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Thu Jun 16 2016 (Updated 06/17/16)Historic Court Ruling for Net Neutrality
Thu Jun 16 2016 (Updated 06/17/16)Game-Changing Appeals Court Ruling Establishes a "First Amendment for the Internet"
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.
Thu Jun 16 2016 (Updated 06/17/16)Medical Cannabis Provider Care By Design Facilities Raided
Thu Jun 16 2016 (Updated 06/17/16)Patient Advocates Denounce Raids on Medical Cannabis Manufacturers
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.
Wed Jun 15 2016 (Updated 06/16/16)James Burtnett Highlights the Hypocrisy of Take Back Santa Cruz
Wed Jun 15 2016 (Updated 06/16/16)Take Back Santa Cruz Silent as Member Faces Gun and Narcotics Charges
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
Wed Jun 15 2016 (Updated 06/16/16)Watsonville Vigil Remembers the Victims of Orlando, Florida, Nightclub Mass Shooting
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.
Wed Jun 8 2016UFW & Driscoll’s: United To Exploit
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
Wed Jun 1 2016 (Updated 06/02/16)Riders and Drivers Rally Against Transit Cuts in Santa Cruz
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.”
Wed Jun 1 2016 (Updated 06/02/16)California Strawberry Festival: Brought To You By Exploitation
Wed Jun 1 2016 (Updated 06/02/16)Protests Continue at Annual California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard
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.
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.
5:30PM Tuesday Jun 28 No housing in People's Park!
6:30PM Wednesday Jun 29 Turning Homelessness into Headline News
9PM Thursday Jun 30 Mission Fire Fundraiser at El Rio on June 30th
10AM Saturday Jul 9 Laborfest: SF Waterfront Labor Walk 1835 - 1934
3:30PM Monday Jul 11 Burlington, WA: 4 Years of Struggle: March for a Fair...
2PM Tuesday Jul 12 Laborfest: Union Housing at St. Francis Square
1PM Saturday Jul 16 16th Annual Non-Profit Breastfest Beer Festival
7PM Sunday Aug 14 Long Haul Oral History Project: Berkeley's Needle...
Oakland Special Meeting on Coal Tonight: Rev. Manning says, "No Coal in Oakland" Monday Jun 27th 3:33 PM
BART Creates a New Way to Become a Criminal. The Vicious Crime of Seat Hogging. Monday Jun 27th 1:42 PM
Struggle and Hope CD Release and Celebration Sunday Jun 26th 3:43 PM
The Summer Solstice Music Festival 6-25-2016 Sunday Jun 26th 12:02 AM
Mission Fire Fundraiser at El Rio on June 30th Saturday Jun 25th 8:18 PM
Freedom Sleeper "No Assembly at City Hall Grounds at Night" cases Go to Court (11 comments) Wednesday Jun 22nd 11:25 PM
City of Santa Cruz: Keep SF Mime Troupe at San Lorenzo Park! (7 comments) Wednesday Jun 22nd 5:43 PM
Stay the Course With Prop 47 for Real Criminal Justice Reform Wednesday Jun 22nd 11:35 AM
Tentative Pact Averts Watsonville Hospital RN Strike Wednesday Jun 22nd 11:31 AM
No housing in People's Park! Wednesday Jun 22nd 9:07 AMMore Local News...
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Non-Profits versus Profit Maximization Tuesday Jun 21st 5:51 AM
Major State Repression in Oaxaca: Several Killed, Dozens Wounded and Detained (2 comments) Monday Jun 20th 12:38 AM
Se extiende resistencia en todo Oaxaca contra Reforma Educativa (1 comment) Sunday Jun 19th 7:00 PM
Resistance Extends Throughout Oaxaca Against Education Reform (1 comment) Sunday Jun 19th 6:44 PM
Oaxaca, 10 Years Since 2006 Sunday Jun 19th 3:13 PM
Oaxaca, a 10 años del 2006 Sunday Jun 19th 2:45 PM
Familias boycott of Driscoll’s berries is gaining momentum (1 comment) Thursday Jun 16th 7:14 PM
Historic Court Ruling for Net Neutrality Thursday Jun 16th 6:30 PM
Nuclear Shutdown News June 2016 (1 comment) Thursday Jun 16th 3:39 PM
Evergreen State College Students Vote in Solidarity with Palestine and Farmworkers Monday Jun 13th 1:10 PMMore Global News...
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Democracy Dissolves Monday Jun 13th 4:29 AM
Justin Vineyards criticized for clear-cutting oaks (2 comments) Saturday Jun 11th 4:06 PM
The unabashed apostasy at San Francisco's Civic Center (1 comment) Thursday Jun 9th 12:56 AM
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
ALRB approved: Here’s what the UFW says you get for 3% of your salary Monday Apr 25th 5:49 PMOpen Newswire...
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