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Tue Oct 25 2016Fight Over Skyrocketing Bay Area Rents to Hit the Ballot Box
Many long-time Bay Area residents have been displaced over the last several years. The median rent in Oakland is now $3,000 a month and heartless landlords are taking extreme measures to boost their profit at the expense of tenants. In one recent case, an East Palo Alto property owner and his son were arrested for a plot to push tenants out of rent-controlled units by destroying their property. Tenant advocates across the Bay Area urge voters to support the strong renter protections in Richmond, Oakland, Alameda, Burlingame, San Mateo, and Mountain View.
Tue Oct 4 2016 (Updated 10/07/16)International Call for Free and Fair Elections in Haiti
Tue Oct 4 2016 (Updated 10/07/16)Bay Area Rallies on International Day in Solidarity with People of Haiti
UPDATE: On October 3-4, Hurricane Matthew killed hundreds of people in Haiti, causing untold damage. The elections will not be held as scheduled, after already having been postponed repeatedly throughout this year. A new date has not been announced yet by the electoral council.
September 30 marked the 25th anniversary of the coup that overthrew Haiti’s first democratically-elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. U.S. Central Intelligence Agency agents were present with the Haitian military during the coup. Protesters marked the day with rallies in the Bay Area cities of Palo Alto, Oakland, and San José. The U.S. government financed fraudulent elections in 2015 and new elections will be held on October 9 of this year. At the Bay Area rallies, demonstrators standing in solidarity with the people of Haiti demanded free and fair elections in Haiti without U.S. interference.
Sat Sep 10 2016 (Updated 10/01/16)Three Federal Agencies Block Dakota Access Pipeline
Sat Sep 10 2016 (Updated 10/01/16)Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Temporarily Halted by Obama Administration
On September 9, a federal judge denied the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s motion to stop the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota. Minutes later, the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of the Army, and Department of the Interior issued a joint statement announcing a temporary halt to work on the pipeline. Actions in support of the Water protectors continue to be held across California in response to the global call for solidarity by the Standing Rock protest camps for September 3-17.
Fri Aug 19 2016 (Updated 08/20/16)Protect Our Right To Stay: No Suban La Renta
Fri Aug 19 2016 (Updated 08/20/16)Renter Protections on the November Ballot for Six Bay Area Cities
Renter protections are on the ballot for voters to vote on this coming November in the cities of Oakland, Richmond, Alameda, Burlingame, San Mateo, and Mountain View. On August 8, the Alameda Renters Coalition (ARC), tenants and other community members rallied to protest against no-cause evictions — and evictions at the Bay View Apartments in Alameda. Tenant advocates across the Bay Area are urging renters to vote on strong renter protections during the upcoming November elections, urging people to vote against weak proposals placed on the ballot by the City Council in Alameda and Mountain View.
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.
7PM Tuesday Nov 1 Other Voices: Code Red - I Think I Voted
11AM Sunday Nov 13 Peace and Social Justice Harvest Fair
7PM Monday Nov 14 Other Voices: Military Dominance and Popular Resistance
Skyrocketing rents reveal need for strong rent control protections Monday Oct 24th 9:44 PM
Renter protections on the ballot in November to look for (1 comment) Tuesday Oct 18th 6:01 PM
Bay Area Rallies Held on International Day in Solidarity with People of Haiti Friday Sep 30th 10:52 PM
Stanford American Indian Organization Letter of Solidarity with the Standing Rock Lakota and Dakota Peoples (2 comments) Saturday Sep 10th 1:41 AM
"Palestine Film Forum" of Redwood City Tuesday Sep 6th 7:00 PM
Court Slaps Down Caltrans Highway Project in Pacifica Tuesday Sep 6th 1:47 PM
Tenants & advocates rally for families and renter protections in Burlingame Wednesday Aug 31st 6:45 PMMore Local News...
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Senator Ben Allen Nominated for Presidential Champions of Change Award Thursday Sep 1st 8:33 AM
Millions of Acres of Forest Will Remain Protected for Marbled Murrelets in WA, OR, CA Wednesday Aug 3rd 3:37 PM
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 AMMore Global News...
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CA Injured Workers Face Stacked Deck During Workers’ Comp Appeals Process-Injured Nurse Co (1 comment) Thursday Aug 25th 5:34 AM
Privatizer Larry Ellison worth $51.6 Billion & Oracle Moving Ahead With Charter School Sunday Aug 14th 6:25 PM
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 PMOpen Newswire...
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