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Cost of Animal Cruelty Skyrockets: Animal Research Facility to Pay $3.5 Million Penalty
SANTA CRUZ, CA, May 23, 2016 — Santa Cruz Biotechnology will pay an unprecedented penalty—$3.5 million—for animal welfare violations in a settlement reached May 19, 2016 with the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The settlement comes as the Animal Legal Defense Fund continues to litigate its groundbreaking lawsuit against the company, filed on behalf of Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN) in January 2013. It is the fir...
Posted: Tue May 24, 2016 1:20PM
Deal Protects Santa Cruz Coastal Habitat, Accommodates Solar-powered Home
SANTA CRUZ, Calif., May 24, 2016 — A legal agreement between conservation groups and solar power entrepreneurs will protect more than 41 acres of coastal wildlife habitat in Santa Cruz as part of a deal to accommodate a new solar-powered home. The agreement passed a final hurdle last week at the California Coastal Commission. Photo: Oholone tiger beetle by Russ McSpadden, USFWS.
Posted: Tue May 24, 2016 1:06PM
Mathews Council Crushes Handicraft Vendors; Freedom SleepOut #46 Soldiers On
Last chance to make a cry of outrage at the City Council'slaw to outlaw all handicraft vending in the downtown and wharf-beachfront areas. Follow-up by saying no to a cop-heavy budget (social services take up less than 3% of the budget compared to police & rangers (42%). Finally the Food-Not-Bombs supported Freedom Sleepers will resume their principled civil disobedience on the sidewalk and city hall courtyard that night for the 46th week.
Posted: Tue May 24, 2016 12:58PM
Memorial Day Celebrations ~ Block 27 Stockton Rural Cemetery
A total of 28 formerly enslaved African men went to the site and re-buried the men properly, largely as a thank you for helping fight for their freedom. They built a protective fence around the cemetery, and on the outside, put the words, “Martyrs of the Race Course.” In Block 27 ~ Stockton Rural Cemetery 2016 Memorial Day we continue the journey to honor the early California pioneers of African ancestry.
Posted: Tue May 24, 2016 10:55AM
Anti-Hillary Clinton Action in Salinas
Hartnell College 411 Central Ave Building G -- Auxiliary Gym Salinas, California
Event Date: Wed May 25, 2016 12:00PM
Posted: Mon May 23, 2016 5:29PM
El Festival de la Fresa 2016: Traído a usted por la explotación
La Industria y los funcionarios de la ciudad e incluso organizaciones de cambio social sin fines de lucro son conscientes, pero por desgracia, todos se benefician materialmente y son en gran parte silenciosas, delicadas en sus preocupaciones, o estructuralmente limitados en instituir reformas ambientales y hacer trabajo significativo.
Posted: Mon May 23, 2016 1:54PM
Strawberry Festival 2016: Brought To You By Exploitation
Industry and city officials, even charities and non-profit social change organizations are aware, but, unfortunately, all benefit materially, and are largely silent, watered down in their concerns, or structurally limited in instituting meaningful labor and environmental reforms.
Posted: Mon May 23, 2016 1:33PM
Santa Cruz Biotech Agrees to Close Abusive Laboratory, Relinquish Animal Dealer License
SANTA CRUZ, CA, May 20, 2016 – Santa Cruz Biotech (SCBT) ahas been fined $3.5 million and agreed to give up its animal dealer license and close its research laboratory, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees research facilities. Photo: A goat at Santa Cruz Biotechnology in April of 2011.
Posted: Mon May 23, 2016 3:28AM
Overwhelming vote for UFW by blueberry workers at McFarland ranch with 627 workers
May 21, 2016 - Blueberry workers who struck for three days this week overwhelmingly voted Saturday, May 21 to be represented by the United Farm Workers during a union representation election overseen by the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board. It was the second union election victory in a month. Farm workers at two related Oxnard, Calif. companies with a total of 240 employees voted for the UFW on April 20 at Hiji Bros., Inc. celery company and the Seaview Growers Inc. nursery.
Posted: Sun May 22, 2016 11:32PM
Berkeley: Neo-Nazi posters taken down, replaced in under 24hours w/ Anti-Fascist message
Sunday, May 22, 2016: The white nationalist group Identity Evropa posted a series of photos on Twitter, indicating that they had pasted 9 new posters with their name and message around Berkeley. At 4:16am, they tweeted: "We noticed that some triggered individual ripped down our poster. However, we are still here." Less than 24 hours later, areas in West Berkeley could be seen to have replaced IE's posters with stickers reading "Anti-Fascist Zone."
Posted: Sun May 22, 2016 8:56PM
Indigenous People Lead March Against Monsanto in San Francisco
On May 21st, Aztecs led the march, Winnemem Wintu tribal leader Caleen Fisk came from the Shasta County area to speak, and Tongans from East Palo Alto represented the Pacific Islands. The March Against Monsanto on Saturday moved along the Embarcadero, ending at the Aquatic Park in San Francisco. Top photo by Helene Sisk.
Posted: Sun May 22, 2016 6:04PM
Riders and drivers rally against bus cuts in Santa Cruz
A group of bus riders and drivers staged a rally at the Santa Cruz downtown METRO station in protest of planned cuts to the county bus system. METRO plans to reduce service across the county and cut more than 40 driver positions.
Posted: Sun May 22, 2016 11:28AM
"Police Said She Would Not Follow Their Orders and a Sergeant Shot Her."
Not much is known yet about Jessica Williams, the 29 year old woman shot and killed by San Francisco Police Thursday morning, the execution that finally triggered the resignation of the Chief of Police, Greg Suhr.
Posted: Sun May 22, 2016 11:04AM
Take Back Santa Cruz Silent as Member Faces Gun Narcotics Charges
Posts deleted as TBSC member faces multiple felony counts ranging from illegally synthesizing a Schedule 1 narcotic, to being illegally armed with a firearm.
Posted: Sun May 22, 2016 9:35AM
Salmon In Danger: March Against Monsanto San Francisco
SALMON was the theme of this year’s March Against Monsanto in San Francisco. Aquabounty has created GMO salmon that will be farm-raised, super fast growing, and has been approved by the FDA despite insufficient safety testing and widespread opposition. Tribe members of the Winnemem Wintu are working to get federal fish biologists to help return the endangered Chinook salmon to the McCloud River in northern counties of California. Winnemem Wintu tribal leader Caleen Sisk voiced concern for a...
Posted: Sun May 22, 2016 12:41AM
The Racist History of El Dorado Hills/Negro Hills, CA
For the better part of five decades, the most notable tombstones at Mormon Island were those without names: 36 anonymous decedents whose grave markers shared a single, shocking label: “Moved from Nigger Hill Cemetery by the US Government in 1954.”
Posted: Sat May 21, 2016 11:25PM
EBRHA hires so-called hired gun to counter Oakland’s renters movement
The East Bay Rental Housing Association has hired Singer Associates to go after the Oakland renters movement because the landlords are concerned about all of the bad press they have been receiving due to so many people being evicted, including the massive rent increases displacing thousands from their housing! Singer Associates is owned by Sam Singer of Berkeley who is known as a so-called hired gun for corporations and Big Money!
Posted: Sat May 21, 2016 10:27PM
March against Monsanto Santa Cruz 5-21-2016
Making people aware of the destruction that is caused by Monsanto and GMO's
Posted: Sat May 21, 2016 8:30PM
Jessica Nelson killed by SF police 5/19/16 forcing Police Chief Suhr to resign
We finally have the name of the woman murdered by the San Francisco police on 5/19/16 forcing Police Chief Suhr to resign. She was Jessica Nelson. Whatever else happened is still speculative.
Posted: Sat May 21, 2016 6:23PM
Strawberry and Justice Festival May 19 2016
Held on Thur. May 19th. 2016 at UCSC Hay Barn Santa Cruz CA. 4p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 7:53PM