Picketing through puddles, the crowd sent a message to the Woodfin Hotel that discrimination against immigrant workers will not be tolerated. Because of continued community support, the Woodfin has not yet fired the workers. On November 30th, a California judge ordered the Woodfin to give the workers two weeks notice of termination, allowing them time to file for an injunction to stop the firings. On December 5th, after hearing from 12 Woodfin workers, the Emeryville City Council agreed to send a letter to the hotel urging them not to fire the workers until a hearing on their complaints to the City can be set up.
TransitWorks! wins victory for Bay Area Transit
On June 30, the 2007 budget that includes a transportation package was signed into law by the Governor. This package brings an additional $137 million in funding for Bay Area transit and paratransit operators! Thanks to the many activists from around the region who made phone calls to the Governor and the efforts of the 26 TransitWorks! members from Urban Habitat and TALC, who went to Sacramento, and who were among the first to alert dozens of legislators about the spillover issue. The budget reverses six years of funding grabs from public transit and establishes a precedent for so-called "spillover" funds to be rightfully used for public transit. A 1971 law states that when revenues from the gas tax rise more rapidly than other taxed items the additional spillover revenue must go exclusively to mass transit. Next year, TALC will work with legislators to permanently protect the spillover.
In an emotionally charged talk, Majora Carter explains her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx. This MacArthur-winning activist shows how minority neighborhoods have suffered most from flawed urban policy, and energetically shares her grassroots efforts to "green the ghetto." Her talk from the heart drew a spontaneous standing ovation at TED, and has proved equally moving online. As blogger Mike Maupuia records: "So I'm sitting at my desk at
NEW ORLEANS — Mayor C. Ray Nagin faced another hurricane Monday, this one of rage as residents stood to criticize his plan to rebuild New Orleans.
Speakers have just three minutes during the public-comment session, but it doesn't take long to say not enough is being done.
LOS ANGELES - A California constitutional amendment taxing oil production to fund a range of alternative energy efforts may go to voters this November, setting up a nine-month battle between environmentalists and oil companies.
Some big names in California business including movie producer Steven Bing and Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Khosla will help fund the “Californians For Clean Alternative Energy” effort to get the measure on the ballot and convince voters to approve it.