Success Stories

WINNER! Courage member wins a new laptop!!

A big congrats to Julie A. of Long Beach who just won our 2014 Fall laptop raffle! And it's a win-win. Julie now has the tools to be an even more courageous activist, and Courage Campaign has the support to fight for a more progressive California and country!

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Prop 47 passes! A HISTORIC win for smarter sentencing in CA.

Californians voted, by HUGE margins, to alleviate prison overcrowding and invest in our schools. This is a big step towards ending the racist, wasteful "War on Drugs" by reducing the lowest-level, nonviolent crimes -- such as simple drug possession and petty theft -- from felonies to misdemeanors.

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CPUC President to step down after PG&E uproar

VICTORY! California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) President Michael Peevey announced that he will not be seeking reappointment after thousands of Courage members called him out for facilitating a dangerous and incestuous relationship between the CPUC and one of the largest utilities it regulates, PG&E. Applaud the courageous activists who kept up the pressure on the CPUC by sharing the news on Facebook.

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Google, Facebook, and Yelp cut ties with right-wing group ALEC

Thanks to the tireless activism of over 90,000 Courage members, Google, Facebook, and Yelp decided to cut ties with the Koch Brothers-backed extremist group ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council). We now must turn our focus to the internet giants eBay, AOL, and Expedia and urge them to join the ALEC Exodus. This is your opportunity to join our exciting campaign and help us build the momentum. CLICK HERE to join the fight!

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Gun Violence Restraining Order passes in CA!

Thanks to the COURAGEOUS activism of thousands of our members and our allies, Gov. Brown signed a critical bill that was written in direct response to the tragic mass shooting near UC Santa Barbara earlier this year, and will allow those closest to a troubled individual -- including friends, family, and intimate partners -- to act when there are warning signs that a person is at risk for violence. Share this big win for gun safety with your friends on Facebook!

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VICTORY: Gov. Brown ends the racist crack/powder cocaine discrepancy!

WE DID IT! Thousands of Courage members like you led the fight to end the racist crack vs. powder cocaine sentencing discrepancy -- sending a barrage of emails, Tweets, and calls to our leaders in Sacramento for months. And thanks to our courage, Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Fair Sentencing Act (SB 1010) into law! Celebrate this huge win by sharing the news on Facebook.

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WE DID IT! Big Oil’s latest attack on cap-and-trade is DEAD…for now

Thanks to the courage of tens of thousands of progressive activists, Big Oil’s recent attack on California’s landmark climate change legislation has been defeated! Help us celebrate this victory and show your courage to continue the fight to protect a healthy California by sharing the news on Facebook.

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HUGE VICTORY! Bill to end racist crack vs. powder cocaine sentencing disparity passes CA Assembly

Thanks to the THOUSANDS of Courage members who have tirelessly fought to push this smart and fair bill through Sacramento -- flooding state legislators offices with calls, emails, and tweets. Once the bill passes the Senate for concurrence, the decision will then lie with Governor Jerry Brown. Like and share the Facebook post linked below to celebrate today’s big win and urge Gov. Brown to sign SB1010 into law!

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WE DID IT: Walgreens calls off tax-evading move to Switzerland!

Thanks to over 45,500 members who had the courage to speak out in outrage, Walgreens just backed down from its plan to dodge billions of dollars in taxes by moving its corporate address from Illinois to Switzerland through a tax inversion. This victory is a testament to the power of organizing, and more specifically a testament to the power of Courage members.

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VICTORY: President Obama just announced executive order on ENDA!

We did it! President Obama announced that he would sign an executive order to protect LGBT employees of federal contractors from workplace discrimination. This order will protect 16 million American workers -- making it the single largest expansion of LGBT workplace protections in our nation’s history. One thing is clear. This victory belongs to over 42,000 Courage members and our allies, who have tirelessly fought this battle every step of the way.

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VICTORY: SB 1010 to help end the catastrophic 40 year War on Drugs just passed the CA State Senate!

Thousands of Courage members asked their State Senators to vote YES on SB 1010 by Senator Holly J. Mitchell to end the groundless crack and powder cocaine sentencing disparity in California, and they listened! If this bill becomes law it will help address the institutionalized pattern of racial discrimination in who we send to prison, and will also save tax dollars so they can be spent more wisely on treatment and rehabilitation programs.

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We sent Google a message they couldn’t ignore!

Thanks to the courage of thousands of our members, we created quite a stir at Google's shareholder meeting at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA. Along with hundreds of our friends from Forecast the Facts, Common Cause, Public Citizen and other groups -- we chanted. We marched. We raised our signs high. And we flew a plane with a #DontBeEvil banner in the sky over the meeting to protest Google's association with right-wing extremist group ALEC. We even had Jesse Jackson speak!

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VICTORY: LA Clippers owner was just banned from the NBA for life!

Nearly 20,000 members had the courage to speak out, add to the overwhelming public outrage and tell the NBA to give LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling the maximum punishment allowable for his racist and sexist rant -- and they delivered! Courageous NBA Commissioner Adam Silver just held a news conference in which he confirmed that the voice on the "deeply offensive and harmful" leaked tape was in fact Clippers Owner Donald Sterling. As a result, he announced that Sterling will receive the maximum fine allowed by NBA bylaws ($2.5 million) and a lifetime ban from the NBA.

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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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