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Wed Apr 3 2013 (Updated 04/09/13)Action Camp to Defend Little Lake Valley Established
Wed Apr 3 2013 (Updated 04/09/13)Tree-Sitters Removed as Opposition to CalTrans Bypass Project Grows
On March 30, defenders of Little Lake Valley in Mendocino County announced the establishment of an action camp to oppose the construction of a four-lane superhighway by CalTrans through Little Lake Valley in the town of Willits. Resistance to the project has taken the form of tree sits, and on March 28, the tree-sitter known as "Warbler" embarked on a hunger strike. On April 2, the tree-sitters were forcibly removed by the California Highway Patrol, but Warbler has become an icon in the fast-growing campaign in opposition to the Caltrans Bypass project, and her hunger strike continues.
Tue Feb 26 2013 (Updated 02/28/13)Pit River Tribe Unanimously Resolves to Protect Medicine Lake Highlands
Tue Feb 26 2013 (Updated 02/28/13)Tribe Asserts Geothermal Development is Incompatible with use of Highlands as Sacred Area
On February 15, the Pit River Tribe unanimously affirmed a resolution opposing geothermal and other industrial developments in the sacred Medicine Lake Highlands. The resolution affirms that geothermal development would threaten the underlying aquifer and would result in the injection of toxins into the atmosphere and waters.
Fri Aug 10 2012Earth First! Blocks Sierra Pacific Logging Truck at Sawmill
Earth First! activists blocked a logging truck and flooded the office of Sierra Pacific's sawmill in Manila, demanding a stop to old-growth logging and massive clear-cutting planned in Humboldt County's forests. “We’re here to expose SPI’s destructive logging” said Jeremy Jensen. “They claim to be sustainable under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative label but SPI intensively clear-cuts and logs old-growth forests all over California.”
Mon Aug 6 2012 (Updated 08/07/12)SF Bay Area Community Demands "Free Ankah!"
Mon Aug 6 2012 (Updated 08/07/12)Local Activist Anna Karewicz on ICE Hold and Fighting Deportation
UPDATE 8/7: Ankah was bonded out of jail just before 6pm. Her friends report that she will still need continued support.
Anna Karewicz, who is known to her friends as Ankah, is a puppeteer, artist, and avid community gardener who lives in Oakland. On Thursday, August 2nd, the group with which she was bicycle touring in Northern California mistakenly rode on the wrong side of the street on a city block in Arcata. The group was stopped by police. The other riders received traffic infraction citations and were allowed to go on their way. Ankah, however, was taken into custody with an ICE hold, and she could be deported at any time. Ankah's friends are requesting that people sign an online petition and contact the Humboldt County Sheriff's department and other officials to demand that she be set free.
Tue Sep 20 2011 (Updated 09/23/11)Victory for Family After Eureka Police Murder of Martin Frederick Cotton II
Tue Sep 20 2011 (Updated 09/23/11)Civil Rights Trial for Fatal Eureka Police Beating of Martin Cotton Ends with Huge Victory
Redwood Curtain CopWatch writes: Four years ago, Martin was 26 years old, unarmed and living on the streets when he was killed by the Eureka Police when they pummeled his body in broad daylight, in front of a homeless shelter, then brought him to the jail to die.... The case, Siehna Cotton et al v. City of Eureka is being heard before U.S. District Court Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong and a seven person jury.... Marty Cotton, Sr. says, “We want to expose the truth, ideally, so those cops can never wear a badge and weaponry and never do this to anyone else again.” On September 23rd when the verdict was announced, the City of Eureka and three Eureka police officers lost as the jury awarded the Martin Cotton family over $4.5 million.
Fri Jul 8 2011 (Updated 07/13/11)Hunger Strike Carries On After Reaching 6,600 Prisoners
Fri Jul 8 2011 (Updated 07/13/11)Pelican Bay Hunger Strike Solidarity Actions Continue in Oakland and San Francsico
UPDATE 7/12: Hunger Striker’s Health Rapidly Deteriorates | 7/14: Vigil to support the Prisoner Hunger Strikers
Thousands of California prisoners have come together in solidarity with the prisoners at Pelican Bay SHU. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s own figures acknowledge 6,600 prisoners participated in the hunger strike across 13 prisons in California this past weekend. The first solidarity actions were held on July 1st on both sides of the SF Bay. Further solidarity actions were held in Oakland on July 8th and San Francisco on July 9th.
Sun Jun 26 2011 (Updated 07/08/11)Protesting the Living Hell in Pelican Bay State Prison
Sun Jun 26 2011 (Updated 07/08/11)Prisoner Hunger Strike Begins at Pelican Bay in Crescent City
Prisoners in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, California announced that they are beginning an indefinite hunger strike on July 1st to protest the conditions of their imprisonment, which they say are cruel and inhumane. An online petition has been started by supporters of the strikers. Key demands include the elimination of group punishments, modification of active/inactive gang status criteria, and the provision of adequate food.
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