Success Stories

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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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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Courage Campaign leads California delegation to the White House

On September 23rd, Courage Campaign led a delegation of over 100 California progressive leaders to the White House for a day of policy meetings on issues important to Californians. The day before, a Congressional reception was held on Capitol Hill where members of the California House delegation welcomed the attendees, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

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Sen. Mikulski becomes 30th Senator to co-sponsor Respect for Marriage Act!

After Courage Campaign, Equality Maryland, Freedom to Marry and 3,000 Marylanders called on Sen. Mikulski to co-sponsor the Respect for Marriage Act, and our staff delivered signatures to her office amid Hurricane Irene, Sen. Mikulski became the 30th Senator to support Sen. Feinstein's bill. This puts us halfway to the 60 votes we need in the U.S. Senate.

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Obama Endorses Respect for Marriage Act

After 25,000+ Courage Campaign members called on President Obama to endorse the Respect for Marriage Act, WH Press Secretary Jay Carney announced that the President formally endorses the bill!

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Thousands of Courage Campaign members force insurance giant to halt premium increase

Thousands of Courage Campaign members successfully urged Blue Shield to delay rate increases on policyholders throughout the state. The insurance giant had proposals that would affect up to 200,000 Californians, in some cases by as much as 59 percent.

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Prop8TrialTracker.com passes 4 million views, 93,000 comments, live-blogging brings transparency to the courtroom.

Through live-blogging, comprehensive coverage of breaking news, and expert commentary on the trial, Courage Campaign Institute's Prop 8 Trial Tracker has brought transparency to the courtroom, gaining 4 million views and 93,000 comments.

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Video from Camp Courage East LA: Historic bilingual training attracts more than 200 participants

When the history of marriage equality in California is written, one significant turning point will be Camp Courage East Los Angeles -- an unprecedented bilingual marriage equality training event in East LA that attracted more than 200 participants representing the deep diversity of the marriage equality movement. Camp Courage East LA followed tremendously successful events in Los Angeles, Fresno, San Diego and Oakland.

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"California's Sarah Palin" radio ads make a big splash

Meg Whitman aired radio ads across the state, trying to present herself as a moderate to Californians. But when it comes to global warming, she is just another Sarah Palin. Courage Campaign members helped produce and air a radio ad across California to hold Meg Whitman accountable -- and we got Whitman's attention in the process.

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47,153 "Double Bubble" ballots counted following campaign to turnout 1.1 million DTS voters

The Courage Campaign waged a massive multimedia campaign to target 1.1 million independent "Decline-to-State" voters in California's Democratic Party primary on Super Tuesday and then won an unprecedented voting rights victory after tens of thousands of Los Angeles County voters were disenfranchised by a flawed "double bubble" ballot.

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