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text Army Corps of Engineers Denies Easement to DAPL to drill under Lake Oahe and Missouri River until EIS is Completed by via Water Protector Legal Collective/NLG
December 4, 2016 - Today, the United States Army Corps of Engineers announced that it is denying an easement to Dakota Access, LLC (Dakota Access) to drill under Lake Oahe and the Missouri River for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) until an Environmental Impact Statement is completed and alternative routes are explored. “The Water Protector Legal Collective applauds the Obama Administration’s decision to deny the easement, but calls for a permanent stop to DAPL. We also recognize that this d...
Posted: Mon Dec 5, 2016 5:52PM
text Stop Sen. Sesssions From Making U.S. into a Sadistic State as D.A.! by Green Liberty Party
Petition from MoveOn.org to stop Sen. Jeffery Beauregard Sessions from becoming District Attorney of the U.S. under Pres. Trump. Reasons to prevent his appointment as DA include overt racism and outdated pre-Civil War thinking. He also doesn't respect state rights on cannabis legalization. Sen. Sessions will take the U.S. backwards into a state of sadistic racial feudalism....
Posted: Mon Dec 5, 2016 5:11AM
text Women's Safety on Sonoma State University's campus by Samantha Bosnich
Safety on college campuses has been recently called into question because of the sexual assaults that have been occurring. My group and I conducted a research project on women's safety at Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College. We distributed surveys and got results that were interesting....
Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:55PM
text Women's safety on college campus (Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior college) by Maxime Montoya
This is about the safety of women on the Sonoma State and Santa Rosa JC campuses and the suggestions that students and faculty have about what could be done to improve the safety of women on the campuses....
Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:59PM
text The Effects of Officer Involved Shootings On Police Officers by Robert Coxon
In this letter I discuss how the recent officer involved shootings have effected how police officers may react when they are confronted with a dangerous subject. Shootings of black men by the police are frequently in the media and are often seen as unnecessary by the public. This may cause officers to hesitate pulling the trigger because they do not want to be labeled as a killer by the media....
Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:35AM
text New Report on an Old Story: Can Santa Cruz Learn from Yale Law School? by Yale Law School, Robert Norse
On reading the summary of the Yale Law School report documenting the Criminalization of the Homeless in Connecticut, I reacted with some thoughts about Santa Cruz. Both my thoughts and the news report summarizing the report I post below. Also included are links to the Executive Summary and the full report....
Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2016 1:41PM
text HUFFing and Puffing: A Warm Wind from Berkeley by Robert Norse
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
text Video: How to Know if Your Country Is Heading Toward Despotism (1946), 10 min by www.openculture.com
Nobody likes a despot — even despots know it. But actually identifying despotism can pose a certain difficulty — which despots also know, and they’d surely like to keep it that way. Hence Encyclopedia Britannica’s Despotism, a ten-minute Erpi Classroom Film on how a country slides into that eponymous state....
Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 5:26PM
text Militarized Police Endanger Lives of Standing Rock Water Protectors With Water Cannon Attack in Freezing Overnight Conditions by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, November 21, 2016— Militarized police last night launched a dangerous water cannon attack in sub-freezing temperatures on peaceful water protectors opposing construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline at Standing Rock, N.D. The attack injured dozens and threatened the lives of American Indians and their allies, most of whom are camping without access to electric heat, by purposely subjecting them to hypothermic conditions....
Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 6:15PM
text Excessive Force by Police Injures 300 Water Protectors at Standing Rock by via Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council
November 20, 2016 - The Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council responded to a mass casualty incident that began at 6pm yesterday evening. Approximately 300 injuries were identified, triaged, assessed and treated by our physicians, nurses, paramedics and integrative healers working in collaboration with local emergency response. These 300 injuries were the direct result of excessive force by police over the course of 10 hours. At least 26 seriously injured people had to be evacuated by ambulance...
Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:43PM
text NLG Calls Out Oakland Police Department for Brutal Treatment of Protesters by NLG-SF
National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area (NLGSF) Chapter Calls Out Oakland Police Department for Brutal Treatment of Protesters...
Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:05AM
text Berkeley Homeless Advocacy Group Demands Cessation of Brutal Harassment - Real Solutions by First They Came for the Homeless
First They Came for the Homeless has been and continues to make visible the face of homelessness in Berkeley. They demand the one thing that everyone needs - a place to call their own....
Posted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:04AM
text Call to Stop Water Spray in 25 degree weather at Standing Rock by Phone time
Phone numbers to call to stop police spraying water on Native Americans at Standing Rock in 25 degree weather. This is being allowed by Democrat Obama. It is all illegal and attempted murder. They are also using rubber bullets, mace, flash grenades against peaceful, unarmed water protectors....
Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 8:00PM
text Tell George Gascón to Drop the Charges Against the Bay Bridge 25! by 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
text As Protests Gain Momentum In Bay Area, Trump Campaign Is Scrubbing His Website by Lynda Carson
As the protests against President Elect Trump gain momentum in the Bay Area, and President Obama and Hillary Clinton tell us to accept Trump as our president, the Trump campaign is moving rapidly in scrubbing the Trump Campaign Website!...
Posted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:29PM
text Many of us woke up confused, scared, shocked and traumatized by Cat Brooks
The real work starts now...
Posted: Wed Nov 9, 2016 1:05PM
text The Right to Disrespect: A Reminder by Robert Norse
I wrote this letter this morning after Vice-Mayor Cynthia Chase attempted to stop me from speaking with my back to the Council during Oral Communications yesterday afternoon. It wasn't clear to me that she was taking action to arrest me, but seemed like she was threatening to do so. It has to emphasized again that a violation of Council rules, unless it disrupts the meeting, is not a disruption, however much a presiding officer wants to paint it as one. The interruption and threat to the ...
Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:56AM
text DOJ Says Poor Defendants Can’t Be Held If They Can’t Afford Bail by Angela Bronner Helm, The Root
The Obama administration decrees that poor people deserve equal protection under the law, too....
Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:06PM
text We Have a Right to Exist by First They Came for the Homeless & JP Massar
URGENT!! PLEASE call Berkeley city mgr 510.981.7000, manager@cityofberkeley.info...
Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 8:19AM
text ACLU Urges Justice Department to Investigate Police Use of Face Recognition by American Civil Liberties Union
WASHINGTON, October 18, 2016 — The American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter (see PDF) today to the Justice Department urging it to investigate the increasing use and impact of face recognition by police....
Posted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 11:45PM