Our activism works: NBA pulls All-Star Game from North Carolina

NBA moves All-Star Game out of North Carolina

Our activism works. Today, news broke that the NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte because of HB 2, North Carolina’s discriminatory, anti-LGBT law.

After HB 2 passed, the NBA criticized the law as being against its values of equality and respect but NBA Commissioner Adam Silver didn’t take any real action, instead saying that the NBA was working with North Carolina officials to encourage them to back away from their anti-LGBT agenda.

It quickly became clear that North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and the North Carolina legislature were not going to back down, and instead were going to do everything in their power to maintain state-sponsored discrimination against transgender people in their state. CREDO activists were relentless in pressuring the NBA to stop waiting for North Carolina’s politicians to do the right thing. Almost 50,000 CREDO members signed a petition to the NBA demanding it stand up for its own principles of equality and immediately move the All-Star Game. More than 7,000 CREDO Mobile members responded to a call to action in their May phone bills by sending physical letters to Commissioner Silver’s office echoing that demand. In addition, CREDO members made more than 2,000 phone calls to the commissioner urging him to act. Read More

WARNING: Your Cell Phone Might Be Funding Hate.

Donald Trump graphic - is your cell phone funding hate?

Is your cell phone company sponsoring Donald Trump’s hate? If you are an AT&T customer the answer might be yes.

That’s because AT&T has agreed to be the official provider for “Communications, Video and Technology” at Donald Trump’s Republican National Convention.

From the moment it began, Donald Trump’s campaign has been rooted in bigotry and hate against Mexican immigrants and Muslims. Trump has encouraged his supporters to brutally target protesters at his rallies while justifying and even endorsing acts of violence committed by his supporters. Read More

#DumpTrump: Major corporations stay away from the Republican Party’s fascist nominee

Earlier this year, CREDO teamed up with our friends at ColorOfChange as they launched a campaign demanding that corporations take a stand against Donald Trump’s hateful and toxic candidacy by refusing to sponsor the Republican National Convention (RNC).

With the Republican Party poised to coronate Donald Trump as its leader and presidential nominee tomorrow, we thought we’d give you an update on what has turned out to be a remarkably successful campaign.

Thanks to intense pressure from activists like you, in March, Coca-Cola became the first corporation to significantly reduce its contributions from previous years. Coca-Cola’s decision, which was covered widely in a variety of news outlets, opened the door for us to ramp up the pressure on other corporations. ColorOfChange worked behind the scenes, meeting with corporations to make the case for divesting from the RNC, while activists from ColorOfChange, CREDO and other progressive allies kept up the public pressure, showing the depth of support for the campaign.

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#StoptheTPP video: Pelosi must join Clinton, Sanders, Warren and Reid

Momentum is building in the fight to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). In the past two days alone, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator Chuck Schumer have indicated that they do not expect the TPP to pass this year.

And on Tuesday, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton made her most direct statement yet in opposition to the TPP, telling an audience in New Hampshire that “we’re going to say no to attacks on working families and no to bad trade deals and unfair trade practices, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership.”

Many of the most prominent leaders of the Democratic Party – including Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Harry Reid and Elizabeth Warren – are now firmly on the record in opposition to the TPP, but it is still unclear where House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi stands.

Watch and share CREDO’s new video highlighting strong Democratic opposition to the TPP and urging Nancy Pelosi to publicly oppose a lame duck vote. Click here to watch and share the video. Read More

National parks: The perfect progressive vacation

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Thinking about where to take your summer vacation?

Our country’s national parks, along with other public lands and recreational areas, are often ideal getaway spots. With the National Park Service turning 100 years old this summer, there has never been a better time to plan a visit to one of these natural wonders. From beaches to deserts, swamps to mountains, and even underwater, we’ve managed to preserve vast areas of great beauty.

In Baldwin County, Alabama, the national park’s beaches are made from silky white sand. In this special spot you might even see sea turtles nesting.

Turtles hatching in Alabama

In Florida, the Everglades are a “World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance, and a specially protected area under the Cartagena Treaty.” There you can see turtles, herons, alligators, dolphins, manatees and even crocodiles. This is one of the most pristine and at-risk areas in the United States.

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NEW VIDEO: Sen. Elizabeth Warren on why we need to #StoptheTPP

We are at a critical moment in the fight against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Corporate lobbyists and the Obama administration want to ram the deal through a lame-duck Congress after November. Now is the time to raise our voices, talk to friends and family, and mobilize.

That’s why Sen. Elizabeth Warren and CREDO have teamed up to produce this revealing video, in which Sen. Warren exposes a particularly dangerous and undemocratic provision of the TPP called “Investor State Dispute Settlement” or ISDS. Sen. Warren lays out in compelling detail how ISDS allows corporations to bypass traditional courts in favor of unaccountable, industry-friendly “arbitration panels.”

Watch the video now and share it with your friends. Read More

Vote to support these groups in July

Every month CREDO donates a portion of our revenues—more than $150,000—to three progressive nonprofits. For July we have selected Earthjustice, Social Security Works and United We Dream.

How will the donations be distributed? You vote to decide.

Please take a minute to learn more about these groups below, then vote to tell us how you think we should divide up this month’s contributions. Vote for one, two or all three groups.

Earthjustice logoEarthjustice
Earthjustice uses the power of law to fight for a clean and healthy environment—because the earth needs a good lawyer. Read More

A thank you from CREDO’s June donations recipients

CREDO donates over $150,000 in donations every month thanks to our customers and the revenue they generate. Last month, we funded Friends of the Earth, Project Vote and Stand.earth. Over 55,000 CREDO members voted on how to distribute our donations to these incredible groups. Each and every one of these votes matter to the organizations—and they want to say thanks. Read More

Three progressive podcasts you’ll love listening to

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Last month I recommended three great progressive apps for your smartphone: Progressive Voices, Earth-Now and the ACLU’s Mobile Justice App. Listening to podcasts is another way you can use your smartphone to participate in progressive causes. To find and listen to podcasts on your phone, you can download a podcast app, like Podcast Addict for Android or Overcast for iOS, then search for the podcasts mentioned below.

These are three of my favorite progressive podcasts:

Democracy Now!
Hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now! brings you perspectives you often don’t hear in the mainstream media. It offers true debate and progressive values without the filter of giant media corporations. Its reports give listeners a truly global perspective from “journalists, ordinary people from around the world who are directly affected by U.S. foreign policy, grassroots leaders and peace activists.” The show airs five days a week and typically includes daily headlines, followed by in-depth segments on the pressing issues of the moment. CREDO is a longstanding and proud supporter of Democracy Now!, contributing $674,248 to support the program. Read More

Women win when Supreme Court decides biggest abortion rights case in decades

The Supreme Court just issued an historic decision upholding a woman’s right to abortion and striking down Texas’ HB 2, a law designed to use medically unnecessary restrictions to close abortion clinics and deny women access to reproductive health care.

The Court’s ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is an incredible victory. It’s a win for women in Texas, especially women living in rural areas, who, as clinics have been forced to shut down, have been unable to access care, or have had to travel hundreds of miles, including across state lines, to do so.

The decision is also a victory for women in states across the country that have passed or are attempting to pass laws like the one in Texas. These laws are known as TRAP laws — Targeted Restrictions of Abortion Providers — because they use regulations and restrictions to make it impossible for abortion providers to provide care. They are being pushed across the country by right-wing anti-woman legislators who want to legislate abortion out of existence. In just the last few months, CREDO members in Louisiana, Oklahoma, Florida, Indiana, and Alabama, took action to try to block TRAP laws being promoted by right-wing anti-woman legislators in their states. Read More