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NARAL Pro-Choice America, CREDO Action, UltraViolet, and Courage Campaign are all demanding that the Department of Justice instruct the FBI to investigate the Planned Parenthood shooting that left three dead and nine wounded Friday as domestic terrorism. Because the shooting was seemingly politically motivated — and not a random mass shooting — women's rights groups want law enforcement to recognize it as domestic terrorism. If you want to stand with Planned Parenthood and its supporters, you can sign the petition urging the DOJ to investigate the Planned Parenthood shooting.

Laura Leavitt, campaign manager at the Courage Campaign, said Republican presidential candidates in particular, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and former CEO Carly Fiorina, have made baseless accusations and are spreading fear and hate in an attempt to shut down one of the most important avenues women have to access healthcare.

Yesterday (Dec. 1), Colorado state Rep. JoAnn Windholz, a Republican, told the Colorado Independent that while that the kind of violence that took place at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood health center last week “is never the answer,” “we must starting point out who is the real culprit. The true instigator of this violence and all violence at any Planned Parenthood facility is Planned Parenthood themselves. Violence begets violence. So Planned Parenthood: YOU STOP THE VIOLENCE INSIDE YOUR WALLS.”

Groups want Justice Dept. to define attacks on Planned Parenthood as terrorism, but federal law offers no clear path. 

Three environmental and social services agencies on Monday asked a federal court judge to quickly rule on a case filed against the U.S. Forest Service for allowing bottled water giant Nestle to continue drawing millions of gallons of water from the San Bernardino National Forest.

Three environmental groups that sued the U.S. Forest Service in federal court to keep Nestle from piping water out of a national forest filed a motion Monday seeking a fast ruling in the case.

A California group has started a petition calling for Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson to resign after past sexual assault allegations recently surfaced.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is under fire again, this time by an L.A.-based organization being funded, in part, by teachers unions.

A California organization is demanding Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson resign over allegations of sexual assault.

ANTI-KJ CAMPAIGN -- Just one day after announcing he won’t run for a third term, Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson found himself the target of a drive by the progressive Courage Campaign -- which has mounted an online petition drive urging him to resign. The group cited charges of sexual abuse which date back two decades, and a recent video which has put the story into banner headlines.

Explicit, and tough -- That’s the tone of a letter from Courage Campaign’s Laura Levitt, a former social worker, in making the call for KJ to resign: “The video is chilling...A teenage girl sits on her hands and speaks to a Phoenix police officer in a gloomy room, describing sexual abuse.”

“Many people in Sacramento had been aware of her words and allegations, but had never seen her face before or heard her voice telling a first hand account of her story. We can’t keep ignoring these serious allegations of child sex abuse.

“It has never been more clear, in the face of these allegations, Kevin Johnson does not deserve to represent the people of Sacramento. And Sacramento cannot wait until next year for Johnson to step down. He should not be allowed to remain in office one more day!”


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