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Courage Campaign: California Voters Scored Major Wins for Affordable Housing, Transportation, Children’s Health Care in Key Ballot Measures

Statement from Eddie Kurtz, executive director of the California-based Courage Campaign, on the passage of Props 1, 2, 4, and 12, and the defeat of Props 5 and 6: 

California’s 11 ballot propositions this year ranged from opportunities for California to threats to the people of our State. 

“With the help of Courage Campaign’s 2018 Progressive Voter Guide, Californians chose to invest in California — from affordable housing to children’s hospitals — and rejected right-wing attempts to block desperately needed transportation funding and further complicate our problematic property tax system. Californians know that by investing in our State and in the most marginalized amongst us, we make our State more prosperous and better for all.” 

Earlier this year, Courage Campaign released its 2018 Progressive Voter Guide detailing recommendations for how progressives in the State should vote on 11 statewide ballot measures on the November ballot. Over 126,000 visitors viewed the guide. 

Courage Campaign’s 2018 Progressive Voter Guide is a one-of-a-kind, comprehensive guide that compiles the endorsements of California’s most trusted progressive groups and organizations, including the ACLU, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), California Calls, the California Democratic Party, the California Labor Federation, PICO CA Action, Sierra Club, League of Women Voters, and SEIU CA. Courage Campaign promoted the guide with paid ads on Facebook reaching more than 2.7 million California voters with its recommendations.  Specifically, Courage Campaign recommended:

  • Voting Yes on a $4 billion dollar bond to build and renovate affordable housing (Prop 1) 
  • Voting Yes on a $2 billion bond to build and renovate housing for homeless Californians (Prop 2) 
  • Voting Yes on a $1.5 billion bond to build, expand, and improve children’s hospitals (Prop 4) 
  • Voting No on a proposal that would redirects school funding to tax breaks for property owners over 55 (Prop 5) 
  • Voting No on eliminating $5 billion in funding for transportation, and prohibiting taxes on gas and vehicles (Prop 6) 
  • Voting Yes on stopping dialysis clinics from overcharging patients or refusing to treat people based on how they pay (Prop 8) 
  • Voting Yes on allowing cities and counties to pass more rent control laws to address our housing crisis (Prop 10) 
  • Voting No on eliminating labor laws that give EMTs meal and rest breaks (Prop 11) 
  • Voting Yes on banning the sale of eggs and meat from animals confined in small cages (Prop 12)

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Angela Chavez