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Alameda and Contra Costa County Sheriffs Flew Drones Over Protests

December 13, 2018 - 12:00am
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office had drones on the scene for many high-profile protests in Berkeley and on the University of California Berkeley campus throughout 2017, at the request of the Berkeley and UC police departments. The Contra Costa County Sheriff deployed drones over immigrant rights rallies outside the West County Detention Facility in Richmond, which houses detainees for ICE.

Voter Suppression in Fresno County Exposed

December 11, 2018 - 2:16am
The polling place at the Unitarian Universalist church was eliminated in November because of a “Black Lives Matter” sign. It was moved to the Cross City evangelical Christian mega church with three huge crosses out front. The 25,000 students of CSU-Fresno do not have a polling place on campus. Two thirds of the 3,000 inmates at the Fresno County Jail have not been convicted of a crime, yet are not provided a polling booth either.

Protect Juristac: No Quarry on Sacred Grounds

November 30, 2018 - 3:48pm
The Amah Mutsun tribe is waging an all-out campaign to stop a proposed sand and gravel quarry that would desecrate one of their most important sacred places. The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band know it as Juristac. The public knows it as Sargent Ranch, 6,500 acres of nearly pristine open space at the tail end of the Santa Cruz Mountains, where the foothills slope down towards the broad agricultural fields south of Gilroy. To the Debt Acquisition Company of America (DACA), the property’s owner, it is a potential sand and gravel quarry.

Protesters Call for U.S. to Grant Asylum to Caravan Refugees

November 28, 2018 - 3:33am
The Mexican government is demanding an investigation after US border authorities fired tear gas into a group of Central American asylum seekers on November 25. Shortly before the attack, over 200 people attended a rally in San Ysidro, on the San Diego-Tijuana Border, to support migrants in the caravan that originated in Honduras. Many witnessed first-hand the violence of the attack that is being condemned worldwide. In the Bay Area, protests were held on November 25 in San Francisco, and on November 26 in Palo Alto.

14 Million Yemenis Face Famine and Disease

November 25, 2018 - 3:11am
The war on Yemen has created the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world today. On November 20, while the President and Congress members prepared for Thanksgiving feasts, San Francisco activists and members of the Yemeni community gathered in front of the city’s Federal Building to protest US support for the Saudi-led war on Yemen. Their protest followed a similar action in San Francisco's Union Plaza earlier this month. It was only after activists organized protests that Nancy Pelosi agreed to be a co-sponsor of the bill.

Alameda Sheriff Targets Muslims, Ignores White Supremacists

November 23, 2018 - 1:52pm
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office applied for and received a grant targeting incarcerated Black Muslims. The Homeland Security CVE, or Countering Violent Extremism program, has been criticized for not addressing the rising threat of white supremacists. The Sheriff's Office said that their "Operation E Pluribus Unum" is necessary to expand local reentry services for all people, including Muslims, but civil rights advocates say the project only targets one group of people: Muslims.

New Offshore Fracking Permits Halted in Southern California

November 21, 2018 - 9:41pm
A federal judge ordered the Trump administration to cease issuing permits for offshore fracking and acidizing in federal waters — waters over 3 miles from shore — off of the coast of Southern California. On November 9, U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez ruled that the federal government violated the Endangered Species Act and the Coastal Zone Management Act when it allowed hydraulic fracturing and acidizing in offshore oil and gas wells in all leased federal waters off Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

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.

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