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Mon Mar 20 2017 (Updated 03/21/17)Improbable Partners: Tech and Social Justice Advocates Rally Against Trump
Mon Mar 20 2017 (Updated 03/21/17)"Tech Stands Up" Rally Calls on Company Leaders to Speak Out for Diversity & Civil Rights
Left wing activists, in partnership with tech employees, staged a rally against White House policies on March 14 at Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza in Palo Alto. The demonstration was attended by hundreds of people. Speakers at the four hour "Tech Stands Up" rally called for inclusion, diversity, and civil liberties. Tech Stands Up is an organization of people in the tech world who object to the Trump administration’s alt-right policies, and wants tech company leaders to speak out against the White House's discriminatory actions.
Fri Feb 24 2017Sanctuary for All March In Fresno
About 500 people participated in the Sanctuary for All march in downtown Fresno on February 18. In their call out for the march, organizers wrote: This is the first of many responses to our Mayor’s press conference. Our undocumented community is telling us that they DO NOT feel safe after the press conference. Our county Sheriff continues a close partnership with ICE. We are committed to a Fresno culture that emphasizes the dignity and safety of every Fresnan. We will show that Fresno is a sanctuary community, and communicate to our elected officials that we expect policies and structures that represent our values!
Tue Feb 14 2017 (Updated 02/15/17)Trump Administration Waives Water-Protection Rule for California Oilfields
Tue Feb 14 2017 (Updated 02/15/17)Safe Drinking Water Exemptions Allow Oil Companies to Dump Waste Fluid Into Aquifers
The Trump administration this week granted requests from Gov. Jerry Brown's regulators to exempt three aquifers in California's Kern County from the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. Approval of these "aquifer exemption" applications by the Environmental Protection Agency gives oil companies permission to dump contaminated waste fluid into these underground water supplies. California officials plan to submit dozens of additional exemption applications for other aquifers across the state, including underground water sources in Alameda, Monterey, Ventura, Kern and other counties.
Mon Feb 13 2017 (Updated 02/14/17)Lake Oroville Surges Over Emergency Spillway for First Time in History
Mon Feb 13 2017 (Updated 02/14/17)Dam Maintenance Neglected as Governor Brown Promotes Delta Tunnels
Water from Lake Oroville flowed over the emergency spillway at Oroville Dam for the first time in the reservoir's 48-year history after the water level exceeded 901 feet in elevation on February 11. The water slowly began to flow over the concrete weir of the auxiliary spillway, down a hillside and into the Feather River. After saying the situation was stable and public safety was not threatened, state officials reversed course and issued evacuation orders late in the afternoon of February 12. On February 13, state officials would give no timeline on when the 188,000 evacuees can return to their homes.
Thu Feb 9 2017 (Updated 02/24/17)A Public Bank for Oakland
Thu Feb 9 2017 (Updated 02/24/17)Public Bank of Oakland Aims to Serve the People, Use Bank’s Profits for Common Good
Emily Wheeler of the Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland writes: A thriving local economy is something we all want to see—no controversy there. But we’ve been too quick to accept the prevailing notion that there is a trade-off between that and providing ourselves with adequate housing, health care, or education programs. It’s time to align our fiscal practices with our social ideals. It’s time for the Public Bank of Oakland. On February 9, the City of Oakland hosted a public forum on the potential of the Public Bank of Oakland.
Wed Feb 8 2017 (Updated 02/10/17)Oakland Deploys an Army of Police and DPW to Destroy Homeless Sanctuary
Wed Feb 8 2017 (Updated 02/10/17)Mayor and City Administrator Bulldoze Homes & Village of Services for Oakland’s Homeless Residents
At 8:30am on the morning of February 2, at least 80 Oakland Police raided the village. Structures were then bulldozed by the Department of Public Works (DPW). The inhumane action went against the wishes of hundreds of Oakland residents who contributed to building up the sanctuary for two weeks. Sixteen residents, half of them elderly, were displaced. An additional four guests who were seeking sanctuary for the night were also rudely awakened. Two of the evening guests who slept in The Promised Land open air living room, sought refuge because Caltrans had destroyed their encampments down the street.
Protesters and journalists have reached a tentative settlement with the City of Berkeley in a National Lawyers Guild federal civil rights lawsuit over police brutality at a December 6, 2014, racial justice protest. The plaintiffs alleged that they were clubbed and tear gassed for no reason and forcibly herded more than a mile down Telegraph Avenue, from the south campus area into Oakland. The settlement, which is expected to be approved at the February 14, 2017, Berkeley City Council meeting, includes policy changes intended to prevent a recurrence of the police misconduct, and $125,000 for seven plaintiffs.
Tue Feb 7 2017 (Updated 02/10/17)Trump's Muslim Ban Protested Nationwide
Tue Feb 7 2017 (Updated 02/10/17)Thousands Demonstrate at Airports as Courts Rebuff Trump's New Immigration Restrictions
On Friday, January 27, Donald Trump issued an executive order banning refugees and other visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The following day, thousands of people began to gather at airports across the United States to protest. At San Francisco International Airport, over four thousand protesters showed up in support of migrants and against the Muslim ban, virtually shutting down the airport. On Monday, courts across the nation began to weigh in, halting parts of the ban in differing regions. On February 3, a US District Court judge in Seattle ordered a nationwide stay on Trump's entire executive order.
Mon Jan 30 2017 (Updated 02/01/17)End Domestic Violence, Boycott Driscoll's, and Ban Fracking
Mon Jan 30 2017 (Updated 02/01/17)Hundreds Attend ChangeFest: A Climate Mobilization at State Capitol in Sacramento
A diverse array of Sacramento community groups participated in ChangeFest, a climate mobilization rally at the state capitol on January 21 as part of a week of anti-Trump street protests in Sacramento centered around the Presidential Inauguration. Speakers and musicians covered 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. ChangeFest took place concurrently with the 20,000-strong Women's March in the Capitol.
Mon Jan 30 2017Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines Back on Table
President Trump signed executive orders on January 24 to push ahead with the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. Both projects sparked widespread opposition and protests, especially because of their risks to water, wildlife, climate and people. On January 27, attorneys representing the first ten water protectors arrested in actions against the Dakota Access Pipeline in early August 2016 renewed their motion for a change of venue, on grounds that the state did not adequately respond to their motion and is not taking basic steps to assess bias among jurors.
Sun Jan 29 2017Police Warrant Heightens Concerns Over In-Home Microphones
A warrant from police in Arkansas seeking audio records of a man’s Amazon Echo has sparked an overdue conversation about the privacy implications of “always-on” recording devices. The story serves as a wakeup call about the potential surveillance devices that many people are starting to allow into their own homes. The Amazon echo is not the only such device; others include personal assistants like Google Home, Google Now, Apple’s Siri, Windows Cortana, as well as other devices. Digital assistants and other IoT devices create a triple threat to privacy: from government, corporations, and hackers.
Wed Jan 25 2017 (Updated 02/09/17)Oakland Land Reclaimed for Housing by Homeless Residents and Activists
Wed Jan 25 2017 (Updated 02/09/17)Encampment Offers Safe and Dignified Space City of Oakland Unable to Provide
On the morning of Saturday, January 21, a network of Oakland community members took over Marcus Garvey Park, a public plot of land at 36th Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, moving in small homes, a hot shower, a healing clinic, and other services — declaring it a people’s encampment for those who need housing and basic needs and services. The group which includes folks living on Oakland streets, activists from Feed the People and Asians for Black Lives said that the move-in demonstrates their ability to provide what the City of Oakland cannot to its most vulnerable residents.
Sun Jan 22 2017 (Updated 01/29/17)Millions of Women Take a Stand Against Trump the Day After Inauguration
Sun Jan 22 2017 (Updated 01/29/17)Women's Marches Across US and Worldwide Represent Largest Demonstrations in Recent Memory
On January 21, one day after Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States, women and allies in cities across the U.S. and countries throughout the world marched in protest in record numbers. In Washington, D.C., where the original Women's March was called, around 500,000 attended, far more than had come for the Trump inauguration itself. In Los Angeles, some estimates set the number present at nearly 750,000. Some of the largest marches in Northern California were in Oakland, San José, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Santa Cruz.
Mon Jan 16 2017 (Updated 01/22/17)Reclaiming King's Legacy in the Age of Trump
Mon Jan 16 2017 (Updated 01/22/17)120 Hours of Direct Action Across the Bay Area to Reclaim King's Legacy & Reject 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.
3:30PM Thursday Mar 30 Boycott Granite
10AM Saturday Apr 1 NEW DATE: Jimmy Panetta and Ana Eschoo Town Hall in...
1PM Saturday Apr 1 Rep. Mike Thompson Town Hall Meeting
5PM Saturday Apr 1 Rep. Mike Thompson Fundraiser
10:30AM Sunday Apr 2 Evil Nietzsche
3PM Sunday Apr 2 Writing for Change, Solidarity Sundays, Lake County CA
7PM Tuesday Apr 4 Jane Mayer: Behind Dark Money
12PM Wednesday Apr 5 Indivisible Lake County, monthly meeting
6:30PM Thursday Apr 6 Lake County Democratic Central Committee monthly...
4PM Saturday Apr 8 Democratic Party of Lake County Hosts 100 Day Dinner
6:30PM Wednesday Apr 12 Lake County Democratic Club monthly meeting
11:30AM Saturday Apr 15 Tax March Sacramento - Follow the Money
1:30PM Thursday Apr 20 Rep. John Garamendi Senior Roundtable
6:30PM Thursday Apr 20 Progressive Democrats of America, Lake County
12PM Saturday Apr 22 March for Science, Santa Rosa
Boycott Granite (1 comment) Monday Mar 27th 6:21 PM
Trump’s attack on the NEA, CPB, and NEH is an attack on the arts and humanity in Oakland Sunday Mar 26th 11:57 PM
Video: Questions from Public Lead Santa Cruz Police Chief to Admit ICE Agent Embedded in SCPD Thursday Mar 23rd 6:38 PM
Berkeley: Violent Trump Supporters Are Merging with the Alt-Right (5 comments) Friday Mar 17th 5:06 PM
The Road Not Taken (1 comment) Monday Mar 13th 5:26 PM
Anti-Homeless Fence Decorating Party (2 comments) Monday Mar 13th 5:16 PM
Turkey AKP Erdogan's Ally & Ex-Family Minister Sema Ramazanoğlu Cancels Speech in Bay Area (1 comment) Monday Mar 13th 9:29 AM
Trump’s proposed budget cuts to HUD by the numbers in California Sunday Mar 12th 1:00 AM
Protest Against Palantir ICE Government Surveillance Saturday Mar 11th 8:00 AM
Downtown Streets Blocked in Santa Cruz During International Women's Day Strike (2 comments) Friday Mar 10th 6:44 PMMore Local News...
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No Funds for Border Wall in FY 2017? – Fight Shifts to FY 2018 Wednesday Mar 29th 2:04 PM
Getting Into Trouble with Franklin Lopez of SubMedia Sunday Mar 26th 1:19 PM
House Rejects Puerto Rico Healthcare Amendment Friday Mar 24th 6:59 AM
The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Protection Division Email Distribution List Thursday Mar 23rd 5:45 PM
Puerto Rico Religious Leaders Urge Congress to Pass Healthcare Laws as Debt Crisis Looms Thursday Mar 23rd 1:55 PM
G20 Finance Ministers Discuss Global Economic Stability Friday Mar 17th 7:58 AM
HUD Secretary Ben Carson supports $6.2 billion in budget cuts to HUD (1 comment) Friday Mar 17th 3:52 AM
13 Arrested at Fracking Protest in Annapolis, Maryland Thursday Mar 16th 2:01 PM
Puerto Rico Religious Leaders Ask Congress to Pass Debt Crisis Actions Wednesday Mar 15th 12:35 PM
Puerto Rico Oversight Board Warns Island Can't Pay Vital Services Wednesday Mar 8th 12:43 PMMore Global News...
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3/16/68 My Lai Massacre & The Killing Never Stops Wednesday Mar 22nd 9:00 PM
Hawaii Judge Tosses 2d Muslim Travel Ban (1 comment) Wednesday Mar 15th 7:24 PM
Vault 7: Wikileaks, Paradigm Shifts & Rule of Law (1 comment) Thursday Mar 9th 10:44 AM
Housing Secty Carson and Energy Secty Perry confirmed with Democratic votes Friday Mar 3rd 6:08 AM
Ryan Zinke approved by 16 Democrats as Interior Secty Wednesday Mar 1st 8:55 PM
America under Donald Trump (2 comments) Wednesday Mar 1st 6:40 AM
20 Democratic Senators Support Wilbur Ross for Commerce Secty Monday Feb 27th 9:00 PM
Attempt the Impossible! Theses for a New Left Majority (1 comment) Wednesday Feb 15th 5:01 AM
Merkel Failed as a Peace-Builder Monday Feb 13th 11:57 PM
Art of War: Liberty Monday Feb 6th 7:45 PMOpen Newswire...
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