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Thu May 26 2016 (Updated 05/27/16)
Salmon is Theme at San Francisco's Anti-GMO Action
Demonstrators spotlighted salmon at this year’s March Against Monsanto. In their protest in San Francisco on May 21, protesters called out Aquabounty for creating a GMO salmon that will be farm-raised, fast growing, and has recently been approved by the FDA despite insufficient safety testing. If these GMO salmon escape, they could forever change the genes of ocean salmon. Salmon are especially important spiritually to the Winnemem Wintu tribe of Shasta County. In Santa Cruz, protesters demonstrated wearing medical masks to bring awareness to the destruction that is caused by Monsanto and GMO's.
New reports spotlight pesticides used in the food system and the harmful effects they are having on the nation’s children. In particular, the reports find that Latino children living or attending school near California agricultural fields face some of the greatest risks of exposure from pesticides linked to cancers and the developing brain. One report discloses for the first time internal Environmental Protection Agency documents that reveal the EPA’s persistent unwillingness to enforce Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.
Mon May 9 2016 (Updated 05/16/16)
Newcastle Coal Port Shut Down on Mother's Day
As part of the Global BreakFree mobilization, Australians blockaded Newcastle coal port on Mother's Day, May 8. The protest drew more than 2000 people to Horseshoe Beach, one of the largest climate protests against coal in the NSW regional city of Newcastle. Activists set sail in a flotilla of kayaks and canoes, sail boats, catamarans, and even surfboards to make a line across the harbour. More than 60 people were arrested.
Thu May 5 2016 (Updated 05/06/16)
May Day in Northern California, 2016
International Workers' Day was first declared in the late 1800's to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago and as a celebration of laborers and the working classes. Around the world on May 1, workers continue to unite to press demands in the streets through marches, rallies, and direct actions. In the United States, May Day is also a day to push for immigrant rights, especially since the massive "Gran Paro Americano" general strike and marches of 2006.
On April 26 the Santa Cruz City Council gave their six-month report on the progress of the City’s efforts to acquire the property containing the Beach Flats Community Garden. At the meeting, the City Council agreed to a three year lease for the garden. However Josh Brahinsky of the Beach Flats Garden Coalition points out, "The lease only covers 60% of the previous garden, and has a 60 day escape clause for Seaside Company, and thus does not provide long-term security for the garden."
On April 23, celebrating Earth Day and the fourth anniversary of the original occupation, about 30 farm defenders occupied two acres on the south side of the Gill Tract. The group made three demands: 1) stop the development, 2) preserve the land for sustainable agriculture, and 3) create a community process for design & stewardship of gill tract. Not reaching the numbers they had hoped for, the occupation was abandoned the following night.
Tue May 3 2016 (Updated 05/04/16)
Driscoll’s Runs Away At Watsonville Earth Day
As the top sponsor of Watsonville's 14th Annual Earth Day / Day of the Child Festival, the philanthropy specialists at Driscoll’s were hopeful that April 24, 2016 would be a great day at Ramsay Park for promoting their brand. When a few people started speaking about the international boycott of Driscoll's and handing out flyers, the Driscoll's representatives quickly dismantled their event booth and got rid of their strawberries as fast as they could.
Fri Apr 29 2016 (Updated 04/30/16)
New Fees to Be Charged to Subsidize Delta Tunnels
Attendees at the April 14 public meeting of the Santa Clara County Water Commission's Board of Directors in Gilroy were surprised to learn that a new fee will soon be added to their groundwater bills to support the Cal WaterFix, also known as the Delta Tunnels. Several users of small private residential water systems complained bitterly about the cost of the current groundwater charges on top of the cost of pumping and maintenance of their own wells.
On Monday, April 11, 2016, around 800 State of Mexico riot police at the service of Grupo Higa laid siege to the Otomí community of San Francisco Xochicuautla, destroyed the camp set up in defense of the forest, used heavy machinery to illegally tear down the house of Dr. Armando García Salazar, and violently dragged out at least 25 men, women and children who were inside the house, including 64-year-old Isabel Hernández, a member of the Supreme Indigenous Council of Xochicuautla.
A bulldozer rumbled into the Beach Flats Community Garden early Thursday morning, March 24, tearing out mature fruit trees and nopales plants that city staff had earlier promised would not be touched, and damaging an already strained relationship between the City and community. Despite the loss of land, fruit trees, and nopales, the Beach Flats Gardeners are committed to making the best of the 2016 planting season.
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation released the results of annual pesticide use reporting – the only reporting like it in the country – offering a glimpse into what potentially hazardous pesticides are being used in the state. Despite fewer plantings and crop loss due to the drought across the state, hazardous pesticide use increased in some counties. From 2013 to 2014, in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, such pesticide use increased 10.0% and 9.4%, respectively.
Wed Mar 23 2016 (Updated 04/21/16)
Chemicals Used in Acidization Threaten Water Supplies
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.
On February 23, Protect Monterey County gathered at the steps of the old court house in Salinas to announce the delivery of their notice of intent to circulate the petition: "Protect Our Water: Ban Fracking and Limit Risky Oil Operations Initiative." The group is now seeking signature gathering help to put the anti-fracking Initiative on the ballot in Monterey County for November 2016.
With the hope of nudging the city forward toward making good on its months-old public promise to initiate permanent investment in the Beach Flats Community Garden, and under imminent threat of legal proceedings against them, on February 16 the gardeners of Beach Flats decided to sign a city letter acquiescing to temporarily leaving the garden plots they have tended so carefully over the past two decades.
iCal feed From the Calendar:
6:30PM Thursday Jun 2 Screening of: Occupy the Farm
12PM Saturday Jun 4 The Great Russian River Race
12PM Monday Jun 13 Protest at Sierra Club
11:30AM Sunday Jun 26 Climate Emergency! Act Now.
Protest at Sierra Club Forest Action Brigade Saturday May 28th 5:29 PM
Obama Administration OKs Offshore Fracking in California Center for Biological Diversity Friday May 27th 2:34 PM
Shell Pipeline in Northern California Has History of Oil Spills, Documents Show Center for Biological Diversity (2 comments) Wednesday May 25th 11:44 AM
Deal Protects Santa Cruz Coastal Habitat, Accommodates Solar-powered Home Center for Biological Diversity Tuesday May 24th 1:06 PM
El Festival de la Fresa 2016: Traído a usted por la explotación Colectivo Todo Poder al Pueblo Monday May 23rd 1:54 PM
Strawberry Festival 2016: Brought To You By Exploitation Colectivo Todo Poder al Pueblo (1 comment) Monday May 23rd 1:33 PM
Salmon In Danger: March Against Monsanto San Francisco R.Robertson Sunday May 22nd 12:41 AM
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President Obama Asked to Stop U.S. Military Project That Threatens Endangered Dugong Center for Biological Diversity Thursday May 26th 7:29 PM
And Here’s Another Thing the Clinton’s Fucked Up. Lloyd Hart Wednesday May 25th 9:57 AM
Who Owns the Sky? The Climate in the Globalization Trap C. Methmann, A. Haack and J. Eisgruber Tuesday May 24th 4:07 AM
New UK Report Supports Strong Action on Antibiotics in Ag via Center for Food Safety Friday May 20th 3:37 PM
House Passes Most Environmentally Destructive Defense Authorization Act in History Center for Biological Diversity Thursday May 19th 5:20 PM
National Research Council GMO Study Compromised by Industry Ties
 via Food & Water Watch Monday May 16th 2:51 PM
Study: Biodiversity Essential to Protect Ocean Fishes From Climate Change Center for Biological Diversity Monday May 16th 1:53 PM
Save the Multinational Species Conservation Fund Tomas DiFiore Saturday May 14th 5:06 PM
Vaquita Population Plummets to Just 60 Individuals Center for Biological Diversity Saturday May 14th 1:59 PM
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38 Arguments Against TTIP Harald Klimenta, Maritta Strasser and P Fuchs Monday May 9th 6:08 AM
TTIP and CETA Must Be Prevented Conrad Schuhler and Jonas Sjostedt Thursday May 5th 11:53 AM
Oil Industry Continues Efforts to “Buy” California’s Electoral System via Sierra Club California Wednesday May 4th 3:01 PM
We Can Phase Out Fossil Fuels Within a Decade, Study Says Daniel Oberhaus Wednesday Apr 20th 10:32 AM
Orangutans Fleeing Palm Oil Deforestation Tomas DiFiore Saturday Apr 9th 12:28 PM
Scientists Recommend Immediate Action to Combat Changes To West Coast Seawater Chemistry via California Ocean Protection Council Friday Apr 8th 5:33 PM
San Francisco Green Film Festival - Volunteers Needed! Victoria McKenzie Tuesday Mar 22nd 11:45 AM
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