Press Releases

NEW Report, Website Highlight Big Oil's Campaign Contributions, As Lawmakers Debate Tax on Oil Extraction in CA

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 -- With lawmakers on the Senate Education committee in Sacramento set to vote on Wednesday April 2nd on a new oil extraction tax that would raise more than $2 billion in revenue for the State, a new report by the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) -- in conjunction with the launch of a new website by Courage Campaign -- highlight Big Oil’s lobbying efforts and campaign contributions, juxtaposing those with ongoing economic devastation in communities across the State.

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Courage Campaign Reacts to CA State Sen. Leland Yee’s Indictment

Thursday, 27 March 2014 -- Statement by Dr. Paul Song, executive chairman of the California-based Courage Campaign, on the news that State Sen. Leland Yee was indicted for public corruption.

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Courage Campaign on Senate Bill 27 Vote

Monday, 17 March 2014 -- Statement by Dr. Paul Song, executive chairman of the California-based Courage Campaign on the failure of SB 27 in the California State Senate:

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WEDNESDAY: Protest at Whole Foods in SF Features Video of CEO’s Outrageous Lies About Obamacare

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 -- On Wednesday, March 12th, members of the California-based CourageCampaign.org joined by members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Jobs for Justice, and the Campaign for a Healthy CA, will rally at Whole Foods in San Francisco. The coalition will educate shoppers about Whole Foods CEO John Mackey’s repeated statements spreading misinformation about the Affordable Care Act and deliver a petition featuring more than 115,000 signatures urging him to stop.

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Courage Campaign Slams the Senate’s Failure to Pass the Military Justice Improvement Act

Thursday, 06 March 2014 -- Statement by Dr. Paul Song, executive chairman of the California-based CourageCampaign.org, on today’s vote on the Senate’s failure to pass the Military Justice Improvement Act, by a vote of 55-45.

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TODAY: Rallies in LA and SF Demand Big Oil Stop Blocking Education Funding in CA, National “Higher Ed, Not Debt” Campaign Launches

Thursday, 06 March 2014 -- With student debt reaching over $1 trillion and college tuition continuing to skyrocket, dozens of organizations representing students, youth, labor, veterans and policy organizations are coming together to unite their efforts to tackle what has become a student debt crisis in America. Higher Ed, Not Debt -- a new, multi-year campaign to address the twin issues of education debt and college affordability -- will launch on Thursday, March 6, with dozens of events across the country. Here in California, events will be held in Los Angeles and San Francisco, hosted by ReFund California, a coalition of community, online, and labor organizations across the state.

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TODAY: Press Conference at the Capitol in Sacramento Urges Legislators to Resist the Influence of ALEC

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 -- On Wednesday, February 12th, concerned Californians joined by members of Common Cause and CourageCampaign.org will hold a press conference outside the State Capitol in Sacramento in protest of the right-wing corporate front group, ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. Activists will then deliver Just Say NO to ALEC letters to every legislator.

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Groups Applaud Michael Sam’s Courage, Remind Leagues and Fans that “Only Talent Should Matter”

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 -- Joint statement by Dr. Paul Song, executive chairman of the California-based CourageCampaign.org, and Brian Kitts, Co-Founder of the You Can Play Project, on news that Michael Sam might become the first openly-gay professional football player if drafted into the NFL:

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Courage Campaign Hails Court Ruling as a Victory for Opponents of Gov. Brown’s Original Prison Plan

Monday, 10 February 2014 -- Statement by Dr. Paul Song, executive chairman of the California-based CourageCampaign.org, in reaction to news that federal judges granted California an additional two years to reduce the State’s overcrowded prison inmate population. The decision is a victory for those who fought to block Gov. Jerry Brown’s original plan to fund new private, for-profit prisons and out-of-state prison transfers to address overcrowding in California prisons:

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TUESDAY: Protest Outside SD Lincoln Club Over Racist Smear Attack in Mayoral Race

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 -- Local San Diego residents and ACCE PAC leaders will be joined by national Latino organization Presente.org and California online progressive group CourageCampaign.org in presenting thousands of petition signatures at the headquarters of the conservative Lincoln Club. The petition signatures are in protest of the use of campaign tactics peddling dog-whistle racism in the San Diego Mayoral race.

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Courage Campaign Praises Rep. Waxman for Long Career As a Champion of the American People

Thursday, 30 January 2014 -- Upon hearing the news that Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D) of California was retiring after 20-terms in the House of Representatives, Dr. Paul Song, executive chairman of the California-based Courage Campaign and a constituent of Rep. Waxman, issued the following statement praising Waxman for a long career of being a champion of the American people.

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3500 Join Oscar-Winning Composer Stephen Schwartz in Dropping VISA Over Failure to Speak Out Against Russia's Anti-LGBT Policies

Thursday, 30 January 2014 -- By Friday, February 7th, the opening day of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, more than 3,500 VISA customers and members of the California-based CourageCampaign.org will join renowed Oscar and Grammy-winning composer, Stephen Schwartz, in dropping the credit card company over its refusal to speak out against Russia’s anti-LGBT laws. VISA, a global sponsor of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia has remained silent about Russia’s draconian anti-LGBT laws that make a mockery of the Olympic Games as an international celebration of diversity and community.

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Courage Campaign Urges Gov. Brown to Follow Obama’s Lead and Focus on Inequality Over Debt

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 -- After President Obama's State of the Union address last night, Courage Campaign urges Gov. Brown to follow Obama’s lead and focus on inequality over debt

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Courage Campaign Reacts to Gov. Brown's State of the State

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 -- Statement by Dr. Paul Song, executive chairman of the California-based CourageCampaign.org, on Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature today.

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Rep. Darrell Issa could make Target’s security breach look like child's play - Courage Campaign Demands GOP Congressman Not Leak Sensitive Information for HealthCare.gov

Thursday, 16 January 2014 -- CourageCampaign.org Gathers Over 16,000 Petition Signatures Demanding GOP Congressman Not Leak Sensitive Information for HealthCare.gov

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STATEMENT: Courage Campaign Denounces Lincoln Club’s Racist Political Mailer

Friday, 17 January 2014 -- Petition demands Lincoln Club disavow racist mailer.

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