Past Actions

Help us speak truth to power

Governor Brown vetoed a historic, bi-partisan bill that would have begun to rollback California's catastrophic "War on Drugs." In doing so, he confirmed our worst fears that he cares more about appearing "tough on crime" than advancing good solutions for California, as he prepares to run for re-election. The only way we can stand strong and speak truth to power in times like these is if we're financially independent. We can't be beholden to anyone but YOU, our members. Do you have our back?

Hold Gov. Brown Accountable for Vetoing LIFE Act

Governor Brown VETOED the LIFE (Lifesaving Intelligent Firearms Enforcement) Act, including a bill that would have created the nation's first loophole-free assault weapons ban. He chose to put craven political considerations above the safety and well-being of California’s more than 38 million residents. Please donate so we can make sure Gov. Brown hears your voice, as we share the stories of Californians lost to gun violence and educate him about the value of gun safety.

Tell Speaker Boehner: Don’t kick abused women onto the street. End the GOP Shutdown.

Speaker Boehner's shutdown is kicking ABUSED WOMEN onto the street. Domestic violence shelters and rape crisis programs across the country have begun losing the federal funding they need to keep their doors open, forcing out vulnerable women and children. SIGN THE PETITION HERE.

Tell Congress: You have to do your job to get paid.

The GOP-controlled House of Representatives decided to shut down the government rather than pass a spending bill that funds the Affordable Care Act, even though the Supreme Court already upheld the legislation. And while hundreds of thousands of hard-working federal employees will stop receiving the paychecks they need to feed their families and pay their mortgages, Congress will continue to get paid for refusing to do the job they were elected to do. Sign our petition to demand that Congress lose their paychecks until they come to a resolution.

Remove David Koch from Board of Trustees at WGBH

Conservative Extremist, David Koch sits on the Board of the most influential PBS station in the country, WGBH in Boston. He's already used his influence to corrupt another major PBS station in New York, and he must be stopped. Sign our petition to keep PBS free of radical right-wing censorship.

Gov. Brown: Sign LIFE Act gun safety bills

Key bills from the LIFE (Lifesaving Intelligent Firearms Enforcement) Act sit on Gov. Brown's desk -- including a loophole-free assault weapons ban and background checks for ammunition purchases. With the stroke of a pen, he could give California the smartest, safest gun laws in the nation, but he has a poor track record when it comes to gun safety. We must convince Gov. Brown to sign these laws to protect Californians from more senseless gun violence.

Gov. Brown: Show your commitment to progressive solutions to prison overcrowding. Sign SB 649.

SB 649 is a historic & bi-partisan drug sentencing reform bill that will save taxpayer dollars and reduce overcrowding in our prisons by allowing prosecutors to charge non-violent drug possession as a misdemeanor, rather than as a felony. Send an email to Gov. Brown urging him to sign SB 649 to help end the so-called “War on Drugs.”

Stop Gov. Brown's ill-advised, irresponsible prison expansion plan

Gov. Jerry Brown wants to raid the budget surplus created by Prop 30 so he can throw $715 MILLION down the black hole of California's prison system, rather than spend those precious dollars on education and vital services. Gov. Brown claims that his hands are tied. Don't believe the spin. Sign our petition and email the Governor asking him not to waste our tax dollars on short-term strategies that expand prisons. Tell him to develop a long-term solution using common-sense reforms to reduce prison spending and keep our communities safe.

Tell VISA to speak out against Russia's Anti-LGBT crusade

Is Visa's support for LGBT rights real or just a marketing scheme? Tell them to use their influence as a major Olympic sponsor and speak out against Russia's anti-gay laws.

Tell L.A. City Council: Sever “sister city” relationship with anti-gay St. Petersburg

In 2012, the St. Petersburg Assembly led the way for the anti-gay "propaganda" law that, along with other laws, has now led to mass violence, intimidation, and jailing of people who are LGBT or suspected of being so. Los Angeles has a responsibility to educate the Russian people that we will not stand for treatment of our LGBT brothers and sisters this way. This action will make headlines and show Russia that the world community supports equality. Sign our petition and tell the L.A. City Council: Pass a resolution severing Los Angeles' sister city relationship with St. Petersburg until this treatment changes.

Demand Albertsons Grocery Stores protect pregnant employees

Reyna García, a 30-year-old woman working at Albertsons lost her child when her supervisors ignored her doctors and failed to follow proper policy and law regarding her high risk pregnancy. Join the 25,000 who have already signed our petition demanding that Albertsons and its CEO Robert Miller enforce these policies and law, protecting every pregnant employee and her baby.

Tell California's Senators to Stand Up to the GOP and Support Filibuster Reform

Republicans continue to use archaic filibuster rules to prevent critical presidential nominations at historically unprecedented levels. They are determined to kill Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s inspiration -- the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau -- by filibustering the nomination of Richard Cordray to lead the agency. California Senators need to stand up to the GOP and support Harry Reid’s filibuster reform efforts.

Getting married in California? We want to know!

LGBT people are still discriminated against nationwide. You can help end that with your wedding. Sign up for Courage Campaign's Wedding Registry, providing a way for your guests to help celebrate your special day by making a contribution to help continue the work that made it so. We'll follow up with everything you need.

Demand Resignation of PG&E Cronies at Public Utilities Commission

Jack Hagan and Frank Lindh of the California Public Utilities Commission are putting Big Business first, not safety or justice. They have protected PG&E from fines and intimidated attorneys charged with holding PG&E accountable for the San Bruno disaster. Take a stand and demand their resignation immediately.

Close the Walmart Loophole

Don't let Walmart exploit a loophole in Obamacare to pass its healthcare costs onto taxpayers. Urge your member of the California State Assembly to pass AB 880 and close the Walmart Loophole for large, low-wage employers.

Improve the accountability and transparency of California's elections

Help end "dark money" -- campaign contributions from undisclosed sources -- in California. Voters have a right to know who is funding our campaigns, ads and politicians. Pass the California DISCLOSE & Sunshine in Campaign Acts.