Press Releases

Courage Campaign: “Justice for Barbara Ragan and All Those Hurt by Kaiser Permanente's Continued Failure to Provide Legally Mandated Mental Health Services”

On Saturday, August 1st, The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported on the case of Barbara Ragan, a retired Kaiser Permanente employee suffering from severe depression, who sought and was denied timely care at Kaiser Permanente’s Santa Rosa Medical Center. In the midst of a mental health crisis, Ragan was informed that she would have to wait nearly two months for an appointment -- far beyond the State-mandated limit of ten days for non-urgent care and far in excess of the required 48-hour standard for urgent care. Soon after, Barbara Ragan attempted suicide from the third story of Kaiser’s parking garage and eventually died, clutching her Kaiser Permanente member card. Her husband is certain she was making a statement about Kaiser’s mental health care: “To me, that’s a statement of what they’re doing out there, how they treat people.”

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SATURDAY: Rallies in SF, LA and 14 Cities Demand Gov. Brown End Fracking in CA

Saturday, 01 August 2015 -- Rallies in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and a Dozen Other California Cities Urge Gov. Brown to Protect Public Health and Take Serious Action to Stop Fracking and Extreme Oil Extraction.

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Group Slams CA Rep. Calvert for Leading House GOP in Effort to Protect the Confederate Flag

Thursday, 09 July 2015 -- Earlier today, as South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed historic legislation to remove the confederate flag from the State House grounds, Republicans in the US House of Representatives, led by California Rep. Ken Calvert, moved to defeat amendments that would have restricted the display of the confederate flag symbol on federal grounds, such as national parks and veteran cemeteries.

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WED 12pm: Patients Accuse Kaiser Permanente of Prioritizing PR Over Medical Care After Retaliatory BART Ads

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 -- Telephone news press conference on Wednesday will detail charges that Kaiser launched retaliatory ad campaign after obtaining confidential documents

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Courage Campaign Applauds SCOTUS Marriage Equality Ruling

Friday, 26 June 2015 -- Statement from Dr. Paul Song, executive chairman of the California-based Courage Campaign on news that the US Supreme Court, in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, ruled that marriage is a fundamental constitutional right and should be extended to all same-sex couples around the country.

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Courage Campaign Praises Democratic Lawmakers As California Officials Reach Budget Deal

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 -- Earlier today, Governor Jerry Brown and California lawmakers reached a budget deal that expanded on the Governor’s proposed budget by providing additional funds for childcare and preschool programs. Dr. Paul Song, executive chairman of the California-based Courage Campaign issued the following statement in reaction to the announcement:

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New BART Ads Slam Kaiser Permanente Over Longstanding Failure to Provide Legally-Mandated Mental Health Services

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 -- Starting on Tuesday, June 16 and running through the month, a new ad campaign inside BART trains throughout the Bay Area will draw attention to Kaiser Permanente’s failure to provide legally-mandated mental health services. State regulators have repeatedly reprimanded Kaiser for these failures, including a $4,000,000 fine in 2013.

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New Minimum Wage Law under Fire in Seattle, Legal Advocacy Groups Say Workers’ Rights Are at Stake

Free Speech For People, Courage Campaign, Equal Justice Society, and Demos jointly file brief in this minimum wage case.

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PHOTOS: Major Protests in LA and Sacramento Demand Nestlé Stop Water Bottling During California's Drought

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 -- At the protests, in Los Angeles and Sacramento, activists delivered more than 500,000 signatures from people in California and around the country who signed onto a series of urgent petitions to Nestlé executives, Governor Brown, the California State Water Resources Control Board, and the U.S. Forest Service urging an immediate shutdown of Nestlé’s bottling operations across the state.

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WEDNESDAY 11AM: Rallies at Nestlé Bottling Plants in LA and Sacramento Demand End to Water Bottling During Drought

Concerned Californians from Orange County, Long Beach, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento Unite to Save California’s Dwindling Water Supply

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Courage Campaign Praises Gov. Brown’s Expanded Investment in Education, Urges Full Restoration of HHS Budget

Thursday, 14 May 2015 -- Dr. Paul Song, executive chairman of the California-based Courage Campaign issued the following statement in reaction to Governor Jerry Brown’s revised budget for 2015:

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New Petition Asks Wal-Mart to Stop Water Bottling Operations in California During Drought Conditions

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 -- After KOVR-TV (CBS) broke the news that Wal-Mart’s bottled water was tapped from Sacramento’s municipal water supply, members of the California-based Courage Campaign are calling on the retail giant to immediately stop their bottling operations in the state as drought conditions persist and worsen. The petition has been signed by more than 11,000 people since going live less than 24 hours ago.

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California Group Calls Out Carly Fiorina's Record As She Enters the 2016 Presidential Race

Monday, 04 May 2015 -- Eddie Kurtz, executive director of the California-based Courage Campaign, issued the following statement on news that Carly Fiorina will enter the race for the Republican nomination for President in 2016:

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Groups Unite Urging Gov. Jerry Brown to Overhaul California’s Broken Water System

Thursday, 16 April 2015 -- Together, Courage Campaign and Food & Water Watch are calling on Governor Jerry Brown to take the following bold actions to overhaul California’s broken water system and create a 21st century water policy for the State.

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Courage Campaign Praises PG&E Fine as Historic; Says CA Families Aren't Safe Without Independent Pipeline Monitor

Thursday, 09 April 2015 -- Earlier today, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted to fine Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) a historic $1.6 billion dollar for negligence contributing to the deadly natural gas pipeline explosion that killed 8 people and injured dozens more in San Bruno in 2010.

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135k Demand CA Water Resources Control Board Shut Down Nestlé Water Bottling Plant Immediately

Thursday, 09 April 2015 -- With California in its fourth year of one of the worst droughts in modern history, and Governor Jerry Brown instituting sweeping restrictions on urban water use -- more than 135,000 people in California and around the country are demanding that the California Water Resources Control Board immediately move to shut down Nestlé’s water bottling operations in the State.

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