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Sat Dec 3 2016The Unseen Power of Big Oil in California
The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) is not a household name in California and the West, but it should be. WSPA is the trade association for the oil industry and the largest and most powerful corporate lobbying organization in California. It represents a who's who of oil companies including Aera Energy, Chevron, California Resources Corporation (formerly Occidental Petroleum), ExxonMobil, Phillips 66, Shell, Valero and many others. Yet most people — even many environmental activists — have never heard of the organization and the enormous influence it wields over politicians and regulators in the western states.
Thu Dec 1 2016Cannabis Company Faces Backlash for Misogynistic Display
Thu Dec 1 2016Woman Used As Salami Tray at Altai Brands Event in Las Vegas
Calls to boycott Altai Brands began after a disturbing photo was circulated on social media showing a nearly nude woman laying on a table covered in slices of salami and other meats. The event, hosted by Altai Brands, was a private after-party on November 17 for the fifth annual Marijuana Business Conference and Expo which took place from November 15-18 in Las Vegas. Aliza Sherman writes, "Altai Brands apparently went culturally tone deaf when they covered a woman in deli meats and served her up on the appetizer table. Comments ranged from shock to outrage in social media with calls to boycott the male-led company."
Sun Nov 27 2016 (Updated 12/01/16)Standing Rock Solidarity in Northern California
Sun Nov 27 2016 (Updated 12/01/16)Nationwide Solidarity as Police Escalate Violence Against Water Protectors
The Standing Rock Sioux Nation called for indigenous nations and others to stand in solidarity as they fight to prevent continued construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in their ancestral lands, especially near the Missouri River. Since federal agencies blocked construction under the Missouri River in early September, police have greatly increased the violence unleashed against the Water Protectors. Hundreds of demonstrators have been arrested and injured by police weaponry. Now, federal authorities are threatening to close the NoDAPL camp by December 5, but protesters promise continued resistance.
Mon Nov 14 2016 (Updated 11/29/16)We've Got a Bigger Problem Now
Mon Nov 14 2016 (Updated 11/29/16)With Election of Trump as Next US President, Cities Across the Country Rise Up in Protest
The first anti-Trump protests began almost immediately, shortly after election results were announced. By the evening of November 9, protesters poured into the streets across the country. The Northern California cities of Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, Palo Alto, San José, Santa Cruz, Salinas, Hollister, Santa Rosa, and Fresno have stood up against Trump, the rallying cries being "Not My President" and "Fuck Trump!" Demonstrations continue on a daily or near-daily basis all over. There is no end in sight. Calls have gone out to disrupt inaugural events on January 20 and for a Women's March on Washington on January 21.
Mon Nov 7 2016 (Updated 11/16/16)Long National Nightmare of the 2016 Election Is Almost Over
Mon Nov 7 2016 (Updated 11/16/16)On the Ballot: President, Congress, 17 State Propositions, Local Measures & Officeholders
UPDATE: ...And a new four-year nightmare is about to begin. Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. For coverage of the first anti-Trump protests across Northern California, see We've Got a Bigger Problem Now.
Considering the campaign for president currently lasts nearly two years, made worse by the two major political parties selecting nominees with the highest unfavorable ratings ever for presidential candidates, most of the country is ready for the election to be over already. While Indybay has not received reports on everything and everyone up for a vote in every Northern California district on Tuesday, November 8, those who've chosen to publish their reports and recommendations have covered a variety of the issues at stake. See what they have to say.
A protest was held at the corporate headquarters of Well Fargo bank in San Francisco on October 26 calling for jailing the executives and managers who oversaw the illegal opening of two million accounts in customers' names without their knowledge as well as setting up credit card accounts. The Obama administration refuses to press criminal charges. Speakers at the protest called for the jailing of Wells Fargo bankers for criminal fraud and for the expropriation of the bank and for it's transformation into a public bank for the people.
Sun Oct 30 2016 (Updated 10/31/16)Solidarity with San Quintín Farmworkers at Driscoll’s in Aromas
Sun Oct 30 2016 (Updated 10/31/16)Driscoll's Boycott to Continue Until Company Negotiates Union Contract in México
On October 15, about 40 people, including students from UC Santa Cruz, San Francisco State University, and Watsonville High School, as well as community members from Santa Cruz and Watsonville, came out to the Driscoll's Distribution Center and Berry Store in Aromas, California, to relay the message that the boycott of Driscoll's continues until Driscoll's negotiates a union contract with the farmworkers in San Quintín, Mexico who harvest the lucrative berries. Currently, farmworkers receive as little as $6 a day for 12-15 hours of work, with no benefits or job security.
Sun Oct 30 2016 (Updated 10/31/16)Geofeedia Exposed for Police Monitoring of Social Media
Sun Oct 30 2016 (Updated 10/31/16)Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter Provided Data Access for a Surveillance Product Marketed to Target Activists of Color
The ACLU of California has obtained records showing that Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram provided user data access to Geofeedia, a developer of a social media monitoring product that markets to law enforcement as a tool to monitor activists and protesters. After the ACLU reported their findings to the companies, some steps were taken to rein in Geofeedia. Further steps are required if these companies are to protect users of all backgrounds engaging in political and social discourse.
Wed Oct 19 2016Standing Up Against the Racist Police State by Taking a Knee
Since August 26, when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began to sit and then kneel during the playing of the national anthem to protest racist police violence, at least dozens of more Black people have been murdered by the police. What is also intensifying is that more and more athletes are taking a visible stand against police brutality. Students at the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) have been particularly vocal about their opposition to a lack of police accountability and the unfair treatment of Black and Brown people at the hands of law enforcement.
Mon Oct 10 2016White Supremacist Nathan Damigo Exposed
Nathan Damigo is a Social Studies major at CSU Stanislaus — and he’s been building up a white supremacist group called Identity Evropa (IE) across Northern California. Identity Evropa focuses on recruitment by plastering college campuses with propaganda that promotes the creation of an all-white, fascist, authoritarian political power. On October 4, anti-fascists put up 300 posters at CSU Stanislaus detailing Damigo’s hidden past as a convicted felon in a violent hate crime, as well as his involvement in a string of hate groups before attempting to rebrand himself with Identity Evropa.
Thu Sep 22 2016 (Updated 10/13/16)Driscoll’s Boycott in Full Force
Thu Sep 22 2016 (Updated 10/13/16)Washington Farmworkers Ratify Union, Farmworkers in Mexico Continue Driscoll's Boycott
Labor groups have issued a statement clarifying the Driscoll's berries boycott is still in full effect and farmworkers in San Quintín, Mexico continue to work for the recognition of their union in order to negotiate the signing of a collective bargaining agreement. In Washington State, the results of an election on September 12 confirmed the independent union Familias Unidas por la Justicia as the formal representatives of farm workers at Sakuma Brothers Farm, a supplier to Driscoll’s. A rally and protest will be held at the Driscoll's distribution center in Aromas on October 15.
Thu Sep 15 2016Strike to End Prison Slavery
On September 10, over 300 people took part in a march, rally, and demonstration in solidarity with the ongoing Prison Strike happening across US prisons, jails, and detention facilities. People gathered at Latham Square in downtown Oakland where several speakers addressed the crowd. Grabbing banners, flags, and signs, people then took to the streets and marched to several corporations that profit from prison labor. AT&T, UPS, and Bank of America were called out for their use of prison labor.
Thu Sep 15 2016 (Updated 09/16/16)Activists Lock Down Entrances to Urban Shield Expo on Its 10th Anniversary
Thu Sep 15 2016 (Updated 09/16/16)Stop Urban Shield Coalition Seeks End to Military Weapons Expo and SWAT Police Training
On September 9, activists chained themselves to the entrances of the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton to protest Urban Shield, the SWAT training and weapons expo hosted annually by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department. Hundreds of community members from cities across California, including Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, marched and rallied. Twenty-three activists were arrested, cited, and released.
Sat Sep 10 2016 (Updated 11/26/16)Three Federal Agencies Block Dakota Access Pipeline
Sat Sep 10 2016 (Updated 11/26/16)Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Temporarily Halted by Obama Administration
On September 9, a federal judge denied the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s motion to stop the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota. Minutes later, the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of the Army, and Department of the Interior issued a joint statement announcing a temporary halt to work on the pipeline. Actions in support of the Water protectors continue to be held across California in response to the global call for solidarity by the Standing Rock protest camps for September 3-17.
Mon Sep 5 2016 (Updated 09/07/16)Protection of Sacred Sites Leads to Clash with Dakota Access Pipeline Security
Mon Sep 5 2016 (Updated 09/07/16)Water Protectors Call for Additional Supporters, Global Solidarity Actions September 3-17
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed an emergency motion on September 4 for a temporary restraining order to prevent further destruction of the Tribe’s sacred sites by the Dakota Access Pipeline. On the previous day, Water protectors clashed with security to successfully stop pipeline construction and some were viciously attacked by guard dogs. Protest camps have issued a global call for solidarity actions to be held September 3-17. In the Bay Area, solidarity actions will take place in Sacramento on September 7 and San Francisco on September 8.
The National Labor Council for Latin American Advancement passed a resolution in solidarity with farmworkers at the 21st LCLAA National Membership Convention held August 18-20 in Orlando, Florida. In the resolution, the Sacramento LCLAA Chapter went on record in support of "the struggle of the 70,000 farmworkers in San Quintin and the 468 farmworkers in Skagit County, Washington, for better wages, working conditions, and the recognition of their fighting unions..."
Sat Aug 20 2016 (Updated 09/05/16)No Dakota Access Pipeline
Sat Aug 20 2016 (Updated 09/05/16)Tribes Push Back Against Yet Another Threat to Clean Water
The Standing Rock Sioux Nation is calling out to all indigenous nations of the world to stand in solidarity with them as they fight yet another pipeline on tribal lands. Some 250 supporters are camped along the reservation border, tribal youth have completed a run to Washington with petitions against the pipeline, and the battle against Bakken Oil has drawn the attention of environmental groups, tribal people and individuals from across the country. In California, the Winnemem Wintu, Yurok, and Klamath Tribes issued letters of support for the Standing Rock Protectors, and a demonstration of solidarity took place in San Francisco on August 24.
10AM Saturday Jan 21 Women's March on Washington - January 21, 2017
Taking the battle to President-elect Donald Trump and the electors Thursday Dec 8th 1:45 AM
Water Protectors Occupy the Iowa Utilities Board Wednesday Dec 7th 10:25 AM
Mumia Rally at Oscar Grant Plaza (12-9-16) Tuesday Dec 6th 2:26 PM
Report highlights 17 bad actors waging aggressive anti-solar campaigns Tuesday Dec 6th 2:08 PM
New Study: Mounting Evidence Supports Eating Less Meat for Health of People, Planet Tuesday Dec 6th 1:59 PM
Analysis: North Dakota Pipelines Average Four Spills Per Year; 3 Million Gallons Spilled in Past 21 Years Tuesday Dec 6th 1:49 PM
Victory for Standing Rock: DAPL Easement Not Granted Monday Dec 5th 6:04 PM
Army Corps of Engineers Denies Easement to DAPL to drill under Lake Oahe and Missouri River until EIS is Completed Monday Dec 5th 5:52 PM
Endangered Species Mural at Standing Rock Supports Tribal Push to Protect Water, Sacred Land From Pipeline Monday Dec 5th 5:38 PM
Nurses Donate $50,000 to Aid Veterans Stand with Standing Rock Monday Dec 5th 5:23 PM
Trump nominates a moron to be the next HUD Secretary (4 comments) Monday Dec 5th 4:24 PM
Stop Sen. Sesssions From Making U.S. into a Sadistic State as D.A.! Monday Dec 5th 5:11 AM
EPA Petitioned to Acknowledge Extensive Fluoride/Brain Risk Evidence Sunday Dec 4th 11:36 AM
Grassroots groups talk the scope of New Orleans' Energy Future Friday Dec 2nd 3:43 PM
Western States Petroleum Association: the biggest lobby group you’ve never heard of (3 comments) Friday Dec 2nd 11:11 AM
Pipeline Protesters Shut Down Bank of America Thursday Dec 1st 10:59 AM
Dream Caravan 2016 Wednesday Nov 30th 11:26 AM
Trump accuses millions of voting illegally this past election (2 comments) Monday Nov 28th 6:15 PM
2nd Annual New Orleans Palestinian Film Festival (NOPFF) Monday Nov 28th 6:41 AM
Facebook Said to Create Censorship Tool to Get Back Into China (1 comment) Monday Nov 28th 3:13 AM
Oceti Sakowin Camp Calls for Immediate Federal Protection for Peaceful Occupation of 1851 Treaty Land Sunday Nov 27th 6:33 PM
Standing Rock #NoDAPL March on Washington Friday Nov 25th 7:03 PM
Army Corp Closes Public Access to Oceti Sakowin Camp on Dec. 5th Friday Nov 25th 6:46 PM
Kingdom of the Unjust - Medea Benjamin Speech - Nov. 12 2016 - Santa Cruz, California Friday Nov 25th 4:33 PM
An Uncertain Future for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Friday Nov 25th 12:50 PM
wtul news and views speaks with Janet Hays for OPPRC Friday Nov 25th 10:27 AM
Standing Rock Elder Protector Speaks at a March Against DAPL in North Dakota Friday Nov 25th 9:48 AM
Thanksgiving Decorations for the Manhattan Bridge Thursday Nov 24th 5:54 PM
JPN American Community Rallies In SF Against Racism & Xenophobia and Attacks on Minorities Thursday Nov 24th 3:05 PM
The Nobel Committee is art and part in Obama's crimes! Wednesday Nov 23rd 5:04 AM
Woman severely injured when concussion grenade thrown by police at Standing Rock explodes on her arm Tuesday Nov 22nd 5:26 PM
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