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The state agency charged with regulating California’s pesticide industry allows manufacturers to make up their own usage rules, continues to allow a brain-damaging chemical to be used on food crops, is slow to hold applicators accountable when workers are poisoned, and routinely ignores community input in its rulemaking process. That’s according to the California Environmental Justice Alliance’s 2017 Environmental Justice Agency Assessment.
Tue May 15 2018 (Updated 05/16/18)California Communities Demand "Rent Control Now!"
Efforts to stabilize communities in California with with much needed rent control measures and just cause eviction protections are presently occurring in ten cities throughout California, including Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Santa Ana, Sacramento, Pomona, Pasadena, National City, Long Beach, Inglewood, and Glendale. Big money is gearing up in opposition to the statewide effort to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.
Mon Apr 30 2018Pesticide Use Near Record High in California
Agricultural pesticide use in California remains at a near-record high, according to data released by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. DPR's latest numbers paint a grim picture of the state’s continued reliance on vast quantities of agricultural pesticides — 209 million pounds in 2016. That’s the third highest since reporting began in 1990. The greatest burden continues to be borne by the San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast.
Sat Apr 7 2018 (Updated 05/22/18)Israel Massacres Palestinians as Democrats Congratulate Them
Congressman Jimmy Panetta, who represents California's central coast, was a member of a Democratic congressional delegation that visited Israel on March 26 to congratulate the nation on the 70th anniversary of the establishment of its government. Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the delegation, stated ahead of their visit, “There is no greater political accomplishment in the 20th Century than the establishment of the State of Israel." Also on March 26, Israel's army announced that “dozens of snipers" would be deployed in Gaza – and four days later, over 750 Palestinians were shot during Land Day demonstrations.
Thu Mar 29 2018Fight Continues Over Fate of Measure Z
On March 26, proponents of Monterey County’s landmark Measure Z ballot initiative filed an appeal to restore the land-use protections that voters passed by an overwhelming majority in November 2016. The appeal challenges a Superior Court ruling in March that invalidated part of the ordinance, which aims to shield the county from fracking chemicals and oil industry pollution. Measure Z won with 56 percent of the vote.
Sun Mar 25 2018 (Updated 03/26/18)The Case For the Meadow
A group of UC Santa Cruz faculty, students, alumni, staff, and concerned community members have joined together in an effort to prevent development on one of the most important scenic landmarks of the UCSC campus, the East Meadow. East Meadow Action Committee writes: The open meadows are central to UCSC’s world-renowned design aesthetic. This proposal overturns a fifty-year tradition of environmentally-conscious planning. We support more, better, and more affordable student housing and improved childcare facilities on campus. There are other places to build them that do not overturn UCSC’s proudest traditions.
Fri Mar 23 2018Defend the Rent Freeze!
Movement for Housing Justice writes: Renters and community - Come out to the city council meeting next Tuesday to defend the rent freeze! Right now the city isn't enforcing our badly needed short term freeze on rents and eviction protections. They expect renters to take landlords to court to enforce the law if our rents are increased unfairly or we are unjustly evicted. They say it's a budgeting issue but we know that this is an issue of priorities. Let's remind the city council that 60% percent of Santa Cruz is renters. Our housing rights are non negotiable!
Fri Mar 23 2018 (Updated 04/01/18)March For Our Lives
On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives took to the streets to demand that their lives and safety become a priority, and that gun violence comes to an end. Northern California is marched in solidarity. The national mission statement declared: March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now.
Wed Mar 14 2018"Homeless Junkies" Propaganda Spreads in Santa Cruz
A sticker carrying imagery encouraging violence against houseless people and drug addicted people was recently found on a crosswalk button in downtown Santa Cruz. The sticker reads "Street Cleaner: Santa Cruz Meth Head Cleansing Project – Santa Cruz" and is marked with the hashtag #131stickers. It depicts a silhouette of a skinny person wearing a backpack, with a cigarette in their mouth, an open hand stretched out, and a “Tweaker” flag hanging out of the backpack. Laid over the image of this person are the crosshairs of a telescopic rifle sight.
Wed Mar 14 2018 (Updated 03/15/18)Santa Cruz Sentinel and Sheriff's Office Cozy Up
Chief Deputy Craig Wilson of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office has been appointed to the new editorial board of the Santa Cruz Sentinel. The process was initiated by the Sentinel's new managing editor, Kara Meyberg Guzman. The appointment raises serious questions concerning the Sentinel's journalistic independence, and the news organization's ability to adequately respond editorially to issues of police brutality and brutality within the Santa Cruz County jail system. Wilson oversees Santa Cruz County's corrections Bureau, a department he has managed as deaths spiked at the jail.
Sun Mar 11 2018Uncolonized: Film Screening and Talk
Uncolonized is a short documentary film about a native family who decided they would never enroll their two daughters in the public school system, choosing instead to homeschool them from birth. Chris is Potawatomi and Chasity is Navajo. Their daughters carry both of their parents' lineages in their blood, but also in their way of being. The film takes a critical look at the historical experiences of native children inside of the U.S. public education system and brings clarity to the decisions of the family to keep their daughters out of the public school system.
Sat Mar 10 2018West Coast J20 Solidarity Tour
Defend J20 Resistance writes: On January 20, 2017 at the massive protests in Washington DC against Trump’s inauguration, militarized police attacked and mass-arrested over 200 protestors, charging 214 of them with an unprecedented eight felonies. The first trial against 6 defendants ended with a verdict of not guilty on all charges. In this touring presentation, you'll hear an overview and critical analysis of the case this far, highlighting its role and significance in the changing landscape of political repression in the United States.
12PM Sunday Jun 24 End Solitary Santa Cruz County Community Outreach
City of Santa Cruz Confiscates Food Not Bombs Portable Toilet (1 comment) Mon Jun 18th 9:32am
Conscience and Action Speak Out at Parks and Rec (3 comments) Thu Jun 14th 7:14pm
Bathroom Baloney--Expanded Speech to City Council on its anti-homeless restrooms policies (1 comment) Wed Jun 13th 6:57pm
In Memory of DavidMinton Silva, August 16, 1943 - March 11, 2018 Wed Jun 13th 2:12pm
Homeless Rights HoeDown Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (June 12-14) (1 comment) Mon Jun 11th 9:51pm
Angola 3 Newsletter: Keep On Keeping On (1 comment) Mon Jun 11th 4:30pm
Barrios Unidos Tiny Houses Project Unveiling 6-9-2018 Sun Jun 10th 12:51pm
ACLU Statement of Opposition to Anti-Homeless Measures at Louden Nelson Center and Park (1 comment) Sat Jun 9th 1:53pm
End Solitary Santa Cruz County Community Outreach Wed Jun 6th 3:36pmMore Local News...
Tenants Together Report Reveals that Evictions in California are Triple Previous Estimates Wed Jun 6th 11:10am
Bay Area News Group article on the Governor's race ignores Delaine Eastin (3 comments) Tue May 22nd 9:27am
Agriculture Department Killed 1.3 Million Native Animals in 2017 (1 comment) Wed Apr 25th 1:47am
New Report: Working People Need Minimum Wage Raise Wed Apr 25th 1:32am
The Second Amendment : A Sacred Covenant of Ethnic Cleansing and Slavery Between the Nation State and Settler Militias Fri Apr 6th 11:44am
Open Letter to the Brooklyn Museum: Your Curatorial Crisis is an Opportunity to Decolonize Wed Apr 4th 11:21pm
ACLU Report Urges Cities and Towns to Provide Internet Service as a Utility Thu Mar 29th 10:01am
Native-led Nonprofit Files to Axe Gas Plant Project on Sacred Lands Mon Mar 26th 11:02pm
60% of black women killed by police were unarmed (1 comment) Fri Mar 23rd 6:54pmMore Global News...
Keith McHenry's Food not Bombs and Homeless Update from Santa Cruz Mon Jun 11th 12:36pm
Winkle Park Community Safety Meeting May 7, 2018 Tue May 8th 12:58pm
April 27 is National Freedom Day - UC California Celebration Fri Apr 6th 12:56pm
David Minton Silva (1 comment) Sun Mar 18th 8:11am
Letter: Support for Loma Prieta Sanborn Master Plan Southern Area Christmas Tree Farm Site Tue Mar 6th 10:50am
Newly released monarch overwintering site management plan provides blueprint for protecting and managing monarch groves Sun Mar 4th 1:27am
Combatting the opioid crisis with drug takeback programs Sun Mar 4th 1:08am
As Electric Cars Revolutionize the Vehicle Market, New Study Helps California Cities Address Infrastructure & Parking Challenges Wed Feb 28th 8:18pm
Stone Bill Protects Monarch Butterfly Habitat Tue Feb 27th 4:51pmOpen Newswire...
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