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text Court Publishes Decision Granting Relief to Inmate Disciplined For Hunger Strike by via NLG SF Bay Area Chapter
June 20, 2016 - Jorge Gomez spent over a decade in Pelican Bay State Prison’s Security Housing Unit (SHU) at the time of California’s historic 2013 Prisoner Hunger Strike. Launched in early July 2013, the strike was to protest torturous and inhumane conditions at Pelican Bay’s SHU and at other isolation/segregation units throughout the state. Over 30,000-plus incarcerated persons participated at its height, with many refusing food for as long as two months. In the early days of the 2013 Priso...
Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 6:36PM
text Killer whales remain protected in Washington by via OCEANA
Olympia, WA, June 10, 2016 – Today the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted unanimously to maintain killer whales on the state’s Endangered Species List. This vote follows the recommendation of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists who prepared a detailed review of the status of Washington’s southern resident killer whales. Oceana commends the Commission for its decision given the dire situation. Only eighty-three killer whales remain in the southern resident populati...
Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:03PM
text UN Official Receives Formal Complaint from Solitary Prisoners’ Family Members & Advocates by via Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity
CA – After months of public outcry, California Families Against Solitary Confinement (CFASC) and the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition (PHSS) have submitted a formal complaint to Juan Mendez, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment or Punishment condemning the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) jarringly noisy and disruptive “security/welfare checks” in Pelican Bay State Prison’s Security Housing Units (PB-...
Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 4:54PM
text Feds Launch Review of Endangered West Coast Orcas by Center for Biological Diversity
SEATTLE, January 25, 2016 — The National Marine Fisheries Service today announced a five-year review of endangered southern resident killer whales, which are down to just 84 orcas, to assess whether they are properly protected under the Endangered Species Act. The Fisheries Service last year announced plans to expand existing critical habitat protections from the killer whales’ summer habitat in Puget Sound to include 9,000 square miles of their winter foraging habitat along the West Coast so...
Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 5:18PM
text California State University Faculty Votes to Authorize Strike by via California Faculty Association
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
text California State University Faculty Conclude Strike Authorization Vote by via California Faculty Association
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
text Oct. 15th is Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Day by Joanna Nasar
Turtle Island Restoration Network Calls for Action to Safeguard California Leatherback Sea Turtles from the Driftnet Fishery off California, Hawaiian Longline Fisheries & Gear Entanglements...
Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 4:49PM
text CBS News: Investigators Say Umpqua Gunman Had White Supremacist Literature by repost
The LA Times reported yesterday that the shooter at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon was found based on his social media activity to be a support of white supremacy....
Posted: Thu Oct 8, 2015 12:02AM
text Campaigning for 15 Now Tacoma by John Reimann
Report on campaigning with 15 Now Tacoma - the only 15 Now initiative that would actually raise the minimum wage to $15/hour NOW....
Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 9:01AM
text Evidence Found of New Wolf in California's Siskiyou County by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— Evidence of a wolf in Siskiyou County was reported on August 3 by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Following up on citizen sightings of a lone, dark-colored canid, agency staff obtained photographic images from a trail camera and spotted fresh tracks, indications that California is now home to its second wolf in nearly a century. The wolf, which may be roaming in Siskiyou County, is not wearing a radio-collar, so its movements will be detectable only by trail cam...
Posted: Tue Aug 4, 2015 10:42AM
text Organizations Sue Mendocino County in Response to Wildlife Services Contract Renewal by Center for Biological Diversity
MENDOCINO, Calif., July 27, 2015 — Animal-protection and conservation organizations filed suit today challenging Mendocino County’s contract renewal with Wildlife Services, a notorious federal wildlife-killing program that killed close to 3 million animals in the United States in 2014....
Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 5:14PM
text Judge Keeps Suction Dredge Mining Out of California Rivers This Summer by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.— A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge ruled today against an attempt by the mining community to start suction dredge mining in California waterways this summer. Suction dredge miners had asked the court to prevent the California Department of Fish and Wildlife from enforcing the current moratorium on the destructive practice, which has been in place since 2009. The moratorium is designed to prevent mercury pollution and damage to wildlife, waterways and cultural...
Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 5:30PM
text Mendocino County Renews Controversial Contract with Wildlife-Killing Program by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
County Will Pay Wildlife Services to Kill Millions of Wild Animals Each Year...
Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:57PM
text Nuclear Shutdown News May 2015 by Michael Steinberg
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the continuing decline of the US nuclear industry. US nuke plants were designed to operate for 40 years… as many of them have approached or surpassed that mark, they have become increasingly unsafe and inefficient, threatening our health and safety. This report points out some of these problems and supports those working for a nuclear free future. Here’s our May 2015 issue....
Posted: Wed Jun 3, 2015 3:16PM
text Fracking Bohemians—more evidence by Don Eichelberger, Bohemian Grove Action Netwo
Every mid-July for over 100 years, most of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the world gather for a two week, off-the-record camp out at Bohemian Grove. This article describes some of the men who have influenced the development of hydrolic fracturing (fracking) and turned it in to another cash cow that is destroying the environment on behalf of the patriarchy....
Posted: Wed May 27, 2015 1:58PM
text Mendocino County Suspends Contract With Rogue Federal Wildlife-killing Program by Center for Biological Diversity
MENDOCINO, Calif.— In response to legal pressure from a coalition of animal protection and conservation groups, Mendocino County officials agreed today to suspend the renewal of the county’s contract with the notorious federal wildlife-killing program known as Wildlife Services, pending an environmental review that will include consideration of nonlethal predator control methods. The county’s decision came after the coalition, and a Mendocino resident, filed a lawsuit against the county in No...
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:57PM
text California Salmon and Wildlife Win Court Protection From Logging by Center for Biological Diversity
YREKA, Calif.— A federal court has halted a logging plan in northern California that would have harmed old-growth forests and federally protected fish and owls. The decision by the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, stems from a lawsuit filed by three conservation groups against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service in 2013 for approving a “habitat conservation plan” for Fruit Growers Supply Company that allowed it to log thousands of ...
Posted: Tue Apr 7, 2015 9:23AM
text Petition for "Strategic Release" for Abdul Olugbala Shakur by Steve Martinot
Abdul Olugbala Shakur is a political prisoner, one of the organizers of the Cal. prison hunger strikes, and a founder of the George Jackson University. He has stayed involved in black communities and the struggle for justice even while in prison. This is a petition to try to win parole for him....
Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:26AM
text California Fracking Waiting On Your Comments - LAST DAY - 03162015 by Tomas DiFiore
Concerned about loss of farmlands and forestlands? Region 6, (all) Northern California - Farmlands, Forests, Williamson Act Lands, Oil and Gas Development, Mitigations required for approval of Well Stimulation and/or new oil or gas field development include "Termination of Williamson Act Contracts"; even purchase of 'other' forestland of equal value (productivity index)....
Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:28AM
text Eureka City Schools Officials Settle Lawsuit with National Center for Youth Law, ACLU by ACLU of Northern California
Eureka – Eureka City Schools has reached a settlement agreement that resolves a lawsuit filed last year by the National Center for Youth Law and the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. Under the agreement, the district will implement a community-wide collaborative process aimed at cultivating a positive and inclusive school climate where all students feel welcome and safe....
Posted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 8:04PM