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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.”

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."

The Orange County "empty chair" tour continues, with a 48th Congressional District town hall with constituents skipped by their Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) on Tuesday evening now followed by a 39th Congressional District town hall with constituents likely to be missed by Rohrabacher's House Foreign Affairs committee mate Ed Royce (R-Fullerton).

Indivisible CA-39 and the Courage Campaign, with support from the #Fight4OurHealth coalition, present their Community Town Hall starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Fullerton Community Center, 340 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton.

Now, two advocacy organizations, Free Speech for People and the Courage Campaign, are trying to bring attention to another potential violation of the domestic emoluments clause. The two groups are circulating petitions about public pension funds in several states, including California, New York, and Texas, that invest in CIM Fund III, a real-estate company that owns the Trump SoHo Hotel and Condominium in New York City.

According to a report distributed by Reuters, public pension funds in at least seven states invest millions of dollars in the CIM Group that owns the Trump SoHo Hotel in New York City and pays a Trump company to operate it. CalPERS paid CIM $1,722,418 in management fees for the first three months of 2017.

Two public interest advocacy groups, Free Speech for People and the Courage Campaign, are organizing a campaign to get the pensions to divest from the Trump projects. They charge “The money used for this investment comes from mandatory deductions from the paychecks of public employees. These employees are thus forced to indirectly subsidize President Trump beyond the Constitution’s mandate of a fixed salary.”

Two legal advocacy groups sent petitions to half a million of their members and letters urging state officials who oversee the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) and the New York State Common Retirement Fund to reconsider their investments in CIM Fund III, which owns the Trump SoHo.
 
"The money used for this investment comes from mandatory deductions from the paychecks of public employees. These employees are thus forced to indirectly subsidize President Trump beyond the Constitution's mandate of a fixed salary," said the letters from Free Speech for People in Newton, Massachusetts, and Courage Campaign in Los Angeles.

Two legal advocacy groups sent petitions to half a million of their members and letters urging state officials who oversee the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) and the New York State Common Retirement Fund to reconsider their investments in CIM Fund III, which owns the Trump SoHo.

"The money used for this investment comes from mandatory deductions from the paychecks of public employees. These employees are thus forced to indirectly subsidize President Trump beyond the Constitution's mandate of a fixed salary," said the letters from Free Speech for People in Newton, Massachusetts, and Courage Campaign in Los Angeles.

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