Press Releases

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California Groups Unite to Reject Gov. Brown's Budget Proposal, Hundreds Rally in Sacramento for More Money to Education & Human Services

April 30, 2014
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 -- Saying to the Governor “it’s raining now”, mid-day on Tuesday, April 29th hundreds of umbrellas opened up on the steps of the Capitol as students, educators, parents and health & welfare advocates showed up with a 2014/15 budget proposal of their own - one that calls for $5 billion more in funding going towards the urgent needs of California’s families and children. While not rejecting the Governor’s rainy day fund or debt repayment plans outright, the group wants to see the funding to them reduced, as well as a reduction in funding for prison expansion. The group is also calling for an Oil Extraction Tax that would raise $2 billion. California is the only oil-producing state without such a tax.

NEW Report, Website Highlight Big Oil's Campaign Contributions, As Lawmakers Debate Tax on Oil Extraction in CA

April 1, 2014
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 -- With lawmakers on the Senate Education committee in Sacramento set to vote on Wednesday April 2nd on a new oil extraction tax that would raise more than $2 billion in revenue for the State, a new report by the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) -- in conjunction with the launch of a new website by Courage Campaign -- highlight Big Oil’s lobbying efforts and campaign contributions, juxtaposing those with ongoing economic devastation in communities across the State.

Courage Campaign Reacts to CA State Sen. Leland Yee’s Indictment

March 27, 2014
Thursday, 27 March 2014 -- Statement by Dr. Paul Song, executive chairman of the California-based Courage Campaign, on the news that State Sen. Leland Yee was indicted for public corruption.

Courage Campaign on Senate Bill 27 Vote

March 18, 2014
Monday, 17 March 2014 -- Statement by Dr. Paul Song, executive chairman of the California-based Courage Campaign on the failure of SB 27 in the California State Senate:

WEDNESDAY: Protest at Whole Foods in SF Features Video of CEO’s Outrageous Lies About Obamacare

March 11, 2014
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 -- On Wednesday, March 12th, members of the California-based joined by members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Jobs for Justice, and the Campaign for a Healthy CA, will rally at Whole Foods in San Francisco. The coalition will educate shoppers about Whole Foods CEO John Mackey’s repeated statements spreading misinformation about the Affordable Care Act and deliver a petition featuring more than 115,000 signatures urging him to stop.

Courage Campaign Slams the Senate’s Failure to Pass the Military Justice Improvement Act

March 6, 2014
Thursday, 06 March 2014 -- Statement by Dr. Paul Song, executive chairman of the California-based, on today’s vote on the Senate’s failure to pass the Military Justice Improvement Act, by a vote of 55-45.

TODAY: Rallies in LA and SF Demand Big Oil Stop Blocking Education Funding in CA, National “Higher Ed, Not Debt” Campaign Launches

March 6, 2014
Thursday, 06 March 2014 -- With student debt reaching over $1 trillion and college tuition continuing to skyrocket, dozens of organizations representing students, youth, labor, veterans and policy organizations are coming together to unite their efforts to tackle what has become a student debt crisis in America. Higher Ed, Not Debt -- a new, multi-year campaign to address the twin issues of education debt and college affordability -- will launch on Thursday, March 6, with dozens of events across the country. Here in California, events will be held in Los Angeles and San Francisco, hosted by ReFund California, a coalition of community, online, and labor organizations across the state.

TODAY: Press Conference at the Capitol in Sacramento Urges Legislators to Resist the Influence of ALEC

February 12, 2014
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 -- On Wednesday, February 12th, concerned Californians joined by members of Common Cause and will hold a press conference outside the State Capitol in Sacramento in protest of the right-wing corporate front group, ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. Activists will then deliver Just Say NO to ALEC letters to every legislator.

Groups Applaud Michael Sam’s Courage, Remind Leagues and Fans that “Only Talent Should Matter”

February 11, 2014
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 -- Joint statement by Dr. Paul Song, executive chairman of the California-based, and Brian Kitts, Co-Founder of the You Can Play Project, on news that Michael Sam might become the first openly-gay professional football player if drafted into the NFL:

Courage Campaign Hails Court Ruling as a Victory for Opponents of Gov. Brown’s Original Prison Plan

February 11, 2014
Monday, 10 February 2014 -- Statement by Dr. Paul Song, executive chairman of the California-based, in reaction to news that federal judges granted California an additional two years to reduce the State’s overcrowded prison inmate population. The decision is a victory for those who fought to block Gov. Jerry Brown’s original plan to fund new private, for-profit prisons and out-of-state prison transfers to address overcrowding in California prisons:


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