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California’s state Senate pushed the Golden State one step closer to enacting the Obama-era Federal net neutrality laws that were gutted by the FCC earlier this year. 

“With the strongest net neutrality legislation in the country, California now leads the way in guaranteeing access to the internet for all,” said Tim Molina, political director of the California-based Courage Campaign. “Protecting access to the internet and the free flow of information online is critical to our democracy and this bill is an important first step to reinstating net neutrality across America.”

California’s wide-reaching net neutrality bill passed the state assembly on Thursday, in a major victory for campaigners that hailed the bill as the best state-level action in the country. 

Courage Campaign and other progressive groups have focused on passing legislation at the state level to mitigate the effects of reversing net neutrality.

For Eddie Kurtz, president of the progressive California-based Courage Campaign, it’s time for Senate Democrats to take extraordinary measures to try to block a nominee they can’t accept.

“In the Congress, there are many ways Democrats could gum up the works and really play hardball, as Republicans have been willing to do,” he said. “And outside, we can have the senators’ backs by making it crystal clear to the public what another right-wing justice would mean to the country on a wide range of issues.”

From Eddie Kurtz, Executive Director of Courage Campaign: “We are deeply disturbed by this abominable Supreme Court decision to favor wealthy corporations and their right-wing allies over the well-being of American workers."

About a hundred Courage Campaign members gathered to show support for the 2,300 children who were separated from their parents at the border.

“This is corruption. Pure and simple.” -- Eddie Kurtz of the Courage Campaign

Eddie Kurtz, Executive Director of California’s leading progressive organization, Courage Campaign, issued the following statement in response to SB 822 changes:

“Chairman Santiago just threw California’s most vulnerable communities and the future of our democracy under the bus. In an unprecedented move, Asm. Miguel Santiago—who is flush with cash from AT&T and the rest of the telecommunications industry—gutted our nation’s most comprehensive net neutrality bill. His actions jeopardize the free flow of information in the 21st Century and an open internet for all. Clearly, Santiago is more concerned with the interests of his corporate donors than with the well-being of his own constituents. Hear us loud and clear, Chairman: Courage Campaign will make sure your actions are remembered.”

In an effort to help protect migrant families detained and separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, Courage Campaign and event platform SameSide have teamed with West Hollywood's The Standard hotel to host "Cocktails + Change," a fundraiser set for Friday at 6 p.m.

All proceeds from "Cocktails + Change" will go toward funding RAICES (The Refugee and Immigrant  Center for Education and Legal Services).

Two California Democrats crafting “gold standards” in net neutrality laws said Monday they will amend and combine their bills before a vote this week in the Legislature.

Eddie Kurtz, Courage Campaign president, said the senators are doing the country a “great service” by joining forces and combining their bills.

“Their courageous stand against some of the largest, wealthiest, and most powerful companies in the country — AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon — is exactly the kind of leadership our communities need in Sacramento,” Kurtz said in a statement.

A federal judge ruled in 2016 that Nestlé’s permit was still valid because in 1987 the company's predecessor requested a permit renewal and didn’t receive a response.

Three environmental groups – the Center for Biological Diversity, the Story of Stuff Project and the Courage Campaign Institute – appealed the lower court’s decision in November 2016. The settlement means the Forest Service will acquiesce to the main argument made by the conservation groups: that the company cannot continue to use its current permit indefinitely, and that the federal agency needs to finish a complete environmental assessment quickly.

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