Current Actions

$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.

Tell your CA Legislators: Say NO to Big Oil!

February 26th is “lobby day” in Sacramento for Big Oil, and we know they will use their same old tricks to block a long overdue oil extraction tax -- which would provide critical funding for our state’s childcare, preschool, higher education, and parks. Let your representatives in Sacramento know you’re watching and help give them the courage to refuse any and all contributions or gifts from oil lobbyists and say NO to Big Oil!

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.

DEMAND Whole Foods' CEO Stop Spreading Lies about Obamacare

Whole Foods' CEO, John Mackey, has been using his position as head of one of the most respected companies in America to promote anti-Obamacare lies and deter people from signing up for life-saving health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Fight back against this kind of confusing misinformation and SIGN THE PETITION to demand John Mackey stop misleading Americans.

Speaker Boehner: Don’t stand in the way of equal employment for LGBT Americans. Allow a vote on ENDA.

Did you know you can still be fired for being gay in 29 states and for being transgender in 33 states? The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace. ENDA just passed the Senate with a bipartisan majority and Speaker Boehner at least needs to allow an up-or-down vote in the House of Representatives, even if he doesn't support the bill himself.

The Obamacare Reality Response Team

'Generation Opportunity,' a Koch Brothers funded front group, is using highly polished, deceptive, anti-Obamacare ad campaigns to target college students on campus and young working Americans to get them to opt out of the Affordable Care Act. Join our Obamacare Reality Response Team and help stop the Koch Brothers from using their misleading and lying ads to destroy Obamacare!

President Obama: Boost the Economy by Lifting 2 Million Workers to a Living Wage

In January, President Obama declared that all Americans deserve a living wage. Now, he has the opportunity to quickly and easily make that happen for 2,000,000 Americans by issuing an executive order to require all federal contractors to comply with the Service Contract Act.

Republicans, on immigrants, in their own words

So scary, you won't believe this came out of their mouths. Check out our new microsite!

Stop Big Oil from fracking up California

There are 47,000 active fracking sites currently operating in California with almost no regulation. Reports from around the country are chilling: poisoned drinking water, oil spills in residential neighborhoods, and now Exxon Mobil and Shell are targeting California's Monterey Shale. Demand Sacramento take action.

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

SUCCESS: Congrats to our lucky iPad Mini winner!

Congrats to Elise O. of Modesto, CA for winning an iPad Mini! Elise entered our drawing to help fund volunteers to get out the vote and approve Referendum 74 in Washington State.

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Homeowner Bill of Rights Signed into Law

Four years in the making, the California Homeowner Bill of Rights was signed by Gov. Brown, ending the most deceptive and unethical practices of mortgage lenders. We proved that even in this age of unparalleled corporate power, a smart, creative, and relentless campaign can beat back the corporate lobbyists.

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Manny Pacquiao backs down, apologizes to gay community

After over 25,000 Courage Campaign members took action following the anti-gay comments from world-renowned boxer and Philippines Congressman Manny Pacquiao, he issued an apology and noted that gay people are "born that way," while his rival Floyd Mayweather came out for marriage equality in a remarkable turn of events. Click to read more on what happened and why it matters.

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Raising Revenue: The Millionaires Tax of 2012

For eight months, Courage Campaign and a coalition of labor and community groups joined forces to raise desperately needed revenue for the Golden State. Through extensive polling and research, we developed a proposed California ballot initiative: the Millionaires Tax of 2012.

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Courage Campaign Year in Review 2011

The year was marked by a number of successes that brought our six-year-old organization to the forefront of our nation's political process. We could not have done this without you, our members.

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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!