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Single-payer advocates in the state said while they’re thrilled by Sanders’ proposal, their primary efforts will still be in California where such a plan is more politically possible. The progressive group Courage Campaign convened liberal activists this week in Sacramento to strategize on how to push ahead with a state-level health-care overhau

“As long as there’s a Republican Congress and a Republican president, everyone knows this is an organizing tool rather than an immediate threat to pass,” said Eddie Kurtz, the group’s president. “It’s wonderful to have that goalpost out there.”

California would be hardest hit state in the nation, with an estimated cut of $28 billion to its health care system by 2026, according to the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Other states that would face severe budget cuts include New York, Massachusetts and Maryland.
Activist groups, including the Courage Campaign and Indivisible, will protest outside the office of Republican Congressman Ed Royce, in Brea, Thursday at 11 a.m. Protestors are scheduled at the offices of Rep. David Valadao on Thursday in Bakersfield and Friday in Hanford, both at 4 p.m. Other House Republicans, including Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa, Steve Knight of Lancaster, Jeff Denham of Turlock and Mimi Walters of Laguna Niguel, were the focus of other protests this week organized by the advocacy group Health Access.

That’s also when no less than three advocacy groups (the Center for Biological Diversity, the Story of Stuff Project, and Courage Campaign) filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service, the agency that had granted a special use permit to Arrowhead in the past but, since 1988, had failed to properly document its approval of subsequent renewal applications.

Based on a decision from a federal judge in September 2016, Arrowhead can continue to remove water from the San Bernardino Mountains – legally – until such time that the Forest Service officially revokes its permission.

La Asamblea y el Senado de California aprobaron la propuesta de ley SB54 del líder del Senado, Kevin de León que de ser firmada por el gobernador Jerry Brown impedirá que los recursos de las policías locales y estatales sean usados para ayudar al Servicio de Migración y Aduanas (ICE) en el arresto de inmigrantes indocumentados.

Eddie Kurtz, director de la organización Courage Campaign, quien encabezó una manifestación de apoyo este viernes en el Ayuntamiento de Los Ángeles, dijo que esta medida permitirá que las escuelas, tribunales y otros espacios como las instalaciones del Departamento del Trabajo sean seguros para todos los californianos. “Depende de nosotros resistir el intento de esta administración de dividir el país en líneas raciales, y unirnos para defender a las comunidades más vulnerables al mantener a las familias inmigrantes juntas”, señaló.

Environmental groups seeking to stop Swiss-based Nestlé from pumping millions of gallons of water from the San Bernardino National Forest, for little more than $500 a year, have prevailed in an effort to obtain documents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

After repeatedly being thwarted in their efforts to obtain the documents under the Freedom of Information Act, the Berkeley-based Story of Stuff Project and the Los Angeles-based Courage Campaign Institute filed a lawsuit on July 11 in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Last month, lawyers for two environmental groups – the Story of Stuff Project and the Courage Campaign Institute – filed a lawsuit accusing the FDA of failing to respond in a timely manner to their request for documents under the Freedom of Information Act. 

Rachel Doughty, one of the lawyers representing the groups, said the FDA agreed to release hundreds of pages of documents and she expects to receive them this week. She said she knows a complaint was made but said it’s unclear what the documents will include.
Environmental groups seeking to stop Swiss-based Nestlé from pumping millions of gallons of water from the San Bernardino National Forest, for little more than $500 a year, have prevailed in an effort to obtain documents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
After repeatedly being thwarted in their efforts to obtain the documents under the Freedom of Information Act, the Berkeley-based Story of Stuff Project and the Los Angeles-based Courage Campaign Institute filed a lawsuit on July 11 in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz is deeply dismayed by President Donald Trump, a feeling he shares with many business leaders. After the president reiterated his "blame on both sides" view of the events in Charlottesville, Va., Schultz addressed a companywide gathering to express his "profound concern" about Trump's "lack of character, morality, humanity" and the message being sent to the next generation of Americans.

Schultz is in a position to act on those concerns in a way that could cost the president money. Trump Tower is home to a Starbucks, which is one of the two retail outlets in the building that don't bear Trump's name. Niketown is the other. Last week a group called Courage Campaign called on Nike to relocate, but the company didn't respond to requests for comment.

Contra Costa voters deserve a district attorney who reflects their values, which have been so clearly expressed over the last several elections. It is critical that the candidates vying for this job immediately disclose their positions on these issues and others that are important to local voters.

To this end, a broad community coalition, including the ACLU of Northern California, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, Contra Costa AFL-CIO Central Labor Council, Contra Costa County Racial Justice Coalition, Courage Campaign, #cut50, Democratic Party of Contra Costa County, East County NAACP, Safe Return Project, and Smart Justice California held a non-partisan candidate forum on Aug. 12.

Courage Campaign is circulating a petition calling for the sportswear brand to relocate its flagship Niketown store from New York City’s Trump Tower and end its financial support for Donald Trump. The petition has been signed by more than 72,000 people.

“Nike is a brand that boasts constant displays of dedication to diversity and inclusion,” said Eddie Kurtz, executive director of Courage Campaign. “It is time for Nike to choose which side of history they will stand on and end their financial support for Trump and his companies. Anything less means that Nike is complicit in supporting Trump’s insidious and racist agenda.”

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