calendar Following Fast and Fancy City Council footwork, Freedom Sleepers return for 86th Time by Keith McHenry (story by Norse)
Dodging raindrops and rangers, the nimblefooted Freedom Sleepers continue their relentless quest for sanity and justice outside City Hall on Tuesday night. Food usually arrives in the late afternoon, and coffee the following morning. The protest runs from Tuesday afternoon through mid-morning Wednesday. Come early Tuesday afternoon if you want to raise your voice at City Council. Bring video, warm bedding, and good humor to deal with the cold night and the city's paid nightmare providers...
Event Date: Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:00PM
Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:35PM
text Support AB 1506 to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. by Lynda Carson
California Assembly Members Bloom, Chiu, and Bonta introduced AB 1506 on February 17, 2017, and need your support for the proposed bill to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.. The bill would once again allow the regulation of residential rental housing pricing by local governments in California....
Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 6:06AM
text Housing authorities need more resources to administer Housing Choice Voucher Program by Lynda Carson
Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) are not receiving enough money from HUD to administer the Housing Choice Voucher Program (section 8 voucher program) properly. Reportedly there are around 140,000 vouchers being unused by people who are eligible for section 8 vouchers (Housing Choice Vouchers), partly because PHAs do not have enough resources to administer the program, according to the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA)!...
Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:23AM
calendar Rain at Midnight? Freedom SleepOut #85 Faces Wettest Winter by Keith McHenry (story by Norse)
Back again to City Hall--still the dark center of Sleeping Ban law and enforcement under City Manager Martin Bernal and the Watkins-Terrazas City Council. Determined activists and a crew of homeless folks will be huddling beneath the eaves of the buildings at City Hall until being driven out into the rain , wind, and cold. Just looking for a night of community and relative safety from the Sleeping Ban, they'll be in sleeping bags, under tents, in vehicles, whereever they can, hoping to spar...
Event Date: Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:00PM
Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:19PM
text Proposed budget cuts threaten millions of HUD subsidized low-income renters by Lynda Carson
In the Bay Area according to HUD, the Oakland Housing Authority has 13,422 federally subsidized housing units in it’s section 8 inventory, and 2,122 units in it’s low rent inventory, formerly known as public housing units....
Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 7:14PM
image SCPD officer Erik Bailey named as killer of Sean Arlt; DA won't press charges 480_erik_bailey_santa_cruz_police_1.jpg by Santa Cruz Police News
Today Santa Cruz County District Attorney Jeff Rosell announced his office will not file charges against Erik Bailey, the Santa Cruz Police Department officer who shot and killed a 32 year old local resident, Sean Arlt, on October 16, 2016....
Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 3:30PM
text Another victory for Richmond rent control against the California Apartment Association by Lynda Carson
In a quote from Richmond Councilmember Gayle McLaughlin, she said, “I’m delighted that the Judge ruled against the CAA's motion for a preliminary injunction. This is another victory for the voters of Richmond who passed Measure L with a 2/3 vote, understanding the importance of protecting Richmond tenants and stabilizing our neighborhoods with this sound, constitutional ordinance.”...
Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:55PM
calendar Valentine's Day for Freedom SleepOut #84 by Keith McHenry (story by Norse)
Covering Up Warmly at City Hall 809 Center St or on the nearby steps, take your choice. The protest runs from Tuesday early afternoon to mid-morning Wednesday. Bring your sweetie to celebrate restoring civil rights for the rain-soaked renegades of Santa Cruz....
Event Date: Tue Feb 14, 2017 4:00PM
Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:37AM
text A Public Bank for Oakland: An Idea Whose Time is Coming. by JP Massar
Public banks are financial institutions owned by the people through their representative governments at city, county or state levels. Public banks differ from private banks in that they are mandated to serve the public interest....
Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:52AM
image Hundreds Rally in Santa Cruz to Support Planned Parenthood 480_stand-planned-parenthood_12_2-11-17_1.jpg by Bradley Allen
Demonstration outside Planned Parenthood Santa Cruz in support of fundamental rights to affordable healthcare and non-judgmental family planning....
Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:29PM
image Santa Cruz Stands With Planned Parenthood 480_16722768_1480246648676665_3716248851414889176_o_1.jpg by Steve Pleich
Hundreds Gather and Celebrate Planned Parenthood...
Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 7:36PM
image Planned Parenthood Support Rally Downtown Santa Cruz 480_pp2_1.jpg by Robert Duran
Approx 150-200 people showed up on Pacific ave downtown SC to support our local Planned Parenthood in response to national de-fund pp day of which about 5-8 pro-life protesters showed up a block away....
Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 2:18PM
calendar Solidarity with Planned Parenthood San Francisco 480_womens-right-to-choose_1.jpg by ISO - Northern California
Planned Parenthood 1650 Valencia St, San Francisco, California 94110...
Event Date: Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:00AM
Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:22PM
calendar Protect Planned Parenthood, Sacramento 480_stand-with-planned-parenthood_1.jpg by Mariana
Sacramento-- 5385 Franklin Blvd Midtown Sacramento--201 29th Street Roseville--729 Sunrise Avenue. North Highlands--5700 Watt Avenue Woodland--520 Cottonwood Street...
Event Date: Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:30AM
Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:10PM
image Killing Iris Canada! One Hundred Year Old SF African American Woman Evicted By SF Sheriff 480_canada_iris_hennessy_abuser_1.jpg by Labor Video Project
On February 10, 2017, San Francisco Sheriff Vicki Hennessey evicted 100-year-old African American San Francisco resident Iris Canada from her home, and did not give her counsel time to file an appeal....
Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:10PM
text San Francisco, Sanctuary City, Closes McCoppin Hub by San Francisco Food Not Bombs
An update on the now closed McCoppin Hub in San Francisco....
Posted: Thu Feb 9, 2017 6:36PM
calendar Protect Planned Parenthood - Santa Cruz 480_stand_with_planned_parenthood_1.jpg by #StandwithPP
Soquel Ave at Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz...
Event Date: Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:30AM
Posted: Wed Feb 8, 2017 2:50PM
image A Public Bank for Oakland 480_public-bank-of-oakland-tree-logo_1.jpg by Emily Wheeler
A thriving local economy is something we all want to see—no controversy there. But we’ve been too quick to accept the prevailing notion that there is a tradeoff between that and providing ourselves with adequate housing, health care, or education programs. It’s time to align our fiscal practices with our social ideals. It’s time for the Public Bank of Oakland....
Posted: Wed Feb 8, 2017 9:40AM
calendar STAND with Planned Parenthood San José - February Call to Action 480_stand-with-planned-parenthood-san-jose_1.jpg by STAND San José
The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126...
Event Date: Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:00AM
Posted: Tue Feb 7, 2017 6:01PM
text The Cruelty of Medical Debt. by Emily Wheeler
Massive medical debt is still with us and about to get much worse. It's time to end the insanity....
Posted: Tue Feb 7, 2017 5:09PM