Statement on Supreme Court ruling to indefinitely block cameras and YouTube broadcasts of Proposition 8 federal trial

LOS ANGELES, CA – Rick Jacobs, Chair of the 700,000-member Courage Campaign, released the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to indefinitely block cameras from covering the Prop 8 trial:

“The Supreme Court just struck a huge blow against transparency and accountability. The five conservative justices are enabling the Prop 8 supporters to mask their radical views, preventing the transparency that an effective court system needs. This historic trial will remain largely hidden from public view, despite it’s historic potential to challenge and change the minds of Americans. “

“Now, without video, it’s even more critical that we continue to get the truth out about the Prop 8 trial. The Courage Campaign will continue our live coverage of the trial at Prop8TrialTracker.com. In just three days, the site has been viewed more than 250,000 times and has become one of the leading sources of information about what is going on inside Judge Walker’s courtroom.”

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The Courage Campaign is an online organizing network that empowers more than 700,000 grassroots and netroots activists to push for progressive change and full equality in California and across the country.

Rick Jacobs is the founder and chair of the Courage Campaign. He chaired Howard Dean’s presidential campaign in California. He is also the co-founder of Brave New Films and a featured contributor to Arianna Huffington’s Huffingtonpost.com. Rick has an extensive background as an international investor and senior executive.