Largest Anti-Fracking Rally in California History

Posted, 04/15/2014

Fifty Santa Cruz residents boarded a charted bus to Sacramento to Urge Gov. Brown to Protect State’s Air, Water, Climate from Fracking Pollution

They were joined by 25 other buses from all over the state and others, to form a crowd of over 3000 for the rally which took take place on the Capitol Lawn in Sacramento to urge Gov. Jerry Brown to end fracking.

350 Santa Cruz with banner at demonstration
(350 Santa Cruz members with banner at demonstration on March 15th, 2014)
(Photo: Kelly Johnson, Revolutionary Photography/

Organized by the statewide coalition Californians Against Fracking and more than 80 individual environmental and public health organizations, the protest and march featured speakers from around California who are witnessing fracking in their communities and organizing to end the use of this toxic way of producing oil and gas. Locally the bus was organized by, a group dedicated to fighting and reversing climate change.

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350 Santa Cruz Sponsors Local Vigil to Protest Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

Posted, 02/04/2014

In a period of 72 hours beginning on Friday afternoon, people across the country stepped up to go the extra mile to stop Keystone XL. Over 200 events were planned from coast to coast for Monday evening, February 3rd; more were listed every hour.

Keystone XL Vigil in Santa Cruz, February 2014
(Community members at the vigil in Santa Cruz. Photo: Bradley Allen)

Every one of those actions intended to send the same message: it’s time for President Obama to be a climate champion, not the pipeline president, and reject Keystone XL. Concerned citizens stood out on the streets across the nation, many braving chillier conditions than in Santa Cruz, California, where a local vigil was held.

Keystone XL Vigil image from, February 2014
(Photo: Oakland - Brooke Anderson, Atkinson - Diane Steskal, NYC - Terry Allen /
External event report from local community media:
— Bradley Allen (@bradleysa) February 4, 2014

Twitter post:
Twitter links: #KeystoneXL #SantaCruz #Nokxl

Additional news coverage of the nationally coordinated vigils from Common Dreams:
'Mobilized and Unafraid': Nationwide Vigils Against Keystone XL


Updated on 08/30/14

1) If you will not be able to go to New York for the climate rally on September 21st, make your way to the rally in Oakland on September 21st from 2 until 5. View our calendar for details.

Added on 08/31/14

2) Fracking in San Benito County Concerned citizens in San Benito County (adjacent to Monterey County) are fighting to protect their agricultural lands and water and to limit greenhouse gas emissions in their country from hydraulic fracturing (fracking). San Benito needs our help. Please visit their ballot measure's website to inform yourself. Please volunteer and contribute.

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New York, New York

Posted, 08/30/14

If you're able to travel across the country for a demonstration, pencil in September 21st , "when the biggest demonstration in the history of the climate movement takes place in New York City" as Bill McKibben says. "We need you there, you and everyone you can think of to bring" he urges. Check out the details here and the Facebook event here. People from across the country will travel there by train. View details here and view this for hints on accommodation.

"UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has summoned the world’s leaders to the city in late September to talk about climate change. Because we think those leaders have done a lousy job, and because we’re tired of fancy words and ready for real action, we’re going to go to New York too, in our thousands and tens of thousands."

Read Bill's latest article in the June issue of Rolling Stone from your news stand or check it out here.

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Updated, 03/27/2014

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Calling all alums from UC Berkeley and others:
support needed for divestment from fossil fuels

Posted, 12/10/2013

Fossil Free Cal asks alumni from UC Berkeley to step up and help with the divestment effort at UC Berkeley. Help from other supporters is welcome. Read the call here.

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