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Africa Day 2016 at the California State Capitol featuring Roots Sunday
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
West Coast Fisher Denied Endangered Species Act Protection in Bow to Timber Industry
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 u...
Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 3:32PM
Acidization Study Finds Oil Companies Using Dozens of Hazardous Chemicals in CA Wells
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
Kwanzaa, "first fruits of the harvest" is a "California Grown" International Holiday
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
Paris Panels to Explore International Movement to Ban Fracking
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
Kern County Residents Fast Against Plan to Fast Track Fracking
"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 Rac...
Posted: Fri Nov 6, 2015 6:10PM
Ratepayers urge MWD to use LA dollars to fix water system, not build tunnels
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
The Hidden Shackles and Chains on the Statue of Liberty
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
Thousands of L.A.-area Oil Wells Under State Investigation for Pollution Dangers
LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity today urged California officials to release results from an investigation into thousands of oil industry injection wells in the Los Angeles area that may be contaminating water and threatening public health.
Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:58PM
Coalition Challenges Expansion of Hazardous Herbicide Containing Agent Orange Ingredient
San Francisco, Calif. — A coalition of conservation, food safety, and public health groups filed a motion today challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s decision to expand the use of “Enlist Duo” on genetically engineered (GE) corn and soy crops to nine additional states: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and North Dakota.
Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 2:37PM
Bells Across the Land: Sesquicentennial Celebration of Freedom
On April 9, 1865, Union Genearl Ulysses S. Grant met Confederate General Robert E. Lee to set the terms of the Confederate Army surrender, beginning the end the US Civil War, the symbolic ending of four years of bloodsheed and America's Peculicar Institution.
Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:30AM
National Juneteenth Leadership honored in Beverly Hills, California
The New Year 2015, is off to an amazing new beginning, bright full moon, preparations for Ethiopian Christmas and preparations for the kick-off for California Juneteenth Sesquicentennial Celebrations: Our American Story of Freedom.
Posted: Mon Jan 5, 2015 11:54PM
Forest Service Agrees to Reconsider Wilderness Protection in Los Padres National Forest
GOLETA, Calif.— Conservation groups today praised a decision by the U.S. Forest Service to consider stronger protections for wildlife and wildlands across 221,579 acres throughout the Los Padres National Forest in the remote backcountry of Santa Barbara, Ventura and Kern counties.
Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 6:50PM
Court Upholds Grand Canyon Uranium Mining Ban
PHOENIX, Ariz.— Arizona’s Havasupai Tribe and a coalition of conservation groups are praising Judge David Campbell’s decision (see PDF) today to uphold the U.S. Department of the Interior’s 20-year ban on new uranium mining claims across one million acres of public lands adjacent to Grand Canyon. The court ruled that the decision complied with federal environmental laws and that it was not too large, as plaintiffs had argued. At stake is protecting the aquifers and streams that feed t...
Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 5:38PM
Urban Agriculture ~ U.S. Census of Agriculture 2017
Urban Agriculture remains a viable job creator, career path and catalyst for community economic development. Preparation for design methodology for the US Census of Agriculture 2017 will include a unique pilot project, California Pan African Urban Agriculture Project
Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 5:57AM
Big Oil Permanently Poisons 2 Million Gallons of California Water Each Day
LOS ANGELES – At City Hall on August 13, City Councilmember Paul Koretz, Los Angeles residents and California climate and water experts called on Big Oil to stop wasting California’s water. During the worst drought in the state’s recent history, the oil and gas industry is permanently destroying millions of gallons of water and drilling deeper into the earth, threatening dwindling groundwater supplies by using fracking and other water-intensive extraction processes.
Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 3:29AM
Lawsuit Launched to Halt Destruction of 14,000 Acres of Condor Habitat at Tejon Ranch
SAN FRANCISCO— Condor advocates, conservationists and American Indians this week notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service they intend to sue over the agency’s approval of a “habitat conservation plan” that will destroy 14,000 acres of designated critical habitat for the California condor, one of the world’s most endangered birds. The habitat is entirely located on Tejon Ranch, north of Los Angeles, and will be destroyed by the development of the proposed Tejon Mountain Village re...
Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:50PM
2014 World Maritime Day ~ ALC ~ Congressional Black Caucus Weekend
First steam vessel in California, owned by the "African Founding Father of California" will help restore confidence in today's expanded US ~ Pan African Global Trade and Commerce. During the 44th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) Sept. 24-27, 2014, in solidarity with the IMO ~ World Maritime Day traditional diplomatic reception, stay tuned for official notice for 25 September 2014 and in Washington, D.C. ~ the California party indeed is seen. "It starts with you" is the theme for the 4...
Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 8:28PM
A Farm Worker Union Emerging in Whatcom and Skagit Counties
“There is no organization out there or anybody that can offer us protection, so we have to do it ourselves.” –Felimon Pineda, VP, Familias Unidas por la Justicia
Posted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 7:49AM
Save the Sespe Petition Draws 2,000 Supporters
A controversial proposal to frack the Sespe wilderness in the Los Padres National Forest sparked a massive petition effort by local residents concerned about high-risk oil and gas drilling near the federally-protected wilderness area.
Posted: Thu Jun 5, 2014 11:11AM