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Thu May 5 2016 (Updated 05/06/16)May Day in Northern California, 2016
Thu May 5 2016 (Updated 05/06/16)International Workers' Day for Immigrants Rights, Food Justice, and Against Police Terror
International Workers' Day was first declared in the late 1800's to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago and as a celebration of laborers and the working classes. Around the world on May 1, workers continue to unite to press demands in the streets through marches, rallies, and direct actions. In the United States, May Day is also a day to push for immigrant rights, especially since the massive "Gran Paro Americano" general strike and marches of 2006.
Fri Apr 29 2016 (Updated 04/30/16)New Fees to Be Charged to Subsidize Delta Tunnels
Fri Apr 29 2016 (Updated 04/30/16)Santa Clara Valley Water Rates to Increase Without a Public Vote to Support "Cal WaterFix"
Attendees at the April 14 public meeting of the Santa Clara County Water Commission's Board of Directors in Gilroy were surprised to learn that a new fee will soon be added to their groundwater bills to support the Cal WaterFix, also known as the Delta Tunnels. Several users of small private residential water systems complained bitterly about the cost of the current groundwater charges on top of the cost of pumping and maintenance of their own wells.
Sun Mar 27 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)California Apartment Association Stalking the Tenants' Rights Movement
Sun Mar 27 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)CAA Opposes Rent Controls in Oakland, Alameda, San Jose, Mountain View, and Other Cities
The California Apartment Association (CAA) has been meddling in the affairs of city after city in Northern California in an effort to stop any and all renter protections being promoted by renters, tenant activists, and their supporters. The same day that Oakland tenant activists filed a ballot initiative to strengthen renter protections called the Renters Upgrade, the CAA announced that they were keeping an eye on things, and are coming up with their own plan to counter the tenants' movement efforts.
Sun Feb 7 2016 (Updated 02/09/16)Bay Area Residents Protest the Super Bowl
Sun Feb 7 2016 (Updated 02/09/16)Protests at "Super Bowl City" Against Inequality, Anti-Homeless Policies & Police Killings
Super Bowl City, a corporate playground for tourists, was set up in San Francisco in late January. Before it opened, SFPD began pushing homeless people out of the area. Several protests focused on the taxpayer-financed "city". On January 30, hundreds marched for justice for Mario Woods. On February 3, hundreds of homeless advocates held another protest. On February 6, hundreds more marched to the site to protest unrelenting economic displacements. SFPD repressed all of these protests with at least one hundred cops each time.
Over 2000 protesters from many different Indian American communities joined together outside the SAP Center in San Jose on September 27 to counter Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of "Digital India" and Hindutva. They raised many issues with Modi's leadership, ranging from forced conversions to Hinduism, Internet surveillance, arrest of political bloggers, harassment of human rights activists, blind eye to rapes, dispossession of small farmers, rewriting of Indian history, and the 2002 Gujarat massacre.
Wed Sep 23 2015 (Updated 09/25/15)Protest at Hyatt Santa Clara for Worker Justice
Wed Sep 23 2015 (Updated 09/25/15)On Pope's First Day in U.S., Silicon Valley Low Wage Workers Call for Economic Equality
September 22nd was the Pope's first day of a historic visit to the United States. Placards calling upon the religious leader to "stand with us for workers' rights" were amongst those carried by protesters at the Hyatt Santa Clara, which is adjacent to Tech Mart. Hyatt's aggressive use of subcontractors allows it to pay poverty wages to workers.
Thu Jul 16 2015U.S. Social Forum Puts San José on the Map of Social Change
The United States Social Forum 2015 was held June 24-28 in San José. A thousand activists from hundreds of organizations worked on strategies for necessary alternatives and system change. Food Sovereignty, Living on the Edge of Silicon Valley, Taking our Health Back, Crisis of the California Water Commons, No More Deaths: Resisting Border Militarization, Cooperative Economics, and Movements Making Media were just some of the more than a hundred topics discussed.
The farm worker movement mourns the passing on June 7, 2015, of Rev. Deacon Sal Alvarez, who played a key role with Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta in the farm worker movement and on behalf of many other worthy causes over seven decades. Sal was motivated by deep faith in a movement grounded in the Catholic Church’s social justice teachings and dedication to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Fri May 1 2015 (Updated 05/10/15)May Day in the Bay 2015
Fri May 1 2015 (Updated 05/10/15)May Day Includes Labor, Immigrant Rights, Anti-Police-Terror, Anti-Gentrification Actions
All around the world May Day has been a day for labor solidarity, immigrant rights, direct action, reclaiming the streets, and speaking out against injustice. May Day 2015 in the Northern California was a busy day for actions from San Francisco and Oakland to San Jose and Mountain View to Santa Cruz and Fresno. Call-outs went out for rallies, marches, flying pickets, the shutdown of the Port of Oakland, a tech commute blockade, and an anti-capitalist/Baltimore solidarity march.
Sun Apr 19 2015 (Updated 04/21/15)The Fight for $15 Takes the Bay Area by Storm
Sun Apr 19 2015 (Updated 04/21/15)Oakland, Berkeley, San Jose, Marin Workers, Unions, and Allies Demand $15 Minimum Wage
Activists in Oakland came out in the hundreds to rally and march for a $15 minimum wage on April 15, tax day. They started their protests by shutting down all thirteen McDonald's restaurants in Oakland with chanting, flash mobs and and banners. Later in the day, over one thousand participants from Fight for $15 actions all over the San Francisco Bay area converged at Sproul Plaza in UC Berkeley. Protesters then marched through Berkeley main streets, snarling traffic, and stopping at the downtown McDonald's.
Wed Feb 18 2015 (Updated 02/20/15)Phillip Watkins 1992-2015
Wed Feb 18 2015 (Updated 02/20/15)Family and Friends Remember 23-Year-Old Killed by San Jose Police
Family, friends, and community supporters came together on February 14 for a candlelight vigil to honor 23-year-old Phillip Watkins, who was shot and killed by two officers with the San Jose Police Department on February 11. About one hundred people attended the vigil, and many spoke about what a positive person Phillip was, and how he changed their lives.
Tue Dec 2 2014 (Updated 12/06/14)Organizations Host 'Community Action' Tianguis in San José
Tue Dec 2 2014 (Updated 12/06/14)Mayfair Community Unites Around Issues of Health, Education, Labor, Food Safety
In Mexico and Central America, a tianguis is traditionally thought of as an open-air market where merchandise is sold. To create a space where community organizing skills can be shared, the concept of a "community action" tianguis was created by individuals in the Mayfair community of San José. The first such tianguis was held at Lee Mathson Middle School on November 15, and featured participation from a wide range of organizations working in the areas of health, education, labor, food safety, immigration, and legal defense.
7PM Friday Jul 8 Laborfest: Films: Blue Elephants, Driving for Hire
7PM Thursday Jul 14 Laborfest: The Factory-A Movie from India
7PM Friday Jul 22 Laborfest: Films: Limpiadores & Claiming Our Voice
9AM Saturday Jul 23 Laborfest: Tour of Quicksilver Mine
8PM Tuesday Jul 26 Laborfest: Comedy Night
7PM Friday Jul 29 Laborfest: Film: Operation Bootstrap
Elder Abuse Thursday Jun 9th 1:24 PM
Watching Them Watching Us. A Victory in the Political Battle Against Surveillance in Silicon Valley Thursday Jun 9th 8:24 AM
Mark Stone Voted for Unconstitutional, Anti-BDS Law AB 2844 (1 comment) Wednesday Jun 8th 12:08 PM
Commemoration held of 1966 Blockade of Napalm bombs shipped to Vietnam from Alviso, CA. (2 comments) Wednesday Jun 8th 5:58 AM
May Day | Primero de Mayo | International Workers Day Thursday Apr 28th 9:54 AM
Water rates will increase to pay for Delta Tunnels (1 comment) Saturday Apr 23rd 2:27 PM
San José is in a housing crisis and needs your help!!! (1 comment) Monday Apr 18th 2:33 AMMore Local News...
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Apple's social plan to beat Facebook Wednesday Feb 17th 3:32 PM
When Presidents Commit War Crimes, Justice Is The Final Victim Wednesday Feb 3rd 3:48 PM
Motion made in federal court to dismiss charges against Rasmea Odeh Thursday Aug 28th 3:25 PM
Apple, the State and Social Rights Monday May 12th 6:01 AM
“Markets are a Terrible Master,” Says President Rafael Correa of Ecuador Tuesday Apr 29th 11:44 AM
PLO/Hamas Detente? Wednesday Apr 23rd 12:54 PM
LULAC Condemns Hate Crime on Eve of Jewish Holiday Wednesday Apr 16th 2:34 PMMore Global News...
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Negro's Columbus Day / Indigenous Peoples Day Cartoon Monday Oct 12th 10:14 AM
AIM Opposes Canonization for Junipero Serra, the Father of California’s Mission System (1 comment) Friday Aug 21st 3:27 PM
Overnight Camping Parking Enforcement temp suspended in Menlo Park Friday Dec 19th 9:58 AM
San Jose police chief receives petition to remove officer Thursday Dec 18th 11:09 PM
13 Years Since 9/11 Inside Job (1 comment) Wednesday Sep 10th 8:10 PM
The Art box project the untold story (1 comment) Thursday Jun 12th 4:21 AM
Laurie Valdez of Justice For Josiah interview on Setting the settingthestandard Tuesday Apr 22nd 11:41 PMOpen Newswire...
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