Courage Campaign in the News

The Sacramento Bee previews Courage Campaign's Support to Expand Medi-Cal

WALK ON: With SB 4 facing its first hearing before the Senate Health Committee on Wednesday, supporters of the bill to expand Medi-Cal to undocumented immigrants will march to the Capitol today. After departing from the Embassy Suites on Capitol Mall at 10:30 a.m. and rallying on the north steps of the Capitol, immigrant rights advocates from Young Invincibles, the Courage Campaign, Health Access California and the California Immigrant Policy Center will be joined by the legislation’s author, Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, for a press conference at noon. SB 4 is the centerpiece of a package of bills introduced last week by Democrats to expand protections for people who are in the country illegally.

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Business Insider cites Courage Campaign as Outrage Towards Nestlé's Water Bottling Plant Grows

California just entered its fourth year in record-breaking drought, but that hasn't stopped food and beverage giant Nestlé from drawing water from multiple reserves in the state to make its bottled water.

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The San Bernardino Sun: Group seeks to stop Nestlé’s water-bottling operations

If Nestlé, which operates three of five statewide water bottling operations in Southern California, does not shut down, the group, called Courage Campaign, wants the State Water Resources Control Board to step in and close the bottling operations. “Taking the groundwater, packaging it and selling it is not a good use of water,” said Eddie Kurtz, executive director of the Courage Campaign.

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USA TODAY covers Courage Campaign's efforts to save California's Water from Nestle

One group, Courage Campaign, last month launched an online petition in response to recent news coverage, demanding that Nestle stop bottling water in California during the drought. "Every time someone signs the petition, it deploys an email to Nestle and also to the water board," said Eddie Kurtz executive director of the Los Angeles-Calif.-based advocacy group. More than 135,000 people have signed. "At a certain point, we cap them and then we send a group email at the end of the day so that they don't mark us as spam."

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ABC News: Nestlé Needs to Stop Bottling Water in Drought-Stricken California, Advocacy Group Says

An advocacy group is accusing Nestlé of taking advantage of California’s dwindling supply of water. The California-based nonprofit Courage Campaign started an online petition about two weeks ago, demanding Nestlé stop “bottling the scarce resource straight from the heart of California’s drought and selling it for profit.”

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KPIX-FM talks to Courage Campaign's Eddie Kurtz on Nestlé CA Water Bottling Operations

“We’re using this moment and Nestlé to organize opposition to certainly any sort of ground water in California being bottled for sale. [It] just doesn’t make any sense in this drought,” said Eddie Kurtz executive director of CourageCampaign.org. State Water Resources Control Board chair Felicia Marcus warns against pulling the plug on bottled water, even though she agrees that there are reasons that bottled water is problematic. She points out that bottled water is useful for the communities that don’t have tap water available to drink. “There are environmental waste reasons. There’s the fact that tap water meets stricter standards in some ways and mostly you have a lot of communities that are paying for water out the tap and drinking bottled water because of marketing, when the water from the tap is perfectly fine,” Marcus said.

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Jezebel Cites Courage Campaign's Petition Calling Out Nestlé's Water Theft

The Nestle Corporation has come under fire recently for bottling and selling water during one of the most severe droughts in Western North American history. Here's the kicker, though: what they're doing is perfectly legal.

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SALON: Nestlé’s despicable water-crisis profiteering: How it’s making a killing — while California is dying of thirst

California actually tried to revoke a portion of Morongo’s license to use water from Millard Canyon starting in 2003; the tribe successfully fought that action. But with the drought and the water restrictions, the debate has restarted. Last week, the Courage Campaign, an online progressive group with 900,000 members, petitioned the state Water Resources Control Board to stop Nestlé’s bottling operations statewide.

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Reuters: Nestlé called out for bottling, selling California water during drought

Nestlé is wading into what may be the purest form of water risk. A unit of the $243 billion Swiss food and drinks giant is facing populist protests for bottling and selling perfectly good water in Canada and drought-stricken California.

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SF Examiner Runs Dr. Song's Oped on Kaiser's CEO

The San Francisco Chronicle will host a gala dinner Tuesday to present its new Visionary of the Year Award to one of 13 nominees. Most of the nominees are worthy of the honor. But the selection of Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson as a candidate for a visionary award requires a willful blindness on the part of the nominating committee. Just a few weeks ago, for the second time in as many years, slammed Kaiser for violating California laws by forcing thousands of patients to endure lengthy, illegal waits for basic mental health care.

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The Sacramento Bee flags Courage Campaign's Dr. Paul Song in Mock Trial of CA Home Healthcare Workers

After a federal judge overturned President Barack Obama’s 2013 order extending overtime pay to domestic workers, Gov. Jerry Brown rescinded his hard-fought deal with California’s In-Home Supportive Services employees that promised to cover overtime, travel and wait time costs. Home health aides have since launched a renewed campaign against the governor, calling for equality with other workers. Their latest protest gives them their own day in court: a mock tribunal putting California on trial for its treatment of in-home caregivers. Former state Senate candidate Sandra Fluke and Paul Song, executive chairman of the Courage Campaign, are among the “jurors” for the event, 12:30 p.m on the north steps of the Capitol, which is organized by the United Domestic Workers of America.

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Gannett's Montgomery Advertiser Picks Up Courage Campaign's Reaction to AL Halting Same-Sex Marriages

The Montgomery County Probate Office will stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses, Probate Judge Steven Reed announced Wednesday. Citing Tuesday evening's ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court, Reed said he has no choice but to stop issuing the licenses.

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'Massive injustice' or 'cause worth fighting for'? Courage Campaign reacts to state Supreme Court halting gay marriages

Dr. Paul Song, executive chairman of the pro-marriage equality group Courage Campaign described the ruling as "nothing short of outrageous" in a Tuesday statement. "Once again, Alabama has put itself on the wrong side of history. We are confident that once the dust settles, marriage equality will be the law not only in Alabama but nationwide as well," Song said. "Love is love. It is not something that should be subject to being legislated or litigated."

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The Huffington Post: Environmental Groups To California Governor - 'Climate Leaders Don't Frack'

Days after possibly the largest anti-fracking protest in history, environmentalists delivered a petition to California Gov. Jerry Brown demanding a ban on the controversial practice. The petition, which contained 184,000 signatures, was delivered Monday by a coalition of environmental progress groups, including the California-based Courage Campaign, Daily Kos, 350.org, Food and Water Watch, CREDO, Environmental Action, Presente, Forecast the Facts, and RH Reality Check.

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Courthouse News Service covers Statewide Fracking Ban Petition Delivery to Gov. Brown's Offices

SACRAMENTO (CN) - Thousands of anti-fracking protesters marched through Gov. Jerry Brown's hometown of Oakland Saturday and by Monday 113,000 of their signatures had crossed his desk at the state Capitol.

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The Sacramento Bee Previews Courage Campaign's Statewide Fracking Ban Petition Delivery to Gov. Brown's Office

COME TOGETHER: Following a weekend “march for real climate leadership” attempting to catch Gov. Jerry Brown’s attention in his home city of Oakland, anti-fracking activists will visit the governor’s office at the Capitol at 4 p.m. to deliver 184,000 signatures calling on Brown to follow New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s lead and ban the controversial oil extraction method in California.

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