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text Oakland CED committee failed to send renter protection initiative to City Council by Lynda Carson
Despite the pleas of all the speakers in support of the renter protection initiative and the occurring massive housing crisis that is displacing tens of thousands of renters with evictions and excessive rent increases by greedy landlords, things could have gone better at the CED meeting for the tenants facing displacement from their housing.
Posted: Fri May 27, 2016 8:13PM
image Cabrillo College Foundation bankrolling Yes on Q campaign michael_machado.jpg by Bruce Holloway
The Cabrillo College Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity, is the major contributor to the Yes on Q campaign. Measure Q is a $310 million bond issue for capital projects at Cabrillo College over the next 15 to 20 years. Michael Machado, treasurer of both the Cabrillo College Foundation and Yes on Q, made a false e-filing last month claiming Yes on Q had neither received nor spent any money as of April 23. The Santa Cruz County Elections Department delayed posting some campaign contributions to ...
Posted: Thu May 26, 2016 9:57AM
text Oakland landlords offer ghetto location rentals for Rolls-Royce prices by Lynda Carson
Whatever the reasons are for so many people who are wanting to move to Oakland, the housing crisis has become so severe that the City is listed as #5 on the list of cities across the nation with the highest rents for one bedroom apartments!
Posted: Thu May 26, 2016 4:13AM
text Oakland tenants are drowning in high rents and facing eviction by the thousands by Lynda Carson
Eviction stories are all over the news wires lately, revealing that the majority of people being evicted from their housing all across the nation are women with children. According to the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, there is a shortage of 7.2 million affordable housing units across the nation.
Posted: Wed May 25, 2016 7:16PM
image A Tribute to Our Friend, Photographer and Organizer Bob Fitch bob-fitch-josh-sonnenfeld-2015-stanford.jpg by Josh Sonnenfeld, and Paul Ortiz
Beyond doing the dishes, photography was Bob’s skill that he could offer – and he did so with incredibly regularity and personal sacrifice over many decades. He understood that by taking photos, he was providing a service, allowing a more true story to be heard, amidst the spin of our opponents and distortion of the mainstream media. He knew that his job was to show up, “keep his mouth shut,” and “DFIU” (don’t ‘mess’ it up). His approach, in turn, engendered a deep level of ...
Posted: Wed May 25, 2016 8:03AM
text Mathews Council Crushes Handicraft Vendors; Freedom SleepOut #46 Soldiers On by Robert Norse
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
calendar Anti-Hillary Clinton Action in Salinas 480_evil-hillary_1.jpg original image (368x546) by Watsonville Brown Berets
Hartnell College 411 Central Ave Building G -- Auxiliary Gym Salinas, California
Event Date: Wed May 25, 2016 11:00AM
Posted: Mon May 23, 2016 5:29PM
image El Festival de la Fresa 2016: Traído a usted por la explotación 480_boycott-driscolls-oxnard-strawberry-festival_1_1_1_1.jpg original image (960x540) by Colectivo Todo Poder al Pueblo
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
image Strawberry Festival 2016: Brought To You By Exploitation 480_boycott-driscolls-oxnard-strawberry-festival_1_1.jpg original image (960x540) by Colectivo Todo Poder al Pueblo
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
image Riders and drivers rally against bus cuts in Santa Cruz 480_dsc_0023_1.jpg original image (1600x1063) by Zav Hershfield
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
image Take Back Santa Cruz Silent as Member Faces Gun Narcotics Charges 480_picture_4.jpg original image (1661x566) by Seeking Knowledge
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
image The Racist History of El Dorado Hills/Negro Hills, CA 480_110505-slur1-hmed-3p.grid-6x2_1.jpg original image (474x329) by From In El Dorado County
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
text EBRHA hires so-called hired gun to counter Oakland’s renters movement by Lynda Carson
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
image March against Monsanto Santa Cruz 5-21-2016 480_022_1.jpg original image (6000x4000) by AutumnSun
Making people aware of the destruction that is caused by Monsanto and GMO's
Posted: Sat May 21, 2016 8:30PM
text Mike Rotkin Addresses ACLU Board Concerns About Bus Route Reduction by Steve Pleich
Increased Federal Funding and Gas Tax Will Help Balance the Transit System Budget
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 7:07PM
image Community Sleepout #45 480_freedom-sleepers-1-santa-cruz-city-hall-food-not-bombs_1.jpg original image (1400x935) by Alex Darocy
The Freedom Sleepers organized their 45th community sleepout at Santa Cruz City Hall on May 17.
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 6:34PM
image Petition to Councilmember Comstock for public restroom support 480_give_a_shit__campaign_santa_cruz_1.jpg original image (800x450) by via the Give A Shit! Campaign
The following letter was sent to Councilmember Pamela Comstock this Tuesday, asking for her support in establishing 24 hour public restrooms that are accessible to people with disabilities in downtown Santa Cruz.
Posted: Thu May 19, 2016 4:43PM
calendar Protest AT&T’s Threat to Destroy our Safe and Reliable Landline Telephone Service by Save Landline Telephones Coalition
AT&T Store, 425 Market St. (at Fremont St.), San Francisco, CA
Event Date: Mon May 23, 2016 11:30AM
Posted: Thu May 19, 2016 3:20AM
image Medicine for Real: California Lawmakers Should Tax and Regulate Cannabis Like Medicine 480_medical-marijuana-taxes_1.jpg original image (600x550) by via Americans for Safe Access
We would not tolerate a sin tax on insulin or chemotherapy, even if the revenue was dedicated to a laudable goal. Lawmakers must resist the temptation to lump medical and non-medical cannabis use together when making policy choices.
Posted: Tue May 17, 2016 5:01PM
image Day of Action in Support of Familias Unidas and San Quintin, MX Farmworkers 480_boycott-driscolls-global-day-of-action_5-7-16_1.jpg original image (503x929) by via Boycott Sakuma Berries
On Saturday, May 7th, there was a call from farm workers for a Boycott Driscoll’s International Day of Action to bring attention to the fight in the berry fields both in Washington State and San Quintin, MX.
Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 11:20PM