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On Sunday, June 26 members of the Traditionalist Workers Party, Golden State Skinheads, Blood & Honor, National Socialist Movement and Ku Klux Klan are holding a rally at the California State Capitol in Sacramento. Although it is shaping up to be the largest white power rally on the west coast in some time, antifascists are determined to shut them down.
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.
Sat Jun 11 2016 (Updated 06/13/16)
Keeping the Memory of Yanira Serrano Alive
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.
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.
Wed Jun 1 2016 (Updated 06/02/16)
Racial Injustice Persists in Marijuana Enforcement
New data analyses conducted by the Drug Policy Alliance and ACLU of California find that racial disparities in marijuana policing have persisted, following the reduction of low-level marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to an infraction in 2011. In November 2016, Californians will have the chance to vote for the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA). Voting for the AUMA will not only regulate the marijuana industry in the state but will also remove marijuana possession penalties both prospectively and retroactively for adults.
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.
Thu May 26 2016 (Updated 05/27/16)
Salmon is Theme at San Francisco's Anti-GMO Action
Demonstrators spotlighted salmon at this year’s March Against Monsanto. In their protest in San Francisco on May 21, protesters called out Aquabounty for creating a GMO salmon that will be farm-raised, fast growing, and has recently been approved by the FDA despite insufficient safety testing. If these GMO salmon escape, they could forever change the genes of ocean salmon. Salmon are especially important spiritually to the Winnemem Wintu tribe of Shasta County. In Santa Cruz, protesters demonstrated wearing medical masks to bring awareness to the destruction that is caused by Monsanto and GMO's.
Tue May 24 2016 (Updated 05/26/16)
SFPD Kills Again, Chief Suhr Forced to Resign Same Day
On the morning of May 19, Jessica Williams — a twenty-nine-year-old Black woman who might have been pregnant — was shot and killed by San Francisco police in the Bayview District. She was unarmed. Within a few hours of the killing, Mayor Ed Lee, announced that he was firing Suhr. Community pressure had been building to fire Suhr in response to his record as Chief. Later in the day, protesters rallied at City Hall before a large vigil was held at the site of her murder. On Friday, May 27, a rally and march will be held for Jessica Williams.
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Cat Brooks at OPD headquarters protest (video) Community READY Corps (1 comment) Saturday Jun 18th 12:23 AM
Oakland cops target the African American community Lynda Carson (1 comment) Thursday Jun 16th 3:05 PM
2016 Juneteenth Celebration ~ Negro Bar California State Park Khubaka, Michael Harris Tuesday Jun 14th 2:20 PM
Watsonville Vigil Remembers the Victims of Orlando Bradley Allen Monday Jun 13th 11:43 PM
How You Can Be Part of the Mobilization to Shut Down Nazis in Sacramento Bay Area Antifa (1 comment) Saturday Jun 11th 6:12 PM
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Familias boycott of Driscoll’s berries is gaining momentum Dean Shelton (1 comment) Thursday Jun 16th 7:14 PM
Protesters tell Cuomo: We will boycott Israel until it ends abuses of Palestinian rights Adalah-NY, Jewish Voice for Peace, JewsSayNo! (1 comment) Thursday Jun 9th 4:31 PM
Farmworkers Union Walk Out from the Fields This Morning Familias Unidas por la Justicia (1 comment) Thursday Jun 9th 12:29 PM
Africa Day 2016 ~ Expanding California-Pan African Trade and Commerce Khubaka, Michael Harris Friday May 20th 10:37 AM
Africa Day 2016 at the California State Capitol featuring Roots Sunday khubaka, michael harris Friday May 20th 4:37 AM
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