Courage Campaign in the News

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Los Angeles Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager Bruce Arena will be honored Thursday with the Spirit of Courage Award during the Courage Campaign Institution’s Fifth Annual Spirit of Courage Awards.

The award recognizes those who exemplify courage in the fight for a more fair and just society.

La Courage Campaign (Campania del Coraje) es una comunidad en la red de más de un millón de miembros que pelean por una California y un país más progresista. Sus tres principales objetivos son la justicia económica, los derechos humanos, y la responsabilidad política y corporativa.

Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena, the most successful coach in U.S. Soccer history, will be honored Thursday by the Courage Campaign Institute for his work in paving the way for LGBT athletes in professional sports.

The most controversial part of the bill is a provision requiring the state to reduce petroleum use in motor vehicles by 50 percent by 2030. And depending on your point of view, the stakes are these: On one side, the pope (see Courage Campaign ad here); on the other, enslavement to a Tesla-loving, freedom-hating California Air Resources Board.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera is turning up the heat on Trinity Properties, the developer of the 1,900-unit apartment complex under construction at Market and Eighth streets.

Environmental advocates have also singled out lawmakers. One image posted on Twitter by the Courage Campaign, a liberal group, juxtaposes photos of Assemblyman Jose Medina (D-Riverside) and Pope Francis, who has called for global action against climate change.

California lawmakers say the report by the California Council on Science and Technology and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab outlined the lack of information state regulators have about fracking. The study said the state lacks data about the toxicity of hundreds of chemicals used in fracking as well as how wastewater from the process is disposed of or reused.

Lawmakers required the study as part of a 2013 law authored by state Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, who leads the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee. Scientists who worked on the study are scheduled to testify, as are state conservation and natural resources officials, at 9 a.m. room 112. Afterward, Sen. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, and Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara, will join activists in calling for a statewide fracking ban. Activists from Courage Campaign plan to deliver a petition with about 160,000 signatures in support of a permanent ban.

We and others have shared our stories with the public at -- real stories from real people, demonstrating the human toll of a system designed to withhold services from patients in need. In June, Courage Campaign promoted that website with a modest ad campaign on public transit. Kaiser's response was immediate. (Ask for therapy and Kaiser offers only silence, but run a few ads on BART trains and Kaiser execs suddenly swing into action.) But rather than deal with the problem and confront the issue head-on, Kaiser ran its own ads dismissing our stories as "a labor dispute," disregarding that Kaiser's mental health professionals blew the whistle on Kaiser on our behalf, for violating our rights.


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