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Proposition 47 Deserves Fair Chance to Transform Judicial System - by Steve Pleich
Prop 47 Offers Real Criminal Justice Reform
Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 6:29PM
Greece demonstrates - by International Communist Party
At the end of yet another «historic» marathon session Brussels negotiations between the Greek government and its creditors, a «definitive» agreement has yet again been found to «resolve" the Greek crisis: Greek Prime Minister Tsipras and his team have come to accept as a condition for new loans to the virtually bankrupt Greek government, a plan of austerity measures significantly harsher than he had rejected a week earlier and against which he had, supposedly, held a referendum! The only...
Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 8:55AM
Plan or Be Planned – that is the neighborhood question - by Steve Martinot
Housing development now planned for the bay area will be an invasion of gentrification unless communities and neighborhods have a place at the planning tables, both for the general plan and for site-by-site projects. This article is an argument for why this is not only essential to democracy, and to the health of cities (the article focuses on Berkeley), but also for cities to stay within the law. It offers a critique of the representationist system of governance.
Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:38PM
California's biggest "secret" - oil industry capture of the regulatory apparatus - by Dan Bacher
Big Oil spent an amazing $266 million influencing California politics from 2005 to 2014, according to an analysis of California Secretary of State data by StopFoolingCA.org, an online and social media public education and awareness campaign that highlights oil companies’ efforts to “mislead and confuse Californians.” The industry spent $112 million of this money on lobbying and the other $154 million on political campaigns.
Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:49AM
Oakland's Humanist Hall Declared a Nuisance by City - by Gillian Edevane, East Bay Express
The Humanist Hall is specifically devoted to social justice, equality and ecological preservation.
Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 3:54PM
City of Oakland Declares Humanist Hall a Neighborhood Nuisance, Issues Huge Fines - by Tulio Ospina, Oakland Post
The Humanist Hall, home to the Fellowship of Humanity on 27th Street in Oakland, is being attacked by newcomers who live in condos built right next door only about ten years ago. The Humanist Hall has provided space for countless radical and under-served organizations over the past 75 years, from the Black Panthers to Mexican baptisms, from transgender weddings to Oscar Grant movement events. The Humanist Hall is not some sketchy speakeasy with rave music bumping until 5am. It's an importan...
Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 3:43PM
The Importance of Building a Labor/Community Alliance - by Mike Rhodes
Interview with Ruben Zarate about the importance of building a Labor/Community alliance and electoral politics. Photo below: Ruben Zarate is the labor relations representative of the Laborers’ International Union of North America and the political affairs director of the CLC.
Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 9:01AM
Santa Clara County workers vote to ratify contract - by via SEIU 521
SAN JOSE, Calif., July 22 – Santa Clara’s largest labor force has voted to approve a four-year contract that lays the groundwork for recovery of public services which had faced substantial recessionary cuts in years past.
Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:55PM
Pathways Report: Policy Options for Regulating Marijuana in California - by Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy
The Pathways Report, released on July 21, 2015, provides the broad recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission for Marijuana Policy. The report draws from the research and public forums of the Blue Ribbon Commission to provide a comprehensive view of the strategies, policy goals, and policy options available to Californians as they consider the legalization and taxation of marijuana policy.
Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:13PM
Conservation groups slam Delta tunnels as Jerry Brown grandstands at Vatican - by Dan Bacher
“Governor Brown and the tunnel-promoting agencies have a bad case of tunnel vision, and have ignored all requests for a Delta plan with true alternatives that reduce fresh water diversions and protect the Delta,” said Robert Wright, senior counsel for Friends of the River. “The Environmental Water Caucus developed a Responsible Exports Plan alternative and handed it to BDCP agencies on a silver platter. Other agencies ranging from the National Academy of Sciences to the Environmental Pr...
Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:06PM
Richmond Tenants Win Rent Control - by Tenants Together
By a 4-1 vote, the City of Richmond passed a rent control law Tuesday night [July 21, 2015] , prompting celebration among the broad coalition of tenants, labor allies, homeowners, and progressive community groups that packed the hearing chambers all night. Landlords turned out in force to oppose rent control but had no support from any allies outside the landlord industry.
Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:38PM
Despite Heavy Police and Security Presence, Campers Make it Through the Night at City Hall - by Alex Darocy
On Sunday night members of local homeless rights organizations held their second community campout at Santa Cruz City Hall. Making it through the entire evening at City Hall was no easy task for the group, which was comprised of some individuals who have homes of their own to sleep at and some who do not. The campers wrangled with Santa Cruz police, who rousted them out of their sleep spots in the City Hall court yard at 1am after insisting the area be vacated. Many, however, returned to thei...
Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 9:30PM
Jerry Brown gushes about "fighting climate change" at Vatican as he fracks California - by Dan Bacher
"We urge Pope Francis to send a clear message to Brown and other elected officials that fracking—in California, in Europe, or elsewhere—has no place in his vision for a greener planet," said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Europe. Photo: Governor Brown delivers remarks at Vatican climate change symposium. Photo courtesy of Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:34PM
DARK Act Remains Catastrophic for Farmers and Consumers Despite Proposed Changes - by via Center for Food Safety
Bill will result in denial of consumers’ rights, elimination of state and local rights, market confusion, and legal uncertainty.
Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 4:35PM
Fracking-Harmed Pa. Residents Demand Action from Gov. Wolf - by via Food & Water Watch
Scranton, Pa. – Individuals whose fracking-related health complaints were ignored by the state Department of Health (DOH) gathered outside the Scranton Courthouse today to discuss a letter calling on Governor Wolf to provide immediate help to their families and place a moratorium on fracking in Pennsylvania.
Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 4:27PM
Republican Internecine Warfare - by Stephen Lendman
Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 5:44AM
US still demands that Burundi's Nkurunziza stand down (audio/mpeg 2.3MB) - by KPFA Weekend News/Ann Garrison
The regional tensions are no doubt real, the danger of mass violence great, but the African Great Lakes Region is so resource rich that the resource interests of the world’s industrial and military power elites are inevitably in play behind the news.
Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2015 2:35PM
Sam Farr Is Waffling On HR 1599, The DARK Act - by Pamm Larry, LabelGMOs
Rep. Sam Farr is waffling on his DARK vote. Rep. Farr is traditionally a supporter of laws that support consumer rights but needs you to remind him this is one of those issues and you want him to stand strong. Tell Farr to vote NO on HR 1599.
Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2015 12:53PM
New report reveals retiring toxic farmland would save water, money - by Dan Bacher
“California needs to balance water demands with the realities of its supply, which means retiring inappropriate farmland,” said Adam Scow, California Director at Food & Water Watch. “Retiring toxic farmland in Westlands is a commonsense step toward protecting our overstretched and dwindling water supply.”
Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2015 11:31AM
35 Of Many Reasons To Vote Against Presidential Candidate John Kasich - by Populist
Kasich has executed 12, has supported all illegal immoral wars, lost hundreds of millions of dollars for Ohio pension funds in the 8 years he worked for Lehman Brothers (which went bankrupt), has cut school, library monies but has continued through his natural resources department to teach children to trap animals and to shoot with bows and arrows.
Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:09AM