End Bobcat Trapping In California

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Sign the Petition to end bobcat hunting in California! Over the past few years, a rising demand for bobcat pelts in China and Russia has driven up fur prices and caused a boom in bobcat trapping in California. As a result, trappers have been targeting the boundaries of national parks — luring the cats out…more »

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Salaita Sues Donors For ‘Injecting’ Themselves Into U Of Illinois Decision, Threatening To Withhold Gifts Unless He Was Fired

In a suit against the administration of the University of Illinois seeking his reinstatement as a professor at the school, scholar Steven Salaita also sued unnamed “John Doe donors” of the university for “injecting” themselves into the university hiring process and threatening “future donations” unless he was fired last summer because of the outspoken tweets…more »

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Why Is An Israeli Defense Contractor Building A ‘Virtual Wall’ In The Arizona Desert?

A Border Patrol agent sits at an observation point along the international border separating San Luis, Arizona from San Luis, Sonora, Mexico. Phot by AP Photo/Matt York

Todd Miller and Gabriel Matthew Shivone Israeli companies are using the lessons they’ve learned occupying Gaza to militarize the US border. It was October 2012. Roei Elkabetz, a brigadier general for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), was explaining his country’s border policing strategies. In his PowerPoint presentation, a photo of the enclosure wall that isolates…more »

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The Violence Of The Status Quo

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Michael Brown, Ferguson and Tanks Years ago I thought about writing a paper I would call “The Violence of the Status Quo.” I never wrote that paper. Perhaps now is the time—although it would have been appropriate any time in the last 500 years of US history. Michael Brown, yes, and as of August 19…more »

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Politics And Policing Do Not Reflect Santa Cruz Values: Say No To Homeland Security Grant

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Not in Santa Cruz Take Action! Sign On To the Letter Below! Add your signature to this letter requesting Santa Cruz City Council rescind their vote to partner with Homeland Security. The militarization of Santa Cruz, California, like many cities across the nation, is being called into question, as well as the transparency between the…more »

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Sexual Torture: US Policy and Culture

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Today, sexual abuse is not only used in US prisons abroad, but also in its domestic gulags. In many ways, sexualized torture has even become commonplace in pop-culture. Sexual violence is firmly imbedded in US society; its institutions and cultural mechanisms reinforce the appalling concept that sexual torture is acceptable, exciting, even predictable in certain…more »

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Give Back The Bearcat – Stop Militarization Of Local Law Enforcement

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Take Action Today! Sign the petition and stay informed about upcoming local actions to stop escalating militarization of the Santa Cruz Police Department. Letter to City Council To: Santa Cruz City Council On December 9 the Santa Cruz City Council passed a Resolution to accept a Homeland Security Grant in the amount of $251,293 for…more »

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Torture And International Law

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Torture and International Law Chapter II in: Kahn, P., Sacred violence, torture, terror and sovereignty (pp. 42-69). Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2008. Paul Kahn is Professor of Law and the Humanities at the Yale Law School and Director of Yale’s Center for International Human Rights, teaching constitutional law and theory, international law,…more »

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Urgent Phone Call: Demand Congressional Investigation of CDC, IDSA and ALDF

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Urgent Action December 1st, 2nd, or 3rd! Help patients with Tick Born Illness, yourself and your families! Please place a call and signing the petition. Find a phone number below that isn’t busy and leave the unified message below…… Representative Chris Gibson’s phone numbers: (voicemail is available in all locations 24×7) Washington DC office (202)…more »

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Calling For A Congressional Investigation Of The CDC, IDSA And ALDF

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Take Action Today! End a Public Health Crisis! Sign the petition to protect yourself and others from being improperly tested, misdiagnosed, and untreated (or under treated)for tick born illness and place a 2-minute call. Petitioning The US House of Representatives and 8 others This petition will be delivered to: United States Senator for Connecticut The…more »

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