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text Social Safety Net Must Be Expanded by Steve Pleich
Support For a Program That is Working...
Posted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:38AM
text Obama Administration Finalizes New Rules Impeding Citizens' Ability to Use Endangered Species Act by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, September 26, 2016 — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service finalized new rules today that restrict the ability of ordinary citizens, scientists and public-interest organizations to obtain Endangered Species Act protections for species on the brink of extinction. The new rules eliminate the ability of the public to submit multispecies petitions and require that 30 days prior to submitting a petition, the petitioner must notify every state where an...
Posted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:19PM
text Chelsea Manning Punishment for Suicide Attempt is Cruel and Inhumane by Amnesty International
A prison disciplinary board has sentenced Chelsea Manning, who is currently serving a 35-year sentence at the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, to 14 days in solitary confinement following her suicide attempt in July....
Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:46PM
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 Company Behind Controversial Dakota Access Pipeline Has Record of Spills, Property Damage by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, September 20, 2016 — Energy Transfer Partners, the conglomerate behind the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline, is responsible for 29 pipeline safety incidents since 2006, in which 9,555 barrels of hazardous liquids were leaked, according to a new analysis of federal data by the Center for Biological Diversity. Those spills resulted in $9.5 million in property damage, according to information from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety...
Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 3:18PM
text Lawsuit Launched to Protect West Coast Whales From Dying in Nets by Joanna McWilliams
Conservation groups today filed a notice of intent to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect endangered whales from mile-long drift gillnets and strings of sablefish pots off the West Coast. After two years of record reports of whales entangled in fishing gear off the West Coast — more than 60 in 2015 alone — 40 whales were reportedly entangled as of June 30, putting 2016 on pace to break records again. New information indicates that one humpback whale population that migrates f...
Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:36AM
text Oil Giant Enbridge to Purchase Gas Behemoth Spectra by via Sierra Club
Deal Would Create One of the Largest Corporate Polluters in the Country...
Posted: Thu Sep 8, 2016 5:13PM
text Lawsuit Filed to Protect Sea Life From Ocean Acidification, Climate Change by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO, September 8, 2016 — The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to set new water-quality standards to combat ocean acidification or respond to a three-year-old Center petition demanding the agency address this growing threat to marine life. Despite scientific consensus that federal water-quality standards are outdated and inadequate to protect marine life from the corrosive effects of ocean acidification, the EPA has ignor...
Posted: Thu Sep 8, 2016 4:49PM
text Russia: Blogger jailed for playing Pokémon Go in a cathedral must be immediately released by Amnesty International
The detention of Ruslan Sokolovsky, a Russian blogger from Yekaterinburg (Urals region) who was sentenced to administrative arrest for two months after posting a video of himself playing Pokémon Go in a church is a farcical attack on freedom of expression, said Amnesty International....
Posted: Wed Sep 7, 2016 12:08AM
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 I founded the Santa Cruz Bus Rider's Association by Elise Casby
I founded the Santa Cruz Bus Rider's Association for the purpose of defending our community of bus rider's lives against the Neoliberal attack on our fundamentally human need for a truly public bus transportation system that serves our entire community, and visitors, nomadic and/or transient people who come to this city on the coast of the land mass known currently as Santa Cruz, California, USA. The attack by the METRO board and the management of the METRO was anticipated by me after observ...
Posted: Sun Sep 4, 2016 4:52PM
text Senator Ben Allen Nominated for Presidential Champions of Change Award by Joanna McWilliams
Turtle Island nominated Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) for the prestigious White House Champions of Change Award....
Posted: Thu Sep 1, 2016 8:33AM
text Bummer Bernie Bylaws by dogwood
The new bernie group, which is made up of at least some of the Bernie volunteers who worked for Bernie's campaign this past year have created a set of Bylaws that are extremely disappointing in that they want to go with old-style structures that tie dues to membership. Although these people are saying that these are not final structures, they pushed and hoodwinked a fast vote on the bylaws this past Wednesday night, when we all met to listen to Bernie on a live video stream. The excuse was ...
Posted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 4:58PM
text An Open Letter to the Santa Cruz City Council by Steve Pleich
Time to Revisit RV Safe Spaces Program...
Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 9:09AM
text Public Records Sought Over Federal Surveillance of Climate Protesters by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, August 11, 2016 — The Center for Biological Diversity today filed nine Freedom of Information Act requests seeking the release of public records relating to surveillance of peaceful protests of federal fossil fuel auctions. Records obtained by the Intercept in July revealed that federal and local police agents went undercover at a May 20 public protest of a Bureau of Land Management fossil fuel auction in Lakewood, Colo....
Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 1:54PM
text Massive hydroelectric dam threatens Indigenous communities in Canada by Amnesty International
August 9, 2016 - A massive hydroelectric dam now under construction in the Canadian province of British Columbia violates Canada’s commitments to uphold the human rights of Indigenous peoples, says a new brief by Amnesty International....
Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:55PM
text Preacher to Call SCPD Music Critics to Account? by Robert Norse
The Santa Cruz Urinal (also known as the Sentinel) published a front-page story yesterday. Donald Harman is suing the City government, SCPD Chief Vogel, and a variety of police underlings for selectively enforcing MC 9.36.020 and 9.40.010 repeatedly without legal justification. This follows a somewhat questionable victory, a few years ago, by an earlier street preacher. The City's repressive "Unreasonably Disturbing Noise" law has long been used to harass activists and musicians playing m...
Posted: Sun Aug 7, 2016 8:23AM
text Not Our Fault Won't Vote for Clinton by Elise Casby
This is a response to a Berniecrat who wrote to other Berniecrats on his way home from Philadelphia. He is worried about not defeating Trump, and imploring us to vote for Hillary. My response to him, in this letter, is also a reasoned argument for why we should not vote for Hillary....
Posted: Thu Aug 4, 2016 5:28PM
text Lawsuit Challenges Plan to Turn California Aquifer Into Dump for Oil Waste by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., August 3, 2016 — The Center for Biological Diversity today sued California regulators for supporting a so-called “aquifer exemption” plan to turn underground water in the Price Canyon area of San Luis Obispo County into a permanent disposal site for oil wastewater and other fluids. There are at least 100 water supply wells for drinking water and crop irrigation within a mile of this aquifer....
Posted: Wed Aug 3, 2016 11:38PM
text Why I Support the November Transportation Tax Measure by Steve Pleich
Programs Can Reduce Carbon Emmissions...
Posted: Tue Aug 2, 2016 11:10AM