- Powered by 1.4 million members, our proven strategy combines digital tools with grassroots community organizing and powerful messaging. We focus on three priorities:
- 1. Economic Justice
- 2. Human Rights
- 3. Corporate and Political Accountability
- We work in California - the largest and most diverse state -- to create models for the country. We are not bound by election cycles. We are a permanent, independent, multi-issue campaign -- winning progressive change today, and building power for the future.
- Nearly 75% of our funding comes from thousands of online donors (the average donation is $17). We are also funded by a growing base of major donors, partner organizations, and the support of foundations.
- We pride ourselves on working with a broad array of partner organizations to break down silos and build progressive power across issues, organizations, and communities. Our California Progressive Convenings network includes more than 300 organizations. Courage Campaign is also a proud state partner of the ProgressNow network.
Gavin Newsom Recall Election
Leftist organizations joined forced to stop the recall election of Governor Gavin Newsom, scheduled to take place on September 14, 2021. An open letter dated April 29, 2021 to stop the recall election was initiated by Courage California "and 24 partner organizations and community leaders." Angela Chavez was listed as contact.
Courage California signed the letter:
- Los Angeles — In response to the certification of signatures to qualify the gubernatorial recall for the 2021 ballot, Courage California and 24 partner organizations and community leaders announced their unified opposition to the recall of the governor as a right-wing attempt to roll back decades of community-driven progress.
- The 25 organizations and leaders released the following joint statement:
- “The recall is not about Governor Gavin Newsom — it’s an attack on our communities and what Californians have long fought for, from immigrant and refugee rights, to criminal justice reforms, to universal healthcare. Supporters of the recall and Republican leaders claim that the recall is about the Governor’s COVID-19 response, but we see through that thin veil and want to expose their anti-justice and anti-immigrant agenda that threatens to set us back 30 years. We stand together against the recall today to defend the values that the majority of Californians believe in — equity, justice, and accountability for all of us.
- “We call on all Californians who share the belief that no human is illegal, every person deserves clean air and water, no one should go hungry, every worker should earn at least a living wage, and everyone should be able to access affordable and holistic healthcare to unite with us against the recall. In the face of the pandemic, we mobilized for a historic year of racial justice uprisings and voter turnout and demanded changes that were long overdue. We are seeing movement on our demands now, and we can’t afford to — not just stop — but go backward. We need to turn out to vote against the recall for ourselves, our families, and our communities.”
- As trusted messengers of diverse communities and causes, this coalition provides a unified forward-looking and values-driven voice that is independent of the parties and campaigns. The coalition will continue to work against the recall, countering right-wing misinformation and turning out voters for this special election. Voter engagement and accountability are important to a healthy democracy in California, and Courage California and our 24 partners strive for a government that works for everyone.
- Bay Rising Action
- Black Women for Wellness Action Project
- California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) Action
- California League of Conservation Voters
- CHIRLA Action Fund
- Climate Hawks Vote
- Communities for a New California Action Fund
- Fund Her
- Inland Empire United
- NARAL Pro-Choice California
- NRDC Action Fund
- PowerCA Action
- Smart Justice California
- UDW AFSCME Local 3930
- Voices for Progress
- Honorable Shay Franco-Clausen, Vice Chair, Open Space Authority
- Surina Khan, CEO, Women's Foundation California
- Ted Mermin, Director, California Low-Income Consumer Coalition
- RL Miller, DNC member and chair emeritus, California Democratic Environmental Caucus
- Nona Randois, public interest attorney, nonprofit director
- Angel Rice
- Pete Woiwode
- Courage California, formerly Courage Campaign, works to unite communities organizing for progressive change, fight the forces of corruption, and hold our representatives to account in order to ensure that California’s elected officials act with courage. Our community of members envision California as a model of progressive, equitable, and truly representative democracy that sets the standard for our country.
2016 Spirit of Courage Awards
- From live mariachi in the courtyard to rousing speeches and lively conversation, the evening brought together hundreds of Courage Campaign members, partners and friends, reminding us all that the shock of the election would not diminish our courage and commitment to fight for a more progressive California and country.
- Senator Mitchell, whose 30th Senate District stretches from Culver City to South Los Angeles, was celebrated for her skill and determination as a legislator, and her unparalleled record fighting for policies that alleviate poverty, roll back the War on Drugs, and bring justice for the most vulnerable Californians. The award was presented by her constituents, with a special video greeting from Congresswoman Karen Bass.
- Steve Phillips was honored for his visionary and innovative leadership as the founder of PowerPAC+ and Democracy in Color, and New York TImes-bestselling author of Brown is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created A New American Majority. His award was presented by Jane Kim, who currently serves on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and was the first Korean-American elected official in San Francisco.
- The event was emceed by the amazing Zahra Noorbakhsh, the Feminist Muslim, Iranian-American comedian from Oakland, and featured live music by Arcoiris, LA’s own and the world’s first LGBTQ Mariachi band.
- Special thanks to our sponsors: United Domestic Workers of America, National Union of Healthcare Workers, California Federation of Teachers, Lawrence Hess & Suzanne Hess, Rosenthal Family Foundation, Nancy Stephens and Jamie Wolf, Anne Frahn and Buzz Frahn, Lindsay Gardner & Karen Gardner, Jihee Huh & Peter Huh, Glen Dake, Renee Dake Wilson & Brian Wilson, Weston Milliken, Peg Yorkin, California Teachers Association, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Bruce Arena & Phyllis Arena, United Food and Commercial Workers, Suzi Dietz, Drug Policy Alliance, Jamie McGurk, ACLU, Quinn Delaney & Wayne Jordan, Tom Lockard, Streisand Foundation, Muriel Pollia Foundation, Irene Romero, Terri Weiss, Ken Kim and Johanna Kim, Janet Braun, UNITE HERE! Local 11, Stashimi, Fran Jemmott, Seeley Mudd Foundation, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, Laura Gowen, Capital & Main, and in loving memory of Jack Eustis.
2015 United in Courage Awards
On June 30, 2015, Courage Campaign honored Douglas Moore, Jr., for his visionary leadership as Executive Director of United Domestic Workers of America, and his profound dedication to California’s workers and the broader progressive movement. Held at the beautiful Citizen Hotel in downtown Sacramento, the United in Courage Awards brings together California’s progressive leaders in the heart of the capital for a casual and celebratory evening. Presenting the award to Moore was Charisse Bremond Weaver, President of Brotherhood Crusade in Los Angeles. The inaugural Legacy in Courage Award was given to Willie L. Pelote, Sr., following his retirement from AFSCME California People. Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez spoke and presented the award to Pelote.
Special thanks to our sponsors: United Domestic Workers of America; American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees; California Federation of Teacher; California Teachers Association; National Union of Healthcare Workers; The California Endowment; California Nurses Association; Kaufman Legal Group; International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees; UFCW Western States Council; David Binder Research; SEIU-ULTCW; Brotherhood Crusade; AFSCME 3299; Orange County Employees Association; California School Employees Association; Capital & Main; California Black Health Network; Asian Americans Advancing Justice; and Groundworks Campaigns.
Courage Campaign Staff
- Eddie Kurtz, President and Executive Director:
- Emma Crossen, Deputy Director
- Susannah Hook-Rodgers, Chief of Campaign Staff & Strategy
- Tim Molina, Organizing Director
- Caitlin Alesio Maloney, Director of Campaign Operations & Technology
- William Winters, Director of Online Campaigns
- Raquel Parra, Campaign Associate
- Brenna Miller, Campaign Associate
- Mary Lizardi, Organizer
- Lindsay West, Operations Manager
- Molly Watson, Development Associate
Boards of Directors
- Jamie McGurk - Chair
- Christina Livingston
- Mike Lux
- Anat Shenker-Osorio
- Susan Haskell
- Aimee Allison
Courage Campaign Institute
- Lindsay Gardner - Chair
- Christine Ellice
- Rick Jacobs - Emeritus Chair
- Doug Moore
- Gillian Morshedi
- Eric Paquette
- Susan Haskell