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Sun Sep 14 2014New Data Shows California Drift Gillnets Not Sustainable, Continue to Kill Marine Mammals
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.
Sat Sep 13 2014 (Updated 09/14/14)Rally in Redwood City for Equal Rights Amendment
Sat Sep 13 2014 (Updated 09/14/14)Battle for Passage of the ERA has been Fought for 91 Years
"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."
Sun Jul 27 2014 (Updated 08/10/14)Swordfish Drift Gillnet Fishery Restricted to Protect Loggerhead Sea Turtles
Sun Jul 27 2014 (Updated 08/10/14)Feds Close Over 25,000 Square Miles of Ocean Off California’s Coast to Destructive Gear
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.
Sat Jul 26 2014Protest at Whole Foods in Palo Alto: Boycott Eden Foods
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.
Wed Jul 16 2014 (Updated 08/21/14)The World Responds to Israel's Atrocities in Gaza
Wed Jul 16 2014 (Updated 08/21/14)Hundreds of Palestinians, Including Whole Families, Have Been Killed in Gaza Since July 8
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.
Sun Jun 29 2014 (Updated 07/02/14)Occupy Google Demands Dialogue, Gets Arrested
Sun Jun 29 2014 (Updated 07/02/14)Ten Arrested at Google Headquarters Asking for Dialogue in Battle for Net Neutrality
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.
Fri Jun 20 2014 (Updated 06/23/14)Family Demands Transparent Investigation Into Killing of Yanira Serrano Garcia
Fri Jun 20 2014 (Updated 06/23/14)Community Responds After San Mateo Sheriff Shoots and Kills 18-Year-Old in Half Moon Bay
On June 18, Tony Serrano stood before the Half Moon Bay City Council to demand justice for his sister, Yanira Serrano Garcia. Yanira was killed by San Mateo County Sheriff's deputy Menh Trieu on June 3 when she was having a health crisis outside of her home at the Moonridge housing complex. The Serrano family and their supporters are asking the Half Moon Bay City Council to support a number of resolutions, including one that calls for a transparent criminal investigation into the killing of the 18-year-old.