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image New Tests Find Toxic Cocktail in Santa Barbara Spill 120_santa_barbara_oil_spill_food_and_water_watch_test_becca_claassen_scott_smith.jpg original image ( 471x266) - by via Food & Water Watch
SANTA BARBARA, CA – Numerous toxic chemicals known to pose severe threats to human health and marine life contaminated the Pacific Ocean and beaches when more than 100,000 gallons of oil spilled from a ruptured pipeline in Santa Barbara County, according to independent test results released today by Water Defense. The non-profit organization’s testing of spilled oil deposited on the beach and water samples collected from the May 19 Refugio State Beach oil spill confirmed the presence of s...
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 3:09PM
text Nuclear Shutdown News June 2015 - by Michael Steinberg
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline the decline and fall of nuclear power
Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 4:22PM
image Protesters urge state officials to halt Santa Barbara offshore drilling expansion 120_rally.jpg original image ( 600x400) - by Dan Bacher
“The last thing this oil-drenched area needs is more drilling,” said Michelle Bednash, a resident of Goleta. “The State Lands Commission should safeguard our public lands and focus on decommissioning offshore oil wells and promoting sustainable energy." Photo of Wednesday's rally in Goleta courtesy of the Center for Biological Diversity.
Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:34AM
image Activists will rally to block offshore oil drilling expansion in Santa Barbara 120_santa_barbara_mpas.jpg original image ( 599x463) - by Dan Bacher
Using a loophole in the state law that prohibits leasing state waters for oil and gas drilling, Venoco has asked the State Lands Commission to approve a lease swap that would allow the company to drill for more oil on 3,400 acres off the California coast. That oil would be transported through the Plains All American pipeline, according to Californians Against Fracking.
Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 1:37PM
image Romero Institute Calls for Pope Francis to Revoke the Doctrine of Discovery 120_doctrine_of_discovery.jpg original image ( 229x392) - by via The Romero Institute
The Romero Institute, a Santa Cruz, Calif.-based 501(c)3 and heir to the famed Christic Institute, celebrates the release of Laudato Si', Pope Francis’ much-anticipated encyclical on the environment, but insists the Catholic Church must do more to reverse the entrenched and systemic injustices that persist as a result of its policies.
Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 12:16PM
text The Relationship of Social Philosophy to Social Policy - by Gil Villagran, MSW
Today, our nation of 350 million is governed “officially” by the democratic ideals eloquently prescribed in our Constitution, but in reality we are governed by the same ideology of “survival of the fittest,” who are the wealthiest, the 1% billionaire owned politicians who are served by the most clever at propaganda, mass marketing advertising, public manipulation which determines elections so that “the people” in “we the people…” vote against their own best interests, such a...
Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:46PM
image California Nurses, Teachers Oppose Phillips 66 Oil Train Project 120_pismo_beach_city_hall_oil_train_california_nurses.jpg original image ( 640x300) - by via California Nurses Association
The 120,000-member California Federation of Teachers voted to add their voice to the growing community of nurses and teachers opposed to the Phillips 66 oil train project.
Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 5:08PM
audio The Campaign To Repeal Public Funding Of Charters In CA With Kathleen Carroll (audio/x-wav 29.2MB) - by WorkWeek Radio KPFA Pacifica
Kathleen Carroll, a public education advocate and lawyer who was fired for whistleblowing at the California Commission on Teacher Credentials discusses the campaign to repeal a 1992 law in California that allowed for public funding of privately run charters.
Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:46PM
image Teach the children the reason in the midst of our Global Juneteenth Freedom Party 120_big_momma_and_first_sista.jpg original image ( 480x329) - by Ser Seshsh Ab Heter-CM Boxley
President Barack Obama will celebrate the Sesquicentennial Celebration of Juneteenth near the Royal Fortress of Saint Frances. The "unknown" California Juneteenth Story awaits official permission to share the authentic legacy hidden within the California State Archives and California State Library. Honorable Mervyn M. Dymally shared the positive way forward available for reconsideration (AB 59 2003) reconnecting the blood stained shores of the Gullah Geeche Low Country to the Golden Gate of...
Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:16AM
text Racial Profiling Bill Heads to California Senate - by ACLU of Northern California
SACRAMENTO--On June 3 the state Assembly approved a police reform bill that would collect basic information about encounters the police have with Californians. Assembly members voted 41 to 23 to pass Assembly Bill 953, Law Enforcement: Racial Profiling.
Posted: Fri Jun 5, 2015 11:45AM
text EPA Report Finds Fracking Water Pollution, Despite Oil Industry's Refusal to Provide Data - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— A long-delayed report released today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finds that fracking has polluted drinking water. But a lack of cooperation from the oil and gas industry limited the study’s ability to draw wider conclusions. “The limited amount of data collected before and during hydraulic fracturing activities reduces the ability to determine whether hydraulic fracturing affected drinking water resources in cases of alleged contamination,” the study notes.
Posted: Thu Jun 4, 2015 2:19PM
text Oppose SB277 - - by Lauren Krause
SB 277 impacts children in private or public elementary or secondary school, child care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center. SB 277 would eliminate a parent's right to exempt their children from one, some, or all vaccines, a risk-laden medical procedure. Only a medical exemption would remain, which is usually only issued after a catastrophic adverse vaccine reaction has occurred, and often times, not even then.
Posted: Wed Jun 3, 2015 7:39PM
text Nuclear Shutdown News May 2015 - by Michael Steinberg
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the continuing decline of the US nuclear industry. US nuke plants were designed to operate for 40 years… as many of them have approached or surpassed that mark, they have become increasingly unsafe and inefficient, threatening our health and safety. This report points out some of these problems and supports those working for a nuclear free future. Here’s our May 2015 issue.
Posted: Wed Jun 3, 2015 3:16PM
text El Niño Triggers Temporary Drift Gillnet Fishery Closure off Southern California - by Joanna Nasar
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has announced it will close southern California ocean waters to drift gillnets in order to protect endangered loggerhead sea turtles. This legally mandated closure went into effect June 1 according to regulation and is prompted by current El Niño conditions–warmer than normal ocean waters. The closure will stay in effect until August 31, 2015.
Posted: Tue Jun 2, 2015 9:13AM
text Prospective American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples risks progress - by Amnesty International
Prospective American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples risks undermining a decade of progress
Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 6:04PM
image California Congressional Leaders Urge Gov. Brown, Legislative Leaders To Boost Denti-Cal 120_kids_dental_la.jpeg original image ( 164x152) - by By Steven Maviglio
State Budget Fails to Fix Federal-State Program After California State Auditor Finds State's Low-Income Families Have Little Access to Dental Care
Posted: Wed May 20, 2015 11:06AM
text Groups Sue Obama Administration Over Weak Tank Car Standards - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— In the wake of a spate of fiery derailments and toxic spills involving trains hauling volatile crude oil, a coalition of conservation organizations and citizen groups are challenging the U.S. Department of Transportation’s weak safety standards for oil trains. Less than a week after the DOT released its final tank car safety rule on May 1, a train carrying crude oil exploded outside of Heimdal, N.D. Under the current standards, the tank cars involved in the accident would n...
Posted: Thu May 14, 2015 7:02PM
image Nurses Join Teachers, Parents and Students to Voice Opposition to Phillips 66 Oil Train 120_oil_train_derailment_seattle.jpg original image ( 600x290) - by via California Nurses Association
Registered nurses will join with parents and students for three days of events opposing the Phillips 66 Oil Train Project, which starts this Thursday by urging the Templeton School Board to oppose the controversial Phillips 66 proposal to add five additional rail shipments a week of dirty tar sands crude oil through the center of San Luis Obispo County to Phillips’ Santa Maria refinery. Photo: 2014 oil train derailment in Seattle, Washington. Photo Credit: Flicker user, EcologyWA
Posted: Thu May 14, 2015 9:03AM
text Check the Warning Labels The Repackaging of Tom Hayden - by repost
Tom Hayden, a defender of Zionist Apartheid Israel is gets a build up on Pacifica, KPFA BET and Amy Goodman "Democracy Now"
Posted: Sat May 9, 2015 8:31PM
image California: 40 percent emissions reduction below 1990 levels by 2030 climate change target 120_20150501-california-climate-targets.jpg original image ( 606x415) - by John Englart (Takver)
Governor Brown announced a major greenhouse gas reduction target of 40 per cent reduction on 1990 levels by 2030, which will boost opportunity for a successful agreement at the Paris climate change talks in December. California's commitment now matches Europe's. But Gov Brown's continued support for fracking is a major climate concern of environmental groups.
Posted: Sat May 2, 2015 2:40AM

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