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State Department officers sign dissent memo against Donald Trump’s Muslim ban, report says

  • About 900 State Department officials have signed on to an internal “dissent memo” objecting to Trump’s immigration executive order.
  • “A senior State Department official confirmed that the memorandum in the department’s ‘dissent channel’ had been submitted to management,” Reuters reported Tuesday.
  • “White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Monday he was aware of the memo but warned career diplomats that they should either ’get with the program or they can go,’” Reuters said. Read more

San Francisco is standing up to Trump’s order punishing  sanctuary cities

  • Dennis Herrera, city attorney of San Francisco, filed a lawsuit over Trump’s executive order that threatens to punish cities that shelter undocumented immigrants.
  • Herrera filed the lawsuit in federal court Tuesday arguing that the executive order, which seeks to withhold federal funding from cities that does not to detain undocumented immigrants, is illegal. 
  • Citing the 10th Amendment, which states powers not granted to the federal government are the purview of the states, Herrera contends that Trump does not have the authority to cut federal funds over a matter of state and local policy. Read more

Amnesty International: We will fight Donald Trump’s Muslim ban every step of the way

  • Amnesty International is no stranger to governments that exploit real threats to security to turn people against religious and ethnic minorities. 
  • We’ve seen this before and we know the havoc it wreaks. And we know it must be stopped. Read more (Opinion)

San Francisco man threatened to shoot Muslim woman playing with her son in a park

  • Being Muslim in public caused one woman to fear for her life.
  • According to the San Francisco Police Department, 27-year-old Joshua Ruano approached a Muslim woman wearing a hijab and playing with her son in a San Francisco park and threatened to shoot her. 
  • The man also hurled anti-Muslim comments at the woman.
  • The SFPD is holding the man on suspicion of making a criminal threat with a hate-crime enhancement. Read more (3/24/17 11:50 AM)

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OROVILLE — Immediate evacuations have been ordered for residents of the low levels of Oroville and areas downstream, according to officials with the California Department of Water Resources.

Officials say a hazardous situation is developing with the Oroville Dam auxiliary spillway. The operation of the auxiliary spillway has led to severe erosion that could lead to a failure of the auxiliary spillway.

Officials are anticipating a failure of the auxiliary spillway at Oroville Dam within the next 60 minutes.

Failure will result in an uncontrolled release of flood waters from Lake Oroville.

The DWR is increasing water released to 100,000 cubic feet per second.

Immediate evacuation from the low levels of Oroville and areas downstream have been ordered.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for possible dam failure. Areas affected include Oroville, Palermo, Gridley, Thermalito, South Oroville, Oroville Dam, Oroville East and Wyandotte.

Residents should evacuate in a northward direction, toward Chico.

The flash flood warning is in effect until 4:15 p.m. Monday.

Evacuations have also been ordered for parts of Yuba County including Hallwood, Marysville, Olivehurst, Linda and Plumas Lake. Those in Yuba County are asked to not travel north toward Oroville. Travel east, south or west. Yuba City and Marysville are under evacuation.

Parts of Sutter County has ordered immediate evacuations for Live Oak, Yuba City, Nicolaus and all communities along the Feather River basin.

A second evacuation center has been set up at the Colusa County Fairgrounds. There are trailer spaces as well as indoor space at the Main Exhibit Building. 1303 10th Street in Colusa.

For evacuation information, Butte County residents can dial 2-1-1 from landline or cell phones. Yuba or Sutter residents can call 1-866-916-3566.

A press conference is scheduled at 6 p.m. at the Lake Oroville Nature Center at 917 Kelly Ridge Road.


Citywide power outage in San Francisco and more: April 21 in photos

A man looks at a sign posted on the door of a hardware store during a citywide power outage in San Francisco; a bullet hole is pictured in a shop window on the Champs-Élysées in Paris; and antifrost candles burn in a vineyard in Jenins, Switzerland; Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she attends an event at Newbury Racecourse in Newbury England. These are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters/Zuma)

Photo credits: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images, Christophe Ena/AP, Ennio Leanza/EPA, Andrew Matthews/AP

See more photos of the day and our other slideshows on Yahoo News.


Genius San Franciscans are defacing these Ismaphobic bus ads with images of Ms. Marvel

Activists in San Francisco have taken on Islamophobia in their communities, defacing racist bus ads with messages inspired by a Muslim superhero. Now, the SFMTA ads proclaiming “Islamic Jew-Hatred: It’s in the Quran” look a little different.

Even Ms. Marvel’s creator is on board


Thousands of San Francisco high school students walk out in protest of Trump

High school students from all over San Francisco staged a walkout Thursday, streaming into the streets and heading toward City Hall to rally in protest of President-elect Donald Trump. At least 10 area public schools took part. Their shouts and chants can be heard in numerous videos.

So, according to Instagram, Mathilde Froustey is officially leaving the Paris Opera Ballet and joining SFB as a principal dancer for real. 

Her words: “Je suis aussi heureuse qu'émue de vous annoncer que j'ai decidé de poursuivre ma carrière au San Francisco Ballet !
I am as moved as excited to announce you my decision to continue my career at San Francisco Ballet!”

Woman murdered at random by Illegal immigrant who had already been deported 5 times

Any immigration and border control policy that allows a man like this to re-enter the country five times is pure insanity.

from Daily Mail:

The family of a California woman who was allegedly shot dead by an illegal Mexican immigrant have criticized officials who didn’t hand him over after he was jailed just months before the attack.

Grieving relatives of Kathryn Steinle, 32, who was shot dead on San Francisco’s Pier 14 Thursday night, made the comments in light of revelations that alleged killer Francisco Sanchez, 45, had already been sent back over the border five times.

Immigration officials said that they had made him a ‘priority’ request for any law enforcement officers who picked him up.

But when he was arrested over marijuana four months ago in San Francisco he was let go, in accordance with city policy designed to give 'sanctuary’ to undocumented migrants.
Speaking to NBC Bay Area, Steinle’s mother, Liz Sullivan, said: 'It would have been so much better if he were gone. Absolutely.’

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The reality of our immigration is this:  we certainly do have people crossing the border illegally who are are desperately trying to escape a bad situation, and for that reason, the United States needs to streamline her legal immigration process.  However, we also have lowlifes like this who are simply trying to escape their own criminal past by hopping the fence into a county whose leaders doesn’t care.