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image Freedom Sleepers Still Advocating for Public Safe Sleep Zones at Community Sleepouts freedom-sleepers-thmb.jpg by Indybay
Presently the only location in downtown Santa Cruz where people on the street are able to sleep regularly as a group is at the weekly community sleepouts organized by the Freedom Sleepers. Homeless sweeps conducted by the Santa Cruz Police Department beginning in January of this year have for the most part cleared the downtown area of groups of people sleeping together in other locations, such as at the post office. Since July of 2015, the Freedom Sleepers have gathered to sleep at city hall ...
Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 9:56PM
image Washington Farmworkers Ratify Union, Farmworkers in Mexico Continue Driscoll's Boycott boycott-driscolls-san-quintin-help-us_thmb.jpg by Indybay
Labor groups have issued a statement clarifying the Driscoll's berries boycott is still in full effect and farmworkers in San Quintín, Mexico continue to work for the recognition of their union in order to negotiate the signing of a collective bargaining agreement. In Washington State, the results of an election on September 12 confirmed the independent union Familias Unidas por la Justicia as the formal representatives of farm workers at Sakuma Brothers Farm, a supplier to Driscoll’s. A rall...
Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 9:52PM
image San Ardo Field is Most Carbon-Intensive Large Oilfield in California monterey_county_san_ardo_oil_field_carbon_pollution.jpg by Indybay
Crude from Monterey County's biggest oilfield is more climate damaging than any other large source of oil produced in, or imported into, California, according to a new Center for Biological Diversity analysis of state data. The Center’s report, titled Stealing California's Future, found that crude from the San Ardo oilfield is even more carbon-intensive than notoriously dirty oil from the Alberta tar sands in Canada. The report also found that the San Ardo field is the most carbon-intensive l...
Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 9:50PM
image Course Examining Palestine through Lens of Settler Colonialism Nearly Censored palestine_settler_colonialism_course_censored_uc_berkeley_thmb.jpg by Indybay
University of California Berkeley (Cal) reinstated a student-led course on Palestine on September 19, following an outcry over its arbitrary suspension the previous week. The suspension, taken in apparent response to pressure from Israel advocacy groups, was widely condemned -- by students, professors, and observers -- as a violation of academic freedom, shocking, and unjustifiable. The organization Palestine Legal had sent a letter to Cal Chancellor Dirks on September 16 warning that the su...
Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 9:47PM
image Media Exposure Leads to Largest Number of Area Police Criminally Charged in Recent History ps-oaklandpoliceguiltybanner_20160617_002.jpg by Indybay
Recent reporting exposed widespread crimes, corruption, and coverups in the Oakland police department. As more and more came to light about Oakland police sexually abusing and trafficking a teenage girl since she was a minor, community activists issued demands, protests turned up on OPD's doorstep, and calls for accountability came from all quarters. In this environment, it became untenable for Alameda County District Attorney O'Malley to do nothing. O'Malley has now charged five cops for t...
Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:26PM
image Prison Labor Profiteers Targeted in Oakland in Solidarity with Nationwide Work Stoppage fp_prison-strike-solidarity-oakland_21_9-10-16.jpg by Indybay
On September 10, over 300 people took part in a march, rally, and demonstration in solidarity with the ongoing Prison Strike happening across US prisons, jails, and detention facilities. People gathered at Latham Square in downtown Oakland where several speakers addressed the crowd. Grabbing banners, flags, and signs, people then took to the streets and marched to several corporations that profit from prison labor. AT&T, UPS, and Bank of America were called out for their use of prison labor...
Posted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 11:36PM
image Stop Urban Shield Coalition Seeks End to Military Weapons Expo and SWAT Police Training fp-UrbanShieldShutdown_A4BL_20160909_017.jpg by Indybay
On September 9, activists chained themselves to the entrances of the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton to protest Urban Shield, the SWAT training and weapons expo hosted annually by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department. Hundreds of community members from cities across California, including Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, marched and rallied. Twenty-three activists were arrested, cited, and released....
Posted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:47PM
image Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Temporarily Halted by Obama Administration indysmalldakota.jpg by Indybay
On September 9, a federal judge denied the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s motion to stop the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota. Minutes later, the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of the Army, and Department of the Interior issued a joint statement announcing a temporary halt to work on the pipeline. Actions in support of the Water protectors continue to be held across California in response to the global call for solidarity by the Standing Rock protest camps for September 3-17....
Posted: Sat Sep 10, 2016 3:30PM
image Water Protectors Call for Additional Supporters, Global Solidarity Actions September 3-17 security_dogs_attack_protesters_dakota_access_pipeline-sh.jpg by Indybay
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed an emergency motion on September 4 for a temporary restraining order to prevent further destruction of the Tribe’s sacred sites by the Dakota Access Pipeline. On the previous day, Water protectors clashed with security to successfully stop pipeline construction and some were viciously attacked by guard dogs. Protest camps have issued a global call for solidarity actions to be held September 3-17. In the Bay Area, solidarity actions will take place in Sacram...
Posted: Mon Sep 5, 2016 3:06AM
image Report Finds Palestinian Students Were Singled Out for Discipline by University general_union_of_palestine_students_san_francisco_state_university-1.jpg by Indybay
When San Francisco Hillel sponsored the Mayor on a visit to San Francisco State University (SFSU) on April 6, a group of 20 student protesters stood on the sidelines inside the venue and chanted in protest of the Mayor’s controversial policies towards Palestinians. Student protesters were accused of threatening Jewish students with violent and anti-Semitic messages. On September 1, SFSU released a report that concluded that the protest focused on the Mayor for the policies he promotes....
Posted: Mon Sep 5, 2016 2:11AM
image Monterey County Fracking Ban Proponents to Host Rally and Grand Opening of New HQ yes_on_measure_z_ban_fracking_monterey_county-1.jpg by Indybay
The official campaign kick-off party for Yes on Measure Z, to ban fracking in Monterey County, will be held in Salinas on Saturday, September 10. A rally will be held in addition to the grand opening of the campaign's new headquarters, which is located in the heart of Salinas on Main Street. Measure Z made it to the November ballot as the result of months of work by volunteers with Protect Monterey County, a group working to safe-guard local water supplies and protect the county's agricultur...
Posted: Mon Sep 5, 2016 1:32AM
image Santa Cruz Peace Party's Goal to Bring Together Police with Racial Justice Community christian_lemoss_santa_cruz_police_scpd_2008-sh.jpg by Indybay
On August 28, a number of organizations in Santa Cruz partnered to throw a party with the goal of bringing together the police with the social justice community. The party was called the "NAACP Peace Party" and among the officers that showed up was Santa Cruz Police Lieutenant Christian LeMoss, who broke the arm of a 60-year-old disabled woman when he arrested her on May 9, 2008....
Posted: Mon Sep 5, 2016 1:25AM
image Labor Organization Calls on Trade Unions to Add Driscoll's to Their Do Not Patronize Lists national-lclaaa-boycott-driscolls-sh.jpg by Indybay
The National Labor Council for Latin American Advancement passed a resolution in solidarity with farmworkers at the 21st LCLAA National Membership Convention held August 18-20 in Orlando, Florida. In the resolution, the Sacramento LCLAA Chapter went on record in support of "the struggle of the 70,000 farmworkers in San Quintin and the 468 farmworkers in Skagit County, Washington, for better wages, working conditions, and the recognition of their fighting unions..."...
Posted: Mon Sep 5, 2016 1:18AM
image Teo Valencia Family Files Federal Lawsuit Against City of Newark and Conrad Rogers ps-teodorovalencia.jpg by Indybay
On August 22, Maria Magdalena Rodriguez and Teodoro Valencia, the parents of Teo Valencia, 23, gathered at the Federal Courthouse in Oakland to file a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Newark and the Newark police officer, Conrad Rogers, who shot Teo Valencia to death on March 11, 2016. Teo was shot in the back with an AR-15. Family attorney Dan Siegel said, “The only word for what the police officer did to Teodoro is murder.”...
Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:17AM
image Filthy & Dehumanizing Santa Rita Jail to Improve Treatment of Women In Custody ps_alameda-santarita.jpg by Indybay
Plaintiffs Anne Weills, Mollie Costello, Allyssa Eisenberg, and Tova Fry were taken to Santa Rita Jail after being arrested for civil disobedience in 2014. The Four were held with other women in filthy jail cells. Toilets were overflowing. There were no menstrual pads for women who needed them, no garbage containers so used menstrual pads sat on top of left over food. All the women in those cells are “presumed innocent”. The Four and their attorney Yolanda Huang filed a civil rights complaint...
Posted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:07PM
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. In California, the Winnemem Wintu, Yurok, a...
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
UPDATE 9/9: In the early morning, protesters locked down across the entrance of the Alameda Fairgrounds, preventing passage into the Urban Shield expo. Twenty-three people were arrested. 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...
Posted: Fri Aug 19, 2016 11:48AM