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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
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
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
Who Is Destroying Berkeley's People's Park? - by People's Park Is Not Over
People once associated with the People's Park community are tapping out, as UC Berkeley makes further incursions into the space. Former Park allies are ending their support for People's Park, and some are even raiding what they can as they make their exit. The People's Park website is under control of people who have no intention of updating the Park's internet presence, and the People's Park funds have been absconded with. People's Park is being dismantled by individuals who have given up th...
Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:17PM
Costco members, fishermen, environmental, labor groups demand Costco say no to GE salmon - by via Center for Food Safety
ISSAQUAH, Wash. — A coalition including Community Alliance for Global Justice, fishermen, members of UFCW Local 21 and concerned Costco customers rallied in front of the Costco next door to store headquarters and presented more than 300,000 petition signatures demanding that Costco Wholesale (COST) publicly commit to not sell genetically engineered (GE) salmon.
Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:15PM
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
Just Cause Eviction Protections And Rent Control Supported By Richmond City Council - by Lynda Carson
Richmond renters are being urged to unite and support their council members to establish the strongest just cause eviction protections and rent control possible in the struggle against gentrification, greedy landlords and real estate profiteers!
Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 12:50AM
Gentrification and the Corporate Structure - by Steve Martinot
Though affordable housing is in great need in the Bay Area, and in particular, in Berkeley, two things stand in the way of fulfilling that need, and push development toward the building of high income residence buildings. They are the corporate structure itself, and the structures of racialization in the US. Thus, a conflict ensues between humans and corporations, in which the corporations use race and class against the people, in response to which forms of direct democracy become all the mor...
Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 10:07AM
The Relationship of Social Philosophy to Social Policy - by Gil Villagran, MSW
Today, our nation of 350 million is governed “officially” by the democratic ideals eloquently prescribed in our Constitution, but in reality we are governed by the same ideology of “survival of the fittest,” who are the wealthiest, the 1% billionaire owned politicians who are served by the most clever at propaganda, mass marketing advertising, public manipulation which determines elections so that “the people” in “we the people…” vote against their own best interests, such a...
Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:46PM
For the Homeless, By the Homeless, Of the Homeless - by Stephen Conover
Some cities like Detroit and Jackson, MS have activists working on Land Trusts. Perhaps a Homeless Land Trust here in Santa Cruz where the homeless own, run, manage, and live would work.
Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 5:15PM
Army of the Housed - by Brent Adams
Homeless Occupation Campout? I'll certainly be there, as I've been to the past half dozen take-overs of public space with homeless encampments. I've documented them and I've pondered them. My one thought - it is all too easy to rally an army of people who sleep outside; to offer them food and lead them down the road - but towards what?
Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 12:20PM
Tony Thurmond's disgraceful behavior in Sacramento - by Tina Kimmel, PhD, MSW, MPH
Assemblymember Tony Thurmond is not competent to represent the progressive voices who elected him, as evidenced by his personal and his offices' recent behavior around a controversial bill.
Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 10:49AM
Unsheltered Lives Matter - by Steve Pleich
We Must Not Abandon Shelter Programs
Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:58AM
Removal of bush shelter and bench harms East Oakland residents - by Lynda Carson
The elderly and disabled people of East Oakland are being abused by tactics of collective punishment when agencies or government partners use their authority to target a whole community in the effort to attack the homeless, or a few drug dealers operating in an area!
Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 7:04PM
Human Rights Under Attack in the City of Santa Cruz - by Dennis Etler
The impending closure of the Homeless Services Center, due to the withdrawal of State administered federal emergency funds, will deprive the homeless of Santa Cruz their basic human rights. The United States is not a poor, developing country, but the self-avowed richest nation on Earth. It is deemed exceptional and indispensable by our leaders. but it can't supply necessary, minimal services such as shelter, meals, showers, toilet facilities and a secure place to store personal belongings and...
Posted: Tue Jun 9, 2015 5:06PM
Councilmember Posner Calls for 24-Hour Bathroom Support at Council today - by Robert Norse
On May 26, City Council voted, at Councilmember Comstock's initiative, to direct staff to investigate if not add 24-hour bathroom access. See "City Council Unanimously Votes on Two 24-hour Bathrooms" at https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/06/02/18773019.php Recently activists, led by Brent Adams, have focused on the lack of adequate cleaning of the "Posner portapotty" at Laurel and Front Streets, and enlisted some community members to do the job, Parks and Rec has declined to do. Today t...
Posted: Tue Jun 9, 2015 1:56PM
Head of Affordable Housing Agency Demolishing Affordable Housing and Evicting Tenants! - by Tenants Together
The Chair the California Housing & Finance Agency is doing mass evictions so he can build luxury housing. We are appalled that the Chair of an agency dedicated to affordable housing would himself utilize the Ellis Act to destroy affordable housing and displace long-term tenants. Demand that the Governor remove Matthew Jacobs from CalHFA!
Posted: Mon Jun 8, 2015 3:26PM
Open Letter to SF Pride (re: Pink Brick for AirBnB) - by E
Open Letter to SF Pride (re: Pink Brick for AirBnB)
Posted: Sun Jun 7, 2015 10:03AM
Housing and Justice - by Steve Martinot
The city of Berkeley is pursuing three things, which it hopes to keep separate: high income housing developement, criminalization of the homeless, and a defunding of non-profits and people's service organizations in South Berkeley. All three work together, the latter two paving the way for the first. The whole process is called "gentirifcation," and it is a violation of human rights, once one recognizes, as it done internationally, that housing is a human right.
Posted: Fri Jun 5, 2015 1:41PM
EPA Report Finds Fracking Water Pollution, Despite Oil Industry's Refusal to Provide Data - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— A long-delayed report released today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finds that fracking has polluted drinking water. But a lack of cooperation from the oil and gas industry limited the study’s ability to draw wider conclusions. “The limited amount of data collected before and during hydraulic fracturing activities reduces the ability to determine whether hydraulic fracturing affected drinking water resources in cases of alleged contamination,” the study notes.
Posted: Thu Jun 4, 2015 2:19PM