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.
Courage Campaign works to defend and extend human rights for all people.
Our country is facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Thousands of starving and traumatized children have fled to our borders seeking refuge from Central American countries devastated by extreme drug and gang violence. And now Congress is trying to pass a bill that would fast track the deportation of these innocent children. We must have the courage to protect them.
The Supreme Court's "Hobby Lobby" decision -- which gave employers the right to impose their religious beliefs on employees and stripped the right to affordable birth control from women -- was one of the largest setbacks for women's health in decades. We must act now and demand our leaders in Washington stand up for the rights of women and support a bill that was just introduced to override the disastrous Hobby Lobby decision.
National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has spent the last seven years spreading hate and bigotry across the country, and now it's time to say, "so long." Courage Campaign members have been on the frontlines, fighting back against NOM's same, old, tired attacks on equality every step of the way. And we've won! So, in NOM's last gasp effort to try and take down marriage equality during their “March for Marriage,” let's thank them for their years of hard work and failed efforts against marriage equality, and wish them farewell.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!