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textPublic housing and Section 8 tenants face eviction and homelessness for medical marijuana by Lynda Carson
Oakland has 13,586 units in its Section 8 inventory, 2,122 units in its low rent inventory, plus thousands of tenants being publicly assisted in rental units in Oakland operated by nonprofit housing developers that may be threatened with eviction if they are caught using medical marijuana....
Posted: Thu, Dec 13, 2018 4:56pm PST
imageContinued Occupation Shuts Down SPI Clearcut Logging Operation
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by KP
At least a dozen Humboldt County forest defenders hiked in to a Sierra Pacific Industries logging operation in the Mattole area, occupying the site, sending the log trucks coming in back out of the forest, effectively shutting it down. The activists were at the same area where a treesitter has been up since last week....
Posted: Tue, Nov 20, 2018 12:54pm PST
imageTree Sitters Protest Sierra Pacific Industries Clearcut Logging
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by KP
Forest Defenders in Humboldt County took to the trees on forestland owned by Sierra Pacific Industries, California's most massive clear cutter and largest landowner. They are defending old growth and mature trees on a timber plan very close to where they have been defending forests on Humboldt Redwood Co. land....
Posted: Sun, Nov 18, 2018 12:43pm PST
imageCalifornia Dungeness Crab Season Opens, Endangering Whales, Sea Turtles
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by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— Thursday’s opening of California’s commercial Dungeness crab season is clouded by the outbreak of a powerful neurotoxin and continuing concerns about the fishery entangling endangered whales and sea turtles. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that the Nov. 15 season opener will not include areas north of Bodega Head because of high levels of domoic acid found in crabs there....
Posted: Wed, Nov 14, 2018 4:02pm PST
imageFishermen Petition State to Control Pollution on California’s Wildest Salmon River
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by Institute for Fisheries Resources
For more information contact: Regina Chichizola, Institute for Fisheries Resources/PCFFA : (541) 951-0126 Nathaniel Kane, Environmental Law Foundation : (510) 208 4555 Noah Oppenheim, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations ( 415) 561 3474 Smith River, CA - Today the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, Institute for Fisheries Resources, and Environmental Law Foundation petitioned California’s State Water Resources Control Board to regulate large scale pes...
Posted: Fri, Nov 2, 2018 11:23am PDT
imageHumboldt Martens Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection
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by Center for Biological Diversity
Despite 93 Percent Decline in California, Oregon, Loophole Allows Industrial Logging in Habitat...
Posted: Sat, Oct 6, 2018 10:12pm PDT
imageLog Truck Rams Through Protesters at Mattole Forest Rally at Scotia Log Mill
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by Karen P.
The Week of Action for the Mattole forest wrapped up with demonstrations at corporate offices and at Humboldt Redwood Company's lumber mill in Scotia, CA. Activists played music, danced in the road, conversed with HRC employees and log truck drivers until suddenly a big rig truck drove through the protest line without warning, ripping the banner in half and causing a number of people to leap out of the way as they yelled for the truck to stop. The truck kept moving through as a large piece of...
Posted: Sat, Sep 1, 2018 1:26pm PDT
imageWeek of Action for Mattole Forest Kicks Off with Monday Rally
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by Karen Pickett
The Week of Action for the Mattole Forest launches with a demonstration at the Scotia offices of Humboldt Redwood Company(HRC) on Mon., Aug. 25. HRC's “Sustainable” label is brought into question by herbicide, old growth practices...
Posted: Mon, Aug 27, 2018 1:52pm PDT
imageForest Defenders' Blockade in Mattole Raided by Paramilitary-style Security
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by Karen P.
A long-standing logging road blockade defending the Rainbow Ridge in the Mattole River watershed was raided in recent days, but activists are still in the woods and on the road, struggling to hold the line....
Posted: Fri, Jul 27, 2018 10:51pm PDT
imageDialysis Workers Strike Back in Humboldt County
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by Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)
The dialysis workers of Humboldt County are going IWW. The election for union representation is set to take place on June 7th and 8th....
Posted: Tue, Jun 5, 2018 8:57pm PDT
imageBills to stop new oil drilling off California coast go into suspense file
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by Dan Bacher
In the first quarter of 2018 alone, the Western States Petroleum Association spent $2,025,000 to promote the Big Oil agenda, including stopping AB 1775 and SB 834, according to documents filed with the California Secretary of State on April 30. Photo: Regina Chichizola, of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations (PCFFA) and Save California's Salmon, holds her son, Malcolm, as she speaks out against new offshore oil drilling at a press conference in Sacramento in February w...
Posted: Mon, May 14, 2018 6:21pm PDT
imageSmith River Easter Lily Bulbs - A Case For Economic Withdrawal
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by Tomas DiFiore
An American Profile of Toxic Landscapes: Smith River Estuary lily bulb farmers apply an annual average of 300,000 pounds of highly toxic pesticides on about 1,000 acres of lily fields that drain directly into the Smith River estuary every year. California Department of Pesticide Regulation data on annual pesticide use reveals 1)Restricted material use permits issued to Del Norte County growers (2009-2013) show widespread pesticide use. Read about (CDPR) California Pesticide Agency’s “Phony A...
Posted: Tue, Mar 13, 2018 12:32pm PDT
imageEndangered Species Protection Sought for California, Oregon Salamander Threatened by Logging
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by Center for Biological Diversity
ASHLAND, Ore., March 12, 2018 — Conservation groups filed a federal petition for Endangered Species Act protection today for the Siskiyou Mountains salamander, a rare terrestrial salamander that lives in old-growth forests in the Klamath-Siskiyou region of southern Oregon and Northern California....
Posted: Mon, Mar 12, 2018 8:13pm PDT
imageACLU of Northern California Statement on Increased ICE Activity
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by ACLU of Northern California
February 27, 2018 - Increased ICE activity has been reported throughout the Bay Area, the Central Coast, and in the Central Valley. Local rapid response hotlines have confirmed that ICE has arrested at least 37 people over the past few days in cities including Monterey, Oakland, Fresno, Napa, San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Clara, and Salinas....
Posted: Wed, Feb 28, 2018 6:29pm PST
textIndigenous and Environmental Activists Call for Removal of McKinley Statue in Arcata by Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters
At the Arcata City Council meeting on Wed., Feb. 21, the Pacific Alliance for Indigenous and Environmental Action (PAIEA) affiliates will add their voices to those calling for the removal of the statue of President McKinley from the Arcata Plaza, as well as the plaque mentioning “Indian troubles”. After a walk and rally, they will converge on the Arcata City Council meeting Wednesday (Feb. 21) night....
Posted: Wed, Feb 21, 2018 10:01am PST
imageTribal members and fishermen slam Trump's increased water exports plan
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by Dan Bacher
“A couple of nuts are not worth destroying our rivers,” Dania Colegrove, Hoopa Valley Tribal Member, emphasized, referring to the almonds, pistachios and other nuts grown by corporate agribusiness on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley with Trinity River water. “We oppose the taking of any more water from the Trinity.  They can’t keep taking water from our river.” ...
Posted: Thu, Feb 1, 2018 7:24pm PST
textNorthern California's Delayed Crab Season Opener Threatens Whales by Center for Biological Diversity
State Wildlife Agency Urged to Address Risk of Deadly Entanglements...
Posted: Thu, Jan 18, 2018 9:32pm PST
imageNorth Coast groups, fishermen slam Trump plan to open offshore drilling in federal waters
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by Dan Bacher
"We stopped President Reagan’s attempts to drill off the North Coast in the 1980s. We will stop President Trump too," the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC), the North Coast Environmental Center (NEC) and the Humboldt Baykeeper stated. North Coast groups and fishermen don't want oil drilling platforms like this one off Southern California to ever be installed off the Northern California coast. Photo courtesy of BOEM-OPA....
Posted: Tue, Jan 9, 2018 1:01pm PST
imageWhy Farmers Need Direct Sales
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by Casey O’Neill
As a vegetable farmer, the scale at which I produce is not large enough to enable me to survive in the wholesale marketplace. The same is true for my cannabis crop....
Posted: Mon, Dec 18, 2017 3:52pm PST
imageMattole Forest Blockade Update!
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by KP
Logging operations on hold until end of December, but a new logging road and herbicide use are still on the agenda. Mattole Forest Defenders stay focused and strong, and shift organizing to broader resistance. More people are needed to protect the old growth and wildlife in this wild part of the North Coast....
Posted: Tue, Nov 21, 2017 11:00am PST