Want to fight Trump? Give progressive nonprofits unrestricted funds

The Trump administration’s dangerous and cruel actions have sparked a massive progressive resistance. His administration’s assault on civil liberties, social justice and human dignity has moved people to donate to progressive nonprofits in record numbers.

At CREDO, we have donated more than $83 million to progressive nonprofits since 1985. We want to share our experience at CREDO because we know that giving to nonprofits makes a difference and how you give especially matters.

What Unrestricted Donations Do

Most nonprofits depend on institutional and individual donors to fund their operations. By looking back at our own grant applications and follow-up surveys we issue to grantees, we find some interesting patterns.

First and foremost, donations empower people. Personnel costs are among the highest expenses for a nonprofit, but funding employee salaries and benefits is not appealing to many donors. Nonprofits need to maintain full-time staff, hire contractors, pay legal teams, train advocates, power watchdog operations and so much more. Their work would grind to a halt without investments in people. Read More

CREDO is the only mobile phone company fighting for net neutrality

Net neutrality is a very personal issue for CREDO. As a mobile phone company that fights for progressive values, we know the importance of protecting the internet and internet users.

For more than a decade, we have been fighting to protect the free and open internet with net neutrality – the principle that internet providers must treat all users’ content equally. In 2015, after we donated over 1 million dollars and hundreds of thousands of CREDO members and millions of others took action to protect the open internet, we scored a huge victory that secured these basic protections for all internet users. No other mobile phone company can claim this victory. In fact, many mobile and internet companies have been actively opposing these important protections.

Just as telephone companies connect callers without regard to how much they can pay, the internet under net neutrality is classified as a protected utility. Under net neutrality, internet providers can’t block content, slow traffic or create “fast lanes” to prioritize websites whose owners pay more. Net neutrality protects our privacy, helps keep broadband prices competitive and makes it possible for new companies to innovate. A free and open internet also allows communities not fairly represented in the media to tell their own stories and organize online for progressive change. Read More

CREDO Unveils First Unlimited Plan That Fights Trump

Get progress without limits by joining the carrier with a conscience

SAN FRANCISCO – May 8, 2017 – CREDO, the mobile carrier with a conscience, today introduced an Unlimited Plan on the nation’s largest and most dependable 4G LTE network. Customers can now fight Trump and get unlimited data by joining CREDO.
Since 1985, CREDO has donated more than $83 million to progressive organizations fighting for women’s rights, economic justice, voting rights, climate justice and more. By choosing CREDO mobile plans, members generate donations for these causes. Their everyday acts of commerce support CREDO Action, a social change network with 5 million activists, and CREDO Donations, the company’s philanthropy program.

CREDO’s Unlimited Plan delivers the coverage and flexibility mobile users need at the same price as a Big Telecom plan. That means smartphone users can switch to CREDO and fund progressive causes without paying a penny extra. Plans start at $45 per line per month for four lines when customers also take advantage of autopay. Unlimited voice and text messaging are included and CREDO carries a wide selection of the most popular smartphones you would expect from a major carrier.

Unlike many mobile carriers, CREDO does not and will not ever sell customers’ private internet data to the highest bidder. In fact, CREDO is the only mobile carrier fighting for its customers’ privacy –championing net neutrality and opposing anti-encryption legislation that would make Americans less safe. Read More

New video: Protecting immigrant communities with United We Dream

Donald Trump’s racist and bigoted views on immigrants were the centerpiece of his campaign. Today, he is making good on his promises by trying to build a wall on the southern border, signing executive orders declaring all immigrants a threat to national security, appointing white supremacists to his administration and trying to tear immigrant communities apart.

At CREDO, we are committed to defending undocumented immigrants and all immigrants from Trump’s hate, and we stand firmly with our allies in the immigrant justice community.

That is why this April we were proud to welcome United We Dream Executive Director Cristina Jiménez and Director of Membership and Technology Strategies Adrian Reyna to CREDO headquarters for an update on the organization’s campaigns to fight back against Trump’s attacks on immigrant youth and families.

United We Dream is the largest grassroots and online network of immigrant youth and families in the country with over 50 groups in 25 states and a network of over 300,000 allies. CREDO could not be working with United We Dream at a more important time. Trump wants to spend billions of dollars on his southern border wall and expand his deportation force to target even more immigrants. His hateful regime has also emboldened right-wing Republicans at the state level to push for extreme anti-immigrant policies. Read More

VIDEO: The ACLU’s Faiz Shakir visits CREDO headquarters

Faiz Shakir, national political director of the American Civil Liberties Organization (ACLU), visited CREDO headquarters Wednesday, May 3 to discuss the ACLU’s new People Power platform and other details of how the organization is responding to the Trump administration.

If you missed the live broadcast, check out the video below.

LIVE NOW: the ACLU at CREDO headquarters CREDO welcomes the ACLU’s National Political Director Faiz Shakir to discuss how the organization is responding to the Trump administration.

Posted by CREDO Mobile on Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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A thank you from Bend the Arc, Indigenous Environmental Action and Planned Parenthood

Each month, CREDO members vote for how we distribute our funding to three amazing organizations fighting for progressive causes. Those small actions add up – with one click, you can dedicate resources to help fund the resistance against Trump, prevent harmful pipeline development and defend access to reproductive health care. In April, over 80,000 CREDO members did just that. They voted in our donations election and helped us distribute over $150,000 to Bend the Arc, Indigenous Environmental Network and Planned Parenthood.

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

Bend the Arc
“Thank you to CREDO members for your commitment to justice! Bend the Arc Jewish Action is proud to partner with CREDO Action to turn up the volume of the Jewish community’s voice for a more just, fair and compassionate America, from the streets to the halls of power.” To learn more, visit bendthearc.us. Read More

200,000 march in Washington for climate justice: Our favorite protest signs

On April 29, hundreds of thousands of people poured into streets around the world to march against Donald Trump’s dangerous climate denial agenda and for immediate action to solve the climate crisis. Thousands of CREDO members were there proudly standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our allies in the climate justice movement.

As the Earth experiences another “hottest year on record” and the highest levels of CO2 in the atmosphere in 3 million years, the Trump administration continues in full climate denial mode, removing all climate science information from the EPA’s website while his fossil fuel cabinet continues to dismantle environmental regulations that will wreak havoc on the planet.

In Washington, D.C., where temperatures fittingly hit near-record highs, CREDO members joined 200,000 marchers. Activists marched and spoke out against Trump’s exploitation of public lands and waters for fossil fuel drilling and his attacks on the environment, clean air and water, and indigenous people already feeling the effects of climate change.

We caught up with some of our members and other activists and would like to share some of the best moments and signs we saw at the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C. Read More

Vote for these great progressive groups in May

CREDO Mobile lets its members decide how to divide $150,000 in donations to three progressive nonprofit groups every month. This May, we’re featuring three great organizations pushing back against Trump and fighting for democracy and civil liberties, women’s rights and peace. This month you can vote for Demand Progress Action, UltraViolet and Win Without War. Learn more about their important work, and then cast your vote one, two or all three by May 31.

Demand Progress Action
Demand Progress Action is a 2 million member strong progressive grassroots organization dedicated to fighting for internet freedom, open government and eliminating the influence of big money in politics. Read More

4 ways you can fight back against the attacks on the environment

Every day it seems like there’s a new, dangerous attack on the environment by the Trump administration: the nomination of longtime fossil fuel industry ally, Scott Pruitt, to lead the EPA; the pick of Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson to head the State Department; and Donald Trump’s recent executive orders to roll back President Obama’s Clean Power Plan and restart construction on the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.

And we know these are just the tip of the iceberg. Trump has pledged to dismantle decades of long-standing regulations that keep our air and water clean and our food safe.

We can fight back. With Earth Day fast approaching, we’d like to share four ways you can join the fight and stand up to the attacks. Read More

VIDEO: United We Dream visits CREDO headquarters

Cristina Jiménez and Adrian Reyna, executive director and director of membership and technology strategies at United We Dream, visited CREDO headquarters on Tuesday, April 18 to give us update on the fight against Trump’s attacks on immigrant youth and families. 

If you missed the live broadcast, check out the video below.

LIVE NOW: United We Dream at CREDO headquartersCREDO welcomes Cristina Jiménez, Executive Director of United We Dream, for an update on the fight against Trump’s attacks on immigrant youth and families.

Posted by CREDO Mobile on Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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