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Wed Apr 13 2016 (Updated 04/20/16)UFW Tries to Silence Boycott Driscoll’s Activists at Cesar Chavez March
Wed Apr 13 2016 (Updated 04/20/16)Activists Ask United Farm Workers: Which Side Are You On?
On April 3, members of Watsonville Brown Berets (WBB) traveled to Salinas to attend the annual Cesar Chavez March and Rally presented by United Farm Workers (UFW). WBB were joined by members of Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ), an independent farmworker union in Burlington, Washington fighting for a union contract, and initiators of the boycott against Driscoll's. Although advocating for farmworkers' rights seems like it would be warmly welcomed by UFW, that was not the experience for WBB and FUJ members.
Sun Mar 27 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)California Apartment Association Stalking the Tenants' Rights Movement
Sun Mar 27 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)CAA Opposes Rent Controls in Oakland, Alameda, San Jose, Mountain View, and Other Cities
The California Apartment Association (CAA) has been meddling in the affairs of city after city in Northern California in an effort to stop any and all renter protections being promoted by renters, tenant activists, and their supporters. The same day that Oakland tenant activists filed a ballot initiative to strengthen renter protections called the Renters Upgrade, the CAA announced that they were keeping an eye on things, and are coming up with their own plan to counter the tenants' movement efforts.
Sat Mar 26 2016 (Updated 04/16/16)Farmworkers on West Coast Tour: Boycott Driscoll's from Border to Border
Sat Mar 26 2016 (Updated 04/16/16)Washington State Farmworkers Launch West Coast Tour in Solidarity with San Quintín
Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) has embarked on an historic 28-day tour of the West Coast to organize a major offensive on the world’s largest berry distributor, Driscoll’s Berries. The local independent farmworker union, based in Burlington, WA, is touring the coast at a crucial moment in their campaign for a union contract at Driscoll's supplier Sakuma Brothers Farms. Driscoll’s and Sakuma are feeling pressure from a growing amount of boycott activity. On Thursday, March 31, there was a major action at Driscoll’s headquarters in Watsonville.
Wed Mar 23 2016 (Updated 04/21/16)Chemicals Used in Acidization Threaten Water Supplies
Wed Mar 23 2016 (Updated 04/21/16)Acidization Study Finds Oil Companies Using Dozens of Hazardous Chemicals in CA Wells
Oil companies use dozens of extremely hazardous chemicals to acidize wells in California, raising water contamination and public-safety concerns, according to a new study in the Journal of Toxicological and Environmental Chemistry. The University of California-Los Angeles study, which has national significance because it seems to be the first ever to examine the toxicity of acidization chemicals, finds that almost 200 different chemicals have been used in the process.
Sun Mar 6 2016Cannabis Patient John Mazula Found Not Guilty in San Diego
Terrie Best of San Diego Americans for Safe Access writes: On March 1, the prosecution began its case against John Mazula, who was being charged with manufacturing medical cannabis concentrates. The case came down to whether the process John used to extract cannabis concentrate made use of butane gas or not. Without hesitation each juror at the table one-by-one pronounced John not guilty. Then they discussed why. The jurors blamed the police. They knew the case was poorly put together with no evidence to convict John.
Tue Feb 23 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)California's Police Bill of Rights Challenged in State House
Tue Feb 23 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)New California Bill Promises Increased Transparency in Law Enforcement Misconduct Records
The California Police Bill of Rights as it is known today could be on its way out if California SB1286 becomes law, shining increased light on police misconduct in the state. Police "unions" and lobbyists like the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) are expected to fight to maintain the secrecy that currently shields their bad behavior — and legislators historically tend to kowtow to their wishes. The public, however, clearly wants greater access to police records.
Sun Feb 21 2016 (Updated 05/03/16)Anti-BDS Bills Introduced in California Legislature
Sun Feb 21 2016 (Updated 05/03/16)Nationwide, New Laws Seek to Suppress Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Campaigns
Israel’s defenders in the U.S. have intensified their efforts to stifle criticism of Israeli government policies with new bills and laws seeking to censor or punish advocacy in support of Palestinian rights. In California, two anti-BDS bills were introduced by Assembly member Travis Allen. AB 1551, the “California Israel Commerce Protection Act”, would prohibit the state from investing in businesses and institutions that comply with boycotts against Israel or Israeli-controlled territories. AB 1552 would prohibit the state from contracting with entities that engage in what he calls “boycotts due to discrimination and bigotry.”