Current Actions

Tell Governor Jerry Brown: Take bold action to overhaul our broken water system

California is facing a drought of historic proportions, and while individuals are being forced to reduce their water usage, big industries are pumping more groundwater than our state can supply. We need a 21st Century water system that adapts to the realities of climate change and is in harmony with nature, farmers, cities, and manufactures.

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Demand that Nestlé stop bottling CA’s water during drought!

California is facing a drought of historic proportions and while individuals are being forced to reduce their water usage, Nestlé is bottling the scarce resource straight from the heart of California’s drought and selling it for profit. With a recent report showing that California only has enough water to last the state one more year, we must put an end to this madness at Nestlé before it’s too late. Join us!

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EMERGENCY PETITION: Tell Gov. Brown to halt fracking in CA NOW!

New reports show that Gov. Brown's appointed regulators have been allowing the oil industry to inject TOXIC wastewater into CA’s fragile water supply. In response, Courage Campaign and over 150 organizations filed a legal petition with the state to demand an immediate halt on fracking, which requires Governor Brown’s response by March 26th. Join us and become a co-signer of our emergency legal petition to the governor!

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Tell Sacramento: Pay Homecare Workers the Overtime they Deserve

Homecare workers have waited 76 years to receive the federal labor protections that most workers take for granted. Last year, CA passed a budget to allow homecare workers to receive overtime pay. However, the state has since delayed its implementation. Join us to stand with homecare workers and demand our state leaders grant them the overtime pay they were promised. These are some of the hardest working Californians in some of the most challenging jobs around. They deserve every penny.

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Tell Governor Jerry Brown: Make Higher Education FREE in California

Nothing is more vital to rebuilding a thriving economy in California than access to affordable higher education. Our state's investment in higher education was central to building the 8th largest economy in the world, but today, our visionary higher education system -- revered by generations of Californians -- is on the brink of extinction. Join us to call on Gov. Brown to stop the downward spiral, honor his father’s legacy, and articulate a renewed vision for higher education in California.

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Tell the CPUC and Attorney General Harris: Stop the Comcast Monopoly!

Comcast -- one of the nation's largest telecomm companies -- wants to merge with Time Warner cable. If successful, Comcast will gain unprecedented power over our country’s cable and internet market -- resulting in higher prices, fewer choices, worse customer service and control over the information we read, watch, and hear. We must urge the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and CA Attorney General Kamala Harris to block this disastrous merger! JOIN US!

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Demand that Alabama’s anti-gay judges be held accountable!

Alabama just became the 37th marriage equality state. BUT in flagrant defiance of federal law, Chief Justice Moore ordered county judges to illegally deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and many complied. Join us to demand that ALL couples have the right to marry in Alabama!

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Tell Gov. Brown: Ban fracking in California NOW!

The largest rally against fracking in California history is coming up on February 7th: The March for Real Climate Leadership. Whether or not you can join us in person, we need you to sign the petition demanding Governor Jerry Brown end the toxic and dangerous practice fracking in California now, so we can deliver your demands right to his doorstep in Oakland! Last month, New York's governor took an historic step by completely outlawing fracking – now it's California's turn. THIS is a game-changing moment for the climate movement in California. Join us!

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Tell the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Money is not speech. Corporations are not people!

On Wednesday the 21st, thousands of Courage Campaign members and activists are rallying in cities across the country to mark the anniversary of the death of our democracy since the disastrous "Citizens United" decision. And we're targeting one of the worst dark money culprits in our post-Citizens United democracy -- the U.S. Chamber of Commerce -- JOIN US!

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Tell the CA Supreme Court: Give CA voters the opportunity to overturn Citizens United!

It's been five years since the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision. A decision that has taken our democracy away from the people and handed it over to billionaires and corporations. Hundreds of Courage Campaign members and activists are demanding that Prop 49 be put back on the ballot in California in 2016 -- to allow California voters to decide whether the U.S. Congress and California Legislature should approve a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. JOIN US!

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Success Stories

WINNER! Courage member wins a new laptop!!

A big congrats to Julie A. of Long Beach who just won our 2014 Fall laptop raffle! And it's a win-win. Julie now has the tools to be an even more courageous activist, and Courage Campaign has the support to fight for a more progressive California and country!

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Prop 47 passes! A HISTORIC win for smarter sentencing in CA.

Californians voted, by HUGE margins, to alleviate prison overcrowding and invest in our schools. This is a big step towards ending the racist, wasteful "War on Drugs" by reducing the lowest-level, nonviolent crimes -- such as simple drug possession and petty theft -- from felonies to misdemeanors.

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CPUC President to step down after PG&E uproar

VICTORY! California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) President Michael Peevey announced that he will not be seeking reappointment after thousands of Courage members called him out for facilitating a dangerous and incestuous relationship between the CPUC and one of the largest utilities it regulates, PG&E. Applaud the courageous activists who kept up the pressure on the CPUC by sharing the news on Facebook.

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Google, Facebook, and Yelp cut ties with right-wing group ALEC

Thanks to the tireless activism of over 90,000 Courage members, Google, Facebook, and Yelp decided to cut ties with the Koch Brothers-backed extremist group ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council). We now must turn our focus to the internet giants eBay, AOL, and Expedia and urge them to join the ALEC Exodus. This is your opportunity to join our exciting campaign and help us build the momentum. CLICK HERE to join the fight!

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Gun Violence Restraining Order passes in CA!

Thanks to the COURAGEOUS activism of thousands of our members and our allies, Gov. Brown signed a critical bill that was written in direct response to the tragic mass shooting near UC Santa Barbara earlier this year, and will allow those closest to a troubled individual -- including friends, family, and intimate partners -- to act when there are warning signs that a person is at risk for violence. Share this big win for gun safety with your friends on Facebook!

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VICTORY: Gov. Brown ends the racist crack/powder cocaine discrepancy!

WE DID IT! Thousands of Courage members like you led the fight to end the racist crack vs. powder cocaine sentencing discrepancy -- sending a barrage of emails, Tweets, and calls to our leaders in Sacramento for months. And thanks to our courage, Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Fair Sentencing Act (SB 1010) into law! Celebrate this huge win by sharing the news on Facebook.

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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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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: 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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