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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 your assemblymembers NOW: Protect immigrant communities!

Donald Trump's rampant immigration raids are terrorizing our immigrant friends, neighbors, and community members across the state. We can stand up to this onslaught by passing the California Values Act (SB 54), an urgent bill that would stop state resources from being used to aid Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda.

Sadly, the bill is facing stiff opposition in the state legislature from the California State Sheriffs’ Association, and it may not pass unless our assemblymembers hear from their constituentsWill you call today and ask to support the California Values Act?

Presidential candidates must release tax information

Donald Trump was the first major party presidential candidate to refuse to release his tax returns since Richard Nixon was president. That makes it impossible to know whether Trump’s policy decisions are being made to benefit the public, or his bank account -- and that’s a huge problem. 

The Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act (SB 149) would require all presidential candidates to file their last five income tax returns with the state in order to have their name placed on the ballot. It is up to us to make sure it passes by letting our legislators know, loud and clear, that we support a transparent presidency free of any conflicts of interest.

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?

Tell Senate Democrats: Shut down the senate until a special prosecutor is appointed!

Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey threatens our democracy. It’s an emergency, and it requires a forceful, unequivocal response from Democratic leaders.

If the President is allowed to squash an investigation into potential crimes committed by his campaign -- and possibly the President himself -- then he’s putting himself above the law. That’s something that happens in dictatorships, not democracies.

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!

Are your state legislators really representing you?

If California is going to stand up to similar attacks by the GOP and Donald Trump's dangerous agenda, then we need to have high expectations of our elected officials. They need integrity. They need diligence. They need courage. And if legislators can't live up to those expectations, they need to be held accountable.

That's why we're launching the 2017 People's Report Card of California -- it clearly shows which California state legislators have taken courageous votes for the public interest and which ones are putting corporate interests first.

Are your state legislators champions of the people -- or are they in the Hall of Shame? Find your representatives' grades at CourageScore.org!

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