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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.
Tue May 13 2014 (Updated 05/16/14)Protesters Tell Sheriff Arpaio to Take His Brand of Hate and Leave Mountain View
Tue May 13 2014 (Updated 05/16/14)Outside Arpaio Speech, Demonstrators Impersonate Sheriff's Abusive Tactics
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.
Fri May 9 2014 (Updated 05/10/14)President Praises Walmart at Store in Mountain View, Protesters Cry Foul
Fri May 9 2014 (Updated 05/10/14)Obama Disappoints Labor Advocates with Appearance at Walmart on Peninsula
President Obama was in Mountain View on May 9 to promote initiatives that expand solar energy use. He had special praise for Walmart because it uses some forms of alternative energy. Labor advocates protested outside the megastore where the president spoke, saying that Walmart is anti-union, keeps workers' wages low, and provides few benefits.
Sun Apr 13 2014 (Updated 04/14/14)Supreme Court Rules in Favor of the 1%, Immediate Response in Palo Alto
Sun Apr 13 2014 (Updated 04/14/14)Court's Decision Clears the Way for More Private Money to Enter the Electoral System
On April 2, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Shaun McCutcheon et al in McCutcheon v Federal Elections Commission. Responding immediately, a crowd gathered at Palo Alto's City Hall to demonstrate against the decision, which clears the way for even more private money to enter the electoral system. One SF Peninsula protester said, "If you thought Citizen's United was selling our democracy down the money pit, check out the McCutcheon vs. FEC ruling handed down today!"