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VJ Sleight with the group Courageous Resistance said, "We have a lot of undocumented aliens here in the Coachella Valley and we need to support them. They add so much to our economy and they're so important to every aspect of life here."

Lynn O'Neill, also with Courageous Resistance, said, "They [local police] are not paid to be commandeered by ICE (Immigration Custom Enforcement) or act as deportation agents, they are paid with our tax dollars to act as local law enforcement."

From 1947 until 2015, nearly 4.3 billion gallons of spring water have been taken from pipes in Strawberry Canyon, under several different ownerships of the Arrowhead bottled water brand, according to a recently released League of Women Voters position paper on a proposed renewal of Nestlé’s special use permit.

A federal judge in Riverside last year ruled in favor of the Forest Service and declared valid Nestlé’s permit for water collection pipes and related equipment in the San Bernardino Mountains. The plaintiffs, which were the Courage Campaign Institute, The Story of Stuff and the Center for Biological Diversity, among other points had sought an injunction on Nestlé’s operations until an environmental review has been completed.

More than three dozen people gathered outside the office of Rep. Devin Nunes in Clovis on Thursday, urging him to reject legislation that would end the Affordable Care Act.

Kate Connor, 40, organized the protest as part of the Courage Campaign. She said similar protests were being held in six other districts in the state.

The protest was organized on the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, and also on the day it was supposed to be repealed.

Legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act was short in votes Thursday. President Donald Trump demanded a make-or-break vote on health care and said if the Affordable Care Act is not repealed Friday, it will stay.

 A 4'11" grim reaper on the streets of Clovis, outside Congressman Devin Nunes's office.

"It's a darn good chance most of these 24 million people will die before their time," protester Celeste Johnston said. It's how Johnston chose to dress, saying repealing and replacing Obamacare is a death sentence. "Fix the ACA, but don't introduce this ridiculously bad bill," Johnston said of the American Health Care Act. 

Family physician Sue Stone was alongside Johnston, saying, if the bill's replaced, she'd see trouble with those using the ER as their primary medical care. "The people who really need those services, it gets backed up," Stone said. "They don't get the proper care, they don't get proper follow-up."

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A series of demonstrations are planned across the state to protest House Republicans’ Obamacare replacement proposal, which could lead to heavy financial losses for California and leave more than 5 million uninsured, according to the state Department of Health Care Services and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.

A press conference on potential losses for California is set for 11 a.m. at the state Capitol. Meanwhile, those opposed to the Republican proposal are expected to show up and protest in the home districts of California Republicans in the House, including Reps. Jeff DenhamDavid ValadaoDevin NunesSteve KnightEd Royce and Dana Rohrabacher. Organized by the Courage Campaign, a liberal activist network, many are expected to carry signs depicting the “grim reaper,” personifying death.

EVENTS: Release -- “On Thursday, March 23rd, as the House votes to strip away healthcare from millions of Americans, members of the California-based Courage Campaign will hold rallies outside state Congressional Republicans offices with with grim reaper themed posters calling out Congress members for wanting to “kill affordable health care for thousands of Californians.” Link to “Grim Reaper” poster.

More than three dozen people gathered outside the office of Rep. Devin Nunes in Clovis on Thursday, urging him to reject legislation that would end the Affordable Care Act.

Kate Connor, 40, organized the protest as part of the Courage Campaign. She said similar protests were being held in six other districts in the state. The protest was organized on the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, and also on the day it was supposed to be repealed.

The House proposal would cost the state an estimated $6 billion in 2020, rising to $24.3 billion annually by 2027, according to a new analysis by state health officials. The state’s general fund would absorb most of the financial hit. Those who would be most affected are low-income people on Medi-Cal, according to a new study by UC Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education.

A press conference on potential losses for California is set for 11 a.m. at the state Capitol. Meanwhile, those opposed to the Republican proposal are expected to show up and protest in the home districts of California Republicans in the House, including Reps. Jeff Denham, David Valadao, Devin Nunes, Steve Knight, Ed Royce and Dana Rohrabacher. Organized by the Courage Campaign, a liberal activist network, many are expected to carry signs depicting the “grim reaper,” personifying death.

On Thursday, March 23rd, as the House votes to strip away healthcare from millions of Americans, members of the California-based Courage Campaign will hold rallies outside state Congressional Republicans offices with with grim reaper themed posters calling out Congress members for wanting to “kill affordable health care for thousands of Californians.

The local chapter of the ACLU is having resistance training on March 11 at the Mizell Senior Center and Courageous Resistance is hosting a Tax Day rally in front of the IRS building on April 15 to demand that Trump release his tax returns.
“We want to continue this fight,” Joy Silver of Courageous Resistance. “Come to our meetings, come to our rallies, come take some action. If you have something you think needs to get done, we’re going to help you get it done because we want to see economic and social justice.”

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