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Container project on Springs agenda

There will also be an update of the Rapid Response program presented by a member of the local team. This is an initiative of North Bay Organizing Project and Sonoma Valley Action Coalition to provide legal observers, accompaniment and other support in event of action by immigration agents.

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Rent control loses a battle in Santa Rosa, but war rages on

Dobbs-Kramer says the measure failed because the opposition “spent more money than has ever been spent in the history of Santa Rosa elections. They ran a campaign of deception, misdirection and confusion.”

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March for rent control in Santa Rosa seeks to get out the vote

Many marchers delivered their mail-in ballots to the registrar’s office to remind people to vote in what is expected to be a low turnout special election, said Davin Cardenas, lead organizer for the North Bay Organizing Project supporting rent control.

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Rent control goes before Santa Rosa voters next week

Now voters will decide the fate of Measure C in a citywide special election that is shattering all spending records and putting Santa Rosa on the front lines of a statewide debate over how cities can best address the housing crisis.

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Thousands Gather at Sonoma County Fairgrounds to Show Another World Possible

While thousands of people protested at airports across the country Sunday against President Donald Trump’s executive order barring people from several predominantly Muslim nations from entry into the United States, people crammed shoulder to shoulder into Garrett Hall at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds for a number of different reasons. They signed up to volunteer for environmental groups, discuss politics with military veterans, write encouraging letters to refugees across the world, read about composting food and ask about affordable-housing advocacy programs. “I ...

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Sonoma County Activists to Showcase Campaigns in Hopes of Boosting Action

by Chris Smith, Santa Rosa Press Democrat Turning talk into action is the aim of a Community Engagement Fair coming Sunday afternoon[, January 29, 2017] to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. More than 80 activist and service organizations will be present to showcase [how] to become involved in ... immigrant rights, the environment, the LGBTQ, sustainable agriculture and other[ concerns]. Co-host[s for the gathering ... are the North Bay Organizing Project, Sonoma County Conservation Action, The Farmers Guild, the Redwood Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Alliance ...

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Women’s March Unites County in Peaceful Protest

by Amie Windsor, Sonoma West Times and News, Jan 25, 2017 Despite morning deluges and cold temperatures, roughly 5,000 people filled the streets near Santa Rosa's city hall [on Saturday, January 21, 2017] in support of the Women’s March on Washington The local, peaceful protest was. coordinated by a grassroots effort of Standing Together for Women, composed of Anne Kain and Anne McGivern of Santa Rosa. [ ... ] [Speakers included] former 6th District Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, Santa Rosa city councilmember Julie Combs, ... Santa Rosa/Sonoma County NAACP [presid...

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Immigration Fears Addressed at Community Meeting

by Anna Pier, Sonoma Valley Sun, November 17, 2016 Speakers at a community meeting at La Luz Center about what a Trump presidency will mean for U.S. immigration policy set out to calm fears and offer advice Tuesday night[, November 15]. [ ... ] In all, four local agencies sent representatives to explain the resources available to the community. Davin Cárdenas from North Bay Organizing Project spoke passionately about the need to “draw democracy down,” to take control at the grass roots level. “We need to inoculate ourselves against the hateful rhetoric,...

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Sonoma County and California Defiant After Donald Trump’s Election

by Paul Payne, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, November 12, 2016           [T]he reality of a Trump White House elicited disappointment, dread and disgust among many in Sonoma County and across much of California. Here, voters threw overwhelming support behind Clinton ... — a sharp contrast to the nation’s pivot right [on] Tuesday[, November 8]. [ ... ] In downtown Santa Rosa last week, protesters carried signs reading, “Love Trumps Hate,” and “Not my president.” Others waved U.S. and Mexico flags in protest of ...

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Youth Environmental Artivist Summit

by April Moran Reza (Bilingual Outreach Coordinator, Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods) Sonoma County Gazette, October 26, 2016 Fourteen students and over thirty-five helpers, presenters, volunteers, community leaders and coordinators came together [on July 28-31, 2016] to participate and contribute to the creation of Y.E.A.S. [ ... ] Workshops ranged in theme from watershed ecology to yoga, from civic engagement to outdoor ethics, from a salmon life cycle mural painting, to self-made camp packet meals, from kayaking to an overview of the California State Park ...

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