Success Stories

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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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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Victory on Props B & C

Together with our friends at ACCE, we helped defeat Props B and C in San Francisco thanks to our Progressive Voter Guide! More than 62% of voters rejected a ritzy development on the waterfront that would have only catered to multi-millionaires, while doing little to address San Francisco's affordable housing crisis. Now, Mayor Ed Lee needs to focus on making the city affordable for everyone. Click here to send him a message.

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VICTORY: One step away from a major victory against the “War on Drugs”

Because of more than 13,000 Courage Campaign member-activists, the Local Control in Sentencing Act, SB 649, passed the Legislature and is now on Governor Brown’s desk. This historic and bi-partisan drug sentencing reform bill will save taxpayer dollars and reduce overcrowding in our prisons by allowing prosecutors to charge non-violent drug possession as a misdemeanor, rather than as a felony. However, we need your help to push this bill over the finish line.

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VICTORY: LIFE ACT passes CA Legislature

Courage Campaign led the fight for gun safety and the Legislature listened. The California Senate and Assembly passed the gun violence prevention package known as the LIFE (Lifesaving Intelligent Firearms Enforcement) Act and now we need to urge Gov. Brown to stand up to the NRA and immediately sign this lifesaving legislation.

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PROGRESS: We stopped Gov. Brown's irresponsible prison expansion plan

Thousands of Courage Campaign member-activists and our coalition partners stood up to the most powerful politicians in the state and made it clear that endless expansion of prison capacity for the benefit of private corporations has no place in California. Our tsunami of opposition forced Gov. Brown to agree to a compromise plan that could prevent the state from wasting $715 million of precious taxpayer dollars -- which were promised to restore our schools and vital services under Prop 30 -- and instead open up more opportunities for inmate rehabilitation. It's all up to the court now. We need your help to continue to fight for saner, more fiscally responsible reform of California's vast and deeply corrupt prison-industrial complex.

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