Courage Campaign in the News

CapRadio: California Lawmakers Say Fracking Study Shows Lax Oversight, Courage Campaign Delivers Petition Demanding Statewide Fracking Ban

California lawmakers say the report by the California Council on Science and Technology and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab outlined the lack of information state regulators have about fracking. The study said the state lacks data about the toxicity of hundreds of chemicals used in fracking as well as how wastewater from the process is disposed of or reused.

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Capitol Alert: Lawmakers review fracking study as activists demand ban

Lawmakers required the study as part of a 2013 law authored by state Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, who leads the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee. Scientists who worked on the study are scheduled to testify, as are state conservation and natural resources officials, at 9 a.m. room 112. Afterward, Sen. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, and Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara, will join activists in calling for a statewide fracking ban. Activists from Courage Campaign plan to deliver a petition with about 160,000 signatures in support of a permanent ban.

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Op-Ed: The ugly side of Kaiser Permanente's mental health failings

We and others have shared our stories with the public at TheRealKaiserPermanente.com -- real stories from real people, demonstrating the human toll of a system designed to withhold services from patients in need. In June, Courage Campaign promoted that website with a modest ad campaign on public transit. Kaiser's response was immediate. (Ask for therapy and Kaiser offers only silence, but run a few ads on BART trains and Kaiser execs suddenly swing into action.) But rather than deal with the problem and confront the issue head-on, Kaiser ran its own ads dismissing our stories as "a labor dispute," disregarding that Kaiser's mental health professionals blew the whistle on Kaiser on our behalf, for violating our rights.

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John Legend Partners with Courage Campaign to Promote CA's Racial and Identity Profiling Act

Grammy-winning artist John Legend has penned a note to Californians urging them to support the Racial and Identity Profiling Act (AB 953) which sets out to update California's profiling law, improve public safety, protect the rights of all Californians, and advance community relations. "As a black man, racial profiling is something I am far too familiar with," he wrote in an email to Courage Campaign members. Legend also calls out his home state of California as having "one of the weakest racial and identity profiling laws in the country."

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The Bakerfield Californian: Fracking foes, friends air differences

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.

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NBC7 in San Diego covers Courage Campaign's Anti-Fracking Action

Protesters gathered at the Ocean Beach Boardwalk Saturday to protest Jerry Brown’s support for hydraulic fracturing and other unconventional oil and gas extraction methods. The protest was led by the California based Courage Campaign, Californians Against Fracking and Rootskeeper.

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Courage Campaign's Dr. Paul Song Celebrates Medicare's 50th Birthday!

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.

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Becker's Hospital Review reports on Courage Campaign's Kaiser Ad Campaign

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."

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FierceHealthPayer: Public advocates, Kaiser Permanente wage war of words over mental health services

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.

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Bloomberg: Vegan DJ Moby Beefs With California Farmers Over Drought Crisis

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.

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CNN's Headline News talks to Courage Campaign's Eddie Kurtz on California's Water Crisis

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.

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The Los Angeles Times: First William Shatner, now Moby: Celebrities' ideas for tackling 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.”

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Moby on California Drought: 'The Way We're Living Is Stupid'

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.

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La Opinion: Protesta contra Nestlé: paren de 'robar agua' de California

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

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FORBES: Moby Calling Upon California Governor For Water Reform

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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News10: Protesters want Sacramento Nestle plant to stop bottling water

Concerned that precious California water is going out of state during the state's ongoing drought, several dozen protesters were at the Nestle bottling plant in south Sacramento Wednesday to urge the company to cease bottling water.

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