From CPR Staff Reports

Noteworthy Website: Injured Women After Reform (iWAR)

Injured Women After Reform - iWAR is a website dedicated to fighting discrimination in California law that allows insurance companies to pay less to a woman who is injured at work than to a man - for the same injury. Injured Women After Reform was founded by women lawyers and the injured women they represent.

The website - - contains  testimony and videos telling the personal stories of women who suffered job injuries and who have not received their fair share from the current workers' compensation system. The site is dedicated to electing lawmakers who will end these discriminatory rules.

Send a Nurse to Haiti - Donate NOW

CPR Staff Report 

In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, numerous worthy charitable efforts are raising funds for relief supplies and personnel to assist the stricken island nation.

One of particular note is the RN Response Network of the Oakland, California-based National Nurses United/California Nurses Association.

Within hours after the disaster struck, the nurses’ union began recruiting registered nurses eager to volunteer to provide life-saving emergency medical care to victims.

10,000 registered nurses have signed up to travel to Haiti. The RN Response Network has experience with recruiting and deploying nurse volunteers to disaster areas, including the South Asian tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and the recent fires in the Los Angeles area.

The RN Response Network needs your help now to cover the cost of travel, shelter and food for these nurses.

BREAKING NEWS: Prop 8 Proponents Make Desperate Appeal to US Supreme Court to Keep Cameras Out of Courtroom

California Progress Report Staff Report

Proponents of California Proposition 8 have filed an emergency application with United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, asking him to ban cameras from the federal courtroom hearing the challenge to the ballot initiative which bans same sex marriage.

The case is Perry v. Schwarzenegger.  Court proceedings begin Monday morning January 11 at the Philip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco.
Federal District Court Judge Vaughn Walker had ruled that he would permit tape-delayed coverage on You Tube, with simulcasts to several courthouses around the country. Petitioners seeking to overturn Proposition 8 must file their response to the emergency application with Justice Kennedy by noon on Sunday.

New RN SuperUnion Names Rose Ann DeMoro Executive Director, Rallies for RN Rights

By National Nurses United

Hours after formalizing the birth of the largest union and professional organization of registered nurses in U.S. history, National Nurses United hit the ground running Tuesday with the selection of an executive director, Rose Ann DeMoro, and its first public action, a protest at the headquarters of the Arizona hospital association.

DeMoro, who has served since 1993 as executive director of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, a role she will continue, is also a national vice president of the AFL-CIO. She was named at the inaugural meeting late Tuesday afternoon of the new NNU board of the new 150,000-member organization.

Noteworthy Website: PrivacyRights.Org

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC), a leading authority on personal privacy issues, recently launched a totally redesigned website:

Established in 1992, the San Diego based Privacy Rights Clearinghouse is a nonprofit consumer organization with a two-part mission -- consumer information and consumer advocacy.

Ranking Maldonado – A Review of Scorecards

From Staff Reports

Announcing his pick for Lieutenant Governor on the Jay Leno show last night, Governor Schwarzenegger said this about Senator Abel Maldonado “He’s a terrific, loyal man that has worked very hard in public service. But he’s also into bipartisanship and post partisanship, so he can cross the aisle. He makes decisions based on what’s best for the people rather than what’s best for the party.”

A review of legislative scorecards prepared by organizations across the ideological spectrum shows that Senator Maldonado gravitates somewhat closer to the center than most of his Republican colleagues.  These scorecards rank lawmakers on votes cast for or against the organization’s position on a range of bills in the organization’s issue areas. (In several cases 2009 scorecards are not yet available so we looked at 2008 scorecard).

Rising Protest Against Dismantling of Higher Ed

CSU San Diego Rally

CPR Staff Report

Students, faculty and staff at California’s public universities are mounting a new wave of protests against tuition hikes and enrollment cuts this week.

As public opinion of the governor and the legislature’s handling of higher education reaches a record low, concern grows that California is systematically dismantling a system of public higher education that was once the model for the nation. 

Poll: Flunking Grades for Governor, Legislature on Higher Education

From CPR Staff Reports

A new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California gave the governor and state lawmakers low grades for their handling of higher education.

The poll comes as California State University announces drastic plans to reduce enrollment by 40,000 students and in the wake of record tuition hikes and enrollment cuts at the University of California.