5 Questions for our VP of Engineering & Product, Haruko

Haruko Kurata, VP of Engineering and Product at CREDO
Haruko Kurata is CREDO Mobile’s Vice President of Engineering and Product. She makes the complex operational puzzles involved in telecommunications look easy to navigate. Here at CREDO HQ, Haruko is admired for her technical know-how, amazing negotiation skills and upbeat attitude. Get to know her in these five questions.

1. What is the best part of working for CREDO Mobile?
The people. When I first joined CREDO, I was struck by the uniqueness of the culture. We have smart and caring employees who are definitely different. I had worked at a medium-sized public company as well as a startup before coming to CREDO, and CREDO has a personal and tight-knit family culture that I had not experienced before. We are genuine and deliberate in what we do, and it makes for a purposeful culture and workplace.

2. Which progressive cause do you care about most?
I have always admired the ACLU and their work on human rights. Despite the fact that we should all have protected, basic human rights, terrible things happen to particularly vulnerable populations – women, children, minorities, immigrants. I am grateful there are organizations like the ACLU that work to defend civil liberties for everyone. Read More

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are now available from CREDO Mobile

CREDO Mobile, the carrier with a conscience, is now offering iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the best, most advanced iPhone ever, featuring an all-new advanced camera system, dust- and water-resistant design, stereo speaker system and the A10 Fusion chip – the most powerful chip on any smartphone while delivering the best battery life ever in an iPhone. Customers can order their iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus beginning today, Friday, Sept. 23.

A great phone deserves a carrier that’s always working for a better world and a better plan. CREDO Mobile recently announced new shared data plans starting at $30/month with remarkable coverage on the nation’s largest and most dependable 4G LTE network. For full pricing and availability details, please visit credomobile.com.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are now available from CREDO Mobile
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VICTORY: Enterprise ended its ALEC membership

Our activism works. Yesterday, news broke that Enterprise Rent-a-Car has ended its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the shadowy corporate front group that blocks clean energy policies, supports discriminatory voter ID laws and works to stop gun control legislation.

Nearly 90,000 CREDO members helped make this possible by signing our petition demanding that Enterprise stop funding climate-change denial and immediately end its membership in ALEC. Read More

Fifteen years later, CREDO Activists stand with Rep. Lee against endless war


On Sept. 14, 2001, Rep. Barbara Lee was the sole member of Congress to vote against the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).

The vote was 420-1.

Since then, the AUMF has been used to enter into wars without knowing the costs or consequences, and frankly, it is dangerous. It is a blank check for war, and it is far past time we repealed it.

That’s why Rep. Lee launched a campaign on CREDOMobilize.com to tell Congress to stop the endless war and repeal the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs. Her petition reads:

Repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force – the flawed blank check that authorizes the president to wage war, anywhere at any time. It’s been fifteen years of endless war. Now is the time for the U.S. Congress to repeal the overly broad 2001 and 2002 AUMFs. Read More

New video: Why CREDO is helping Stand.earth stand up to Starbucks

On August 30th, 2016, Kristi Chester Vance, deputy director of Stand.earth, and Ross Hammond, Stand.earth’s director of U.S. campaigns, visited our San Francisco office. They came to thank CREDO for our support, not only in our June donations election but also over the last decade.

During their visit, CREDO presented Stand.earth with a check for $40,393. Read More

5 questions for Sam, CREDO Retention Specialist

Five questions for Sam, Customer Retention Specialist at CREDO, who has been with CREDO since 2012. Sam is on the phone every day with our CREDO Mobile customers, helping them upgrade their devices.

1. What is the best part of working for CREDO Mobile?
I truly enjoy the people I work with. The people at CREDO believe in the mission, and it feels like a family of like-minded individuals. They make it easy for me to come into work every day.

2. Which progressive cause do you care about most?
Currently issues revolving around Black Lives Matter and the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Generally, environmental protection, human rights or holding authorities accountable are issues that matter to me. Read More

5 Progressive Facebook pages you should follow

In previous posts we’ve told you about some of our favorite sites for 2016 election news as well as some of our favorite progressive Twitter accounts. We thought we would also share with you some of the Facebook pages we like.

Tom Tomorrow
We hold a special place in our hearts for Tom Tomorrow, creator of the comic strip This Modern World. His bold, humorous and progressive take on current events is a must read and must share for all progressives. His comics have appeared in more than 90 publications, including the New York Times, the New Yorker, Spin, Mother Jones, Esquire, the Economist and the American Prospect. He is the comic curator at DailyKos and in 2015 was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. He even created the cover art for a Pearl Jam album.

Over the years he’s also drawn exclusive comics for CREDO and our members, most recently this one on the fight to confirm Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

Tom Tomorrow Supreme Court vacancy comic
Read the comic.

The Story of Stuff
The Story of Stuff was created in 2007 as an online documentary by Annie Leonard. Now, years later, the group’s nine films have picked up more than 50 million views on the internet and its online community has more than 1 million members. The original Story of Stuff has become one of the most widely viewed documentaries of all time.

The group’s work is based on a core philosophy: “We have a problem with Stuff: we have too much of it, too much of it is toxic and we don’t share it very well. But that’s not the way things have to be.”

Their goal is to change “the way we make, use and throw away Stuff so that we have a happier and healthier planet.”

If you haven’t seen it, here is the original Story of Stuff documentary.

Last Week Tonight
If you aren’t watching John Oliver’s show, Last Week Tonight, you should be. He’s a former Daily Show contributor, so we expected him to be funny but he delivers far more. From taking on Donald Trump’s bigotry or companies that purchase people’s debt to discussing refugees, there is no show on television that does a better job of both entertaining and educating its audience.

While you need an HBO subscription to watch the show, most of the best segments, such as this one on Donald Trump, are posted on Oliver’s Facebook page.

Rev. Dr. William Barber
Reverend Dr. William Barber is the pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church and the president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, to which CREDO members donated more than $50,000 in 2014. His Moral Monday protests in the state capital have galvanized a movement in his home state and beyond for voting rights, racial justice, women’s rights, environmental justice and civil rights. His speech electrified the Democratic convention this summer. Here it is if you missed it.

There are few people with as clear a moral voice as Rev. Dr. Barber and that’s why it’s important for progressives to hear his message on Facebook.

The Other 98%
The Other 98% is a grassroots organization “that shines a light on economic injustice, undue corporate influence and threats to democracy.” Launched in 2010, it has become one of the most outspoken organizations on issues surrounding economic inequality and social justice. Fearless, its campaigns take on some of the largest corporations on the planet and its Facebook page is a central hub for these campaigns and the vital issues they address.

Of course, if you haven’t already, you should “Like” CREDO on Facebook using the button below to keep up with our activism and monthly donations elections:

WATCH AND SHARE: The fight to stop the Dakota Access pipeline #NoDAPL

It’s incredible. In just a few days, more than 210,000 CREDO members have signed our petition demanding that President Obama intervene and stop the Dakota Access pipeline once and for all. Hundreds of CREDO members have also started making phone calls to President Obama pressuring him to act.

This is a winnable fight, but with the pipeline company pushing to complete construction, we have to leverage this massive momentum and bring as many people as possible into this fight right now.

We’ve put together a short video to highlight the fierce, grassroots activism being led by local Native American communities and farmers – and to make clear what’s at stake in this fight. Please watch the video now and share it with your friends:

New video: Tips for managing data usage

It’s easy to exceed your monthly data plan if you’re not careful. Learn handy tips for monitoring and reducing your data usage in this all new how-to video.

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

Your vote matters: a thank-you from August’s donations recipients

CREDO gives over $150,000 in donations each month to three incredible nonprofits. These donations are made possible by thousands of CREDO customers and the revenue they generate. Last month, over 48,000 CREDO members voted on how to distribute our funds to 350.org, Color Of Change, and Rewire. These amazing groups want to let you know how much your vote mattered. Read More