The people of California are hurting. Badly. We have the highest poverty rate in the nation. More than $36 billion in funding for education, childcare, healthcare, nutrition, and housing were slashed during the Great Recession and have yet to be restored. Budget negotiations are going on RIGHT NOW, and instead of using new Prop. 30 revenue to restore funding to vital services, Governor Jerry Brown is hoping to fund prison expansion and stash billions away for the next rainy day. Well, we've got news for the governor: it's still raining!
California’s students deserve better. After years of budget cuts, most of our students have no access to medical care or counseling services during the school day and library hours at their schools have been cut back dramatically, but there is a new initiative in Sacramento that could help change that. It’s called "Healthy Kids, Healthy Minds" and would be implemented through Assembly Bill 1955.
In the past few decades, CEO compensation has skyrocketed to as much as 354 times more than their average worker, while workers’ wages have stagnated to some of the lowest levels in our nation’s history. Senate Bill 1372 is an important first step to combat this growing disparity by creating a tax structure that rewards companies that have a reasonable CEO-to-worker pay ratio, while increasing taxes on companies with excessive wage gaps.
The audio recording that allegedly features LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling on a racist and sexist rant -- telling his girlfriend that she can’t be seen with black people in public -- is appalling. And this is not the first time Sterling has been accused of such disgraceful prejudice and hostility. Send an email to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver saying, "enough is enough."
Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has received criminal charges for their gross negligence in the 2010 fatal explosion in San Bruno, California, but PG&E executives have consistently avoided any potential responsibility for their role in the disaster that killed 8 people and destroyed 38 homes. At the same time PG&E has taken home record profits and refused to adopt critical safety measures. Demand prosecutors hold PG&E executives personally accountable!
Courage Campaign and our allies have launched an unprecedented step to take back our state government from corporate corruption. It's called the Big Oil Beacon, and it will shine a bright light on the toxic influence of the most powerful corporate lobbyists in Sacramento, while exposing the economic devastation facing Californians in specific legislators' districts. See whether your representative is working for YOU or Big Oil here.
We’ve kept the heat on WGBH, demanding they remove prominent climate change denier David Koch from their Board. And now we have a huge opportunity to take our work to the next level. With the help of our friends The Illuminators, a contribution today will allow us to "shine a light” on WGBH’s hypocrisy for all to see. We'll project our message on the side of their headquarters on March 28th in Boston during their event on climate change, other activists will go even further and take their protest inside. To be successful, we need you to donate to make it happen!
With all the known health and environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing (a.k.a “fracking”), California, a supposed climate change leader, must change course on fracking! That’s why member-activists like you must have the courage to demand our state legislators support a statewide ban on fracking NOW. Tell your leaders in Sacramento to protect Californians from the dangers of fracking!
After the Tea Party forced billions in cuts to SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) a.k.a. "food stamps," a bipartisan group of governors from around the country are fighting back to both follow the new SNAP funding rules AND make sure their states get the proper funding for vital food assistance. Join Courage and our partners at Daily Kos and ask Gov. Brown to join the governors of six other states and restore access to basic food assistance for 320,000 of the poorest Californians, including 186,000 children.
Americans can still be legally fired for being gay in 29 states and for being transgender in 33 states. The Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to address this problem, but Speaker Boehner refuses to take it up in the House. President Obama has an opportunity to protect as many as 16 million federal workers from discrimination with the swipe of his pen, and we think he should do it right now!
Today 40 million Americans hold more than $1.2 Trillion in student debt and it's suffocating our economy. It wasn't so long ago that California prioritized providing an accessible, debt-free higher education that ignited our economy, providing good jobs and an educated workforce. We can change this by joining all other major oil producing states -- like Texas and Alaska -- and passing an oil extraction tax to fund higher education. Let your representatives in Sacramento know you’re watching and help give them the courage to stand up to Big Oil.
February 26th is “lobby day” in Sacramento for Big Oil, and we know they will use their same old tricks to block a long overdue oil extraction tax -- which would provide critical funding for our state’s childcare, preschool, higher education, and parks. Let your representatives in Sacramento know you’re watching and help give them the courage to refuse any and all contributions or gifts from oil lobbyists and say NO to Big Oil!
Google, Facebook and Yelp just teamed up with the anti-Obamacare, right-wing extremist group ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council) -- who are behind ultra-conservative legislation like the controversial “Stand Your Ground” gun laws and discriminatory Voter I.D. laws. Major corporations like Wal-Mart, Kraft, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, McDonalds, and Amazon have already had the courage to drop ALEC due to the organization’s ultra-conservative and controversial agenda. DEMAND Google, Facebook, and Yelp show the same courage and cut all ties with this anti-Obamacare extremist group immediately!
Rep. Issa -- the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee -- subpoenaed confidential documents from the federal contractor behind the healthcare exchange website despite repeated and explicit warnings, effectively putting millions of Americans’ privacy at risk. Rep. Issa has a history of leaking sensitive documents, and as an opponent to the law, he's looking to scare people away from using the website. SIGN THE PETITION telling Rep. Issa to not jeopardize the security of HealthCare.gov by exposing these sensitive documents.
Whole Foods' CEO, John Mackey, has been using his position as head of one of the most respected companies in America to promote anti-Obamacare lies and deter people from signing up for life-saving health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Fight back against this kind of confusing misinformation and SIGN THE PETITION to demand John Mackey stop misleading Americans.
Speaker Boehner: Don’t stand in the way of equal employment for LGBT Americans. Allow a vote on ENDA.
Did you know you can still be fired for being gay in 29 states and for being transgender in 33 states? The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace. ENDA just passed the Senate with a bipartisan majority and Speaker Boehner at least needs to allow an up-or-down vote in the House of Representatives, even if he doesn't support the bill himself.