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Mon May 16 2016 (Updated 05/18/16)EPA Failed to Protect the Health of Latino Schoolchildren
Mon May 16 2016 (Updated 05/18/16)Latino Children Bear Greatest Burden of Pesticide Risk in California
New reports spotlight pesticides used in the food system and the harmful effects they are having on the nation’s children. In particular, the reports find that Latino children living or attending school near California agricultural fields face some of the greatest risks of exposure from pesticides linked to cancers and the developing brain. One report discloses for the first time internal Environmental Protection Agency documents that reveal the EPA’s persistent unwillingness to enforce Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.
Tue May 17 2016International Days of Action to Boycott Driscoll's
On two consecutive Saturdays, May 7 and May 14, farmworkers called for an international day of action to bring attention to the ongoing struggles in the berry fields in Washington State and San Quintin, Mexico. May 7 was initiated by Familias Unidas por la Justicia in Washington state, while Sindicato Independiente Nacional Democratico De Jornaleros Agricolas (SINDJA) farmworkers in San Quintin, Mexico called for a global day of action on May 14. Demonstrations took place in many locations, including Mexico City; Burlington, WA; Portland and Eugene, Oregon; and Eureka, Rohnert Park, Fairfield, San Leandro, Santa Cruz, Watsonville, and San Diego, California.
Tue May 3 2016 (Updated 05/04/16)Driscoll’s Runs Away At Watsonville Earth Day
Tue May 3 2016 (Updated 05/04/16)Earth Day in Watsonville Promotes Driscoll's or Children and the Environment?
As the top sponsor of Watsonville's 14th Annual Earth Day / Day of the Child Festival, the philanthropy specialists at Driscoll’s were hopeful that April 24, 2016 would be a great day at Ramsay Park for promoting their brand. When a few people started speaking about the international boycott of Driscoll's and handing out flyers, the Driscoll's representatives quickly dismantled their event booth and got rid of their strawberries as fast as they could.
Sat Apr 30 2016 (Updated 05/02/16)Anti-Trump Protesters Shut Down Roads to Republican Convention
Sat Apr 30 2016 (Updated 05/02/16)Trump Forced to Sneak Through Fence to Reach California GOP Convention in Burlingame
Protests against Donald Trump are heating up in California as the June 7 presidential primary approaches. On April 29, it was the Bay Area's turn. Trump was scheduled to speak on the opening day of the California Republican Convention in Burlingame. Protesters blocked streets and pushed through police barricades. Trump's motorcade was unable to reach the site and was forced to walk from Highway 101 through concrete barriers to reach the convention via a back entrance.
Wed Apr 13 2016 (Updated 04/20/16)UFW Tries to Silence Boycott Driscoll’s Activists at Cesar Chavez March
Wed Apr 13 2016 (Updated 04/20/16)Activists Ask United Farm Workers: Which Side Are You On?
On April 3, members of Watsonville Brown Berets (WBB) traveled to Salinas to attend the annual Cesar Chavez March and Rally presented by United Farm Workers (UFW). WBB were joined by members of Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ), an independent farmworker union in Burlington, Washington fighting for a union contract, and initiators of the boycott against Driscoll's. Although advocating for farmworkers' rights seems like it would be warmly welcomed by UFW, that was not the experience for WBB and FUJ members.
Sun May 8 2016 (Updated 05/16/16)Long-Time Berkeley Post Office Occupation Ends with Early Morning Raid
Sun May 8 2016 (Updated 05/16/16)Occupation Resisted USPS Privatization, Offered Services for Homeless in Berkeley
At 5am on April 12, US Postal Police and Inspectors, with support from the Berkeley Police Dept., arrived at the Main Berkeley Post Office and literally dragged protesters out of their tents, seized all their belongings, and tore down the information tent, the shelter for a 17-month occupation. Two groups of activists – First They Came for the Homeless and Berkeley Post Office Defenders – had occupied the grounds of the Main Berkeley Post Office continuously since late November, 2014.
Fri Apr 8 2016 (Updated 04/20/16)26 Arrested at Drone War Base in Nevada
Fri Apr 8 2016 (Updated 04/20/16)Resistance Continues at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada
On April 1, at Creech AFB in Indian Springs, Nevada, morning traffic was diverted by dozens of peace and justice activists attempting to shut down the armed drone attack program through nonviolent civil resistance. Twelve peaceful resisters were arrested at the two main gates of Creech. Another six were arrested at the main East Gate while blocking the entrance with "crime scene" tape, referring to the criminal activity of weaponized drone terrorism conducted at Creech, killing thousands of non-combatants and civilians over the past decade.
Sun Mar 13 2016 (Updated 03/14/16)Disappearance of Goats, Rabbits at Santa Cruz Biotechnology Raises Questions
Sun Mar 13 2016 (Updated 03/14/16)Exodus of SCBT Goat and Rabbit Inventories Coincides with Enforcement Actions by USDA
A recently released United States Department of Agriculture inspection report from January 2016 discloses that Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc. (SCBT), one of the world’s largest producers of animal-derived research antibodies, has eliminated its entire inventory of goats and rabbits. An inspection conducted by the USDA just six months prior revealed an inventory of 3,202 goats and 2,471 rabbits. The disappearance raises questions about the facility's future.
Sat Feb 27 2016 (Updated 03/01/16)Protesters Face Off with FBI in Digital Privacy Battle
Sat Feb 27 2016 (Updated 03/01/16)Demonstrators Insist FBI Wrong to Want to Break into Phones
On February 16, a US District Court in California, responding to an FBI request, ordered Apple to write an entirely new operating system for its iPhone, one that would give Federal authorities full access to encrypted private information on those phones. Protesters in the Bay Area cities of San Francisco and Palo Alto organized demonstrations saying the FBI demand would set a dangerous precedent and threaten the safety and security of millions of iPhone users worldwide.
Sun Feb 21 2016 (Updated 05/03/16)Anti-BDS Bills Introduced in California Legislature
Sun Feb 21 2016 (Updated 05/03/16)Nationwide, New Laws Seek to Suppress Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Campaigns
Israel’s defenders in the U.S. have intensified their efforts to stifle criticism of Israeli government policies with new bills and laws seeking to censor or punish advocacy in support of Palestinian rights. In California, two anti-BDS bills were introduced by Assembly member Travis Allen. AB 1551, the “California Israel Commerce Protection Act”, would prohibit the state from investing in businesses and institutions that comply with boycotts against Israel or Israeli-controlled territories. AB 1552 would prohibit the state from contracting with entities that engage in what he calls “boycotts due to discrimination and bigotry.”
Thu Feb 11 2016Miwok Elder Participates in his Fifth Longest Walk
Norman “Wounded Knee” DeOcampo (Miwok), a long-time resident of Vallejo, will be taking part in the Longest Walk 5 beginning February 13 at La Jolla Shores in San Diego, California. Wounded Knee is the Founding Executive Director of the Vallejo based organization Sacred Sites Protection and Rights of Indigenous Tribes. (SSPRIT). He is the only person who will have participated in all five Longest Walks.
Wed Jan 13 2016Boycott Driscoll’s Action in Watsonville
On January 2, a couple dozen people kicked off 2016 with a protest in Watsonville, where Driscoll's, the world's largest distributor of fresh berries, is both headquartered and first began producing strawberries in 1904. The demonstrators are amplifying a campaign initiated by farmworkers in Washington State and Baja California to boycott Driscoll's strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries.
On January 5, two environmental groups filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its failure to protect the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act. The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety first petitioned for the monarch’s protection in August 2014, following a more than 80 percent decline in the butterfly’s population over the past two decades.
Mon Dec 14 2015Native Americans Swim Alcatraz to Fight Diabetes
In September 2003, Lakota Sioux Richard Iron Cloud and Armando Black Bear, novice swimmers from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation near the Badlands of South Dakota, swam from Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco shore in the first PATHSTAR Alcatraz swim. That tradition continued on Oct. 19, 2015, when Native Americans made the crossing from the “Rock” to San Francisco to conclude this year’s annual PATHSTAR Alcatraz Swim Week.
Tue Nov 24 2015 (Updated 11/26/15)Nice Try, Pope Francis, But to Many Junipero Serra Is No Saint
Tue Nov 24 2015 (Updated 11/26/15)Mission Santa Cruz Vandalized Repeatedly Following Canonization of Junipero Serra
On November 2, red paint was splashed across the front door of Mission Santa Cruz. Following the Catholic church's canonization of Junipero Serra, a series of acts of vandalism has occurred on the Central Coast, including the beheading of a Serra statue in Monterey in October, and the splashing of paint on Mission Carmel and the toppling of a statue of Serra in September.
Tue Nov 24 2015UC Santa Cruz Students Participate in Million Student March
On November 12 students at UC Santa Cruz joined students at college campuses across the country for a "Million Student March," a day of local actions organized nationally around three principle demands: tuition-free public college, cancellation of all student debt, and a $15 minimum wage for all campus workers. Million Student March actions were organized at over 100 schools.
Sun Nov 1 2015 (Updated 11/02/15)California Moves to Keep Whales Out of Crab Gear
Sun Nov 1 2015 (Updated 11/02/15)State Group Calls for Changes as West Coast Whale Entanglements Reach Record High Levels
A state-convened working group is recommending a series of initial steps toward reducing whale entanglements in crab gear in California, including more monitoring and retrieval of lost fishing gear. The Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group was convened in September after the Center for Biological Diversity and other groups found that whale entanglements in 2014 and 2015 had reached historic highs.
Thu Oct 22 2015 (Updated 10/24/15)Kettle Falls Patients Get Federal Prison Sentences
Thu Oct 22 2015 (Updated 10/24/15)President Obama Urged to Pardon All Three Kettle Falls Defendants and End Prosecutions
Federal prison sentences were handed down October 2 for the three remaining defendants in the Kettle Falls Five case in Washington State. They were charged with multiple federal felonies after a 2012 raid on the family’s personal cannabis garden. The case has received national attention as an example of federal interference with state-qualified medical cannabis patients. Lobbying by Larry Harvey, a defendant in the case who died last month from cancer, was instrumental in getting Congress to restrict Department of Justice enforcement in states with medical cannabis laws.
Tue Oct 6 2015 (Updated 10/08/15)Ohio Voters to Choose Between Cannabis Oligopoly or Continued Prohibition
Tue Oct 6 2015 (Updated 10/08/15)Ohio Cannabis Legalization Initiative – A Cautionary Tale for California
Receiving scant attention from marijuana legalization advocates and just about zero attention in the national media, voters in Ohio will be deciding on a controversial marijuana legalization initiative this November that “Grants a monopoly for the commercial production and sale of marijuana." It is a cautionary tale to which the backers of California’s multiple marijuana legalization initiatives might want to pay close attention.
12PM Wednesday May 25 Anti-Hillary Clinton Action in Salinas
Anti-Hillary Clinton Action in Salinas (3 comments) Monday May 23rd 5:29 PM
US policy in Honduras must change (1 comment) Monday May 23rd 1:59 PM
USDA Imposes $3.5 Million Penalty on Santa Cruz Biotechnology for Animal Welfare Violation (1 comment) Friday May 20th 5:56 PM
New UK Report Supports Strong Action on Antibiotics in Ag Friday May 20th 3:37 PM
Santa Cruz Biotechnology Agrees to $3.5M Fine, License Revocation Friday May 20th 3:23 PM
Just Released Graphic Photos Expose Carnage of Deadly California Driftnet Fishery Friday May 20th 10:15 AM
wtul news talks with Steve Merlan of Books2 Prisoners Friday May 20th 7:31 AM
The Language of Neoliberalism (1 comment) Friday May 20th 5:58 AM
House Passes Most Environmentally Destructive Defense Authorization Act in History Thursday May 19th 5:20 PM
New Report Highlights 10 Wild Places Saved by Endangered Species Protections Thursday May 19th 5:15 PM
House Releases New Puerto Rico Debt Legislation Thursday May 19th 1:52 PM
Day of Action in Support of Familias Unidas and San Quintin, MX Farmworkers Monday May 16th 11:20 PM
New Community Resource: It's a Trap! Monday May 16th 3:01 PM
National Research Council GMO Study Compromised by Industry Ties Monday May 16th 2:51 PM
New Reports: Latino children bear greatest burden of pesticide risk in California Monday May 16th 2:14 PM
Study: Biodiversity Essential to Protect Ocean Fishes From Climate Change Monday May 16th 1:53 PM
Big Nazi on Campus: How Racists Rallied at UC Berkeley with Police Protection (5 comments) Sunday May 15th 1:02 PM
What of the Future and America's Resources For America! Shut Down Utah Coal Exports! Sunday May 15th 12:03 PM
Boycott Driscoll's Berries Demonstration In Watsonville California USA 5-14-2016 (1 comment) Saturday May 14th 11:27 PM
Save the Multinational Species Conservation Fund Saturday May 14th 5:06 PM
AT&T Shareholders meet Communications Workers of America Friday May 13th 3:53 PM
Pre-Paid Phone "Security" Law Threatens to Make Black Lives Even Harder Thursday May 12th 9:37 PM
Groups Ask FDA to Protect Consumers from Misleading Labels on “Natural” Foods Thursday May 12th 4:26 PM
UFW improving farm worker lives through proactive union work (3 comments) Thursday May 12th 4:14 PM
SOA Watch Activists vs. U.S. Department of Defense Thursday May 12th 4:06 PM
Sacred Psychology & Plant Medicine: Dr. Kat Coder Wednesday May 11th 12:27 PM
An Anarchist Take on the Trump Campaign (3 comments) Tuesday May 10th 5:26 PM
Adopt a Redwood Tree as a Green Gift for Graduates Tuesday May 10th 9:36 AM
Driscoll's Berries Boycott 5-7-2016 Saturday May 7th 8:11 PM
Hawai‘i Legislature Provides Landmark State-Funded Tax Credit Supporting Organic Farmers Saturday May 7th 3:26 PM
White House Acts on Corruption and Tax Evasion in Wake of Panama Papers Friday May 6th 11:48 AM
New Leaf Community Markets in Felton Honors Driscoll’s Boycott Thursday May 5th 8:10 PM
Vote Your Hopes, Not Your Fears: Building the Green Party (1 comment) Thursday May 5th 12:57 PM
EPA Uses Industry-funded Studies to Determine Glyphosate Does Not Cause Cancer Tuesday May 3rd 3:08 PM
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