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Pushing a wheelbarrow filled with 350,000 petition signatures, concerned Californians gathered outside the capitol Tuesday to urge Gov. Brown and the California Water Resources Control Board to stop the potentially dangerous practice of using wastewater from oil drilling to irrigate California's crops.

The petition signatures were collected by CREDO, Care2, Food & Water Watch, the Center for Biological Diversity, RootsKeeper, Center for Environmental Health, Breast Cancer Action, Center for Food Safety, Courage Campaign and the Center for Race, Poverty and the Environment.

The groups gathering the 350,000 signatures calling a halt to the controversial practice included CREDO, Care2, Food & Water Watch, the Center for Biological Diversity, RootsKeeper, Center for Environmental Health, Breast Cancer Action, Center for Food Safety, Courage Campaign, and the Center for Race, Poverty and the Environment.

The Courage Campaign Institute, an arm of the California-based Courage Campaign, recently sent out an alarmed email about the Nestlé bottling plant opening in Phoenix:

I know, you can't make this up. Phoenix is one of the driest -- and fastest-growing -- cities in the world.

But Nestlé is so shameless -- and so obsessed with maximizing profits -- that they're willing to go anywhere and do anything, even if that means taking water from the heart of the Arizona desert....

Organizations like the Courage Campaign are also taking up the issue of race to expose its cynical use as a wedge issue in the presidential election. Continuing to build upon the solidarity, developing a shared analysis and a common strategic outlook can be the glue that binds these different parts into a powerful whole capable of forcing sustained transformational change.

The groups that urged the DNC to end superdelegates include Courage Campaign, Credo, Daily Kos, Demand Progress/Rootstrikers, Democracy for America, Center for Popular, Democracy, MoveOn, National Nurses United, New Democrat Network, the Other 98%, Presente, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Progressive Democrats of America, Progressive Kick, Reform the DNC, and Social Security Works.

More than a dozen progressive groups including the Courage Campaign and MoveOn are backing an amendment to eliminate superdelegates in future primaries. The amendment, which is sponsored by 50 of the rule committee’s 187 members, will come up for a vote on Saturday. It needs to garner support from at least 25% of the committee’s members to be brought to the convention floor next week.

A letter to the Democratic National Committee posted this week on the EndSuperdelegates.com website gathered nearly 125,000 signatures in less than 48 hours in support of reform.

“The superdelegate system is unrepresentative, contradicts the purported values of the party and its members, and reduces the party’s moral authority,” said the letter.

The 14 groups involved in the campaign are Courage Campaign, Credo, Daily Kos, Demand Progress, Democracy for America, the Center for Popular Democracy, MoveOn, National Nurses United, NDN, The Other 98%, Presente.org, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Progressive Democrats of America, and Social Security Works.

Activists arguing that Nestle's bottling of water from the San Bernardino National Forest is illegal due to a long-expired permit gathered Saturday at Sprouts Farmers Market locations across the U.S., including one in La Quinta, in order to protest the chain's sale of Nestle Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water.

The protest, headed by the Courage Campaign Institute and Story of Stuff Project, was planned for 18 Sprouts locations across the western half of the country, targeting the major retailer because of its advertised commitment to sustainability.

Members of the Courage Campaign Institute and Story of Stuff Project are scheduled to deliver petitions Saturday to Sprouts stores in several cities, calling on the chain to live up to its values of sustainability and to stop selling the water, which the groups say is being illegally pumped from the San Bernardino National Forest using a permit that expired more than 25 years ago.

Opening a new front in the effort to remove Judge Aaron Persky from office, activists Tuesday announced they have collected more than 5,000 signatures online from Californians who are so incensed about his decision to spare former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner prison for a sex crime that they refuse to ever serve in his court on a jury.

The "Don't Serve in Judge Persky's Court" petition was posted by the national women's advocacy group UltraViolet, and the California-based organization Courage Campaign, which supports a variety of progressive causes.

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