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Mon Jan 16 2017Reclaiming King's Legacy in the Age of Trump
For the third year in a row, actions will be held across the Bay Area to “Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy." In previous years, protests and rallies culminated with a large march in Oakland on Martin Luther King Day. This year, with Trump set to be inaugurated as the President of the United States on the Friday after MLK Day, protests will be held over five days, from MLK Day on January 16 through to the inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20. A diverse coalition will engage in 120 hours of direct action, coalition building, and campaign launching against white supremacy.
Sat Jan 14 2017 (Updated 01/16/17)California Agency Proposes Turning Monterey County Aquifer Into Oil Waste Dump
Sat Jan 14 2017 (Updated 01/16/17)State's Proposal Shrugs Off Voters' Approval of Ban on Oil Waste Injection
Just months after Monterey County voters approved a ban on underground injection of oil waste, California regulators have announced a plan to turn an underground water supply in the county over to the oil industry for injection of contaminated waste fluid. The proposal — announced by California's Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources — seeks to exempt an aquifer that runs under the town of San Ardo from the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. A similar aquifer exemption is currently under consideration in Livermore.
Tue Dec 20 2016 (Updated 12/21/16)Tulare County Has Most Agricultural Pesticide Illnesses in California
Tue Dec 20 2016 (Updated 12/21/16)Santa Cruz County Ranked Second for Agricultural Pesticide Illnesses in 2014
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) released a report last week detailing the 2014 results of their Pesticide Illness Surveillance Program. The report, documenting all reported pesticide-related illnesses from all California counties, shows 20.1% of agricultural pesticide-related illnesses occurred in Tulare County, making it the county with the most agricultural pesticide illnesses in the state. Santa Cruz County came in second with 17.2%. Of the 53 counties with documented pesticide-related illnesses in 2014, Tulare County accounted for over 1 in every 5 cases of poisonings from agricultural pesticides.
A lawsuit filed on December 13 by civil rights groups charges the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) with violating the constitutional rights of homeless people by confiscating and destroying their property in ongoing sweeps. Plaintiffs have lost cherished and necessary items, including family heirlooms, photographs of loved ones, tents, sleeping bags, warm weather clothing, tools, food, camp stoves, bicycles, and personal documents. “Caltrans has been a major obstacle to getting my life together," said plaintiff James Leone. "Twice in six years, I’ve been left with only the clothes on my back. Twice I’ve lost everything I own in the world.”
Sun Dec 18 2016Obama Signs Bill with Water Giveaway to California Big Ag
In a slap in the face to fishermen, Tribes, environmental justice advocates, conservationists and family farmers, President Obama on December 16 signed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act into law with an environmentally destructive rider sponsored by Senator Feinstein (D-CA) and Congressman McCarthy (R-CA). The controversial rider, requested by corporate agribusiness interests, allows San Joaquin Valley growers and Southern California water agencies to pump more water out of the Delta, driving numerous fish species closer and closer to extinction, according to Delta advocates.
Sun Dec 18 2016 (Updated 01/09/17)Mobilization Against the Coronation of Trump
Sun Dec 18 2016 (Updated 01/09/17)#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."
The California Secretary of State’s Office announced that voters narrowly defeated Proposition 53, an initiative requiring voter approval of revenue bonds over $2 billion. Governor Jerry Brown is celebrating the victory because it would have required a vote on his controversial “legacy” projects, the Delta Tunnels and High Speed Rail. Dan Bacher writes: The results of the Proposition 53 vote are disappointing for those who care about salmon, the Delta and the public trust. However, there is no doubt that if an initiative solely requiring a public vote on the Delta Tunnels had been on the ballot, it would have been decisively approved.
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.
Sun Nov 27 2016 (Updated 11/29/16)Santa Cruz Police Eject Homeless Individuals Sleeping at City Hall on Rainy Night
Sun Nov 27 2016 (Updated 11/29/16)Attendance at Freedom Sleepers City Hall Sleepouts Remains High After 16 Months
Santa Cruz police initiated a raid at City Hall on November 23 at 3:30 am, shortly after it stopped raining that evening, to clear from the area approximately two dozen individuals who had been sleeping and sheltering themselves from the weather under the eaves of the buildings in the complex. Officers issued citations to individuals, and made one arrest. Many of those sleeping at City Hall were participating in the weekly Freedom Sleepers sleep protest, while others were simply sheltering themselves from the wet weather temporarily with the group.
Within hours of the announcement that Trump would be the next president of the United States, protests erupted in Oakland and cities across the country. The first wave of demonstrations in Oakland occurred daily for nearly a week. During that time, Oakland police reverted to historical bad practices in their attempts to quell the protests. The San Francisco chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) held a press conference on November 21 to publicly address the dangerous actions and physical injuries caused by OPD during the demonstrations.
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.
Sat Nov 19 2016 (Updated 11/20/16)Renter Control Ballot Measures Pass in Oakland, Richmond, and Mountain View
Sat Nov 19 2016 (Updated 11/20/16)Renters Win in Three Cities, But Measures in Burlingame, San Mateo and Alameda Do Not Pass
Tenants in the cities of Oakland, Richmond, and Mountain View are celebrating rent control victories. Tens of thousands of renters will have new protections from greedy landlords, realtors and speculators around the Bay Area. The renter protection ballot measure in Oakland, known as Measure JJ, was voted into law with 74% of the vote. In Richmond, after a long hard struggle, 64% of voters passed rent control and just cause eviction protections into law with the passage of Measure L. In a victory for Mountain View over corporate interests, the grassroots renter protection measure known as Measure V was passed with 53% of the vote.
Wed Nov 16 2016 (Updated 11/19/16)Unanimous Vote by San Francisco Supervisors to "Keep It in the Ground"
Wed Nov 16 2016 (Updated 11/19/16)San Francisco Supervisors Ban Fossil Fuel Extraction on City-owned Lands Across the State
On November 15, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved legislation prohibiting new fossil fuel leases on city-owned property in an effort to combat climate change. The legislation by Supervisor John Avalos originated with 350 Bay Area analyst Jed Holtzman, who discovered the city was leasing to Chevron an 800-acre property that it inherited in Kern County. City finance officials say converting the property to a solar array could generate more revenue than current oil operations, which net the city about $320,000 annually.
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.
4PM Tuesday Jan 17 Freedom SleepOut Enters Its 80th Week Challenging...
12PM Wednesday Jan 18 Demand Resignation of DA Mark Peterson
12PM Thursday Jan 19 Inauguration Eve Meditation & Prayer
5PM Thursday Jan 19 Hands Around The Plaza - Unity Through Diversity
7AM Friday Jan 20 Oakland General Strike - #J20 and Beyond!
8AM Friday Jan 20 Vigil for Peace and Justice
9AM Friday Jan 20 J20 Strike Community Organizing Day
11AM Friday Jan 20 J20 General Strike Santa Cruz
11AM Friday Jan 20 Rise Up for Justice Inauguration Day
11:30AM Friday Jan 20 San Leandro Democratic Club- Protest Trump Inauguration...
12PM Friday Jan 20 Women Strike Jan 20-21, 2017
12PM Friday Jan 20 Not My President! Inauguration Day Protest
12PM Friday Jan 20 J20 UCD Walkout
1PM Friday Jan 20 People's Rally for Unity and Equality
5PM Friday Jan 20 Inauguration Day Protest: Not Our President!
Redefining The National Strike (1 comment) Monday Jan 16th 11:24 AM
Lighthouse Bank Vice Chairman Involved In Assault On Richmond & Mountain View Voters (2 comments) Monday Jan 16th 4:24 AM
Equal Justice, Corruption & Contra Costa DA Mark Peterson with Attorney Pamela Price Saturday Jan 14th 11:18 PM
Demand Resignation of DA Mark Peterson (1 comment) Friday Jan 13th 5:20 PM
Freedom SleepOut #79 Swims Toward Justice Tuesday Night Tuesday Jan 10th 12:43 AM
CAA and Pahl & McCay retaliate against voters for approving rent control in Richmond (1 comment) Monday Jan 9th 9:06 PM
Inauguration Day Protest: Not Our President! Monday Jan 9th 3:14 PM
SCPD Must Revise Immigration Determination Policy (1 comment) Sunday Jan 8th 11:44 PM
Rise Up for Justice Inauguration Day (1 comment) Sunday Jan 8th 8:34 PM
Oakland Administration Adding Insult to Injury with “Aggressive” Response to Warehouse Fire Sunday Jan 8th 7:26 PMMore Local News...
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FBI's "Suicide Letter" to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Dangers of Unchecked Surveillance Monday Jan 16th 10:23 AM
Democracy Now Live Broadcasts Jan 20-21 Inauguration & Women's March on DC Monday Jan 16th 8:55 AM
Turtle Island Statement on EPA Administrator Candidate Scott Pruitt Friday Jan 13th 2:19 PM
Seven Years After Devastating Earthquake, Haiti Struggles with Debt and Hurricane Matthew Friday Jan 13th 8:48 AM
Ecuador Minister Discusses Need for UN Tax Body with Transparency Advocates Wednesday Jan 11th 2:21 PM
Philippine President Duterte: A fascist original Wednesday Jan 4th 12:03 AM
Puerto Rico Debt Law Could Apply to US Virgin Islands Friday Dec 30th 3:04 PM
The South-West of Poland has been hit with a wave of provocative graffiti... Wednesday Dec 28th 12:57 AM
Puerto Rico Oversight Board Moves Forward on Debt Restructuring Wednesday Dec 21st 2:13 PM
Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda (3 comments) Friday Dec 16th 11:36 AMMore Global News...
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Germany is in danger of becoming isolated Tuesday Jan 17th 12:06 AM
Should someone 5150 Trump for being a threat to himself and everyone else? Saturday Jan 14th 8:19 PM
#J20 CalArts in SoCal Plan Walkout; NY Galleries & Nonprofits Plan Art Strike Friday Jan 13th 6:47 PM
Globalist Leaders Ensure North American Integration Mechanisms Remain in Place Thursday Jan 12th 5:07 PM
Art of War - Christmas 2016 Saturday Dec 24th 1:13 PM
'Polish Caligula' J. Kaczyński does not handle his country's situation Friday Dec 23rd 1:34 AM
Oakland Ghost Ship Fire Caused by Housing Crisis and City Negligence, Say Tenant Advocates Wednesday Dec 14th 6:04 PM
Kaczynski's PiS supports Saakashvili in his presidential bid? Tuesday Dec 13th 1:05 AM
Kaczyński puts Poland at odds with Germany Monday Dec 12th 4:17 AM
Chernobyl as a means of blackmail Wednesday Dec 7th 5:26 AMOpen Newswire...
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