Human Rights

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

Tell Rick Perry: Stop promoting hate and ignorance!

Seriously, on what planet does Rick Perry live?! At a recent event in San Francisco, the controversial GOP leader compared homosexuality to the serious disease of alcoholism in defense of so-called “gay conversion therapy” -- a widely discredited and immeasurably harmful practice used to “cure” being gay. Sign the petition to tell Gov. Perry to join the rest of us who live in reality and STOP promoting hateful, ignorant, and harmful anti-LGBT policies.

Tell CA Legislators: Help prevent another mass shooting in California

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.

Help stop the Sultan of Brunei!

We must keep up the pressure on the Sultan of Brunei to stop the draconian laws in his country! The Sultan -- also the owner of the Beverly Hills Hotel, Hotel Bel Air, and other worldwide hotels in the Dorchester Collection -- recently adopted extreme anti-LGBT and anti-women Sharia law, including the legalized stoning to death of gay people and the jailing of unwed mothers. Join us to support a global boycott of the Sultan’s hotels.

End the crack/powder cocaine sentencing disparity in California

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.

Tell your CA Legislators: Help put a nurse and librarian in every California school!

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.

Tell President Obama: Protect LGBT workers from discrimination NOW!

Americans can still be legally fired for being gay in 29 states and for being transgender in 33 states. The Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to address this problem, but Speaker Boehner refuses to take it up in the House. President Obama has an opportunity to protect as many as 16 million federal workers from discrimination with the swipe of his pen, and we think he should do it right now!

$1 Billion for California Higher Education: Say NO to Big Oil!

Today 40 million Americans hold more than $1.2 Trillion in student debt and it's suffocating our economy. It wasn't so long ago that California prioritized providing an accessible, debt-free higher education that ignited our economy, providing good jobs and an educated workforce. We can change this by joining all other major oil producing states -- like Texas and Alaska -- and passing an oil extraction tax to fund higher education. Let your representatives in Sacramento know you’re watching and help give them the courage to stand up to Big Oil.

Pledge to drop VISA to stand up for LGBT rights in Russia!

As a major sponsor of the 2014 Sochi Olympics and self-proclaimed supporter of human rights, VISA has a responsibility to speak out againt Russia's persecution of millions of its own LGBT citizens. However, since the global business leader has remained silent about Russia's anti-LGBT laws -- despite outcry from thousands of Courage Campaign members and others -- we must have the courage to put our money where our mouth is and drop our business with VISA. Be sure to switch your accounts to other credit cards by Feb. 7th -- the opening day of the Olympics -- so they hear our protest!

Demand Google, Facebook & Yelp cut their ties with ALEC!

Google, Facebook and Yelp just teamed up with the anti-Obamacare, right-wing extremist group ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council) -- who are behind ultra-conservative legislation like the controversial “Stand Your Ground” gun laws and discriminatory Voter I.D. laws. Major corporations like Wal-Mart, Kraft, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, McDonalds, and Amazon have already had the courage to drop ALEC due to the organization’s ultra-conservative and controversial agenda. DEMAND Google, Facebook, and Yelp show the same courage and cut all ties with this anti-Obamacare extremist group immediately!

Rep. Issa could make Target’s security breach look like child's play

Rep. Issa -- the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee -- subpoenaed confidential documents from the federal contractor behind the healthcare exchange website despite repeated and explicit warnings, effectively putting millions of Americans’ privacy at risk. Rep. Issa has a history of leaking sensitive documents, and as an opponent to the law, he's looking to scare people away from using the website. SIGN THE PETITION telling Rep. Issa to not jeopardize the security of HealthCare.gov by exposing these sensitive documents.

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