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Mon Mar 20 2017 (Updated 03/23/17)Landmark Report Reveals Hundreds of Native Bee Species Sliding Toward Extinction
Mon Mar 20 2017 (Updated 03/23/17)Threats to Native Bees Include Severe Habitat Loss and Escalating Pesticide Use
In the first comprehensive review of the more than 4,000 native bee species in North America and Hawaii, the Center for Biological Diversity has found that more than half the species with sufficient data to assess are declining. Nearly 1 in 4 is imperiled and at increasing risk of extinction. The widespread decline of European honeybees has been well documented in recent years, but until now much less has been revealed about the 4,337 native bee species in North America and Hawaii. The new analysis reveals that more than 700 species are in trouble from a range of serious threats.
Thu Mar 2 2017 (Updated 03/23/17)Chief Vogel Admits ICE Agent Embedded in Santa Cruz Police Department
Thu Mar 2 2017 (Updated 03/23/17)Santa Cruz City Council Votes Unanimously to Change Sanctuary Resolution to Ordinance
Santa Cruz is a Sanctuary City. Following the DHS/ICE raids in Santa Cruz on February 13, SCPD Chief Kevin Vogel claimed the department cooperated with DHS only because they thought the raids were to target violent gang members, and that DHS lied about their intention to detain non-criminal undocumented individuals. During deliberations to strengthen the status of Santa Cruz as a Sanctuary City at the February 28 Santa Cruz City Council meeting, however, members of the public pressured Vogel to admit that an ICE/DHS agent has not only been working closely with, but even given office space by the Santa Cruz Police Department since 2009, and was involved in the recent raids in some capacity.
Fri Feb 24 2017 (Updated 02/27/17)Call to Boycott and Divest from HP for Profiteering from Human Rights Abuses
Fri Feb 24 2017 (Updated 02/27/17)Activists Protest HP Enterprise for Profiteering from Racism in Israel-Palestine and U.S.
A coalition of social justice activists demonstrated with signs, banners, and flyers outside the annual RSA cyber-security conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco on February 14 and 15, educating attendees and the public about how Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) enables and profits from Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories, and from racist immigration and incarceration policies in the United States. HPE is a platinum sponsor and participant in the annual RSA Conference. The protests followed last month’s Global Day of Action against HP, with over 150 demonstrations in over 60 countries around the world
Thu Feb 23 2017 (Updated 02/24/17)Berkeley Chased Milo Out of Town, Shining National Spotlight on "Alt-Right" Hero
Thu Feb 23 2017 (Updated 02/24/17)Shortly After Shutdowns of College Speaking Events, Milo Shunned by His Own People
White nationalist Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak at UC Berkeley on the first day of Black history month in a building named after Martin Luther King, Jr. The event on February 1 was cancelled after a large protest erupted outside the Student Union where he was set to speak. Within weeks, a video surfaced in which Yiannopoulos spoke favorably of men having sex with boys and against the concept of consent. Now, Yiannopoulos is facing widespread backlash, leading to the cancellation of upcoming speaking gigs and the publication of his book. Yiannopoulos also resigned his position as an editor at Breitbart News.
Thu Feb 16 2017 (Updated 02/17/17)Raids on Santa Cruz County Immigrant Communities Cause Severe Damage
Thu Feb 16 2017 (Updated 02/17/17)Nationwide Ramp-Up of Highly Militarized ICE Raids Includes California's Central Coast
What sounded like a garbage truck at first in the dark hours of the morning turned out to be a nightmare for many families in the Beach Flats, Lower Ocean, and Live Oak neighborhoods of Santa Cruz on Monday morning, February 13. Beach Flats residents report hearing helicopters overhead and flash grenades cast into several homes while an unidentified voice (no indication of jurisdiction) on a loudspeaker demanded that "[street address] come out with hands on head" blared. This caused confusion because [street address] is the address to the entire apartments complex.
Wed Feb 15 2017 (Updated 03/21/17)Monarch Butterfly Population Drops by Nearly One Third
Wed Feb 15 2017 (Updated 03/21/17)Number of Monarchs Overwintering in California Remains Low
The annual overwintering count of monarch butterflies released on February 9 confirms Monarch numbers fell by nearly one-third from last year’s count, indicating an ongoing risk of extinction for America’s most well-known butterfly. Scientists report that this year’s population is down by 27 percent from last year’s count, and down by more than 80 percent from the mid-1990s. A survey of monarch butterflies overwintering in California shows that the Western population has not rebounded. On the West Coast of California, key sites such as Pismo Beach and Natural Bridges saw lower populations this year than in the prior year.
Wed Feb 15 2017 (Updated 03/20/17)Fordham University Doubles Down on Students for Justice in Palestine Ban
Wed Feb 15 2017 (Updated 03/20/17)Civil Rights Groups Condemn New York City's Fordham University Ban on SJP
On January 26, Fordham University reaffirmed its ban on Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). In a letter to civil rights groups, Fordham stated its decision to ban SJP was made because the group had a “singular focus of which is the political agenda of one nation,” “is more akin to a lobbying organization,” and that SJPs on other campuses were “disruptive.” Palestine Legal and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) wrote Fordham, stating the university “misconstrues the facts, misunderstands the law, and ignores Fordham’s contractual obligations to respect students’ freedom of expression.”
Mon Feb 13 2017 (Updated 02/14/17)Marchers in Palo Alto Demand Banks Defund DAPL
Mon Feb 13 2017 (Updated 02/14/17)Eight Banks Funding the Dakota Access Pipeline Protested
Hundreds of demonstrators took their Rolling March and Rally through downtown Palo Alto on February 11. They hit up eight banks that are responsible for helping to fund the Dakota Access Pipeline. Things got started in front of City Hall with a rally featuring indigenous speakers Dr. Maria Michael, Hartman Deetz, and Delphine Red Shirt amongst others. Marchers then made their way to Citibank, Morgan Stanley, Comerica, Bank of America, Union Bank, HSBC, Wells Fargo, and Chase banks. To the end demonstrators cried out "Mni Wiconi - Water is Life!"
Thu Feb 9 2017 (Updated 03/06/17)Militant, Anti-Capitalist Feminists Call for International General Strike
Thu Feb 9 2017 (Updated 03/06/17)International Women's Day General Strike on March 8: Walk Out, March and Demonstrate
On March 8, International Women's Day events are scheduled for Berkeley/Albany, Oakland, San Francisco, Cupertino, Santa Cruz and throughout Northern California. A diverse group of radical feminists issuing a call-out for an international women's strike write: In our view, it is not enough to oppose Trump and his aggressively misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic and racist policies. We also need to target the ongoing neoliberal attack on social provision and labor rights. Let us use the occasion to build a feminism for the 99%, a grassroots, anti-capitalist feminism – a feminism in solidarity with working women, their families and their allies throughout the world.
Tue Feb 7 2017 (Updated 02/10/17)Trump's Muslim Ban Protested Nationwide
Tue Feb 7 2017 (Updated 02/10/17)Thousands Demonstrate at Airports as Courts Rebuff Trump's New Immigration Restrictions
On Friday, January 27, Donald Trump issued an executive order banning refugees and other visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The following day, thousands of people began to gather at airports across the United States to protest. At San Francisco International Airport, over four thousand protesters showed up in support of migrants and against the Muslim ban, virtually shutting down the airport. On Monday, courts across the nation began to weigh in, halting parts of the ban in differing regions. On February 3, a US District Court judge in Seattle ordered a nationwide stay on Trump's entire executive order.
Mon Jan 30 2017Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines Back on Table
President Trump signed executive orders on January 24 to push ahead with the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. Both projects sparked widespread opposition and protests, especially because of their risks to water, wildlife, climate and people. On January 27, attorneys representing the first ten water protectors arrested in actions against the Dakota Access Pipeline in early August 2016 renewed their motion for a change of venue, on grounds that the state did not adequately respond to their motion and is not taking basic steps to assess bias among jurors.
Sun Jan 29 2017Police Warrant Heightens Concerns Over In-Home Microphones
A warrant from police in Arkansas seeking audio records of a man’s Amazon Echo has sparked an overdue conversation about the privacy implications of “always-on” recording devices. The story serves as a wakeup call about the potential surveillance devices that many people are starting to allow into their own homes. The Amazon echo is not the only such device; others include personal assistants like Google Home, Google Now, Apple’s Siri, Windows Cortana, as well as other devices. Digital assistants and other IoT devices create a triple threat to privacy: from government, corporations, and hackers.
Sun Jan 22 2017 (Updated 01/29/17)Millions of Women Take a Stand Against Trump the Day After Inauguration
Sun Jan 22 2017 (Updated 01/29/17)Women's Marches Across US and Worldwide Represent Largest Demonstrations in Recent Memory
On January 21, one day after Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States, women and allies in cities across the U.S. and countries throughout the world marched in protest in record numbers. In Washington, D.C., where the original Women's March was called, around 500,000 attended, far more than had come for the Trump inauguration itself. In Los Angeles, some estimates set the number present at nearly 750,000. Some of the largest marches in Northern California were in Oakland, San José, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Santa Cruz.
Sun Dec 18 2016 (Updated 01/29/17)Mobilization Against the Coronation of Trump
Sun Dec 18 2016 (Updated 01/29/17)#DisruptJ20: Nationwide and Bay Area Call-outs for General Strike Against Trump
A large coalition, including CrimethInc. Workers’ Collective, is calling for a bold mobilization against the inauguration of Donald Trump. In addition to Washington D.C., protests will also be held in Oakland, San Francisco, San José, Palo Alto, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and communities throughout the so-called United States. A widely circulated call to action states, "On Friday, January 20, 2017, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as President of the United States. We call on all people of good conscience to join in disrupting the ceremonies."
Mon Jan 2 2017 (Updated 01/04/17)Thirty-Five Years Is Too Long — Call to Free Mumia Now
Mon Jan 2 2017 (Updated 01/04/17)National Day of Action to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal After New U.S. Supreme Court Ruling
A recent US Supreme Court decision, “Williams vs. Pennsylvania,” could open the door for Mumia Abu-Jamal’s freedom. The decision ruled that a prosecutor cannot later sit as judge over the same defendant’s appeal. This is exactly what happened in Mumia’s case. On December 8, marking the 35th anniversary of imprisonment for American political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and to protest the refusal by prison authorities to provide necessary medication, a coalition of supporters in Philadelphia, Toronto, Wellington, and Oakland demonstrated.
Sun Dec 18 2016 (Updated 12/20/16)Low-Wage Workers Rise Up at SFO
Sun Dec 18 2016 (Updated 12/20/16)Hundreds March, Rally, Demand $15 and a Union at the San Francisco Airport
Hundreds of workers marched and rallied at SFO on November 27 to demand $15 an hour and a union. The San Francisco International Airport — which makes hundreds of millions of dollars — has workers who make far less than living wages. Young workers have no future and families cannot survive on the low wages they are paid. The demonstration was part of a national day of action supported primarily by the SEIU International. Burger King employees, UBER drivers, and home care workers marched to the International Terminal and discussed their struggle for survival in the Bay Area.
Video: Questions from Public Lead Santa Cruz Police Chief to Admit ICE Agent Embedded in SCPD Thursday Mar 23rd 6:38 PM
An Historic Day: Protection for the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Thursday Mar 23rd 5:12 PM
Approval of Disastrous Keystone XL Pipeline Imminent Thursday Mar 23rd 4:59 PM
Lawsuit Launched to Protect Birds, Other Wildlife From Harmful Agricultural Pesticides Used on National Wildlife Refuges Thursday Mar 23rd 4:51 PM
US Senate Votes to Kill Privacy Rights, Allow Internet Providers to Sell Consumer Data (1 comment) Thursday Mar 23rd 3:19 PM
Puerto Rico Religious Leaders Urge Congress to Pass Healthcare Laws as Debt Crisis Looms Thursday Mar 23rd 1:55 PM
Stephanie Jackson: Community Organizer for Ride New Orleans on Making Riders' Needs Heard Wednesday Mar 22nd 1:43 PM
Interview with Dj Jaffe - Focusing on Reforms for Untreated Serious Mentally Ill People Tuesday Mar 21st 7:24 PM
Interview with Cindy Schwartz: Jail Diversion Program Direction - Miami-Dade County Monday Mar 20th 10:05 PM
Revised: HUD Tenant Leaders Demand Congress Reject Trump’s “Death Budget” Monday Mar 20th 5:19 PM
In His Own Words: Albert Woodfox interviewed by Amnesty Intl. UK Monday Mar 20th 3:35 PM
Please Work To Oppose Neil Gorsuch Nomination Saturday Mar 18th 12:01 PM
Zinke Announces Plan to Axe Fracking Rule Friday Mar 17th 6:47 PM
Scientific Panel Criticizes EPA Assessment of Glyphosate Friday Mar 17th 5:43 PM
G20 Finance Ministers Discuss Global Economic Stability Friday Mar 17th 7:58 AM
HUD Secretary Ben Carson supports $6.2 billion in budget cuts to HUD (1 comment) Friday Mar 17th 3:52 AM
13 Arrested at Fracking Protest in Annapolis, Maryland Thursday Mar 16th 2:01 PM
Campaña Destaca Necesidad de que México Tome Medidas de Emergencia Thursday Mar 16th 1:59 PM
U.S. Consumers, Seafood Companies Urged to Boycott Mexican Shrimp to Save Vaquita Porpoise Thursday Mar 16th 1:50 PM
Jenny Yanez on Solidarity with the Muslim Community (1 comment) Thursday Mar 16th 11:39 AM
Brytanee Brown on Housing and Urban Displacement: Oakland and New Orleans Thursday Mar 16th 10:21 AM
Puerto Rico Religious Leaders Ask Congress to Pass Debt Crisis Actions Wednesday Mar 15th 12:35 PM
EPA Opens Civil Rights Investigation Over Pesticide Use In Hawai`i Monday Mar 13th 5:35 PM
Black Culture is About Achievement, It’s About Greatness, and it’s About Excellence Sunday Mar 12th 7:35 PM
High School Student Asks Questions for Paper Against Racism Sunday Mar 12th 5:32 PM
Trump’s proposed budget cuts to HUD by the numbers in California Sunday Mar 12th 1:00 AM
JBLM Force Protection Division before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Saturday Mar 11th 10:18 AM
Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission Unanimously Endorses Civil Rights Ordinance Friday Mar 10th 8:53 AM
Police Department Bombshell: ICE Inside SCPD (1 comment) Wednesday Mar 8th 10:38 PM
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