Double Bubble: Courage won an unprecedented voting-rights victory after thousands of LA voters were disenfranchised by a flawed ballot design. As the LA Times highlighted in a front-page article, Courage uncovered the flaw and leveraged 32,802 petition signatures, and grassroots pressure to force the Registrar to count 47,153 ballots previously discarded. As a result, the County Registrar replaced the double-bubble … Read More
Double Bubble: Courage won an unprecedented voting-rights victory after thousands of LA voters were disenfranchised by a flawed ballot design. As the LA Times highlighted in a front-page article, Courage uncovered the flaw and leveraged 32,802 petition signatures, and grassroots pressure to force the Registrar to count 47,153 ballots previously discarded. As a result, the County Registrar replaced the double-bubble ballot with a new ballot for DTS voters & the California Secretary of State revised ballot documents to clarify instructions statewide.
Prop 8 Trial Tracker: After gathering 140,671 signatures in three days calling for the Prop 8 trial to be televised, Courage launched Prop8TrialTracker.com, to promote transparency in the historic trial. US Supreme Court Justice Breyer referenced 138,542 public comments gathered by Courage in his dissenting opinion, in favor of televising the trial. Through live-blogging, coverage of breaking news, & expert commentary, the site gained over 4 million views & 100,00 comments. Our Equality on Trial website now provides up to the minute coverage of legal cases involving the rights of LGBT Americans.
Foreclosure Flashlight: In April 2012, following the introduction of the Homeowner Bill of Rights, Courage launched The Foreclosure Flashlight to shine a light on key California legislators, how foreclosures affected their districts, how much money they’d taken from the banking industry, & where they stood on a strong, pro-homeowner bill. The online tool encouraged Californians to contact their legislators. One by one, we won the key votes. This was an unprecedented victory over Big Bank lobbyists to pass fundamental reform ending the most deceptive & unethical foreclosure practices. We were proud to partner with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, California Reinvestment Coalition, Center for Responsible Lending, PICO, State Labor Federation, National Council of La Raza, Cal-PIRG, Consumers Union, Presente.org, & Rebuild the Dream.
Progressive Voter Guide: Each election season, Courage publishes the California Progressive Voter Guide. In 2012, the guide contained the recommendations of 14 progressive organizations, important deadlines including voter registration & vote-by-mail, a Spanish version, & a mobile-optimized version for voters to easily access even while voting. The Progressive Voter Guide was viewed more than 252,365 times.
Prop 30: Courage Campaign played a key role in creating and passing Prop 30 in 2012, which produced much-needed public revenue. Courage and partners created a ballot initiative, The Millionaire’s Tax, which was more progressive than the Governor’s revenue proposal. As a result of Courage’s research and organizing, along with partners, the Governor compromised to incorporate aspects of The Millionaire’s Tax & made Prop 30 more progressive & ultimately more feasible to pass, providing important revenue for vital services and education.