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On May 24, the 35th anniversary of Food Not Bombs was marked with a six hour party in Santa Cruz. Those needing nourishment were greeted with live music and an especially celebratory atmosphere, in addition to free food, a free market, and a variety of other free services. By combining social and environmental justice activism, nonviolent direct action, and a philosophy that emphasizes sharing over charity, Food Not Bombs has differentiated itself from other global organizations that distribute food to the hungry.
On May 2, Native American community members and Interfaith supporters, including clergy leaders, demonstrated outside of Mission Dolores in San Francisco to oppose the impending canonization of Junipero Serra by the Catholic church. Pope Francis has reaffirmed his decision to name Junipero Serra a saint, despite strong opposition from Native Americans who say the man is responsible for the killing of hundreds of thousands of Indigenous people when he helped to establish and then presided over the California mission system in the 1700s.
Suppliers of Driscoll’s, which may be the U.S.’s most recognizable brand name on strawberry, raspberry, blueberry and blackberry cartons, are coming under fire for allegedly abusing workers, in the U.S. and Mexico. One Driscoll’s grower has spent weeks embroiled in a major farmworker protest, while a nearly two-year boycott against another grower recently intensified. Workers in both disputes have called for a boycott against the company.
On February 8, the University of California Student Association, the independent official voice of 240,000 UC students, passed two advisory resolutions: Resolution Calling for the UC Regents to Divest from Corporations Violating Palestinian Human Rights and Resolution Toward Socially Responsible Investment at the University of California by an 9-1 vote, with 5 abstentions.
Solidarity Action At Spanish Consulate On December, 15, the Spanish state passed the "ley de mordaza", a gag law that makes it a crime to insult a cop, film a cop, or assemble in large groups. On December 16, the Spanish state raided several houses and apartments in Barcelona. After seizing electronics, documents, and clothing, the state imprisoned seven anarchists on vague charges relating to terrorism.

On December, 22, a group of anarchists stormed the Spanish consulate in San Francisco. After throwing leaflets into the consulate, tipping over the Spanish flag, and yelling curses, the group left without incident.

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Indymedia Marks 15 Years of Making Media and Making Trouble The Indymedia (Independent Media Center) project started in late November of 1999, to allow participants in the anti-globalization movement to report on the protests against the WTO meeting that took place in Seattle, Washington, and to act as an alternative media source. By 2002, there were 89 local IMCs around the world spread between 31 countries (plus the West Bank) and 6 continents. By January 2006, the Indymedia network had grown to over 150 Indymedia outlets around the world.

The San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center, commonly known as Indybay, started in 2000. One early Indybay project was a page exposing bad landlords. Another event that helped pull in many early Indybay volunteers was the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Conference that took place in September 2000 in San Francisco. Indybay soon broadened its coverage. Local labor struggles, forest activism in Northern California, and police brutality were quickly a focus of the early site.

Read More Indymedia and Indybay History | pdfInterview With Jeff Perlstein About Indymedia's Founding (PDF)

Previous Related Indybay Features and Stories: Indybay Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary with Media Conference and Party in Oakland | LA Indymedia 10-Year Anniversary: "Troublemaking: The Worst and Best of Indybay" | LA Indymedia Celebrates 10 years | Los Angeles Indymedia Celebrates a Decade of Media Activism | Los Angeles IMC 10th Anniversary Party!
SodaStream to Close Factory in Occupied West Bank For several years, Pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) activists in Northern California and across the globe have pressured retailers to stop selling SodaStream products in their stores. This is because Israeli beverage firm SodaStream produces many of the products it sells worldwide at a factory in the Mishor Adumim settlement in the occupied West Bank.

On October 29, amid ongoing boycott pressure from the international community, SodaStream announced that it was closing their controversial factory located in the West Bank settlement, while simultaneously reporting a 9% decline in sales.

SodaStream said that it would relocate the factory by the end of 2015. According to the firm, the plant closure would "improve the operational efficiency" of the company, listed on the New York stock exchange since 2010.

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Previous Related Coverage: photoEarth Day: Activists Ask Zabar's to Stop Selling Israeli Occupation Profiteer SodaStream | photoSanta Cruz Activists Have Protested Regularly Since the Assault on Gaza Began| audio"Mideast Migraines" - Israeli Legal System Reflects General Injustice | photoNew Yorkers March on Broadway for Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions Against Israel | photoBrooklyn Protest Asks Target to Drop Israeli Settlement Product SodaStream | photoBlack Friday Mall Shoppers Informed of SodaStream's Connection to Occupied Palestine | photoQueers Undermining Israeli Terrorism Push Cliff's Variety Store to Boycott SodaStream | photoCaroling New Yorkers Protest Israeli Settlement-builder Leviev, as Israel Boycott Grows | calendaraudioComedian songwriter Dave Lippman back in Sac!| photoSodaStream Sponsors Bomb The Children Day at Cliff's Variety | calendarRally to End Israel’s Siege on Gaza; its Blockade, Occupation and Apartheid | photoSacramento BDS demonstrate outside of Target | photoTell Cliff's to Dump SodaStream | photoProtesting the sale of SodaStream in Sacramento | calendarSacramento Demonstration on the sidewalk in front of the Bed, Bath and Beyond
On October 28, father and daughter Mauro Oliveira (Red Sun) and Mahai'a Sol helped blockade Beale Air Force base, which is east of Sacramento. They are free now, but they face Federal charges. Mauro Oliveira writes: We want drones to end and until THAT day, my family wants it to be clear to the victims of drone strikes and to the entire world, that we believe in Peace, not war and consider drone strikes as a war crime against humanity and an act against the Creators greatest gift, the Children of the world, of which we all are.
Lawsuit Launched to Protect Pinto Abalone Conservation groups notified the National Marine Fisheries Service of their intent to sue the agency for delaying Endangered Species Act protection for the pinto abalone, an approximately six-inch snail with an iridescent inner shell that was once common in rocky, intertidal coasts from Alaska to Baja California.

The pinto abalone is in desperate need of federal protection; throughout much of its historic range, pinto abalone populations have plummeted from 80 percent to as much as 99 percent, and numbers continue to fall along the Pacific coast. “Overfishing nearly wiped out pinto abalone, and a warming and acidifying ocean now threatens to finish them off,” said Kiersten Lippmann, a biologist at the Center for Biological Diversity. “The best way to prevent extinction is immediate protection under the Endangered Species Act.”

pdfRead More | Center for Biological Diversity | See Also: Rare Abalone One Step Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection
SF Demonstration in Solidarity with Kobane and Rojava Revolution Members of the Kurdish diaspora in the Bay Area joined local anarchists on October 11 for a demonstration in solidarity with the Rojava Revolution and the Kurdish resistance in Kobane fighting off a brutal siege by ISIS. Over 50 people took over Powell and Market in San Francisco with banners and thousands of leaflets throughout the afternoon.

Kurdish fighters part of the YPG and the all women YPJ units have managed to hold their own during a month-long siege despite suffering heavy casualties and fighting with outdated weapons compared with the advanced US-made weapons used by ISIS. They are calling for the border with Turkey to be opened so that they can resupply and re arm to effectively fight off ISIS and defend their revolution. The Rojava Revolution in Northern Syria has created an autonomous multi-ethnic enclave in Northern Syria founded on anti-state, anti-patriarchal and ecological principles. It is now under attack from many sides by ISIS and the fight for the border town of Kobane has become a crucial battle.

The Turkish state has been allowing ISIS to cross it’s borders freely and has helped them resupply and rearm for numerous years. Yet it is threatened by the prospects of the Rojava Revolution expanding and is thus preventing the YPG and YPJ from doing the same. Much of Turkey’s south east is now in open insurrection against the Turkish state and in support of the Kobane resistance. Anarchists and other radicals have joined this struggle spreading it to the streets of Istanbul and beyond.

photoRead More | photoKobanê Solidarity Graffiti in West Oakland | calendarDefend the Kobanê Resistance! announcment

See Also: Turkey agrees to allow Peshmerga from Iraq into Kobane | DAF Anarchists report from Kobane (Oct 9) after 24 days of ISIS attacks | Call to Donate Medical Aid to Kobane | ISIS using captured Iraqi chemical weapons on Kobani in its desperation to take the town | ISIS: Genocidal Jihad Made in the USA; U.S. Out of Syria and Iraq! | David Graeber on Rojava Revolution - Spanish Civil War of our age? | In the Rubble of US Imperialism: Why the US isn't helping Syrian kurds | Turkish anarchists join the fight to save Kobane from ISIS; updates from Kobane
Oakland Does It Again with BDS Blockade at Port Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) activists in the San Francisco Bay Area came together again on September 27 and 28 to picket and blockade an Israeli Zim Line ship at the Port of Oakland. Organized by the Stop Zim Action Committee this time, Palestine solidarity activists dispersed across five entrances at the SSA terminal over multiple shifts, preventing longshore workers from unloading cargo for two days until the ship left port.

ILWU Local 10 longshore workers refused to work the Israeli Zim ship Shanghai during the picket. The ILWU Local 10 has been out of contract since July, which means workers will not get paid if they do not work a shift, regardless whether there is a picket line or a health and safety concern. But it also means union members do not have to defer to the port authority to determine whether or not they do cross a picket line. The ILWU has a long history of lending its union power in solidarity to outside causes.

Zim Integrated Shipping Services is Israel’s largest cargo shipping company and has become an increasingly popular target for BDS activists. In August, a Zim Line ship was effectively blocked in Oakland for four days, the longest blockade of its kind to date, kicking off similar actions up and down the West Coast. Oakland's Block the Boat coalition has called for yet another picket at the port on October 25.

photoBay Area activists again prevent unloading of Israeli ship | photoIsraeli Zim Shanghai At Standstill In Oakland By ILWU Action & Picket Line | pdfLiverpool Dockers Solidarity with ILWU Local 10 and Oakland Community Picket of ZIM Ships | pdfStop ZIM Action Committee Thanks Supporters of Zim Shanghai Pickets and ILWU Local 10 | calendar Sustained Picket of Zim Ship in Oakland - End the Siege of Gaza: 1, 2 | calendarZim Blockade Continues - All Out to the Picket Line! | Anti-Apartheid Group Announces Campaign to Block Zim Ships to Oakland

Previous Related Indybay Feature: Historic Victory Against Israeli Apartheid at the Port of Oakland
Israel's Ministry of Justice has filed an indictment against a border policeman for assaulting and injuring 15-year-old Tarek Abu Khdeir, cousin to Muhammad Abu Khdeir, who was burned to death by Israeli settlers, in July. According to reports, the officer, whose name remains under gag order, was indicted at the Jerusalem magistrate court on September 10, for using "excessive force" that could not be justified.
On September 8, 2014, Bay Area chapters of Code Pink and World Can’t Wait participated in a worldwide reading of texts by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: “With this worldwide reading, we call on the United States Government to recognize that Edward Snowden's revelations are of essential importance for the safeguarding of democracy in the digital age.... Washington should therefore immediately lift all legal charges and complaints against Snowden, so that he can return home safely as a free man.”
Rallies and marches in solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Mo. were held across the world following the events of August 9 when Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in broad daylight in front of numerous witnesses. Michael was reportedly unarmed and holding his hands up while attempting to surrender when he was gunned down. Protests in the Bay Area were held in San Francisco, San Jose, and Santa Cruz.
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