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California-based Courage Campaign launches an online petition calling on House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and the rest of California’s Congressional GOP delegation “to condemn the violence that is erupting at Donald Trump rallies.

Reproductive rights advocates who hailed the enactment of California’s landmark crisis pregnancy center (CPC) regulation at the start of this year now find themselves cast in the new role of enforcement agents.

The state’s Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency (FACT) Act requires, in the most basic terms, the state’s licensed CPCs to post a short notice about the availability of birth control and abortion care. Violators face civil penalties of $500.

Responsibility for enforcing the law falls squarely on the state attorney general, city attorneys, and county counsels. But some cities and counties are being sued by groups of CPCs that aim to block the law. And some attorneys for local governments are reportedly bargaining with CPCs to be dropped from the lawsuits in return for temporarily agreeing not to enforce the law.

Recently, a fierce debate has been ignited within the Democratic Party regarding the merits and feasibility of a single-payer Medicare-for-All universal healthcare system. Some liberal commentators have summarily dismissed Senator Sanders’ proposal as politically unrealistic or as greatly lacking in details while championing a slightly improved status quo, and other political surrogates have spread GOP-like untruths that have no place in any honest discussion.

California's Rep. Loretta Sanchez, who is also running for the United States Senate, is standing by her statement that between 5 and 20 percent of the world's Muslims want to form an Islamic caliphate, Capital Public Radio reports.

"My comments were that some people have said to me — and it's true, some people have said to me — that between 5 and 20 percent of Muslims in the world want a caliphate. Nobody has been able to refute those numbers," Sanchez told Capital Public Radio.

In a sign of growing tension among California Democrats, at least two Assembly incumbents face unusual intraparty election challenges this year as liberal and moderate interests compete for leverage over environmental policy in a Legislature the party firmly controls.

Assembly members Cheryl Brown of San Bernardino and Mike Gipson of Los Angeles represent safely Democratic districts where re-election should be a mere formality. But Brown faces a challenge from Eloise Gomez Reyes, an attorney who ran for Congress in 2014. And a Los Angeles planning commissioner, Marta Segura, has filed a statement of intent to run against Gipson.

 

Under pressure from environmental groups’ lawsuits, the U.S. Forest Service has begun a comprehensive environmental review of Switzerland-based bottled water giant Nestle’s Corp. continuing operations in a San Bernardino Mountain canyon.

In December, national forest service spokesman John Heil said his agency “has begun the NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) review to analyze the effects of re-issuing a special use permit for Nestle.”

The Los Angeles-based ‘Courage Campaign’ raised $11,000 to help rebuild a mosque in Coachella that was firebombed shortly after the Dec. 2 terror attacks at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

On Christmas Day, Dr. Paul Song, Chairman of Courage Campaign, will deliver a $11,000 check on behalf of the organization and its members dedicated to reconstructing a local mosque that was firebombed by anti-Muslim extremists earlier this month,” the group said in an emailed news release.

The leader of a nonprofit progressive group announced Wednesday it is donating $11,000 to help rebuild a Coachella mosque that was firebombed earlier this month.

Dr. Paul Song, chairman of the Courage Campaign, said its 1.1 million members “come from every faith and tradition” and wanted to make a statement against the Dec. 11 attack on the Islamic Society of the Coachella Valley.

“We hope that the donation of $11,000 from the Courage Campaign and our members will help rebuild this mosque in the Coachella Valley and let the victims of persecution there and everywhere know that they are not alone,” Song said.

Eddie Kurtz, executive director of the California-based progressive grassroots Courage Campaign, said Brown is “is correct that deeply irresponsible gun laws in other states make it more difficult to protect Californians, but the guns used in the San Bernardino attack were purchased legally in California.” The rifles were modified after purchase in ways that made them illegal under the state’s assault weapons law.

“When Gov. Brown had the chance to sign into law bills preventing the sale of such semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines, he made an unconscionable and short sighted decision to veto SB 374 and other LIFE Act bills in 2013,” Kurtz said. “While guns used in the San Bernardino attack appear to have been purchased prior to 2013, Gov. Brown failed to do everything in his power to prevent mass shootings in California.”

Kurtz said “Brown needs to stop making excuses and immediately announce his support for the full policies of the LIFE Act, including a ban on semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines and background checks for ammunition.”

NARAL Pro-Choice America, CREDO Action, UltraViolet, and Courage Campaign are all demanding that the Department of Justice instruct the FBI to investigate the Planned Parenthood shooting that left three dead and nine wounded Friday as domestic terrorism. Because the shooting was seemingly politically motivated — and not a random mass shooting — women's rights groups want law enforcement to recognize it as domestic terrorism. If you want to stand with Planned Parenthood and its supporters, you can sign the petition urging the DOJ to investigate the Planned Parenthood shooting.

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