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text Health Watchdog Sues Dow for Pesticide Air Pollution by via Californians for Pesticide Reform
Oakland, CA, September 20, 2016 - The national health watchdog Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has filed a lawsuit against Dow Chemical to address cancer risks posed by its fumigant pesticide Telone. Telone (a trade name for the chemical 1,3-Dichloropropene or 1,3-D) is a known carcinogen that pollutes dozens of rural areas throughout California; it is the third most heavily used pesticide in the state, and has been found to linger in the air for days after application....
Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:07PM
text Legal Victory Overturns Federal Plan to Open 1 Million Acres of CA Public Land to Fracking by Center for Biological Diversity
LOS ANGELES, September 6, 2016 — Citing potential threats to water supplies and endangered wildlife, a U.S. district judge today overturned a federal plan to open more than 1 million acres of public land and mineral estate in central California to drilling and fracking. Today’s ruling comes in response to a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity and Los Padres ForestWatch, represented by Earthjustice....
Posted: Tue Sep 6, 2016 5:40PM
text 1.8 Million Acres of Sierra Nevada Habitat Protected for Imperiled Frogs, Toads by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif., August 25, 2016 — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced designation of 1,812,164 acres of protected “critical habitat” throughout the Sierra Nevada mountains for several endangered amphibians: the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, Yosemite toad and northern population of the mountain yellow-legged frog. The vast majority of the critical habitat for these amphibians is on federal public lands in national forests and national parks....
Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 10:18AM
text Grazing in National Forest Restricted to Protect Rare California Frogs, Toads by Center for Biological Diversity
OAKLAND, Calif., August 17, 2016 — In response to a notice of intent to sue filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Forest Service has restricted livestock grazing on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest to prevent harm to the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and Yosemite toad, both of which are protected under the Endangered Species Act. The federal agency said in a letter that it is undergoing consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and has adjusted grazing manag...
Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:23PM
text UFW will ‘sound the alarm’ on suspected heat deaths of farm workers in Kern County area by via United Farm Workers
Bakersfield, Calif.—Amid reports of multiple suspected deaths of farm workers from the heat in and around Kern County, United Farm Workers leaders will “sound the alarm” on proactive steps all employers should immediately take to prevent fatalities and illness when temperatures hit triple digits. The UFW and UFW Foundation are actively investigating reports of as many as three recent fatalities involving farm workers in the Kern County region....
Posted: Tue Aug 2, 2016 11:49PM
text Families Demand a Repeal of Peace Officers Bill of Rights! by Anita Wills
On August 18th Families from all over California whose loved ones died at the hands of Law Enforcement gather for a Rally & Protest in Sacramento California. The Families are demanding a Repeal of the Peace Officers Bill of Rights....
Posted: Mon Aug 1, 2016 11:49PM
text 2016 Sacramento Visit of Mexican Trade Unionist by Labor Council For Latin American Advancement
Two leaders of the trade union movement in Mexico will be coming to Sacramento to discuss the growing labor crisis, murders and repression...
Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 11:41AM
text Farming Community Rallies in Sacramento to Demand Protections from Agricultural Pesticides by via Californians for Pesticide Reform
Residents from California’s most extensively farmed regions converged on Sacramento today to deliver more than 27,000 petition signatures and a letter representing hundreds of thousands of Californians, all demanding protections for their children from exposure to agricultural pesticides at school....
Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:36PM
text State prosecutors hit Gerawan with fresh complaint by via United Farm Workers
Visalia, Calif., June 30, 2016 — Two months after the full Agricultural Labor Relations Board issued a unanimous 81-page decision decisively finding Fresno-based tree fruit grower Gerawan Farming Inc. guilty of repeatedly violating California’s farm labor law, state prosecutors issued a new complaint against the giant company alleging serious and repeated violations of the law....
Posted: Sat Jul 2, 2016 11:53PM
text Officials Propose Allowing Oil Companies to Dump Waste Fluid Into Water Supplies by Center for Biological Diversity
California Officials Propose Allowing Oil Companies to Dump Waste Fluid Into Dozens of Underground Water Supplies...
Posted: Wed Jun 8, 2016 3:57PM
text Shell Pipeline in Northern California Has History of Oil Spills, Documents Show by Center for Biological Diversity
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
text California Announces Plan to Allow Oil Industry to Pollute More Underground Water by Center for Biological Diversity
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
text UFW improving farm worker lives through proactive union work by via United Farm Workers
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
text Farm labor board rules Gerawan guilty of ‘extensive’ and ‘illegal misconduct’ by via United Farm Workers
(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 ALRB ...
Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 9:26PM
text West Coast Fisher Denied Endangered Species Act Protection in Bow to Timber Industry by Center for Biological Diversity
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 use...
Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 3:32PM
text Lawsuit Challenges EPA Inaction on Dangerously Inadequate Air Pollution Plan for Alon Refinery by Center for Biological Diversity
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
text Another man killed by Sacramento Police by S.T. Ruiz
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
text One Person Killed In Officer-Involved Shooting In Central Fresno by corporate repost. KFSN-TV / ABC
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
text Gloria La Riva, P&F Pres Candidate, Supports UC Davis Occupation by repost
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
text ACLU Files Lawsuit Against Hospital For Denying Reproductive Health Care by ACLU of Northern California
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