Courage Campaign in the News

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Change-making potential: California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, worries about how Sessions will decide what constitutes criminal behavior worth deportation. In a call to Courage Campaign activists this week, de León wondered whether it will be a “mom who has a taillight out?” Backed by a GOP Congress and president, Sessions’ power will be immense.

California’s state leaders, including Governor Jerry Brown, have promised to resist attempts by a Trump administration to alter state policies on climate change, organized labor and immigration. Eddie Kurtz, executive director of the Courage Campaign, a progressive organizing group, hailed Becerra’s appointment, saying, “California can – and should – be the tip of the spear for state-based resistance to Trump and the Republican party’s inhumane vision for our country.”

The Center for Biological Diversity, the Story of Stuff Project and the Courage Campaign Institute filed their appeal on Thursday and are taking the case to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

“For a leading global corporation that boasts its dedication to diversity and inclusion, Nike has done absolutely NOTHING to disassociate itself with Trump and his misogynistic presidential campaign,” Courage Campaign manager William Winters said in a press release Monday. “Even after Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women, Nike did nothing. And its silence is deafening.”

According to the Courage Campaign, more than 60,000 people have signed the petition for Nike to cut ties with Trump as of this week.

The California-based Courage Campaign is pushing Nike -- a longtime Widen+Kennedy client -- to abandon its Niketown store in Manhattan's Trump Tower. The effort calls on the shoe-and-apparel behemoth "to sever ties with Donald Trump by relocating their flagship NYC Niketown store out of Trump Tower when the lease expires in 2017."

Courage Campaign launched an online petition earlier this year, and now, in the wake of the recent sexual-assault allegations against Trump, is making a renewed push.

The Courage Campaign, CPD Action, CREDO Action, Democracy for America, MoveOn.org, New York Communities for Change, Other98, Presente.org, RootsAction.org and Rootstrikers signed the letter to Schumer.

The Courage Campaign is an online movement aimed at raising awareness of issues like economic justice, human rights and corporate and political accountability. Tim Molina, one of the campaign creators, said they back Kaepernick's message.

"Patriotism isn't rising for a national anthem or following a flag, it is fighting to make this country the best country it can be," Molina said, "Black lives matter and the protest Kaepernick is doing, is just supporting that".

On Friday, a new mural popped up in Oakland supporting Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the national anthem. He is also on the cover of Time Magazine.

Courage Campaign is putting up a new digital billboard on the Bay Bridge in support of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's ongoing protest in which he takes a knee during the playing of the national anthem. The billboard will be viewable to traffic exiting the Bay Bridge onto the I-80 corridor in Oakland, and will feature a photo of Kaepernick, reading, “Patriotism.”

“The court has just confirmed what many Americans fear, massive corporations play by a different set of rules than the rest of us," said Eddie Kurtz, executive director of the Courage Campaign Institute, another plaintiff, in a news release. "Nestlé has been pulling a fast one for nearly 30 years, taking a public resource, depriving plants and animals of life-sustaining water, and selling that water at an obscene profit without the right to do so, but apparently our justice system is OK with that.”

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