California Propositions & Legislation
Courage Campaign organizes for a more just and progressive California, one in which the California Dream is alive again, creating widespread and long-term prosperity for all its people without regard for race, creed, or sexual orientation. We support legislation and ballot propositions that would further these goals.
We fight Such a California might include: elite public education that once again offers pre-school to post-doc learning without regard to race or economic status; a health care system that serves everyone with compassion, efficiency and fairness; an efficient, vibrant, inventive, modern economy with a transportation system to match, accounting for true costs on and benefits to society and the environment; and a society where workers are treated with dignity and respect, where immigrants are welcomed, and people of all races, creeds and sexual orientations are treated equally.
The National Organization of Marriage's (NOM) is attempting to repeal the historic School Success and Opportunity Act (AB 1266) -- a new law that provides fair opportunities for transgender students to participate and succeed in school -- with a referendum that will move forward, pending a full count of signatures, onto the ballot in November. We must get to work now and prepare our campaign with our fearless coalition partners so we are ready to fight back!
We need your input before we gear up to take on the National Organization for Marriage (NOM)’s latest and most regressive attack against our transgender youth in California. They are currently gathering signatures for a 2014 ballot measure. If we’re going to act, we need to act now. As a member-driven organization, Courage Campaign must consult with our members before taking an official position on ballot measures. We need 60% of our members to agree with our staff recommendation.
Please help us decide whether or not to weigh in on the fight for affordable housing in San Francisco around the 8 Washington development. Read the pro and con arguments to Propositions B & C and let us know where you stand as a Courage member. As a member-driven organization, Courage Campaign must consult with our members before taking an official position on ballot measures. We need 60% of our members to agree with our staff recommendation.
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.
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.”
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.
Stop the Los Angeles Times from becoming the next Fox News. Tell The Tribune Company "No sales to propagandists."
Photos and videos of animal abuse play an important role in exposing practices on factory farms. AB 343 would JAIL whistleblowers for recording the abuse of animals in California. Tell your member of the Assembly "No way, no on AB 343. No jail for whistleblowers."
There's a new threat to Obamacare: Sacramento. Gov. Brown is holding up negotiations on the bill to expand Medicaid coverage to more than one million Californians. Some of his suggestions are worse than those made by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer!
Close loopholes and make common sense reforms. Become a citizen co-sponsor of the LIFE Act. Eight bills that will make California's gun laws, the safest in the nation.
You might think that brain eating zombies are scary. But do you know what's really scary? Billionaire Zombies. That's right, billionaire zombies eating your brains with deceptive TV ads. Fight back by sharing the California Progressive Voter Guide with your friends and neighbors!
Watch "A Child's World Without Prop. 30" and see a day in the life of a young girl if Prop. 30 does not pass. Right now, polls show Prop. 30 is barely over 50%. Share the ad so others know what's at stake.
Check out this fantastic video featuring actor Bradley Whitford (Josh Lyman on The West Wing) and Courage Campaign's Rick Jacobs explaining what's really going on and who's really behind Props. 30 and 32.
Watch our hilarious, unforgettable new ad to fight PROP 32! Then, help us put it on TV in California.
UPDATE: We won! On September 24, 2012, Gov. Brown signed AB 1436 into law.
UPDATE: Jerry Brown won the primary and the race for California governor, but he hasn't lived up to our expectations on farmworker issues. Sign on and we'll keep you updated on our labor fights.