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Tree Sitters Protest Sierra Pacific Industries Clearcut Logging

November 18, 2018 - 3:53pm
On November 16, Forest Defenders in Humboldt County took to the trees on forestland owned by Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI), California's most massive clear cutter and largest landowner. They are defending old growth and mature trees on a timber plan very close to where they have been defending forests on Humboldt Redwood Company land. Activists are calling attention to corporate logging of large, fire-resistant trees, damage to water quality, and other destructive environmental impacts.

Homeless Man Pulled from Culvert in Santa Cruz

November 18, 2018 - 1:46pm
Robert Norse writes: "On Saturday morning, I saw several police officers and a deputy examine what appeared to be a dead body behind a yellow "crime scene" tape at the edge of a culvert adjoining Highway 17 near the Plymouth/Highway 17 stoplight. I notice there was no mention of this in the Sentinel. It's quite possible the man died from hypothermia. The closure of the River St. campground as well as all the parks aggravates the situation for those outside."

Ringing a Bell for Peace

November 14, 2018 - 3:12am
Veterans for Peace chapters across the nation gathered on street corners in major cities to commemorate the original Armistice Day by ringing bells 11 times at 11am on the eleventh day of November. In San José, Chapter 101 held a ceremony in front of City Hall. WWI ended on November 11th in 1918 and one year later the world came together in realization that war is so horrible it must end forever. That was the first Armistice Day; Congress officially changed the name to Veterans Day in 1954.

Fires Devastate California

November 14, 2018 - 2:44am
California is anxiously awaiting the first winter rains, seeking a reprieve from the notoriously destructive "fire season" of 2018. In the Northern California Camp Fire, dozens have died and hundreds are missing. The fire destroyed virtually the entire town of Paradise. Reports from locals suggest that the PG&E could be to blame. In Southern California, the massive Woolsey Fire may have started on the grounds of Santa Susana Field Laboratory, the site of a partial nuclear meltdown, and residents are concerned about the spread of contaminates. The Camp, Woolsey, and over a dozen other fires continue to burn, creating hazardous air quality throughout the state.

The Rent Is Too Damn High

November 4, 2018 - 8:09pm
Grassroots activists up and down the state have been campaigning hard for the Affordable Housing Act, a ballot initiative to repeal California’s Costa Hawkins state law and return control of rental housing law to local jurisdictions. Several localities have promised to act rapidly should Proposition 10 pass. But real estate interests have spent over $70 million to defeat Prop 10. Should the Affordable Housing Act not pass on November 6, housing rights activists remain committed to pushing for rent control and other tenant protections locally and statewide in the future.

UN Report: Oakland and San Francisco Are Human Rights Violators

November 3, 2018 - 9:10pm
On October 19, the United Nations Special Rapporteur to the Right to Adequate Housing, Lelani Farha, released her new report documenting the “global scandal” of homeless encampments. In January of 2017, Farha spent time in the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California to meet with unhoused residents and housed advocates and described the conditions as "cruel and inhuman". The only U.S. cities explicitly called out for violations in the UN’s report on global homelessness are San Francisco and Oakland.

Liberation of Sick and Dying Birds Leads to Felony Charges

November 3, 2018 - 4:17pm
Despite a court-imposed restraining order, a week of protests animal rights activists dubbed "Occupy Whole Foods" proceeded as planned on September 23-29. On the final day, a mass vigil and sit-in was held inside an industrial shed at McCoy’s Poultry factory farm in Petaluma which supplies chicken to Amazon Fresh. Activists set up an emergency medical care tent and gave aid to the sick and starving animals they liberated. Fifty-eight people were arrested. On November 2, four of them were arraigned on a total of seven felony charges each.

Halloween March for Animal Rights

November 3, 2018 - 3:34pm
Over 200 activists with the grassroots animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE), many wearing glowing paper animal masks, stopped traffic for more than 15 minutes at the busy intersection of Geary and Powell Streets in downtown San Francisco on October 27, chanting their message to raise awareness of the 150 million animals killed and used for food each year in San Francisco alone. DxE says the action was meant to bring the animals’ voices back to life, amplifying their cries for all of San Francisco to hear.

Campground Crisis as Winter Approaches

October 28, 2018 - 12:06am
The River Street campground in Santa Cruz is slated for dispersal at the end of November, breaking promises from city staff that it would last through the winter until April. The only option the city is offering in its place is a small night-time only shelter. Massive new fences were raised around San Lorenzo Park, Grant Street Park, and the downtown post office. In anticipation of the River Street campground closure, homeless activists are organizing to establish a community survival campground.

Union Members On Strike at Marriott Hotels in Eight U.S. Cities

October 23, 2018 - 4:41am
Strikers on the picket lines at Marriott hotels in San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland are determined to fight poverty level wages and increased medical costs as they struggle to live in one of the most expensive areas in America. Bay Area laborers who have walked are joined by workers in Boston, Detroit, and the Hawaiian islands who are striking against the world’s most profitable hotel chain. On October 20, over 3,000 workers and supporters marched in San Francisco. Of 300 who protested in San José that day, a contingent stayed to drum and chant through the night, keeping awake the few hotel guests who crossed picket lines.

Landlords in Santa Cruz Step Up Misinformation Campaign Against Measure M

October 7, 2018 - 1:12am
The opposition to Measure M has now raised over three quarters of a million dollars, which is being used to spread fear and misinformation about rent control. While most of this money comes from out of the area, real estate interests like the National Association of Realtors and the California Apartment Association, local landlords in Santa Cruz are also part of the problem. In response, community members in support of tenants rights continue to demonstrate at the properties of slumlords, the next being a rally planned for Thursday, October 11 at a building owned by Harry Dong.

Bay Area Cries Out: "We Believe Christine!'

October 2, 2018 - 7:15pm
The country was transfixed when Christine Blasey Ford testified against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh on September 27. On the same day in Palo Alto, neighbors, friends, and colleagues of Dr. Ford rallied to her support. Actions in Berkeley and San Francisco demonstrated the Bay Area's commitment to supporting victims of sexual assault and protested what they called Republican rape culture. Another rally is planned for Berkeley on October 3 at 6pm.

Interview with Analicia and Dexter Cube of Take Back Santa Cruz

September 29, 2018 - 12:18am
Co-founders of Take Back Santa Cruz (TBSC) Analicia and Dexter Cube opened up for a candid, "on the fly" interview on September 12. Dexter answered questions about his past and his multiple brushes with the law, including being fined tens of thousands of dollars by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and losing his licence for defrauding financial clients. Analicia Cube, the self-described President of TBSC, questioned the "mental balance" of Measure M rent control supporters in Santa Cruz, and was defiant that TBSC was not involved with the Santa Mierda hate blog.

Driscoll's Berries Boycott Continues

September 28, 2018 - 11:36pm
The National Democratic Independent Farm Workers Union (SINDJA) is calling upon all sister organizations to participate in the International Global Action against the transnational corporation Driscoll's — one of the most exploitive agricultural companies in the San Quintín Valley, Baja California. Workers are demanding: freedom to unionize, a collective contract with SINDJA, no more sexual harassment, daycare centers, and fair wages.

Whole Foods Leans on Court to Suppress Protests

September 25, 2018 - 10:45pm
Direct Action Everywhere and co-founder Wayne Hsiung, along with dozens of unnamed individuals, are forbidden from stepping on Whole Foods property in Berkeley. On September 21, the Alameda County Superior Court granted a restraining order seeking to stop protests against the company. Whole Foods had sought to ban protests on its property throughout the entire state. Despite the court ruling, "Occupy Whole Foods" is proceeding as planned September 23-29.

30,000 March in Largest West Coast Climate Action Ever

September 18, 2018 - 1:07am
On September 8, more than 30,000 people marched in San Francisco as part of a major international climate mobilization. The “Rise for Climate Jobs, and Justice” march filled the city’s streets just days before the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS). Protesters took to the streets again on September 13th after the summit had commenced, this time shutting down the intersections and substantially disrupting the entrance into the GCAS venue.

California Bill Threatens to Restrict Sharing Free Food with the Poor

September 17, 2018 - 4:51pm
The California Assembly and Senate have passed AB-2178, which would impose new restrictions on individuals and community groups, like Food Not Bombs, that share free meals. Volunteer groups feeding the poor and homeless pose little food safety risk. These grassroots groups have operated for decades and follow strong private food safety practices. They fill a critical gap that the state itself struggles to address.

Trump Escalates Attacks on Palestine, Al-Aqsa Mosque Under Threat

September 10, 2018 - 11:41am
The Trump administration will close the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in D.C. This follows a State Department promise to cut more than $300 million in funding for humanitarian assistance. These moves appear intended to force Palestinians into a "peace deal" that would deny them a state, as well as denying the right of return for Palestinian refugees. Meanwhile, Israeli settlers storm the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque on a daily basis to push forward their plans to build the so-called “Third Temple.”

Fake Rent Control Alert

September 8, 2018 - 1:08am
The Santa Cruz City Council's "Non-Protections for Renters" proposal, as rent control advocates have described it, is scheduled for a first reading during the 2:00 p.m. session on Tuesday, September 11. The ordinance would require relocation fees for tenants who experience rent increases of 10% in one year or 15% over two years, which would still allow a 42% rent increase every five years. Yes on M: Santa Cruz for Rent Control writes: We need REAL rent control: No Rent Raises over 3% once a year, Just Cause for Eviction for all renters - and heck, the city didn't even enforce its own rent freeze so of COURSE we need a Rent Board.

Demanding an End to Modern Day Slavery

August 31, 2018 - 11:55pm
Prisoners in at least 17 states are coordinating sit-ins, hunger strikes, work stoppages and commissary boycotts from August 21 until September 9 — the 47th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising. At New Folsom Prison, a hunger strike started by Heriberto Garcia on August 21 has grown. On August 25, around 500 activists turned out for a solidarity rally at San Quentin Prison.

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