The United in Courage Award

Mr. Joshua Pechthalt, President of the California Federation of Teachers, will receive the United in Courage Award on April 22, 2014 at the event in Sacramento.  Ticket details and sponsorship opportunities are available.

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 will be feted for his influential work in bringing together a strong coalition of partners to ensure increased, yet 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.

Join us at the Citizen Hotel in Sacramenton on Tuesday evening, April 22, 2014 to salute Josh Pechthalt, a true California progressive champion.



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. Consider joining the team for the 5K on Saturday March 21, 2015. We'd love to welcome you to the team!

If you want to join the fun, by sign up to Walk/Run With Courage in March 2015. We will send details in the fall of 2014, but add your name to the list now so that you don't miss out.  The race sells out in advance, so join the team along with your friends and we'll make sure there is a space for you.


The Spirit of Courage Awards

The Spirit of Courage Award is presented each fall to someone who exemplifies Courage in the fight for a more fair and just society.  The 2013 Spirit of Courage Awards event took place on Thursday, September 26 at the Page Museum in Los Angeles and was hosted by new Courage Campaign Executive Chair, Dr. Paul Song.

The Spirit of Courage Award was presented to Jamie Alter Lynton, founder of LA School Report, who has shown the courage of her convictions in her long-standing work on behald of progressive causes and organizations to make our city, state and nation more fair and just.  

Moreover, the Spirit of Courage Award was also given to the named plaintiffs in the historic Prop 8 Trial.  Kristin Perry, Sandra Stier, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo sacrificed their privacy and permitted an extradinary level of public scrutiny as they stood up for their rights during the four-year trial that started here in California and went all the way to the US Supreme Court. The ruling brought equality of opportunity in marriage again back to the Golden State and set an example for the rest of the country.

The award was presented to Jamie Alter Lynton by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and the award for the plaintiffs was presented by Emmy-award winning actor Dan Bucatinsky.

In 2011, during a reception at the LA County Museum of Natural History, Rick Jacobs presented the first Spirit of Courage Award to legendary television producer Marcy Carsey whose groundbreaking work in television brought an expanded vision of diversity and American life to the millions of people who considered her shows "must-see" TV.  Her philanthropic work in subsequent years is a testament to her deep concern for others and her desire to create a more just and joyful world. 

Honorees Patrick Burke, and his dad, Brian Burke, Canadian Consul General David Fransen and Courage Campaign Chair Richard JacobsIn the fall of 2012, Courage presented the Spirit of Courage Award to California Attorney General Kamala Harris for her steadfast commitment to equality and her support of homeowner rights, and the Brian and Patrick Burke for their marvelous work in creating the You Can Play Project. 

Through You Can Play the Burkes are making professional sports and sports venues safe for LGBT athletes and fans alike.