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Wed Apr 13 2016 (Updated 04/20/16)UFW Tries to Silence Boycott Driscoll’s Activists at Cesar Chavez March
Wed Apr 13 2016 (Updated 04/20/16)Activists Ask United Farm Workers: Which Side Are You On?
On April 3, members of Watsonville Brown Berets (WBB) traveled to Salinas to attend the annual Cesar Chavez March and Rally presented by United Farm Workers (UFW). WBB were joined by members of Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ), an independent farmworker union in Burlington, Washington fighting for a union contract, and initiators of the boycott against Driscoll's. Although advocating for farmworkers' rights seems like it would be warmly welcomed by UFW, that was not the experience for WBB and FUJ members.
Sat Mar 26 2016 (Updated 04/16/16)Farmworkers on West Coast Tour: Boycott Driscoll's from Border to Border
Sat Mar 26 2016 (Updated 04/16/16)Washington State Farmworkers Launch West Coast Tour in Solidarity with San Quintín
Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) has embarked on an historic 28-day tour of the West Coast to organize a major offensive on the world’s largest berry distributor, Driscoll’s Berries. The local independent farmworker union, based in Burlington, WA, is touring the coast at a crucial moment in their campaign for a union contract at Driscoll's supplier Sakuma Brothers Farms. Driscoll’s and Sakuma are feeling pressure from a growing amount of boycott activity. On Thursday, March 31, there was a major action at Driscoll’s headquarters in Watsonville.
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.
Thu Mar 24 2016 (Updated 04/21/16)Agricultural Pesticide Use Up 10% in Monterey, 9.4% in Santa Cruz
Thu Mar 24 2016 (Updated 04/21/16)CA Department of Pesticide Regulation Releases Results of Annual Pesticide Use Reporting
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation released the results of annual pesticide use reporting – the only reporting like it in the country – offering a glimpse into what potentially hazardous pesticides are being used in the state. Despite fewer plantings and crop loss due to the drought across the state, hazardous pesticide use increased in some counties. From 2013 to 2014, in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, such pesticide use increased 10.0% and 9.4%, respectively.
Wed Mar 23 2016 (Updated 04/21/16)Chemicals Used in Acidization Threaten Water Supplies
Wed Mar 23 2016 (Updated 04/21/16)Acidization Study Finds Oil Companies Using Dozens of Hazardous Chemicals in CA Wells
Oil companies use dozens of extremely hazardous chemicals to acidize wells in California, raising water contamination and public-safety concerns, according to a new study in the Journal of Toxicological and Environmental Chemistry. The University of California-Los Angeles study, which has national significance because it seems to be the first ever to examine the toxicity of acidization chemicals, finds that almost 200 different chemicals have been used in the process.
Thu Mar 24 2016In Memory of Louis LaFortune, Compassionate Peace Activist
Louis LaFortune passed away unexpectedly on the morning of March 13 at his family home in Live Oak. Media reports indicate he died in his home after suffering heart trouble. His family states that he passed quickly without pain or discomfort. Louis’s untimely passing, at the young age of 64, was a sad shock for his family and wide circle of friends.
Sun Mar 13 2016 (Updated 03/16/16)Santa Cruz City Council Votes Down Change to Sleeping Ban Law
Sun Mar 13 2016 (Updated 03/16/16)Business as Usual: SCPD Targets Homeless after City Council Re-Affirms Camping Ban
On March 8, the Santa Cruz city council voted 5-2 to oppose an amendment to municipal code 6.36.010, also known as the camping ban. The proposed amendment would have removed references to sleeping and covering up with a blanket from the text of the law, as well as removing references to sleeping in cars. Effectively, these changes would have made it legal for people sleeping outdoors to do so without fear of citation by police.
Sun Mar 13 2016 (Updated 03/14/16)Protect Monterey County Takes Another Step Towards Fracking Ban
Sun Mar 13 2016 (Updated 03/14/16)Signature Gathering Help Needed for Anti-Fracking Ballot Initiative in Monterey County
On February 23, Protect Monterey County gathered at the steps of the old court house in Salinas to announce the delivery of their notice of intent to circulate the petition: "Protect Our Water: Ban Fracking and Limit Risky Oil Operations Initiative." The group is now seeking signature gathering help to put the anti-fracking Initiative on the ballot in Monterey County for November 2016.
8AM Saturday May 7 Snapshot Day 2016
7PM Monday May 9 Cheap on Crime - The Transformation of American...
7AM Thursday May 19 Theory & Philosophy Reading Group XVII: Anarchist...
6PM Sunday May 22 Monterey Anarchist Black Cross (prisoner letter...
8PM Wednesday May 25 Miriam Ellis International Playhouse
Save the Beach Flats Garden Monday May 2nd 11:43 AM
California Indian Market & Peace Pow Wow Saturday Apr 30th 5:59 PM
MAY DAY March for Food Justice Friday Apr 29th 7:15 PM
Beach Flats Gardeners Demand City Council Keep Their Promise (1 comment) Thursday Apr 28th 5:51 PM
Eminent Domain for the Gardeners (6 comments) Wednesday Apr 27th 11:05 AM
Santa Cruz Beach Flats Community Garden March To City Hall (3 comments) Wednesday Apr 27th 12:34 AM
Land Trust Protects Rare Sand Parkland from Development Tuesday Apr 26th 4:22 PM
Driscoll’s Runs Away At Watsonville Earth Day (1 comment) Monday Apr 25th 7:46 PM
Pacific Avenue Santa Cruz: The Joff Jones and Alex Skelton Report on Freedom in the USA (1 comment) Monday Apr 25th 6:52 PM
Boycott Driscoll's Berries! Demonstration at Safeway in Watsonville Sunday Apr 24th 7:24 PMMore Local News...
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UFW wins election to represent 240 farm workers at Ventura County companies Thursday Apr 21st 4:35 PM
SPLC survey: Presidential campaign leading to widespread fear, bullying in schools Sunday Apr 17th 3:00 AM
RNs Welcome Bill to Step Up Public Safety for Patients in Hospital ‘Observation' Friday Apr 15th 3:58 PM
Obama Administration's Weak New Offshore-drilling Rules Fail to Protect Oceans, Climate Thursday Apr 14th 3:29 PM
West Coast Water Quality Standards Not Strong Enough to Fight Ocean Acidification Wednesday Apr 13th 3:02 PM
Monarchs Are Not on the Road to Recovery Monday Apr 11th 3:27 PM
AWI Statement on Proposed Animal Welfare Regulations for the Certified Organic Label (1 comment) Thursday Apr 7th 4:40 PM
EPA Analysis: 97 Percent of Endangered Species Threatened by Two Common Pesticides Thursday Apr 7th 4:23 PM
BLM OKs Industrial Solar Project That Would Block Bighorn Sheep Movement in Mojave Wednesday Apr 6th 2:48 PM
Green Sea Turtles Recovering on U.S. Coasts Wednesday Apr 6th 2:39 PMMore Global News...
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Scientists Recommend Immediate Action to Combat Changes To West Coast Seawater Chemistry Friday Apr 8th 5:33 PM
Against Deporting Refugees To Genocidal Turkey Sunday Mar 20th 11:08 AM
March 8 challenge to Santa Cruz sleeping ban media archive Thursday Mar 17th 4:09 PM
City of Santa Cruz debates criminalization of sleeping (1 comment) Thursday Mar 17th 8:29 AM
Mideast Migraines - LOWDOWN on passenger rail Wednesday Mar 16th 11:28 PM
Californians Against Fracking Responds to EPA’s Methane Regulation Announcement Friday Mar 11th 7:49 PM
Warming Center Program - Plans & Protocols (1 comment) Thursday Feb 18th 4:50 PM
Blatantly disregarding public will, Coastal Commission votes to fire executive director Friday Feb 12th 5:14 PM
California Ranks 1st in Solar Jobs Friday Feb 12th 4:58 PM
Mideast Migraines -- new reading: The General's Son Wednesday Jan 20th 9:03 PMOpen Newswire...
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