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Western States Petroleum Association: the biggest lobby group you’ve never heard of
While the mainstream and alternative media have published articles about aspects of WSPA’s enormous influence over politics in the West, they haven't looked at the overall strategy of how WSPA and Big Oil exert their power and influence. CDFW map of Southern California marine protected areas: There is no better example of regulatory capture in the state than the privately-funded Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative. Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President of the Western States Association...
Posted: Fri Dec 2, 2016 11:11AM
Sacramento City Council Puts Standing Rock Resolution on Consent Calendar
The resolution states: "The City of Sacramento stands in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s opposition to construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) across the Tribe’s ancestral lands, waters and sacred sites." Photo: Liljana Adams, a member of the United Auburn Indian Community, speaks before the Sacramento City Council on Tuesday, November 29, about her experience getting arrested in North Dakota while supporting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Photo by Dan Bacher....
Posted: Thu Dec 1, 2016 4:21PM
HUFFing and Puffing: A Warm Wind from Berkeley
I recently forwarded an article that contrasted principles and policies elsewhere with those of Santa Cruz authorities--which I caustically denounced in an accompanying "Notes from Norse". I believe these Notes are a useful update to some of the brutal practices ongoing in Santa Cruz and so pass them on for readers....
Posted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 8:56AM
Proposition that threatened Delta Tunnels defeated by a narrow margin
The results of the Proposition 53 vote are disappointing for those who care about salmon, the Delta and the public trust. However, there is no doubt that if an initiative solely requiring a public vote on the Delta Tunnels had been on the ballot, it would have been decisively approved by the voters. Unfortunately, Governor Jerry Brown and the California legislative "leadership," while falsely portraying themselves as "environmentalists," for several years have failed to support legislation...
Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 7:44PM
Bay Area LGBTQ Town Hall Meeting on Strategic Responses to Trump Election
Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609 Located near MacArthur BART...
Event Date: Sat Dec 3, 2016 1:00PM
Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:48PM
Trump appoints Big Oil think tank director to lead Interior transition team
“It’s beyond frightening that Trump would appoint a shill for Big Oil to plot the direction of a department that administers millions of acres of public lands that belong to all Americans,” said Randi Spivak, the Center for Biological Diversity's public lands director. “This is a clear signal that in a Trump administration it will be open season for corporations who want to frack, drill or mine our public resources, regardless of climate chaos, water pollution, species extinction and health i...
Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:21AM
Woman Used As Salami Tray at Altai Brands Event in Las Vegas
Altai Brands of Salinas, California, purveyors of gourmet cannabis edibles, objectifies woman as salami tray at Marijuana Business Conference after-party in Las Vegas....
Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:39AM
University of California must protect civil rights in the face of Trump’s persecution of Muslims, Arabs, and Palestine activists
November 21, 2016 - As Trump’s campaign promises become reality, the University of California (UC) Regents’ so-called “Intolerance Principles” put vulnerable students at risk for increased attacks, warned Palestine Legal and other civil rights organizations in a letter, sent today, to UC President Napolitano and the Board of Regents....
Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 6:27PM
Timeline of BART Police killings, in-custody deaths, and militarization, 1990 - present
This timeline mapping Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police violence and militarization was collectively generated as part of a larger ongoing convivial research effort to expose low intensity war across the Bay Area and state. The timeline was produced through a collaboration between the Center for Convivial Research and Autonomy (CCRA) and Carville Annex Press as part of the struggle for Justice for James "Nate" Greer....
Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 4:37PM
Boycott Driscoll's Day of Action in Santa Cruz Ca. 11-19-16
Today, on rainy Saturday, we Demonstrated and handed out flyers at Santa Cruz Whole Foods on Soquel Ave.and Santa Cruz Safeway on Morrissey ave. The Union of Independent, National and Democratic Farmworkers (SINDJA) calls for all independent and autonomous boycott committees to unite for a global day of action on November 19th: (And we did!)...
Posted: Sat Nov 19, 2016 11:13PM
Appeal Challenges Nestlé's Unrestricted Water Siphoning From San Bernardino National Forest
LOS ANGELES, November 17, 2016 — The Story of Stuff Project, California-based Courage Campaign Institute and Center for Biological Diversity today formally gave notice of their intent to appeal a federal court's ruling in September that allowed Nestlé to continue to remove an estimated 36 million gallons of water from Strawberry Creek in the San Bernardino National Forest based on a permit that expired 28 years ago....
Posted: Sat Nov 19, 2016 4:43PM
Fuck Trump, But Fuck You Too: No Unity With Liberals
These same oppressed groups have been ignored by those same white liberals that are now consumed and overwhelmed with a need to take action. After they have spent years ignoring us when we have screamed and stated openly that America is a racist, white supremacist, fascist country, created through the genocide and physical erasure of indigenous people, and built on the backs of Africans that were kidnapped and brought over here and forced into slavery....
Posted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 11:36AM
Over 500 people in Sacramento stand in solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux
Protesters lined both sides of the street in front of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on J Street, proclaiming their solidarity with the struggle of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota and their allies to stop the pipeline that carries fracked crude Bakken oil. McKenzie, Tina Marie, Faygo and Estevan show their solidarity with the Standing Rock water protectors. Photo by Dan Bacher....
Posted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:31AM
50th Anniversary of Kwanzaa at the California State Capitol
Today, our “California Grown” Pan African holiday challenges us to place a higher value on ancient African cultures while utilizing modern scientific methodology toward expanding the practice of our ancient/future, showcasing an understanding of the "first fruits of the harvest."...
Posted: Wed Nov 16, 2016 5:15PM
Citing Climate Crisis, Trump Presidency, San Francisco Supervisors Ban Fossil Fuel Extraction on City-owned Lands
SAN FRANCISCO, November 16, 2016 — The San Francisco Board of Supervisors yesterday approved legislation prohibiting new fossil fuel leases on city-owned property in an effort to combat climate change. The legislation by Supervisor John Avalos originated with 350 Bay Area analyst Jed Holtzman, who discovered the city was leasing to Chevron an 800-acre property that it inherited in Kern County. City finance officials say converting the property to a solar array could generate more revenue than...
Posted: Wed Nov 16, 2016 4:26PM
Tell George Gascón to Drop the Charges Against the Bay Bridge 25!
On January 19, 2016, the Black Queer Liberation Collective Black.Seed Shut Down Bay the Bridge (photos) during 96 Hours of Action to Reclaim MLK's Radical Legacy. Now San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón is seeking to prosecute the "Bay Bridge 25," but there's still time to stop it....
Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 5:57PM
A Trump administration will probably be hostile to affordable housing programs
Tens of thousands of low-income households in the Bay Area, including veterans, the chronically ill, elderly and disabled, are being placed at risk of homelessness if the Republicans have it their way, now that they are gaining full control of the House and Senate, including the White House!...
Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:28PM
As Commercial Crab Season Opens, Fishermen Urged to Implement Gear Modifications to Prevent Whale Entanglements
OAKLAND, Calif., November 14, 2016 — As the commercial Dungeness crab season opens in California Nov. 15, the Center for Biological Diversity is urging fishermen to comply with recommended gear modifications to help reduce the risk of whale entanglements. The season’s opening days put whales at high risk because more available crab means fishermen are on the water as many days as possible....
Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 3:23PM
Mountain View High School: Reverse Frank Navarro's Administrative Leave Now
Mountain View High School history teacher Frank Navarro suspended for lesson showing ‘remarkable parallels’ between rise of Trump and Hitler....
Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 11:08AM
Trump appoints enemies of salmon, Delta and environment to transition team
Many of those opposed to the construction of the Delta Tunnels fear that Governor Brown may try to make a deal with the Trump administration to back the construction of the California Water Fix, his "legacy project. On Thursday, Brown issued a statement saying his administration would do its part “to find common ground whenever possible” while “protecting the precious rights of our people” and confronting “devastating climate change. Photo: Anti-environmental Congressman Devin Nunes joi...
Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:24AM