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Demand PG&E & CPUC be held accountable for unethical relationship!

Everything we suspected about the relationship between PG&E and their regulator is true. A string of emails just released reveal inappropriate, unethical and dangerous back-channel communications between PG&E and the CPUC in the continuing legal fallout over the 2010 San Bruno gas explosion that killed 8 people and destroyed 38 homes. We must stand together to hold CPUC and PG&E accountable for their incestuous relationship and demand justice for the victims of San Bruno!

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Tell Gov. Brown: NO drones without a warrant!

Did you know that right now in California police are legally allowed to spy on you and your family using drone surveillance without a warrant?! The State Legislature just approved bipartisan legislation to protect Californians from having their privacy invaded by drones. And Governor Brown needs to hear from YOU now before he decides whether to sign or veto this critical legislation.

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Ask Blue Shield: Where are my tickets to the 49ers skybox?

If Blue Shield is going to play games with our money, then we are going to play games with them! The so-called “non-profit” insurance company just bought a $2.5 million luxury skybox at the 49ers' new Levi’s stadium with YOUR health care premiums and tax dollars. They claim that the skybox is for “customer events,” but we aren’t buying it. If Blue Shield is going to party in box seats all season using our hard-earned money, we think it’s worth asking for an invite. Don’t you?

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Gov. Brown: Don’t veto the California Fair Sentencing Act

This is our LAST CHANCE to rollback California's catastrophic "War on Drugs." Thanks to thousands of Courage members who have been leading the fight for months, the bill to end the racist crack vs. powder cocaine sentencing discrepancy is now sitting on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk! But with the Nov. election around the corner, Gov. Brown might be tempted to veto it. Now more than ever we must join together and speak out as loud as we can to let our governor know where we stand.

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Stop PG&E from raising utility rates for safety measures you ALREADY paid for!

Pacific Gas and Electric just received approval to raise California utility rates by $8 a month. Now they're asking for another $5 a month to pay for safety improvements that Californians already paid for! We must hold PG&E accountable for the hundreds of millions of dollars they have already received and demand that they not pass ANOTHER increase onto ratepayers.

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Ask Attorney General Kamala Harris: Block health insurers from wasting taxpayer dollars

Blue Shield just bought a $2.5 million luxury skybox at the 49ers' brand spanking new Levi’s stadium with Californians' healthcare premiums and tax dollars! Healthcare insurers, like Blue Shield, are abusing their "non-profit” tax status by spending billions of taxpayer dollars -- in corporate tax breaks and rising premiums -- on lavish entertainment for corporate VIPs and hefty bonuses for company executives, not patient care. Attorney General Kamala Harris has the authority to hold insurers accountable.

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Tell Sen. de Leon: Stop non-profit hospitals from putting PROFITS before patient care

Non-profit hospitals in California have made a mockery of their tax-exempt status for far too long. Every year these so-called charitable hospitals bring home billions of dollars in profits, avoid billions in taxes, and cheat poor communities out of desperately needed care. It’s outrageous and we must have the courage to hold these hospitals accountable! Sign the petition to stop non-profit hospitals from robbing taxpayers blind.

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Tell CA Senate: Provide paid sick days to every worker

Nearly 6 million California workers cannot take an hour off of work to care for themselves or a loved one who is sick without putting their pay or job in jeopardy. Join us to ask the Senate Appropriations Committee to help guarantee a healthy workplace for all CA workers and protection from losing one’s job when illness strikes.

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Tell Walgreens: If you abandon America, we’ll abandon you!

Walgreens -- “the pharmacy America trusts” -- wants to sell out American taxpayers and YOU can help stop it. In a shameful move of corporate greed, Walgreens is on the verge of exploiting a tax loophole and moving their corporate address to Switzerland in an attempt to dodge paying their fair-share of taxes in the US. And it will cost American taxpayers $4 BILLION. Join the fight!

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Tell Congress: Don’t send children back into a war-zone

Our country is facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Thousands of starving and traumatized children have fled to our borders seeking refuge from Central American countries devastated by extreme drug and gang violence. And now Congress is trying to pass a bill that would fast track the deportation of these innocent children. We must have the courage to protect them.

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Success Stories

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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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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