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Japanese American Internment Remembered, As Trump Rounds Up Immigrants

Japanese American Internment Remembered, As Trump Rounds Up Immigrants

Eliot Elisofon / Getty Images The Japanese American Citizens League held a “Day of Remembrance” at Sebastopol’s Enmanji Buddhist Temple on Feb. 18 in Northern California. Around 200 people marked the 75th anniversary of the incarceration of over 120,000 innocent West Coast Americans of Japanese ancestry in internment camps during World War II. “They were […]

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Monsanto’s Roundup Kills and Damages More Than Weeds

Monsanto’s Roundup Kills and Damages More Than Weeds

Protests against Monsanto’s Roundup, with its poisonous, weed-killing glyphosate, have spread around the globe. An arm of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared it a probable cause of cancer in 2015. California’s Environmental Protection Agency (CA EPA) recently decided to label it as such. Environmental groups and activists in Northern California, a region known for […]

Wine Maker Paul Hobbs Herbicide Spraying Upsets Parents and Neighbors At Apple Blossom School Meeting

Wine Maker Paul Hobbs Herbicide Spraying Upsets Parents and Neighbors At Apple Blossom School Meeting

Wine Maker Paul Hobbs Herbicide Spraying Upsets Parents and Neighbors at Apple Blossom School Meeting By Shepherd Bliss (1500 words) Apple Blossom School has a nice ring to it, as does the Orchard View School at its side. The nearby Tree House Hollow pre-school, with children as young as two and three years old, continues this […]

Big Wine Blasted at North Coast California Gathering

Big Wine Blasted at North Coast California Gathering

In the heart of what corporate wine industry lobbyists have re-branded “Wine Country,” activists from four North Coast California counties gathered in early May for their third monthly meeting. They created a regional network of groups from Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino counties. Participants came to the attractive resort town of Calistoga in Napa to […]

Rural Rebellion in Northern California

Rural Rebellion in Northern California

Rural folk from four Northern California counties came in mid-April to a magical juncture where the life-giving Russian River empties into the majestic Pacific Ocean. Though the small, unincorporated village of Jenner is a popular recreational destination, pleasure was not the intention. Our mission was to preserve agrarian lifestyles and environments from further colonization by […]

Water or Wine? California’s Drought & Water Competition

Water or Wine? California’s Drought & Water Competition

Water or Wine? California’s Drought & Water Competition (Sonoma County, Northern California) “California Puts Mandatory Curbs on Water Use” reports the April 2 New York Times long article at the top of the front-page. “Steps to Confront Record-Setting Drought,” the sub-headline reads. The article describes Gov. Jerry Brown’s executive order—California’s first time restricting water use. A […]

“Bad Apple” Winemaker Paul Hobbs Violates Agreements Again

“Bad Apple” Winemaker Paul Hobbs Violates Agreements Again

(Sonoma County, Northern California) This neighbor drives by Paul Hobbs new Watertrough Rd. vineyard in the Sebastopol countryside many days each week on the way to town. The vineyard borders on five schools with around 700 students.  Bright wildflowers and vibrant grasses recently appeared in the rows between his young grape vines. Perhaps Hobbs had […]

Sour Grapes in ‘Wine Country’ – Intense Challenges to Wineries Erupt

Sour Grapes in ‘Wine Country’ – Intense Challenges to Wineries Erupt

(Sebastopol, California) Sonoma County’s premium wine industry in the San Francisco North Bay has become a magnet that attracts developers from around the country, across oceans, and nearby. They move heavy industrial operations into rural areas and expand them to become event centers and commercial bottling operations. Under the pretense that they are merely agriculture, […]

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