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Wed Mar 14 2018"Homeless Junkies" Propaganda Spreads in Santa Cruz
A sticker carrying imagery encouraging violence against houseless people and drug addicted people was recently found on a crosswalk button in downtown Santa Cruz. The sticker reads "Street Cleaner: Santa Cruz Meth Head Cleansing Project – Santa Cruz" and is marked with the hashtag #131stickers. It depicts a silhouette of a skinny person wearing a backpack, with a cigarette in their mouth, an open hand stretched out, and a “Tweaker” flag hanging out of the backpack. Laid over the image of this person are the crosshairs of a telescopic rifle sight.
Mon Mar 5 2018 (Updated 03/10/18)Campaign Launches to Repeal Costa-Hawkins
On March 10, the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) and other housing activists kicked off the campaign in the Bay Area for the Affordable Housing Act — a proposed ballot initiative that that will give cities and counties the power to adopt rent control measures necessary to address California's housing affordability crisis by repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. For the November 2018 ballot, the deadline for collection of 585,000 signatures statewide is May.
Sun Feb 25 2018 (Updated 02/26/18)Bottled Water Costs Thousands of Times More Than Tap Water
After a decline during the Great Recession, bottled water sales are back and bigger than ever — even eclipsing soda sales for the first time in 2016. But people buying bottled water might not be aware that it’s nearly 2,000 times more expensive than tap water and four times more expensive than regular-grade gasoline. In its latest report on the impacts of the bottled water industry, Food & Water Watch looks at the industry’s predatory marketing, the extraction of communities’ water resources, and the powerhouse lobbying of bottled water corporations.
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.
Tue Feb 20 2018 (Updated 02/21/18)John Francisco Paiva Hits Capitola Renters with No-Cause Eviction
Maria Anderson is one of many tenants facing eviction from eight units in two apartment buildings at 2661 and 2651 Fresno Street in Capitola. The buildings were sold to a house flipper registered in Morgan Hill. The buyer — Charity Homes, LLC — is owned by John Francisco Paiva who, according to a 2014 press release from the San Jose Real Estate Investment Club, is a former executive with Cisco Systems and has acted as the full time president of Charity Rehabbers, LLC since 2013. Soon after the purchase cleared, each apartment in the two buildings received 60-day eviction notices.
Tue Feb 13 2018 (Updated 02/21/18)Tent City, USA: The Growth of America’s Homeless Encampments
The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty released a report, Tent City USA: The Growth of America’s Homeless Encampments and How Communities are Responding, reviewing the rapid growth of homeless people living in tents across the United States over the past decade, as measured by documentation in media reports. Research showed a 1,342 percent increase in homeless encampments reported between 2007 and 2017, with at least one encampment reported in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. As encampments become increasingly common, local governments have enacted laws to prohibit living in tents.
Sun Feb 4 2018 (Updated 02/21/18)Black Homes Matter: Defend Aunti Frances
Frances Moore, affectionately known by those around her as Aunti Frances, is a beloved Black disabled activist, elder, Black Panther and community leader who has lived in North Oakland/South Berkeley her entire life. She now faces a no-fault eviction at the hands of Natalia Morphy and Morphy’s parents, who are exploiting a notorious loophole in Oakland renter protections for their own personal gain. The attempts to evict Aunti Frances signal that Oakland’s redevelopment is moving forward without care and consideration for its longtime residents and community members. A court support breakfast rally will be held on Wednesday, February 21.
A broad-based coalition of community organizations and activists is championing a renter protection ballot initiative for the City of Santa Cruz on the November ballot. The initiative includes rent stabilization, eviction protections, and the formation of an elected “Rent Board” which will handle the regulation of rent prices and evictions. The rent control campaign kickoff will begin with a party at the Resource Center for Nonviolence on Sunday, February 11.
Mon Jan 22 2018 (Updated 01/23/18)Millions of Gallons of Untreated Sewage Spill into Monterey Bay
Approximately 4.4 million gallons of untreated wastewater flowed into the waters of Monterey Bay through an ocean outfall discharge pipe 2.5 miles offshore, the result of an “equipment control failure” at the Monterey One Water Regional Treatment Plant in Marina on January 19 and 20. In response, the Monterey County Health Department issued beach closures from Moss Landing to Stillwater Cove. All Monterey County Beaches have been posted with a rain advisory due to the current weather. The public is advised not to have ocean water contact for three days after the rain event on January 22. The department warns that contact with contaminated water may cause gastroenteritis and other waterborne illnesses.
Thu Jan 11 2018 (Updated 01/14/18)We Will Not Comply
For the fourth year in a row, the Anti Police-Terror Project has called for 96 Hours of action over the King Day Weekend. From Friday, January 12 through Monday, January 15, people will take to the streets in a series of direct actions, vigils, rallies and film screenings. The weekend concludes with the Reclaiming Kings Radical Legacy March on Monday beginning at 14th and Broadway. Friday's actions address State-Sponsored Violence; Saturday's confront the Housing crisis; Sunday's focus on Indigenous/International Solidarity; and Monday, "We reclaim the Radical legacy of MLK."
Thu Nov 30 2017 (Updated 12/01/17)Mapping Displacement and Gentrification in the San Francisco Bay Area
According to a report by the Urban Displacement Project of UC Berkeley, between 2013 and 2015 the pace of gentrification and displacement in Northern California accelerated most quickly in Oakland’s low-income neighborhoods. Skyrocketing rents reveal the need for strong rent control and just cause eviction protections in Oakland and throughout the Bay Area. According to the New York Times, Oakland’s median rent during 2016 was among the highest in the nation, just short of the median rent in Manhattan. During August of 2017, the average market rate rent for a one bedroom unit was $2,400 per month in Oakland, but since then according to Zillow the current median rent in Oakland is up to $3,000 per month.
7PM Tuesday Mar 20 Film Showing "Food Chains" on farmworkers' struggle
9AM Friday Mar 23 The Sharing Housing Option
12PM Saturday Mar 24 Understanding the Role of the Police Armies in Our...
3PM Sunday Mar 25 Signature Gathering for Rent Control
7PM Tuesday Mar 27 Santa Cruz Rent Control Teach-In #2: Presentation with...
7PM Tuesday Mar 27 East Bay premier, Nat Bates for Mayor documentary
3PM Saturday Mar 31 Graywater 101
11AM Saturday Apr 28 Family, Fitness, Freedom! Putting the Power of African...
9AM Sunday May 6 YTH Live 2018
11AM Saturday May 12 March for Our Health 2018 in Oakland
Tragic Irony: After Defeating U.S. Government, WAMM Shut Down By California Government Tue Mar 20th 12:51pm
Black Activist Group Disrupts Mayoral Debate to Protest London Breed’s Anti-Black Politics Tue Mar 20th 1:01am
4th Annual Uhuru Health Festival in East Oakland Mon Mar 19th 4:33pm
2018 National Agriculture Week ~ Toward resolving the National SNAP-GAP Mon Mar 19th 1:31pm
Remembering David Minton Silva (1 comment) Sun Mar 18th 8:46pm
Kaiser Bosses Target Injured SEIU Orthopedic Technicians In Valley For Bigger Profits (2 comments) Sat Mar 17th 9:36am
New Paper Challenges Misguided Stanford Rent Control Study Fri Mar 16th 10:20am
Speak-Out at In Home Support Services Public Meeting Thu Mar 15th 10:32pm
Greenfield Union School District Board of Trustees Unanimously Pass Pesticide Safety Resolution Mon Mar 12th 8:25pm
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Senate Committee to Consider Bill Exempting Factory Farms From Hazardous Waste Reporting Wed Mar 7th 4:26pm
Trial Begins in Lawsuit Against Mississippi Department of Corrections Over Years of Unconstitutional Conditions at Privately Operated Prison Tue Mar 6th 11:06am
What was the Fluoride Death Smog Disaster? & Other Questions re Fluoridation (1 comment) Thu Mar 1st 11:12am
Nestlé and Others Cashing in On U.S. Water Infrastructure Crisis (3 comments) Wed Feb 21st 3:23pm
State Investments and the Public Sector Tue Feb 20th 6:10am
The War On The EPA & The Scientists , Lead, Health and Safety & Scott Pruitt At The EPA Thu Feb 15th 9:22am
Report Reveals Rapid Growth of Homeless Tent Cities Across U.S. (1 comment) Sun Feb 11th 5:53pm
Violence leaves 750,000 children in Mosul struggling to access health services Fri Feb 9th 11:40pmMore Global News...
Fluoride Safety & Efficacy is Not Settled, Researchers Report (4 comments) Sun Mar 18th 3:09am
Housing is not just another commodity Tue Mar 6th 8:04am
Fluoride Damages Human Thyroid Gland, Studies Show Fri Mar 2nd 2:53am
Implementing Assisted Outpatient Treatment [AOT] in Louisiana (Part 1) Thu Mar 1st 7:34am
Living Together Differently! Thu Mar 1st 4:03am
Adam Smith as Philanthropist Fri Feb 23rd 6:39am
Farm to Fork Friday, Expanding Inclusion Thoroughout Sacramento Regional Food Systems Sat Feb 10th 10:30am
Liberalization of Public Service: A Democratic Achievement is Subjected to Competition Thu Jan 25th 7:34am
Historian Robert Dallek examines President Franklin D. Roosevelt (2 comments) Mon Jan 1st 3:30pm
Sharing, not Killing Fri Dec 22nd 4:42amOpen Newswire...
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