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At a meeting between representatives of the Santa Cruz chapter of ACLU of Northern California; Sanctuary Santa Cruz; Peace United Church of Christ and the Public Defender’s Office on April 19, Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart was presented evidence of the ongoing arrangement whereby the Sheriff’s Office notifies ICE of release dates of arrested but non-convicted undocumented locals. When confronted with this evidence Hart confirmed the jail policy of cooperation and agreed to consider the information presented to him about other jurisdictions who refused to cooperate with ICE. At a meeting on May 10, however, Hart said that he would not change Santa Cruz County's jail policy.
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
Wed May 17 2017 (Updated 05/19/17)The Poverty, Politics and Profit of Section 8 Housing
Wed May 17 2017 (Updated 05/19/17)Section 8 Vouchers Help The Poor — But Only If Housing Is Available
More than 2 million families now use Section 8 vouchers to keep from becoming homeless. It's the government's largest program to help low-income families pay their rent. However Section 8 housing proposals face stiff opposition in cities across the US, including the McKinney and Frisco suburbs of Dallas, Texas. Nicole Humphrey, an opponent, proclaimed, "In this neighborhood, most of us are stay-at-home moms with young kids. The lifestyle that goes with Section 8 is usually working, single moms or people who are struggling to keep their heads above water. It's just not people who are the same class as us."
Tue May 16 2017Call Goes Out to Defund OPD, Invest in Community
Defund OPD writes: The process of allocating Oakland’s 2.6 billion dollar budget for 2017-2019 has begun. We believe that the scandal-ridden and dysfunctional Oakland Police Department consumes far too many of our city's resources. It’s time to audit police spending and performance, and redirect wasted funds to community-building, constructive strategies for making Oakland a safer and better place to live. The people of Oakland know that policing is the wrong framework for bringing true security to our communities. Oakland’s budget needs to reflect our values and our priorities.
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 May 3 2017 (Updated 05/10/17)City Considers Taking More Measures Against The Homeless
Wed May 3 2017 (Updated 05/10/17)Protest and March on May 9: No Penalty for Poverty — Housing for All
The City of Santa Cruz is considering a number of new policies that would impact local homeless people. There is an effort by a handful of property owners and their allies at City Hall to end the Food Not Bombs meals outside the downtown Post Office. Officials may implement a number of new restrictions and architectural changes to make the lives of those without housing more painful. One unhoused person, Greg Mercado, died of complications from an old surgery twelve hours after the police kicked him out from the City Hall grounds and gave him a ticket for being in a park after hours.
Wed Apr 19 2017 (Updated 04/20/17)The End of Money Bail in California?
Wed Apr 19 2017 (Updated 04/20/17)California Senate Committee Votes to Eliminate State's Money Bail System
California warehouses thousands of people in jails while they await their court dates — simply because they can’t afford to post bail. Meanwhile, wealthy people can easily buy their freedom. Research shows that Black people are assigned higher bail amounts than white people accused of similar offenses. People who can’t post bail are at a higher risk of being convicted, pleading guilty (even if they’re innocent), and receiving harsher sentences. The California Money Bail Reform Act, however, will create a system that prioritizes pretrial services and prevents people from being held in jail simply because they can't make bail.
Tue Apr 18 2017 (Updated 04/23/17)Tax Day Protests Demand Trump Release His Taxes
Tue Apr 18 2017 (Updated 04/23/17)Tens of Thousands in Over 150 US Cities Demonstrate Against Trump on Tax Day
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump said he would release his taxes, but that he couldn't until a supposed IRS audit concluded. Trump continues to refuse to release his tax returns, despite mounting questions regarding conflicts of interest and how much he might be beholden to those representing foreign powers such as Russian oligarchs. Protesters gathered in over 150 cities on April 15, the traditional tax filing deadline, to demand that Trump release his taxes. In Northern California, Tax Day protests were held in Santa Cruz, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, Ukiah, and other cities.
Thu Apr 20 2017 (Updated 04/24/17)Cops Boot Santa Cruz Homeless Folks to the Curb
Thu Apr 20 2017 (Updated 04/24/17)Campaign Against Those Without Homes in Santa Cruz Grows More Repressive, Even in the Rain
Keith McHenry reports: On April 17, the police came and kicked people out from under the Santa Cruz City Hall awning into the pouring rain during a very severe storm. On April 18, following a community meeting at the public library on solutions to homelessness, library staff shared that city manager Martin Bernal was making several changes, including the removal of the benches outside the library and the stationing of two police officers. After the meeting, members of the Freedom Sleepers gathered at City Hall to plan a march on Tuesday, May 9 with the message “Housing For All — No Penalty For Poverty.”
Sun Apr 9 2017 (Updated 04/13/17)Last Generation of Salmon Fishermen, Unless Salmon Runs Improve
Sun Apr 9 2017 (Updated 04/13/17)Record Low Klamath Salmon Run Spurs Tribal, Commercial and Sport Fishery Closures
Fishery scientists are expecting a record low return of fall-run Chinook salmon to the Klamath River this year, due to a combination of several years of drought, water diversions in the Klamath Basin and to the Sacramento River and the continued presence of the PacifiCorp dams. Tribal, commercial and recreational fishermen are currently waiting for the decision by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) on the fishing seasons at its meeting in Sacramento on April 10, but the outlook is dismal, based on the low Klamath salmon estimates.
Mon Mar 20 2017 (Updated 03/21/17)Improbable Partners: Tech and Social Justice Advocates Rally Against Trump
Mon Mar 20 2017 (Updated 03/21/17)"Tech Stands Up" Rally Calls on Company Leaders to Speak Out for Diversity & Civil Rights
Left wing activists, in partnership with tech employees, staged a rally against White House policies on March 14 at Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza in Palo Alto. The demonstration was attended by hundreds of people. Speakers at the four hour "Tech Stands Up" rally called for inclusion, diversity, and civil liberties. Tech Stands Up is an organization of people in the tech world who object to the Trump administration’s alt-right policies, and wants tech company leaders to speak out against the White House's discriminatory actions.
Fri Feb 24 2017Sanctuary for All March In Fresno
About 500 people participated in the Sanctuary for All march in downtown Fresno on February 18. In their call out for the march, organizers wrote: This is the first of many responses to our Mayor’s press conference. Our undocumented community is telling us that they DO NOT feel safe after the press conference. Our county Sheriff continues a close partnership with ICE. We are committed to a Fresno culture that emphasizes the dignity and safety of every Fresnan. We will show that Fresno is a sanctuary community, and communicate to our elected officials that we expect policies and structures that represent our values!
Tue Feb 14 2017 (Updated 02/15/17)Trump Administration Waives Water-Protection Rule for California Oilfields
Tue Feb 14 2017 (Updated 02/15/17)Safe Drinking Water Exemptions Allow Oil Companies to Dump Waste Fluid Into Aquifers
The Trump administration this week granted requests from Gov. Jerry Brown's regulators to exempt three aquifers in California's Kern County from the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. Approval of these "aquifer exemption" applications by the Environmental Protection Agency gives oil companies permission to dump contaminated waste fluid into these underground water supplies. California officials plan to submit dozens of additional exemption applications for other aquifers across the state, including underground water sources in Alameda, Monterey, Ventura, Kern and other counties.
Mon Feb 13 2017 (Updated 02/14/17)Lake Oroville Surges Over Emergency Spillway for First Time in History
Mon Feb 13 2017 (Updated 02/14/17)Dam Maintenance Neglected as Governor Brown Promotes Delta Tunnels
Water from Lake Oroville flowed over the emergency spillway at Oroville Dam for the first time in the reservoir's 48-year history after the water level exceeded 901 feet in elevation on February 11. The water slowly began to flow over the concrete weir of the auxiliary spillway, down a hillside and into the Feather River. After saying the situation was stable and public safety was not threatened, state officials reversed course and issued evacuation orders late in the afternoon of February 12. On February 13, state officials would give no timeline on when the 188,000 evacuees can return to their homes.
Thu Feb 9 2017 (Updated 02/24/17)A Public Bank for Oakland
Thu Feb 9 2017 (Updated 02/24/17)Public Bank of Oakland Aims to Serve the People, Use Bank’s Profits for Common Good
Emily Wheeler of the Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland writes: A thriving local economy is something we all want to see—no controversy there. But we’ve been too quick to accept the prevailing notion that there is a trade-off between that and providing ourselves with adequate housing, health care, or education programs. It’s time to align our fiscal practices with our social ideals. It’s time for the Public Bank of Oakland. On February 9, the City of Oakland hosted a public forum on the potential of the Public Bank of Oakland.
12PM Tuesday May 23 End Santa Cruz City Manager Martin Bernal’s Cruel War...
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5:30PM Tuesday May 30 Oakland City Council Budget Hearing
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9AM Saturday Jun 3 Congress on Iceland's Democracy
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Sarah Yoell Step Down! We Demand REAL Community Oversight of the Oakland Police Department Tuesday May 23rd 2:59 PM
End Santa Cruz City Manager Martin Bernal’s Cruel War On Those Without Housing (2 comments) Monday May 22nd 11:31 AM
FightBack against City Manager's Anti-Homeless Signs at City Hall (1 comment) Saturday May 20th 11:44 AM
Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart, Contrary to Assurances, Collaborates with ICE (6 comments) Friday May 19th 10:01 PM
Report on Projection at Oakland Coliseum (1 comment) Wednesday May 17th 9:34 PM
Every Vote Counts: A Look at the Santa Cruz County Elections Department Wednesday May 17th 3:27 PM
New City Hall Restrictions Ambiguous and in Need of Clarity Wednesday May 17th 12:45 PM
Paying More for Being Poor — Bias and Disparity in California’s Traffic Court System Monday May 15th 7:13 PM
Western States Petroleum Association Leads Lobbying Spending This Year Monday May 15th 1:00 PM
Tell Oakland's City Council: Defund OPD, Invest in Community Monday May 15th 11:20 AMMore Local News...
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Section 8 Vouchers Help The Poor — But Only If Housing Is Available Wednesday May 17th 10:54 AM
Puerto Rico Religious Leaders Write Judge as Bankruptcy Process Begins Wednesday May 17th 6:47 AM
Puerto Rico Bankruptcy Process Begins Tuesday May 16th 3:26 PM
Nicole Humphrey, 'Not Racist or Bigot,' on Class and Section 8 Housing (12 comments) Wednesday May 10th 5:14 PM
Global Antifa: No Pasaran to Nazi Scum! Monday May 8th 3:20 PM
Free Yeimi Galindo Madrid: Marching on May Day for Sanctuary for All Wednesday May 3rd 11:41 AM
Sen Sanders Joins 99 Senators for Israel; Supports Ann Coulter's Fascist Speech (1 comment) Sunday Apr 30th 9:38 PM
Puerto Rico Oversight Board Meets as Bankruptcy Deadline Approaches Thursday Apr 27th 7:17 AM
Puerto Rico Religious Leaders Call for Bankruptcy Ahead of "Vulture Fund" Deadline Tuesday Apr 25th 6:45 AM
Illegal Purchase Of Execution Drugs as Ark. GOP Gov Hutchinson Seeks To Murder 8 Prisoners Friday Apr 14th 12:03 PMMore Global News...
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UN Forum Focuses on Financing for Development Goals Tuesday May 23rd 9:25 AM
Court cases supporting no license needed to practice law Sunday May 21st 3:49 PM
Consumer Bureau Escapes Congress Action to Remove Prepaid Rule Friday May 12th 4:00 PM
SF Police state terrorism; Housing Crisis, Nuclear Contamination of Pacific Ocean Monday May 8th 8:01 PM
Gavin Newom Shilling For Developers And Billionaire Speculators Monday May 8th 12:24 PM
From 9/11 Inside Job to Repeal of AHA: US Gov't Murders Americans (1 comment) Thursday May 4th 9:43 PM
Sen Fenistein Supported by Health Insurers; Opposes Medicare for All Tuesday May 2nd 8:38 PM
Tom Marino Drug Czar; Another Prohibitionist Profiteer! Tuesday May 2nd 11:33 AM
Formerly Enslaved Africans Created American Memorial Day (1 comment) Tuesday Apr 18th 5:20 PM
Are We Ready for Body-Worn Cameras in Santa Cruz? Sunday Apr 16th 4:12 PMOpen Newswire...
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