5 Must-read books recommended by the CREDO team

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It’s been a cold winter in the Bay Area – sometimes it gets down to 35 degrees at night, and other times it will rain (not at the same time, thankfully). Us Californians aren’t cut out for this, and all I want to do until April is curl up with a good book.

I took to Slack to ask my CREDO teammates for book recommendations, and here’s what they had to say:

Rob's book recommendation is "Rigged"
Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer by Dean Baker
Suggested by Rob, Sr. Director of Business Intelligence
Nonfiction, Economics
About the book: “Baker explains how rules on trade, patents, copyrights, corporate governance and macroeconomic policy were rigged to make income flow upward.”
What Rob says: “Dean Baker does an excellent job explaining how the political choices we make have led to inequality.” Read More

Reduce your mobile data usage with Netflix’s new download feature

Learn how to download Netflix shows on your phone

Got Netflix? Now you can watch many of its award-winning shows and movies as you travel by train, plane or automobile. This feature is available to all Netflix subscribers, and can help conserve cellular data usage.

Netflix now has nearly 50 million subscribers in the United States alone and has kept pace with technology incredibly well. Once known as the DVD-by-mail subscription service, it has evolved to be the cord-cutting company that pioneers original content (like “House of Cards”). But there’s a feature Netflix lagged on until recently – the ability to download content to your device to view offline (a la Spotify or Google Maps). Better late than never though, right?

Progressive-leaning people will find many of the shows available for download to be engaging and informative. Like Netflix original “Orange is the New Black,” a fictional drama that humanizes prisoners and draws awareness to our broken criminal justice system. Or the documentary “Requiem for the American Dream,” which features persuasive interviews with Noam Chomsky that examine class mobility.

Why you want to watch Netflix offline
Videos streamed over cellular data will devour your monthly mobile data plan. Read More

ACLU, Demos and EFF: Three great groups for you to support in January

Three organizations that will be central to the fights we will face in 2017 are on CREDO’s January donations election ballot.

Your votes will determine how we will divide more than $150,000 in contributions to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Demos and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Each of these organizations is a leader in the progressive movement, whose work takes on a new urgency this year.

Learn about the important work these groups are doing and then vote for one, two, or all three. Read More

What we accomplished together in 2016

The only way to stop Donald Trump is to meet his toxic agenda with fierce resistance at every turn. In 2016, CREDO members showed they know how to do just that.

Trump becoming president-elect does not erase the victories and game-changing campaigns that CREDO members made possible this past year. If anything, it makes them more important. These victories are forceful reminders of what it is possible to do together, and models for how CREDO will continue fighting in the years to come.

It is easy to remember only the bad parts of 2016. But looking back over all that we accomplished together, we ended up feeling inspired – and more than a little hopeful. Click here to watch and learn more about what CREDO members accomplished in 2016. Read More

New video: Thank you for your support in 2016

Looking back on 2016 will always be tough. Despite the hardships of this tumultuous year and the many challenges that remain ahead, we want to acknowledge the positive change that our members made possible in 2016. We at CREDO and the organizations we fund are grateful for the incredible support from you and other CREDO activists.

Hundreds of thousands of CREDO members voted in our monthly donations elections, instructing us how to distribute more than $2 million to 48 progressive nonprofit organizations. Check out this message of thanks from a few of the groups we funded in 2016.   Read More

Forbes features our list of 8 women’s advocacy groups to support

CREDO was recently featured in Forbes for our recommendations on where to donate to support women’s rights this holiday season.

“Come December, a blizzard’s worth of lists and ‘best gift’ ideas typically blanket the internet and airwaves to compete for our snowflake-like attention. The nonprofit-supporting mobile network CREDO, however, has been making its holiday rounds with a different mission: to remind shoppers that support for women’s and families’ rights is some of the best money you’ll spend all year.

To help with those last-minute gifts or deductions, CREDO Mobile has prepped a list of some of the most game-changing women’s rights organizations out there. The progressive phone company, whose donations to date to women’s causes exceed $9.7 million, explained by email that the time is better than ever to show support (with wallets and words) for those organizations we rely on–guys included–whether we know it or not.”

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Update: Kasich vetoes extreme abortion ban, signs 20-week ban.

In the last few days, CREDO members made hundreds of calls to Gov. Kasich’s office urging him to keep abortion safe and legal in Ohio.

On Tuesday, Gov. Kasich vetoed a bill that would have almost completely banned abortion for Ohio women. House Bill 493 would have outlawed abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy – long before most women even know they are pregnant. But he signed Senate Bill 127, an unconstitutional bill that bans abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy with no exceptions for cases of rape or incest.

Our pressure helped make sure that Gov. Kasich did not completely outlaw abortion in Ohio, but his signature on SB 127 not only puts women’s lives at risk, it also helps anti-woman extremists continue their assault on Roe v. Wade.

Twenty week abortion bans are a cornerstone of the Republican-led anti-woman agenda to outlaw abortion. Lawmakers in 18 states have been outspoken about using court challenges to 20-week abortion bans as a tool to chip away at Roe v Wade. And with Trump’s promise to appoint anti-choice Supreme Court justices, these bans set a dangerous precedent and could be used to overturn Roe v. Wade all together.

It’s important to remember that abortion is healthcare. Most abortions occur before 20 weeks of pregnancy. When they’re needed later in pregnancy, it’s often in very complex and sometimes dangerous medical circumstances.

Gov. Kasich, who tries to claim he is a moderate Republican, has just signed a bill into law that will take away medical options from women and their doctors. There’s nothing “moderate” about forcing women to carry pregnancies to term when there’s no chance of survival or a high risk of severe pain and suffering for their child.

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How your votes are making a difference: a thank-you from our November grantees

Each month, CREDO members vote for how we distribute over $150,000 to three amazing organizations fighting for progressive causes. Those small actions add up. Last month, over 57,000 CREDO members voted on how to distribute our funds to Fight for the Future, Oil Change International and Planned Parenthood.

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

3 things to consider when traveling with your smartphone

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If you’re hitting the road this winter, here are a few pointers to make sure you make the most out of your CREDO smartphone.

No outlets? No problem
Some smartphones have longer battery life than others. If you’ve checked out our short video on how to save battery life and you’re still running out of juice, look into buying an external battery pack. They come in all shapes and sizes, some as small as a lipstick. You can buy them inexpensively (typically $10–30) from online retailers or at your local electronics store. Or go a little greener with a solar-powered charger, like Anker’s PowerPort for $60.

Need-to-know info about traveling abroad
If you are planning on traveling outside the United States and taking your CREDO Mobile phone, you will want to:
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6 ways progressives can fight back against Trump

Election night 2016 left progressives shaken. America elected a bigot as president of the United States. Despite the results, we can still fight Donald Trump’s hateful, reckless agenda.

At CREDO, where I serve as CEO, we are executing an aggressive response to Trump that focuses on protecting vulnerable communities at risk, delegitimizing an unqualified candidate who was opposed by a majority of voters, obstructing Trump’s hateful and aggressive agenda and going on the counterattack wherever possible. Our community of more than 4.7 million CREDO activists is mobilized and already fighting Trump. We know firsthand that individual actions can avalanche into large-scale transformation.

We also contribute more than $150,000 every month to progressive nonprofits from revenue generated by CREDO Mobile, our progressive phone company. That adds up to more than $1.6 million this year and over $81 million over our 30+ years in business.

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