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It was one of 17 similar events held Saturday throughout California, led by Courage Campaign and groups including Californians Against Fracking and Rootskeeper — all aimed at convincing Gov. Jerry Brown to call a halt to hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” which uses water and chemicals to fracture rock deep underground and release oil.

So on this 50 birthday, we need to take back the overall narrative about Medicare. We need to fight to not only protect Medicare by eliminating these indefensible subsidies for big powerful corporations, but to make it better and expand it for all.

The Courage Campaign Institute recently launched an ad campaign against Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente and claims the system prioritizes its reputation over the needs of its mental health patients. However, Kaiser firmly denies those allegations and says the ads are "the latest tactics in a union smear campaign."

A war of words--and advertisements--is taking place in California over long-simmering allegations that Kaiser Permanente has failed to provide adequate treatment and insurance coverage for patients who need mental health services.

Best known for platinum records in the early 2000s that put a techno sheen on blues and soul, the 49-year-old is taking on the drought-stricken state’s $46.4 billion agriculture industry with a petition calling for restrictions on how much water farmers may use. Even with his pop-chart reign long over, Moby commands more than 1 million Twitter followers and has inserted himself in the middle of one of California’s most heated policy debates in decades.
California's epic drought has led to increased grocery store prices for all of us coast to coast, and water restrictions that went into effect this week in the Golden State. The threat of $500 fines for wasting water is upsetting residents, especially since many multinational corporations are sourcing, bottling and making huge profits from water from California.
Now the musician has started a petition on Campaign Courage urging Brown to “stop corporate agribusiness from tapping out” the state’s water supplies. He is asking Brown to realign the state’s water rights, “put limits on irrigating super-thirsty cash crops like almonds, beef and alfalfa, and ensure our groundwater is not overpumped and depleted.” Those products, he told Forbes, are “the worst water offenders.”
The musician and activist discusses how policy-makers are like record executives in the Nineties: ignoring inevitable change and how his work with Courage Campaign is hoping to change the game.
A los manifestantes les preocupa que el escaso abasto sea usado por una corporación que da prioridad a la ganancia sobre el acceso de la gente, cuando el estado sufre una de las peores secas de su historia
As one of the self professed “poster children for California for advocating for California water reform,” musician/DJ and activist Moby says California’s water crisis’s biggest problem is that no one wants to face reality. “As a species, it’s almost like we hate consequences and being realistic. I know I do,” says Moby over the phone from his home in Los Angeles. “I hate the fact that I’m short and bald, but I am. I’ll never be a hair model or a basketball player. Actually, maybe that should be the solution. If the state is going to subsidize alfalfa, get me hair implants and figure out a way to make me taller. If we’re going to live in the land of unrealistic fairytales, that’s one I could support.”


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