Current Actions

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

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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Success: Sen. Menendez agrees to co-sponsor DOMA repeal

After Courage Campaign was the first to organize members in New Jersey urging Sen. Menendez to support repeal of DOMA, in late December Sen. Menendez agreed to co-sponsor the Respect for Marriage Act to repeal DOMA. Sen. Menendez also announced his full support for marriage equality in a New Jersey Star-Ledger op-ed. His support brings the number of Senators who support DOMA repeal to 32.

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We won: Camp Courage funded for LGBT youth!

We did it! Thanks to the votes of thousands of Courage Campaign members, we finished in top ten, which means we will receive a $50,000 grant from the Pepsi: Refresh Everything contest to fund Camp Courage for at-risk LGBT youth.

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Sen. Judiciary Committee votes to repeal DOMA

In a 10-8 vote, the Sen. Judiciary Committee voted to repeal DOMA. Courage Campaign members played a role in rounding up the last few votes to make a majority in support of repeal.

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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.