Holding Politicians & Corporations Accountable

Courage Campaign seeks to hold elected officials and corporations accountable when they mislead the American public, engage in unethical activity, or worse. We seek to use the power of grassroots organizing to highlight these misdeeds and leverage public pressure in search of justice.

Current Actions

Tell federal prosecutors: Hold PG&E's executives accountable for San Bruno blast!

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has received criminal charges for their gross negligence in the 2010 fatal explosion in San Bruno, California, but PG&E executives have consistently avoided any potential responsibility for their role in the disaster that killed 8 people and destroyed 38 homes. At the same time PG&E has taken home record profits and refused to adopt critical safety measures. Demand prosecutors hold PG&E executives personally accountable!

Announcing the Big Oil Beacon!

Courage Campaign and our allies have launched an unprecedented step to take back our state government from corporate corruption. It's called the Big Oil Beacon, and it will shine a bright light on the toxic influence of the most powerful corporate lobbyists in Sacramento, while exposing the economic devastation facing Californians in specific legislators' districts. See whether your representative is working for YOU or Big Oil here.

Help “illuminate” WGBH’s Koch problem

We’ve kept the heat on WGBH, demanding they remove prominent climate change denier David Koch from their Board. And now we have a huge opportunity to take our work to the next level. With the help of our friends The Illuminators, a contribution today will allow us to "shine a light” on WGBH’s hypocrisy for all to see. We'll project our message on the side of their headquarters on March 28th in Boston during their event on climate change, other activists will go even further and take their protest inside. To be successful, we need you to donate to make it happen!

Tell CA Legislators: Get the FRACK out of California!

With all the known health and environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing (a.k.a “fracking”), California, a supposed climate change leader, must change course on fracking! That’s why member-activists like you must have the courage to demand our state legislators support a statewide ban on fracking NOW. Tell your leaders in Sacramento to protect Californians from the dangers of fracking!

Gov. Brown: Restore Food Stamps for 320,000 Californians!

After the Tea Party forced billions in cuts to SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) a.k.a. "food stamps," a bipartisan group of governors from around the country are fighting back to both follow the new SNAP funding rules AND make sure their states get the proper funding for vital food assistance. Join Courage and our partners at Daily Kos and ask Gov. Brown to join the governors of six other states and restore access to basic food assistance for 320,000 of the poorest Californians, including 186,000 children.

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.

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.

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.

Success Stories

VICTORY: You spoke, the President listened!

More than ten thousand Courage Campaign members demanded President Obama overcome the gridlock in Congress and sign an executive order to increase the minimum wage for federal contract workers. And during the President's State of the Union address, he delivered! This victory is why Courage Campaign exists, but we can only continue to do this work with the support of courageous members like you. Donate today so we can keep taking on fights like this!

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Californians alerted to fake Obamacare website

More than 45,000 Courage Campaign members called out California Republicans for their shameful use of taxpayer dollars to create a fake Obamacare website, which was covered by news outlets like ABC News, NPR, MSNBC, and more! The GOP is intentionally promoting misleading or outright false information -- and avoiding basic facts and benefits -- in an effort to confuse their own constituents. Republicans know that confused people will be less likely to sign up for health coverage. They failed to stop Obamacare in every other way, so now they have lowered themselves to what the Sacramento Bee called "perverse and insidious" tactics. Join the Obamacare Reality Response Team today to spread the truth about the Affordable Care Act and fight back against lies like this.

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VICTORY: Equality for our service members in ALL states!

Thanks in part to an extra push Courage Campaign members like you gave to Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel, National Guard bases in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia have begun processing spousal benefit applications for ALL service members. After months of refusing to comply with the Supreme Court's ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the six states backed down. This is #8 on our top 12 most courageous moments of 2013, click here to see the rest & donate to make 2014 even better than 2013!

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Making Mayor Lee Listen

Our petition demanding Mayor Lee take action to address the cost of living in San Francisco got overwhelming media attention thanks in part to a mention of "$4 toast." After the San Francisco Chronicle featured it on its homepage for more than a day, SFist and Curbed(SF) joined in. We clearly got the Mayor's attention, and now we need to make sure he takes meaningful action to help make San Francisco affordable for everyone once again. Click here to join the fight.

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Victory on Props B & C

Together with our friends at ACCE, we helped defeat Props B and C in San Francisco thanks to our Progressive Voter Guide! More than 62% of voters rejected a ritzy development on the waterfront that would have only catered to multi-millionaires, while doing little to address San Francisco's affordable housing crisis. Now, Mayor Ed Lee needs to focus on making the city affordable for everyone. Click here to send him a message.

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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.

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.