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In April, the BART Board passed a law making it illegal to occupy two seats during rush hour on a BART train. The law was not to take effect until the BART police presented their implementation strategy. At the most recent BART Board meeting on June 23, BART police presented how they intend to enforce the new law. Fines of up to $500 will ensure that those least able to afford it become debtors, potentially subjecting violators to criminal warrants and further harrassment. Longtime BART director Joel Keller admitted he wants police to target the homeless.
Sat Jun 11 2016 (Updated 06/13/16)Keeping the Memory of Yanira Serrano Alive
Sat Jun 11 2016 (Updated 06/13/16)Community Remembrance Marks Two Years Since Yanira Serrano was Killed by Sheriff's Deputy
On June 4, the family of Yanira Serrano was joined in the city of Half Moon Bay by a large community of friends and supporters to commemorate the two year mark since the 18-year-old was killed by San Mateo County Sheriff's deputy Menh Trieu. Also in attendance were the loved ones of two other victims killed by police in the Bay Area, Errol Chang and Antonio Guzman Lopez.
Thu May 5 2016 (Updated 05/06/16)May Day in Northern California, 2016
Thu May 5 2016 (Updated 05/06/16)International Workers' Day for Immigrants Rights, Food Justice, and Against Police Terror
International Workers' Day was first declared in the late 1800's to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago and as a celebration of laborers and the working classes. Around the world on May 1, workers continue to unite to press demands in the streets through marches, rallies, and direct actions. In the United States, May Day is also a day to push for immigrant rights, especially since the massive "Gran Paro Americano" general strike and marches of 2006.
Sat Apr 30 2016 (Updated 06/06/16)Anti-Trump Protesters Shut Down Roads to Republican Convention
Sat Apr 30 2016 (Updated 06/06/16)Trump Forced to Sneak Through Fence to Reach California GOP Convention in Burlingame
Protests against Donald Trump are heating up in California as the June 7 presidential primary approaches. On April 29, it was the Bay Area's turn. Trump was scheduled to speak on the opening day of the California Republican Convention in Burlingame. Protesters blocked streets and pushed through police barricades. Trump's motorcade was unable to reach the site and was forced to walk from Highway 101 through concrete barriers to reach the convention via a back entrance.
Sun Mar 27 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)California Apartment Association Stalking the Tenants' Rights Movement
Sun Mar 27 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)CAA Opposes Rent Controls in Oakland, Alameda, San Jose, Mountain View, and Other Cities
The California Apartment Association (CAA) has been meddling in the affairs of city after city in Northern California in an effort to stop any and all renter protections being promoted by renters, tenant activists, and their supporters. The same day that Oakland tenant activists filed a ballot initiative to strengthen renter protections called the Renters Upgrade, the CAA announced that they were keeping an eye on things, and are coming up with their own plan to counter the tenants' movement efforts.
Sat Feb 27 2016 (Updated 03/01/16)Protesters Face Off with FBI in Digital Privacy Battle
Sat Feb 27 2016 (Updated 03/01/16)Demonstrators Insist FBI Wrong to Want to Break into Phones
On February 16, a US District Court in California, responding to an FBI request, ordered Apple to write an entirely new operating system for its iPhone, one that would give Federal authorities full access to encrypted private information on those phones. Protesters in the Bay Area cities of San Francisco and Palo Alto organized demonstrations saying the FBI demand would set a dangerous precedent and threaten the safety and security of millions of iPhone users worldwide.
Fri Feb 19 2016Santa Cruz Cypress Recovering, Reclassified as "Threatened"
On February 18, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the reclassification of the Santa Cruz cypress from “endangered” to “threatened” status under the Endangered Species Act. The tree was protected in 1987 due to threats to its habitat, but now the habitat for all five populations is secure.
Sun Nov 1 2015 (Updated 11/02/15)California Moves to Keep Whales Out of Crab Gear
Sun Nov 1 2015 (Updated 11/02/15)State Group Calls for Changes as West Coast Whale Entanglements Reach Record High Levels
A state-convened working group is recommending a series of initial steps toward reducing whale entanglements in crab gear in California, including more monitoring and retrieval of lost fishing gear. The Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group was convened in September after the Center for Biological Diversity and other groups found that whale entanglements in 2014 and 2015 had reached historic highs.
Mon Oct 19 2015 (Updated 10/21/15)Young and Old Say We Don't Need Silicon Valley Firms Greenwashing
Mon Oct 19 2015 (Updated 10/21/15)Students, Union Members, Grannies Question Hi-Tech's Commitment to the Climate Movement
Students, union members and the Raging Grannies all questioned the role of the hi-tech industry in the climate movement at a rally held next door to Google headquarters on October 14. The Raging Grannies specifically called out firms Google and Facebook since both companies joined with climate change deniers when they became members of the climate denying lobbying group ALEC.
Wed Sep 2 2015 (Updated 09/09/15)Marching for Rent Stabilization in Mountain View
Wed Sep 2 2015 (Updated 09/09/15)Friday Rallies Lead Up to Planned Demonstration at City Council Meeting
For three Fridays in a row, boisterous members and allies of the Mountain View Tenants Coalition marched passed City Hall to the busy intersection at El Camino Real to push for a moratorium on rent increases. Inspired by the recent success of the East Bay city of Richmond, Mountain View residents are hoping to gain some legal protection for renters in one of the Bay Area's most costly cities, home to hi tech giants including Google.
Thu Jun 4 2015 (Updated 06/05/15)Facebook Discriminates Against LGBT and Native American Communities
Thu Jun 4 2015 (Updated 06/05/15)Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Spearhead Protest at Facebook HQ Over User Name Policies
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence took the lead in organizing a protest held in front of Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California on June 1. Sister Roma said that it's time Mark Zuckerberg realized that identity is fluid. She and about 100 others traveled from San Francisco and other parts of the Bay Area to Silicon Valley to demand that the social media company remove the fake-name reporting option and stop asking users for government IDs.
Wed Sep 2 2015Marching for Rent Control in Mountain View
Wed Sep 2 2015Third March for Rent Control in Mountain View
Wed Apr 8 2015Hewlett Packard Protest: The People's Shareholders Meeting
On the grassy lawn in front of Hewlett Packard headquarters, demonstrators held a "virtual" meeting dubbed "The People's Shareholders Meeting" on March 18. Board members in silk-screened HP insignia ties joined a Meg Whitman character in blonde wig. CEO Whitman fielded questions about the company's complicity in Israel's oppression of Palestine from a group on lawn chairs portraying shareholders. Testifiers, including two Israeli citizens, spoke to the shareholders from a mock podium.
Sun Feb 1 2015 (Updated 04/08/15)March for Justice: End US State Terrorism Against People of Color
Sun Feb 1 2015 (Updated 04/08/15)Students Hear About Pan-Africanism/US Imperialism at Rally in Mountain View
Wed Jan 14 2015 (Updated 04/26/15)Reclaiming Martin Luther King Jr's Legacy
Wed Jan 14 2015 (Updated 04/26/15)Bay Area Pulls Off 96 Hours of Action as Part of National Call to "Reclaim King’s Legacy"
In Oakland, hundreds of people from more than two dozen groupings organized in response to the Anti Police-Terror Project’s call to come together for ninety-six hours of direct action over the Martin Luther King Day weekend. The first action announced was a protest inside Montgomery BART station in San Francisco at 7am on Friday. The weekend’s events culminated in a Jobs and Economy March for the People on Monday, January 19. Other groups organized more MLK-related events in Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Palo Alto, Santa Cruz, and throughout Northern California.
7PM Tuesday Aug 2 Other Voices: Challenging Corporate Nationhood
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BART Creates a New Way to Become a Criminal. The Vicious Crime of Seat Hogging. (4 comments) Monday Jun 27th 1:42 PM
Community Keeps Memory of Yanira Serrano Alive Thursday Jun 9th 3:36 PM
Community Remembrance in Honor of Yanira Serrano (1 comment) Friday May 27th 4:06 PM
International Workers Day is a Call for Immigrant Rights/Better Housing Policies Monday May 2nd 2:24 AM
Trump Forced to Sneak Through Fence to Reach California GOP Convention in Burlingame Saturday Apr 30th 1:35 AM
Commission to Vote on Postponing Marine Protected Area Reviews (1 comment) Tuesday Apr 5th 4:34 PM
San Mateo may enact just cause eviction protections & emergency rent control Friday Apr 1st 7:30 PMMore Local News...
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Pre-Paid Phone "Security" Law Threatens to Make Black Lives Even Harder Thursday May 12th 9:37 PM
Apple's social plan to beat Facebook Wednesday Feb 17th 3:32 PM
Feds Launch Review of Endangered West Coast Orcas Wednesday Jan 27th 5:18 PM
'Granny Power' documentary about the Raging Grannies finished at last Friday Jun 13th 12:58 AM
Apple, the State and Social Rights Monday May 12th 6:01 AM
Re-feudalization Thursday Apr 24th 4:46 AM
Earth Day: Activists Ask Zabar's to Stop Selling Israeli Occupation Profiteer SodaStream (1 comment) Wednesday Apr 23rd 7:10 PMMore Global News...
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Trump Crosses The Border: Youth & Workers Speak Out In California (1 comment) Sunday May 1st 12:08 AM
Blatantly disregarding public will, Coastal Commission votes to fire executive director Friday Feb 12th 5:14 PM
Peninsula Tenants Urge your elected official to ENACT RENT CONTROL and TENANT PROTECTIONS Thursday Jan 7th 1:14 PM
LaborTech 2015 The Gig Economy, Labor Communication Media And The Smart Phone Tuesday Jun 2nd 11:11 AM
Expansion Of Offshore Drilling Or The Gulf Of Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Saturday Jun 28th 3:24 PM
Google Crimes: Promoting Illegal Wars, Worldwide Sleuthing, Censorship, Spying on Chidlren (2 comments) Monday Apr 7th 5:38 PM
Alliance for Rebuilding Palestinian Villages--Rising to Occasion Monday Feb 17th 12:57 AMOpen Newswire...
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