Economic Justice

Courage Campaign fights for an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy few.

Tell the California Legislature: STOP the corporate Cap & Trade bill!

The California Legislature is about to vote on a deeply flawed climate bill that won’t do enough to reduce carbon emissions, while also giving corporate polluters carte blanche to keep poisoning California’s cities -- with poor folks and communities of color paying the biggest toll.

Assembly Bill 398 -- a bill to extend CA's cap and trade system from 2020 to 2030 -- is stuffed with giveaways to Big Oil and other corporate polluters in order to court Republican support. But sources inside the Capitol report that the bill is vulnerable. We can kill this bill if enough Democrats vote no despite the intense political pressure to support it.

CALL NOW: Save single payer!

California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon just put the Healthy California Act on hold, delaying a critical proposal that would have guaranteed health coverage for every resident of our state. The Speaker has until this Thursday to reverse his decision, so he needs to hear from us now.

Tell Senate Democrats to fight for our health care!

Trumpcare would take health insurance away from 23 million people, destroy Medicaid, defund Planned Parenthood, increase premiums for seniors, force low-income people to go without care, and punish those with pre-existing conditions. Yet Senate Republicans continue to keep the bill hidden while pushing for a vote that could destroy millions of lives.

Senate Democrats have strategies available to them to fight this bill, and have begun to do so. However, we need to ensure that their efforts are not simply a media stunt. 

Tell Gov. Brown: Ban the dangerous pesticide chlorpyrifos!

In 2015, the EPA announced that after years of study, it couldn’t guarantee the safety of chlorpyrifos, and recommended banning it. Then Trump came into office and put Scott Pruitt -- a climate change denier and enemy of environmental regulation -- in charge of the EPA. Now the EPA is just ignoring its own findings and refusing to ban this dangerous chemical.

California Governor Jerry Brown can order the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to ban this chemical -- but he needs to hear from more of the public. Gov. Brown is considering his environmental legacy, and he's promised to resist the Trump administration. Ask him to ban chlorpyrifos now to help protect consumers, farmworkers, and communities around the nation.

Call your senator and save the bees!

The EPA has approved fifty-nine pesticides that contain neonicotinoids. Hundreds of studies have shown the dangers of these chemicals -- not only by killing many of California's bees, but harming small mammals and birds as well. SB 602 would help to undo the mess that the EPA has created by requiring clear labels on products that use neonicotinoids.

The bill is being voted on this weekWe are up against Big Ag and their claims that there is no proof that these chemicals kill bees. We need your help. Will you call today and ask your senator to support SB 602?

Call NOW to pass the California Money Bail Reform Act

Under California’s broken, unfair money bail system, innocent people are regularly imprisoned for days at a time -- and sometimes even weeks or months -- just because they can’t afford to pay for bail.

The California Money Bail Reform Act would change this reality -- and that makes it one of the most important blows for justice we could make during this legislative session. But the powerful bail industry is doing a full court press in the California Assembly. 

We can stop the bail industry lobbyists with a massive wave of public support -- will you call your assembly member and tell them that you want to pass the California Money Bail Reform Act?

Call your Senator and tell them to pass the RISE Act

The RISE Act -- one of the most consequential pieces of criminal justice reform legislation this year -- urgently needs more public support to guarantee its passage. 

This is an all hands on deck moment. Last year, corporate Democrats -- kowtowing to police unions, district attorney associations, and other law enforcement interest groups -- partnered with reactionary Republicans to help kill the RISE Act in committee. We can’t let the RISE Act fail this year -- will you call your state senator and tell him that you want to pass the RISE Act?

Call your State Senators and ask them to support the Healthy CA Act (SB 562)!

The California State Senate Appropriations Committee just passed single-payer! This was the last step before it's voted on by the entire Senate. But the bill must be passed on the Senate floor by June 2. And your State Senator needs to hear from you! 

You have the power to make a real difference. Legislators listen when they receive phone calls from their constituents. Calls let them know real people, not special interest lobbyists, really care about the issue. One phone call can mean as much as 10 or even 20 emails! Call now -- you can use the sample script provided in the link below.

Tell your Senator to vote YES on the RISE Act!

The RISE Act is one of the most consequential pieces of criminal justice reform legislation this year. The RISE Act would repeal a failed drug war policy that gives drug defendants three extra years in jail for each previous drug sale conviction. It's excessive, it's unnecessary, and it's just plain ineffective. Let's invest in people, not prisons!

It's also expensive. Policies like this have led to severe overcrowding in California’s jails, costing the state and counties $2.5 billion dollars each year. We’re throwing away money that could be spent on affordable housing, job training, or rehabilitation services -- priorities that keep California communities safe and healthy, and that keep people who've committed crimes from reoffending. Let's invest in people, not prisons!

Call your Representative NOW: Hands off our health care!

If Trumpcare passes, 24 million people would lose access to affordable health care. And millions of people with health insurance would be at risk of losing coverage for pre-existing conditions. That's not right. It's not decent. And it's not American.

You have the power to make a real difference. Legislators listen when they receive phone calls from their constituents. Calls let them know real people, not special interest lobbyists, really care about the issue. One phone call can mean as much as 10 or even 20 emails! Call now -- you can use the sample script we've provided by clicking the link below.

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