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  • The Social Justice Center of Marin is one of dozens of groups holding events this week for the International Day of Peace, held every Sept. 21. Photo Credit: SJCM

    Groups Celebrate on International Day of Peace

    Suzanne Potter California News Service SACRAMENTO, Calif. – September 21, 2017 marked the 36th annual International Peace Day, established by the United Nations back in 1981. Groups across the state are celebrating with vigils, rallies, and workshops centered on this year’s theme, “together for peace, respect, safety and dignity...
  • Mobile health units from California are serving 50 to 80 hurricane survivors per day in Texas this week. Photo Credit: Clinica Sierra Vista

    CA Health Centers Assist Hurricane Victims Despite Threat to Funding

    Suzanne Potter California News Service BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – California community health centers are sending teams and equipment to aid hurricane victims, even though the centers are staring down a funding cliff – at risk of losing 70 percent of their federal funding unless Congress takes action by the end...
  • More than 800,000 people have benefited from the DACA program since its inception in 2012. Photo Credit: avidcreative/iStockphoto

    On DACA’s 5th Anniversary, CA Immigrants’ Rights Advocates Press On

    Suzanne Potter California News Service SAN FRANCISCO – Immigrants’ rights advocates are speaking out as the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA passed on August 15th. California is home to more than 220,000 people who were brought to the U.S. as children and...
  • Consumer groups say instability in the health-care arena is largely responsible for increased insurance premiums proposed for 2018. Photo Credit: Goir/iStockphoto

    Covered CA: Consumer Groups Praise Moves to Limit Health Insurance Hikes

    Suzanne Potter California News Service SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The 1.4 million Californians who buy health insurance through the state exchange could see a rate increase of 12.5 percent next year if state regulators approve a proposal released Tuesday by Covered California. The agency also announced that Anthem is pulling...
  • The "Farmacy" at the Petaluma Health Center sells produce at deep discounts to low-income families as part of its mission to encourage better health. Photo Credit: Petaluma Health Center

    As Congress Ponders Reform, Health Centers Address Root Causes of Illness

    Suzanne Potter California News Service PETALUMA, Calif. – As Congress struggles to make the health care system more cost-effective, local Community Health Centers are already doing their part, with a focus on prevention instead of treatment of illness. Studies show that close to half of people’s health status is...
  • The future of areas like Lake Shasta is under review for the new BLM Resource Management Plans in the Redding and Arcata regions. Photo Credit: Pixabay

    “Quiet Recreation” Makes a Big Impact on California Economy

    Suzanne Potter California News Service SHASTA LAKE, Calif. – Tourists are pouring into far northern California in search of the perfect river, lake, stream or trail – making 1.3 million visits for so-called “quiet recreation” in 2015 alone, according to new research. Quiet recreation is the term for activities...
  • Mojave Trails National Monument, which connects Joshua Tree to Death Valley, could be downsized under a review by the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. Photo Credit: Bryn Jones

    Groups Make Economic Case for Protecting CA National Monuments

    Suzanne Potter California News Service JOSHUA TREE, Calif. – The National Park system in California each year draws 42 million visitors who spend more than $2 billion and support almost 30,000 jobs. Public lands advocates hope these figures – just released by Democratic Party members of the Joint Economic...
  • President Trump's announcement of an extra 15,000 visas for foreign workers in fields such as hotel maintenance comes during the administration's self-described "Made In America" week. Photo Credit: Pixabay

    Labor Advocates Lament Lack of Protections in New Foreign-Worker Visas

    Suzanne Potter California News Service SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Criticism is coming in from worker’s-rights groups on the Trump administration’s announcement Monday July 17th that it will allow an additional 15,000 foreign workers to get visas. The Department of Homeland Security will grant the extra H-2B visas for guest workers...
  • The Senate version of healthcare reform bill caps Medicaid spending, which would have dire health and financial consequences for millions in California. Photo Credit: cllarita/Morguefile

    CA Groups: Senate Health Bill “More Draconian” than House Version

    Suzanne Potter California News Service SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Health advocates warn the Senate GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare would cause millions of Californians to lose their healthcare – by phasing out the Medicaid expansion and then capping the program altogether. The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) lifts...