California 2024: From the primary to the general election
Courage California Blog
by Angela Chavez
3w ago
Primary election results are in, and our general election plan is on. The primary election by the numbers: Voter turnout was 35% – This was better news than expected. Turnout was higher than the 33% turnout for the 2022 primary election but lower than the 47% turnout for the 2020 presidential primary. Turnout ranged across the state, from 23% in Imperial County) to 61% in Sierra County.[1] More than 66,000 voters used our 2024 primary election Courage Voter Guide. Nearly half were voters aged 18-34 years old! 39,000 used the guide in the last two days of the election, and one-third of the v ..read more
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What Happened When a Community Took on Right-Wing Extremists
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by Guest
1M ago
For over three months our community group, Glendale Parents for Public Schools, and others organized multiple days of door-knocking and phone banking for Glendale Unified School Board candidates Telly Tse and Neda Farid, to keep two right-wing extremists off the board. I phone banked for Neda Farid in between shuttling my kids from one activity to another. I pulled out my rusty Spanish and managed well enough to chat with a few Spanish-speaking voters in her district who said “Yes, I’m voting for Neda!”  I knocked on doors for Telly Tse on a rainy Saturday morning with other volunteers ..read more
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U.S. Senate Candidate Forum featuring Reps: Barbara Lee, Katie Porter & Adam Schiff
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by Angela Chavez
3M ago
On Sunday, October 8, U.S. Representatives Barbara Lee, Katie Porter, and Adam Schiff will participate in a candidate forum in Los Angeles at the National Union of Healthcare Workers’ annual leadership conference. The forum will be streamed live at 10 a.m. in English on Courage California’s Facebook page, and in Spanish on NUHW’s YouTube channel.  Following the forum, which features the three leading Democratic candidates to succeed Dianne Feinstein in the U.S. Senate, NUHW members will vote on the union’s endorsement and the result will be announced later in the week. The forum ..read more
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Primary Power: The Latina Vote
Courage California Blog
by Angela Chavez
3M ago
Latina Power: By the Numbers In the last census, the Latinx population made up the largest group in California for the first time ever. And Latina voters themselves have incredible potential power. In California: 22 of the 80 new state Assembly districts now have a Latino majority. 10 of the 40 state Senate districts have a Latino majority. 16 of 52 California’s congressional districts now have a Latino majority. Latino majority districts in California translate to Latina power — because Latina voters consistently outperform their Latino male counterparts in voting (when they’re registered ..read more
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After Right-Wing Extremists Instigated Violence in My Community, We Organized
Courage California Blog
by Guest
3M ago
June 2, 2023, was an exciting day – my daughter was walking in her elementary school graduation ceremony that afternoon. It was also a bit scary as we didn’t know if something might happen at her ceremony because right-wing extremists had been targeting Glendale Unified School District (GUSD) for teaching a state-mandated LGBTQ+ curriculum. They had pressured the Glendale PTA and most schools to cancel Pride Month events and that morning, some had participated in a protest that became violent outside Saticoy Elementary because of the school’s age-appropriate Pride Month assembly.  I was c ..read more
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The Time is NOW for Congress to Pass the Respect for Marriage Act: Protect LGBTQ+ Rights
Courage California Blog
by Guest
3M ago
The Senate has passed the Respect for Marriage Act, a piece of legislation that will codify (arrange laws to guarantee) the right to same-sex and interracial marriage, now the bill heads to the House for a vote.   Background: Congress, in an attempt to pressure states to ban same-sex couples from being able to marry, passed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 1996. In 2009, the first iteration of the Respect for Marriage Act was written to repeal DOMA with or without the Supreme Court’s involvement. The bill has been updated several times. If passed, the  Respect for Marriage ..read more
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SCOTUS: How We Got Here and Where We Go
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by Guest
3M ago
By: Scottie Thomaston, Editor at Courage California Institute’s EqualityOnTrial.com The Supreme Court of the United State’s term – the last in which Justice Stephen Breyer will participate – has ended. The decisions this term, along with the Court’s actions on the so-called “shadow docket” give us a preview of how the newly-formed conservative court majority will approach threats to democracy and its older precedents, which had historically protected important human rights for generations. Across the street from the Court, in the US Congress, Republicans seem to be pushing an agenda ..read more
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With Courage, We Did: 2022 Election Wins!
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by Angela Chavez
3M ago
The final 2022 California General election results are in – and we have big wins to celebrate! Courage California top election highlights: Rep. Katie Porter won her re-election in a tougher, more Republican district by 9,000 votes (3.4%).  Courage polled 3,432 voters in 6 battleground congressional districts in the Central Valley and Southern California and found that 20-40% of voters were undecided on who to vote for and that jobs and the economy was the top issue they cared about.  We endorsed 23 candidates for state and local offices and 15 won, including LA Mayor-elect Karen ..read more
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Lobby Day: I Went to Sacramento to Participate in the Legislative Process
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by Guest
3M ago
By Mai Nguyen Do, Courage California’s Policy & Partnerships Lead On August 3, 2022,  as a part of the Building the California Dream Alliance (BCDA), Courage California met with legislators in Sacramento at the California State Capitol for our annual Lobby Day. From our Dream Alliance priority legislation list, Alliance partners chose to highlight 3 bills for the BCDA Lobby Day- AB 256 (Kalra, Kamlager, R. Rivas, Santiago), AB 257 (Holden, Carrillo, Low, L. Rivas), and SB 972 (Gonzalez).  AB 256 would make the 2020 California Racial Justice Act retroactive to ensure those curren ..read more
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