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text 50 Anniversary of blockade of Napalm bombs shipped from Alviso, Ca. by Gil Villagran, MSW
In 1966 four San Jose women blocked the loading of napalm bombs to be used to burn people to death in Vietnam. They were arrested, the bombs were shipped, and more than one million Vietnamese suffered grotesque death with California produced jellied gasoline. After 58,000+ American teens and young adult drafted soldiers were killed, along with two million Vietnam mostly civilians were killed--our nation finally departed from the land we devastated with agent orange, landmines, and brutal ge...
Posted: Thu May 26, 2016 4:53PM
image Union officials suppress member support for BDS 480_united_auto_workers_1.jpg original image (450x455) by via Palestine Legal
May 25, 2016 - As a growing number of local unions endorse Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) in solidarity with Palestinian workers, the United Auto Workers (UAW) Public Review Board last week affirmed a decision to nullify the BDS resolution adopted by members of Local 2865.
Posted: Wed May 25, 2016 3:37PM
image California proposes government copyrights 480_la-ol-inglewood-tries-to-silence-a-critic-with-001_1.jpg original image (650x366) by Indyradio/EFF
California wants to grant copyrights to state and local government, and must be stopped. When the City of Inglewood sued a citizen who used city council video to criticize the mayor, the city lost in court. But AB 2880 would allow government officials to shield themselves from legitimate and effective criticism, by using this proposed copyright law. Heads Up!
Posted: Wed May 25, 2016 2:35PM
image Cost of Animal Cruelty Skyrockets: Animal Research Facility to Pay $3.5 Million Penalty goat.jpg by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
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
image Memorial Day Celebrations ~ Block 27 Stockton Rural Cemetery 480_9-weighing-the-soul_1.jpg original image (750x402) by Khubaka, Michael Harris
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
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 Santa Cruz Biotech Agrees to Close Abusive Laboratory, Relinquish Animal Dealer License 480_goat_santa_cruz_biotechnology_1.jpg original image (760x634) by via Stop Animal Exploitation Now
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
image Overwhelming vote for UFW by blueberry workers at McFarland ranch with 627 workers 480_blueberries_strike_klein_management_gourmet_trading_co_mcfarland_ranch_kern_county_1.jpg original image (960x540) by via United Farm 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
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 USDA Imposes $3.5 Million Penalty on Santa Cruz Biotechnology for Animal Welfare Violation by via the Humane Society
May 20, 2016 - The Humane Society of the United States applauds a settlement agreement that will effectively end the abuse of animals by Santa Cruz Biotechnology. The agreement reached with the U.S. Department of Agriculture is the largest civil penalty in the 50-year history of the enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act.
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 5:56PM
image Santa Cruz Biotechnology Agrees to $3.5M Fine, License Revocation 480_goat_santa_cruz_biotechnology_marcy_rosendale_1.jpg original image (791x600) by via Animal Welfare Institute
Washington, DC, Friday, May 20, 2016 — The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) lauds the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for reaching a settlement agreement in its multiple cases against Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc. (SCBT)—one of the world’s largest research antibody suppliers—resulting in the cancellation of the facility’s research registration, revocation of its dealer license and payment of a historic $3.5 million civil penalty.
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 3:23PM
image Big Oil has spent $25 million lobbying in 2015-16 legislative session 480_wspa_president_meme_1_1_1_1.jpg original image (518x519) by Dan Bacher
Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), chaired the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative Blue Ribbon Task Force to create so-called "marine protected areas" in Southern California at the same time the oil industry was conducting offshore fracking operations. Meanwhile, James Boyd, Reheis-Boyd's husband, was serving as Vice-Chair of the California Energy Commission.
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 11:24AM
text Just Released Graphic Photos Expose Carnage of Deadly California Driftnet Fishery by Joanna Nasar
Government Forced to Release Images Showing Dead Dolphins, Whales, Sharks and Sea Turtles
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 10:15AM
image New Report Highlights 10 Wild Places Saved by Endangered Species Protections 480_pacific_kelp_forest_1.jpg original image (1191x500) by via Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, May 19, 2016 — In celebration of the country’s 11th annual Endangered Species Day, the Center for Biological Diversity today released a new report (see PDF) highlighting 10 of the most unique and beautiful wild places saved by the presence of endangered species. Photo: Pacific kelp forest, courtesy NOAA.
Posted: Thu May 19, 2016 5:15PM
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
document New Reports: Latino children bear greatest burden of pesticide risk in California kids_on_the_frontline.pdf_140_.jpg original image (x) by via Californians for Pesticide Reform
Salinas, CA, May 10, 2016 – New reports spotlight pesticides used in the food system and the harmful effects they are having on the nation’s children, including in the Monterey Bay region. In particular, the reports find that Latino children living or attending school near California agricultural fields face some of the greatest risks of exposure from pesticides linked to cancers and the developing brain. The reports are "Right without a Remedy: How the EPA Failed to Protect the Civil Ri...
Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 2:14PM
image Governor Brown Appoints Two New Fish and Game Commissioners 480_big_oil_brown_1.jpg original image (915x610) by Dan Bacher
You can probably expect little change in direction with the two new Commission members, since both are apparently political insiders with the Brown administration who have represented organizations supporting Jerry Brown’s California Water Fix to build the Delta Tunnels, Brown’s “legacy” project. Photo: Governor Jerry Brown speaks at ACWA conference in Sacramento this year. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 2:00PM