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imageTrump signs two executive orders expediting oil and gas pipelines
by Dan Bacher
David Turnbull, Strategic Campaigns Director with Oil Change U.S., slammed the signing of the two executive orders, comparing the orders to taking a “jackhammer” to the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act:...
Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:40PM
textSenate Disaster Funding Fails Over Puerto Rico Aid Debate by Jubilee USA Network
On Monday the Senate failed to pass disaster relief funding to benefit Americans impacted by wildfires, hurricanes, flooding and other natural disasters. Republicans and Democrats clashed over recovery aid amounts for Puerto Rico and two separate proposals could not muster enough votes for passage....
Posted: Tue Apr 2, 2019 8:55AM
imageDocuments Reveal ICE Using Driver Location Data From Local Police for Deportations
Local governments like Merced and Union City, California, are feeding their residents’ personal information to ICE, even when it violates local privacy laws or sanctuary policies. California Senate Bill 34 and the California Values Act (SB 54) are supposed to prohibit local law enforcement agencies from sharing license plate information and personal information for immigration enforcement or with out-of-state or federal agencies....
Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:15PM
textSacramento, California will A.C.T. to End Racism by Khubaka, Michael Harris
Sacramento, California has a very unique opportunity to End Racism this 170th Anniversary of the California Gold Rush...
Posted: Sun Apr 1, 2018 12:13PM
imageKwanzaa: The "Califorina Grown" Pan African Holiday
by Khubaka, Michael Harris
Recognition and restoration of the values in Pan African agricultural harvest celebrations is the basis of the first widely celebrated African American Holiday. Kwanzaa celebrations were established in the State of California, during the US Civil Rights Movement and aftermath of the 1966 Watts Riots, Los Angeles, CA....
Posted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:33PM
imageExpanding Participation with the 2017 Ag Census in the "Farm to Fork Capitol of America"
by Khubaka, Michael Harris
California Black Farmers and Agriculturalists have an ongoing community based partnership with the National Agriculture Statistical Service. We encourage active civic participation by new, returning and seasoned Agriculture producers to identify gaps in service delivery necessary to reduce gaps of economic parity and epidemic levels of health disparities that ravage our communities....
Posted: Fri Dec 1, 2017 5:53PM
imageHealth & Farmworker Advocates Respond to California’s Interim Mitigations for Chlorpyrifos
by Californians for Pesticide Reform
"The fact remains that US EPA scientists last November found all current uses of chlorpyrifos on food-related crops put children at risk due to unsafe levels in our food, air, water, and workplaces. Like the Trump Administration, the DPR continues to ignore the top government scientists in the land and continues to put our communities at risk. Nothing short of a total suspension of use will suffice to ensure the protection of the most vulnerable populations."...
Posted: Wed Oct 4, 2017 10:09AM
imageGovernor Jerry Brown accuses cap-and-trade bill opponents of 'political terrorism'
by Dan Bacher
The harm to human health and the environment resulting from AB 398 will impact people of color and low income communities the most. Michelle Chan, the vice president of programs at Friends of the Earth U.S., said 3,000 people will die prematurely because of the passage of the Big Oil-written bill. “This is institutional racism: when a bipartisan legislature pushes through public policies like AB 398 that look at the ‘big picture’ and ‘mean well,’ but really just perpetuate patterns of inequa...
Posted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 3:12PM
documentReport: Children and the elderly at risk from "dangerous and close" fracking
by via Environment America
Boston, Mass., October 13, 2016 – More than 650,000 kindergarten through twelfth grade children in nine states attend school within one mile of a fracked oil or gas well, putting them at increased risk of health impacts from dangerous chemicals and air pollution....
Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2016 3:29AM
imageWW CA Farmworkers Getting 8 Hour Day & Attacks On Workers Comp By DIR and Governor Brown
by KPFA Pacifica WorkWeek Radio
WorkWeek radio looks at the California legislature vote for an 8 hour day for agricultural workers and overtime with Al Rojas, a founder of the United Farmworkers of America. WorkWeek then examines the increasing attacks on California's injured workers through deregulation and control by the insurance industry of Workers Compensation...
Posted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:28PM
imageJustice For CTC Whistleblower Kathleen Carroll-Statement At Sacramento Trial
by Labor Video Project
Supporters of fired Commission on Teacher Credentialing Kathleen Carroll spoke out about the importance of the case. Carrie Clark is with the CA Healthy Workplace Advocates group read a statement prepared by the organization in defense of Carroll...
Posted: Tue Aug 9, 2016 9:56PM
imageFired CTC Whistleblower Kathleen Carroll's Lawyer Dan Siegel On Retaliation Witnesses
by Labor Video Project
Kathleen Carroll, a lawyer and fired whistleblower at the California Commission on Credentialing is facing accusations of being a sexual harasser and "stalker" at the trial at Sacramento County Court on August 1, 2016. She exposed a massive backlog of credentials for teachers that were not being processed, forced a state audit and was fired in retaliation....
Posted: Tue Aug 2, 2016 7:55AM
imageAfrica Day 2016 at the California State Capitol featuring Roots Sunday
by khubaka, michael harris
Africa Day 2016 we feature a new imagination of ROOTS for the first time in 40 years and encourage a broader conversation of the ongoing impacts of “Slavery in California, ” unique targeted Legislation with Judicial and Executive acts specific to people of African ancestry by the State of California....
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 4:37AM
textWest Coast Fisher Denied Endangered Species Act Protection in Bow to Timber Industry by Center for Biological Diversity
PORTLAND, Ore., April 14, 2016 — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today denied Endangered Species Act protection to West Coast fishers, mid-sized forest carnivores that were proposed for federal protection in October throughout their range in California, Oregon and Washington. Following pressure from the timber industry, the Service withdrew the proposed protection despite overwhelming scientific evidence that the survival of the rare carnivores is threatened by logging, toxic chemicals use...
Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 3:32PM
imageAcidization Study Finds Oil Companies Using Dozens of Hazardous Chemicals in CA Wells
by Center for Biological Diversity
LOS ANGELES, March 18, 2016 — Oil companies use dozens of extremely hazardous chemicals to acidize wells in California, raising water contamination and public-safety concerns, according to a new study in the Journal of Toxicological and Environmental Chemistry....
Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:40PM
imageKwanzaa, "first fruits of the harvest" is a "California Grown" International Holiday
by Khubaka, Michael Harris
2015 marks the 50th Season of the Nguzo Saba and a major milestone. Give thanks to shoulders the creator of Kwanzaa, Dr. Maulana Karenga, continues to stand upon. Our elevated scholar and master teacher has indeed and action come a long way from his childhood farm in Maryland. A renewed, scientific methodology toward restoration of agriculture as the foundation of our culture is a growing part of high culture public policy, sharing the good throughout the world....
Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 2:56PM
textParis Panels to Explore International Movement to Ban Fracking by Center for Biological Diversity
PARIS— Two panel discussions at the Paris climate conference on Wednesday will explore the growing global movement to ban fracking and other extreme fossil fuel extraction....
Posted: Mon Dec 7, 2015 4:24PM
imageKern County Residents Fast Against Plan to Fast Track Fracking
by Dan Bacher
"Valley communities are already overburdened by the environmental health impacts of oil and gas drilling," according to Juan Flores of the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment in a press release. "Residents expect the County to approve the ordinance and plan to fast to call attention to the County’s unwillingness to protect its people." Photo of fasters in front of the Kern County Board of Supervisors, including Madeline Stano (left) and Juan Flores (center) from the Center on Race,...
Posted: Fri Nov 6, 2015 6:10PM
imageRatepayers urge MWD to use LA dollars to fix water system, not build tunnels
by Dan Bacher
Brenna Norton of Food & Water Watch said the current draft of Metropolitan’s 25-year Integrated Water Resources Plan (IRP) proposes building the $67 billion dollar tunnels project, and identifying additional funds to invest in conservation and local water programs. "Mayor Garcetti should block any L.A. dollars from being used to fund the tunnels and demand that L.A. dollars fix L.A. water," she concluded....
Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:01AM
imageThe Hidden Shackles and Chains on the Statue of Liberty
by LA Progressive
The story behind the creation of the Statue of Liberty was suppressed for more than 125 years. Finally, the National Park Service includes literature that explains the shackles and chains. National Juneteenth Movement is preparing an amazing event on Liberty Island, Rev. Willie Douglass, Stockton, California was on the front line, making it happen in a good way... his legacy will help guide a positive way forward....
Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 12:41PM