Press Releases

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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Courage Campaign Applauds Decision to Revoke Blue Shield’s Non-Profit Tax Status

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 -- Statement by Dr. Paul Song, executive chairman of the California-based Courage Campaign, and practicing oncologist on news that the California Franchise Tax Board has revoked Blue Shield’s non-profit tax status due to problems over rate hikes, executive pay, and overwhelming financial reserves.

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Courage Campaign Reacts as AL Court Orders Judges to Stop Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 -- Statement by Dr. Paul Song, executive chairman of Courage Campaign on news that the Alabama Supreme Court ordered probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples:

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Courage Campaign Joins 50 Organizations Demanding Government Contractors Disclose Political Spending

Monday, 02 March 2015 -- Saying that President Barack Obama can single-handedly curb the pernicious influence of money in politics, more than 50 organizations today called on the him to issue an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose their political spending.

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Courage Campaign Applauds Senator de León for Bold Legislative Proposals to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 -- Statement from Eddie Kurtz, Executive Director of Courage Campaign on Senator de León on his bold proposals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California:

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Group Petitions for Roy Moore's Removal from Office, Compares Him to Modern-Day George Wallace, After Violating Federal Marriage Orders

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 -- After Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore commanded Alabama county judges to violate federal orders and refuse to marry same-sex couples, more than 10,200 people joined with Courage Campaign in calling on the Judicial Inquiry Commission to immediately remove Roy Moore from office and order all Alabama judges to comply with federal law.

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MONDAY 4pm: Activists Deliver 184k Signatures to Gov. Brown's Office Demanding Statewide Fracking Ban

Monday, 09 February 2015 -- Activists from the California-based Courage Campaign with activists of Daily Kos, 350.org, Food and Water Watch, CREDO, Environmental Action, Presente, Forecast the Facts, RH Reality Check, and other concerned Californians will deliver a petition signed by more than 184,000 people calling on Gov. Brown to institute a state-wide ban on fracking.

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BREAKING: Kamala Harris Tops 2016 CA Senate Pulse Poll

Thursday, 22 January 2015 -- Attorney General Kamala Harris has placed first in Democracy for America and the California-based Courage Campaign's joint “Pulse Poll” of each organization’s members on the emerging race to replace the retiring Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate.

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TMRW: Funeral Marches & Rallies in SF and LA Mark the 5th Anniversary of Citizens United

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 -- To mark the 5th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s deeply misguided Citizens United decision, Courage Campaign -- in partnership with more than a dozen other organizations -- will hold “Mourning in America” funeral marches in San Francisco and Los Angeles to mourn the “loss of democracy in America.”

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Liberal Groups Team Up to Poll CA Voters on 2016 Democratic Senate Picks

Thursday, 15 January 2015 -- The California-based Courage Campaign is teaming up with Democracy for America to launch a new microsite aimed at gauging the opinions of California voters on their 2016 picks for Barbara Boxer’s senate seat. The poll will be open starting today, January 15th and will remain open through January 21st. Results will be released when the poll closes.

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Thousands of Kaiser Customers to CEO: "Stop Putting Mental Health Patients Lives At Risk"

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 -- More than 12,000 people, including nearly 5,000 Kaiser customers, have personally emailed Kaiser executives by signing onto a new petition from the California-based Courage Campaign urging the company to stop putting mental health patients lives at risk and immediately reduce wait times for those seeking critical treatment. The petition stands in solidarity with the nearly 3,000 mental health clinicians from Kaiser Permanente -- represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers -- who went on strike yesterday to protest the chronic mental healthcare failures of the health insurance giant.

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Courage Campaign Hits Gov. Brown’s 2015 Proposed Budget Plan for Failing to Invest in Californians

Friday, 09 January 2015 -- Statement from Eddie Kurtz, executive director of the California-based Courage Campaign, on Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget plan for 2015:

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Courage Campaign Reacts to Gov. Brown’s Inaugural Address

Monday, 05 January 2015 -- Statement from Eddie Kurtz, executive director of the California-based Courage Campaign, on Governor Jerry Brown’s 2015 Inaugural Address.

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Group Demands CA State Sen. Anderson Disclose Details of Secret Meeting with ALEC Lobbyist in DC

Friday, 05 December 2014 -- The California-based Courage Campaign is demanding that California State Senator Joel Anderson disclose details on his secret lunch meeting with Geico lobbyist Cinda Smith at Bistro Bis, a four-star restaurant on Capitol Hill. Geico is a member of ALEC -- the American Legislative Exchange Council -- a notorious, right-wing corporate “dating service” connecting corporate-friendly legislators and lobbyists.

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Eddie Kurtz Named Courage Campaign’s New Executive Director

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 -- Courage Campaign, California’s largest online progressive organization made up of more than 900,000 members, announced today that Eddie Kurtz, currently leading the group’s online operations as Political Director, will be taking over as Executive Director of the organization.

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