[Sfbay-news] Indybay Weekly Update For Thursday May 15th 2008
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Indybay Weekly Update For Thursday May 15th 2008
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* San Francisco protest demands freedom for Dr. Binayak Sen
* Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act
* CASS Releases Economic Impact Report on LBAM Pesticide Spray Program
* Court Rules That Same-Sex Partners Can Marry in California
* Bike to Work Day on May 15th
* Know Your Rights and Copwatching Training Week is May 24th through 30th
* Donna Deiss Describes Her Interaction with SCPD Sergeant Christian LeMoss
* Federal Judge Rules City of Fresno Violated the Rights of Homeless Residents
* Polk Street SÃ©ance to Summon Ghosts, Raise the Dead and Receive Messages from Beyond
* Community Protests Proposed SF Power Plant
* 20,000 UC Workers Announce Strike Vote
May 16th 7:30 AM: Iraq Moratorium Leafletting at Caltrain Stations (Teach-In)
May 16th 5:00 PM: Iraq Moratorium Peace Demonstration (Protest)
May 16th 6:00 PM: Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Peace Vigil (Iraq Moratorium) (Vigil/Ritual)
May 17th 8:00 AM: Fire and dis-bar John Yoo! No torture professors at UC Berkeley! (Protest)
May 17th 11:00 AM: "Armed Forces Day" PROTEST at San Jose recruiting station (Protest)
May 17th 12:00 PM: "Armed Forces Day" is nothing to celebrate! Protest at Berkeley Marine recruiters (Protest)
May 17th 12:00 PM: City of Berkeley CO/War Resisters' Day (Concert/Show)
May 17th 12:00 PM: Anti-fur demonstration at J.Malnick Clothing in Oakland (Protest)
May 21st 11:30 AM: Save Our City Rally (Protest)
May 21st 3:00 PM: Rally to oppose AC Transit Fare Hike (Protest)
May 21st 7:00 PM: The Ride Of Silence (Critical Mass)
More Events On Indybay's Calendar:
San Francisco protest demands freedom for Dr. Binayak Sen
May 14th was the first anniversary of the incarceration of Indian human rights and public health activist Dr. Binayak Sen. People gathered in front of the Consulate General of India in San Francisco to protest his continued imprisonment by the Indian government. Protesters presented a petition demanding, "Free Dr. Binayak Sen," to the Indian Consul General.
Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act
Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) and a small bi-partisan coalition of Members of Congress introduced H.R. 5842, the Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act in April. The legislation will help protect individuals who use or provide medical cannabis in accordance with their state law.
CASS Releases Economic Impact Report on LBAM Pesticide Spray Program
On May 5th, Foster Gamble and the Economic Action Team of the California Alliance to Stop the Spray (C.A.S.S.), released a forty page report on the economic impact to the state of California in response to the CDFA/USDA plan to spray multiple California counties with a micronized concoction of synthetic âpheromoneâ and chemicals to "eradicate" the Light Brown Apple Moth â a moth with zero history of causing crop damage anywhere in the world.
Court Rules That Same-Sex Partners Can Marry in California
On May 15th, the California State Supreme Court ruled that laws that have excluded same-gender couples from the right to marry were unconstitutional. Gatherings will be held around the state to celebrate the ruling. The California court cited the state's equal protection clause in striking down the discrimination. It also ruled that marriages performed outside of the state must be recognized as legal by the State of California.
Bike to Work Day on May 15th
Thursday, May 15th is Bike to Work Day. It will also be a Spare the Air Day, as the Bay Area Air Quality Management District predicts high levels of ozone in the air. Public transit in the Bay Area will not be free, as it has often been on past Spare the Air Days, so people all over the Bay Area will choose two-wheeled transportation on that day. Several cities will have "Energizer" Stations with giveaways of items such as snacks and mussette and tote bags in the morning.
Know Your Rights and Copwatching Training Week is May 24th through 30th
Berkeley Copwatch has organized a Know Your Rights and Copwatching Training Week for Saturday, May 24th through Friday, May 30th in Berkeley. Copwatch observes police interactions with civilians and teaches community members about their basic rights with the police as well as how to effectively observe police actions. The week of free events will include three Know Your Rights Trainings and a screening of "These Streets are Watching" After each training, participants will have the option of joining Berkeley Copwatch on a Copwatching shift.
Donna Deiss Describes Her Interaction with SCPD Sergeant Christian LeMoss
Donna Deiss Yovino writes, "At Santa Cruz parking lot A on West Cliff Drive, on Friday May 9, 2008, Sgt. C LeMoss twisted and broke the right humurus arm bone of a 60 year old disabled woman for entering her RV and attempting to close the door."
Federal Judge Rules City of Fresno Violated the Rights of Homeless Residents
A U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of California has ruled that the City of Fresno's practice of immediately seizing and destroying the personal possessions of homeless residents violates the constitutional right of every person to be free from unreasonable search and seizure.
Polk Street SÃ©ance to Summon Ghosts, Raise the Dead and Receive Messages from Beyond
On Tuesday, June 3rd, Gay Shame will conduct a sÃ©ance to "summon the ghosts of Polk Street's past", defend street culture and protest Lower Polk Neighbors, whose "business improvement district" has been slowly squeezing the spirit out of Polk Street. Mary writes, "Because the gentrification of the Polk Street area in the Tenderloin is an intersection of so many different wars City Hall is waging -- against people of color, sex workers, homeless people, immigrants, drug addicts, youth, and marginalized queer/trans people -- it's the perfect place to channel voices of resistance."
Community Protests Proposed SF Power Plant
Bay Area environmental and social justice organizations are demanding a halt to San Francisco's proposed highly polluting Peaker Power Plant Project. Also known as the Combustion Turbine Project, the plant is proposed to be built in Southeast San Francisco, right next to the Bayview Hunters Point community that is already overburdened with pollution.
20,000 UC Workers Announce Strike Vote
On the heels of University of California's ongoing executive pay scandals, UC's Administration is once again being denounced for misplaced priorities. For ten months, 20,000 UC medical and service workers have been trying to protect quality patient care and CA communities, reporting that lack of competitive wages is impacting the University's ability to retain its best staff. After ten months of negotiating for equal pay for equal work, they have reached impasse, and the workers announced they will take a strike vote, running from May 17th-May 22nd.
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