Current Actions

Demand California's Republican Congressmen support real immigration reform

Our immigration system is broken. It's forcing our friends and neighbors to live in the shadows, reducing economic growth, and making the American Dream a criminal offense. Rather than rely on votes from House members in Mississippi or Iowa, California's 15 Republican members of Congress must get on board, especially since 90% of Californians support a path to citizenship.

Tell Congress: "Raise the minimum wage."

In the wealthiest nation on earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty. Tell Congress to raise the minimum wage!

Success Stories

Courage Campaign & DailyKos vs. Los Angeles Times Advertising Department. Guess who blinked?

After the Los Angeles Times Ad Department censored a member-funded print ad opposing sale of the paper to the right-wing Koch brothers, we delivered over 100,000 Courage, DailyKos and MoveOn signatures right to their front door, and changed the ad to include six footnote citations to the Times' own reporting on how right-wing and biased the Kochs are. They backed down. Click to see the ad and what's next!

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Courage Campaign and California Mayors Against Proposition 8 Make Statewide Headlines!

As the Supreme Court prepared to consider merits and standing in the Prop 8 case, Courage Campaign and California's Mayors worked closely to spread the word: Prop 8 is wrong for California's cities.

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Courage Campaign members make front pages nationwide on Prop 8 & DOMA

After Courage members chipped in to fund English and Spanish signs to hand out at Prop 8 & DOMA rallies across the country, photos of our signs made nationwide front page newspapers, from Los Angeles to Oshkosh, WI to Tuscaloosa, AL and the front page of NYTimes.com! It's all part of our work to show widespread support for equality, and change hearts and minds on this issue. Click to see a great roundup of front pages at BuzzFeed.

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Senate Judiciary Committee passes Sen. Feinstein's assault weapon ban!

After over 60,000 Courage members made calls, sent e-mails, gave money and mobilized their friends, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed Sen. Feinstein's legislation banning assault weapons. Now we need your support to pass this legislation in the full Senate.

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President Obama urges Supreme Court to overturn Prop 8

In December 2012, more than 15,000 Courage members urged President Obama to submit an amicus brief to the Supreme Court urging the Court to overturn Prop 8. On Feb 28, 2013, the Administration heeded this call and made its voice heard. Sign our thank you letter to Pres. Obama and AG Holder!

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Past Actions

Tell CA State Legislators: Just Say NO to ALEC!

The corporate-funded, right-wing legislation factory ALEC (The American Legislative Exchange Council) continues to corrupt state legislators and push their extreme agenda across the country. We cannot let them get their dirty hands on California. Even though California has a Democratic super majority, the corporate influence in Sacramento is at an all time high. We must have the courage to speak out now to keep Democrats from selling out to ALEC’s corporate interests. SIGN THE PETITION and tell California state legislators to keep ALEC out of California!

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!

Tell The Lincoln Club: No racist politics in San Diego!

The Lincoln Club -- a wealthy right-wing political group -- launched a racist attack ad against mayoral candidate David Alvarez just weeks before the special election to replace the Mayor of San Diego. Their refusal to disavow and stop this despicable ad campaign is pure cowardice, plain and simple. SIGN THE PETITION to demand the Lincoln Club have the courage to end their racist ad campaign immediately and apologize to David Alvarez and the public for their wrongdoing.

Join the fight for fair opportunities for transgender students!

The National Organization of Marriage's (NOM) is attempting to repeal the historic School Success and Opportunity Act (AB 1266) -- a new law that provides fair opportunities for transgender students to participate and succeed in school -- with a referendum that will move forward, pending a full count of signatures, onto the ballot in November. We must get to work now and prepare our campaign with our fearless coalition partners so we are ready to fight back!

Demand Congress Fund Food Stamps for Needy Kids this Thanksgiving

As the economy continues to struggle, millions of needy families in the U.S. rely on food stamps to survive. Food stamps have already been cut earlier this year and House Republicans want nearly $40 billion in cuts next year! Click here to tell your member of Congress not to make any more cuts to this vital program.

Demand CA Republicans shut down their fake, misleading Obamacare website

It's outrageous that Republican legislators in California are using taxpayer dollars to intentionally mislead their constituents, sow fear and confusion, and divert Californians away from CoveredCA.com -- California's health insurance exchange under Obamacare. They must take down the site immediately.

Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel: Take Stronger Action NOW to protect LGBT service members!

6 states -- including Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Texas -- think they are above the law of the land and are refusing to allow same-sex married couples in the National Guard to register for spousal benefits despite a federal mandate. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered “immediate action” for these states to comply with the law, but so far they are not backing down. He's on our side, but now we need to make him finish the job.

Tell the Dept. of Education: Investigate predatory lending to students & schools

Public universities and community colleges are drowning in debt to Wall Street due to predatory loans, and the schools have responded by passing the cost of these bad loans on to students in the form of HIGHER tuition fees. We need the Dept. of Education to investigate this predatory lending now and you can help make it happen by clicking here!

SAN FRANCISCO PROGRESSIVE VOTER GUIDE

When you vote in the November 5th San Francisco election, will you be ready to vote on all four ballot propositions? There are TWO very important but somewhat tricky propositions this year, but we're here to help! Check out the San Francisco Progressive Voter Guide and see what some of California's most trusted progressive organizations have to say.

Win a new MACBOOK PRO laptop, while supporting the fight for progressive change

All you need to do is make a tax-deductible donation of $10 or more to support our ongoing progressive campaigns, and we'll enter you in the raffle to win a new MacBook Pro. Courage Campaign exists to raise the voices of hundreds of thousands of Americans to affect real, progressive change. We have so much more to do, but in order for us to keep fighting and maintain our independence, we have to have support from individual donors like you.

Mayor Lee: Stop catering to the 1%. Start fighting for an affordable San Francisco

The cost of living in San Francisco has spiraled out of control, but Mayor Lee refuses to act. Big banks and wealthy investors continue to build expensive new developments where only the wealthiest 1% can afford to live, driving up prices and forcing working families out of the city. Mayor Lee must start representing everyone who lives in San Francisco, not just the rich.

VOTE: Should Courage Campaign take on this fight?

We need your input before we gear up to take on the National Organization for Marriage (NOM)’s latest and most regressive attack against our transgender youth in California. They are currently gathering signatures for a 2014 ballot measure. If we’re going to act, we need to act now. As a member-driven organization, Courage Campaign must consult with our members before taking an official position on ballot measures. We need 60% of our members to agree with our staff recommendation.

VOTE to fight for an affordable San Francisco

Please help us decide whether or not to weigh in on the fight for affordable housing in San Francisco around the 8 Washington development. Read the pro and con arguments to Propositions B & C and let us know where you stand as a Courage member. As a member-driven organization, Courage Campaign must consult with our members before taking an official position on ballot measures. We need 60% of our members to agree with our staff recommendation.

San Diego & ALEC Don't Mix

San Diego does NOT need a right-wing conservative legislation factory like ALEC writing laws for our city. This is what ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) has done in states like Wisconsin with "Right-to-Work" and Florida with "Stand Your Ground," each proposed by ALEC and lobbied for in state legislatures across the country. Who supports ALEC? Big name conservatives like Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers, and here in San Diego -- Nathan Fletcher.