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Shell Pipeline in Northern California Has History of Oil Spills, Documents Show
TRACY, Calif., May 24, 2016 — A Shell pipeline that just spilled at least 21,000 gallons of oil near the Northern California city of Tracy has leaked at least twice before in the past year, according to state documents uncovered by the Center for Biological Diversity.
Posted: Wed May 25, 2016 11:44AM
California Announces Plan to Allow Oil Industry to Pollute More Underground Water
SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 12, 2016 — California oil regulators today proposed exempting another underground water source from protection under state and federal laws. If approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the proposed “aquifer exemption” would allow the oil industry to inject waste fluid into the Round Mountain aquifer in Kern County.
Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 5:31PM
UFW improving farm worker lives through proactive union work
Attending the United Farm Workers’ 20th Constitutional Convention May 19-22 at the Rabobank Convention Center in Bakersfield, Calif. are nearly 400 farm worker delegates and alternates representing their co-workers at ranches under union contract in California, Oregon and Washington state. The convention highlights how farm workers today are living out the legacy of Cesar Chavez and the farm worker movement.
Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 4:14PM
Farm labor board rules Gerawan guilty of ‘extensive’ and ‘illegal misconduct’
(04/16/2016) The full Agricultural Labor Relations Board issued a unanimous 81-page decision on Friday, April 15 decisively affirming the 192-page Sept. 17, 2015 opinion by an ALRB administrative law judge finding the giant Fresno-based tree fruit grower Gerawan Farming Inc. guilty of “commit[ing] numerous” violations of California labor laws (P. 68). Judge Mark R. Soble ruled last year after hearing sworn testimony from 130 witnesses in 2014 and 2015. The ruling by the Sacramento-based A...
Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 9:26PM
West Coast Fisher Denied Endangered Species Act Protection in Bow to Timber Industry
PORTLAND, Ore., April 14, 2016 — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today denied Endangered Species Act protection to West Coast fishers, mid-sized forest carnivores that were proposed for federal protection in October throughout their range in California, Oregon and Washington. Following pressure from the timber industry, the Service withdrew the proposed protection despite overwhelming scientific evidence that the survival of the rare carnivores is threatened by logging, toxic chemicals u...
Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 3:32PM
Lawsuit Challenges EPA Inaction on Dangerously Inadequate Air Pollution Plan for Alon Refinery
BAKERSFIELD, Calif., April 13, 2016 — Concerned citizens and conservation groups today sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to protect the San Joaquin Valley’s air from the polluting Alon oil refinery project in Bakersfield, Calif. Valley residents already breathe some of the nation’s smoggiest air.
Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 1:44PM
Another man killed by Sacramento Police
Despite any offense the deceased man may have committed, this case fits the pattern of increasingly militarized cops escalating the use of violence when other means are available. This incident is another reflection of a racist system that alienates people of color by using violence to deal with them instead of trying to deescalate the situation.
Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 10:02AM
One Person Killed In Officer-Involved Shooting In Central Fresno
Eye-witness reports that a Fresno Police officer shot and killed man after the individual had already tossed away a gun. In other words: Unarmed Man Shot and Killed by Fresno Police.
Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 8:28PM
Gloria La Riva, P&F Pres Candidate, Supports UC Davis Occupation
As someone who took active part in two building takeovers at Brandeis University to defend affirmative action, I salute the student-led occupation inside the University of California Davis’ Mrak Hall. The students are justly demanding that Linda Katehi, the UCD Chancellor, resign immediately and are calling for educational reforms.
Posted: Sun Mar 20, 2016 5:58PM
ACLU Files Lawsuit Against Hospital For Denying Reproductive Health Care
SAN FRANCISCO, December 29, 2015 — The ACLU and the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP have filed a lawsuit challenging Dignity Health’s use of religious directives to deny basic reproductive health care to its patients. Filed on behalf of patient Rebecca Chamorro and Physicians for Reproductive Health, the suit argues that withholding pregnancy-related care for reasons other than medical considerations is illegal in California.
Posted: Wed Dec 30, 2015 1:38PM
Paris Panels to Explore International Movement to Ban Fracking
PARIS— Two panel discussions at the Paris climate conference on Wednesday will explore the growing global movement to ban fracking and other extreme fossil fuel extraction.
Posted: Mon Dec 7, 2015 4:24PM
California State University Faculty Votes to Authorize Strike
Members of the California Faculty Association on the 23 campuses of the California State University voted “Yes by over 94% percent” to authorize a strike, CFA President Jennifer Eagan announced today at a news conference.
Posted: Wed Nov 4, 2015 1:46PM
California State University Faculty Conclude Strike Authorization Vote
Yesterday, members of the California Faculty Association (CFA) at the 23 campuses of the California State University system concluded a statewide vote on whether or not to authorize union leadership to call a strike if contract negotiations with management fail to result in a fair deal.
Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 1:45PM
Statement From PETA: Death Toll Rises at Dangerous Fresno Chaffee Zoo
For Immediate Release: October 15, 2015
Posted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 2:44AM
On Behalf of My Sister, Nicole Deane
My Sister, #BlackLivesMatter, The Oakland Police, a Warrant and the Kern County District Attorney.
Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 7:08AM
1 Million CA Students Attend School in 1-Mile Impact Zone for Derailing Oil Trains
OAKLAND, Calif.— More than 1 million California children attend school within a one-mile evacuation zone of railroads used by oil trains, according to a new analysis (http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/oil_trains/methodology.html) by the Center for Biological Diversity. Oil trains have experienced a dramatic increase in explosions and derailments across the country in recent years.
Posted: Thu Sep 3, 2015 4:53PM
Thousands of L.A.-area Oil Wells Under State Investigation for Pollution Dangers
LOS ANGELES— The Center for Biological Diversity today urged California officials to release results from an investigation into thousands of oil industry injection wells in the Los Angeles area that may be contaminating water and threatening public health.
Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:58PM
Court Order Sought to Force Disclosure of California Pesticide Spraying
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Public-health and environmental groups, along with the city of Berkeley, are seeking a court order on Friday to require that a California agency publicly disclose and analyze any pesticide spraying it conducts that poses risks to people, wildlife or the environment. The groups are asking a Sacramento court for a preliminary injunction to require that the California Department of Food and Agriculture follow state environmental laws when spraying harmful pesticides. This s...
Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:55PM
ACLU Sues Over Failing Public Defense System in Fresno County
The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project, and the law firm Paul Hastings LLP filed a lawsuit against Fresno County and the state of California, seeking an overhaul of the county’s deficient public defense system. Because public defenders do not receive the resources necessary to represent their clients, thousands of Fresno County residents are forced to navigate the criminal justice system without the adequate legal representation t...
Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 3:44PM
State officials fail to take meaningful action on brain-harming pesticide
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