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Winnemen Wintu and Allies Protest Governor’s California Water Summit - by Dan Bacher
Caleen Sisk, Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, emphasized that registration for the three-day summit was nearly an astounding $1,500 per person – and that been no efforts to “include tribal representatives, environmentalists or anyone who is advocating for sound water policy that will benefit future generations, local ecosystems and salmon and other fisheries.” Photo of protest against the California Water Summit in front of the Westin Hotel in Sacramento on Jun...
Posted: Sat Jul 4, 2015 10:55AM
Testy free speech aftermath of SB277 signing: one professor's viewpoint may be cramped - by J.D. Wright Progressive
Opinion analyzing subtext of University immunologist's characterization of SB 277 as a "silver bullet". Notice: IMC does not have an official party line on anything. VIews contained are strictly those of authors. Critiques of capitalism, government, globalism are favored and no racism, sexism homophobic or similar comments are permitted.
Posted: Thu Jul 2, 2015 12:04PM
State officials fail to take meaningful action on brain-harming pesticide - by Mark Weller-Californians for Pesticide Reform
After a decade of delay, both federal and state officials acknowledge the dangers of chlorpyrifos, but neither has taken action to provide necessary protections for California communities.
Posted: Thu Jul 2, 2015 10:20AM
Senate Bill 4 Regs Will Expand Fracking in California - by Dan Bacher
While environmental groups blasted the regulations developed under SB 4, the oil industry gushed with an oily torrent of praise for the new rules. Catherine Reheis-Boyd, the President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) and the former Chair of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative Blue Ribbon Task Force to create alleged "marine protected areas" in Southern California, praised DOGGR for rejecting comments calling for a moratorium on the environmentally destructive pr...
Posted: Thu Jul 2, 2015 8:52AM
Former Science Ed of London Times: Smallpox Vaccine Triggered Aids - by Veracity
Governor Brown, Dianne Feinstein, and Barbara Boxer have worked to violate the 1st amendment which guarantees religious freedom and to violate the health of children. Therefore it is timely to reexamine the data showing a causal link between the WHO smallpox vaccine and AIDS throughout the world.
Posted: Wed Jul 1, 2015 9:37AM
Tests reveal toxic cocktail as media covers up CA. oil spill's root cause - by Dan Bacher
While Governor Brown, other state officlals and the mainstream media continue to falsely portray California as a "green" state, the devastation of the oil spill shows the fragility of California's ocean waters - and exposes the failure of state and federal officials to stop a disaster like this, due to the capture of the state's regulatory apparatus by Big Oil. Photo and meme courtesy of Stop Fooling California.
Posted: Wed Jul 1, 2015 8:28AM
Governors Signs SB 277 to Protect Working Families - by J.D. Wright
Despite loud antivax soccer moms led by the discredited anti-sciencecircuit riders and right wing conspiracy theorists, California's Governor has signed into law Senate Bill 277 (SB 277 Pan D-Scaramento). Exploiting the legitimate need for strict regulation of vaccine development, demogoguery dominated much of the debate. Racist personal attacks upon the Asian-American sponsor combined to discredit the antivax view and the bill did pass after twitterstorms galore.
Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 6:50PM
The U.S. Social Forum Puts San José on the Map of Social Change - by Sharat G. Lin
Another World is Possible! The United States Social Forum 2015 was held in San José at the end of June. A thousand activists from hundreds of organizations worked on strategies for necessary alternatives and system change.
Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:03PM
Breyer's Deceptive Ads Re Cows' Milk. Dreyer's, Another Ice Cream Maker, Is Owned By Nestl - by Almond Groves
Breyer's, processor of ice cream, has run a deceptive ad on IHeart (formerly Clear Channel) stations, which cites the FDA and alleges cows' milk with growth hormone is not significantly different from cows' milk without. Dreyer's is one of many companies owned by Nestle's, a company attempting to privatize the world's water, a factor in California drought with its illegal draining of Sacramento's reservoir, and a major abuser of animals.
Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 9:06AM
Vaccines Protect Working Class Children: Comic Relief as the Gov Mulls SB 277 - by J.D. Wright formerly ACT-UP NY
I wrote this because in my analysis #SB277 is BMW granola mummies white privilege - they want the unwashed masses to vaccinate and exemptions for their own speshul snowflake kids. Note most Lation legislators voted YES.
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:43PM
Statement Read by Lori Nixon at the Highway Six Sentencing Hearing - by via Lori Nixon
Today, five of the six UCSC students charged with blocking Highway 17 in Santa Cruz to protest tuition increases at the University of California, and the connection to police brutality, were each sentenced to 30 days in jail by Judge Denine Guy. In May, all six students pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts each after requesting an indicated sentence from Judge Guy when prosecutors informed them they would not negotiate a plea deal. Three of the five students read statements before the...
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 4:21PM
New Tests Find Toxic Cocktail in Santa Barbara Spill - 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
Precarity in Paradise: the Barcelona model - by Peter Gelderloos, ROAR magazine, June 28,
This is particularly of interest in the context of a total lack of opposition to the end-stage tech-fueled gentrification of San Francisco.
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:28AM
Draining of Folsom Lake forces Nimbus, American River Hatchery evacuations - by Dan Bacher
Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, emphasized that excessive water deliveries to the Sacramento Valley settlement contractors are exhausting the cold water in Lake Shasta, forcing the agencies to shift to using water from the American River to meet the Delta salinity standards. "As a consequence, the agencies are now are evacuating the hatcheries on the American," said Jennings. "And as a result of this mismanagement, they're not only goi...
Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 10:54AM
70th Anniversary of the UN Charter and Mural Unveiling - by D. Boyer
On Friday June 26th 2015, a 70th Anniversary Celebration of the signing of the UN Charter was held in San Francisco’s City Hall. Pics and video from that event. Sorry the photos were taken with an iPhone only.
Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 9:45AM
Choosing Sides: From Olympia to Charleston - by IGD!
White supremacy is a fundamental aspect of American class society. When ruptures happen in this system, people take sides as the war is made more clear.
Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:31PM
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
Protesters urge state officials to halt Santa Barbara offshore drilling expansion - 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
Judge Keeps Suction Dredge Mining Out of California Rivers This Summer - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.— A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge ruled today against an attempt by the mining community to start suction dredge mining in California waterways this summer. Suction dredge miners had asked the court to prevent the California Department of Fish and Wildlife from enforcing the current moratorium on the destructive practice, which has been in place since 2009. The moratorium is designed to prevent mercury pollution and damage to wildlife, waterways and cultur...
Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 5:30PM
Activists will rally to block offshore oil drilling expansion in Santa Barbara - 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