Current Actions

Tell Congress: Drop Hobby Lobby or we’ll drop you!

The Supreme Court's "Hobby Lobby" decision -- which gave employers the right to impose their religious beliefs on employees and stripped the right to affordable birth control from women -- was one of the largest setbacks for women's health in decades. We must act now and demand our leaders in Washington stand up for the rights of women and support a bill that was just introduced to override the disastrous Hobby Lobby decision.

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Tell the FTC: Stop CarMax from putting profits before people

CarMax -- the biggest used car retailer in the country -- gives consumers the impression that it's done everything possible to make a used car safe -- claiming that their “certified” cars have undergone a rigorous, “125+ point inspection.” But according to The New York Times, "CarMax's 'Certified Quality Inspection'...does not include fixing recalls." Meanwhile, they took in nearly $11 billion in revenue last year. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has the power to fight back and stop CarMax's dangerously deceptive advertising practices. But they will only act if they hear from people like YOU who have the courage to care.

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Tell NOM: You’re on the wrong side of history. It’s time to say goodbye.

National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has spent the last seven years spreading hate and bigotry across the country, and now it's time to say, "so long." Courage Campaign members have been on the frontlines, fighting back against NOM's same, old, tired attacks on equality every step of the way. And we've won! So, in NOM's last gasp effort to try and take down marriage equality during their “March for Marriage,” let's thank them for their years of hard work and failed efforts against marriage equality, and wish them farewell.

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Tell Rick Perry: Stop promoting hate and ignorance!

Seriously, on what planet does Rick Perry live?! At a recent event in San Francisco, the controversial GOP leader compared homosexuality to the serious disease of alcoholism in defense of so-called “gay conversion therapy” -- a widely discredited and immeasurably harmful practice used to “cure” being gay. Sign the petition to tell Gov. Perry to join the rest of us who live in reality and STOP promoting hateful, ignorant, and harmful anti-LGBT policies.

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Join the "March for Democracy" as it makes its way to Sacramento

Courageous protesters are marching -- 480 miles from Los Angeles to Sacramento -- to raise awareness and mobilize the public around the issue of big money corruption in politics. Can you come out and join them even for one day? They'll be reaching the Capitol on June 22nd. JOIN THEM!

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Tell CA Legislators: Help prevent another mass shooting in California

California may have the strongest gun laws in the nation, but the recent shooting rampage in Isla Vista reminds us that we must do even more to prevent gun violence. And now we have an opportunity to address the specific instances that led to the Isla Vista tragedy -- by making sure people at risk for violence do not have immediate access to firearms.

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Help stop the Sultan of Brunei!

We must keep up the pressure on the Sultan of Brunei to stop the draconian laws in his country! The Sultan -- also the owner of the Beverly Hills Hotel, Hotel Bel Air, and other worldwide hotels in the Dorchester Collection -- recently adopted extreme anti-LGBT and anti-women Sharia law, including the legalized stoning to death of gay people and the jailing of unwed mothers. Join us to support a global boycott of the Sultan’s hotels.

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End the crack/powder cocaine sentencing disparity in California

Crack and powder cocaine are the same drug, with nearly identical effect on the body. But crack cocaine is punished much more harshly and that doesn’t make any sense. These disparate sentencing guidelines have resulted in a pattern of institutional racism in our prisons. Tell the CA State Senate to pass a historic reform bill that will save taxpayer dollars and make our criminal justice system more fair.

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Tell Asm. Marc Levine: Reject Big Oil’s dirty money!

Big Oil magnate John Scully and his wife Regina Scully donated $102,000 to a ballot measure committee set up by San Rafael Assemblymember Marc Levine. The money paid for a mailer that actually claims Marc Levine is AGAINST fracking, even though the guy paying for it is making a fortune PROFITING from fracking. This just stinks of foul play. If Asm. Levine wants to represent his constituents, he needs to reject Big Oil and not just with words.

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Tell President Obama: Protect LGBT workers from discrimination NOW!

It is unconscionable that the first openly gay NFL player, Michael Sam, could be fired simply for his sexual orientation. When Americans can still be legally fired for being gay in 29 states and for being transgender in 33 states, we must take this opportunity to shine light on this legal discrimination in America and send President Obama a message he can't ignore.

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Success Stories

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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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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