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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 16 2017 (Updated 04/17/17)Exposing KPFA's Secret Secession Effort: "Big Tent Radio Network"
Sun Apr 16 2017 (Updated 04/17/17)KPFA Local Station Board Member Tries to Secretly Create New Organization
Pacifica Foundation is a non-profit organization which owns five independently operated, non-commercial, listener-supported radio stations known for their progressive/liberal political orientation. Its national headquarters adjoins station KPFA in Berkeley. Bill Crosier, Pacifica Foundation's interim Executive Director, addressed members of the 5-station radio network after it became known that at least one of the KPFA Local Station Board members, with others, has secretly contacted celebrities and prominent supporters of progressive causes, falsely claiming that Pacifica is “collapsing”, and asking them to be on the board of a new nonprofit organization which would seek to acquire Pacifica's assets, or at least those of station KPFA.
Wed Apr 12 2017 (Updated 04/15/17)"I Don't Work With Pot, I Work With People"
Wed Apr 12 2017 (Updated 04/15/17)Valerie Corral of Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana Speaks on Industry Today
Valerie Corral and her former husband founded Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) in Santa Cruz, the nation’s oldest continuously operating medical cannabis collective that provides free cannabis for 30 percent of its members. She also helped write and pass Proposition 215, California’s revolutionary medical marijuana law. She has helped build the medical industry and seen it change into what it is today. Now, another twenty years later, the financial climate around cannabis in the United States has changed into a million dollar industry, but Valerie still isn't interested in making money from cannabis.
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.
Wed Apr 5 2017 (Updated 04/08/17)One-Year Anniversary of the Death of Luís Góngora Pat, Killed by SFPD
Wed Apr 5 2017 (Updated 04/08/17)March Against Police Terror in the Sanctuary City of San Francisco on April 7
Luis Góngora Pat was a 45-year-old indigenous Mayan Mexican, an immigrant worker, and a family man who supported his wife and three children in southern Mexico. On April 7, 2016, his life was brutally taken by SFPD. Luis’s killing was at the nexis of several struggles faced by low income people of color: indigenous peoples’ struggles, housing rights, illegal evictions, immigrant rights, dignified wage labor, homelessness, racial profiling and discrimination, police brutality and utter impunity for killing Black and Brown residents. On Friday, April 7, the one year anniversary of his death, Luis’s family will march against police terror in the so-called Sanctuary City of San Francisco.
Mike Zint & JP Massar write: What does it take to get off the streets? Money? Affordable housing? Employment? Of course the answer is yes, but none of those things is the first step. The first step is stability. Stability that the housed take for granted. A lack of stability means the homeless barely survive. Figuring out how to exist with no sense of safety and security and nowhere to go, worrying about the police yet having committed no crime, takes all that someone has. Sometimes it’s too much and a short note appears in a local paper.
Tue Mar 14 2017Anti-Homeless Architecture is Widespread in Downtown Santa Cruz
Anti-homeless architecture is common in Santa Cruz, including hi-frequency Mosquito Boxes in parks, removing planter boxes and free speech zones on Pacific, replacing the City Hall lawn with gravel and rocks, and now the ugly chain link fencing at the historic downtown post office. On March 11 and 12, Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs decorated the anti-homeless fence at the post office to make it more attractive. Signs, toys, toothpaste and toothbrushes, socks, soap, clothes, shoes, flowers, and strips of fabric were weaved through the links of the fence.
Fri Mar 3 2017 (Updated 03/04/17)Anti-Homeless Group Tries to Drive Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs Out of Sight
Fri Mar 3 2017 (Updated 03/04/17)Janet Fardette of Leveelies Pushes the Idea that “Street Feeding” Keeps People Homeless
Keith McHenry writes: The most common government response to the suffering of those being forced into homelessness is the passage of laws against being homeless. Laws against sleeping, sitting, asking for money, living outside, or what officials call “quality of life crimes” make this bad situation even worse, and make the lives of homeless men, women, and children even more miserable. Another aspect of this punitive response to homelessness is passage of laws prohibiting the public sharing of meals with the hungry. The hope is that hiding from public view the problem of homelessness will make it go away.
Fri Feb 17 2017 (Updated 03/02/17)SCPD Officer Erik Bailey Named as Killer of Sean Smith-Arlt
Fri Feb 17 2017 (Updated 03/02/17)Santa Cruz DA Won't File Charges Against Police Officer Who Killed Man Holding Garden Rake
On February 16, Santa Cruz County District Attorney Jeff Rosell announced his office will not file charges against Erik Bailey, the Santa Cruz Police Department officer who shot and killed 32-year-old Sean Smith-Arlt on October 16, 2016. SCPD Officers Erik Bailey and Adam Baker were the first officers to be dispatched to a house on Chase Street that evening after residents called to report a disturbance at the home. When police arrived they say they confronted Sean, who was advancing towards them with a gardening rake. Within 20 seconds they deemed him a threat and opened fire on him.
Thu Feb 9 2017 (Updated 03/28/17)Militant, Anti-Capitalist Feminists Call for International General Strike
Thu Feb 9 2017 (Updated 03/28/17)International Women's Day General Strike on March 8: Walk Out, March and Demonstrate
On March 8, International Women's Day events are scheduled for Berkeley/Albany, Oakland, San Francisco, Cupertino, Santa Cruz and throughout Northern California. A diverse group of radical feminists issuing a call-out for an international women's strike write: In our view, it is not enough to oppose Trump and his aggressively misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic and racist policies. We also need to target the ongoing neoliberal attack on social provision and labor rights. Let us use the occasion to build a feminism for the 99%, a grassroots, anti-capitalist feminism – a feminism in solidarity with working women, their families and their allies throughout the world.
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.
Sun Jan 29 2017Anti-Abortionists Countered in San Francisco
On January 21, religious extremists once again held their annual anti-abortion Walk For Life march in San Francisco. They believe holding these events in liberal San Francisco packs a bigger punch because San Franciscans by and large believe that no laws or religion should govern decisions about their bodies, health, and welfare. Every year they are confronted by pro-choice protesters, even though this year there were dueling events in San Francisco. A larger anti-choice event was held in Washington D.C. on January 27.
Over the past several years, Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project has been working with the City of Santa Cruz to develop the city's first community orchard. Riverside Community Orchard was launched in early 2015 when more than fifty volunteers came out to plant twelve dwarf apple, pear, and citrus trees along a fence line at Riverside Gardens Park. On Saturday, February 4, the group will break ground on a major expansion of the orchard, planting upwards of twenty more trees across the street, in an open area adjacent to the skate park and ball courts of Mike Fox Park, by the San Lorenzo River levee.
3PM Tuesday Apr 25 Freedom Sleepers # 94 - Sleep-Out to End the Sleeping...
5:30PM Tuesday Apr 25 Save CCSF General Assembly
7PM Tuesday Apr 25 Seven Days of PAH (Film on Affordable Housing)
11AM Wednesday Apr 26 Sacramento Rally & Senate Health Cmte Hearing-SB 562's...
7PM Wednesday Apr 26 Screening of Now Is The Time (Single Payer Health)
9AM Thursday Apr 27 Coffee Talk Social Hour on Homelessness
7PM Thursday Apr 27 Refinery Town: How the Richmond Progressive Alliance...
11AM Saturday Apr 29 Uhuru Health Fair - Get Fit for the Revolution!
12PM Sunday May 7 YTHLive
3:30PM Tuesday May 9 No Penalty for Poverty - Housing For All
7:30PM Wednesday May 10 An Evening with Gabourey (Gabby) Sidibe
California Farm Equity Act (AB1348) Takes a Major First Step in the Legislative Process Tuesday Apr 25th 1:04 PM
ACLU Sues Dignity Health for Discrimination Against Transgender Patient Monday Apr 24th 4:31 PM
Healthcare in Sonoma County Monday Apr 24th 3:03 PM
"Progressives" Defeat Trump Wall Investment, but Local Anti-Homeless Fencing Still On Monday Apr 24th 12:08 PM
No Penalty for Poverty - Housing For All Monday Apr 24th 12:01 PM
Ben Carson needs to oppose the proposed $6.2 billion budget cut to HUD (1 comment) Monday Apr 24th 12:40 AM
Thousands Attend SF Milestone March for Science Saturday Apr 22nd 5:06 PM
Justice for Diallo Neal Rally (1 comment) Friday Apr 21st 10:29 AM
Freedom Sleepers # 94 - Sleep-Out to End the Sleeping Ban (3 comments) Wednesday Apr 19th 2:28 PM
A Medic’s Report from the Streets of Berkeley on April 15 (1 comment) Tuesday Apr 18th 11:19 AMMore Local News...
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FEMA and Louisiana Present stats on Flooding Events of 2016 Thursday Apr 20th 2:53 PM
Private Enterprise Committed to Social Interests Wednesday Apr 5th 4:32 AM
House Rejects Puerto Rico Healthcare Amendment Friday Mar 24th 6:59 AM
Stephanie Jackson: Community Organizer for Ride New Orleans on Making Riders' Needs Heard Wednesday Mar 22nd 1:43 PM
Interview with Dj Jaffe - Focusing on Reforms for Untreated Serious Mentally Ill People Tuesday Mar 21st 7:24 PM
Interview with Cindy Schwartz: Jail Diversion Program Direction - Miami-Dade County Monday Mar 20th 10:05 PM
Revised: HUD Tenant Leaders Demand Congress Reject Trump’s “Death Budget” Monday Mar 20th 5:19 PM
Scientific Panel Criticizes EPA Assessment of Glyphosate Friday Mar 17th 5:43 PM
HUD Secretary Ben Carson supports $6.2 billion in budget cuts to HUD (1 comment) Friday Mar 17th 3:52 AM
Californians Not “Roundup-Ready”: Citizens Triumph over Monsanto in Cancer-Causing Pesticide Listing Thursday Mar 16th 2:07 PMMore Global News...
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Poverty Returns with Misguided Policy Friday Apr 14th 4:54 AM
California Announces Revised Proposed Rules on Agricultural Pesticide Use Near Schools Thursday Mar 16th 10:11 AM
Cower or Continue? (1 comment) Wednesday Feb 22nd 9:07 PM
Will Work for Food Monday Feb 6th 12:18 PM
The Descent Society Monday Jan 23rd 3:43 AM
The Generations Manifesto (1 comment) Thursday Dec 22nd 8:34 AM
Low Taxes is an Act of Desperation Tuesday Dec 20th 7:20 AM
Oakland Ghost Ship Fire Caused by Housing Crisis and City Negligence, Say Tenant Advocates Wednesday Dec 14th 6:04 PM
Tories announce NHS 'STP' plan for City of Bristol, UK Sunday Dec 4th 6:07 AM
2016 California Diabetes Awareness Month ~ Victory Garden Project Saturday Nov 26th 2:04 PMOpen Newswire...
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