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Thu Jun 16 2016 (Updated 06/17/16)
Historic Court Ruling for Net Neutrality
It’s being called one of the most important moments in the history of the internet and a First Amendment for the internet. A federal appeals court, in a 2-1 decision, ruled this week that internet service providers must offer essentially the same protections to users that are required of phone companies. Digital activists are gleefully celebrating one of the most significant parts of the ruling: the FCC can apply its net neutrality rules to cellphone data as well as home broadband.
On June 15, law enforcement officers raided Care By Design and CBD Guild, a provider of high quality cannabis medicines that tens of thousands of patients depend on across the state. The enforcement comes just days after the company hosted local and state public officials and regulators for a walk-through of their new state-of-the-art facilities and to discuss regulations for the emerging industry resulting from the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act passed by the California legislature last fall.
Take Back Santa Cruz, "a non-profit community organization focused on creating awareness and working together to build a better, safer and cleaner Santa Cruz," tried to go silent about one of their most high-profile members facing felony charges for firearms and drug manufacturing. Sixty-year-old James Burtnett of Boulder Creek faces multiple felony counts ranging from illegally synthesizing a Schedule 1 narcotic, to being illegally armed with a firearm. According to court documents, Burtnett was involved in a narcotic processing operation. The illegal lab exploded on September 29, 2013, in Santa Cruz.
Wed Jun 15 2016 (Updated 06/16/16)
Love and Solidarity from Watsonville to Orlando
SOMOS LGBT, a community organization raising awareness on equality and acceptance for all, began in Watsonville nine years ago. On the evening of June 13, SOMOS LGBT held a vigil at Watsonville Plaza to "remember one of the most horrific tragedies committed against the LGBT community." The day before, a mass shooting occurred at a gay nightclub in Orlando, resulting in 53 wounded and 50 dead, including the gunman. SOMOS LGBT will hold a vigil in the Plaza every day until Sunday from 6:30 to 7:30.
On May 31, students at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA voted overwhelmingly to endorse resolutions expressing support for freedom and equality for Palestinians and labor justice for migrant workers at Sakuma Bros farm in northern Washington. The three resolutions asked students to condemn the presence of Caterpillar Inc. equipment on campus, to de-shelve Sabra hummus, and prohibit the use of Sakuma Bros berries from campus dining services.
Why won't the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) support the Driscoll's Boycott? That's one of the questions UFW Vice President Lauro Barajas would not answer after he spoke at Hillary Clinton's rally in Salinas on May 25. The UFW will not reveal when their friendship with Driscoll's began. However, a photograph from May 2013 reveals their relationship with Reiter Affiliated Companies, an Oxnard-based subsidiary of Driscoll's.
On June 2, the Fair and Affordable Richmond coalition submitted more than 5,000 signatures to qualify the coalition’s Rent Control and Just Cause Eviction Protection ordinance for the November ballot. Members of the coalition and Richmond tenants spoke about the ordinance in front of Richmond City Hall, and how it will protect Richmond renters and the community. The Richmond City Clerk and Contra Costa County have thirty days to determine if the Coalition has collected the 4,198 valid signatures required.
Wed Jun 1 2016 (Updated 06/02/16)
Bus Riders in Wheelchairs: Don't Leave Us Stranded
A group of bus riders and drivers staged a rally at the Santa Cruz downtown METRO station on May 21 in protest of planned cuts to the county bus system. METRO plans to reduce service across the county and cut more than 40 driver positions. According to documents provided at a METRO public comment meeting on May 3, “METRO needs to reduce its annual operating budget by $6.5 million for the next fiscal year.”
The California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard is one of the largest outdoor annual events in California that celebrates the success of the multi-billion dollar global agricultural industry. However, this success has come at the great economic, social and overall health expense to those who pick the berries. On May 22, a protest outside the Strawberry Festival challenged the industry and governmental efforts to overlook the social and environmental costs of strawberry production, and questioned the logic of charity festivals.
New reports spotlight pesticides used in the food system and the harmful effects they are having on the nation’s children. In particular, the reports find that Latino children living or attending school near California agricultural fields face some of the greatest risks of exposure from pesticides linked to cancers and the developing brain. One report discloses for the first time internal Environmental Protection Agency documents that reveal the EPA’s persistent unwillingness to enforce Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.
On two consecutive Saturdays, May 7 and May 14, farmworkers called for an international day of action to bring attention to the ongoing struggles in the berry fields in Washington State and San Quintin, Mexico. May 7 was initiated by Familias Unidas por la Justicia in Washington state, while Sindicato Independiente Nacional Democratico De Jornaleros Agricolas (SINDJA) farmworkers in San Quintin, Mexico called for a global day of action on May 14. Demonstrations took place in many locations, including Mexico City; Burlington, WA; Portland and Eugene, Oregon; and Eureka, Rohnert Park, Fairfield, San Leandro, Santa Cruz, Watsonville, and San Diego, California.
On Sunday, May 1, Joff Jones and Alex Skelton were arrested for defiantly displaying art "outside of a blue box" on Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz. This is their third arrest for displaying art in a public space but outside of small boxes since August of 2015. Jones and Skelton created a video with footage showing numerous Santa Cruz Police officers ticketing and arresting them for simply being "outside of a blue box" while displaying their art.
Thu May 5 2016 (Updated 05/06/16)
May Day in Northern California, 2016
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.
At 5am on April 12, US Postal Police and Inspectors, with support from the Berkeley Police Dept., arrived at the Main Berkeley Post Office and literally dragged protesters out of their tents, seized all their belongings, and tore down the information tent, the shelter for a 17-month occupation. Two groups of activists – First They Came for the Homeless and Berkeley Post Office Defenders – had occupied the grounds of the Main Berkeley Post Office continuously since late November, 2014.
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5:30PM Tuesday Jun 28 No housing in People's Park!
Struggle and Hope CD Release and Celebration Mike Rhodes Sunday Jun 26th 3:43 PM
The Summer Solstice Music Festival 6-25-2016 AutumnSun Sunday Jun 26th 12:02 AM
Mission Fire Fundraiser at El Rio on June 30th sana saleem Saturday Jun 25th 8:18 PM
Freedom Sleeper "No Assembly at City Hall Grounds at Night" cases Go to Court Robert Norse (11 comments) Wednesday Jun 22nd 11:25 PM
City of Santa Cruz: Keep SF Mime Troupe at San Lorenzo Park! Santa Cruz News (7 comments) Wednesday Jun 22nd 5:43 PM
Stay the Course With Prop 47 for Real Criminal Justice Reform Steve Pleich Wednesday Jun 22nd 11:35 AM
Tentative Pact Averts Watsonville Hospital RN Strike via National Nurses United Wednesday Jun 22nd 11:31 AM
No housing in People's Park! Defend People's Park Wednesday Jun 22nd 9:07 AM
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Non-Profits versus Profit Maximization Heidrun Bluhm and Andrej Holm Tuesday Jun 21st 5:51 AM
Major State Repression in Oaxaca: Several Killed, Dozens Wounded and Detained El Enemigo Común (2 comments) Monday Jun 20th 12:38 AM
Se extiende resistencia en todo Oaxaca contra Reforma Educativa El Enemigo Común (1 comment) Sunday Jun 19th 7:00 PM
Resistance Extends Throughout Oaxaca Against Education Reform El Enemigo Común (1 comment) Sunday Jun 19th 6:44 PM
Oaxaca, 10 Years Since 2006 El Enemigo Común Sunday Jun 19th 3:13 PM
Oaxaca, a 10 años del 2006 El Enemigo Común Sunday Jun 19th 2:45 PM
Familias boycott of Driscoll’s berries is gaining momentum Dean Shelton (1 comment) Thursday Jun 16th 7:14 PM
Historic Court Ruling for Net Neutrality R. Robertson Thursday Jun 16th 6:30 PM
Nuclear Shutdown News June 2016 Michael Steinberg (1 comment) Thursday Jun 16th 3:39 PM
Evergreen State College Students Vote in Solidarity with Palestine and Farmworkers Students for Justice in Palestine at TESC Monday Jun 13th 1:10 PM
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Democracy Dissolves Wolfgang J. Koschnick Monday Jun 13th 4:29 AM
Justin Vineyards criticized for clear-cutting oaks Skye Ravy, Paso Robles Daily News (2 comments) Saturday Jun 11th 4:06 PM
The unabashed apostasy at San Francisco's Civic Center David Giesen (1 comment) Thursday Jun 9th 12:56 AM
FDR's First 100 Days Horst Dippel Tuesday May 31st 6:10 AM
Urban Agriculture poised to create 100,000+ new Ag jobs and careers Khubaka, Michael Harris Monday May 9th 10:48 AM
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