Human Rights

Courage Campaign works to defend and extend human rights for all people.

Congress must pass a clean, stand-alone DREAM Act

We have the chance to stop more than 800,000 deportations and pass a permanent DREAM Act through Congress. An overwhelming majority of Americans -- including Republicans -- favor preserving DACA and protecting DREAMers. Congresspeople from both sides of the aisle have come out in support of DREAMers. 

If enough of the public speaks out, we can make sure that Republicans don’t attach other proposals to the bill. Sign the petition telling members of Congress to introduce and pass a clean, stand-alone DREAM Act.

Phone bank to pass the California Values Act!

Join our statewide week-long phone bank from home or with a couple of friends!

This is it. The California Assembly is voting on the California Values Act (SB 54) THIS WEEK to protect California’s communities from Trump’s mass deportation agenda and prevent state resources from being wasted on separating families.

If we can generate 10,000 calls, we can build the grassroots energy we need to pass SB 54. Are you ready? Let's do this! 

Stop Big Pharma's price gouging!

SB 17 would require pharmaceutical companies to publish reports on how the money they charge for drugs is spent. But PhRMA -- Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, a group representing corporations such as Bayer, Merck, and Pfizer -- is trying to stop the bill in its tracks.

Will you sign the petition to pass SB 17 and make Big PhRMA tell us the truth about drug pricing?

Help pass the California Money Bail Reform Act by writing a letter to your local newspaper's editor!

That makes the coming weeks a crucial time to build support across the state for reforming California's broken bail system. One powerful way you can help build support and spark public conversation is by sending a letter to the editor in your local and regional newspapers. If published, your letter could be read by thousands of people in print and online -- expanding the reach of our campaign and demonstrating public support for bail reform.

Will you take a few moments to send a letter to local and regional newspapers to help pass bail reform?

Justice for rape survivors

Approximately 9,000 rape kits are sitting dormant in law enforcement offices all across California -- potentially never to be tested. Survivors of sexual assault endure a four- to six-hour process to collect the DNA of their attackers with no guarantee that the evidence will ever be tested or used to reach a conviction.

AB 41 is a bill that would require a reporting process from law enforcement offices, mandating that they track rape kits and give a reason for those that are left untested. The bill is a key step in ensuring that law enforcement is held accountable to testing these kits, while also giving the state a clearer idea of what resources are necessary to ensure that all kits are tested in the future. It passed through the Assembly and was put on hold in order to go over any potential financial concerns, but the Appropriations Committee can drive it forward. We need to make our voices heard: justice for survivors of sexual assault is worth the financial cost.

Tell Target and Costco to drop abusive trucking companies

Forced into indentured servitude with threats to sign lease-to-own contracts or be fired, truckers spend over 100 hours a week trying to pay off their trucks. Sometimes at the end of a week they end up owing the company!

But major retailers -- like Target and Costco -- who employ these port truckers along their chain of production, can help stop the abuse. By dropping these trucking companies, they set an example for other corporations and let them know that we're watching.

CALL NOW: Save single payer!

California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon just put the Healthy California Act on hold, delaying a critical proposal that would have guaranteed health coverage for every resident of our state. The Speaker has until this Thursday to reverse his decision, so he needs to hear from us now.

Tell Gov. Brown: We need the truth about Kevin Cooper's conviction

The state of California may be on the verge of executing an innocent man. There's overwhelming evidence that the San Bernadino Sheriff's Office tampered with/planted evidence, lied to a jury, and withheld crucial evidence from defense attorneys in order to pin a grisly 1983 murder on Kevin Cooper.

We need the truth about what happened. That's why Cooper's attorneys aren't asking Brown to pardon Cooper or to commute his sentence -- they just want a fair reevaluation of the evidence using modern technology.

Tell Senate Democrats to fight for our health care!

Trumpcare would take health insurance away from 23 million people, destroy Medicaid, defund Planned Parenthood, increase premiums for seniors, force low-income people to go without care, and punish those with pre-existing conditions. Yet Senate Republicans continue to keep the bill hidden while pushing for a vote that could destroy millions of lives.

Senate Democrats have strategies available to them to fight this bill, and have begun to do so. However, we need to ensure that their efforts are not simply a media stunt. 

Call your assemblymembers NOW: Protect immigrant communities!

Donald Trump's rampant immigration raids are terrorizing our immigrant friends, neighbors, and community members across the state. We can stand up to this onslaught by passing the California Values Act (SB 54), an urgent bill that would stop state resources from being used to aid Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda.

Sadly, the bill is facing stiff opposition in the state legislature from the California State Sheriffs’ Association, and it may not pass unless our assemblymembers hear from their constituentsWill you call today and ask to support the California Values Act?

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