TOPIC: Environment

Emergency Action and Meeting to Defend Huchiun – Knowland Park!

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08.05.15 - Over the weekend the Oakland Zoo began constructing a fence around the proposed development site for the Zoo expansion despite public outcry against its negative impacts on the rare habitat and working class neighborhood. The Oakland Zoo plans to cut down 50+ trees including 2 old growth Oak trees destroying the home of the threatened Alameda Whipsnake, the rare Maritime Chaparral plant community and the Mountain Lion. We see this expansion as neo-colonial, gentrifying, and devastating to this rare and beautiful land. Now that the Zoo and City of Oakland are refusing to hear the concerns of a massive community coalition the we are being forced to take direct action to protect the land. Read…

Activists Detained Hanging “Stop Oil Trains Now” Banner on Bay Area Bridge

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07.07.15 - Activists protesting the threat of oil trains were detained this morning as they attempted to hang a 60-foot banner in front of the Benicia-Martinez railroad bridge. The banner reads “Stop Oil Trains Now: Are You in the Blast-Zone.org.” The railroad bridge, which runs between the RT680 bridges, crosses the Carquinez Strait near refineries operated by Valera, Tesoro, Shell and Chevron. The Benecia-Martinez bridge is identified by the rail industry and on the blast-zone.org map as the route for oil trains moving through the Bay Area. Read…

SF gentrification pushes lower-income residents into radioactive areas

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06.10.15 - The Hunters Point Shipyard and its annex at Treasure Island were once used to clean boats returning from nuclear-weapons testing in the Pacific. Now they will soon be the sites of much-needed affordable housing stock in a city where high demand and speculation have produced explosive gentrification and displacement. Renderings for the new neighborhoods are attractively designed, picturing modern shopping areas, parks with eco-friendly low-water shrubs, and the pièce de résistance: sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay. Read…

Remembering Judi Bari and the FBI Bombing in Oakland

Judi Bari holds a police photo of her bombed car, clearly showing that the enormous  blast hole was centered directly under her driver's seat. Photo © 1993 Evan Johnson. Posted to www.judibari.org. For permission to reproduce contact Evan Johnson, 1651 Deerwood Dr, Ukiah CA 95482, 707-462-2018, evanjohnson@jps.net

06.01.15 - Judi Bari was an organizer both for Earth First! and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), and was instrumental in the 'Redwood Summer Justice' campaign that fought to preserve old growth forest. Bari also worked to bridge the gap between radical environmentalists and timber workers. This is why Judi along with others began organizing loggers into the Industrial Workers of the World. Realizing the potential power of their efforts, the FBI and people from the logging industry worked to derail the Earth First! campaign. On May 24th, 1990, while Judi and Darryl Cherney were in Oakland (near Oakland High School off MacArthur Blvd), a bomb exploded under their car, nearly killing them. Now, 25 years later, we look back on the bombing and the life of Judi Bari, who passed away in 1997. The article that follows is taken from EastWest #5, and discusses the bombing, Judi's organizing, and the fight to prove that the FBI was behind the attack. Read…