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News :: Environment & Food

Santa Claus Visits Santa Cruz to "Stop Global Warming!

On June 12, Santa Claus came to Main Beach in Santa Cruz to talk with beach goers about global warming while delievering home the message that, "Santa Doesn't Want To Be Ho-Ho-Homeless."

As soon as next week, the US Senate may vote on the McCain-Lieberman Climate Stewardship Act. This is a bill that would require polluting industries to make modest cuts in carbon-dioxide emissions, the pollutant that thickens the "carbon blanket" around the planet and leads to global warming. The measure was last voted on in the fall. At that time both Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Diane Feinstein (D-CA) voted for the bill.

"Global warming will have devastating consequences for the economy of California among other things", said Max Boykoff of Duyure Adelante. "It is clear that our Senators here in California recognize that. But we need more Senators on board, so to speak. We are urging all people to call on their Senators to vote for this first step to stop global warming."

The popularity of the new film, "The Day After Tomorrow," has put the issue of global climate change at the forefront of American consciousness. While most movie-goers dismiss the film's doomsday predictions as sci-fi fantasy, some climatologists and concerned citizens are seizing on the opportunity to talk about the realities of global warming.

From Freak Radio Santa Cruz, V-Man Reports. ( 7 minutes / 4.8 megabytes )

Audio: [ Listen to the Stream or Download the mp3 ]

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News :: Environment & Food : Globalization & Capitalism : Resistance & Tactics

Felton Organizes to Take Back Water From RWE AG

flow.jpgFelton residents are organizing to buy back their water supply from the multinational RWE AG. This corporation, which touts its services as ‘everything you need from one source - electricity, gas, water, recycling� and which also has interests in nuclear energy, bought Felton’s privately owned water in 2002.

But RWE AG is no match for residents like the 86 year old man who is out walking the hills and knocking on doors.

At a recent board meeting, one speaker pointed to the global impact of RWE AG’s acquisitions; her daughter who lives in London has the same water carrier.

Felton residents would like to acquire their water system and put it in public hands, but Cal-Am is trying to undermine these community efforts while pushing to raise rates. When a water main broke last December in Felton, residents phoned an emergency hotline that led to an operator located in Illinois. The company failed to alert some of the residents to boil their water. The company has also interrupted service without notifying customers.

As of August, RWE-Thames had already gotten over $40 million in rate increases from their America's water division and they are pressing for rate increases in almost every one of their state subsidiaries. They have an aggressive expansion strategy and are planning to build a large ocean water desalination plant on the Monterey Coast, at the mouth of the nationally protected estuary, the Elkhorn Slough.

To find out more about the campaign, contact FLOW (Friends of Locally Owned Water) and Public Citizen at 510-663-0888 or California (at)

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News :: Alternative Media

Indybay Print Collective presents: Fault Lines - Issue 1

For the past 4 years the muckrakers of the Bay Area IMC have been throwing fuel on the anti-corporate fire, producing segments for Enemy Combatant Radio and Street Level TV, while keeping all stripes of local radicals united through

Fault Lines newspaper is the newest arm of the San Francisco Bay Area IMC octopus. Each issue brings you local and international stories and in-depth coverage found only in Fault Lines. You can submit your own article by publishing to Indybay.

Download the .pdf version of Fault Lines - Issue 1

5,000 copies have already hit the streets, including Dharma's, Santa Cruz Infoshop, Saturn Cafe, and Staff of Life.

[ Fault Lines I Indypendent from NYC-IMC ]

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News :: Environment & Food

Reclaim The Commons Banner Drop

In solidarity with hundreds of activists in SF protesting the Biotech conference, as well as people in the streets of Savannah, GA sending a message to the G8, local activists dropped a "Reclaim the Commons" banner on Hwy. 17.

G8 / Reclaim the Commons Updates from San Francisco:

Jail Solidarity Update from Thursday 6/10
Jail Solidarity Update from Wedday 6/9
Breaking News from Tuesday 6/8
Breaking News from Monday 6/7
Breaking News from Sunday 6/6
Breaking News from Saturday 6/5

Enemy Combatant Radio is providing audio coverage of Reclaim The Commons and is being Broadcast on 104.1FM in San Francisco, 104.9FM in the East Bay and 101.1FM in Santa Cruz.
For in-depth coverage and analysis, see Biotech Indymedia

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News :: Alternative Media

Corporate Power

corporation.jpgAccording to the film The Corporation, a corporation is simply a psychopath: Lying, harming others and not caring about it, unable to learn from mistakes, and more. Biotech croporations are just that: harming and threatening farmers around the world, destroying biodiversity - and yet they describe themselves as selling "Food, Health, Hope". (interviews)

Some 17,000 people from biotech companies from about 60 countries are meeting behind closed doors for the annual BIO convention to set up more contacts, sell their ideas, raise venture capital and convince journalists and the public that biotech is just great. To spin pro-biotech PR, corporate journalists were provided with story ideas a week before the conference started, while Indymedia journalists were denied press credentials due to writing from an "activist point of view".

For corporate journalists, BIO2004 started out on Sunday with a media brunch full of GM food and corporate lies, promoting GM crops as the weapon against obesity.

[ The Corporation I Corporate Watch ( US and UK ) I Lobby Watch I Reclaim The Commons ]

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Commentary :: Poverty & Urban Development

Vocational Schooling Vs Profession Training: The Poor Vs The Elite

While at Cabrillo College, in Aptos, Ca., I began to understand class privilege as it relates to access to education. It is my firm belief that vocational and community colleges and Associate Degrees were created first and foremost as a way for white men with property, to keep universities and professions insulated for themselves, while making the underclasses believe they were getting “equal opportunity education� and an equal opportunity within the job market. Neither of those myths are true. Vocational training is not equal to a professional degree in any way, shape, or form. An Associates Degree (A.A. or A.S.) is **nothing** like a B.A./B.S., M.A./M.S, of Dr./PhD degree. And that is why you do not see the rich or upper, insulated classes slumming it in community college. You will have no chance of meeting the Kennedy or Bush clan at a community college! Even idiots like Dan Quayle never stepped foot in a community college. Their social castes shot them straight into universities.

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News :: Alternative Media


Indy_bonzo.jpgFormer pResident Ronald Reagan dies. A 93-year life of lies and deceipt ended yesterday as Ronald Reagan's heart (?) stopped pumping blood (?) through his body. I shudder thinking of what tributes we'll endur in the coming weeks and am slightly unnerved at the strange, uneasy feeling that grips me when I speculate on the reaction that will come from any criticism of the man.

For an outline of the Reagan Regime's involvement in Guatemala, check out Reagan & Guatemala's Death Files

[ Reagan and the Eighties I Eulogy for Ronald Wilson Reagan I The Indypendent: Bedtime for BONZO ]

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Rockin' the Boat: MRC Greenwood Sendoff Party/Protest

On February 23 UC Santa Cruz chancellor MRC Greenwood was promoted to Provost - the second highest position next to President. As provost, Greenwood receives an annual pay increase of $110,000, bringing her total salary to $380,000. Higher and higher salaries for UC administrators is a growing trend, while student tuitions also increase. At the same time, UCSC's clerical and custodial employees, already understaffed, are burdened with an expanding workload, as the campus grows.

In light of budget shortfalls, University Labor United, a coalition of campus unions at UCSC have demanded Greenwood turn down the raise. As invited guests and friends of Greenwood attended her farewell gala at the Coconut Grove on, June 3, a coalition of unions students, and community members came out to protest.

Free Radio Santa Cruz reporter Emily Hell was on scene to provide live coverage on Rockin' the Boat.

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Announcement :: Resistance & Tactics

Reclaimin' the Commons: June 3 - 9 in San Francisco

A mass mobilization is afoot from June 3-9 in San Francisco to oppose the hostile corporate takeover of the necessities of life, and to demonstrate the solutions to corporate power that already exist. I’m forwarding this because it’s very much a grassroots effort, and we are what makes up those grassroots…

The biotechnology industry will be meeting in San Francisco from June 6-9th, to "celebrate the benefits of biotech to health, agriculture, the economy and the environment." BIO 2004 will be met with an alternative gathering called Reclaim the Commons, from June 3-9th. Although BIO's website claims that the Bay Area "is the world's leading bioscience corridor," the Bay Area is also renowned for its recent resistance against global capitalism, protests against destruction of the environment, and the US war on Iraq.

Reclaim the Commons consists of a number of working groups that focus on greening the Bay Area, messaging, a welcome center, and the planning of various actions. Read a list of events - and add your own event(s) - on the Reclaim the Commons Calendar.

[ Reclaim the Commons Coverage on Indymedia I BioDev Teach-In | West Coast G8 I Indybay's Biotech page I Biotech IMC ]

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News :: Peace & War

UCSC Students Step Toward Peace

Over twenty Santa Cruz activists are walking from San Jose to San Francisco from May 29 to June 1 to dramatize the need for a U.S. Department of Peace (DOP). Comprised of 16 UC Santa Cruz students, five other city residents, and Cody the Peace Dog, the group set out from Larry Marcelli Park on El Camino Real on Saturday morning. They intend to continue on El Camino until reaching the office of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, where they will deliver a petition bearing over 1,000 signatures that indicate support for the creation of the DOP.

The concept of the walk was conceived by first-year student Yoel Kirschner. Kirschner was inspired by Indian activist and author Satish Kumar, a former Jain monk who, at the instigation of Vinoba Bhave, Mahatma Gandhi’s chief disciple, walked all over the world for two years in the 1960s to plea for the elimination of nuclear weapons. Kirschner co-organized the walk with fourth-year student Will Parrish.

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