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image Effort Underway to Stop Neo-Nazi Band The Highway Murderers from Performing in San José highway-murders-white-pride-neo-nazis_480.jpg by Indybay
The Highway Murderers are a crypto-fascist rock band from Santa Cruz. Since their formation in 2002, they have constantly been subject to criticism and resistance from the northern California music community for their violent, misogynistic, and racist behavior. The band is generally good at masking their white power and fascist symbols and aesthetics behind the violent imagery that permeates in contemporary metal music scenes. Despite this, members have slipped up and revealed their true colo...
Posted: Mon May 22, 2017 5:20PM
image Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart Collaborates with ICE, Refuses to Change Policy santa-cruz-county-sheriff-jim-hart-ice-dhs_480.jpg by Indybay
At a meeting between representatives of the Santa Cruz chapter of ACLU of Northern California; Sanctuary Santa Cruz; Peace United Church of Christ and the Public Defender’s Office on April 19, Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart was presented evidence of the ongoing arrangement whereby the Sheriff’s Office notifies ICE of release dates of arrested but non-convicted undocumented locals. When confronted with this evidence Hart confirmed the jail policy of cooperation and agreed to consider the i...
Posted: Mon May 22, 2017 4:44PM
image Report Details Racial Bias in California’s Traffic Court System, Bills Address Disparities ps-trafficfines.jpg by Indybay
A new study released by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, Paying More for Being Poor: Bias and Disparity in California’s Traffic Court System, shows that Californians pay some of the highest fines and fees in the country — more than three times the national average for running a red light. And new Bay Area data reveals that African-Americans are four to sixteen times more likely to be booked into county jail on a charge related to inability to pay a citat...
Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 2:36PM
image Section 8 Vouchers Help The Poor — But Only If Housing Is Available C-Artis-Harris-and-her-children-dallas_480.jpg by Indybay
More than 2 million families now use Section 8 vouchers to keep from becoming homeless. It's the government's largest program to help low-income families pay their rent. However Section 8 housing proposals face stiff opposition in cities across the US, including the McKinney and Frisco suburbs of Dallas, Texas. Nicole Humphrey, an opponent, proclaimed, "In this neighborhood, most of us are stay-at-home moms with young kids. The lifestyle that goes with Section 8 is usually working, single mom...
Posted: Wed May 17, 2017 12:40PM
image As Oakland Holds Public Budget Forums Throughout May, Pressure Grows to Cut Police Funding ps_OPD-HQ2_34323.jpg by Indybay
Defund OPD writes: The process of allocating Oakland’s 2.6 billion dollar budget for 2017-2019 has begun. We believe that the scandal-ridden and dysfunctional Oakland Police Department consumes far too many of our city's resources. It’s time to audit police spending and performance, and redirect wasted funds to community-building, constructive strategies for making Oakland a safer and better place to live. The people of Oakland know that policing is the wrong framework for bringing true secu...
Posted: Tue May 16, 2017 10:43PM
image Young Natives Traveling, Sharing & Seeking Funds for the Resistance as Camps Begin to Grow fp_standingrock-sr6.jpg by Indybay
Standing Rock Copwatchers write: In 2016, we left our families, our homes, our lives to go defend the water at Standing Rock, North Dakota. We stood in struggle with hundreds of tribes from across the country and continent. Our fight was for mother earth, and it was for our people, our history, and for our future. We have been traveling from city to city connecting with other people, sharing our stories, speaking about the fight for our earth, and conducting know your rights trainings. Ma...
Posted: Mon May 15, 2017 11:44PM
image Oil Money Out, People Power In! March and Rally in Sacramento oil-money-out-people-power-in_480.jpg by Indybay
California is often portrayed as the nation's “green leader,” but the reality is much different. Over the 2015-2016 Legislative Session, the oil industry spent a historic $36.1 million to lobby California lawmakers. During the last six years, the industry has spent $122 million in Sacramento, more than any other interest group. “This spending spree has paid huge dividends for these companies, allowing them to dismantle and crush any meaningful legislation that might significantly curb their p...
Posted: Fri May 5, 2017 3:43PM
image Younger Workers Priced Out of Sonoma County Housing Market sonoma-county-vineyards.jpg by Indybay
The bay area's affordable housing crisis continues to expand, and students at Sonoma Student University are trying to cope with the implications. Kendyl Saxby writes: Sonoma County is in a rent crisis that is negatively effecting everyone and it is only growing. People are stuck living in squalor due to the 1% vacancy rate in Santa Rosa. Families can no longer afford extracurricular activities for their children. College students cannot afford rent and end up living at home with their parents...
Posted: Fri May 5, 2017 11:49AM
image Protest and March on May 9: No Penalty for Poverty — Housing for All freedom-sleepers-93-santa-cruz-public-library_480.jpg by Indybay
The City of Santa Cruz is considering a number of new policies that would impact local homeless people. There is an effort by a handful of property owners and their allies at City Hall to end the Food Not Bombs meals outside the downtown Post Office. Officials may implement a number of new restrictions and architectural changes to make the lives of those without housing more painful. One unhoused person, Greg Mercado, died of complications from an old surgery twelve hours after the police kic...
Posted: Wed May 3, 2017 11:00PM
image Students Reclaim Main Administrative Building at UC Santa Cruz to Press Demands clark-kerr-hall-uc-santa-cruz-may-2-2017_480.jpg by Indybay
Update: In a meeting on May 4, Chancellor George Blumenthal agreed to meet all four demands presented by A/BSA. Students stress that the struggle continues. On May 2, hundreds of students rallied in Quarry Plaza at UC Santa Cruz to "let the Chancellor know Black Students need support from the University." Students then marched to Kerr Hall, the main administrative building at UCSC, and launched a reclamation of the building. Employees left the building, as students declared they will rema...
Posted: Tue May 2, 2017 8:01PM
image West Bank Rises Up in Protest in Solidarity with 1500 Hunger Strikers in Israeli Prisons fp-palestine_vdtrike.jpg by Indybay
Ongoing clashes erupted across the occupied West Bank on April 28 in support of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners who entered the 12th day of a hunger strike. Palestinians are calling it the Day of Rage. Israeli forces fired tear-gas bombs, rubber-coated steel bullets and live fire, during the clashes, which broke out following Friday prayers in cities, villages and refugee camps in various districts of the West Bank. Numerous Palestinians were injured. Detainees started their hunger s...
Posted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 1:49PM
image International Workers' Day Marches and Strikes in Northern California may-day-2017_480.jpg by Indybay
Oakland Sin Fronteras writes: International Workers' Day has been a time to uplift the struggles, honor the sacrifices, and celebrate the triumphs of working people across the world. As we stand on Ohlone Indigenous land this May 1st, we march in celebration and in resistance, and in solidarity with working people across all borders, to continue the historic struggle against economic and social inequity. With a Trump administration in power, a rising fascist tendency, and growing economic and...
Posted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:43PM
image 9th Annual Anarchist Bookfair in Humboldt County Says Don't Mourn, Organize! Reading-Rainbow-of-Resistance_480.jpg by Indybay
Humboldt Grassroots writes: We are excited to have this book fair at a time when Anarchism is being increasingly put into action on a large scale in many revolutionary movements around the country and around the world. The great struggles against the destruction of the forests, the earth, and the pollution of the water have brought many together as a force to be reckoned with. There are many ideas and opportunities that we can't wait to explore with the community, at the Humboldt Anarchist Bo...
Posted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:41PM
image Free Speech Radio News Going Silent After 17 Years of Movement Reporting free-speech-radio-news_480.jpg by Indybay
Long a go-to news source for community and independent radio stations across the country, Free Speech Radio News (FSRN) will permanently shut down at the end of April. For seventeen years, FSRN has broadcast stories documenting repression and corruption while highlighting the individuals, campaigns and movements working to bring about a more just and equitable society. Paul Riismandel writes: The loss of FSRN is truly tragic. FSRN has been dedicated to truly grassroots reporting that emphasiz...
Posted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:23PM
image How Berkeley Cops Helped Alt-Right Trolls with No Permit Stage Their Rally fashy-haircuts.jpg by Indybay
Since April 15, the Alt-Right has been declaring a victory over antifascists in Berkeley, where a mix of Trump supporters, militia members, far-Right bikers, and neo-Nazis gave fascist salutes, held anti-Semitic signs, carried Alt-Right flags, and listened to white nationalist speakers. But the leader of the rally, Richard Black, a part of the Alt-Right himself, paints a much different picture. Black claims that without the coordinated help of the Berkeley Police Department, who worked with A...
Posted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:03PM
image Demanding Justice for the Police Murder of Diallo Neal Gilda-Baker.jpg by Indybay
On October 10, 2005, Diallo Neal was murdered in Oakland when a California Highway Patrol (CHP) motorcycle officer struck the rear end of Diallo's motorcycle, launching Diallo into a bus stop, pole, and concrete bench. CHP fled the scene. After his mother, Gilda Baker discovered that the accounts of eyewitnesses and investigation documents did not match the official police report, she set out to uncover the real circumstances surrounding her son's death. On April 22, Ms. Baker and supportiv...
Posted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:18PM
image The Future of Our Nation's Wild Horses is Uncertain mustangs.jpg by Indybay
In an area in the Pine Nut Mountains east of Gardnerville, Nevada there is a wild horse herd known as the Fish Spring’s herd. This herd has many bands in it, including the Blue’s band, Blondies band, Zorro’s band, Socks band, and Rogue’s band. The bands are named after the lead stallion. There are so few wild horses on that range that wild horse advocates, photographers, and locals name the horses. Wild horses love their families and their freedom, but after they are rounded-up they lose all ...
Posted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:56PM
image Campaign Against Those Without Homes in Santa Cruz Grows More Repressive, Even in the Rain fp-freedom_sleepers_93_tourture.jpg by Indybay
Keith McHenry reports: On April 17, the police came and kicked people out from under the Santa Cruz City Hall awning into the pouring rain during a very severe storm. On April 18, following a community meeting at the public library on solutions to homelessness, library staff shared that city manager Martin Bernal was making several changes, including the removal of the benches outside the library and the stationing of two police officers. After the meeting, members of the Freedom Sleepers gat...
Posted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:42PM
image California Senate Committee Votes to Eliminate State's Money Bail System ps_alameda-santarita.jpg by Indybay
California warehouses thousands of people in jails while they await their court dates — simply because they can’t afford to post bail. Meanwhile, wealthy people can easily buy their freedom. Research shows that Black people are assigned higher bail amounts than white people accused of similar offenses. People who can’t post bail are at a higher risk of being convicted, pleading guilty (even if they’re innocent), and receiving harsher sentences. The California Money Bail Reform Act, however, w...
Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:10PM
image New California State Legislation Honors The Dignity Of Transgender Prisoners qu_streetsheet-coverart-march1-2017.jpg by Indybay
Across California, and nationally, trans people are funneled into state prisons, detention centers and county jails. While incarceration is violent and unsafe for everyone, trans people face extreme conditions while locked up, including unsafe housing, physical/emotional/sexual assault, lack of access to basic transition health care and a refusal to be recognized by chosen names and genders. SB 310 would make it possible for trans people in custody to file for a legal name and/or gender mark...
Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:17AM