Human Rights

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

SIGN THE PLEDGE: Don't Serve in Judge Persky's Court

Judge Aaron Persky -- from the Brock Turner rape case -- is so toxic that California residents are literally refusing to serve as jurors for cases he presides over.

These jurors are sending a powerful message: The California public has lost complete faith in Judge Persky. You can join them.

Stop Arming Fear

The Orlando shooting was an act of mass violence against the LGBTQ community, largely Latino, by a man fueled with hate. A man who should never have been able to walk into a store and purchase an assault rifle. No civilian should have the right to buy a weapon specifically designed to kill as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.

Whether it’s Donald Trump inciting fear of Latinos and Muslims to get votes, gun makers inciting fear of violence to sell guns, or bigots inciting fear of LGBTQ people to preserve power, fear and the hate it engenders are a threat to our fundamental values as a nation.

JOIN US to send an overwhelming message to our national leaders saying: #StopArmingFear.

Remove judge in Stanford rape case from the bench!

A judge just sentenced a Stanford University star athlete -- who was caught in the act of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman -- to only six months in jail.

Why? Because the judge, Aaron Persky, worried that a prison sentence would have a "severe impact on him" -- yes, the rapist -- and said, "I think he will not be a danger to others." It's a horrifying example of rape culture: when a judge is more concerned with the well-being of a rapist than with justice or public safety. This judge has no business staying on the bench.

SIGN THE PETITION: Repeal the Maximum Family Grant

The Maximum Family Grant (MFG) rule was created to coerce poor mothers into having less children. This unjust, invasive policy has forced nearly 140,000 of California’s children deeper into poverty simply because they were born poor. And it continues to threaten the reproductive freedom and privacy of thousands of women.

Tell CA Legislature: Improve police transparency and accountability!

Current CA law bars our access to information related to serious use of force, like officer-involved shootings, or police misconduct, including instances of racial profiling, sexual misconduct, and planting evidence. In other words, officers who have unjustly killed, harassed, or incriminated Californians may still be policing our neighborhoods, and we are none the wiser.

Senate Bill 1286 would change that by cracking open police misconduct and use of force records to the public. 

Tell you CA Legislators: Help end Civil Asset Forfeiture Abuse!

Civil Asset Forfeiture gives police a free pass to impose on people’s civil rights and disproportionately steal from low-income people of color without even charging someone with a crime. In California alone, police pocketed nearly $600 MILLION from Civil Asset Forfeiture between 2006 and 2013.

It’s legalized robbery. And it’s past time for California to put an end to it.

Check out the People's Report Card of CA

The growing influence of corporate money in Sacramento -- from independent expenditures and political action committees --  is making it harder for California to lead as a model for the nation. 

That's why the People's Report Card of California is bringing the information directly to the people by sharing which CA state legislators are out of step with their constituents and are instead deeply aligned with corporate and special interests.

Check out People's Report Card of CA to learn your representatives' grades: www.couragescore.org

SIGN THE PETITION: Stop anti-choice extremist attacks on CA women

Anti-choice extremists are waging an all-out war against women in California. For years, they’ve set up fake abortion clinics across California, deceptively called Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs), which pose as medical facilities and use coercion and shame to limit women’s access to accurate information about abortion and reproductive healthcareGovernor Jerry Brown signed a law last year to help stop CPCs deceptive practices, but now anti-choice bullies are launching legal attacks to scare local authorities from enforcing the law.

Demand an investigation into the Oakland police killing of Hernan Jaramillo!

Oakland police killed Hernan Jaramillo and hid the video of his killing from the public for 2 and half years. The officers beat him to the ground in street, dragged his body 20 feet, and pinned him down with all of their weight on top him -- ignoring him as he repeatedly cried out, “I can’t breathe...they’re killing me,” for 15 minutes -- until his body laid lifeless on the sidewalk in handcuffs.

Stop potential terrorists from buying guns!

Enough with this madness. If the FBI considers you too dangerous to board a plane, you should not be able to purchase a gun. Period.

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