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Jerry Brown calls for fast-tracking of river agreements to build Delta Tunnels
“The Shasta Dam raise, Sites Reservoir and the Delta Tunnels need to be considered as one project,” emphasized Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe. “Without one, you can’t have the others. If the tunnels are built, there will be no water to put in them. You need Sites Reservoir to provide the water for the tunnels and the Shasta Dam raise to provide water for Sites.” “Although the state and federal governments are saying they are separate projects, they are...
Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 5:00PM
Health Watchdog Sues Dow for Pesticide Air Pollution
Oakland, CA, September 20, 2016 - The national health watchdog Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has filed a lawsuit against Dow Chemical to address cancer risks posed by its fumigant pesticide Telone. Telone (a trade name for the chemical 1,3-Dichloropropene or 1,3-D) is a known carcinogen that pollutes dozens of rural areas throughout California; it is the third most heavily used pesticide in the state, and has been found to linger in the air for days after application....
Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:07PM
ACLU Stands with Standing Rock
September 22, 2016 - The ACLU has long been committed to supporting and defending the rights of indigenous people and communities. From North Dakota, to Flint, to Alabama, to California’s Central Valley, the ACLU also recognizes the civil rights issues in struggles over clean water. We work to safeguard the vital roles peaceful protest, nonviolent civil disobedience, and activism play in defending our civil and human rights....
Posted: Fri Sep 23, 2016 11:39PM
Benecia, California Votes Unanimously to Deny Crude by Rail Facility
Benecia, CA, September 21, 2016 -- Late yesterday evening, Benecia, CA voted unanimously to deny Valero’s proposed crude by rail facility in the city. The now rejected facility would have brought two trains of 50 oil tankers carrying 3 million gallons of volatile Bakken and tar sands crude into the city every day. This decision follows years of organized opposition to the facility....
Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 4:50PM
Analysis: Monterey County Crude Worse for Climate Than Alberta Tar Sands Oil
SAN ARDO, Calif., September 21, 2016 — 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 (see PDF)....
Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 12:29PM
No DAPL Call for Support! Help Luta today!
September 19, 2016 - Wichapiluta Candaleria or Luta, Rumsen Ohlone & Mescalero Apache, activist, musical artist, and current Vice-Chair of Sacred Sites Protection and Rights of Indigenous Tribes (SSPRIT), has defended several Sacred Sites in the Bay Area known as Ohlone Shellmounds. Luta was recently targeted by police while he was offering his support at the Standing Rock encampment/NO DAPL. Luta was singled out as he was standing in a group leading a spiritual song. Luta was arrested and ch...
Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 5:19PM
We Stand with Standing Rock 9-18-2016
Many people gathered and demonstrated again to stop the No. Dakota Pipeline!...
Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:51AM
Mni Wiconi/Water Is Life, Food Not Bombs, Come-Unity Gathering
Santa Cruz Post Office, at Water and Front Street, Santa Cruz...
Event Date: Sun Sep 25, 2016 3:00PM
Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2016 3:51PM
Santa Cruz Residents Rally to Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline
Residents in Santa Cruz gathered at the Town Clock on September 13 as part of a national day of action to oppose the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, and to support the Standing Rock Sioux and the Native Americans protecting the land and the water near the tribe's land. "Join us to call on President Obama to instruct the Army Corps of Engineers to revoke the permits for this dirty oil pipeline," an announcement for the event in Santa Cruz read. "The movement to stop the Dakota Acce...
Posted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 5:29PM
Ask Metropolitan Water District, Delta Tunnels proponent, the tough questions
Can you promise that the Delta Islands purchase will not be paid for by California taxpayers, such as by applying for Proposition 1 funding, to meet your existing mitigation obligations for present water exports from this imperiled estuary? Adam Scow of Food & Water Watch speaks at a news conference in Stockton announcing the lawsuits against MWD's purchase of Delta islands. Photo by Dan Bacher....
Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:27AM
CFA Stands in Solidarity with the Standing Rock Protestors
The California Faculty Association stands in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the coalition of Native leaders and activists defending their cultural heritage, sacred grounds, right to protest, sovereign rights, and right to clean water....
Posted: Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:39PM
National day of action against the Dakota Access Pipeline 9-13-16
We in Santa Cruz joined with others around the world to show our support with Standing Rock!...
Posted: Tue Sep 13, 2016 10:07PM
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Responds to Oil Pipeline Builders
Today, Energy Transfer Partners released a statement declaring their intention to continue work on the Dakota Access Pipeline. Kelcy Warren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said, "We intend to meet with officials in Washington to understand [the government's] position and reiterate our commitment to bring the Dakota Access Pipeline into operation." Standing Rock Sioux responded with a statement saying it is unfortunate that the corporate world chooses to ignore people who stand in opposi...
Posted: Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:57PM
Lawsuit Launched to Protect West Coast Whales From Dying in Nets
Conservation groups today filed a notice of intent to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect endangered whales from mile-long drift gillnets and strings of sablefish pots off the West Coast. After two years of record reports of whales entangled in fishing gear off the West Coast — more than 60 in 2015 alone — 40 whales were reportedly entangled as of June 30, putting 2016 on pace to break records again. New information indicates that one humpback whale population that migrates f...
Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:36AM
Pesticide Applications Near Elementary School Launch Community Into Action
Applications near Amesti Elementary bolster demands for new protections for schoolchildren. Figure: Fumigant application near Amesti Elementary & Pacific Coast Charter School on Sat., Sept. 10....
Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:11AM
Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline
Town Clock in Santa Cruz, corner of Pacific Ave. and Water St....
Event Date: Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:00PM
Posted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 3:12PM
Two Spirit Society of Indian Canyon stands with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Sacred Stone Camp
"On behalf of the Indian Canyon Two-Spirit Society, we are writing to express our support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Sacred Stone Spirit Camp. We support the critically important work you are doing to protect the Missouri River from the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)."...
Posted: Sat Sep 10, 2016 6:30PM
Karuk Tribe Stands in Support of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation
"The Karuk Tribe Stands in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in your fight to protect your homelands from the Dakota Access Pipeline. Further, we commend your nation's vigorous advocacy for your ancestral lands which demonstrates that a sovereign's defense of their people, culture, and land cannot be artificiallt restrained." -- Russell "Buster" Atterbery, Chairman...
Posted: Sat Sep 10, 2016 2:03AM
Stanford American Indian Organization Letter of Solidarity with the Standing Rock Lakota and Dakota Peoples
The Stanford American Indian Organization stands in solidarity with the Standing Rock Lakota and Dakota peoples in protest against the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline. This pipeline is in direct violation of Articles I & II of the Treaty of Fort Laramie and serves to threaten the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual ways of life of the original peoples of this land....
Posted: Sat Sep 10, 2016 1:41AM
Sacramento Area Residents Hold Protest Against Dakota Access Pipeline Outside Citibank
“I’m here to protest the banks that are paying for the pipeline that is bringing the crude oil down the Missouri River to Texas,” said Carol Standing Elk, Lakota Sioux. “My relatives have gotten as far as they have because of prayer. They have a prayerful camp and a peaceful camp. We want the construction of the pipeline to stop." Sacramento area activists stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Photo by Dan Bacher....
Posted: Fri Sep 9, 2016 11:18AM