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The 2015 Spirit of Courage Awards

On September 24, 2015, Courage Campaign Institute will host the Fifth Annual Spirit of Courage Awards at Los Angeles Union Station. It's our biggest night of the year, and we hope you'll join us to honor three exceptional leaders in the fight for a more progressive California and country.

As community activists, civil rights lawyers, and co-founders of the Advancement Project,Molly Munger and Steve English have fought tirelessly for voting rights, racial justice, access to legal services, early childhood education, and a more inclusive democracy, in California and nationwide. Connie Rice, co-founder of the Advancement Project, will present the awards to Molly and Steve.

As Head Coach and General Manager of the LA Galaxy, Bruce Arena has led the team to three MLS championships in the past four years and was recently awarded the U.S. Soccer Federation's highest honor for his selfless work to advance the sport. We will also honor Bruce for his actions as the first coach in U.S. major league men's sports to hire an openly gay athlete, Robbie Rogers, in 2013. Robbie will present the award to Bruce.

You can reserve your tickets, sponsorships, and tribute ads today, and RSVP

Special thanks to our early sponsors and hosts: Tom & Janet Unterman, Glen Dake and Brian Wilson & Renee Dake Wilson, Molly Munger & Stephen English, Sony Pictures Entertainment (Gold Sponsors); Corky Hale & Mike Stoller (Host Sponsor); Louise & John Bryson, Paul Song & Lisa Ling, Weston Milliken, National Union of Healthcare Workers(Silver Sponsors); Barbara Streisand Foundation, David Bohnett Foundation, Peg Yorkin(Tribute Sponsors); Cathy & Len Unger, Steven Rappaport; Paula & Barry Litt, George Kieffer, The Advancement Project, Golden Road Brewing (Community Sponsors).

2014 Spirit of Courage Awards

Wednesday night, October 1, 2014 more than 600 progressive activists lit up the Sunset Strip, celebrating at the House of Blues and presenting the 2014 Spirit of Courage awards to Tom Morello and the Rev. Frank Schaefer.  

The Spirit of Courage Award is presented, on behalf of our more than 900,000 members each fall to someone who exemplifies Courage in the fight for a more fair and just society. This year's sponsors included Live Nation, Bruce Springsteen, Rolling Stone Magazine, Michael Kors, David Geffen, Janet and Tom Unterman, Jamie and David Wolf, Karen and Lindsay Gardner, Lisa Ling and Paul Song, UDW, UFCW, Unite HERE and more.

The Spirit of Courage Award for defending LGBT rights was  presented by Stuart Milk, nephew of the late Harvey Milk, to the Rev. Frank Schaefer for his courage in standing up for marriage equality.

And, the Spirit of Courage Award was presented by CFT President Joshua Pechthalt to Tom Morello for his courage standing up for free speech, economic justice and human rights. 

Tom Morello rocked the house along with a group of progressive-activist musicians who joined in the fun, including Anti-Flag, Boots Riley, Miles Solay of Outernational, Wayne Kramer, and Chad Smith.  The encores rang out one after another, with the entire crowd (some even up on the stage) joining Tom and his band in a rousing and moving version of Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land."

It was the Fourth Annual Spirit of Courage celebration, a fun evening uniquely designed to lift up our honorees and their work as examples of courage, and to support Courage Campaign and Courage Campaign Institute.  Watch your email for details about next year's celebration!

United in Courage

Mr. Joshua Pechthalt, President of the California Federation of Teachers, received the United in Courage Award on April 22, 2014, during a festive evening event at The Citizen Hotel in Sacramento. Progressive leaders from every part of the state attended along with a number of California legislators.

In presenting the award, California Senate President pro Tem, Darrell Steinberg lauded Josh for his courage in standing up for his beliefs and fighting to the finish to accomplish important advances for all Californians.

The United in Courage Award is given each year to a progressive leader who exemplifies courage and collaboration in the pursuit of a more fair and just society.  This year, Mr. Pechthalt was feted for his influential work in bringing together a strong coalition of partners to ensure increased and progressively-raised, state revenue for funding vital human services, including but not limited to public education in California. His current work includes fighting for school-based health care services and expanded library hours so that children in California are healthy, safe and able to achieve their goals.

Information regarding the 2015 United in Courage celebration will be available in January of 2015. Stay tuned!

The ASICS LA Marathon and Big 5K!

Thirty Courage members joined together to Walk/Run With Courage during the 2014 Los Angeles Marathon weekend on March 8 (the 5K) and March 9 (the marathon). Talk about taking steps toward progress! Some runners took 6,000 steps and some took more than 52,000, but everyone helped Courage make strides in the fight for a more fair and just society. Each team member set up a personal fundraising page online and invited friends, family, colleagues and neighbors to support the cause by making a donation.

It was a festive weekend. It's a true bonus to be able to participate in a big civic event like the city-wide marathon in Los Angeles, to enjoy the company of friends, feel healthy, and raise funds for the important work of Courage Campaign Institute. 

We're fighting for a more progressive California.
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