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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Californians alerted to fake Obamacare website

More than 45,000 Courage Campaign members called out California Republicans for their shameful use of taxpayer dollars to create a fake Obamacare website, which was covered by news outlets like ABC News, NPR, MSNBC, and more! The GOP is intentionally promoting misleading or outright false information -- and avoiding basic facts and benefits -- in an effort to confuse their own constituents. Republicans know that confused people will be less likely to sign up for health coverage. They failed to stop Obamacare in every other way, so now they have lowered themselves to what the Sacramento Bee called "perverse and insidious" tactics. Join the Obamacare Reality Response Team today to spread the truth about the Affordable Care Act and fight back against lies like this.

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VICTORY: Equality for our service members in ALL states!

Thanks in part to an extra push Courage Campaign members like you gave to Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel, National Guard bases in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia have begun processing spousal benefit applications for ALL service members. After months of refusing to comply with the Supreme Court's ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the six states backed down. This is #8 on our top 12 most courageous moments of 2013, click here to see the rest & donate to make 2014 even better than 2013!

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12 Days of Courage! Our most courageous moments of 2013.

Check out what can happen when 800,000 people who have the courage to care and to act come together and speak with one voice. (Hint: really awesome stuff.)

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Courage Campaign member wins MacBook Pro laptop!

Luis L. of Long Beach won our MacBook Pro raffle. It's a win-win. Luis can now take more actions to create a more progressive country, and Courage Campaign has the funds we need to continue our work.

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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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VICTORY: One step away from a major victory against the “War on Drugs”

Because of more than 13,000 Courage Campaign member-activists, the Local Control in Sentencing Act, SB 649, passed the Legislature and is now on Governor Brown’s desk. This historic and bi-partisan drug sentencing reform bill will save taxpayer dollars and reduce overcrowding in our prisons by allowing prosecutors to charge non-violent drug possession as a misdemeanor, rather than as a felony. However, we need your help to push this bill over the finish line.

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VICTORY: LIFE ACT passes CA Legislature

Courage Campaign led the fight for gun safety and the Legislature listened. The California Senate and Assembly passed the gun violence prevention package known as the LIFE (Lifesaving Intelligent Firearms Enforcement) Act and now we need to urge Gov. Brown to stand up to the NRA and immediately sign this lifesaving legislation.

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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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