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image USDA Unviels New 'Urban Agriculture Toolkit' for Agriculture Entrepreneurs 480_13087639_1335218979825342_6695807876514256905_n_1_1_1.jpg original image (960x720) by Khubaka, Michael Harris
Black Agriculture welcomes a new framework towards helping to restore Agriculture as the foundation of our culture. A new paradigm is at hand in the unique path towards restoration of a people who answer to "previous condition of servitude" in the American experience. The broader Pan African experience is wide open to explore utilizing the powerful new tools available for regional food systems.
Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:56PM
image State Water Board denies dismissal request for Delta Tunnels petition 480_wb_group2013sept_1.jpg original image (750x600) by Dan Bacher
Responding to the ruling, Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA), said, “It’s not surprising — it’s what we expected. The hearing process is delayed, but will go on.” Photo of State Water Resources Control Board Members. From left to right: Dorene D'Adamo; Vice Chair Frances Spivy-Weber; Chair Felicia Marcus; Steven Moore, and Tam Doduc. Photo courtesy of SWRCB.
Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 7:49PM
image ALRB approved: Here’s what the UFW says you get for 3% of your salary 480_ufw-member-benefits.jpg original image (1133x467) by via Pick Justice
The UFW doesn’t promise to advocate for you. It doesn’t promise to pay your missing wages if you become unemployed. It doesn’t promise a strike fund to support your family if you go on strike.
Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 5:49PM
image UFW pays millions to itself & cronies, and ZERO for its dues-paying members 480_ufw-pays-millions-to-itself-and-political-cronies.jpg original image (635x675) by via Pick Justice
The United Farm Workers (UFW) pays millions of dollars a year to its executives, employees, and political cronies in Sacramento.
Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 4:45PM
image Water rates will increase to pay for Delta Tunnels 480_groundwater_recharge_1.jpg original image (5184x3456) by Dan Bacher
The Delta Tunnels Plan is based on the absurd concept that diverting more water from the Sacramento River will restore the Delta, the largest estuary on the West Coast of the Americas. Yet I’m not aware of one example in U.S. or world history where diverting more water from a river or estuary has ever restored the ecosystem of that river or estuary. Photo: Groundwater recharge pond near the Santa Clara Valley Water District's Offices in San Jose. Photo by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 2:27PM
image Workers “never” have a right to witness mediation, California says secrecy.jpg by via Pick Justice
The Brown administration and ALRB are fighting to maintain government secrecy in farmworker mediation.
Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 11:30PM
text Farm labor board rules Gerawan guilty of ‘extensive’ and ‘illegal misconduct’ by via United Farm Workers
(04/16/2016) The full Agricultural Labor Relations Board issued a unanimous 81-page decision on Friday, April 15 decisively affirming the 192-page Sept. 17, 2015 opinion by an ALRB administrative law judge finding the giant Fresno-based tree fruit grower Gerawan Farming Inc. guilty of “commit[ing] numerous” violations of California labor laws (P. 68). Judge Mark R. Soble ruled last year after hearing sworn testimony from 130 witnesses in 2014 and 2015. The ruling by the Sacramento-based A...
Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 9:26PM
image Nice Pick Justice turnout at court in Fresno 480_shiroma-ufw-sellout_1.jpeg original image (1310x923) by via Pick Justice
The UFW abandoned farmworkers at Gerawan Farms more than 20 years ago. When the UFW came back, wanting 3 percent of each worker's paycheck, the workers voted on whether to de-certify the union as their representative. ALRB tried to prevent the workers from holding the vote. After ALRB finally permitted the vote on November 5, 2013, it put the ballots in storage and refused to count them. Now the ALRB is trying to get the ballots destroyed. Silvia Lopez, one of the workers at Gerawan Farms, ha...
Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 5:51PM
image Judge again says ALRB and UFW colluded on litigation strategy 480_sylvia-torres-guillen-ufw-50th_1.jpg original image (1024x683) by via Pick Justice
The ALRB Office of General Counsel and Regional Director colluded with the UFW during the case against Gerawan farmworkers seeking to de-certify the UFW, the ALRB’s own administrative law judge has found.
Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 5:36PM
image LA Times report validates Pick Justice’s positions about UFW & ALRB 480_fruits-of-victory-wwi-poster_1.jpeg original image (500x718) by via Pick Justice
The government decided April 15 to disenfranchise 2,600 Gerawan farmworkers who voted on whether to de-certify the UFW. It was clear that majority sentiment wanted nothing to do with the union, which had ignored them for 20 years, only to come back in 2012 and demand 3% of their pay or be fired.
Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 5:22PM
image Bill Forcing Public Vote on Delta Tunnels Passes Key Committee 220px-eggman_headshot.jpg by Dan Bacher
“Today’s vote was about choice," said Assemblymember Eggman. "AB 1713 will shed some light on a project with huge implications and its passage is a huge win not only for the San Joaquin Delta, but also for the people of California."
Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 6:14PM
document Groups Support Bill Calling For Public Vote On Delta Tunnels ab1713_support_letter--final.pdf_140_.jpg original image (x) by Dan Bacher
"As a controversial multi-billion dollar infrastructure project, the permitting process for the twin tunnels should be transparent," the letter states. "Accordingly, ultimate approval should rest with the ratepayers and taxpayers who may be required to pay for the project. In particular, the people most impacted by the twin tunnels project deserve the right to vote to approve or disapprove this project, which will do irreparable harm to the Delta and upstream tributaries to benefit one part ...
Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 12:20PM
calendar FREE Health clinic 480_health_fair_broch_engl2016_1.jpg original image (1329x1713) by Fresno Central Seventh -day Adventist Church
2980 E. Yale Ave, Fresno, CA
Event Date: Sun Apr 17, 2016 11:00AM
Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 10:40AM
image Metropolitan Water District's Delta Islands Purchase Challenged by Lawsuit 120_img_8159.jpg original image (5184x3456) by Dan Bacher
"People need to understand that MWD is not acting in the best interest of Southern Californians - it is only furthering their position as a water broker to import water to cities and utilities," said Adam Scow, the California Director of Food and Water Watch, at the noon rally. "In fact, the Cities of Los Angeles and Santa Monica both voted against the deal."
Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 4:30PM
text West 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 u...
Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 3:32PM
image UC Davis spent thousands to scrub pepper-spray references from Internet 120_cgbeq8pviaaf72f.jpg original image (600x438) by Repost from Sac Bee
UC Davis spent thousands to scrub pepper-spray references from Internet Following the 2011 pepper spraying of students, the campus hired consultants to improve the online reputations of UC Davis and Chancellor Linda Katehi. Sam Stanton The Sacramento Bee
Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 12:17PM
image H.E. Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, former President of Nigeria to visit Sacramento, California 120_president-goodluck-jonathan-november-2013-bellanaija.jpg original image (960x878) by Sacramento State University
CAPCR Director Ernest Uwazie. “We are also honored and very pleased to have President Jonathan as our distinguished guest speaker. His gracious concession and peaceful transfer of power to the opposition party in Nigeria’s 2015 election, for the first time in the country’s 55-year history.
Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 9:20AM
calendar Community Alliance newspaper fund-raiser 120_screen_shot_2016-04-13_at_9.11.36_pm.jpg original image (555x881) by Camille Russell
Unitarian Universalist Church 2672 E Alluvial Ave, Fresno
Event Date: Sat Apr 16, 2016 5:00PM
Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:22PM
image Fresno Ruling: California Can’t Get Away With Not Paying for Public Defenders 120_fresno_felony_caseload.jpg original image (504x284) by ACLU of Northern California
(April 12, 2016) A Fresno judge has ruled against the state of California in its effort to avoid responsibility for ensuring that people who can’t afford to hire their own lawyers are provided with effective counsel.
Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 3:15PM
text Lawsuit Challenges EPA Inaction on Dangerously Inadequate Air Pollution Plan for Alon Refinery by Center for Biological Diversity
BAKERSFIELD, Calif., April 13, 2016 — Concerned citizens and conservation groups today sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to protect the San Joaquin Valley’s air from the polluting Alon oil refinery project in Bakersfield, Calif. Valley residents already breathe some of the nation’s smoggiest air.
Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 1:44PM