Volunteers from Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society and the Surfrider Foundation were on State Street yesterday, giving out free reusable shopping bags. The Day Without a Bag event was an effort to educate the public about the environmental dangers of disposable plastic bags. The bags get into the ocean and kill wildlife. Governments in Ireland, China, and San Francisco have adopted measures to control the problem, and activists would like the public to ask officials here to consider legislation to regulate the bags. For more info go to http://www.echossb.com/ or http://www.surfrider.org/santabarbara/
Project Healthy Neighbors was at Casa Esperanza this morning providing numerous health services to the homeless. Free shoes, survival backpacks, and haircuts were also given out. The event will continue tomorrow and Wednesday from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. Some of the services provided are: TB screening, flu vaccinations, HIV testing, mental health assessment, and domestic violence solutions info.
Hundreds of people turned out today at the Sunken Gardens to protest against the passage of Proposition 8. After the 10:30 rally many protesters marched to State Street. Proposition 8 was a Constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
I had a great time this weekend at the Hurwitz Out of Humboldt Party in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. I saw many activists that I had not seen in years. We celebrated the end of the Hurwitz era in the Humboldt timber wars.