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Mon Dec 29 2014 (Updated 12/30/14)Drift Gillnets are Deadly Curtains of Death
Mon Dec 29 2014 (Updated 12/30/14)Lawmakers & Conservation Groups Call for Phase Out of California Drift Gillnets
On December 22, with the full support of marine conservation organizations, a group of California legislators called on the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service to transition away from deadly California drift gillnets. “California drift gillnets are deadly curtains of death for marine wildlife like whales and sea turtles,” said Doug Karpa of Turtle Island Restoration Network.
Wed Nov 12 2014 (Updated 11/17/14)Nurses Strike Throughout California and Across U.S.
Wed Nov 12 2014 (Updated 11/17/14)Strikes by California RNs Kick Off Actions for Patient Safety and Ebola Precautions
UPDATE 11/14: New CA Ebola Mandate Inspired by NNU Appeal to Gov. Brown, Sets National Model
On November 11, two-day strikes started that effect nearly 20,000 registered nurses at 86 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics, a Sutter hospital in Tracy, and Watsonville Community Hospital kicking off a wave of protests in 15 states and the District of Columbia over eroding patient care conditions symbolized by inadequate Ebola safeguards at most U.S. hospitals. Large noon rallies were held at Kaiser Oakland and Kaiser South Sacramento.
Thu Oct 23 2014Lawsuit Launched to Protect Pinto Abalone
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.
Thu Oct 9 2014 (Updated 10/14/14)Public Right to Access California Coastline Reaffirmed
Thu Oct 9 2014 (Updated 10/14/14)Martin's Beach Access Lawsuit Won Against Billionaire Vinod Khosla
On September 24, the Surfrider Foundation scored a huge victory in its protracted legal battle against billionaire and venture capitalist Vinod Khosla to restore beach access at Martin’s Beach in San Mateo County, California. In 2010, Khosla had locked gates that provided the only public access to the beach. “Today’s court decision upholding the Coastal Act is an important victory for Martin’s Beach and ultimately strengthens the public's right to beach access in California,” says Angela Howe, Legal Director for the Surfrider Foundation.
Mon Oct 6 2014Standing Strong Against the Death Penalty
Mon Oct 6 2014Movement to End Capital Punishment Growing
At a rally in Palo Alto on October 5th, speakers Mary Kay Raftery and Chris Walker said that there is no such thing as the "closure" that death penalty advocates promote. Mary Kay's son was murdered; Chris spoke of his experience as an innocent man in Pelican Bay prison. Long time Amnesty International member Terry McCaffrey said it is clear that support for the death penalty is in decline, but "we must not let up on our struggle to put an end to capital punishment".
Fri Sep 26 2014 (Updated 09/28/14)We Are Not World Cops
Fri Sep 26 2014 (Updated 09/28/14)Bay Area Residents React to Airstrikes on Syria by Taking to the Streets
On the evening of September 23, the airwaves were filled with reports of strikes by the United States and its allies against targets in Syria. Quick response in Palo Alto by the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center called on SF Peninsula residents to gather and protest. Demonstrations were held in San Francisco and San José as well.
Sun Sep 14 2014Family of Yanira Serrano Sues San Mateo Sheriffs and Deputy Who Killed Their Daughter
On September 9, the family of Yanira Serrano Garcia announced they filed a civil rights lawsuit against San Mateo County and San Mateo Sheriff's Deputy Menh Trieu in Federal District Court in San Francisco for the June 3 killing of Yanira at her home in Half Moon Bay. On August 18, San Mateo County District Attorney Stephen M. Wagstaffe announced charges would not be filed against Deputy Trieu for the killing.