top
Central Valley
Central Valley
Indybay
Indybay
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz
Indybay
Regions
Indybay Regions North Coast Central Valley North Bay East Bay South Bay San Francisco Peninsula Santa Cruz IMC - Independent Media Center for the Monterey Bay Area North Coast Central Valley North Bay East Bay South Bay San Francisco Peninsula Santa Cruz IMC - Independent Media Center for the Monterey Bay Area California United States International Americas Haiti Iraq Palestine Afghanistan
Topics
Newswire
Calendar
Features
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Fri Jul 3 2009
Right Wing Rally for Water Declares It's "Fish vs. People"
Corporate Agriculture Campaigns for Exclusion from the Endangered Species Act
There is a massive campaign underway to “turn on the pumps” and deliver additional water to corporate agribusiness in the western Central Valley. Agribusiness interests and their allies claim environmental and water activists care more about fish than people and are demanding more water, now!

Corporate agriculture’s campaign is being run by Burson-Marsteller (B-M), the astroturfing Public Relations firm that has been hired by the California Latino Water Coalition. MSNBC talk show host Rachel Maddow, in a March telecast, called B-M “the PR firm from hell” and said it had been hired to improve the “image” of AIG, the company that has received $170 billion in taxpayer bailout money. B-M has also represented the private security firm Blackwater, Union Carbide in the Bhopal India incident, and Babcock & Wilcox, manufacturers of the Three Mile Island nuclear plant.

Central Valley Congress members are calling for an exclusion from the Endangered Species Act of the delta smelt (a small fish that gets killed in the pumps), more dams, a peripheral canal (which critics say will be as large as the Panama Canal), and a bond initiative in 2010 that will result in taxpayers subsidizing water for large corporate farming operations.

photo audio Read more | Peripheral Canal: Panama Canal North? | People Before Water Barons: Stop the Peripheral Canal Water Bond! | Myths, Lies and Damn Lies about Impact of Drought on San Joaquin Valley Agribusiness | Salazar Announces Aid to Valley Agribusiness, Doesn’t Endorse Canal | Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar Holds Town Hall in Fresno
05/24/20 Stanford Health Care Imposes Wage Cuts on Frontline Workers During Pandemic Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | Labor & Workers | Peninsula05/23/20 Life Model Art Rally Among Protests Against Arts Campus Closure and CCSF Cuts Front Page | Education & Student Activism | San Francisco05/14/20 Protesters Demand End to "Covid-19 Death Camps" Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | North Bay / Marin | California | Immigrant Rights05/06/20 SFPD Wore "Thin Blue Line" Flag Masks While Responding to May Day Protests Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Racial Justice | San Francisco05/02/20 Labor and Human Rights Groups Demand Rent and Mortgage Strike, Others to "Reopen" Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | Labor & Workers | Global Justice & Anti-Capitalism | San Francisco | Government & Elections | Immigrant Rights05/01/20 Two Homeless Women Move into Investor-Owned San Francisco Property Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Health, Housing & Public Services | Global Justice & Anti-Capitalism | San Francisco04/26/20 No Vacancy California: Fill Hotels Not Graves Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | East Bay | California04/25/20 Cancel Rent, Homes For All, and a Debt Free Future Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | Labor & Workers | Global Justice & Anti-Capitalism | San Francisco04/25/20 Sex Workers Demand Immediate Financial Support Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | Labor & Workers | Womyn | San Francisco | U.S.04/24/20 Demonstrators Demand Santa Cruz Provide Hotel Vouchers for the Homeless Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia04/23/20 Help the Santa Cruz Hub Survive Unpredictable Times Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia
We are 100% volunteer and depend on your participation to sustain our efforts!

Donate

donate now

$ 136.00 donated
in the past month

Get Involved

If you'd like to help with maintaining or developing the website, contact us.

Publish

Publish your stories and upcoming events on Indybay.

IMC Network