Accountability

Courage Campaign fights to hold our political leaders and most powerful corporations accountable to the will of the people.

SIGN THE PLEDGE: Support Fair Elections in Berkeley

More than half of campaign funds for Berkeley elections come from less than 1 percent of households. And seven of the last eight Berkeley City Council races were won by the individuals who raised the most money. This is a real problem. But this November 8, Berkeley residents have a historic opportunity to fight big money and special interest groups by voting yes on Measure X1. 

Measure X1 would help make elections fair by restoring the power of small donors who live in Berkeley. 

Stop Big Soda's lies in Oakland -- YES on Measure HH!

For decades, the sugar industry lied about sugar’s impact on people’s health, even funding research to blame fat for heart disease, diabetes, and other ailments

Now they’re lying to Oakland residents. Big Soda is spending millions to deceive voters in an attempt to defeat Measure HH, a one cent per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages -- a policy that studies show reduces soda consumption -- by falsely claiming that it’s a tax on all groceries.

Stop Big Soda's lies in Albany -- YES on Measure O1!

For decades, the sugar industry lied about sugar’s impact on people’s health, even funding research to blame fat for heart disease, diabetes, and other ailments

Now they’re lying to Albany residents. Big Soda is spending millions to deceive voters in an attempt to defeat Measure O1, a one cent per ounce tax on soda sugary beverages -- a policy that studies show reduces soda consumption -- by falsely claiming that it’s a tax on all groceries.

Stop Big Soda's lies in San Francisco -- YES on Proposition V!

For decades, the sugar industry lied about sugar’s impact on people’s health, even funding research to blame fat for heart disease, diabetes, and other ailments

Now they’re lying to San Fransisco residents. Big Soda is spending millions to deceive voters in an attempt to defeat Proposition V, a one cent per ounce tax on soda sugary beverages -- a policy that studies show reduces soda consumption -- by falsely claiming that it’s a tax on all groceries.

BART riders! Vote YES on Measure RR

Originally designed to carry 100,000 riders a week, BART now carries over 400,000 riders a day. The tremendous surge in ridership has placed a significant strain on the four decade old train system. And with the region expecting the population to grow by 2.4 million people by 2040, the Bay Area simply cannot wait any longer to update its aging BART transportation infrastructure to meet the surging demand.

Measure RR is a critical $3.5 billion bond measure that would modernize BART to keep it safe and reliable and bring it forward to the 21st century. 

Ensure affordable housing in Alameda -- YES on Measure M1 and NO on Measure L1

Rent in Alameda is increasing, on average, at 10 times the rate of inflation. Household income, however, has not kept pace. As a result, more and more Alameda residents are unable to afford housing thanks to skyrocketing rents and the rising crisis of “no-cause” evictions. This is unacceptable.

LA + Parks = Awesome (YES on Measure A!)

Fifty-one percent of LA County residents don’t live within a ten minute walk of a park. By comparison, in New York, that number is less than 5%. Luckily Measure A would help bridge that gap. 

Measure A would provide funding through an annual parcel tax of 1.5 cents per square foot to raise up to $94 million annually to update and build local parks, improve recreation and senior centers, plant drought tolerant landscaping, and more. 

SIGN THE PETITION: Stand with Colin Kaepernick

Black Americans and their allies around the country are protesting persistent mistreatment by police. Now one famous athlete -- Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers -- is standing up for black lives by sitting down during the national anthem.

Kaepernick's statement shows real courage. And it has been powerfully effective, elevating the central narrative of the Movement for Black Lives in the press. But it's also made him a target of racist hate and conservatives in the media who have the audacity to question his patriotism.

Tell Governor Brown: Give farm workers fair overtime pay!

Farm workers are vital to our well-being as a nation. But for nearly 100 years, they've been treated like second-class citizens and denied real overtime. 

AB 1066 is a commonsense solution that will give farm workers eligibility for overtime pay. That is why we must urge Governor Brown to swiftly sign this bill into law as a champion in the struggle for fairness and equity for farm workers. 

Keep Wall Street Honest: End Forced Arbitration

Think consumers should be able to sue corporations that have wronged them? Today’s the day to speak up.

Buried in many contracts you’ve signed -- for loans, credit cards, and even Pokemon Go -- you’ll find a “ripoff clause” in the very, very, very fine print. These clauses stipulate that consumers cannot band together in a class action suit to protest unfair fees, seek damages due to dangerous products, or otherwise protest wrongdoing. As pointed out in the New York Times, “Without the ability to pool resources, most people abandon their claims and never make it to arbitration.”

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