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Fri Feb 17 2017 (Updated 02/24/17)SCPD Officer Erik Bailey Named as Killer of Sean Smith-Arlt
Fri Feb 17 2017 (Updated 02/24/17)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 02/10/17)Militant, Anti-Capitalist Feminists Call for International General Strike
Thu Feb 9 2017 (Updated 02/10/17)International Women's General Strike on March 8: Walk Out, March and Demonstrate
Together, Linda Martín Alcoff, Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya, Nancy Fraser, Barbara Ransby, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Rasmea Yousef Odeh, and Angela Davis 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 of this international day of action 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. Let us join together on 8 March to strike, walk out, march and demonstrate.
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.
Wed Jan 25 2017 (Updated 02/09/17)Oakland Land Reclaimed for Housing by Homeless Residents and Activists
Wed Jan 25 2017 (Updated 02/09/17)Encampment Offers Safe and Dignified Space City of Oakland Unable to Provide
On the morning of Saturday, January 21, a network of Oakland community members took over Marcus Garvey Park, a public plot of land at 36th Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, moving in small homes, a hot shower, a healing clinic, and other services — declaring it a people’s encampment for those who need housing and basic needs and services. The group which includes folks living on Oakland streets, activists from Feed the People and Asians for Black Lives said that the move-in demonstrates their ability to provide what the City of Oakland cannot to its most vulnerable residents.
Sat Jan 14 2017 (Updated 01/16/17)Speakeasies and Artists Warehouses: A Tale of Two Oaklands
Sat Jan 14 2017 (Updated 01/16/17)Fruitvale Community Further Marginalized in Politicization of Ghost Ship Fire
Dozens of reporters, videographers and photographers thronged around the yellow tape surrounding the block containing the Ghost Ship warehouse the morning after the tragic fire that killed 36 people in the center of Fruitvale. Voices in Fruitvale, a neighborhood where almost half the children live in poverty, weren’t heard for days at all. In this sensational story that garnered nation-wide attention, it was weeks before journalists evinced the slightest interest in the neighborhood where the fire occurred.
Sat Jan 14 2017 (Updated 01/16/17)Fruitvale District Has Highest Levels of Lead Poisoning in California
Sat Jan 14 2017 (Updated 01/16/17)Lead Poisoning in Oakland's Fruitvale District Is Worse Than Flint
Toxic lead levels are dangerously high in Oakland’s Fruitvale district, which has the highest level of contamination in California and are worse than in Flint, Michigan, according to a national report. Unlike Flint’s contaminated water crisis, which caught national attention in 2015, Oakland’s lead is not in the water system but is coming from old buildings and chipping paint that is getting into the dirt and being tossed up in the wind. The result is that 7.57 percent of children under the age of seven who were tested have high levels of lead in their blood.
Tue Dec 20 2016 (Updated 12/21/16)Tulare County Has Most Agricultural Pesticide Illnesses in California
Tue Dec 20 2016 (Updated 12/21/16)Santa Cruz County Ranked Second for Agricultural Pesticide Illnesses in 2014
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) released a report last week detailing the 2014 results of their Pesticide Illness Surveillance Program. The report, documenting all reported pesticide-related illnesses from all California counties, shows 20.1% of agricultural pesticide-related illnesses occurred in Tulare County, making it the county with the most agricultural pesticide illnesses in the state. Santa Cruz County came in second with 17.2%. Of the 53 counties with documented pesticide-related illnesses in 2014, Tulare County accounted for over 1 in every 5 cases of poisonings from agricultural pesticides.
A lawsuit filed on December 13 by civil rights groups charges the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) with violating the constitutional rights of homeless people by confiscating and destroying their property in ongoing sweeps. Plaintiffs have lost cherished and necessary items, including family heirlooms, photographs of loved ones, tents, sleeping bags, warm weather clothing, tools, food, camp stoves, bicycles, and personal documents. “Caltrans has been a major obstacle to getting my life together," said plaintiff James Leone. "Twice in six years, I’ve been left with only the clothes on my back. Twice I’ve lost everything I own in the world.”
Fri Dec 16 2016 (Updated 12/18/16)California Agency Floats Plan to Turn Livermore Aquifer Into Oil Waste Dump
Fri Dec 16 2016 (Updated 12/18/16)Oil Company with History of Spills Seeking Exemption to Safe Drinking Water Act
An oil company with a long history of hazardous spills in California wants state and federal permission to dispose of contaminated waste fluid into an underground water supply in Livermore. The proposal, announced by California's Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, seeks to exempt an aquifer in eastern Alameda County from the federal Safe Drinking Water Act on behalf of E&B Natural Resources, the oil company seeking the exemption. State officials are now taking public comments and will hold a January 11 hearing on the proposal.
Wed Dec 14 2016Evicted Okupa Chanti Ollin Calls for Solidarity
Wed Dec 14 2016Autonomous Cultural Center in Mexico City Seeks Global Support
Chanti Ollin, a well-known autonomous cultural center in the gentrified financial district of Mexico City, was violently evicted on November 22. Eight hundred riot police, two helicopters, and an armored car executed the operation, illegally breaking into the building and detaining 26 individuals without so much as a judicial order. This eviction takes place against the backdrop of Mexico City's new constitution, which seeks to privatize land and resources, and suppress any political or cultural activity that disrupts this profit-making program.
Sun Nov 27 2016 (Updated 11/29/16)Santa Cruz Police Eject Homeless Individuals Sleeping at City Hall on Rainy Night
Sun Nov 27 2016 (Updated 11/29/16)Attendance at Freedom Sleepers City Hall Sleepouts Remains High After 16 Months
Santa Cruz police initiated a raid at City Hall on November 23 at 3:30 am, shortly after it stopped raining that evening, to clear from the area approximately two dozen individuals who had been sleeping and sheltering themselves from the weather under the eaves of the buildings in the complex. Officers issued citations to individuals, and made one arrest. Many of those sleeping at City Hall were participating in the weekly Freedom Sleepers sleep protest, while others were simply sheltering themselves from the wet weather temporarily with the group.
5PM Sunday Feb 26 Academy of Friends 2017 Gala
4:30PM Monday Feb 27 Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland Organizers...
6PM Monday Feb 27 Spanish Squatting Discussion
6:30PM Monday Feb 27 Alzheimer's Association Women's Football Fundraiser...
8PM Saturday Mar 4 East Bay Food Not Bombs Benefit
7:30PM Tuesday Mar 7 Gary Taubes: The Case Against Sugar
6PM Thursday Mar 9 8TH Annual Disability Services & Legal Center Film...
7PM Thursday Mar 9 The Connection Between Agribusiness and Disease
9AM Saturday Mar 11 Conscious Eating Conference
6:30PM Wednesday Mar 15 Diversity film: Mind / Game
6PM Wednesday Mar 22 Coalition on Homelessness Presents: Homelessness 101...
10AM Saturday Apr 15 TEDxBerkeley 2017: Constellate*
Support AB 1506 to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. (3 comments) Friday Feb 24th 6:06 AM
Housing authorities need more resources to administer Housing Choice Voucher Program Tuesday Feb 21st 1:23 AM
Rain at Midnight? Freedom SleepOut #85 Faces Wettest Winter Monday Feb 20th 11:19 PM
Proposed budget cuts threaten millions of HUD subsidized low-income renters (2 comments) Saturday Feb 18th 7:14 PM
SCPD officer Erik Bailey named as killer of Sean Arlt; DA won't press charges (7 comments) Thursday Feb 16th 3:30 PM
Another victory for Richmond rent control against the California Apartment Association Wednesday Feb 15th 11:55 PM
Valentine's Day for Freedom SleepOut #84 (2 comments) Tuesday Feb 14th 12:37 AM
A Public Bank for Oakland: An Idea Whose Time is Coming. Monday Feb 13th 10:52 AM
Hundreds Rally in Santa Cruz to Support Planned Parenthood Sunday Feb 12th 12:29 PM
Santa Cruz Stands With Planned Parenthood (1 comment) Saturday Feb 11th 7:36 PMMore Local News...
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Responsive Healthcare: Identifying and addressing needs of formerly incarcerated persons Friday Feb 3rd 2:17 AM
México : Gasolinazo, cólera proletaria y reformismo en punto muerto. Thursday Feb 2nd 5:31 PM
Interview with Marlo and Hannah of Reproductive Justice Action Collective (ReJAC) Thursday Jan 26th 11:20 AM
Public Interest Groups, Farmers File Lawsuit Challenging Monsanto's Toxic Pesticides Monday Jan 23rd 12:53 PM
Tampa Food Not Bombs Provides Healthy Meal As Police Ramp Up Threats for Saturday Tuesday Jan 10th 12:05 PM
Prison Strike Organizers to Protest Food Giant Aramark Sunday Jan 8th 9:10 PM
Roots of Renewal: Amy Fottrell and Lilith Winkler-Schor Wednesday Dec 21st 12:14 AM
Evicted Okupa Chanti Ollin Calls for Solidarity (1 comment) Wednesday Dec 14th 1:47 PM
Chanti Ollin, Okupa Desalojada, Hace Una Llamada Para La Solidaridad (1 comment) Wednesday Dec 14th 1:43 PM
Landmark Mental Health Reform Legislation Passes Senate: Headed To The President's Desk Sunday Dec 11th 7:58 AMMore Global News...
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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 PM
Why Health Care Should Be a Human Right Tuesday Nov 22nd 4:04 PM
Lyme Disease & the Weaponization of Borrelia Thursday Nov 10th 12:28 PMOpen Newswire...
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