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.
Comcast -- one of the nation's largest telecomm companies -- wants to merge with Time Warner cable. If successful, Comcast will gain unprecedented power over our country’s cable and internet market -- resulting in higher prices, fewer choices, worse customer service and control over the information we read, watch, and hear. We must urge the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and CA Attorney General Kamala Harris to block this disastrous merger! JOIN US!
The largest rally against fracking in California history is coming up on February 7th: The March for Real Climate Leadership. Whether or not you can join us in person, we need you to sign the petition demanding Governor Jerry Brown end the toxic and dangerous practice fracking in California now, so we can deliver your demands right to his doorstep in Oakland! Last month, New York's governor took an historic step by completely outlawing fracking – now it's California's turn. THIS is a game-changing moment for the climate movement in California. Join us!
Everything we suspected about the relationship between PG&E and their regulator is true. A string of emails just released reveal inappropriate, unethical and dangerous back-channel communications between PG&E and the CPUC in the continuing legal fallout over the 2010 San Bruno gas explosion that killed 8 people and destroyed 38 homes. We must stand together to hold CPUC and PG&E accountable for their incestuous relationship and demand justice for the victims of San Bruno!
Did you know that right now in California police are legally allowed to spy on you and your family using drone surveillance without a warrant?! The State Legislature just approved bipartisan legislation to protect Californians from having their privacy invaded by drones. And Governor Brown needs to hear from YOU now before he decides whether to sign or veto this critical legislation.
If Blue Shield is going to play games with our money, then we are going to play games with them! The so-called “non-profit” insurance company just bought a $2.5 million luxury skybox at the 49ers' new Levi’s stadium with YOUR health care premiums and tax dollars. They claim that the skybox is for “customer events,” but we aren’t buying it. If Blue Shield is going to party in box seats all season using our hard-earned money, we think it’s worth asking for an invite. Don’t you?
This is our LAST CHANCE to rollback California's catastrophic "War on Drugs." Thanks to thousands of Courage members who have been leading the fight for months, the bill to end the racist crack vs. powder cocaine sentencing discrepancy is now sitting on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk! But with the Nov. election around the corner, Gov. Brown might be tempted to veto it. Now more than ever we must join together and speak out as loud as we can to let our governor know where we stand.
Blue Shield just bought a $2.5 million luxury skybox at the 49ers' brand spanking new Levi’s stadium with Californians' healthcare premiums and tax dollars! Healthcare insurers, like Blue Shield, are abusing their "non-profit” tax status by spending billions of taxpayer dollars -- in corporate tax breaks and rising premiums -- on lavish entertainment for corporate VIPs and hefty bonuses for company executives, not patient care. Attorney General Kamala Harris has the authority to hold insurers accountable.
Non-profit hospitals in California have made a mockery of their tax-exempt status for far too long. Every year these so-called charitable hospitals bring home billions of dollars in profits, avoid billions in taxes, and cheat poor communities out of desperately needed care. It’s outrageous and we must have the courage to hold these hospitals accountable! Sign the petition to stop non-profit hospitals from robbing taxpayers blind.
Nearly 6 million California workers cannot take an hour off of work to care for themselves or a loved one who is sick without putting their pay or job in jeopardy. Join us to ask the Senate Appropriations Committee to help guarantee a healthy workplace for all CA workers and protection from losing one’s job when illness strikes.
California's landmark climate change legislation -- AB 32 -- is under attack! Big Oil is leading a statewide mis-information campaign to delay the implementation of CA's groundbreaking cap-and-trade program. 16 California Democrats have already been swayed by Big Oil's deep pockets. We must have the courage to stand together and call on Gov. Brown to publicly state his plans to ensure AB 32 is fully implemented as it was intended.
California may have the strongest gun laws in the nation, but the recent shooting rampage in Isla Vista reminds us that we must do even more to prevent gun violence. And now we have an opportunity to address the specific instances that led to the Isla Vista tragedy -- by making sure people at risk for violence do not have immediate access to firearms.
Crack and powder cocaine are the same drug, with nearly identical effect on the body. But crack cocaine is punished much more harshly and that doesn’t make any sense. These disparate sentencing guidelines have resulted in a pattern of institutional racism in our prisons. Tell the CA State Senate to pass a historic reform bill that will save taxpayer dollars and make our criminal justice system more fair.
Due to a loophole in California law, car dealers are allowed to sell used cars without repairing safety recalls first. An analysis by CarFax shows that 36 million cars on the road right now -- or roughly one in seven -- are subject to a safety-related recall but have never been repaired. It's obvious that the law needs to change, but the car dealers are lobbying furiously because they don't want to bother repairing the cars before they make another sale.
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.