Human Rights

Courage Campaign works to defend and extend human rights for all people.

Tell Governor Brown to Protect Californians

Currently, there are four gun safety bills on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk awaiting his signature, but Gov. Brown has pandered to NRA supporters and vetoed life-saving gun bills in the past, even after the Sandy Hook massacre in 2013. We must make our voices heard and demand that he sign every one of these bills.

Sign the petition demanding that Governor Brown protect Californians.

Call Governor Brown: End HIV Stigma

Senate Bill 239 -- which would modernize California's HIV criminal laws and significantly improve public health -- has passed the legislature. Now it’s facing its biggest hurdle yet as it heads to Governor Brown’s desk.

California's current HIV laws were written in the 1980's and 90's. It's time we change these laws and stop criminalizing and stigmatizing people living with HIV. Will you place a call to Governor Brown and ask him to sign SB 239 into law and help protect people with HIV? 

Reproductive health rights for all workers

The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (AB 569) would protect California’s employees from workplace discrimination based on their personal reproductive health care decisions. The bill does not force employers to change their views on reproductive health -- it simply ensures that employers do not unlawfully discriminate against women who make their own family-planning choices. AB 569 is currently headed to Governor Brown’s desk, and we need your help to make sure it is signed into law.

Sign the petition telling Governor Brown to sign the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act.

Tell California Republicans to oppose the health care repeal!

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the Graham-Cassidy health care repeal bill will be voted on next week. If we don’t act now, it just might pass. We need to fight as ferociously as we did the last time a threat to our health care reared its head. 

Call today and ask protect our health care by publicly opposing the Graham-Cassidy health care repeal.

Congress must pass a clean, stand-alone DREAM Act

We have the chance to stop more than 800,000 deportations and pass a permanent DREAM Act through Congress. An overwhelming majority of Americans -- including Republicans -- favor preserving DACA and protecting DREAMers. Congresspeople from both sides of the aisle have come out in support of DREAMers. 

If enough of the public speaks out, we can make sure that Republicans don’t attach other proposals to the bill. Sign the petition telling members of Congress to introduce and pass a clean, stand-alone DREAM Act.

Phone bank to pass the California Values Act!

Join our statewide week-long phone bank from home or with a couple of friends!

This is it. The California Assembly is voting on the California Values Act (SB 54) THIS WEEK to protect California’s communities from Trump’s mass deportation agenda and prevent state resources from being wasted on separating families.

If we can generate 10,000 calls, we can build the grassroots energy we need to pass SB 54. Are you ready? Let's do this! 

Stop Big Pharma's price gouging!

SB 17 would require pharmaceutical companies to publish reports on how the money they charge for drugs is spent. But PhRMA -- Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, a group representing corporations such as Bayer, Merck, and Pfizer -- is trying to stop the bill in its tracks.

Will you sign the petition to pass SB 17 and make Big PhRMA tell us the truth about drug pricing?

Help pass the California Money Bail Reform Act by writing a letter to your local newspaper's editor!

That makes the coming weeks a crucial time to build support across the state for reforming California's broken bail system. One powerful way you can help build support and spark public conversation is by sending a letter to the editor in your local and regional newspapers. If published, your letter could be read by thousands of people in print and online -- expanding the reach of our campaign and demonstrating public support for bail reform.

Will you take a few moments to send a letter to local and regional newspapers to help pass bail reform?

Justice for rape survivors

Approximately 9,000 rape kits are sitting dormant in law enforcement offices all across California -- potentially never to be tested. Survivors of sexual assault endure a four- to six-hour process to collect the DNA of their attackers with no guarantee that the evidence will ever be tested or used to reach a conviction.

AB 41 is a bill that would require a reporting process from law enforcement offices, mandating that they track rape kits and give a reason for those that are left untested. The bill is a key step in ensuring that law enforcement is held accountable to testing these kits, while also giving the state a clearer idea of what resources are necessary to ensure that all kits are tested in the future. It passed through the Assembly and was put on hold in order to go over any potential financial concerns, but the Appropriations Committee can drive it forward. We need to make our voices heard: justice for survivors of sexual assault is worth the financial cost.

Tell Target and Costco to drop abusive trucking companies

Forced into indentured servitude with threats to sign lease-to-own contracts or be fired, truckers spend over 100 hours a week trying to pay off their trucks. Sometimes at the end of a week they end up owing the company!

But major retailers -- like Target and Costco -- who employ these port truckers along their chain of production, can help stop the abuse. By dropping these trucking companies, they set an example for other corporations and let them know that we're watching.

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