Success Stories

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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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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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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