Z, an initiative that bans hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), prohibits new oil wells and phases out oil-industry wastewater injection wells. The court’s decision leaves the fracking ban in place, holding that oil-industry plaintiffs lack standing to challenge it. However, the decision strikes down the ban on new oil and gas wells and wastewater injection.
Thu Jan 4 2018 (Updated 01/11/18)SCPD and Santa Cruz NAACP to Cosponsor MLK March
Thu Jan 4 2018 (Updated 01/11/18)Social Justice Organizations Continue Partnership with Police
In honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the Santa Cruz branch of the NAACP and the Santa Cruz Police Department are co-sponsoring an event titled "March for the Dream: Honoring the Past - Impacting the Future" on January 15. In an open letter to police chief Andy Mills, former city council candidate Steve Schnaar questions if SCPD's dream for a better society is really in line with the dream of King.
Thu Jan 4 2018 (Updated 01/05/18)KPFA Radio at Risk
Thu Jan 4 2018 (Updated 01/05/18)Pacifica Radio on the Ropes; Could Be Out of Existence by Middle of January
On January 8, Berkeley's KPFA radio may have its money and property seized by the Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT) because of a 1.8 million dollar debt accumulated by sister station WBAI in New York. At that point, KPFA's building and bank account may no longer be under their own control, potentially taking not only WBAI off the air, but the entire Pacifica Network which includes KPFA in Berkeley, KPFK in Los Angeles, KPFT in Houston, and WPFW in Washington D.C. The Pacifica National Board has yet to take decisive action to protect the assets of the foundation, leaving the future of the network uncertain. How aggressive ESRT will be regarding Pacifica's assets remains unknown.
Fri Dec 15 2017Governor Brown is No Climate Hero
Fri Dec 15 2017Keep It In the Ground: Protesting Governor Brown in Bonn
On November 29, over a dozen climate justice activists protested Governor Jerry Brown’s speaking appearance at the Metreon in San Francisco as part of the New York Times ClimateTECH summit. They called out the hypocrisy of Brown claiming to be a “climate leader” while he promotes fracking and other extreme oil extraction methods in the state. One of the organizers of the San Francisco protest was twenty-nine-year-old Daniel Gustavo Ilario of Castro Valley, who was in Bonn, Germany as a part of an indigenous delegation and was one of the protestors who interrupted Brown's speech. Ilario is a member of Idle No More San Francisco Bay, an indigenous-women-led climate justice organization.
Wed Dec 13 2017 (Updated 01/02/18)National Day of Action in Defense of Net Neutrality
Wed Dec 13 2017 (Updated 01/02/18)Palo Alto March on Verizon Starts at Site of Censored Political Art
UPDATE: In sweeping act of deregulation, the FCC has voted to repeal Net Neutrality
Protests to save net neutrality burst upon the San Francisco Bay Area scene on December 7. The proposal at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to roll back Obama era rules would fundamentally change the internet by favoring carriers over internet content providers. In Palo Alto, a "March on Verizon" started in Lytton Plaza, where "Digital DNA", a sculpture inviting the viewer to question how technology can enslave us, is slated for removal because of its political message. Demonstrations on the national day of action targeted Verizon because FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is a former Verizon lawyer.
Thu Nov 30 2017 (Updated 12/01/17)Mapping Displacement and Gentrification in the San Francisco Bay Area
Thu Nov 30 2017 (Updated 12/01/17)Oakland Has Fastest Pace of Gentrification and Displacement in Bay Area
According to a report by the Urban Displacement Project of UC Berkeley, between 2013 and 2015 the pace of gentrification and displacement in Northern California accelerated most quickly in Oakland’s low-income neighborhoods. Skyrocketing rents reveal the need for strong rent control and just cause eviction protections in Oakland and throughout the Bay Area. According to the New York Times, Oakland’s median rent during 2016 was among the highest in the nation, just short of the median rent in Manhattan. During August of 2017, the average market rate rent for a one bedroom unit was $2,400 per month in Oakland, but since then according to Zillow the current median rent in Oakland is up to $3,000 per month.
Wed Nov 29 2017The Gusher of Big Oil Lobbying Money in Sacramento
The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones and other publications have touted Governor Jerry Brown and other state officials as the “resistance” to Donald Trump’s pro-oil industry policies in recent articles, but the reality on the ground is much different. In fact, the oil industry is the single largest corporate lobby in Sacramento — and dominates spending on lobbying every legislative session. Every bill opposed by the oil industry with the exception of one has failed to pass out of the Legislature over the past three years, due to the gusher of Big Oil lobbying money. The oil industry spent more on lobbying in California, $16,360,618, in the first six months of 2017 than was spent by the industry in all of 2016, $16.0 million.
Wed Nov 22 2017Korean Peace Walk on Armistice Day
On November 11, the Korea Peace Walk traveled 20 blocks along Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, pausing to rally at historic sites of the labor movement and Black Panther Party activism. The celebrated date activists chose originated as Armistice Day on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. About 70 people marched for over two hours from from 23rd to 44th Street. At the final rally at Koryo Place, the center of a district of small Korean family owned businesses, pungmul (풍물) drummers pounded furiously. Pungmul drumming and dancing is rooted in Korea’s collective farming culture and has long been actively used in political protest there.
Sun Nov 19 2017 (Updated 11/28/17)Police Action in East Palo Alto Displaces RV Dwellers
Sun Nov 19 2017 (Updated 11/28/17)Protesters Block Street to Protect Families at Police Action in East Palo Alto
Seventy-five protesters blocked a street in East Palo Alto to protect families at a police action at 8 a.m. on November 15. A tow truck pulled up to haul away a dozen RV's occupied mostly by working people, some with children. The RV residents received less than 24 hours notice of an emergency eviction ordinance put in place by the city. That same evening many of the protesters and about 200 residents showed up to a Public Works and Transportation Commission meeting to face off with city staff and commissioners. On the agenda: a potential long term or permanent ordinance on RV parking on Weeks Street and a ban on all oversized vehicles on city streets.
Mon Nov 20 2017Beloved Sculpture On Chopping Block in Palo Alto
Mon Nov 20 2017"Censorship Committee" of Palo Alto Banishes Public Art Piece
On November 16, the Public Art Commission of Palo Alto voted unanimously to remove the artwork of Adriana Varella from the city’s public art collection. "Digital DNA", a seven foot tall egg shaped sculpture made of recycled circuit boards, imparts a political message—that technology generated by Silicon Valley has a far-reaching impact. It conveys that modern technology can enslave us, and reminds the viewer that technology is also used for warfare. In protest of the commission's decision, the artist has created a more than 5 foot wide collage titled "Censorship Committee of Palo Alto" that is currently on display at an art show about censorship in New York City.
Thu Nov 16 2017 (Updated 11/19/17)Anarchist Community Center Celebrates Nine Years in Santa Cruz
Thu Nov 16 2017 (Updated 11/19/17)SubRosa is an Anarchist Community Space Run by a Collective of Volunteers
On November 1, SubRosa turned nine years old. SubRosa is an anarchist community space run by a collective of committed volunteers from the Santa Cruz area, freely giving of their energy and time. Located on the south end of Pacific Avenue, it is one of few places in Santa Cruz that is not focused on commerce. SubRosa has books and zines you can't find anywhere else, as well as the Anarchist Lending Library. Meetings, film screenings, music shows, art exhibitions, privacy workshops, and the increasingly popular Really Really Free Market all take place at SubRosa.
Thu Nov 16 2017 (Updated 11/19/17)Fresno's No Camping Ordinance Criminalizes Homeless People
Thu Nov 16 2017 (Updated 11/19/17)How Many Homeless Shelter Beds Are There in Fresno... and Why It Matters
Proponents of the recently passed No Camping ordinance in Fresno claim that homeless people who are sleeping on public and private property are doing so by choice. They say that if they wanted to get off the streets, there are plenty of places for them to go. They suggest homeless people should go to the Fresno Rescue Mission or the Poverello House. Homeless advocates say there are too few shelter beds and that the ordinance essentially criminalizes poverty. This matters because a lack of shelter space would make it impossible for all of the homeless people in Fresno to comply with the law and avoid arrest, even if they wanted to do so.
Mon Nov 6 2017 (Updated 11/07/17)Eviction Notice Posted for Homeless Folks at San Lorenzo Park
Mon Nov 6 2017 (Updated 11/07/17)Homeless Campers in Santa Cruz at San Lorenzo Park's Benchlands Face Eviction
After being booted from downtown Santa Cruz and directed across the river to San Lorenzo Park, homeless people are being told to move again. The Hooverville-type camp on the benchlands in San Lorenzo Park now faces eviction. A posted notice announces that park will be closed for "maintenance" on Thursday, November 9. Homeless people began occupying the benchlands after the Santa Cruz police vowed to "clean-up the downtown area". Now City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation says it is time for folks to move along. The notice states, "All of San Lorenzo Park will be closed for maintenance on: Thursday 11/9/2017. Please vacate these grounds by the end of the day Wednesday 11/8/2017."
Mon Nov 6 2017 (Updated 11/07/17)Campaign to Drive Out Trump and Pence Launches in Bay Area
Mon Nov 6 2017 (Updated 11/07/17)Kicking Off with Rally in Union Square, SF Starts Campaign to End Trump/Pence Regime
On November 4, a rally in San Francisco's Union Square kicked off Bay Area participation in a national campaign to drive out the Trump/Pence administration. A long and spirited march snaked through the city following the rally. Protests were held on the same day in twenty-two cities including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Seattle and Portland. To promote the day of action, Refuse Fascism, a project of the Revolutionary Communist Party, took out a full page ad in the New York Times.
Sun Nov 5 2017 (Updated 11/06/17)Reed College Occupied Against Wells Fargo
Sun Nov 5 2017 (Updated 11/06/17)Portland's Reed College Threatens Students for Protesting Its Financial Ties
For over fifteen days, tents, couches, tables of food, and dozens of students have decked the halls of Eliot Hall, Reed College’s administration building in Portland, Oregon. Students are occupying the building in protest of the college's financial ties to Wells Fargo. Demonstrators say the college holds around $300,000 in the bank on a daily basis. Wells Fargo is an American international banking and financial services holding company well known to be one of the primary investors in private prisons, immigration detention, the Dakota Access Pipeline, police foundations and the Israeli Apartheid, among other oppressive institutions.
Fri Nov 3 2017 (Updated 11/04/17)Day of the Dead Action Demands Ban on Chlorpyrifos
Fri Nov 3 2017 (Updated 11/04/17)Health Advocates in San Joaquin Valley Press State to Suspend Deadly Pesticide
Spicing up their press conference with a Day of the Dead theme, health advocates from Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties rallied outside the central regional office of the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) on November 1 in Clovis. Their action was part of a continuing campaign to get DPR to urge the state to suspend agricultural use of brain-harming chlorpyrifos. Last May, the deadly pesticide was implicated in a drift incident that sickened dozens of farmworkers near Bakersfield; health advocates say that more than twenty years of research links the pesticide to neurological disorders in children.
Thu Oct 26 2017 (Updated 10/28/17)Oakland Public Bank Promises Benefits for Community and Cannabis Industry
Thu Oct 26 2017 (Updated 10/28/17)Study to Start for Public Bank of Oakland as Alternative to Corporate Financial Services
Oakland will spend $75,000 on a study to examine the feasibility of establishing a public bank in the city. The impact on the cannabis industry would be huge, because most corporate banks do not conduct business with the cannabis trade even where their operations are legal. Without bank credit card services, business transactions must be conducted in cash. Even filing taxes with the IRS is problematic. Nearly all large corporate banks are involved in unethical practices of one kind or another. A public bank would also allow people of conscience to bank without supporting unconscionable investments.
Mon Oct 23 2017East Bay Homeless Encampment Threatened by BART Police
JP Massar writes: For nine months a stable, peaceful, law-abiding community of homeless people has resided at the HERE/THERE space on the west side of the BART tracks just north of the Oakland/Berkeley border, across the street from Sweet Adeline. They have had the support of the neighborhood and have recently obtained, through community support, the ability to access a porta-potty and a handwashing station. On Saturday afternoon [October 21], BART police put up notices demanding that they remove themselves from HERE/THERE area within 72 hours and threatening to confiscate their possessions. An Eviction Resistance Party has been called for Tuesday, October 24 at 4:30pm.
Fri Oct 20 2017Direct Action in Support of Fresno's Homeless Community
Fri Oct 20 2017House Keys, Not Handcuffs: Solidarity with Homeless in Fresno
About 200 people went to Fresno City Hall on September 29 to demand an end to the criminalization of the homeless, following the passing of a No Camping ordinance. The demand for house keys, not handcuffs, was met by a large contingent of police who surrounded the protesters and threatened them with arrest. A statement about the event stated that Fresno needs “a safe and legal place where homeless people can go 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Homeless people need a place to go and the same basic public services that everyone else in this city has — drinking water, a place to go to the bathroom and trash bins. In short, the homeless need to be treated with dignity and respect, because they are our brothers and sisters and in some cases our mothers, fathers or children.”
Wed Oct 18 2017PG&E's Role in Deadly Wildfires Questioned
Late in the evening on October 8, the Diablo Winds blew into Santa Rosa, resulting in five fires. The rapidly spreading fires caused dozens of deaths and burned thousands of homes and other structures to the ground. Beyond those directly effected, the Santa Rosa firestorm, and other fires in the North Bay have polluted the air across the entire region. The elderly and children are at greatest health risk from the smoke of the wildfires in Sonoma, Napa, Yuba and Mendocino Counties. On October 16 a new wildfire started in unincorporated Santa Cruz County, spurring evacuations. Concerns remain about the origin of the fires; one theory being that high winds caused power lines to collapse, raising questions about PG&E's culpability.
Fri Oct 6 2017 (Updated 10/20/17)Memorial for Bay Area Activist Kaye "Nana" Griffin
Fri Oct 6 2017 (Updated 10/20/17)Indybay Co-Founder Kaye "Nana" Griffin Passes On
Kaye "Nana" Griffin, an Indybay co-founder, passed on in early August. Nana was involved in the Bay Area activism scene for decades, including queer liberation, housing and many other local struggles. Nana also carried one of the first Indybay press passes. Her memorial service is on Saturday, October 21, 2:00 PM, at the Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission St. in San Francisco. Keith McHenry recalls, "Kaye spent many hours volunteering with San Francisco Food Not Bombs and reported on the arrests and court cases posting on Indybay. She participated in nearly all the huge protests with her pet rat on her shoulder and I remember her insightful comments about a wide range of issues."
Tue Oct 3 2017 (Updated 10/04/17)Another Fascist Fail as Bay Area Stands Against White Supremacy
Tue Oct 3 2017 (Updated 10/04/17)Community Victory Against Right-Wing Troll Milo Yiannopoulos's "Free Speech" Week
Declaring that blatant fascists and neo-nazis will never find a home in the Bay Area, hundreds of anti-racist activists rallied and marched through the streets of Berkeley on September 23. The Anti Police-Terror Project proactively called for people to gather on that day as a show of strength and unity against the white supremacists across the nation attempting to capitalize on the racist Trump presidency. Separately, Berkeley Patriots, the UC Berkeley student group behind "Free Speech Week," announced the day before it was supposedly set to begin that all events had been cancelled. Milo Yiannopoulos attempted to speak on September 24 but was on the UC Berkeley campus only 20 minutes before quickly leaving the scene.
Sat Sep 30 2017 (Updated 10/03/17)Water Protectors Resist Oil Pipeline Construction
Sat Sep 30 2017 (Updated 10/03/17)Makwa Initiate Direct Action Campaign to Fight Against Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline
The State of Wisconsin has violated the treaty rights of the Anishinaabe by allowing the Enbridge corporation to destroy wetlands, animal habitat, and their sacred rice lakes for a pipeline that the Minnesota Department of Commerce has deemed unnecessary and hazardous. In Cloquet, Minnesota, a growing front line camp of water protectors has become a base for launching nonviolent direct actions intended to shutdown construction on Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline. Every hour protesters stop work costs Enbridge thousands of dollars. This tactic of non-violent direct action is a last resort because the courts and regulatory processes have failed the people and mother earth.
Oakland City Council To End All Cooperation with ICE Tuesday Jan 16th 2:34 PM
Delta Tunnels Opponents File Motion to Stay California WaterFix Hearing Tuesday Jan 16th 2:05 PM
Flyer Distributed in the MLK Police-Led "Peace and Justice" March in Santa Cruz (1 comment) Tuesday Jan 16th 1:49 PM
Message to Trump on MLK Jr. Day: Resign, You Racist! Tuesday Jan 16th 4:00 AM
80 IAM 1584 Henkel Aerospace Bay Point Operators Win Strike Over Health & Safety Sunday Jan 14th 7:05 PM
SURJ-organized Protest in Rockridge to kick off MLK Weekend Sunday Jan 14th 11:52 AM
"Save KPFA" & "United For Community Radio" UCR Manipulate Elections To Support Bankruptcy (2 comments) Saturday Jan 13th 4:43 PM
Resistance SF Projection on Federal Building Saturday Jan 13th 10:13 AM
Lawsuit Challenges Tulare County's Flawed Plan to Limit Harmful Greenhouse Pollution From Industrial Cattle Operations Thursday Jan 11th 7:47 PM
We Will Not Comply: 96 Hours of Non-Compliance Over King Day Weekend Wednesday Jan 10th 9:55 PM
San Francisco Passes Resolution Against Offshore Drilling, Fracking Wednesday Jan 10th 10:24 AM
Court Rejects California's Blanket Approval for Pesticide Spraying Wednesday Jan 10th 10:20 AM
Santa Cruz DREAMers travel to Washington DC to fight for rights of undocumented Wednesday Jan 10th 10:08 AM
Rally to End State-Sanctioned Sexual Violence! Tuesday Jan 9th 1:11 PM
North Coast groups, fishermen slam Trump plan to open offshore drilling in federal waters (1 comment) Tuesday Jan 9th 1:05 PM
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Florida prisoners begin Operation PUSH to grind prison system to a halt w/ non-cooperation Monday Jan 15th 2:09 PM
Imagine: No US Military Bases on Foreign Soil Sunday Jan 14th 1:31 PM
French Railway Workers Demonstrate to Free Ahed Tamini'; BDS Victory; Oprah is Pro-Israel Saturday Jan 13th 7:33 PM
Statement on Israel's Blacklist Thursday Jan 11th 8:02 PM
Lawsuit Challenges Development That Could Doom California's Santa Ana Mountain Lions (1 comment) Thursday Jan 11th 7:34 PM
Teachers in Mosul learn to cope with traumatised pupils Thursday Jan 11th 12:52 AM
2018 Year Celebration for Dr. George Washington Carver Monday Jan 8th 8:17 PM
Families Of Korean MV Stellar Daisy Appeal To Get Black Box, Full Disclosure & Safety Monday Jan 8th 2:52 PM
Honor Roll of BDS Organizations Banned by Zionist Israel Sunday Jan 7th 3:14 PM
2018 the Year for Dr. George Washington Carver Friday Jan 5th 11:12 PM
CDC Promotes Lie of Nuclear Survival; Protest Jan 20-21, 2018 Friday Jan 5th 9:32 PM
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Nuclear Shutdown News December 2017: Do Nukes Kill? Tuesday Jan 2nd 4:30 PM
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MLK assassination and election fraud...1-16-18 Mouse Report Tuesday Jan 16th 1:36 PM
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Solidarity with the People of Tunisia Monday Jan 15th 9:12 PM
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"der Furor" in the White House Monday Jan 15th 2:55 AM
VIDEO: Feinstein for Secretary of State presents proportional representation plan Sunday Jan 14th 1:26 AM
What the jury in the Lac-Mégantic trial didn’t hear about the frame-up of Canadian railway Saturday Jan 13th 5:20 PM
Democrats Defeat Repeal of Costa-Hawkins Anti-Tenant Law Thursday Jan 11th 8:56 PM
Oceana Calls on Secretary Zinke to Reverse Course on Radical Offshore Drilling Plan Thursday Jan 11th 8:14 PM
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The Perfect Totalitarian Rule: Orwell (2 comments) Friday Jan 5th 3:59 AM
Updates & News Stories: The Possible Seizure of KPFA Radio & Pacifica Foundation Thursday Jan 4th 7:52 PM
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