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Court Publishes Decision Granting Relief to Inmate Disciplined For Hunger Strike
June 20, 2016 - Jorge Gomez spent over a decade in Pelican Bay State Prison’s Security Housing Unit (SHU) at the time of California’s historic 2013 Prisoner Hunger Strike. Launched in early July 2013, the strike was to protest torturous and inhumane conditions at Pelican Bay’s SHU and at other isolation/segregation units throughout the state. Over 30,000-plus incarcerated persons participated at its height, with many refusing food for as long as two months. In the early days of the 2013...
Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 6:36PM
Killer whales remain protected in Washington
Olympia, WA, June 10, 2016 – Today the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted unanimously to maintain killer whales on the state’s Endangered Species List. This vote follows the recommendation of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists who prepared a detailed review of the status of Washington’s southern resident killer whales. Oceana commends the Commission for its decision given the dire situation. Only eighty-three killer whales remain in the southern resident po...
Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:03PM
Fires And Drought Force Migration Of Palm Oil Production
Rigoberto Lima Choc was fatally shot in broad daylight in Sayaxché, in front of the building housing the local justice of the peace court in the center of town. “Lima Choc was a 28-year-old primary school teacher who lived and taught in the village of Champerico, in the municipality of Sayaxché. Twelve days before his murder, Lima Choc was elected to form part of the local government in Sayaxché and would have become a municipal councillor in January. He was also one of the first people ...
Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 8:26AM
Responsible Organic Sustainable Palm Oil: A Plurality Of Semantics
The scenario most likely to result from the RSPO process is that in the future there will be two production sectors supplying different markets. On the one hand there will be a group of companies with certification that will attempt to a greater or lesser extent to comply with the principles and criteria adopted by the RSPO, while on the other hand there will be a second group of non-certified companies that will continue with “business as usual” (conventional palm oil sourcing and global...
Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:42AM
Saying No To Palm Oil In The U.S.
"Many major consumer goods firms now delegate responsibility for their sourcing policies to the RSPO and, by extension, to these auditors. If the auditors are engaging in box-ticking and even colluding to cover up unsustainable practices, then products will get to the supermarket shelves that are tainted with human trafficking, rights abuses and the destruction of biodiversity. the world's only global palm oil certification system - meant to ensure ensure sustainability, human rights, labor s...
Posted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:36AM
Immediate Habitat Protection Sought for Killer Whales Along West Coast
SEATTLE, June 6, 2016 — Conservation groups and more than 100,000 people today called on the Obama administration to immediately expand protected critical habitat for Southern Resident killer whales along the West Coast. The population remains critically endangered with just 83 individuals left.
Posted: Mon Jun 6, 2016 1:06PM
Day of Action in Support of Familias Unidas and San Quintin, MX Farmworkers
On Saturday, May 7th, there was a call from farm workers for a Boycott Driscoll’s International Day of Action to bring attention to the fight in the berry fields both in Washington State and San Quintin, MX.
Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 11:20PM
Save the Multinational Species Conservation Fund
2016 Wildlife Conservation Society petition to U.S. Congress - Act now to save the 'Multinational Species Conservation Fund'. There's also a postal stamp funding mechanism. The MSCF Stamp “had a premium cost of 55 cents, with 9 cents from each stamp purchased supporting wildlife conservation. From September 20, 2011, to December 31, 2013, stamp sales raised $2,567,000 for the conservation of all MSCF species - elephants, tigers, lions, and more. Unfortunately, the wildlife stamp was not mar...
Posted: Sat May 14, 2016 5:06PM
Palm Oil Home Invasion In Everything From Snack Foods to Pet Foods
The link between livestock expansion and deforestation is not because the land that underlies tropical forests makes better pastures or produces higher crop yields. In fact, just the opposite is true. The soils of newly cleared tropical forest land are generally of poor quality, leading to low crop yields and sustaining few animals per hectare. But these lands are inexpensive or even free for the taking, usually increasing considerably in value once they are cleared. Palm oil expansion has re...
Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2016 7:58AM
Orangutans Fleeing Palm Oil Deforestation
As palm oil plantings expand to new frontiers, the same set of environmental impacts are spreading as in the case of the Great Apes of Africa. The Orangutan films presented here are painfully moving and joyous at times. The hope and caring love attended to the rescues of gorillas, elephants, and orangutans, are reciprocated in unique ways and obvious in these films. Rescue centers need help, volunteers, money, and protected forest habitat to return the animals to the wild. At the end of the a...
Posted: Sat Apr 9, 2016 12:28PM
Commission to Vote on Postponing Marine Protected Area Reviews
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) plan proposes to postpone regional scientific reviews of the effectiveness of “marine protected areas” from once every five years, as originally promised, to once every 10 years.
Posted: Tue Apr 5, 2016 4:34PM
Gaming the system
When the government doesn't get the review results they want, they just delay until they can maneuver to get the desired results. This is such a case. It's public knowledge that worldwide fisheries are collapsing under the weight of over-fishing. Marine biologists have been warning about over-fishing since the 1990s.
Posted: Thu Apr 7, 2016 3:16PM
UN Official Receives Formal Complaint from Solitary Prisoners’ Family Members & Advocates
CA – After months of public outcry, California Families Against Solitary Confinement (CFASC) and the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition (PHSS) have submitted a formal complaint to Juan Mendez, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment or Punishment condemning the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) jarringly noisy and disruptive “security/welfare checks” in Pelican Bay State Prison’s Security Housing ...
Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 4:54PM
Scientists Urge Feds to Continue Fracking Moratorium off CA Coast
The opposition to environmentally destructive fracking in California's marine waters is building rapidly. On March 22, over 30 prominent scientists urged the federal government to continue the moratorium on fracking in federal waters off the California coast and to prepare a comprehensive environmental impact statement for the controversial oil-industry technique.
Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:54AM
Humpback Whale Monitoring Proposal Ignores Record Number of West Coast Entanglements
OAKLAND, Calif., March 21, 2016 — The National Marine Fisheries Service’s proposed plan for monitoring humpback whales ignores one of the fastest-growing threats to this iconic species: entanglement in fishing gear. Along the West Coast, a record 31 humpbacks were caught in fishing gear in 2015, according to new federal data.
Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:44PM
Respect farmworkers: Boycott Driscoll's
Costco 1006 West Wabash Ave, Eureka, CA and Eureka Labor Temple 840 E St, Eureka, CA
Event Date: Tue Mar 22, 2016 4:00PM
Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:59PM
Lawsuit Seeks Overdue Protection for Rare Frog in California, Oregon
SAN FRANCISCO, March 16, 2016 — The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a lawsuit over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s lengthy delay in deciding whether to extend Endangered Species Act protection to the foothill yellow-legged frog, which has disappeared from more than half of its former streams in California and Oregon. This stream-dwelling amphibian faces a host of threats, including impacts from dams and water diversions, logging, mining, livestock grazing, roads, marijuan...
Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 5:56PM
Karuk Tribe, Conservationists Add Klamath National Forest to Westside Lawsuit
“The Westside proposal short changes our community by denying us an opportunity to restore the forest, manage wildfire, and put locals back to work,” said Karuk Chairman Russell “Buster” Attebery. “There is no way that the Forest Service plan will pass a legal challenge. The Karuk alternative, on the other hand, has the support of local conservation groups, provides significant opportunities for bringing timber to market, and complies with applicable state and federal law.”
Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 7:02PM
Fishery Council Adopts Ocean Salmon Options for 2016 Season
“The mix of salmon runs this year is unusual,” said outgoing Executive Director Donald McIsaac in a PFMC news release. “In the north, the return of fall Chinook to the Columbia River is forecast to be exceptionally high again, but expectations for wild coho runs to the Washington Coast and Puget Sound areas can only be described as disastrous. In the south, the Sacramento River fall Chinook are healthy, but Klamath River fall Chinook are so poor that the Council’s policy calls for a ...
Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:41PM
SEC Charges Westlands Water District with 'Enron Accounting'
Tom Stokely of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN) noted that the SEC action “reminded me of a transcript from a Westlands board meeting where Birmingham, in response to a question, said the district would declare bankruptcy and default on bonds for BDCP, the predecessor to the California Fix, if necessary, and the landowners would not be held financially responsible.” The transcript from the Westlands Water District Board meeting of January 15, 2014, states: Q: If the D...
Posted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:39PM