This election is different

Elections always matter, but 2016 is different.

The unprecedented level of toxic bigotry and misogyny coming from Donald Trump is sickening. Normally we discuss the impact of what a president will do in the Oval Office. This year, Trump’s campaign alone is harming our country.

This was made abundantly clear in a recent report from the Southern Poverty Law Center, which found that the Trump campaign is “producing an alarming level of fear and anxiety among children of color and inflaming racial and ethnic tensions in the classroom. Many students worry about being deported.”

Children see and absorb the world around them, and while we would like to believe they can be insulated from the daily dose of awfulness on the evening news, there is an impact. The SPLC noted that “more than two-thirds of the teachers reported that students – mainly immigrants, children of immigrants and Muslims – have expressed concerns or fears about what might happen to them or their families after the election.” Read More

New video: NARAL Pro-Choice America and the “forward flank” of the movement

NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue visited CREDO’s office on Oct. 7 to talk about the future of the pro-choice movement and thank CREDO and our members for our longstanding partnership.

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Going on offense for Social Security with Social Security Works

No group has ever received more votes in a CREDO monthly donations election than Social Security Works (SSW). This is a result of the outstanding organizing work of SSW members and their dedicated staff.

SSW’s Executive Director Alex Lawson visited CREDO’s office on Sept. 27 to tell us about the work they do to not only save Social Security, but also to expand it. “There is a dominant narrative that existed in DC that Social Security was in crisis, that it was going bankrupt. We had to change that narrative,” Lawson said.

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Elections 2016: How CREDO is fighting for our progressive values


CREDO does not endorse candidates, but we have a rich history of engaging in elections to fight right-wing extremism and stand up for progressive values. 2016 is no different. Donald Trump’s racist, misogynistic and xenophobic candidacy has mainstreamed hatred and made this election one of the most important fights against hate and extremism any of us have ever faced.

For months, CREDO has been engaging our network of more than 4.4 million members to push back against Trump and the right-wing hate mongers he enables. As we head towards an unprecedented and historic Election Day on Nov. 8, CREDO is executing a multi-faceted strategy to combat right-wing extremism. The key elements of our campaign include directly damaging Trump’s brand, shaping the media environment through rapid-response campaigns, attacks through our highly engaged social media channels and partnering with allies to engage voters in key battleground states.

Read more at Medium.

Top three things you can do in Member Services

The online account management tool called Member Services is a fantastic tool for anything and everything related to your CREDO Mobile account.

1. Make payments
You have several payment options conveniently available within Member Services. There’s an orange payment button on the member dashboard (the first page you’ll see when you log in) where you can make a one-time payment. You can also enroll in autopay, the worry-free way to pay your bill on time each month. Read More

New video tutorial: How to save battery life on your phone

There are endless activities to do on a cellphone these days–from navigation to social media. All of these take a toll on battery life. If you’re like most people, you find yourself charging your device several times each day and have mild anxiety about running out of juice when you need it the most. While smartphone technology has been advancing at an unimaginable pace, phone batteries have unfortunately not seen much improvement. Watch this 90-second video for a few tips on maximizing battery life.

And here are more tips & tricks to get the most out of your CREDO Mobile phone.

September donations voting made a big difference

Here at CREDO even small actions make a big difference. With one click, you can help improve the lives of low-wage workers, stop the offshoring of U.S. jobs and support civil rights.

In September, over 65,000 CREDO members did just that. They voted in our monthly donations election and helped us distribute over $150,000 to OUR Walmart, Public Citizen – Stop the TPP and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

These donations are made possible by thousands of CREDO customers and the revenue they generate by using our services. Their distribution depends entirely on the votes of CREDO activists—like you. And for that, our September recipients thank you. Read More

Side-by-side comparison: Photo management in iOS 10 versus Android

Graphic: Google Photos v iOS 10

Back in the day, when I went anywhere photo-worthy, I had to bring this thing called a camera. Then, I’d get a roll of film printed—inevitably some of the photos would be total garbage.

Hello, 2016. I don’t think anyone could have predicted how much digital and smartphone photography would impact culture and technology. But here we are, with powerful cameras in our pockets for capturing all of life’s moments from the beauty of a newborn to the tragedies arising from excessive police force.

The modern problem is less of “I spent too much money printing garbage photos” and more of “oh my goodness, did I really need to take 7 photos of my brunch plate? Who has time to go through and delete all these?!” Thankfully, modern smartphone technology is making photo management a little easier.

When Apple launched its newest iPhone software, iOS 10, it made some vast improvements to its photo management tool, the native Photos app that comes on any new iPhone. Google Photos for Android has been ahead of the curve for some time now.

If photography is an important part of how you choose your smartphone, here’s a handy side-by-side comparison of the platforms’ capabilities: Read More

New video: Southern Poverty Law Center and CREDO: Fighting hate, extremism and Trumpism

On September 19, Richard Cohen and Heidi Beirich, the president and director of the Intelligence Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), respectively, visited the CREDO office. Over the years, CREDO has contributed more than $100,000 to the SPLC, a September 2016 CREDO Donations recipient, and we will continue to support its critical mission of fighting bigotry and hate.

During their visit, the SPLC reviewed their recent litigation successes of standing up for victims of discrimination and hate and discussed their current efforts to take technical and financial resources out of the hands of hate groups.

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Stopping the Dakota Access Pipeline

The Dakota Access pipeline is Keystone XL all over again. It’s slated to carry 450,000 barrels of dirty oil per day from North Dakota to Illinois, cutting through fragile wildlife habitat, environmentally sensitive areas and sovereign tribal property. Worse, the pipeline would travel under the Missouri River, threatening the drinking water of millions of people downstream if a catastrophic oil spill were to occur.

While the Obama administration announced a few weeks ago that “construction of the pipeline on Army Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe will not go forward at this time,” this fight is far from over.

The Standing Rock Sioux are leading the fight, and they have inspired a wave of grassroots activism around the country. CREDO has played a critical role, including collecting more than 265,000 petition signatures and making thousands of calls to the White House. We also produced this video to highlight the local indigenous people and grassroots activists leading the fight: Read More