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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.
Fri Dec 15 2017Governor Brown is No Climate Hero
On November 29, over a dozen climate justice activists protested Governor Jerry Brown’s speaking appearance at the Metreon in San Francisco as part of the New York Times ClimateTECH summit. They called out the hypocrisy of Brown claiming to be a “climate leader” while he promotes fracking and other extreme oil extraction methods in the state. One of the organizers of the San Francisco protest was twenty-nine-year-old Daniel Gustavo Ilario of Castro Valley, who was in Bonn, Germany as a part of an indigenous delegation and was one of the protestors who interrupted Brown's speech. Ilario is a member of Idle No More San Francisco Bay, an indigenous-women-led climate justice organization.
Mon Nov 6 2017 (Updated 11/07/17)Campaign to Drive Out Trump and Pence Launches in Bay Area
On November 4, a rally in San Francisco's Union Square kicked off Bay Area participation in a national campaign to drive out the Trump/Pence administration. A long and spirited march snaked through the city following the rally. Protests were held on the same day in twenty-two cities including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Seattle and Portland. To promote the day of action, Refuse Fascism, a project of the Revolutionary Communist Party, took out a full page ad in the New York Times.
Sun Nov 5 2017 (Updated 11/06/17)Reed College Occupied Against Wells Fargo
For over fifteen days, tents, couches, tables of food, and dozens of students have decked the halls of Eliot Hall, Reed College’s administration building in Portland, Oregon. Students are occupying the building in protest of the college's financial ties to Wells Fargo. Demonstrators say the college holds around $300,000 in the bank on a daily basis. Wells Fargo is an American international banking and financial services holding company well known to be one of the primary investors in private prisons, immigration detention, the Dakota Access Pipeline, police foundations and the Israeli Apartheid, among other oppressive institutions.
Definitive Figures: Upcoming Femme Dance Festival in New Orleans Fri Feb 23rd 11:41am
Rest of World Solved Gun Violence Problem; March 24, 2018 March for our Lives in US Wed Feb 21st 9:37pm
Nestlé and Others Cashing in On U.S. Water Infrastructure Crisis Wed Feb 21st 3:23pm
Bay Area Queers Spread Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi’s Image Far and Wide Tue Feb 20th 12:11pm
Crisis At KPFA,The Pacifica Network, Democracy & National Alternative Multi-media Channel (1 comment) Mon Feb 19th 11:34pm
Tamahagane | Unleashing the Citizen Data Scientist Sun Feb 18th 9:39pm
From School Shootings to Revolutionary Social Transformations Sun Feb 18th 1:51pm
Buffalo Soldiers Honored at American Heritage Day at Mount Vernon Memorial Park. (1 comment) Sat Feb 17th 11:28pm
“I’m Turning Point USA’s Top Activist in the Country, & I Quit this Shitty Organization” (6 comments) Thu Feb 15th 5:06pm
The War On The EPA & The Scientists , Lead, Health and Safety & Scott Pruitt At The EPA Thu Feb 15th 9:22am
National Alliance of HUD Tenants oppose Trump’s proposed budget cuts (1 comment) Wed Feb 14th 10:55pm
The First California Congressperson to Cosponsor Trump Impeachment Resolutiion Mon Feb 12th 10:40am
Report Reveals Rapid Growth of Homeless Tent Cities Across U.S. (1 comment) Sun Feb 11th 5:53pm
New Law Provides Disaster Relief and Medicaid Funds for Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands Fri Feb 9th 8:17am
A Victory for the Right to Boycott, in Massachusetts. Thu Feb 8th 4:20pm
Oregon Wildlife Commission to Decide Fate of Threatened Seabird Thu Feb 8th 3:58pm
Hundreds Rally in Sacramento Against Trump's Offshore Drilling Plan Thu Feb 8th 3:55pm
Turning Point USA opens door for white supremacists on campus (1 comment) Wed Feb 7th 11:51pm
Federal Judge Issues Injunction Against Kansas Anti-Boycott Law Tue Feb 6th 6:42pm
ACLU Sues Alabama for Discrimination Against Transgender People Tue Feb 6th 6:32pm
Turning Point USA Colorado State University event erupts in violence (4 comments) Tue Feb 6th 1:19pm
Reseña de la edición 2017 de Búsquenme en el Torbellino (1 comment) Mon Feb 5th 7:55pm
Review of 2017 Edition of Look for Me in the Whirlwind (1 comment) Mon Feb 5th 4:17pm
Californians Rally Against Trump's Plan for Offshore Oil Drilling in Pacific, Arctic Mon Feb 5th 10:21am
A Year of Trump and Right-wing Populism (3 comments) Mon Feb 5th 4:27am
Worldwide Actions Commemorate Ahed Tamimi’s 17th Birthday, Demand Freedom Sun Feb 4th 1:34pm
Rosa Parks Day in California Sat Feb 3rd 7:26pm
Analysis: Trump Offshore Plan Could Cause More Than 5,000 Oil Spills Fri Feb 2nd 9:58pm
Marin County Passes Resolution Opposing Offshore Drilling, Joining 25 Other California Communities Fri Feb 2nd 9:50pm
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