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image CalPERS joins investors calling on banks to address concerns of Standing Rock Sioux 480_penny___crowd_1_1_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
The announcement came four days after 150 people from a coalition of environmental and Native American Groups held a march and rally in front of the CalPERS office in Sacramento to tell the retirement fund to divest from its investments in banks backing the Dakota Access Pipeline....
Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:09PM
image New Western Monarch and Milkweed Website Launched 480_monarch_butterfly_xerces_society_stephanie_mcknight_1.jpg by via The Xerces Society
The Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper will facilitate the study and conservation of the monarch butterfly in western states....
Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:39PM
image Highly Militarized ICE Raids on California's Central Coast 480_ice-raids-santa-cruz-feb-13-2017_3_1.jpg by No Raids, No Wall
Immigrant communities across the country are on edge after federal immigration agents arrested over 600 people in the past week in the largest raids since Donald Trump became president. Raids were reported in at least 11 states, including California, New York, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin....
Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:56PM
text California Shrugs Off Deadline for Shutting Down Illegal Oil Industry Injections by Center for Biological Diversity
Brown Administration Lets 1,650 Oil Wells Continue Polluting Aquifers...
Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:44PM
image Trump Administration Waives Water-protection Rule for Three California Oilfields 480_proposed-exempt-aquifers_1.jpg by Center for Biological Diversity
Exemptions Will Allow Oil Companies to Dump Waste Fluid Into Aquifers...
Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:04PM
image Oroville Dam fiasco is a wake up call exposing absurdity of Delta Tunnels 480_c4fprjkvyaaxwcr.jpg-small_1.jpeg by Dan Bacher
On the afternoon of February 14, the Department of Water Resources announced the replacement of the immediate evacuation order with an "evacuation warning" for Oroville area residents. A press release from the Butte County Sheriff's Office stated: "Due to lower lake levels, further inspections, ongoing work to shore-up the Oroville Dam emergency spillway and updated weather forecasts, effective at 1:00 p.m. today, the Evacuation Order for the Oroville Dam Spillway Incident has been reduced...
Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:07PM
image Lake Oroville surges over emergency spillway for first time in history 480_emergency_spillway_1.jpeg by Dan Bacher
Critics of the Delta Tunnels project said the Oroville Dam spillway rupture shows how basic dam assessments, management plans, and maintenance are being neglected as Governor Jerry Brown constantly promotes the California WaterFix as the "solution” to the state’s water supply and ecosystem problems. “According to the American Society of Engineers 2013 Report, there are 678 high hazard dams in California, and 48% of them do not have an emergency plan,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, execut...
Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 2:24PM
image Monarch Butterfly Population Drops by Nearly One-third 480_monarchpopulationgraph_center_for_biological_diversity_1.jpg by Center for Biological Diversity
Iconic Butterfly Has Declined by More Than 80 Percent in Recent Decades...
Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:26PM
image Number of Monarchs Overwintering in California Remains Low 480_western_monarch_count_1997-2016.jpg by via The Xerces Society
Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count results show that key sites had fewer butterflies than last year...
Posted: Wed Feb 8, 2017 6:35PM
image California oil lobby tops spending in 2015-16 session with $36.1 million 480_stand_with_standing_rock_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
This is a revised transcript of a short speech that I gave at the end of the “Changefest rally” held on the north steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento on January 21 and at a Sacramento Climate Coalition meeting on February 4. Photo: A water protector standing against Big Oil's Dakota Access Pipeline in front of one of the project's investors, Wells Fargo, in Sacramento this January. Photo by Dan Bacher....
Posted: Mon Feb 6, 2017 5:03PM
image Department of Pesticide Regulation sued over cancer-causing fumigant 480_12-1-16_crowd_with_raised_signs2_1.jpg by Californians for Pesticide Reform
Attorneys representing a Ventura County farmworker and environmental justice groups filed suit in the Superior Court of California against the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) for its failure to follow the recommendations of scientists and provide public review for the regulation of the Prop 65-listed carcinogenic pesticide 1,3-dichlorpropene (brand name: Telone)...
Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 5:54PM
document Public Higher Education: Free Tuition for California Students to the UC, CSU and Community College Systems Is Possible Today 48dollarfix.pdf_140_.jpg by via The Council of UC Faculty Associations
January 24, 2017 - A tuition-free college education in California is possible. A new policy paper released today (see PDF) demonstrates that it is entirely possible today to provide the same accessible, low-cost university experience that California successfully offered its students from the 1960s through the 1990s....
Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 5:18PM
image ACLU of Northern California Contact Info for SFO, OAK, SJO, or FAT Arrivals Affected by Executive Order aclu_of_northern_california_1.jpg by via ACLU of Northern California
The ACLU of Northern California is asking that people who have been expecting visitors to arrive at SFO, OAK, SJO, or FAT from one of the seven countries in yesterday’s executive order – Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen – and have not heard from their visitors or have heard that their visitors have arrived and been detained or denied entry to please contact us at one of our two hotlines and leave a message....
Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 5:06PM
image Afrikan Black Coalition Pushes UC to Terminate $475 Million Worth of Wells Fargo Contracts 480_afrikan-black-coalition_1.jpeg by Afrikan Black Coalition
The UC’s decision to discontinue $475 million worth of contracts and line of credit comes on the heels of several cities and states terminating their relationships with a bank that has caused great harm to our communities....
Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:09AM
image ACLU of Northern California Contact Info for SFO Arrivals Affected by Executive Order aclu_of_northern_california_1.jpg by via ACLU of Northern California
The ACLU of Northern California is asking that people who have been expecting visitors to arrive at SFO from one of the seven countries in yesterday’s executive order – Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen – and have not heard from their visitors or have heard that their visitors have arrived and been detained or denied entry to please contact us at 415-621-2488 and leave a message....
Posted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 1:26AM
image ChangeFest speakers rally for Driscoll's Boycott, against domestic violence & for fracking ban 480_changefest_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
Speakers and musicians covered a range of issues, ranging from violence against women, to the Driscoll’s boycott in support of indigenous farmworkers in Mexico, to successful campaigns to ban fracking in San Benito and Monterey Counties, to the No DAPL struggle at Standing Rock, to the successful struggle by the City of Vallejo to stop oil trains from running through the city. Photo: The Changefest drew hundreds of people to the north steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento on January 2...
Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:33AM
image Jerry Brown praises Trump's plan for new tunnels and other infrastructure state_of_state.png by Dan Bacher
“Governor Brown wants to use Northern California water to create even more wealth for richer urban areas and the top 1% of growers on the westside of the San Joaquin Valley, at the expense of economically distressed Delta cities like Stockton," said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta )(RTD_ "He wants President Trump to help him. This isn't resistance."...
Posted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:39AM
video Homeless People's Assembly Took Place in San Francisco (video/quicktime 293.5mb) by Noémie Serfaty
On January 17th 2017, a gathering of homeless, formerly homeless and their supporters for self-determination to create REAL solutions for homelessness took place in San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza for the MLK Homeless People Popular Assembly....
Posted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:11PM
text Lighthouse Bank Vice Chairman Involved In Assault On Richmond & Mountain View Voters by Lynda Carson
According to Lighthouse Bank, the bank was founded in October 2007 by approximately 350 local residents, professionals and small business owners. During 2014, Stephen D. Pahl had 91,768 shares of Lighthouse Bank common stock, presently worth around $16.00 per share according to the Wall Street Journal!...
Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:24AM
text California Agency Proposes Turning Monterey Aquifer Into Oil Waste Dump by Center for Biological Diversity
State's Proposal Shrugs Off Voters' Approval of Ban on Oil Waste Injection...
Posted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:01PM