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Mon Feb 26 2018Adolph Reed Jr. on Black Politics in New Orleans and Beyond
On February 5, writer and scholar Adolph Reed, Jr. gave a public lecture on Black Politics in New Orleans and Beyond to close out Sites of Resistance: An Exhibit Exploring the Geographies + Histories of Social Change in New Orleans. Reed's work on American politics is notable for its critique of identity politics and antiracism, particularly of their role in Black politics. A native New Orleanian, his career has included more than seven books, countless articles and regular columns in magazines like the Nation, the Progressive, and the Village Voice.
Sun Feb 25 2018 (Updated 02/26/18)Bottled Water Costs Thousands of Times More Than Tap Water
After a decline during the Great Recession, bottled water sales are back and bigger than ever — even eclipsing soda sales for the first time in 2016. But people buying bottled water might not be aware that it’s nearly 2,000 times more expensive than tap water and four times more expensive than regular-grade gasoline. In its latest report on the impacts of the bottled water industry, Food & Water Watch looks at the industry’s predatory marketing, the extraction of communities’ water resources, and the powerhouse lobbying of bottled water corporations.
Thu Feb 22 2018 (Updated 02/24/18)March For Our Lives
Bob M writes: In the wake of the Stoneman Douglas shooting, the high school students at that school and across the country are calling for a walkout on March 24 and again on April 20, the anniversary of the Columbine shooting in 1999. The students are calling for national leaders to listen to them, but as of yet they do not have demands other than getting AR-15s "out of the hands of people who should not have them." Many radicals still hold strong to the important point that de-arming must start with the cops and military, and not take away self-defense from oppressed communities.
Tue Feb 13 2018 (Updated 02/21/18)Tent City, USA: The Growth of America’s Homeless Encampments
The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty released a report, Tent City USA: The Growth of America’s Homeless Encampments and How Communities are Responding, reviewing the rapid growth of homeless people living in tents across the United States over the past decade, as measured by documentation in media reports. Research showed a 1,342 percent increase in homeless encampments reported between 2007 and 2017, with at least one encampment reported in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. As encampments become increasingly common, local governments have enacted laws to prohibit living in tents.
Sat Feb 10 2018 (Updated 02/21/18)Free Ahed Tamimi and All Children Imprisoned by Israel
Protests and actions in San Rafael, Oakland, Los Angeles, across the US, and around the world marked the 17th birthday of Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi, imprisoned since December 19 and facing charges before an Israeli military court. Ahed was seized by occupation forces in a pre-dawn raid on her family’s home in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah. She is one of over 350 Palestinian children imprisoned by the Israeli occupation and one of nearly 6,200 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. On February 13, an Israeli military court ordered journalists to leave the courtroom then extended Ahed's detention until her next hearing on March 11.
Wed Feb 7 2018 (Updated 02/08/18)Californians Rally Against Offshore Drilling
Hundreds of Californians rallied against President Trump’s offshore oil leasing plan on February 8 in Sacramento, marching to the plan’s only formal hearing in California. Ahead of the hearing, thousands of Californians rallied in seven cities to oppose Trump’s proposal to open up the Pacific and other U.S. oceans to offshore drilling for the first time in more than 30 years. Rallies were held February 3 in at least seven communities after the federal government ignored requests by California’s congressional delegation and state leaders to hold additional hearings closer to coastal communities threatened by offshore drilling.
Mon Feb 5 2018Look for Me in the Whirlwind
At 5 a.m. on April 2, 1969, hundreds of FBI, CIA and NYC police agents armed with shotguns, bullet-proof vests and a shoot-to-kill attitude broke down the doors of dozens of houses, apartments and offices to serve arrest warrants on 21 key members of the New York City Black Panthers. According to the absurd accusations, based on information provided by three infiltrators, these men and women had conspired to blow up schools, department stores, police precincts and the New York Botanical Gardens. Two years later, on May 13, 1971, the Panther 21 were acquitted of all charges after only 45 minutes of jury deliberation.
Sat Feb 3 2018Western Monarch Butterflies Continue to Decline
An annual census of monarch butterflies overwintering along California’s coast reveals that populations in western North America are at their lowest point in five years, despite recovery efforts. Volunteers with the Xerces Society’s Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count visited more sites this past year than have ever been counted since the survey began in 1997, yet they tallied fewer than 200,000 monarchs. Pismo Beach State Park was down by 38%, a private site in Big Sur was down by 50%, and the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary in Pacific Grove was down 57%. The few sites in which monarch numbers remained stable or increased compared to 2016, include Natural Bridges State Park, Moran Lake, and Lighthouse Field State Park, all in Santa Cruz County.
Mon Jan 22 2018 (Updated 01/30/18)Millions March for Women's Rights Worldwide
On January 20, the one-year anniversary of the inauguration of President Trump, women, children, and allies worldwide demonstrated in hundreds of cities, often in freezing temperatures, to stand up against against Donald Trump and his policies, patriarchal and racist violence and oppression, and for a brighter future for women. The numbers were massive across North America, with 300,000 Chicago, 200,000 in New York City, a half million in Los Angeles, and at least 100,000 in San Francisco. Tens of thousands marched in medium-sized cities such as Oakland, and in smaller towns such as Fresno, thousands took a stand. On January 21, many more took to the streets of Las Vegas, Berlin, Paris, London, and other cities across the globe.
Mon Jan 22 2018 (Updated 02/06/18)California Mobilizes to Oppose Offshore Oil Drilling
On January 4, the Trump administration released a draft five-year plan that would open federal waters in the Pacific Ocean to new oil leasing for the first time in more than thirty years. The plan proposes new offshore drilling in almost all federal waters, including the currently protected Arctic and Atlantic oceans and eastern Gulf of Mexico. Resistance to Trump's plan spread throughout California quickly. Supervisors in San Franciscio and Marin County passed resolutions opposing offshore oil drilling. North coast environmental groups vowed to do everything in their power to fight it. In Santa Cruz and Laguna Beach, environmental groups have planned protest rallies on February 3
Thu Jan 11 2018 (Updated 01/21/18)Protect Monterey County to Appeal Court Decision on Measure Z
Protect Monterey County and its attorneys will appeal the Monterey County Superior Court decision that overturns portions of Measure Z. Last year Monterey County voters passed Measure Z, an initiative that bans hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), prohibits new oil wells and phases out oil-industry wastewater injection wells. The court’s decision leaves the fracking ban in place, holding that oil-industry plaintiffs lack standing to challenge it. However, the decision strikes down the ban on new oil and gas wells and wastewater injection.
Thu Jan 4 2018 (Updated 02/07/18)KPFA Radio at Risk
On January 8, Berkeley's KPFA radio may have its money and property seized by the Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT) because of a 1.8 million dollar debt accumulated by sister station WBAI in New York. At that point, KPFA's building and bank account may no longer be under their own control, potentially taking not only WBAI off the air, but the entire Pacifica Network which includes KPFA in Berkeley, KPFK in Los Angeles, KPFT in Houston, and WPFW in Washington D.C. The Pacifica National Board has yet to take decisive action to protect the assets of the foundation, leaving the future of the network uncertain. How aggressive ESRT will be regarding Pacifica's assets remains unknown.
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2018 National Agriculture Week ~ Toward resolving the National SNAP-GAP Mon Mar 19th 1:31pm
Holy Ground Desecrated at Site of Apache Resistance to Arizona Mine Mon Mar 19th 1:28pm
Six Months After Maria, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands Wait for Relief Mon Mar 19th 12:37pm
Trump - Hard as Steel Mon Mar 19th 6:53am
Alex Jones and Company Hit with Defamation Suit Sat Mar 17th 2:11pm
Feds Propose Increasing Destructive Off-road Vehicle Access in Mojave Desert Fri Mar 16th 5:42pm
ForestWatch Takes Trump Administration to Court Over Public Access to Carrizo Plain Review Documents Fri Mar 16th 10:08am
Caribbean Religious Leaders Call for Debt Relief in Face of Disasters Fri Mar 16th 7:27am
Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Failure to Protect Pacific Humpback Whales Threatened by Fishing Gear, Ship Strikes, Oil Spills Thu Mar 15th 11:31am
A Different Kind of Wall - Across the Gulf of Mexico (1 comment) Tue Mar 13th 10:20pm
When Will the Me Too Movement Take on the New Age? Tue Mar 13th 7:54am
Endangered Species Protection Sought for California, Oregon Salamander Threatened by Logging Mon Mar 12th 8:11pm
March for Our Lives: California, USA & Worldwide Marches & Rallies Mon Mar 12th 7:33pm
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Debt, Corruption and Tax Policies Impact Poverty, Says Vatican at United Nations Fri Mar 9th 11:14am
Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Failure to Protect Walrus Fri Mar 9th 10:40am
#TimesUp 4 C.T. Weber (1 comment) Thu Mar 8th 3:01pm
Over 40 New Products Added to Nanotechnology Database Wed Mar 7th 4:52pm
Senate Committee to Consider Bill Exempting Factory Farms From Hazardous Waste Reporting Wed Mar 7th 4:26pm
Authoritarian Capitalism: Interview with Christian Fuchs (1 comment) Wed Mar 7th 4:24am
Pacifica, KPFA & Campisi Vs. Pacifica Foundation (1 comment) Tue Mar 6th 8:18pm
Trial Begins in Lawsuit Against Mississippi Department of Corrections Over Years of Unconstitutional Conditions at Privately Operated Prison Tue Mar 6th 11:06am
Annual Monarch Count Shows Butterfly Still Threatened Mon Mar 5th 5:15pm
March for Science 2018: National & International Marches Mon Mar 5th 10:42am
New US Bills Introduced to Tackle Global Tax Avoidance and Corruption Fri Mar 2nd 2:26pm
Analysis: 60 Million Acres of Monarch Habitat to Be Doused With Toxic Weed Killer Fri Mar 2nd 11:48am
Womanifest 9: The Healer, A Celebration of Black Women in New Orleans Fri Mar 2nd 7:19am
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ACLU of Northern California Statement on Increased ICE Activity Wed Feb 28th 6:20pm
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