The Economy & Job Creation

Courage Campaign organizes in support of various policies to support economic justice and a robust middle class. We believe in economic growth in which the benefits are enjoyed by all Americans, not just the wealthy. In the past, we have worked to close outrageous tax loopholes, supported progressive tax initiatives, and encouraged legislation that would create jobs.

Current Actions

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.

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

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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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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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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Past Actions

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.

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 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.

Tell Speaker Boehner: Don’t kick abused women onto the street. End the GOP Shutdown.

Speaker Boehner's shutdown is kicking ABUSED WOMEN onto the street. Domestic violence shelters and rape crisis programs across the country have begun losing the federal funding they need to keep their doors open, forcing out vulnerable women and children. SIGN THE PETITION HERE.

Tell California's Senators to Stand Up to the GOP and Support Filibuster Reform

Republicans continue to use archaic filibuster rules to prevent critical presidential nominations at historically unprecedented levels. They are determined to kill Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s inspiration -- the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau -- by filibustering the nomination of Richard Cordray to lead the agency. California Senators need to stand up to the GOP and support Harry Reid’s filibuster reform efforts.

End Big Oil's free pass in California

California is the 4th-largest oil-producing state, but it is the ONLY state that does NOT have an oil extraction tax. We could raise $2 billion per year to begin repairing the damage of previous cuts to public education. Study after study shows that since oil is a global market, this will have no affect of gas prices, despite the lies of ExxonMobil and Chevron.

Tell your Representative: "Stand with Bernie: No cuts to Social Security."

Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) is not going to let President Obama cut Social Security. Demand that your Member of Congress stand with him!

The Big Banks must stop the payday loan scam

The Big Banks’ latest scam: working with payday lenders to intentionally overdraft customer’s account and collect millions in overdraft fees. Federal regulators can stop this — tell them to close the loophole now.

So that's why no bankers went to jail

"Too Big to Jail". That's the message Attorney General Eric Holder just gave the Senate about the big banks. It's his job to prosecute criminals, he needs to get to work.

Tell California's Republicans: Dump Grover Norquist

Prominent national Republicans are finally realizing they were elected to serve their constituents, not to honor a silly anti-tax pledge made to Grover Norquist -- the infamous lobbyist. Will California's GOP representatives follow their lead? Demand an answer from them!

Pledge NOT to shop at Walmart on Black Friday

Walmart has long been notorious for its low wages, poor benefits, and dangerous working conditions. On Black Friday, Walmart employees throughout the company's vast operations -- from factories and warehouses to retail stores -- will participate in a massive walkout.

Tell President Obama to End the Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthiest Americans

President Obama backed down on the Bush tax cuts in December 2010, but fresh from winning re-election, we need to make sure he keeps his commitment to end them. We helped put him in the Oval Office twice now, and we need to make sure he knows our priorities.

Billionaire Zombies Are Trying to Eat Your Brains

You might think that brain eating zombies are scary. But do you know what's really scary? Billionaire Zombies. That's right, billionaire zombies eating your brains with deceptive TV ads. Fight back by sharing the California Progressive Voter Guide with your friends and neighbors!

Our TV ad that could pass Prop. 30

Watch "A Child's World Without Prop. 30" and see a day in the life of a young girl if Prop. 30 does not pass. Right now, polls show Prop. 30 is barely over 50%. Share the ad so others know what's at stake.