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Sat Mar 3 2018 (Updated 03/14/18)Hundreds Rally in San Francisco to Denounce ICE
Hundreds of immigrant rights activists, including many students, unionists, and other allies, surrounded the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building in San Francisco to disrupt ICE's daily patterns of mistreatment and dehumanization. Increased ICE activity has been reported throughout the Bay Area, the Central Coast, and in the Central Valley. Reports from rapid response networks confirm that ICE agents have recently arrested hundreds of people in cities including Monterey, Oakland, Fresno, Napa, San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Clara, and Salinas.
Thu Feb 22 2018 (Updated 02/24/18)March For Our Lives
Bob M writes: In the wake of the Stoneman Douglas shooting, the high school students at that school and across the country are calling for a walkout on March 24 and again on April 20, the anniversary of the Columbine shooting in 1999. The students are calling for national leaders to listen to them, but as of yet they do not have demands other than getting AR-15s "out of the hands of people who should not have them." Many radicals still hold strong to the important point that de-arming must start with the cops and military, and not take away self-defense from oppressed communities.
Wed Feb 7 2018 (Updated 02/08/18)Californians Rally Against Offshore Drilling
Hundreds of Californians rallied against President Trump’s offshore oil leasing plan on February 8 in Sacramento, marching to the plan’s only formal hearing in California. Ahead of the hearing, thousands of Californians rallied in seven cities to oppose Trump’s proposal to open up the Pacific and other U.S. oceans to offshore drilling for the first time in more than 30 years. Rallies were held February 3 in at least seven communities after the federal government ignored requests by California’s congressional delegation and state leaders to hold additional hearings closer to coastal communities threatened by offshore drilling.
Mon Jan 22 2018 (Updated 01/30/18)Millions March for Women's Rights Worldwide
On January 20, the one-year anniversary of the inauguration of President Trump, women, children, and allies worldwide demonstrated in hundreds of cities, often in freezing temperatures, to stand up against against Donald Trump and his policies, patriarchal and racist violence and oppression, and for a brighter future for women. The numbers were massive across North America, with 300,000 Chicago, 200,000 in New York City, a half million in Los Angeles, and at least 100,000 in San Francisco. Tens of thousands marched in medium-sized cities such as Oakland, and in smaller towns such as Fresno, thousands took a stand. On January 21, many more took to the streets of Las Vegas, Berlin, Paris, London, and other cities across the globe.
Wed Nov 29 2017The Gusher of Big Oil Lobbying Money in Sacramento
The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones and other publications have touted Governor Jerry Brown and other state officials as the “resistance” to Donald Trump’s pro-oil industry policies in recent articles, but the reality on the ground is much different. In fact, the oil industry is the single largest corporate lobby in Sacramento — and dominates spending on lobbying every legislative session. Every bill opposed by the oil industry with the exception of one has failed to pass out of the Legislature over the past three years, due to the gusher of Big Oil lobbying money. The oil industry spent more on lobbying in California, $16,360,618, in the first six months of 2017 than was spent by the industry in all of 2016, $16.0 million.
Thu Nov 16 2017 (Updated 11/19/17)Fresno's No Camping Ordinance Criminalizes Homeless People
Proponents of the recently passed No Camping ordinance in Fresno claim that homeless people who are sleeping on public and private property are doing so by choice. They say that if they wanted to get off the streets, there are plenty of places for them to go. They suggest homeless people should go to the Fresno Rescue Mission or the Poverello House. Homeless advocates say there are too few shelter beds and that the ordinance essentially criminalizes poverty. This matters because a lack of shelter space would make it impossible for all of the homeless people in Fresno to comply with the law and avoid arrest, even if they wanted to do so.
Fri Nov 3 2017 (Updated 11/04/17)Day of the Dead Action Demands Ban on Chlorpyrifos
Spicing up their press conference with a Day of the Dead theme, health advocates from Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties rallied outside the central regional office of the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) on November 1 in Clovis. Their action was part of a continuing campaign to get DPR to urge the state to suspend agricultural use of brain-harming chlorpyrifos. Last May, the deadly pesticide was implicated in a drift incident that sickened dozens of farmworkers near Bakersfield; health advocates say that more than twenty years of research links the pesticide to neurological disorders in children.
Fri Oct 20 2017Direct Action in Support of Fresno's Homeless Community
About 200 people went to Fresno City Hall on September 29 to demand an end to the criminalization of the homeless, following the passing of a No Camping ordinance. The demand for house keys, not handcuffs, was met by a large contingent of police who surrounded the protesters and threatened them with arrest. A statement about the event stated that Fresno needs “a safe and legal place where homeless people can go 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Homeless people need a place to go and the same basic public services that everyone else in this city has — drinking water, a place to go to the bathroom and trash bins. In short, the homeless need to be treated with dignity and respect, because they are our brothers and sisters and in some cases our mothers, fathers or children.”
Fri Aug 18 2017 (Updated 08/21/17)Air Testing Shows Unsafe Levels of Brain-Harming Pesticide in Kern County
Chlorpyrifos, a neurotoxic pesticide linked to IQ loss and autism, has been found in the air in Kern County in amounts far in excess of the level of concern established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for pregnant women, according to 2016 air monitoring data released on August 17 by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. California officials are now weighing a statewide ban based on the assessment by EPA scientists. A ban can’t come soon enough for residents of California’s farming communities, who worry about the effect of chronic exposure on the wellbeing of their children.
Wed Aug 16 2017 (Updated 08/17/17)Call Goes Out to Boot Neo-Nazi from CSU
On August 11, over 500 neo-Nazis attacked a group of young students and community members at the University of Virginia. The neo-Nazis had gathered for a nighttime march before the now infamous “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville that resulted in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injured close to 20 people. CSU Stanislaus student Nathan Damigo, the neo-Nazi leader of Identity Evropa was not only there, he was a key organizer of the rally. Back in April, Damigo first came into the public spotlight for punching a female protester at a demonstration. CSU Stanislaus did nothing then and the problem only continued to grow. Now someone is dead.
Mon Jun 26 2017 (Updated 06/28/17)Tracking Twenty Years of Stockton Killings by Law Enforcement
This timeline mapping state violence in Stockton, CA was collectively generated as part of a larger ongoing convivial research effort to expose low intensity war across the Bay Area and state. The timeline was produced through a collaboration between the Center for Convivial Research and Autonomy (CCRA) and the efforts of families and grassroots groups in Stockton and beyond. It is a tool that remembers, counts, mourns and honors our dead. The timeline is a collaborative effort of documentation over time that makes visible the many resistances that have refused erasure.
10AM Saturday Mar 24 March for Our Lives Sacramento
11AM Sunday Apr 22 Sacramento Earth Day Festival
2018 National Agriculture Week ~ Toward resolving the National SNAP-GAP Mon Mar 19th 1:31pm
Kaiser Bosses Target Injured SEIU Orthopedic Technicians In Valley For Bigger Profits (2 comments) Sat Mar 17th 9:36am
Exposing the Big Myth: Offshore drilling has increased off California under Jerry Brown Sat Mar 17th 9:18am
White paper commissioned by Delta Tunnels proponents claims CAWaterFix would benefit fish Thu Mar 15th 9:14am
Cultural Incompetence: My Son was Kicked out of Class Because of His Hair Fri Mar 9th 12:25pm
#TimesUp 4 C.T. Weber (1 comment) Thu Mar 8th 3:01pm
18,000 Kaiser RNs Vote to Authorize Possible Strike at Kaiser Medical Facilities throughout California Mon Mar 5th 11:25amMore Local News...
Kwanzaa: The "Califorina Grown" Pan African Holiday Sun Dec 10th 8:33pm
Expanding Participation with the 2017 Ag Census in the "Farm to Fork Capitol of America" Fri Dec 1st 5:53pm
Health & Farmworker Advocates Respond to California’s Interim Mitigations for Chlorpyrifos Wed Oct 4th 10:09am
Governor Jerry Brown accuses cap-and-trade bill opponents of 'political terrorism' Sat Jul 29th 3:12pm
Lawsuit Launched to Protect Birds, Other Wildlife From Harmful Agricultural Pesticides Used on National Wildlife Refuges Thu Mar 23rd 4:51pm
Report: Children and the elderly at risk from "dangerous and close" fracking Sat Oct 29th 3:29am
WW CA Farmworkers Getting 8 Hour Day & Attacks On Workers Comp By DIR and Governor Brown (1 comment) Wed Aug 31st 8:28pmMore Global News...
Black History at the 51st World Ag Expo Mon Feb 12th 9:47am
Farm to Fork Friday, Expanding Inclusion Thoroughout Sacramento Regional Food Systems Sat Feb 10th 10:30am
Calif Cops work with alt-reich to attack and prosecute counter demonstrators and Antifa (1 comment) Fri Feb 9th 7:27pm
Will Work for Food Mon Feb 6th 12:18pm
2016 California Diabetes Awareness Month ~ Victory Garden Project Sat Nov 26th 2:04pm
Victim of Identity Theft Tells Her Story Thu Oct 27th 12:16am
USDA Unviels New 'Urban Agriculture Toolkit' for Agriculture Entrepreneurs Fri Apr 29th 10:56pmOpen Newswire...
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