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image Shortly After Shutdowns of College Speaking Events, Milo Shunned by His Own People fp_milo-freemont-bus-3-640x480.jpg by Indybay
White nationalist Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak at UC Berkeley on the first day of Black history month in a building named after Martin Luther King, Jr. The event on February 1 was cancelled after a large protest erupted outside the Student Union where he was set to speak. Within weeks, a video surfaced in which Yiannopoulos spoke favorably of men having sex with boys and against the concept of consent. Now, Yiannopoulos is facing widespread backlash, leading to the cancellatio...
Posted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:37PM
image Santa Cruz DA Won't File Charges Against Police Officer Who Killed Man Holding Garden Rake erik_bailey_santa_cruz_police_department_scpd.jpg by Indybay
On February 16, Santa Cruz County District Attorney Jeff Rosell announced his office will not file charges against Erik Bailey, the Santa Cruz Police Department officer who shot and killed 32-year-old Sean Smith-Arlt on October 16, 2016. SCPD Officers Erik Bailey and Adam Baker were the first officers to be dispatched to a house on Chase Street that evening after residents called to report a disturbance at the home. When police arrived they say they confronted Sean, who was advancing towards ...
Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:08PM
image Nationwide Ramp-Up of Highly Militarized ICE Raids Includes California's Central Coast immigrations-customs-enforcement-santa-cruz-california.jpg by Indybay
What sounded like a garbage truck at first in the dark hours of the morning turned out to be a nightmare for many families in the Beach Flats, Lower Ocean, and Live Oak neighborhoods of Santa Cruz on Monday morning, February 13. Beach Flats residents report hearing helicopters overhead and flash grenades cast into several homes while an unidentified voice (no indication of jurisdiction) on a loudspeaker demanded that "[street address] come out with hands on head" blared. This caused confusion...
Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:08AM
image Number of Monarchs Overwintering in California Remains Low monarch_butterflies_eucalyptus_candace_fallon_xerces_society_s.jpg by Indybay
The annual overwintering count of monarch butterflies released on February 9 confirms Monarch numbers fell by nearly one-third from last year’s count, indicating an ongoing risk of extinction for America’s most well-known butterfly. Scientists report that this year’s population is down by 27 percent from last year’s count, and down by more than 80 percent from the mid-1990s. A survey of monarch butterflies overwintering in California shows that the Western population has not rebounded. On the...
Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:06PM
image Civil Rights Groups Condemn New York City's Fordham University Ban on SJP fordham_university_s.jpg by Indybay
On January 26, Fordham University reaffirmed its ban on Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). In a letter to civil rights groups, Fordham stated its decision to ban SJP was made because the group had a “singular focus of which is the political agenda of one nation,” “is more akin to a lobbying organization,” and that SJPs on other campuses were “disruptive.” Palestine Legal and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) wrote Fordham, stating the university “misconstrues the facts, misun...
Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:32PM
image Safe Drinking Water Exemptions Allow Oil Companies to Dump Waste Fluid Into Aquifers PROPOSED-EXEMPT-AQUIFERS_480.jpg by Indybay
The Trump administration this week granted requests from Gov. Jerry Brown's regulators to exempt three aquifers in California's Kern County from the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. Approval of these "aquifer exemption" applications by the Environmental Protection Agency gives oil companies permission to dump contaminated waste fluid into these underground water supplies. California officials plan to submit dozens of additional exemption applications for other aquifers across the state, inclu...
Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:16PM
image Eight Banks Funding the Dakota Access Pipeline Protested palo-alto-no-dapl_adjusted.jpg by Indybay
Hundreds of demonstrators took their Rolling March and Rally through downtown Palo Alto on February 11. They hit up eight banks that are responsible for helping to fund the Dakota Access Pipeline. Things got started in front of City Hall with a rally featuring indigenous speakers Dr. Maria Michael, Hartman Deetz, and Delphine Red Shirt amongst others. Marchers then made their way to Citibank, Morgan Stanley, Comerica, Bank of America, Union Bank, HSBC, Wells Fargo, and Chase banks. To the en...
Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:36PM
image Dam Maintenance Neglected as Governor Brown Promotes Delta Tunnels Water-flows-Oroville-Dam-Auxiliary-Spillway_480.jpg by Indybay
Water from Lake Oroville flowed over the emergency spillway at Oroville Dam for the first time in the reservoir's 48-year history after the water level exceeded 901 feet in elevation on February 11. The water slowly began to flow over the concrete weir of the auxiliary spillway, down a hillside and into the Feather River. After saying the situation was stable and public safety was not threatened, state officials reversed course and issued evacuation orders late in the afternoon of February 12...
Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:16PM
image International Women's General Strike on March 8: Walk Out, March and Demonstrate wo_women-trump_erik_mcgregor_pacific_barcroft_3100.jpg by Indybay
Together, Linda Martín Alcoff, Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya, Nancy Fraser, Barbara Ransby, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Rasmea Yousef Odeh, and Angela Davis write: In our view, it is not enough to oppose Trump and his aggressively misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic and racist policies. We also need to target the ongoing neoliberal attack on social provision and labor rights. Let us use the occasion of this international day of action to build a feminism for the 99%, a grassroots, anti-c...
Posted: Thu Feb 9, 2017 10:57PM
image Public Bank of Oakland Aims to Serve the People, Use Bank’s Profits for Common Good gj_public-bank-of-oakland-tree-logo.jpg by Indybay
Emily Wheeler of the Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland writes: A thriving local economy is something we all want to see—no controversy there. But we’ve been too quick to accept the prevailing notion that there is a trade-off between that and providing ourselves with adequate housing, health care, or education programs. It’s time to align our fiscal practices with our social ideals. It’s time for the Public Bank of Oakland. On February 9, the City of Oakland hosted a public forum on th...
Posted: Thu Feb 9, 2017 11:20AM
image Mayor and City Administrator Bulldoze Homes & Village of Services for Oakland’s Homeless Residents hh_thevillageraid-daveid_02022017.jpg by Indybay
At 8:30am on the morning of February 2, at least 80 Oakland Police raided the village. Structures were then bulldozed by the Department of Public Works (DPW). The inhumane action went against the wishes of hundreds of Oakland residents who contributed to building up the sanctuary for two weeks. Sixteen residents, half of them elderly, were displaced. An additional four guests who were seeking sanctuary for the night were also rudely awakened. Two of the evening guests who slept in The Promis...
Posted: Wed Feb 8, 2017 10:49PM
image Settlement Reached for Berkeley Police Brutality at 2014 Black Lives Matter Protest fp_berkeley-12062014-fireworksyearinstreets.jpg by Indybay
Protesters and journalists have reached a tentative settlement with the City of Berkeley in a National Lawyers Guild federal civil rights lawsuit over police brutality at a December 6, 2014, racial justice protest. The plaintiffs alleged that they were clubbed and tear gassed for no reason and forcibly herded more than a mile down Telegraph Avenue, from the south campus area into Oakland. The settlement, which is expected to be approved at the February 14, 2017, Berkeley City Council meeting...
Posted: Tue Feb 7, 2017 10:28PM
image Thousands Demonstrate at Airports as Courts Rebuff Trump's New Immigration Restrictions fp_nobannowall.jpg by Indybay
On Friday, January 27, Donald Trump issued an executive order banning refugees and other visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The following day, thousands of people began to gather at airports across the United States to protest. At San Francisco International Airport, over four thousand protesters showed up in support of migrants and against the Muslim ban, virtually shutting down the airport. On Monday, courts across the nation began to weigh in, halting parts of the ban i...
Posted: Tue Feb 7, 2017 8:59PM
image Hundreds Attend ChangeFest: A Climate Mobilization at State Capitol in Sacramento tina-marie.jpg by Indybay
A diverse array of Sacramento community groups participated in ChangeFest, a climate mobilization rally at the state capitol on January 21 as part of a week of anti-Trump street protests in Sacramento centered around the Presidential Inauguration. Speakers and musicians covered issues ranging from violence against women, to the Driscoll’s boycott in support of indigenous farmworkers in Mexico, to successful campaigns to ban fracking in San Benito and Monterey Counties, to the No DAPL struggle...
Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:41PM
image Water Protectors Continue the Fight Against the Dakota ‘Black Snake’ Pipeline standing_rock_sacred_stone_camp_flags-s.jpg by Indybay
President Trump signed executive orders on January 24 to push ahead with the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. Both projects sparked widespread opposition and protests, especially because of their risks to water, wildlife, climate and people. On January 27, attorneys representing the first ten water protectors arrested in actions against the Dakota Access Pipeline in early August 2016 renewed their motion for a change of venue, on grounds that the state did not adequately...
Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:34PM
image Pro-Choice Activists Stand Up Against "Walk for Life" Despite Trump/Pence Assuming Power fp_walk-for-life-img_0200.jpg by Indybay
On January 21, religious extremists once again held their annual anti-abortion Walk For Life march in San Francisco. They believe holding these events in liberal San Francisco packs a bigger punch because San Franciscans by and large believe that no laws or religion should govern decisions about their bodies, health, and welfare. Every year they are confronted by pro-choice protesters, even though this year there were dueling events in San Francisco. A larger anti-choice event was held in Was...
Posted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:02PM
image The Privacy Threat From Always-On Microphones Like the Amazon Echo ps_amazon-echo.jpg by Indybay
A warrant from police in Arkansas seeking audio records of a man’s Amazon Echo has sparked an overdue conversation about the privacy implications of “always-on” recording devices. The story serves as a wakeup call about the potential surveillance devices that many people are starting to allow into their own homes. The Amazon echo is not the only such device; others include personal assistants like Google Home, Google Now, Apple’s Siri, Windows Cortana, as well as other devices. Digital assist...
Posted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 11:03AM
text Volunteers to Break Ground on New Community Orchard in Santa Cruz by Indybay
Over the past several years, Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project has been working with the City of Santa Cruz to develop the city's first community orchard. Riverside Community Orchard was launched in early 2015 when more than fifty volunteers came out to plant twelve dwarf apple, pear, and citrus trees along a fence line at Riverside Gardens Park. On Saturday, February 4, the group will break ground on a major expansion of the orchard, planting upwards of twenty more trees across the street, in an...
Posted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:27PM
image Encampment Offers Safe and Dignified Space City of Oakland Unable to Provide feed-the-people-mlk-36th_480.jpg by Indybay
On the morning of Saturday, January 21, a network of Oakland community members took over Marcus Garvey Park, a public plot of land at 36th Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, moving in small homes, a hot shower, a healing clinic, and other services — declaring it a people’s encampment for those who need housing and basic needs and services. The group which includes folks living on Oakland streets, activists from Feed the People and Asians for Black Lives said that the move-in demonstrat...
Posted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 3:10PM
image Women's Marches Across US and Worldwide Represent Largest Demonstrations in Recent Memory fp_womens-march-santa-cruz-county_5.jpg by Indybay
On January 21, one day after Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States, women and allies in cities across the U.S. and countries throughout the world marched in protest in record numbers. In Washington, D.C., where the original Women's March was called, around 500,000 attended, far more than had come for the Trump inauguration itself. In Los Angeles, some estimates set the number present at nearly 750,000. Some of the largest marches in Northern California were in Oak...
Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 8:41PM