Courage Campaign in the News

'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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The Marysville Appeal-Democrat Covers Courage Campaign's California Senate Pulse Poll

Area Congressman John Garamendi a couple of weeks ago acknowledged he was approached as a possible Democratic candidate to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated in 2016 by Barbara Boxer. However, it has been state Attorney General Kamala Harris, also a Democrat, who has been getting the bulk of the attention as a possible successor. A recent "pulse poll" by the Democratic-leaning Democracy for America and Courage Campaign shows Harris a solid front-runner and Garamendi listed sixth of 15 potential Democratic candidates. In a prepared statement, Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, a former lieutenant governor and state insurance commissioner, said earlier he would consider running for the seat. But, he also said, "my first duty is to the people of the 3rd Congressional District."

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Bloomberg: How the Left Stopped One of Its Favorite Billionaires From Running for Senate

One day later, with few other Democrats close to the starting line, Elizabeth Warren endorsed Harris. Eight days later, the Howard Dean-founded Democracy for America–which is part of a coalition coaxing Warren to run for president–released a poll conducted with the California-based progressive Courage Campaign. Unscientific, conducted of the members who’d clicked through online in the week after Harris’s announcement, it found that 64.5 percent of California DFA/Courage voters wanted Harris to be the Democratic nominee. The rest of the vote scattered between some lesser-known Democrats. Tom Steyer got 2.7 percent of it.

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The SF Examiner Covers Courage Campaign's Funeral March Protesting the 5th Anniversary of Citizens United

Hundreds of people gathered in downtown San Francisco Wednesday to mark the fifth anniversary of a U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money on election campaigns.

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The Ocean Beach Rag: "California Democrats Need to Raise the Bar on Budget"

The Courage Campaign has been critical of Brown arguing that while he has done a “heroic job” of bringing the state back from the budget cliff, “much to our dismay, his proposed budget has prioritized savings for a rainy-day, even though the economic storm that began in 2008 is still raging on families across the state. California continues to have the highest poverty rate in the nation and this budget fails to prioritize the nearly nine million Californians struggling to make ends meet everyday.”

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The Easy Bay Express cites Courage Campaign in 2015 Preview of Governor Brown's Agenda

And for many liberals and Democratic lawmakers, Brown's latest budget proposal represents just more of the same. Last week, Eddie Kurtz, executive director of the 900,000-member Courage Campaign, said that Brown's financial agenda since returning to the governor's office in 2011 has favored the wealthy. Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California told the Sacramento Bee that Brown's budget "largely continues the cuts that were made in the recession to health and human services."

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The VC Star's Tim Herdt Asks: Cease fire in the war on poverty?

A statewide coalition of advocacy groups called the California Partnership staged news conferences in five cities, calling upon Brown to do more to break down what it called the state’s “wall of poverty.” The United Ways of California chimed in, as did the online activist group the Courage Campaign, the association representing human services directors from the 58 counties and several others. Reporters attending Brown’s news conference actually asked questions about funding for programs for the poor, questions that put Brown somewhat on the defensive. He talked of stagnant wages that are a function of the global economy and how he doesn’t “have all the answers for that.”

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The Sacramento Bee talks to Courage Campaign About Boxer's Open Senate Seat and Kamala Harris

Eddie Kurtz, executive director of the liberal Courage Campaign, said progressives are starved for a candidate who represents economic populism and wants more corporate accountability. Harris has shown a willingness to take on banks and demonstrated support for criminal justice reform. Kurtz said he’s encouraged, but he wants to hear more of her positions, possibly in a contested primary. “Our search is for the person who can fill Barbara Boxer’s shoes and take Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s message to Californians,” he said.

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SPECIAL TO THE BEE: Where is California's Elizabeth Warren?

Courage Campaign's executive director Eddie Kurtz asks "where is California's Elizabeth Warren?," in a special OpEd to the Sacramento Bee.

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The Washington Post: California Gov. Brown’s budget holds back on social spending, angering some on the left

SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Friday proposed a massive $113 billion state budget that boosts education spending and state savings while leaving some social programs funded below pre-recession levels, earning the ire of liberal activists that could set up a showdown with Democrats in the state legislature.... “The budget fails to prioritize the nearly nine million Californians struggling to make ends meet every day,” Eddie Kurtz, executive director of the progressive Courage Campaign, said in a statement. “Restoring California’s Health and Human Services budget is critical to growing a robust economy and sparking a virtuous economic cycle that will benefit all Californians, not just the wealthy among us.”

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The Sacramento Bee looks to Courage Campaign for Reaction to Gov. Brown's Proposed 2015 Budget

Even as anti-poverty activists organized protests around the state, Gov. Jerry Brown released a spending plan Friday that would restore few recession-era spending cuts to social services. Brown instead called for restraint, including paying down long-term debt and increasing California’s budget reserves. Public schools stand to receive billions of new dollars under the state’s school funding guarantee. The budget plan’s release follows robust revenue growth in California in recent months, and Democratic lawmakers are expected to push Brown for more spending in upcoming negotiations at the Capitol.

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The Sacramento Bee notes Courage Campaign's Attention to the 23% of Californians Living in Poverty in Gov. Brown's 4th Inaugural Address

Gov. Jerry Brown, sworn in Monday for a fourth and final term, called in his inaugural address for sweeping changes to fight climate change and for renewed spending on California’s aging infrastructure. Two months after the Republican Party surged in a dismal midterm election for Democrats across the nation, Brown cast California as a lantern of liberal thought on policies ranging from the environment to health care and protections for undocumented immigrants.

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The Sacramento Bee Cites Courage Campaign's Reaction to Gov. Brown's 4th Inaugural Speech

Democratic and Republican lawmakers, state officials, interest groups and others reacted to Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State address Monday. A synopsis of the responses so far:

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