Our November grantees thank you for your support

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Each month, CREDO members vote on how we distribute funding to three incredible organizations. Those small actions add up – with one click, you can help fund groups fighting climate change, holding corporations and politicians accountable and defending immigrants’ rights. In November, over 50,000 CREDO members voted to distribute $150,000 in donations to 350.org, the Center for Economic and Policy Research and the Women’s Refugee Commission.

These donations are made possible by CREDO customers and the revenue they generate by using our services. The distribution depends entirely on the votes of CREDO members like you. And for that, our November grant recipients thank you.

350.org

$57,645
“Thank you for your support of 350.org – we’re thrilled you’re with us. CREDO members like you help us oppose new coal, oil and gas projects and build a 100 percent renewable energy future for all.” To learn more, visit 350.org.

Center for Economic and Policy Research

$40,605
“CREDO members like you make it possible for CEPR to ensure that policymakers serve the broad public interest, rather than corporations’ narrow political agenda or their own personal advancement. CEPR values your partnership. Thanks for your support!” To learn more, visit cepr.net.

Women’s Refugee Commission

$51,750
“On behalf of all of us at the Women’s Refugee Commission, thank you to CREDO and to everyone who voted to support us and our work on behalf of migrant and refugee women and girls.” To learn more, visit womensrefugeecommission.org.

Now check out the three groups we are funding in December, and cast your vote to help distribute our donations.

CREDO members who use our products are the reason why we are able to make these donations each month. Learn more about CREDO Mobile, the carrier with a conscience.

Vote for these three progressive groups this December

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Every month, CREDO members vote on how we distribute our monthly donations between three great progressive groups. This month, you have the opportunity to fund organizations supporting progressive economic policies, standing up to the Trump administration and fighting for the rights of immigrants by voting for Americans for Tax Fairness, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action and Cosecha.

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Americans for Tax Fairness

Americans for Tax Fairness mobilizes public support for progressive tax reform so we have the revenue needed to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and make new investments in education, infrastructure, and health care to create an economy that works for all.

Funding from CREDO members will support ATF’s state-based public education and legislative accountability work with members of Congress who voted in favor of the Trump tax cuts and against the Affordable Care Act.

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Bend the Arc: Jewish Action

Bend the Arc is a movement of progressive Jews all across the country that has worked to build a more just society with members who are rising up in solidarity with everyone threatened by the Trump agenda.

A grant from CREDO members will help Bend the Arc ensure that the new Congress fully and unequivocally rejects white nationalism. The organization’s new campaign, launched in partnership with CREDO and our allies, is sending a clear public message to our elected officials that they cannot remain neutral in the fight against this dangerous and destructive political ideology, and that we will hold them accountable for building a country where all of us can live, love and thrive.

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Cosecha is a nonviolent movement fighting for permanent protection, dignity and respect for the undocumented community. Committed to winning real victories, Cosecha leverages our labor and spending power as immigrants to shift political opinion and policy.

A donation from CREDO members will help fund a new Cosecha house in Michigan, where the organization has a strong campaign to win drivers licenses for immigrants. Funding will also help support 10 new local leaders in Michigan, Georgia, Indiana and New Jersey as well as 10 new national full time organizers.

Your vote this month will determine how we divide $150,000 in donations among these three progressive groups. Be sure to cast your vote to support one, two or all three by December 31.

CREDO members who use our products everyday are the reason why we are able to make these donations each month. Learn more about CREDO Mobile, the carrier with a conscience.

Tuesday Tip: 4 Tips for How to Talk Politics with Your Family Over the Holidays

Illustration of a man and woman sitting down at a Thanksgiving dinner tableHeaded home for the holidays? You could be in for a little heat. If you’re a progressive who’s spending time with friends and family, there is a chance you might find yourself in the company of Trump supporters at some point.

We know it can be difficult to engage with friends and family members whom you may care deeply for, but who also hold wildly different — and sometimes racist, xenophobic, or misogynistic, viewpoints. You may choose to avoid the conversation altogether. Or, you may find yourself, year after year. in full-blown arguments.

We’ve been thinking about our own holiday plans and found three articles we thought were really helpful:

Here are four highlights for how to talk politics with your family over the holidays.

1. Avoiding the conversation may mean avoiding your responsibilities

“It’s our responsibility to go home and have the hard conversations with our family members, because, in many cases, only we have the power to reach them and begin the long work of rooting out bigotry in our communities.”

The stakes are simply too high to sacrifice conversation for comfort…If your family is white, or wealthy, or any other kind of privileged, you might not feel as compelled to interrupt your turkey and gravy to speak up. That’s exactly why you have to. The people who have the most to lose are already doing all they can to stop Trump. We must all act with the same urgency, especially if you or your family is privileged because when one of us is unsafe because of our skin color, or sexual orientation, or gender identity, all of our values are threatened.”

2. Model respectful communication (in how you listen and how you speak)

“Hearing them out is affirming to them as humans and we’re more willing to listen to someone who’s willing to listen to us.”

“Use humor, but don’t belittle. Be passionate, but not condescending. It can feel cathartic to mock, scream, or taunt people who seem dedicated to misinformation and offensiveness, but this approach is ineffective if your goal is social change. So unless you’re dealing with outright trolls, it’s worth the extra effort to model the kind of respectful discourse you want to see in the world.”

3. Make it personal (in both directions)

“If you can share a personal story or connection, take advantage:…personal stories are an important way to change people’s minds,”

“Instead of having a policy-oriented conversation, talk about the people in our lives we love and care about… This might mean telling them about your own experience as a woman, queer person or minority group. It might mean telling them about a friend you have who fits into one of the categories Trump has targeted… and explaining to them the way the election has affected them. Or just tell them a story about their lives, their families, what they do for a living.”

“If you want your friends and relatives to understand why you support Black Lives Matter or LGBTQ rights (and if you wish to persuade them to do so, too), you need to ask about their beliefs, really listen to their answers, and demonstrate that you care where they’re coming from. How do they feel these movements impact their own lives? What’s at the root of their opposition to freedom and dignity for people from different racial backgrounds, sexual orientations, or countries, and what would it take to change their minds? Once you’ve shown that you’re listening, ask questions that force them to step outside their experience.”

4. Know when to walk away

You don’t have to continue any conversation that is hurtful or that is giving a bigot more of a platform, but sometimes it can be hard to let go. Figure out your own boundaries and how you’ll hold them. You can even ask for help from other loved ones. A hand sign, code word, or subtle kick under the table can be a good reminder to take a breath and see if you want a conversation to continue, if it needs a reset, or if it’s time to pull the plug.

This Thanksgiving, we’re thankful for the amazing work by our progressive allies

Here at CREDO, we’re always working to change our world for the better, to help people who need help and to amplify the voices of those whose voices often cannot be heard. While there is a very long list of work to do, we also want to take a moment for gratitude, to share the things for which we are thankful this Thanksgiving.

We’re thankful for the record number of voters who turned out for this month’s midterm elections who sent an unmistakable message to Trump and Republicans that we reject their dangerous and hateful agenda. We obviously still have much work to do, but the power and commitment that fueled the take back of the House is inspiring and makes us hopeful.

We’re thankful for CREDO members like you who are standing up for progressive change and use our products and services to ensure we can continue fighting for our progressive values.

And we’re so thankful for our progressive partners and the organizations that our members help fund every month who are doing amazing work on the ground fighting for civil rights, economic and climate justice, women’s rights,  immigrant rights, LGBTQ equality and more.

This Thanksgiving, we’d like to highlight some of the important work CREDO members like you made possible this year. (This list is by no means exhaustive – we’re grateful for every progressive group we help fund!)

 Bold
$49,215 donated in January, $121,768 donated since 2013

Bold fights pipelines with an unlikely alliance of farmers, ranchers, climate advocates and Native allies to protect the land and water. In 2017, CREDO partnered with Bold and our allies to help build solar arrays on the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska. Funding from CREDO members this year is helping Bold create a national Pipeline Fighter Hub and continue building clean energy in the path of Keystone XL pipeline.

 United We Dream Action
$44,865 donated in January, $165,187 donated since 2013

United We Dream is building a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people organizing for justice for immigrants and all communities of color in the United States and fighting against hate and discrimination – and their work is particularly important today, given Trump’s relentless attacks on immigrant communities. Funding from CREDO members is helping UWD secure protections and lasting relief for immigrant communities.

 Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
$64,155 donated in April, $865,926 donated since 1994

The Brady Center is committed to creating a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half through public awareness, legal action, and public policy. CREDO funding in 2018 is helping the Brady Center reduce the flow of crime guns, expand and protect the Brady Background Check system and change the cultural perception that owning or carrying a gun makes you safer.

 Transgender Law Center
$34,470 donated in June, which was TLC’s first CREDO grant

Transgender Law Center (TLC) is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all. Funding from CREDO members is allowing TLC to rapidly move forward with impact litigation, provide technical assistance to communities needing trans organizing and provide Trans Immigration Defense Effort (TIDE) support in response to urgent threats facing immigrants. Leaders from TLC visited CREDO this August to talk about their work. You can watch our discussion here.

 Social Security Works
$66,585 donated in August, $504,597 donated since 2013

Social Security Works leads the fight to expand and improve Social Security and Medicare and lower drug prices. As Republicans continue their attacks on our earned benefit programs, SSW’s work is more important than ever. Earlier this month, SSW Executive Director Nancy Altman stopped by CREDO HQ to talk about their recent work. You can watch the discussion here.

 Southern Poverty Law Center
$60,300 donated in September, $249,547 donated since 1989

The SPLC uses litigation, education and other forms of advocacy to work toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality. CREDO funding this year is helping SPLC to fight right-wing hate and voter suppression and stand up for justice and civil rights.

 Planned Parenthood and affiliates

$124,818 donated in 2018, $3.4 million since 1985

Planned Parenthood is one of America’s leading providers and advocates of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men and young people and the largest provider of sex education. In 2018, CREDO members funded both Planned Parenthood and Planned Parenthood affiliates, helping to ensure that Planned Parenthood’s health services remain available to those who need them most. CREDO is proud to be one of Planned Parenthood’s largest corporate donors.

To see all the great progressive groups our members have helped to fund recently and to vote for this month’s grantees, please visit credodonations.com.

From all of us here at CREDO, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday Tip: 8 Meaningful Gift Ideas for Progressive People

Graphic of five presents wrapped in black, silver, and gold wrapping paperGift giving changes with the times. And in these times, when just about every choice we make—where we shop, what we eat, how we travel—feels more meaningful, because we’re more aware of the impact it has, we choose gifts that are meaningful as well. Gifts that make a positive impact.

At least that’s what we’re doing here at CREDO this holiday season. If you’re doing the same, we’re glad to hear it—and we have ideas for you. We asked members of our staff what meaningful gifts they’re giving this year and they had some great suggestions.

Here are eight meaningful holiday gift ideas

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New video: How we can fight to expand Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid after the midterm elections

LIVE: Social Security Works explains how we can fight to expand Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid post-election

CREDO Action Co-Director Heidi Hess and Social Security Works President Nancy Altman are live from CREDO HQ to discuss the plan to fight for the expansion of Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare post-election.

Posted by CREDO Mobile on Thursday, November 15, 2018

On Nov. 15, we were pleased to host a very special live event with CREDO Action Co-Director Heidi Hess and Social Security Works President Nancy Altman who discussed the plan for fighting for the expansion of Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare post-election.

If you missed the original broadcast, you can watch the recording of the event below, on our Facebook page or on YouTube.

Fighting for our future: How NARAL members are mobilizing for reproductive freedom

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For more than four decades, Roe v. Wade promised the right to legal, safe abortion care.

But that promise, more often than not, doesn’t square with reality. The reality is that for many, access to abortion care is nonexistent  – because of laws that shut down the nearest clinics. Or policies that block insurance companies from covering it. Or bans on public funding for abortion, like the Hyde amendment, which make it next to impossible for low-income women to get the same care as everyone else.

Put simply, a right is not a right if you cannot access it.

Seven in 10 Americans support legal access to abortion, even in red states. Nationwide, 71 percent don’t want to see Roe v. Wade overturned and gutted.

But for decades, long before Trump took office, anti-choice extremists have chipped away at access – by stacking the courts with anti-choice judges at every level, electing biased officials to the governor’s mansions, legislatures, and Congress, and passing hundreds of state-level restrictions, designed to shut down clinics and cut off access to abortion and contraception.

And, most recently, by railroading Brett Kavanaugh through to a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.

Yet we fight on because we know the stakes. We fight on because we want better for ourselves, our families, daughters and sons. We fight on because we continue to be the torch bearers for the promise of a democracy that assures dignity, equality, and justice for all people.

As we take to the streets and demand leaders fight for our rights and values, we’re seeing the power of the people.

The resounding victories by pro-choice candidates in the 2018 midterms prove once again that when candidates stand up for women and our essential rights – including the right to access abortion – they have the power of the people on their side. More than 100 women were elected to Congress – a diverse group of women who stepped up to fight for their communities. Read More

Tuesday Tip: 8 Tips for Better Video Calls When You Can’t Make it Home for the Holidays

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8 Tips for Better Video Calls – a Green Solution for Connecting with Family when You Can’t Make it Home for the Holidays

So many of us have family and friends all across the country or the world. We’d love to be with them in person, especially during the holidays. When we can’t, do the next best thing — a video call.

For environmentalists, flying poses another dilemma: air travel accounts for 4% – 9% of the total climate change impact of human activity. The overall impact of aircraft emissions is a warming effect that is 1.9 times that of carbon dioxide alone.  

If you’re not going to be with beloved family members this season, you can do the next best thing – enjoy a video call. Whatever your app of choice—FaceTime, Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, Google Duo, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat—a video call is a good and hassle-free way to spend quality time with family and friends.

Unless there is a glitch, of course. Then your intimate conversation can quickly get exasperating. The sound is garbled. The lighting is weird. You spend half the call distracted by the self-view and wondering if you always look like Bela Lugosi.

Happily, you can take steps to ensure that your holiday video calls are almost as good as being there.

Make sure your app is up to date

App makers improve their apps with each new update. So if you’re still running the same version of the app that you downloaded two years ago, you’re probably going to get the same quality you had two years ago (i.e. not so good).

If your apps are not updated automatically, on your Android device, go to the Google Play Store, then tap the menu icon at upper left. Scroll down and tap Settings, then tap Auto-update apps. On your iPhone or iPad, open Settings and go to the iTunes & App Store. Under Automatic Downloads, look for Updates and toggle the switch on. (For automatic updates to work in iOS, your iPhone or iPad must be running a recent version of iOS.)

Use headphones

Or earphones or AirPods or whatever you have. Your sound will be louder and clearer if you’re using a headset of some sort. You’ll hear better and your mic will pick up less background noise. Also, you won’t accidentally end the call while you’re pressing your cell phone to your ear.

Light yourself well

Let there be light—but let it be in the right place. Overhead lighting is not good for a video call. It will cast a shadow under your brow and you’ll look kind of like Marlon Brando in “The Godfather.” Also, don’t place yourself in front of a bright light or sun-filled window or you’ll be a mere silhouette. Natural light is best. It gives you a healthy glow. Sit by a window, facing the window, so that the light illuminates your face. Or use several soft-light sources at approximately eye level.

Find a stable background

If you’re in a crowded cafe or the flat-screen TV behind you is showing the Rose Parade, move to a different place. The more motion you have in your frame, the more work your app will have to do to capture the image and the choppier your video will be.

Be on the level

The best angle for a call is eye level, so hold your device there—and keep it as steady as you can. Also, try to look at your screen and maintain eye contact with the person at the other end. It’s annoying to have a conversation with someone whose thoughts seem to be elsewhere.

Close other apps

Video calls require your device to do a lot of work. Shut down other open apps to free up bandwidth and your call should perform better.

Have a charger handy

Video calls are battery-intensive. If your battery is low or tends to drain quickly when taxed, keep a charger handy so your call won’t end suddenly.

Dress correctly

Your top can be important—and not for fashion reasons. Pinstripes, herringbone and other fine patterns may cause aliasing or moire on some cameras. It’s that effect you notice sometimes on TV when a newscaster wears a check suit that seems to shimmer on the screen.

Wherever you spend them and whoever you spend them with—at home or on the phone—happy holidays from us here at CREDO Mobile.

So many of us have family and friends all across the country or the world. We’d love to be with them in person, especially during the holidays. When we can’t, do the next best thing — a video call.

For environmentalists, flying poses another dilemma: air travel accounts for 4% – 9% of the total climate change impact of human activity. The overall impact of aircraft emissions is a warming effect that is 1.9 times that of carbon dioxide alone.  

If you’re not going to be with beloved family members this season, you can do the next best thing – enjoy a video call. Whatever your app of choice—FaceTime, Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, Google Duo, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat—a video call is a good and hassle-free way to spend quality time with family and friends.

Unless there is a glitch, of course. Then your intimate conversation can quickly get exasperating. The sound is garbled. The lighting is weird. You spend half the call distracted by the self-view and wondering if you always look like Bela Lugosi.

Happily, you can take steps to ensure that your holiday video calls are almost as good as being there.

Wherever you spend them and whoever you spend them with—at home or on the phone—happy holidays from us here at CREDO Mobile.

 

Election Day voting rights victories in Florida and Michigan

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Thanks to the activism of CREDO members and our allies on the ground, progressives scored two big voting rights victories in Florida and Michigan on Election Day 2018.

Florida

In Florida, voters approved the Florida Voting Restoration Amendment (Amendment 4), a ballot measure that will restore voting rights for nearly 1.5 million Floridians who have served time for felony convictions.

Florida was 1 of only 4 states that imposed a lifetime voting ban on all citizens convicted of a felony. This ban prevented 1 in 5 Black Floridians from ever participating in our democracy. It was an unjust law the state passed in 1868, rooted in the racism of Jim Crow. Thanks in part to CREDO members who made calls to voters, more than a million Floridians will have their voting rights restored.

Michigan

In Michigan, voters approved Proposal 2, an effort to strengthen democracy in the state and end gerrymandering. Republicans had manipulated the redistricting process, drawing election maps and hand-picking their voters to protect and build power in the state legislature and Congress.

Proposal 2 will amend the state Constitution to create an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission that will draw the state legislative and congressional districts using a set of strict criteria that prevents partisan influence, bias or manipulation. This important victory will also serve as model legislation for voters in other battleground states resisting Donald Trump’s authoritarian attacks on voting rights, civil rights and civil liberties.

CREDO members joined thousands of activists in Michigan pledging to vote “yes” on Proposal 2, which passed overwhelmingly by nearly 1 million more votes.

AT&T helped re-elect white supremacist Congressman Steve King

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Rep. Steve King of Iowa is a racist and a white supremacist.

He retweets neo-Nazis and endorsed one for mayor of Toronto. He courts favor with extremist, right-wing European nationalists. He has accused immigrants of “undermining our culture and civilization.”

One of King’s biggest corporate donors, the telecommunications giant AT&T, donated $5,000 to his 2018 re-election campaign and a total of $59,000 over King’s career.

But thanks to massive public pressure, including by more than 66,000 CREDO members who signed our petition, AT&T announced they would no longer fund King’s campaigns.

But the damage has been already done: King was re-elected with AT&T’s help.

That begs the question: What took AT&T so long to stop bankrolling King? King has a long history of making overtly racist comments dating back over more than a decade, including comparing immigrants to animals, disparaging Muslim children and asserting that people of color have contributed little to American culture.

AT&T continues to fund politicians who support Donald Trump’s and the Republicans’ racist agenda, so we must keep up the pressure on AT&T to stop funding all candidates who support white supremacy.

CREDO will never fund white supremacy. In fact, CREDO and our members actively fight racism and white supremacy through our activism and by funding progressive organizations who stand up against hate.

To learn more about how we fund progressive causes and if you’re considering making the switch, visit CREDOMobile.com.