[Sfbay-news] Indybay Weekly Update For Monday January 22nd 2007
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Indybay Weekly Update For Monday January 22nd 2007
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* January 22nd "Pill Bottle Dumps" to Demand an End to the DEA Raids
* Army Proceeds With Spc. Agustin Aguayo's Court Martial
* Pro-Reproductive Rights Actions Oppose âWalk for Lifeâ
* SAW Response to Job Fair Cancellation
* Victory for Animal Liberation Activists: POM to Stop Testing on Animals
* Berkeley Housing Authority Crisis Deepens
* An Interview with Fariba Nawa On Afghanistan's Future
* Klamath Riverkeeper to Sue Warren Buffett's PacifiCorp For Polluting River
* Carmel Hotel Workers Win Struggle for Better Contract
* Los Angeles Area Medical Cannabis Dispensaries Raided by DEA
* Walnut Creek Critical Mass
* Marchers Honor Dr. Martin Luther King in the Central Valley
January 22nd 12:00 PM: Sac. Protest Against Pot Raids (Protest)
January 22nd 6:00 PM: SF: Celebrate the 34th anniversary of Roe v. Wade w/Planned Parenthood Golden Gate (Party/Street Party)
January 23rd 8:00 AM: PEACE TRAIN to DC (Protest)
January 24th 7:00 PM: Back from Iraq: Independent Journalist Dahr Jamail (Speaker)
January 25th 7:00 PM: What's going on with Lethal Injection and the Death Penalty (Meeting)
January 26th 6:30 PM: Spoken Word, Performance & Dialog for Mumia Abu-Jamal (Other)
January 27th 12:00 AM: SF: Rally and March to End War in Iraq (Protest)
January 27th 12:00 AM: Troops Out of Iraq (Protest)
January 27th 12:00 PM: World Can't Wait says "Stop the War Now. Drive Out the Bush Regime!" (Protest)
January 27th 7:00 PM: Dennis Kucinich Speaks Out Against the War (Speaker)
January 28th 12:00 PM: Lunardi's Abuse Demo at San Bruno Store (Protest)
January 29th 10:00 AM: Join Us in Protecting Sacred Sites -- Protest @ Calpine HQ in San Jose! (Protest)
More Events On Indybay's Calendar:
January 22nd "Pill Bottle Dumps" to Demand an End to the DEA Raids
"Ask the DEA to Help You Find Your Medical Marijuana!"
01/21/07 - drugwar | california
On Monday, January 22nd DEA "Pill Bottle Dump" actions will be held at local federal buildings around California. Events have been scheduled for 12pm at federal buildings in cities such as Sacramento. The US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has raided a number of California dispensaries and grow facilities in the last two months. This has limited safe access to cannabis for bona-fide patients statewide. Americans for Safe Access is demanding an end to DEA raids on patients and providers who are abiding by state law.
Army Proceeds With Spc. Agustin Aguayo's Court Martial
Pentagon refuses to recognize Aguayo's CO status
01/20/07 - antiwar | international
Conscientious objector Spc. Agustin Aguayo will be arraigned by the Army in Germany Monday, January 22nd, on charges including desertion which carries a possible penalty of seven years imprisonment. The Army is proceeding with this court martial despite precedents which give regular federal courts jurisdiction over CO cases.
Pro-Reproductive Rights Actions Oppose âWalk for Lifeâ
âForward, Not BackâReproductive Justice for All!â in San Francisco
01/20/07 - womyn | sf
Saturday, January 20th, 2007 was the third annual day of protest against the "Walk for Life" in San Francisco. Bay Area residents celebrated the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized a woman's right to have an abortion in the US. The kick-off rally began at 10:30 a.m. at Pier 5. This was followed at 11:30 a.m. by a multi-issue counter-demonstration to the âWalk for Lifeâ route along the Embarcadero waterfront which ended with a community rally at Aquatic Park
SAW Response to Job Fair Cancellation
Students Describe Job Fair Cancellation as Unnecessary
01/20/07 - education | santacruz
Students Against War is greatly saddened by the decision of the Administration to cancel the Career Fair previously scheduled for January 31st, 2007. As students ourselves we fully understand the need to find employment. We recognize the loss of the Career Fair is a loss of opportunity for UCSC students. This loss is compounded by the short notice of this cancellation and the infrequency that job fairs are held on this campus. UC Berkeley, for example, has 8 career fairs scheduled (including a fair with the title âNonprofit/Public Service Career Fairâ) for its Spring Semester as opposed to UC Santa Cruzâs 1 per Quarter. This averages out to about 1 Career Fair a month, providing constant, easy access to employment opportunities for UC Berkeley students.
Victory for Animal Liberation Activists: POM to Stop Testing on Animals
Trendy Pomegranate Juicemaker Promises to Stop Conducting Animal Vivisection
01/20/07 - animalliberation
Activists have been after POM to stop needless animal testing since at least early last year. POM used the testing to try to help bolster their marketing claims regarding pomegranate juice. But the heat was turned up in December by underground activists. POM Wonderful has relented, and decided to stop conducting animal vivisection. POM's intentions to not contract the experimentation of animals out to other firms remains unclear.
Berkeley Housing Authority Crisis Deepens
Affordable Housing Crisis In Berkeley
01/19/07 - poverty | eastbay
On March 1, 2007, a reduction in federal housing voucher payments goes into effect in Berkeley. It will place 750 Section 8 families at risk of major rent increases, forced relocation, or the loss of their housing vouchers in a worst-case scenario. In an effort to speak out against the life threatening cuts to their housing vouchers, Section 8 tenants had planned to go to the January 30th Berkeley Housing Authority (BHA) meeting, but they learned in mid-January that the meeting had been cancelled.
An Interview with Fariba Nawa On Afghanistan's Future
Fighting for the Future of Afghanistan
01/19/07 - afghanistan
In recent months, the escalating violence in Afghanistan has begun creeping back into the headlines. Most of the stories have focused on the resurgence of the Taliban and the accompanying suicide bombings, assassinations of Afghan politicians, and deaths of US and NATO soldiers. Much of the blame has been placed on insufficient coalition troop levels, the under-paid and under-trained Afghan National Army, and anger in the Muslim world regarding Iraq. Unfortunately, the gross mismanagement, epidemic corruption, and massive failures of the US-led reconstruction of Afghanistan have been mostly ignored.
Klamath Riverkeeper to Sue Warren Buffett's PacifiCorp For Polluting River
Klamath Riverkeeper To Sue PacifiCorp For Polluting The Klamath
01/19/07 - environment | northcoast
Klamath Riverkeeper sent a 60 day notice of intent to file a lawsuit today against Warren Buffett's PacifiCorp for polluting one of the nation's most important and controversial salmon rivers, the Klamath. Klamath Riverkeeper's lawsuit asserts that operation of the Iron Gate Dam hatchery has resulted in repeated violations of the Clean Water Act and is just one of the ways that PacifiCorp, as the owner of the four dams along the Klamath River, is destroying the River, its salmon runs, and the coastal fishing economies of the California and Oregon Coastline.
Carmel Hotel Workers Win Struggle for Better Contract
UNITEHERE! Continues Campaign for Justice in the Monterey Bay Hospitality Industry
01/18/07 - labor | santacruz
Carmel, CA. Union workers at the Quail Lodge voted Wednesday, January 17, to ratify a new union labor contract with the hotel. 89 percent of the voting members of UNITEHERE! Local 483 approved the 3-year deal, which calls for up to $3.65 per hour in additional wages and benefits over the life of the contract. The raises are retroactive to August 1, 2006. A tentative agreement reached late Friday avoided a Quail Lodge management-threatened lockout of the 150 hotel union employees on Monday, January 15. The contract vote ends a confrontational 5-month negotiation process, including an employee strike authorization vote, several public demonstrations at the hotel with over 100 participants, and the union's sixteen legal filings with the federal National Labor Relations Board against the hotel. âIt took us a while, but we ended up with a good total package to help our families. We kept our health plan. We got good raises, some more in our pension fund, and another paid h!
oliday,â said Quail Lodge maintenance worker and Local 483 negotiating committee member, Sergio Vasquez. The Union contract at Quail Lodge follows similar agreements dating back to September at the Hyatt Regency Monterey, Park Hyatt Carmel Highlands, Monterey Beach Resort, Bay Park Hotel, La Playa Hotel, Asilomar Conference Center, and Pine Inn. While the 3-year term of the Quail Lodge agreement is one year shorter than the other contracts, the wages in the second and third year are higher. The eight union contracts cover more than 1,000 hospitality workers on the Monterey Peninsula. The Hilton Garden Inn, Lodge at Pebble Beach, Carmel Mission Inn, and Monterey Bay Travelodge are the remaining area hotels where new union contracts are yet to be negotiated.
Los Angeles Area Medical Cannabis Dispensaries Raided by DEA
DEA Raids In LA Area
01/17/07 - drugwar | california
On Wednesday, January 17th, the DEA raided some 11 dispensaries in the Los Angeles area, primarily in West Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley. ASA is calling on patients, advocates, and city officials to protest the attack on safe access. In San Francisco, patients and their supporters gathered to protest the raids at 12pm on Thursday at the Federal Building at 450 Golden Gate Ave. Advocates for medicinal cannabis will protest the recent raids at the Sacramento Federal Building at 5th & I Streets on Tuesday, January 23rd.
Walnut Creek Critical Mass
01/17/07 - environment
Friday, January 19th will be the next Walnut Creek Critical Mass. Bicyclists will gather at Walnut Creek BART. Organizers plan to spread a message of peace, demanding the retraction of troops from Iraq and an end to the recent aggression on Iran. Participants have been asked to bring signs, noise makers, music, and other things to have fun.
Marchers Honor Dr. Martin Luther King in the Central Valley
Events held in Davis, Sacramento, Hanford, and Fresno
01/15/07 - race | centralvalley
Events were held throughout the Central Valley in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In Fresno a march and food drive to end childhood hunger in Fresno was held. An Indymedia reporter counted about 500 marchers at the top of the Tuolumne overpass. In Sacramento a large contingent of peace activists marched. In Davis there was a diverse program of songs, remarks, a video and a Freedom March supporting Dr. Kingâs dream of a nonviolent society of people living together in peace.
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