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California Organizations Launch ‘Valley Families Unite’

Coalition to Hold Congressional Representatives in CA-41 and CA-13 Accountable

California, September 28, 2023Courage California, Inland Empire United, Communities for a New California Action Fund and Lower Costs California are joining forces to launch Valley Families Unite, a coalition fighting to create a strong economy that works for all valley residents while holding members of Congress accountable for choosing the wealthy over California working families.

The coalition will help uplift the voices of constituents in CA-41 and CA-13 who have been impacted by their representatives’ policy records, particularly votes that would increase working Californians’ day-to-day costs or fail to lower them—from health care costs, to utilities, gas, child care and housing. Our mission is to ensure that congressional leaders in our state truly represent working people in their districts, and we intend to hold Rep. Ken Calvert and Rep. John Duarte accountable when they fail to do so.

Our organizations have collectively engaged residents of these districts year-round through various initiatives, from Census and COVID outreach to learning from and engaging with the community. This coalition represents the next step in all of our dedication to working families, and our work towards lower costs on everyday expenses from groceries and housing to health care and gas; higher wages for our working families, after decades of stagnant wages; and making corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share.

 Irene Kao, Executive Director, Courage California

“Courage California is proud to stand alongside our partners in launching Valley Families Unite. Together, we will work tirelessly to empower the voices in Congressional Districts 41 and 13, ensuring their leaders are held accountable for votes that would raise the cost of living for families in their districts.”  

Sky Allen, Executive Director Inland Empire United

“Inland Empire United is excited to be a part of this vital coalition. Our commitment to the betterment of our communities remains unwavering, and Valley Families Unite is a powerful vehicle for positive change.” 

Pablo Rodriguez, Executive Director Communities for a New California

“Communities for a New California is thrilled to unite with these incredible organizations. Together, we will work diligently to create a brighter and more equitable future for the residents of Congressional Districts 41 and 13.” 

In collaboration with the coalition, Lower Costs California (LCC) launched a $3.6 million advertising campaign on Tuesday to educate Representative Ken Calvert’s (CA-41) constituents about his impact on their economic well-being. Additionally, Valley Families Unite is planning a series of in-district events to actively engage constituents.

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Valley Families Unite represents a shared vision of economic prosperity for working families and accountable leadership in California. With the collective strength of Courage California, Inland Empire United, Communities for a New California Action Fund and Lower Costs California, we are eager to hold our elected officials accountable for fighting for the economic well-being of California families.

Courage California, formerly Courage Campaign, works to unite communities organizing for progressive change, fight the forces of corruption, and hold our representatives to account in order to ensure that California’s elected officials act with courage. Our community of members envision California as a model of progressive, equitable, and truly representative democracy that sets the standard for our country.


Angela Chavez