Benicia High School Students – #NEVERAGAIN

Benicia stands with Parkland, Florida following tragic school shooting

North Bay NEVERAGAIN – vigil invitation

Benicia High School students took to the streets and City Park  on Saturday night – and to Twitter, Instagram and Youtube with heartfelt  sorrow and calls for change following the mass shooting at Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  (Scroll down for video.)

Benicia High students planned an evening vigil for Saturday, Feb. 24.  Students gathered at Benicia High before dark and walked to City Park.  At the Gazebo, they lit candles and honored those who were killed in Parkland.

Planners included Carson Rendell, Enaiya Judkins, Grace French, Meghan Barrett , Chloe Bonini, Karah Fisher, Morgan Bundy, Valentina Quintana, and with media & footage, Chris Weldon & Anders Knutstad.

After the vigil, Chris Weldon wrote:

We had a good turn out with 90% being students. We wore name tags of those who we lost and that are no longer with us. We’ve lost so many in events like Parkland that we ran out of name tags to write names.

We walked from the high school to the gazebo holding signs saying “never again” and wore black. We read stories and such of those who were heros in the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas, we read about each of the victims’ lives and what their plans were, we lost many amazing students and staff in Parkland. All will be missed and were honored. We held candles and had a moment of silence in remembrance of those 17 lives and all lives lost in other mass shootings at schools.

Benicia Students read statements they wrote about the change they would like to see in our country and the steps we as a country need to take. We came together and honored those that we lost and we will continue in the never again movement.

Weldon and Anders Knutstad posted video footage on YouTube:

For more, see Twitter: “North Bay|#NEVERAGAIN – @nbayNEVERAGAIN – Students from North Bay, California working towards ending gun violence. We stand in solidarity with the survivors of MSD.  [Link to national: #NeverAgain“]

And more on Instagram: northbayneveragain “North Bay Never Again –  Students from North Bay, California working towards ending gun violence. We stand in solidarity with the survivors of MSD.  #NeverAgain

From your Benicia Independent Editor:  Never in Benicia, Never Again!  It’s time for our elected leaders to take long overdue action to limit the senseless slaughter.  See more on the BenIndy here.
– R.S.

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    Progressive Democrats of Benicia: Meeting of March 13, 2018

    Repost from Progressive Democrats of Benicia
    [Editor: The Progressive Dems of Benicia (PDB) have hosted an impressive series of guest speakers.  The March meeting will feature candidate for Governor Delaine Eastin.  Speakers at PDB meetings are not yet endorsed by the group.  Endorsement decisions will be made later this year.  – R.S.]

    Guest speaker: Delaine Eastin, Candidate for California Governor
    Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 7:00 pm
    Benicia Public Library, Dona Benicia Room
    150 East L Street, Benicia, CA

    Our next public meeting will be at the Benicia Library, 150 East L St., in the Dona Benicia Room, on March 13th, at 7:00 p.m. Our featured speaker is Delaine Eastin, 2018 candidate for Governor in California.

    Delaine Eastin, candidate for California Governor

    Delaine is a former California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, following eight years in the State Assembly and six years on the Union City (Alameda County) City Council. In the June 6 Gubernatorial Primary, Delaine’s principal opposition is expected to be: Democrats Gavin Newsom, current Lt. Governor, Antonio Villaraigosa, former mayor of Los Angeles, and John Chiang, current CA State Treasurer; and, Republican candidates Travis Allen, Assemblyman and John Cox, a businessman.

    Delaine is the only woman to have held the office of California State Superintendent of Public Instruction. According to her bio sheet, she was responsible for initiatives which focused on wiring schools for technology and stronger technical/vocational training for students. She also successfully sued the governor for withholding funds from K-12 schools, and joined the successful lawsuit against Proposition 187, which among other things would have used teachers as immigration agents.

    For more information on Delaine, her campaign website is http://www.delaineforgovernor.com. 

    In addition to Delaine as our featured speaker, we will also conduct Club business related to ongoing development of our website and present a draft of our proposed endorsement process for consideration by membership. It’s important for members to participate in these committee discussions to ensure we have sign off from membership on the direction the committees take and as our Club moves forward.  We want and need your thoughts and suggestions, criticism, and support!

    Please SAVE THE DATE and join us for an evening of enlightenment and hope! See you on March 13, Benicia Library, 7:00 p.m!

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      2-Page Ad in The New York Times Calls Out NRA-Backed Members of Congress

      Repost from AdWeek
      [Editor: see image at bottom of this article for the ad showing a list of YOUR representatives who have taken NRA money – along with their office phone numbers.  – RS]

      Powerful and informative 2-page ad by Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

      By Kristina Monllos, February 21, 2018

      Two gun control groups, Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, have taken out a two-page ad in today’s The New York Times listing members of Congress who have accepted donations from the National Rifle Association.

      Following last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the groups created an action plan, #ThrowThemOut. The ad, which cost $230,000 and was created by the groups with help from strategic communications firm SKDK, is part of that plan.  >>MORE…keep reading!

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        Andrés Soto Letter: Benicians Deserve Better

        Repost from the Benicia Herald, Forum Page

        Benicia deserves better

        Andrés Soto

        February 21, 2018, By Andrés Soto

        Benicia is the only Bay Area refinery town that does not have the community protection of an Industrial Safety Ordinance, or ISO.

        In 1999, the city of Richmond and Contra Costa County adopted their interlocking ISOs. The Richmond ordinance mirrors the Contra Costa ISO, and Contra Costa County Hazardous Materials Division is responsible for enforcement and reporting.

        Their experience with repeated refinery and associated hydrogen plant polluting events caused the elected leaders to respond to pressure from the disproportionally impacted communities in Richmond, Rodeo and Martinez for greater protection and information about polluting incidents.

        How did Benicia miss out?

        Since the adoption of the ISO, there have continued to be dangerous and deadly incidents at these Bay Area refineries, albeit at reduced rates, due to the ISO. Fortunately, the Richmond/Contra Costa ISO allows for corrective provisions that have improved refinery function and provided impacted communities with timely investigative information.

        Under the ISOs, a 72-hour post incident report is available to the public. Monthly reports, or more frequently if necessary, follow that report and are publicly posted. To date, neither the Benicia City Council nor the people of Benicia have received any official reports on the nearly monthlong Valero flaring disaster this past May.

        Based on the success of the Richmond/Contra Costa ISO, the California legislature adopted some of the process safety management portions of the ISO and made them state law, going into effect in October.

        Unfortunately, the legislature did not adopt all elements of the ISOs. Benicia’s ability to receive information, publish the results of investigations to the public and to require Valero to take corrective action simply does not exist. Can we wait for the legislature to strengthen the state law?

        While Valero and PG&E point the finger at each other over who is at fault for the Valero flaring disaster in May, Benicia remains in the dark. We know Valero was given permits to construct an adequate backup generator system but only one co-generator was built and the permit for the other was allowed to expire after several extensions, probably because of Valero’s bureaucrats in Texas.

        Do we Benicians think we can count on Texas oil men to put our health and safety ahead of their profits? The lesson we learned from the successful battle to stop Valero’s dangerous Crude-By-Rail Project is the company seems to stop at nothing to ensure their profits – even at the expense of Benicians.

        Benicia deserves better!

        Andrés Soto,
        Benicia

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