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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
Thu Nov 16 2017 (Updated 11/19/17)How Many Homeless Shelter Beds Are There in Fresno... and Why It Matters
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
Fri Nov 3 2017 (Updated 11/04/17)Health Advocates in San Joaquin Valley Press State to Suspend Deadly Pesticide
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
Fri Oct 20 2017House Keys, Not Handcuffs: Solidarity with Homeless in Fresno
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
Fri Aug 18 2017 (Updated 08/21/17)Chlorpyrifos in Air More Than 18 Times Higher Than EPA Level of Concern
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
Wed Aug 16 2017 (Updated 08/17/17)Demand CSU Stanislaus Expel Neo-Nazi and Unite the Right Organizer Nathan Damigo
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
Mon Jun 26 2017 (Updated 06/28/17)Timeline Documents High Rate of Officer-Involved Killings in Stockton, CA
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.
Mon Jun 5 2017The Epic Battle Between Big Oil & the People of California
On Thirteenth Street in front of the Sacramento Convention Center where the Democratic Convention was being held on May 20, a group of activists held a mock “tug of war" between the people of California and the oil industry for the loyalty of Governor Jerry Brown. The skit depicted the contradiction between Jerry Brown the “climate leader,” who appeals to his Democratic base by preaching against climate change and for green energy, and the other guy, “Big Oil Brown,” who supports the expansion of fracking in California and the construction of the Delta Tunnels — and has received millions in contributions from the oil and energy industries.
Thu May 25 2017 (Updated 06/22/17)Hunger Strike Begins at Folsom State Prison
Thu May 25 2017 (Updated 06/22/17)Prisoners Protest Inhumane Conditions in Segregation Units with Hunger Strike
The men at Old Folsom State Prison in the ASU and Ad-Seg will begin a hunger strike on May 25 due to ongoing issues with the conditions of confinement that violate the Eighth Amendment. All the prisoners held in Folsom’s ASU and Ad-Seg are without food bowls, therefore having to eat out of ziplock bags. They have no cups, needing to drink water from an old milk carton. They have no TVs, no property at all. The mail is sometimes withheld for no reason — up to a month for some prisoners, for others even longer. All they’re asking for is to be given day-to-day necessities. So, in order to have their voices heard, they feel they have no choice but to hunger strike.
A new study released by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, Paying More for Being Poor: Bias and Disparity in California’s Traffic Court System, shows that Californians pay some of the highest fines and fees in the country — more than three times the national average for running a red light. And new Bay Area data reveals that African-Americans are four to sixteen times more likely to be booked into county jail on a charge related to inability to pay a citation. Two bills before the California Legislature (SB 185 and AB 412) seek to address many of the disparities
Fri May 5 2017 (Updated 05/16/17)Reclaim Our Democracy from the Oil Industry
Fri May 5 2017 (Updated 05/16/17)Oil Money Out, People Power In! March and Rally in Sacramento
California is often portrayed as the nation's “green leader,” but the reality is much different. Over the 2015-2016 Legislative Session, the oil industry spent a historic $36.1 million to lobby California lawmakers. During the last six years, the industry has spent $122 million in Sacramento, more than any other interest group. “This spending spree has paid huge dividends for these companies, allowing them to dismantle and crush any meaningful legislation that might significantly curb their power to drill and pollute in California,” said David Braun of Rootskeeper. Braun urged people to join a diverse array of activists on Saturday, May 20 for a march and rally in Sacramento.
Wed Apr 26 2017 (Updated 05/01/17)Shut It Down May 1st: Respect Our Humanity
Wed Apr 26 2017 (Updated 05/01/17)International Workers' Day Marches and Strikes in Northern California
Oakland Sin Fronteras writes: International Workers' Day has been a time to uplift the struggles, honor the sacrifices, and celebrate the triumphs of working people across the world. As we stand on Ohlone Indigenous land this May 1st, we march in celebration and in resistance, and in solidarity with working people across all borders, to continue the historic struggle against economic and social inequity. With a Trump administration in power, a rising fascist tendency, and growing economic and political oppression of people everywhere, this May Day we march in the spirit of organizing and defending our communities from state violence and capitalist exploitation, and toward liberation and self-determination.
3PM Tuesday Dec 26 Sacramento Kwanzaa - "First Fruits of the Harvest in...
10AM Saturday Jan 20 Women's March Sacramento: March & Rally at the...
Big Oil spent more lobbying in first 6 months of 2017 than in all of 2016 Monday Nov 27th 1:20 PM
Expanding Kwanzaa in the "Farm to Fork Capitol of America" Saturday Nov 25th 6:14 PM
ACLU Report Shows Police Reform Needed in Fresno Tuesday Nov 14th 8:38 PM
New Reports Expose Racial and Economic Injustice, Ineffectiveness of Pollution Trading Tuesday Nov 14th 1:54 PM
Jerry Brown tells indigenous protesters in Bonn, 'Let's put you in the ground' (2 comments) Saturday Nov 11th 5:50 PM
The environmental injustice and dirty oil behind California's 'green’ facade Thursday Nov 9th 4:41 PM
Trans people and allies unite against homeless ban! Thursday Nov 9th 10:52 AMMore Local News...
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Expanding Participation with the 2017 Ag Census in the "Farm to Fork Capitol of America" Friday Dec 1st 5:53 PM
Health & Farmworker Advocates Respond to California’s Interim Mitigations for Chlorpyrifos Wednesday Oct 4th 10:09 AM
Governor Jerry Brown accuses cap-and-trade bill opponents of 'political terrorism' Saturday Jul 29th 3:12 PM
Lawsuit Launched to Protect Birds, Other Wildlife From Harmful Agricultural Pesticides Used on National Wildlife Refuges Thursday Mar 23rd 4:51 PM
Report: Children and the elderly at risk from "dangerous and close" fracking Saturday Oct 29th 3:29 AM
WW CA Farmworkers Getting 8 Hour Day & Attacks On Workers Comp By DIR and Governor Brown (1 comment) Wednesday Aug 31st 8:28 PM
Justice For CTC Whistleblower Kathleen Carroll-Statement At Sacramento Trial (1 comment) Tuesday Aug 9th 9:56 PMMore Global News...
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Kwanzaa: The "Califorina Grown" Pan African Holiday Sunday Dec 10th 8:33 PM
Will Work for Food Monday Feb 6th 12:18 PM
2016 California Diabetes Awareness Month ~ Victory Garden Project Saturday Nov 26th 2:04 PM
Victim of Identity Theft Tells Her Story Thursday Oct 27th 12:16 AM
USDA Unviels New 'Urban Agriculture Toolkit' for Agriculture Entrepreneurs Friday Apr 29th 10:56 PM
UC Davis spent thousands to scrub pepper-spray references from Internet Thursday Apr 14th 12:17 PM
One Person Killed In Officer-Involved Shooting In Central Fresno Wednesday Mar 23rd 8:28 PMOpen Newswire...
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