Success Stories

PROGRESS: We stopped Gov. Brown's irresponsible prison expansion plan

Thousands of Courage Campaign member-activists and our coalition partners stood up to the most powerful politicians in the state and made it clear that endless expansion of prison capacity for the benefit of private corporations has no place in California. Our tsunami of opposition forced Gov. Brown to agree to a compromise plan that could prevent the state from wasting $715 million of precious taxpayer dollars -- which were promised to restore our schools and vital services under Prop 30 -- and instead open up more opportunities for inmate rehabilitation. It's all up to the court now. We need your help to continue to fight for saner, more fiscally responsible reform of California's vast and deeply corrupt prison-industrial complex.

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VICTORY: We saved the LA Times from the Kochs

Because of our YOUR activism, the Koch Brothers dropped their bid for the Los Angeles Times and the rest of the Tribune Company newspapers! Together with our partners, we forced a real public examination of what it would mean for right-wing extremists to push their agenda via ten of the country's biggest, most respected newspapers. Now it’s up to us again to stop David Koch from corrupting the leading PBS station in the country, WGBH.

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VICTORY: Sens. Feinstein and Boxer call the GOP's bluff on filibuster

After hearing from more than eleven thousand Courage members, Senators Boxer and Feinstein endorsed the so-called "nuclear option" to change filibuster rules and confirm President Obama's executive branch nominations. Faced with such strength, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell caved. Click here to join us in saying "Thanks!" to CA's Senators!

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VICTORY: Prop 8 is gone!

Thanks to our colleagues at the American Foundation for Equal Rights and the work you did to educate the public, build a majority for marriage equality and win more states, the Supreme Court ruled the proponents of Prop 8 do not have standing to defend the initiative in court, which means Judge Walker's ruling becomes final and Prop 8 ends! Marriages will resume late July or early August 2013. Now let's take this national!

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VICTORY: DOMA struck down!

Thanks to a brilliant legal team and to the hard work YOU have done to educate the public about what DOMA is and why it must go, the Supreme Court struck down DOMA as unconstitutional! Now we need to make sure it's implemented "with all deliberate speed" by the federal government.

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VICTORY: LIFE Act passes California Senate

Thanks to YOUR support of the Lifesaving Intelligent Firearms Enforcement (LIFE) Act, California is now 33% percent of the way toward the safest, smartest gun laws in the country. All eight bills that make up the LIFE Act have passed the State Senate, and one (SB 140) has already been signed into law by Gov. Brown. Next up, the Assembly.

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VICTORY: One step closer to drug sentencing reform

Thanks to Courage Campaign's work against the so-called "War on Drugs," we're halfway toward passing major drug sentencing reform. Senate Bill 649 passed out of the California Senate. Bill author Sen. Mark Leno brought it to the floor in a surprise move, but everyone in that chamber knew that 10,153 Courage Campaign members were behind it.

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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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Victory! Blue Cross suspends discriminatory medication policy for HIV/AIDS patients

Less than 48 hours after Courage members and Citizen Watchdog voiced strong opposition to a discriminatory policy change by Anthem Blue Cross, they reversed their decision. Online activists knocked one of the biggest healthcare giants in California on its heels, proving their muscle.

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President Obama endorses assault weapons ban during State of the Union

It was unclear if President Obama would continue to push for the assault weapons ban in his State of the Union address after NRA attacks and a complaints from weak-kneed Democrats. Courage members called on the president to stand strong and he did. Become a monthly donor to Courage and give us the resources to keep fighting.

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Apple agrees to change policy on NRA shooting app

After Courage Campaign launched a petition to help keep this game out of the hands of kids, Apple agreed to raise the age restriction for the NRA's shooting game app from 4 to 12, and add warnings of "Frequent/Intense Realistic Violence."

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Learn the critical role Courage Campaign members played in passing prop. 30 and defeating prop. 32

The Courage Campaign was proud to play a historic role in the November 2012 General Election, from passing Proposition 30 -- bringing critical revenue and groundbreaking tax fairness to California -- to defeating the right wing, Citizen’s United unregulated secret money machine by beating back Proposition 32, to tremendous wins on marriage equality, including Washington State, to shaping the narrative on Romney’s record on LGBT issues.

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