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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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8AM Saturday May 7 Snapshot Day 2016
Save the Beach Flats Garden AutumnSun Monday May 2nd 11:43 AM
California Indian Market & Peace Pow Wow AutumnSun Saturday Apr 30th 5:59 PM
MAY DAY March for Food Justice In support of the Beach Flats Garden Friday Apr 29th 7:15 PM
Beach Flats Gardeners Demand City Council Keep Their Promise Bradley Allen (1 comment) Thursday Apr 28th 5:51 PM
Eminent Domain for the Gardeners Steve Pleich (6 comments) Wednesday Apr 27th 11:05 AM
Santa Cruz Beach Flats Community Garden March To City Hall AutumnSun (3 comments) Wednesday Apr 27th 12:34 AM
Land Trust Protects Rare Sand Parkland from Development via Land Trust of Santa Cruz County Tuesday Apr 26th 4:22 PM
Driscoll’s Runs Away At Watsonville Earth Day Bradley Allen (1 comment) Monday Apr 25th 7:46 PM
Pacific Avenue Santa Cruz: The Joff Jones and Alex Skelton Report on Freedom in the USA Joff Jones and Alex Skelton (1 comment) Monday Apr 25th 6:52 PM
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UFW wins election to represent 240 farm workers at Ventura County companies via United Farm Workers Thursday Apr 21st 4:35 PM
SPLC survey: Presidential campaign leading to widespread fear, bullying in schools via Southern Poverty Law Center Sunday Apr 17th 3:00 AM
RNs Welcome Bill to Step Up Public Safety for Patients in Hospital ‘Observation' via California Nurses Association Friday Apr 15th 3:58 PM
Obama Administration's Weak New Offshore-drilling Rules Fail to Protect Oceans, Climate Center for Biological Diversity Thursday Apr 14th 3:29 PM
West Coast Water Quality Standards Not Strong Enough to Fight Ocean Acidification Center for Biological Diversity Wednesday Apr 13th 3:02 PM
Monarchs Are Not on the Road to Recovery via Center for Food Safety Monday Apr 11th 3:27 PM
AWI Statement on Proposed Animal Welfare Regulations for the Certified Organic Label via Animal Welfare Institute (1 comment) Thursday Apr 7th 4:40 PM
EPA Analysis: 97 Percent of Endangered Species Threatened by Two Common Pesticides Center for Biological Diversity Thursday Apr 7th 4:23 PM
BLM OKs Industrial Solar Project That Would Block Bighorn Sheep Movement in Mojave Center for Biological Diversity Wednesday Apr 6th 2:48 PM
Green Sea Turtles Recovering on U.S. Coasts Center for Biological Diversity Wednesday Apr 6th 2:39 PM
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Scientists Recommend Immediate Action to Combat Changes To West Coast Seawater Chemistry via California Ocean Protection Council Friday Apr 8th 5:33 PM
Against Deporting Refugees To Genocidal Turkey Steven Argue Sunday Mar 20th 11:08 AM
March 8 challenge to Santa Cruz sleeping ban media archive IndyRadio/Roknich Thursday Mar 17th 4:09 PM
City of Santa Cruz debates criminalization of sleeping IndyRadio (1 comment) Thursday Mar 17th 8:29 AM
Mideast Migraines - LOWDOWN on passenger rail Ren Tawil Wednesday Mar 16th 11:28 PM
Californians Against Fracking Responds to EPA’s Methane Regulation Announcement Californians Against Fracking Friday Mar 11th 7:49 PM
Warming Center Program - Plans & Protocols Warming Center Program (1 comment) Thursday Feb 18th 4:50 PM
California Ranks 1st in Solar Jobs via Environment California Friday Feb 12th 4:58 PM
Mideast Migraines -- new reading: The General's Son Ren Tawil Wednesday Jan 20th 9:03 PM
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