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image Obama Administration Approves Resumption of CA Offshore Fracking 480_800_scmpas_1_1_1.jpg original image (800x618) by Dan Bacher
Miyoko Sakashita, director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Oceans program, vigorously disagreed with the agencies’ finding of “no significant impact” — and warned they may file new litigation to halt offshore fracking. “The Obama administration is once again putting California’s beautiful coast in the oil industry’s crosshairs,” said Sakashita. “Our beaches and wildlife face a renewed threat from fracking chemicals and oil spills. New legal action may be the on...
Posted: Sun May 29, 2016 5:04PM
image Robert (Bob) Fitch Memorial Gathering May 27, 2016 480_00_1.jpg original image (466x732) by AutumnSun
The Memorial was held today at the Peace United Church in Santa Cruz California. It was attended by many of those who knew him. I did not know Bob well, though we met sometime back at the Resource Center for Nonviolence.
Posted: Fri May 27, 2016 11:53PM
text Obama Administration OKs Offshore Fracking in California by Center for Biological Diversity
LOS ANGELES, May 27, 2016 — The Obama administration today finalized plans to allow oil companies to resume offshore fracking and dumping fracking chemicals mixed with wastewater in California’s wildlife-rich Santa Barbara Channel.
Posted: Fri May 27, 2016 2:34PM
image Salinas Protest of Hillary Clinton 480_071_1.jpg original image (6000x4000) by AutumnSun
People of Salinas, and others, turned out to show their disgust with Hillary Clinton!
Posted: Thu May 26, 2016 11:12AM
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
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
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 Deal Protects Santa Cruz Coastal Habitat, Accommodates Solar-powered Home 480_ohlone_tiger_beetle_usfws_fpwc__1.jpg original image (611x489) by Center for Biological Diversity
SANTA CRUZ, Calif., May 24, 2016 — A legal agreement between conservation groups and solar power entrepreneurs will protect more than 41 acres of coastal wildlife habitat in Santa Cruz as part of a deal to accommodate a new solar-powered home. The agreement passed a final hurdle last week at the California Coastal Commission. Photo: Oholone tiger beetle by Russ McSpadden, USFWS.
Posted: Tue May 24, 2016 1:06PM
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 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 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 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
image Strawberry and Justice Festival May 19 2016 480_145_1.jpg original image (6000x4000) by AutumnSun
Held on Thur. May 19th. 2016 at UCSC Hay Barn Santa Cruz CA. 4p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 7:53PM
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
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