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image Tribes Push Back Against Yet Another Threat to Clean Water dakota-access-pipeline.jpg by Indybay
The Standing Rock Sioux Nation is calling out to all indigenous nations of the world to stand in solidarity with them as they fight yet another pipeline on tribal lands. Some 250 supporters are camped along the reservation border, tribal youth have completed a run to Washington with petitions against the pipeline, and the battle against Bakken Oil has drawn the attention of environmental groups, tribal people and individuals from across the country. On Wednesday, August 24 there will be a dem...
Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2016 6:55PM
image Grand Jury Releases Report on 2015 Jail Death of Krista DeLuca krista-deluca.jpg by Indybay
In June, the Santa Cruz County Grand Jury released its report on the death of 23-year-old mother Krista DeLuca, who died in the main jail on September 29, 2015. Shortly after the release of the Grand Jury report, DeLuca's family filed a civil lawsuit against the County of Santa Cruz. Besides the County, the lawsuit lists as defendants the Sheriff's Office, Sheriff-Coroner Jim Hart, Under-Sheriff Jeremy Verinsky, Chief Deputy Jeff March, Lieutenant Kelly Kent, and California Forensic Medical G...
Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2016 6:19PM
image Nationally-Coordinated Prisoner Work Stoppage on Anniversary of Attica Prison Uprising national-prison-strike-sept-9-2016.jpg by Indybay
Prisoners across the United States, including in Alabama, Mississippi, Ohio, Virginia, and elsewhere, are calling for a strike on September 9. Their call to action states: On September 9th of 1971 prisoners took over and shut down Attica, New York State’s most notorious prison. On September 9th of 2016, we will begin an action to shut down prisons all across this country. We will not only demand the end to prison slavery, we will end it ourselves by ceasing to be slaves....
Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2016 4:08PM
image Renter Protections on the November Ballot for Six Bay Area Cities richmond-measure-l-2016.jpg by Indybay
Renter protections are on the ballot for voters to vote on this coming November in the cities of Oakland, Richmond, Alameda, Burlingame, San Mateo, and Mountain View. On August 8, the Alameda Renters Coalition (ARC), tenants and other community members rallied to protest against no-cause evictions — and evictions at the Bay View Apartments in Alameda. Tenant advocates across the Bay Area are urging renters to vote on strong renter protections during the upcoming November elections, urging peo...
Posted: Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:44PM
image Bulletproof "Shoot First, Ask Questions Later" Training Relocated to San Jose Church fp_stop-urban-shield-2016.jpg by Indybay
In July, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office withdrew its sponsorship of a "Bulletproof" street survival training course for law enforcement officers after community activists questioned whether the former "Bulletproof Warrior" class should be offered by the department. Urban Shield, the controversial police militarization exposition and training, is scheduled for September 8 in Pleasanton. The Stop Urban Shield Coalition is calling for a mass demonstration on September 9....
Posted: Fri Aug 19, 2016 11:48AM
image The PR Campaign to Uplift Police & Demonize Those Who Call for Accountability blackaugust-fp.jpg by Indybay
Davey D writes: I was alerted to an inflammatory story from Bay Area ABC news reporter Dan Noyes that basically sought to disparage the Black August celebrations. The story noted that "police sources" had leaked a memo to him stating that prison guards and police were gonna be attacked by members of the Black Guerilla Family in celebration of Black August. Many found the allegations to be outlandish....
Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 7:16PM
image California Coastal Commission Upholds Public Access for All rv-west-cliff-drive.jpg by Indybay
On August 11, the California Coastal Commission found by an 11-1 vote that the City of Santa Cruz' midnight to 5 PM RV (recreational vehicle) parking ban involved a "substantial issue" and so would require a new hearing in the months to come. The CCC was not convinced by Assistant City Manager Scott Collins's claims that Santa Cruz provides RV alternatives, is dealing with an RV "crime crisis", and is only duplicating what other cities have done....
Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 10:50PM
image Santa Cruz NAACP Plans Peace Party with Local Police naacp-police-peace-party-santa-cruz.jpg by Indybay
The Santa Cruz Chapter of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) announced a fundraiser for "law enforcement agencies, and organizations committed to racial justice." The fundraiser is being called a "NAACP Peace Party" and will be hosted at the end of August in Santa Cruz at Garfield Park Community Church. After publication of an article on Indybay critical of raising funds for the cops, event organizers changed the announcement and now state, "No money is bei...
Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 7:11PM
image Residents Look for New Places to Live Following Chinatown Homeless Sweeps salinas-city-hall-tent_community.jpg by Indybay
In the wake of the Chinatown homeless sweeps that displaced hundreds of people in downtown Salinas in March of this year, a small but thriving tent community has established itself at Salinas City Hall, where a group has been camping out every night for over four months. An anti-camping ordinance was recently passed by the Salinas City Council that allows for the city to quickly remove "bulky items" stored on public property, and outlaws setting up tents on public property between the hours ...
Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 6:24PM
image Boycott Driscoll’s Protest at Watsonville Strawberry Festival boycott-driscolls-watsonville-strawberry-festival_8-6-16.jpg by Indybay
On August 6 and 7, 2016, local activists engaged thousands of people at the 22nd Annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival to raise awareness about the Driscoll's Boycott and the harsh realities of farmworkers who pick the precious berries. A banner declaring "No More Blood Berries" was displayed from the third-story of the Lettunich Building on Saturday and from the roof of the Mansion House on Sunday while shouting, "Boycott Driscoll's" and "No More Blood Berries." The buildings are the most i...
Posted: Thu Aug 4, 2016 12:37AM
image Tuesday is Still the Night to Sleep at Santa Cruz City Hall After First Anniversary freedom-sleepers-1.jpg by Indybay
The Freedom Sleepers celebrated their one-year anniversary together on July 5 with a march through downtown Santa Cruz, and then an outdoor movie screening at Santa Cruz City Hall. After celebrating their one-year anniversary, the Freedom Sleepers have returned to Santa Cruz City Hall for three more sleepouts. The most recent was their 55th community sleepout on July 26. Since July 4 of 2015, a coalition of unhoused and housed community members in Santa Cruz have converged to sleep at city h...
Posted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 1:25AM
image Oakland Freedom Now Actions Include Lock Down at OPOA & OPD Headquarters, Children's March fp_FreedomNow-OPD-Oakland_20160721_004.jpg by Indybay
A call went out for Freedom Now protests on July 21 targeting the support infrastructure for police oppression, especially police "unions" for their defense of cops accused of brutality. Lockdowns and demonstrations were held in cities across the country. In Oakland, the offices of the Oakland Police Officer's Association were shut down and an entrance to Oakland police headquarters was locked down. A Black Lives Matter educational event for children was held in Oscar Grant plaza, followed...
Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 10:50PM
image Frank Alvarado was Killed by Salinas Police for Carrying a Cell Phone in 2014 frank-alvarado-memorial-1.jpg by Indybay
It has become a tradition to celebrate the life of Frank Alvarado with flowers. On July 10, Frank's family was joined by a large group of supporters near the location of his death to mark the second year since his killing by Salinas police. His father, Frank Sr., handed out roses to many of the women gathered, saying the gesture was in memory of "lover boy" as he lightheartedly referred to Frank. His family fondly remembers how dearly Frank loved to give women gifts, and especially the gift o...
Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 6:33PM
image "BulletProof" Militarized Policing Workshop Hosted by Santa Clara Sheriff's Department urban-shield-police.jpg by Indybay
Jeronimo Yanez, the officer who shot Philando Castile in his car in Minnesota, took a training course called "The Bulletproof Warrior" less than two years ago. The evidence suggests that this course, and courses similar to it, offered by a private company called Calibre Press, are even worse than Urban Shield — the organized para-military and terror response training put on for police by the Alameda Sheriff's Department. The course Yanez took is now called "BulletProof" and it's coming to San...
Posted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 11:45AM
image Cheers at San Francisco Rally as Wasserman Schultz Announces Resignation berniesfindysmall1.jpg by Indybay
Thousands are marching for Bernie Sanders' platform at the Democratic National Convention this week in Philadelphia. On July 24, San Francisco activists held a protest in solidarity with demonstrators at the DNC as part of a national day of action, "March for Bernie USA." Marchers gathered in the Mission district cheered and shouted when they heard breaking news from one of the rally leaders that Wasserman Schultz would be resigning as party leader. Bernie Sanders and supporters have long be...
Posted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 1:38AM
image Recall of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Underway Due to Growing Discontent in City fp-RecallLibbySchaaf-announcement_20160711_001.jpg by Indybay
In front of Oakland City Hall on July 11, Leigh Davenport of the Anti Police-Terror Project announced community activists' intention to recall Mayor Libby Schaaf. Primary among the concerns cited as cause for Schaaf's removal from office are her failures: 1) to address the massive displacement of long-time Oakland residents; 2) to support local youth and job centers; and 3) to hold Oakland police accountable for corruption, sexual exploitation, and those they've killed. “The level of discont...
Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 10:30PM
image Sacramento Activists Hold Vigil to Remember 47 Killed in Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster en_oiltrain-sacramento-valerie_williams.jpg by Indybay
On July 6, activists in Sacramento held a vigil memorializing the 47 people killed in Canada in the Lac-Mégantic Disaster three years ago. The Sacramento Oil Trains Coalition, including 350 Sacramento, ANSWER, Sac Activist School, and STAND, organized the event. The Central Valley rally and vigil was one of over 40 actions the same week across the U.S. demanding a halt to plans to run these explosive “bomb trains,” carrying fracked Bakken crude oil from South Dakota, through cities across th...
Posted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 11:00PM
image Report Documents 74% Decline in Monarch Butterflies Overwintering in Coastal California en-monarch_butterfly_cluster_xercessociety-candacefallon.jpg by Indybay
A report released on July 8 by the Xerces Society shows a sharp two-decade decline in the number of monarchs which overwinter along the California coast. A comparison of the average number of butterflies overwintering in California during the periods 1997–2001 and 2010–2014 shows a decline of 74 percent, a figure that is comparable to declines documented at monarch overwintering sites in Mexico. Listed sites span the monarch’s overwintering range along the Pacific coast and the East Bay of Sa...
Posted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:31PM
image New Oakland Police Commission Ballot Measure to Take Its Final Form in City Council Vote gv-OaklandPoliceGuiltyBanner_20160617_014.jpg by Indybay
A November 2016 ballot measure for a new Oakland Police Commission was expected to be finalized and approved by the Oakland City Council at their meeting on July 19. Instead, it will be July 26. The measure, originally proposed by the Coalition for Police Accountability and since taken up by the City Council, continues to be watered down and faces new threats from the City Attorney and the Oakland Police Officers' Association (OPOA). Community groups are calling for Oakland residents to turn...
Posted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 9:07PM
image Police Murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in Two Days Stir Renewed Resistance ps-oakland_rp-4.jpg by Indybay
The back to back caught-on-video police murders of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge on July 5 and Philando Castile in St. Paul on July 6 kicked off a new wave of Black Lives Matter protests across the country. The people of Baton Rouge and St. Paul have been protesting daily since the killings. Solidarity actions have been held in cities across the country and internationally. Communities have staged rallies, marches, and vigils across Northern California as well. Multiple demonstrations have be...
Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:02PM