Who’s on the CREDO Donations ballot in August

What makes CREDO a different type of mobile company?

Every month we contribute more than $150,000 to three amazing progressive nonprofits and we let you decide how we divide this pool of money.

For August we’ve selected 350.org, Color Of Change and Rewire. Each of these groups is a critical part of the progressive infrastructure. Take a minute to learn about their exciting work and then vote for one, two or all three. Read More

CREDO Activists and the movement for Black lives

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At the beginning of July, we saw, in horrific detail, the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police. At the end of the month, Baltimore prosecutors’ attempt to hold Baltimore police officers accountable for Freddie Gray’s homicide ended without a single conviction.

These heart-wrenching bookends to a tragic month serve as a stark reminder of the ways white supremacy and systemic racism stack the deck of the criminal justice system against African-Americans. Police officers take Black lives. Mainstream media smears the victim. Prosecutors tip the scales in favor of police offenders. Police who kill and the departments face no consequences.

Eliminating the daily threat to Black lives posed by law enforcement will require systemic change, and demands action from all of us. That’s why the CREDO Action team is grateful to be able to partner with our friends at Color Of Change, one of this month’s donations recipients, on campaigns that pull systemic levers and seek to make change on a national scale. Read More

July’s CREDO Donations recipients say thank you

Every month, CREDO donates more than $150,000 thanks to our customers and the revenue they generate by using our services. In July, we funded Earthjustice, Social Security Works and United We Dream. A record-breaking 88,000 CREDO members voted on how to divide our funds to these hard-hitting groups—and they want to say thank you. Read More

WATCH: Dangerous Donald can’t be trusted with nuclear codes

Last week, Donald Trump encouraged an adversarial foreign power — Russia — to cyberspy on a secretary of state’s emails: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” he said referring to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

But even before that, Trump’s temperament and tendency to lash out at critics have raised serious questions about his fitness to have access to the nation’s nuclear codes. In a new video launched today, CREDO uses the words of Sen. Bernie Sanders, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Sec. Hillary Clinton to make the case that Donald Trump can not be trusted with access to nuclear weapons or classified national security briefings.

WATCH “Dangerous Donald” now:

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PRESSURE MOUNTING: 135,000+ Petition DNI Clapper to Withhold Security Briefings from Trump

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Pressure is building on Director of National Intelligence James Clapper not to allow Donald Trump to be given classified national security briefings. Since Wednesday: Read More

MUST WATCH: Reverend William J. Barber II on Reviving the Heart of Our Democracy

If you haven’t yet, please take a moment to watch Reverend William J. Barber II’s powerful remarks Thursday at the Democratic National Convention:

A transcript of Rev. Barber’s remarks can be found below. Read More

No classified national security briefings for Donald Trump

It’s stunning.

Donald Trump just asked Russia to spy on the United States. Here’s how the New York Times reported the news (emphasis ours):

Donald J. Trump said Wednesday that he hoped Russia had hacked Hillary Clinton’s email, essentially encouraging an adversarial foreign power’s cyberspying on a secretary of state’s correspondence.

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Mr. Trump said, staring directly into the cameras. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

Let’s be clear: Trump’s encouragement of a dangerous dictator like Vladimir Putin to commit espionage and publicize state secrets poses serious national security concerns, and may violate federal law. This unprecedented action is even more horrifying given that Trump is scheduled to start receiving classified national security briefings as soon as next week.

This cannot happen. Read More

Rock Against the TPP kick-off concert in Denver draws huge crowds

Crowd at Rock Against the TPP

Crowd at Rock Against the TPP

More than a thousand concert-goers streamed into Summit Music Hall in Denver Saturday to see Rock Against the TPP, headlined by Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Prophets of Rage, and Audioslave) and a slate of performers and celebrities.

People simultaneously jammed to their favorite songs – including Morello’s version of “Solidarity Forever” and the Naughty by Nature-inspired “Down with TPP” – and learned about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). A 25-foot blimp displaying opposite-facing arrows that read “Democracy” and “TPP” flew over the venue ahead of the rally to drive home the message. Read More

3 tips for limiting Facebook data usage

Tips for reducing data usage on Facebook app
Mobile data puts the world at your fingertips. But overage charges? Not so great. Luckily, there are ways to limit data consumption by apps like Facebook, which is one of hungrier apps on your phone. In fact, casual Facebook browsing on your phone consumes almost 2MB of data per minute. Spend 40 minutes a day at the site (the U.S. average back in 2014) and you’re using 2.4 GB of data per month on Facebook alone. And that’s not counting the data that Facebook uses while it runs in the background.

Here’s how to learn exactly how much data your Facebook app is using. On your Android device, open Settings and select Data usage. You’ll see a graph that shows your monthly data usage, below the graph, data usage by Facebook and other apps. On your iPhone or iPad, open Settings and select Cellular. Scroll down to view your data usage and scroll down a bit more to see data usage by Facebook and other apps.

If you’d like to limit the data your Facebook app uses, here are three steps you can take to put Facebook on a diet of smaller bytes.
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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