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Sat Feb 22 2014Protest at Google Headquarters Demands Google Withdraw from ALEC
On February 18, Common Cause and Forecast the Facts spearheaded a demonstration on Google headquarters property in Mountain View, California. They were bolstered by the presence of activists including the Raging Grannies and members of Occupy Mountain View. The protesters called out Google for its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a lobbying group linked to climate change denying legislation, "Stand Your Ground" laws, and other extreme right wing agenda items.
Thu Feb 6 2014 (Updated 02/07/14)Bay Area Cities Join Nationwide Vigils to Protest Keystone XL Pipeline
Thu Feb 6 2014 (Updated 02/07/14)XL Pipeline Demonstrators Urge President to Keep Word and Fight Climate Change
On February 3, protest vigils were held across the country following the State Department’s release of the final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL pipeline. The protests included thousands of demonstrators urging the president to keep his word in the fight against climate change and reject the controversial pipeline. In the Bay Area rallies were held in many cities, including Oakland, Palo Alto, and Santa Cruz.
Wed Aug 7 2013 (Updated 08/09/13)Palo Alto Bans Vehicular Dwellers
Wed Aug 7 2013 (Updated 08/09/13)Violation of Ban on Sleeping in Car Carries Fine of up to $1,000 and 6 Months in Jail
On August 5, Palo Alto's City Council passed a ban prohibiting people from dwelling in their vehicles. Violation of the ordinance, which will take effect in 2014, can result in a misdemeanor charge with a fine of up to $1,000 and possible jail time of 6 months. Before the council's decision dozens of homeless advocates staged a protest in front of City Hall, then took turns addressing the council in chambers. They screamed out "shame!" when the council voted 7 to 2 to enact the ban.
Tue Jul 2 2013 (Updated 08/09/13)Lawsuit Filed to Protect Endangered Marbled Murrelet in Santa Cruz Mountains
Tue Jul 2 2013 (Updated 08/09/13)State Park Management Plan Threatens to Trash Tree-nesting Seabirds' Future
The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit on June 19 against the California Department of Parks and Recreation for its failure to protect an endangered seabird, the Marbled Murrelet, under the new management plan for Big Basin Redwoods State Park in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains. The suit, filed in California Superior Court in Santa Cruz county, challenges the department’s plans to expand visitor facilities in or near essential nesting habitat.
Tue Jul 2 2013 (Updated 07/18/13)Solidarity with the People of Turkey
Tue Jul 2 2013 (Updated 07/18/13)Bay Area Actions Oppose State Repression in Turkey and Around the World
Protests in Turkey began May 28 at Istanbul's Taksim Gezi Park, against plans to turn the loved and historic city park into a shopping mall. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan brutally attacked the peaceful demonstrators. As daily anti-government protests rocked Istanbul, demonstrators in the Bay Area showed solidarity against Turkish state repression with protests in Berkeley, Palo Alto, Santa Cruz, and Oakland, in addition to the establishment of Gezi Gardens in San Francisco.
Tue Jun 4 2013 (Updated 08/09/13)Zuckerberg Led PAC Supports XL Pipeline, Demonstrators Fire Back with Protests
Tue Jun 4 2013 (Updated 08/09/13)Environmentalists Bird Dog Facebook CEO at Work and at Home
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's new political action group has spent big money on ads to advocate for the Keystone XL pipeline and Bay Area environmentalists are riled. Activists rallied near the CEO's San Francisco home on June 1st. Members of the Keystone XL Action Council previously spearheaded an action on May 1st at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park.
Mon Apr 8 2013 (Updated 04/09/13)Ritzy Obama Fundraisers Bring Protests Against XL Pipeline in San Francisco, Atherton
Mon Apr 8 2013 (Updated 04/09/13)Demonstrators in Bay Area Tell Obama No XL Pipeline
Protesters mobilized to greet President Barack Obama who was in town for a series of fundraisers in San Francisco and Atherton on April 3 and 4. Approximately 1,000 demonstrators opposing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would extend from Canada to Texas, gathered outside the mansion of Ann and Gordon Getty in San Francisco the evening of April 3. The next day about 100 environmentalists lay in wait along the President's route after a fundraiser in Atherton.