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Mon May 16 2016 (Updated 05/18/16)EPA Failed to Protect the Health of Latino Schoolchildren
Mon May 16 2016 (Updated 05/18/16)Latino Children Bear Greatest Burden of Pesticide Risk in California
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.
Tue May 17 2016International Days of Action to Boycott Driscoll's
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
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.
Sun May 8 2016 (Updated 05/16/16)Long-Time Berkeley Post Office Occupation Ends with Early Morning Raid
Sun May 8 2016 (Updated 05/16/16)Occupation Resisted USPS Privatization, Offered Services for Homeless in Berkeley
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.
The California Apartment Association (CAA) has placed medical marijuana users in its crosshairs, including recreational marijuana users if voters approve marijuana for legalization in November. The CAA is sponsoring a bill (AB 2300) that allows landlords to prohibit renters from smoking medical marijuana in their apartments, and on April 26 the bill advanced to the Assembly floor. Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) is the author of AB 2300.
Thu May 5 2016 (Updated 05/06/16)Beach Flats Gardeners and Supporters March To Santa Cruz City Hall
Thu May 5 2016 (Updated 05/06/16)Beach Flats Gardeners Demand City Council Keep Their Promise on Land Acquisition
On April 26 the Santa Cruz City Council gave their six-month report on the progress of the City’s efforts to acquire the property containing the Beach Flats Community Garden. At the meeting, the City Council agreed to a three year lease for the garden. However Josh Brahinsky of the Beach Flats Garden Coalition points out, "The lease only covers 60% of the previous garden, and has a 60 day escape clause for Seaside Company, and thus does not provide long-term security for the garden."
Fri Apr 29 2016 (Updated 04/30/16)New Fees to Be Charged to Subsidize Delta Tunnels
Fri Apr 29 2016 (Updated 04/30/16)Santa Clara Valley Water Rates to Increase Without a Public Vote to Support "Cal WaterFix"
Attendees at the April 14 public meeting of the Santa Clara County Water Commission's Board of Directors in Gilroy were surprised to learn that a new fee will soon be added to their groundwater bills to support the Cal WaterFix, also known as the Delta Tunnels. Several users of small private residential water systems complained bitterly about the cost of the current groundwater charges on top of the cost of pumping and maintenance of their own wells.
Wed Apr 13 2016 (Updated 04/20/16)State of Mexico Riot Police Raid San Francisco Xochicuautla
Wed Apr 13 2016 (Updated 04/20/16)New Attack Against Otomí Community and Its Forest Arouses Widespread Repudiation
On Monday, April 11, 2016, around 800 State of Mexico riot police at the service of Grupo Higa laid siege to the Otomí community of San Francisco Xochicuautla, destroyed the camp set up in defense of the forest, used heavy machinery to illegally tear down the house of Dr. Armando García Salazar, and violently dragged out at least 25 men, women and children who were inside the house, including 64-year-old Isabel Hernández, a member of the Supreme Indigenous Council of Xochicuautla.
Tue Apr 12 2016 (Updated 05/08/16)Housing State of Emergency Declared in Oakland
Tue Apr 12 2016 (Updated 05/08/16)City Council Passes 90-Day Rent Increase Limit But Fails to Pass Temporary Eviction Freeze
Oakland renters have been facing nearly 1,000 evictions per month. Rents have skyrocketed and the median rent is currently $3,000 per month. Housing activists have been pushing for a temporary freeze on evictions and rent hikes to protect tenants from the massive upheaval. On April 6, the Oakland City Council responded by voting unanimously to support a 90-day moratorium on rent increases, but failed to pass a temporary freeze on evictions.
Sun Apr 10 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)San Francisco Police Execute Homeless Man
Sun Apr 10 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)Despite SFPD Deescalation Claim, Jose Luis Gongora Shot Down in Under 30 Seconds
On April 7, a homeless man, Jose Luis Gongora, allegedly brandishing a knife, was executed by SFPD. Surveillance camera video shows police cars rolling up, cops getting out and approaching Jose Luis off-camera. Police claimed they attempted to deescalate the situation, but the video shows two cops approaching Jose Luis with a shotgun pointed at him and shouting at him. The cop with the shotgun can be heard firing four "less lethal" bean-bag rounds at Jose Luis before at least one of the cops shoots and kills him. On April 9, SFPD raided a nearby tent encampment on Shotwell Street, knocking over objects with sticks, including several memorial candles that lined the front of Jose Luis' tent which is still at the scene.
Wed Mar 30 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)Oakland Justice Coalition Pushing for Radical Change at the Ballot Box
Wed Mar 30 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)Grassroots Effort Under Way for New Oakland Police Commission, Tenant Rights, $20 Min Wage
Community activists working independently on separate ballot measures have come together under the umbrella of the Oakland Justice Coalition. Together, the three measures they propose would radically transform police accountability, renters' protections, and the minimum wage in Oakland. On March 24, Oakland Justice Coalition members made a formal announcement of their intentions in front of Oakland City Hall. The canvassing kickoff will be held on April 2.
Tue Mar 29 2016 (Updated 04/19/16)City Bulldozes Beach Flats Community Garden for Seaside Company
Tue Mar 29 2016 (Updated 04/19/16)Beach Flats Gardeners Remain Committed to 2016 Planting Season Despite Losing Land
A bulldozer rumbled into the Beach Flats Community Garden early Thursday morning, March 24, tearing out mature fruit trees and nopales plants that city staff had earlier promised would not be touched, and damaging an already strained relationship between the City and community. Despite the loss of land, fruit trees, and nopales, the Beach Flats Gardeners are committed to making the best of the 2016 planting season.
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.
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Oakland CED committee failed to send renter protection initiative to City Council Friday May 27th 8:13 PM
Cabrillo College Foundation bankrolling Yes on Q campaign (1 comment) Thursday May 26th 9:57 AM
Oakland landlords offer ghetto location rentals for Rolls-Royce prices (1 comment) Thursday May 26th 4:13 AM
Oakland tenants are drowning in high rents and facing eviction by the thousands Wednesday May 25th 7:16 PM
A Tribute to Our Friend, Photographer and Organizer Bob Fitch (1 comment) Wednesday May 25th 8:03 AM
Mathews Council Crushes Handicraft Vendors; Freedom SleepOut #46 Soldiers On (5 comments) Tuesday May 24th 12:58 PM
Anti-Hillary Clinton Action in Salinas (6 comments) Monday May 23rd 5:29 PM
El Festival de la Fresa 2016: Traído a usted por la explotación Monday May 23rd 1:54 PM
Strawberry Festival 2016: Brought To You By Exploitation (1 comment) Monday May 23rd 1:33 PM
Riders and drivers rally against bus cuts in Santa Cruz (2 comments) Sunday May 22nd 11:28 AMMore Local News...
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Is this the world's most radicalmayor? Ada Colau of Barcelona Sunday May 29th 4:56 AM
And Here’s Another Thing the Clinton’s Fucked Up. Wednesday May 25th 9:57 AM
New UK Report Supports Strong Action on Antibiotics in Ag Friday May 20th 3:37 PM
The Language of Neoliberalism (1 comment) Friday May 20th 5:58 AM
National Research Council GMO Study Compromised by Industry Ties Monday May 16th 2:51 PM
Pre-Paid Phone "Security" Law Threatens to Make Black Lives Even Harder Thursday May 12th 9:37 PM
Groups Ask FDA to Protect Consumers from Misleading Labels on “Natural” Foods Thursday May 12th 4:26 PM
Sacred Psychology & Plant Medicine: Dr. Kat Coder Wednesday May 11th 12:27 PM
Hawai‘i Legislature Provides Landmark State-Funded Tax Credit Supporting Organic Farmers Saturday May 7th 3:26 PM
EPA Uses Industry-funded Studies to Determine Glyphosate Does Not Cause Cancer Tuesday May 3rd 3:08 PMMore Global News...
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FDR's First 100 Days Tuesday May 31st 6:10 AM
Ed Lee's SF Sheriff Hennessey Goes After Tenant Activist Who Exposes Corruption By Soriano Monday May 23rd 10:17 PM
Urban Agriculture poised to create 100,000+ new Ag jobs and careers Monday May 9th 10:48 AM
Lawsuit Filed Against Google In Superior Court. Plaintiffs Seek To Hire Jury Presentation Friday May 6th 2:06 PM
Animals Birds Burning Alive In Alberta Largest Evacuation In Canadian History Friday May 6th 8:35 AM
California Apartment Association bill targeting medical marijuana users passes in Assembly Thursday May 5th 8:42 PM
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The Steep Cost of Tax Dodging (1 comment) Tuesday Apr 19th 6:52 AM
Support a Public Inquest into the continuing deaths at Winnipeg's Health Sciences Center Tuesday Apr 5th 4:32 PM
Shame On Meat And Dairy Invested Cornell For Latest Disinformation About Animal Flesh Thursday Mar 31st 7:23 AMOpen Newswire...
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