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Multimillion-dollar organizations have filed five separate lawsuits to try to stop the Reproductive FACT Act, a law designed to provide women with critical information when they are making time-sensitive decisions about pregnancy.

The Reproductive FACT Act is straightforward, reasonable and popular. It passed by nearly 2-to-1 majorities in the Assembly and Senate. A poll showed that 80 percent of Californians – including a majority of Republicans and Catholics – support the law. It’s been hailed around the country as the first successful attempt to mitigate the damage done by crisis pregnancy centers that masquerade as comprehensive reproductive health clinics but manipulate women to reject abortion care.

After losing in four different courts to temporarily block the law while litigation continues, several crisis pregnancy centers have made it no secret that they intend to disobey the law.

In Do Your Job actions across the country, thousands on March 21 are urging Senate Republicans to uphold their constitutional obligation to consider a presidential appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

At events outside local congressional offices, including in Milwaukee, constituents are offering to enroll Senate Republicans in “Civics 101 Refresher” and to pay the costs of a basic government course at a local college.

More than three dozen national organizations are coordinating the nationwide day of action, including Civic Action, CREDO Action, Democracy for America, Organizing for Action and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

California-based Courage Campaign launches an online petition calling on House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and the rest of California’s Congressional GOP delegation “to condemn the violence that is erupting at Donald Trump rallies.

Reproductive rights advocates who hailed the enactment of California’s landmark crisis pregnancy center (CPC) regulation at the start of this year now find themselves cast in the new role of enforcement agents.

The state’s Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency (FACT) Act requires, in the most basic terms, the state’s licensed CPCs to post a short notice about the availability of birth control and abortion care. Violators face civil penalties of $500.

Responsibility for enforcing the law falls squarely on the state attorney general, city attorneys, and county counsels. But some cities and counties are being sued by groups of CPCs that aim to block the law. And some attorneys for local governments are reportedly bargaining with CPCs to be dropped from the lawsuits in return for temporarily agreeing not to enforce the law.

Recently, a fierce debate has been ignited within the Democratic Party regarding the merits and feasibility of a single-payer Medicare-for-All universal healthcare system. Some liberal commentators have summarily dismissed Senator Sanders’ proposal as politically unrealistic or as greatly lacking in details while championing a slightly improved status quo, and other political surrogates have spread GOP-like untruths that have no place in any honest discussion.

California's Rep. Loretta Sanchez, who is also running for the United States Senate, is standing by her statement that between 5 and 20 percent of the world's Muslims want to form an Islamic caliphate, Capital Public Radio reports.

"My comments were that some people have said to me — and it's true, some people have said to me — that between 5 and 20 percent of Muslims in the world want a caliphate. Nobody has been able to refute those numbers," Sanchez told Capital Public Radio.

In a sign of growing tension among California Democrats, at least two Assembly incumbents face unusual intraparty election challenges this year as liberal and moderate interests compete for leverage over environmental policy in a Legislature the party firmly controls.

Assembly members Cheryl Brown of San Bernardino and Mike Gipson of Los Angeles represent safely Democratic districts where re-election should be a mere formality. But Brown faces a challenge from Eloise Gomez Reyes, an attorney who ran for Congress in 2014. And a Los Angeles planning commissioner, Marta Segura, has filed a statement of intent to run against Gipson.


Under pressure from environmental groups’ lawsuits, the U.S. Forest Service has begun a comprehensive environmental review of Switzerland-based bottled water giant Nestle’s Corp. continuing operations in a San Bernardino Mountain canyon.

In December, national forest service spokesman John Heil said his agency “has begun the NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) review to analyze the effects of re-issuing a special use permit for Nestle.”

The Los Angeles-based ‘Courage Campaign’ raised $11,000 to help rebuild a mosque in Coachella that was firebombed shortly after the Dec. 2 terror attacks at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

On Christmas Day, Dr. Paul Song, Chairman of Courage Campaign, will deliver a $11,000 check on behalf of the organization and its members dedicated to reconstructing a local mosque that was firebombed by anti-Muslim extremists earlier this month,” the group said in an emailed news release.

The leader of a nonprofit progressive group announced Wednesday it is donating $11,000 to help rebuild a Coachella mosque that was firebombed earlier this month.

Dr. Paul Song, chairman of the Courage Campaign, said its 1.1 million members “come from every faith and tradition” and wanted to make a statement against the Dec. 11 attack on the Islamic Society of the Coachella Valley.

“We hope that the donation of $11,000 from the Courage Campaign and our members will help rebuild this mosque in the Coachella Valley and let the victims of persecution there and everywhere know that they are not alone,” Song said.


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