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For Eddie Kurtz, president of the progressive California-based Courage Campaign, it’s time for Senate Democrats to take extraordinary measures to try to block a nominee they can’t accept.

“In the Congress, there are many ways Democrats could gum up the works and really play hardball, as Republicans have been willing to do,” he said. “And outside, we can have the senators’ backs by making it crystal clear to the public what another right-wing justice would mean to the country on a wide range of issues.”

From Eddie Kurtz, Executive Director of Courage Campaign: “We are deeply disturbed by this abominable Supreme Court decision to favor wealthy corporations and their right-wing allies over the well-being of American workers."

About a hundred Courage Campaign members gathered to show support for the 2,300 children who were separated from their parents at the border.

“This is corruption. Pure and simple.” -- Eddie Kurtz of the Courage Campaign

Eddie Kurtz, Executive Director of California’s leading progressive organization, Courage Campaign, issued the following statement in response to SB 822 changes:

“Chairman Santiago just threw California’s most vulnerable communities and the future of our democracy under the bus. In an unprecedented move, Asm. Miguel Santiago—who is flush with cash from AT&T and the rest of the telecommunications industry—gutted our nation’s most comprehensive net neutrality bill. His actions jeopardize the free flow of information in the 21st Century and an open internet for all. Clearly, Santiago is more concerned with the interests of his corporate donors than with the well-being of his own constituents. Hear us loud and clear, Chairman: Courage Campaign will make sure your actions are remembered.”

In an effort to help protect migrant families detained and separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, Courage Campaign and event platform SameSide have teamed with West Hollywood's The Standard hotel to host "Cocktails + Change," a fundraiser set for Friday at 6 p.m.

All proceeds from "Cocktails + Change" will go toward funding RAICES (The Refugee and Immigrant  Center for Education and Legal Services).

Two California Democrats crafting “gold standards” in net neutrality laws said Monday they will amend and combine their bills before a vote this week in the Legislature.

Eddie Kurtz, Courage Campaign president, said the senators are doing the country a “great service” by joining forces and combining their bills.

“Their courageous stand against some of the largest, wealthiest, and most powerful companies in the country — AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon — is exactly the kind of leadership our communities need in Sacramento,” Kurtz said in a statement.

A federal judge ruled in 2016 that Nestlé’s permit was still valid because in 1987 the company's predecessor requested a permit renewal and didn’t receive a response.

Three environmental groups – the Center for Biological Diversity, the Story of Stuff Project and the Courage Campaign Institute – appealed the lower court’s decision in November 2016. The settlement means the Forest Service will acquiesce to the main argument made by the conservation groups: that the company cannot continue to use its current permit indefinitely, and that the federal agency needs to finish a complete environmental assessment quickly.

The company disputes allegations made regarding the old permit’s status and says it remains in full effect.

As part of the settlement, the Center for Biological Diversity, Courage Campaign Institute and the Story of Stuff Project agreed to dismiss an appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals about the old permit after a new decision is issued.

If they are not satisfied with the Forest Service’s decision on a new permit, the groups say they have the right to challenge it.

Courage Campaign and Flip the 14 are embarking on a joint phone bank and texting effort to mobilize Democrats in CA-39, -48 and 49, the districts where Democrats most fear a top-two shutout.

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