Thursday, August 22, 2019

Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide on Trial as Juries Award Billions in Damages

Three victorious liability lawsuits and the anticipation of more piling up, is putting Monsanto on the hook for billions of dollars in damages. The Agribusiness has lost three cases by plaintiffs who developed Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a virulent form of cancer, which they say Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup caused. Monsanto began marketing the weed killer forty years ago. It’s become one of the most widely used agrichemicals in the world. Now Roundup, and Monsanto, are under growing scrutiny. Scientific evidence against Roundup is accumulating, but the Trump Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency continues to back Monsanto’s product. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Rally and Civil Disobedience in Support of Fresno County Caregivers

Eight people, including United Farm Workers founder Dolores Huerta, were arrested today for blocking the Fresno County Board of Supervisors meeting, as hundreds of union members, local elected officials, faith leaders and social justice activists rallied in support of a fair increase in wages for In-Home Supportive Services workers. They are demanding a pay increase of one dollar an hour, after going without a pay increase for ten years. Fresno County Supervisors only offered a raise of ten cents per hour. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Lawmakers Push for Voting Rights for Parolees

Democratic lawmakers and prisoner rights activists are making a push for a measure to restore voting rights for felons who have served their time in prison and are out on parole. California’s ban on voting rights for parolees is written in the state constitution. Assembly Constitutional Amendment 6 would put the issue on the ballot for voters to decide.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

22 States Sue Trump over Coal Power Rule

California and 21 other states are suing the Trump administration over its move to repeal pollution rules for coal-fired power plants. Governor Gavin Newsom and other state officials announced the lawsuit Tuesday in Sacramento.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Trump's Immigrant Public Charge Rule Sparks Outrage

The Trump administration is submitting new rules on legal immigration that target legal immigrants seeking a path to citizenship, by penalizing them for using government-funded programs like food stamps, Medicaid and housing assistance.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Drought Impacts, Warmer Climate Leave Sierra Forests Primed for Wildfires

Despite two years of relatively abundant rain and snow, conditions are still ripe for large-scale wildfires in the forests of the Sierra Nevada because of the recent five-year drought and climate change. The nearly 150 million dead trees, and more to come, could provide the fuel for wildfires that even fire experts say are burning with a ferocity and behavior unseen until now. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Mississippi Activists Blast ICE Raids

Immigrant rights and civil rights activists are blasting Wednesday’s immigration raids in central Mississippi. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials conducted 7 raids at poultry processing plants in small towns near Jackson Mississippi, arresting hundreds and leaving some of their children in limbo.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Biden, Booker Blast Trump Hate Speech

As President Donald Trump traveled to El Paso and Dayton in the wake of the weekend’s mass shootings, several Democratic presidential candidates aimed their fire at Trump’s divisive rhetoric. Joe Biden compared Trump to segregationist George Wallace, while Cory Booker spoke of Trump “weaponizing hate”.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Rally Calls for Action on Guns, White Supremacy

Civil rights and gun reform groups rallied in Washington DC to call for action on gun violence and racist rhetoric. They’re calling on the Senate to pass a bi-partisan background checks law that has already passed out of the House of Representatives.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Critics Blast Trump Proposal on Gun Violence

President Donald Trump’s proposals for addressing gun violence are drawing criticism from gun control advocates and civil rights groups. The critics say Trump’s incendiary statements about immigrants and other rhetoric have encouraged white nationalism and violence.
Christopher Martinez reports.