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calendar#StopTheBans: Pro-Choice Rallies throughout CA & Across the Nation
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by NARAL & Many Others
Pro-Choice Rallies throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, the State of California, and across the nation....
Event Date: Tue May 21, 2019 12:00PM
Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 8:19PM
textFascist trends in Santa Cruz Government by Elise Casby
Activists and myself using the derogatory gesture of the nazi salutes were focused on and reported in the conservative and reactionary paper, The Santa Cruz Sentinel by writer, Jessica York on May 15, 2019. As usual the focus was on the graphic gesture and not the fact that public comment and other forms of democratic participation are dwindling over the years as each mayor, now Martine Watkins takes up the mantle of repression....
Posted: Thu May 16, 2019 6:40PM
imageAttorney General Becerrra, fishing groups sue Westlands over Shasta Dam raise plan
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by Dan Bacher
“Californians decided to protect the McCloud River in 1989 because it’s valuable to all of us,” said Ron Stork of Friends of the River. “The ill-conceived dam raise would flood a free-flowing reach of the river, harm a prized fishery, and destroy sacred tribal sites. It’s time to end Westlands’ disrespect of the California Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.”...
Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 7:47PM
image‘Climate Strike’ Students Demand Fossil Fuel Divestment from CalSTRS
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by Dan Bacher
“When you become a teacher, you sign up to not only care for children, but to educate the future leaders of society,” said 12 year-old Samantha of Youth vs Apocalypse. “To find out that the people I have spent most of my life with are funding to pour toxins into my future is a real slap to the face. It’s a message telling the youth that you don’t really care for our future, and it contradicts exactly what a teacher is.”...
Posted: Tue May 7, 2019 8:31PM
imageMayor Watkins Blocks Food Not Bombs Proclamation
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by Santa Cruz News
Mayor Martine Watkins has blocked a city proclamation proposed to honor the work of Food Not Bombs in Santa Cruz. In a letter to Councilmember Chris Krohn, Watkins stated it would not be "appropriate" to issue a proclamation honoring Food Not Bombs because the organization is "suing the city". Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs has provided information in support of the plaintiffs in Quntero v. the City of Santa Cruz, a civil right lawsuit filed on April 9 by a group of homeless residents of the Ross ...
Posted: Mon May 6, 2019 2:50PM
imageJudge fines pipeline company $3.3 million for 2015 Santa Barbara oil spill
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by Dan Bacher
Missing from the press releases from the Santa Barbara County DA’s Office, Attorney General’s Office and environmental groups and the superficial press coverage of the spill, the investigation, the jury trial and sentencing is one of the biggest and most ironic stories regarding the Refugio Oil Spill. In a classic example of the deep regulatory capture that pervades what passes for “marine protection” in California, the head of the oil industry trade association, the Western States Petroleum ...
Posted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:34AM
textAffordable Housing Means No on S.B.50 by Register Peace & Freedom or Green
The famous writer, James Baldwin, is back, in our San Francisco mailboxes on a fabulous, urgently needed slick mailer denouncing the racist, anti-labor SB50 luxury housing bill promoted by Democrat State Senator of San Francisco, formerly the worst San Francisco Supervisor in memory, Scott Weiner....
Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:56PM
imageAB392: Ways To Take Action to Save Lives from Police Violence
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by Let Us Live Coalition
We are gearing up for a historic battle in Sacramento and in our communities this legislative session....
Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:16PM
imageSenate votes 56-41 to confirm David Bernhardt as Interior Secretary
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by Dan Bacher
”After all of the clear documentation about his conflicts of interest and his apparent corruption, it’s really disappointing to seeing the Senate agree to make this guy the secretary with 56 votes,” said John McManus, President of the Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA)....
Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:26PM
imageThe California Act to Save Lives (AB 392) Passes in Assembly Public Safety Committee
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by Dave Id
In a huge milestone for limiting the ability of police to kill at will, the California Act to Save Lives (AB 392) passed in the State Assembly Public Safety Committee by a 5-2 vote on April 9. The bill was introduced this year by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and will save lives by restricting when police can use deadly force....
Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:12PM
imageDemonstration in Palo Alto Raises Public Awareness About Mueller Report
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by Text: RR Photos: Teri Vershel
On April 4, a coalition of organizations activated a nationwide protest in response to Attorney General William Barr’s failure to meet a deadline set by House Democrats to release special counsel Robert Mueller’s full Russia report to Congress. Amongst many participating locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Palo Alto was one. Photos by Teri Vershel, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer....
Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:40PM
imageDemonstrators Doubt AG Barr's Trustworthiness, Protest in El Cerrito
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by Text: RR Photos: Mary DeShaw, Pro Bono Photo
On April 4, demonstrators in El Cerrito responded to a call for action to demand Attorney General Barr turn over the Mueller report in its entirety. Photos by Mary DeShaw, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer....
Posted: Tue Apr 9, 2019 7:37PM
imageSan Franciscans Demand Full Release of Mueller Report
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by Text: RR, Photos: Charles Moehle, Pro Bono Photo
On April 4, a coalition of organizations unleashed a National Day of Action to demand that Attorney General Barr release the Mueller report in its entirety. In San Francisco speakers addressed a crowd of demonstrators. Please credit the photographer, Charles Moehle, Pro Bono Photo....
Posted: Mon Apr 8, 2019 8:23PM
imageDaraka Larimore-Hall holds fundraiser in San Rafael
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by Leon Kunstenaar
Candidate for Chair of California Democratic Party impresses progressive Democrats in Marin....
Posted: Sun Apr 7, 2019 3:11PM
imagePalo Alto: Nobody Is Above the Law Demo
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by Text: RR Photos: Jack Owicki, ProBono Photo
Protesters paraded in Palo Alto with placards ranging from the erudite to the irreverent on April 4 to say Trump is not above the law. They demanded the Mueller report be released in full with no redactions. Photos by Jack Owicki ProBono Photo, except where noted. Please credit the photographer....
Posted: Sun Apr 7, 2019 6:11AM
textMillionaire Pelosi Repeats Insurance Co Lies on Medicare for All by Register Peace & Freedom or Green
The outrage of robot voting in San Francisco for the Democratic incumbent when it is not possible for a Republican to win is brought home with the re-election of 79 year old millionaire Democrat Rep Nancy Pelosi, who again repeats the insurance company lies about Medicare for All, HR 1384....
Posted: Sat Apr 6, 2019 8:07PM
imageSan Rafael Activists Demand Release of Entire Mueller Report
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by Leon Kunstenaar
Hundreds of Protesters excoriate Attorney General Barr for hiding Mueller’s report on Trump’s alleged crimes and violations of his oath of office. Steve Disenhof and Leon Kunstenaar, Pro Bono Photo...
Posted: Sat Apr 6, 2019 8:12AM
imageChairs Grijalva and Jared Huffman Request Documents on Bernhardt's Ties with Westlands
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by Dan Bacher
“Serious questions have been raised regarding the potential conflicts between his [Bernhardt’s] work as a top official at the Department of the Interior (DOI) and his previous work as a lobbyist and lawyer with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck representing the Westlands Water District," wrote Representatives Grijalva and Huffman....
Posted: Fri Apr 5, 2019 2:57PM
imageCommittee votes to move David Bernhardt's nomination to full Senate vote
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by Dan Bacher
“It’s no surprise that a group of Senators who owe so much to special interest lobbyists would support this choice for Interior Secretary,” said Western Values Project’s Executive Director Chris Saeger in a statement in response to the committee’s vote. “For the last two years, conflict-ridden David Bernhardt has tipped the scales in favor of former clients, likely violating his ethics pledge and responsibilities to the American people.”...
Posted: Thu Apr 4, 2019 3:06PM
videoCity of Vallejo Releases Video of Police Murder of Willie McCoy (video/mp4 243.1MB) by Dave Id
Responding to pressure from community groups and news outlets to release the tapes, the City of Vallejo today posted a compilation video which includes police body camera footage and other media related to the police killing of Willie McCoy on February 9. While it's obviously packaged as a pro-police propaganda piece, lying about what's in the video, the footage is nonetheless disturbing and view discretion is advised....
Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:37PM