UPDATE: We won! A strong Homeowner Bill of Rights was signed into law on July 11, 2012. All Democrats in the California Legislature supported it!
We did it! After four years of work, we passed the Homeowner Bill of Rights through the California Legislature. We proved that even in this age of unparalleled corporate power, a smart, creative, and relentless campaign can beat back the corporate lobbyists. It's a proud day, but corporate lawyers are no doubt already concocting new ways to try and work around the rules to gouge homeowners, renters, and the rest of the middle class.
Courage Campaign is proud to partner with 14 other organizations in California to launch an exciting new project that will test-drive new messages to change hearts and minds on LGBT equality. Our coalition has convened four trainings across the state; sign up for one to participate in this unique project!
We're 3 for 3 in the courts on Prop 8: on June 5th, the 9th Circuit denied an attempt to rehear and possibly overturn the decision declaring Prop 8 unconstitutional. The case is now set to head to the Supreme Court, the biggest stage of all, and we need your support to win.
Voting on a Tuesday is a relic from 1845 based on what worked best for farmers. Today only 55% of Americans vote! Studies show that other countries have dramatically higher rates of turnout -- up to 70 and 80 percent -- when Election Day is on a weekend or holiday.
The so-called "War on Drugs" has wasted billions of taxpayer dollars, given birth to the prison-industrial complex, and destroyed lives and communities. SB 1506 in Sacramento will begin to reform this corrupt system by making drug possession a misdemeanor rather than a felony. Help pass it!
The United States ranks 138th (out of 172 countries) in voter participation. Unacceptable. Embarassing even. Part of the reason for this fact is that our current election system is based on what made the most sense for farmers in 1845. We think it's time for an update, don't you?
Sign up now for a short training to learn how you can assist in motivating North Carolinians to vote NO on anti-gay Amendment One.
WATCH our new video exposing Asm. Felipe Fuentes (D-Los Angeles) as he sells out the middle-class to do dirty work for the Big Banks. Fuentes refuses to back the Homeowners Bill of Rights, despite 381,461 foreclosures in Los Angeles County. $112,475 in campaign donations from the mortgage industry must be very convincing.
WATCH: Powerful first TV ads in the race to defeat Amendment 1 in North Carolina. Check them out and chip in to help them stay on the air!
Right now, Sacramento legislators are deciding whether to vote for the interests of the middle-class or cave under pressure from the Big Banks. All the key votes will come from Democrats, but unless they know we're watching, they might vote with the banks. Challenge them to do the right thing!
Sen. Juan Vargas is chair of the CA Senate Banking Committee and a key vote on the Homeowner Bill of Rights. He's deciding whether to side with the Big Banks or with the millions of Californians who have or will be foreclosed upon. Hundreds of Courage members have flooded his office with calls demanding he support a strong Homeowner Bill of Rights. But he still doesn't get it. So we thought we could help him understand how it feels to be screwed over by the Big Banks and lose his home -- just like 360,598 people the counties he's supposed to represent.
Know someone in North Carolina? Join our member-voter contact program and pledge to have a Courageous Conversation with them about why to vote NO on anti-gay Amendment 1!
On May 8th, North Carolina will vote on Amendment One, which bans marriage equality and any other form of recognition for same-sex couples. Polls show the public increasingly against Amendment One, but our opponents just began running an ad this weekend that spreads lies about same-sex families and urges a Yes vote on Amendment One. Our side has ads of its own, but we need the money to get them on the air.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris needs our help. Join her as a co-sponsor of legislation to make the Big Banks stop their abusive treatment of homeowners. Fight the Big Bank CEOs and their lobbyists by demanding real mortgage industry reform.
We're launching a campaign to make sure the DNC chips in to fight for equal rights at the ballot in 2012 as they did in 2008 to fight Prop 8. The DNC jointly raised $29.1 million in January alone -- they can chip in a fraction of that to help fight for equal rights. We've had Democrats' backs in the voting booth for years -- help make sure they have ours at the ballot.