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Sun Jun 3 2018 (Updated 06/16/18)Defend OneFam from Eviction
OneFam in West Oakland is a community-based organization that includes Bikes 4 Life and the 7th Street Rev Cafe, with roots going back to the Oscar Grant movement. Over the last decade, the Black community in West Oakland has faced massive displacement as gentrifying forces steamrolled through the neighborhood. And, now, OneFam is fighting imminent eviction. Solidarity BBQs on 7th Street are happening every Saturday afternoon, starting June 9.
The state agency charged with regulating California’s pesticide industry allows manufacturers to make up their own usage rules, continues to allow a brain-damaging chemical to be used on food crops, is slow to hold applicators accountable when workers are poisoned, and routinely ignores community input in its rulemaking process. That’s according to the California Environmental Justice Alliance’s 2017 Environmental Justice Agency Assessment.
Wed May 16 2018Kiilu Nyasha, Rest In Power
Kiilu Nyasha was loved and cherished around the world. She was a San Francisco-based journalist and former member of the Black Panther Party (BPP). Kiilu, 78, passed away on April 10. A memorial service is being organized by Kiilu’s close family and friends for Sunday, May 20. Beloved friends, family, comrades, and admirers of Kiilu are welcome to a community gathering that celebrates Kiilu’s life and principled pursuit of liberation for all oppressed peoples.
Tue May 15 2018 (Updated 05/16/18)California Communities Demand "Rent Control Now!"
Efforts to stabilize communities in California with with much needed rent control measures and just cause eviction protections are presently occurring in ten cities throughout California, including Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Santa Ana, Sacramento, Pomona, Pasadena, National City, Long Beach, Inglewood, and Glendale. Big money is gearing up in opposition to the statewide effort to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.
Mon May 7 2018Building Power Against Systemic State Violence in California
Justice Teams Network launched on May 2 to build power against systemic State Violence in all its forms. The Network is a statewide coalition of rapid response organizations across the state of California that will mobilize communities to respond radically to state violence. The Network will focus heavily on legislation as well as a public information campaign around the Police Officer’s Bill of Rights, the single largest obstacle to police accountability.
Sat May 5 2018 (Updated 05/06/18)Calling Out Samsung on International Workers Day in San José
May 1, 2018, was a global day of action against Samsung as well as being International Workers Day. In the South Bay, Samsung protesters joined May Day demonstrators starting at Roosevelt Park in San José and marched to City Hall for a rally attended by members of local, national, and international unions, immigrant rights advocates, affordable housing activists, and Filipino justice campaigners, amongst others.
Mon Apr 30 2018Pesticide Use Near Record High in California
Agricultural pesticide use in California remains at a near-record high, according to data released by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. DPR's latest numbers paint a grim picture of the state’s continued reliance on vast quantities of agricultural pesticides — 209 million pounds in 2016. That’s the third highest since reporting began in 1990. The greatest burden continues to be borne by the San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast.
Sat Apr 21 2018 (Updated 04/23/18)Governor Brown, Please Step Up
A broad coalition kicked off a campaign urging Governor Jerry Brown to stop the build-out of dirty fossil fuel infrastructure, keep oil and gas in the ground and take immediate action to protect those most vulnerable to climate change. If Brown doesn’t act, the groups say, the governor will lose their support for the global climate action summit that he will host five months from now in San Francisco.
Fri Mar 23 2018 (Updated 04/01/18)March For Our Lives
On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives took to the streets to demand that their lives and safety become a priority, and that gun violence comes to an end. Northern California is marched in solidarity. The national mission statement declared: March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now.
Fri Mar 23 2018Defend the Rent Freeze!
Movement for Housing Justice writes: Renters and community - Come out to the city council meeting next Tuesday to defend the rent freeze! Right now the city isn't enforcing our badly needed short term freeze on rents and eviction protections. They expect renters to take landlords to court to enforce the law if our rents are increased unfairly or we are unjustly evicted. They say it's a budgeting issue but we know that this is an issue of priorities. Let's remind the city council that 60% percent of Santa Cruz is renters. Our housing rights are non negotiable!
Tue Mar 20 2018 (Updated 03/21/18)Protests Against Gun Violence at VISA Headquarters in Foster City
On March 8, protesters gathered in front of Visa headquarters in Foster City. They called on the credit card company to block sales of assault weapons. Shortly after they delivered 150,000 signatures on a petition to company representatives, VISA issued a statement to the press saying “We do not believe Visa should be in the position of setting restrictions on the sale of lawful goods and services." Protestors returned to renew their demands one week later.
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.
5PM Saturday Aug 25 Access for All in Activism and Organizing
5:30PM Friday Aug 31 International Overdose Awareness Day Vigil
Mike Rhodes recognized by Fresno City Council Thu Aug 16th 5:55pm
Proposition 10, The Affordable Housing Act (2 comments) Mon Aug 13th 3:00pm
Silicon Valley Investors Out of L.A.! Sat Aug 11th 4:33am
Proposition 10, the rebellion against greedy landlords, realtors and developers (2 comments) Tue Aug 7th 3:07am
State finds widespread risk from brain-harming pesticide Thu Aug 2nd 12:41am
Rent Control Campaign Kickoff Party (1 comment) Wed Aug 1st 7:41pm
Section 8 tenants forced into illegal side contracts by landlord get class certification Wed Aug 1st 4:30pm
SF Hunters Point Shipyard Testing Scam Cover-up Protested “Prosecute The Crooks" Mon Jul 16th 11:56pm
Pee & Poo Protest: Reopen Essential Bathrooms for the Public and the Poor (1 comment) Sat Jul 14th 11:14am
Conscience and Action Meeting with City Manager Yields Surprising Result (1 comment) Wed Jul 11th 5:28pmMore Local News...
Homeless People in RVs Ask the Court to Stop the City’s Ticketing and Impoundment of Their Vehicles Thu Aug 2nd 12:47am
Your Pain Is Not Real: How Doctors Discriminate Against Women Tue Jul 24th 4:12pm
HUD Prioritizes Funding for Communities Taking Steps Against Criminalization of Homelessness (1 comment) Mon Jul 9th 11:39am
Interview with Social Philosopher Friedhelm Hengsbach Thu Jul 5th 3:18am
Housing as Infrastructure Mon Jul 2nd 7:32am
Trump Restaurants: Over 150 Health Code Violations Wed Jun 27th 12:09pm
Lawsuit Challenging Ban on Living in Vehicles Moves Forward Mon Jun 25th 12:15pm
More Public Investments are Sensible and Necessary (2 comments) Fri Jun 22nd 3:42am
In November voters can vote to repeal Costa Hawkins Act Mon Jun 18th 3:52pm
New Orleans Treme Residents Hold Swimsuit Protest; Expose Recreation Commission problems Thu Jun 7th 3:05pmMore Global News...
Social Policy as Social Infrastructure (2 comments) Thu Jul 12th 3:34am
The King of Bad Business Deals Tue Jul 3rd 12:49am
Keith McHenry's Food not Bombs and Homeless Update from Santa Cruz Mon Jun 11th 12:36pm
Poor Peoples Campaign Week 2: Systemic Racism, Economic Justice, Voting & Immigrant Rights Wed May 16th 3:11pm
Tobacco: A Thriving Known Killer Mon May 7th 1:39pm
Fluoride in Foods, Beverages, Water Poses Health Risk, Experts Say (1 comment) Fri May 4th 3:29am
Discrimination of Persons With Disabilities Tue Apr 17th 10:02pm
Dismantling Toxic Masculinity: What We Must Do (1 comment) Sat Apr 7th 11:56am
How Dentists Manipulate Legislators to Get Fluoridation Mandates Passed (4 comments) Mon Mar 26th 5:14am
Please debunk this alleged evidence-based chemtrail website (2 comments) Sat Mar 24th 2:22pmOpen Newswire...
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