CREDO Tip: 15 ways to save energy and money this summer

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People were cooler in the ’80s. Literally. The last time the global monthly temperature was below average was February 1985. Which means that if you were born after that date, you have not enjoyed a cooler-than-average month in your entire life.

Climate change is the most urgent existential problem facing our planet. That’s why we mobilize our millions of CREDO members to take action on climate justice issues and support groups like 350.org, Rainforest Action Network, and Earthjustice through our CREDO donations program.

Of course, we also try to do our part at home by conserving energy where we can to shrink our carbon footprint. As an added benefit, when we reduce our energy use, we can also save money on our energy bills.

Here are 15 suggestions for saving energy and money this summer.

Use a programmable or smart thermostat.

Programmable and smart thermostats can help regulate energy use by offering pre-programmable settings depending on the time of day. The goal is to realize energy and cost savings without sacrificing comfort. You program in the desired temperature depending on the time of day. Some smart thermostats can also “learn” your heating and cooling habits and adjust the temperature in your home. Here’s a guide on how to use programmable thermostats properly.  

Close your curtains.

Shut your curtains or blinds to keep out the heat during the day. Doing this can cut home heat gain by 45%, according to the Department of Energy. Curtains are not as effective as blinds, but even a medium-color curtain with white plastic on the back can cut heat gain by 33%.

Set your AC higher.

If you use air conditioning, set it at the highest temperature you can tolerate comfortably. You’ll save 10% a year on your cooling bill by setting your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees higher for eight hours each day.

Also: AC will not cool a space faster if you crank it to the maximum when you get home. Dialing the thermostat down to 60 won’t get you to 70 any quicker. You’ll just waste extra energy and money.

Get a fan.

If you don’t have a ceiling fan at home, a floor fan will also do a great job of keeping you cool. If you use air conditioning, a good fan will allow you to raise your thermostat 4 degrees with no reduction in comfort, according to Energy.gov, though your personal results may vary.

Make a personal AC.

Put a bowl of ice in front of an electric fan. The fan will blow the cold air in your direction and keep you cool. This uses a lot less energy than air conditioning. And it really is a thing, we didn’t make it up! It actually does work, if only for a short while.

Close doors and vents.

Don’t waste energy cooling rooms you don’t spend time in. Close the doors to these rooms and shut the vents that supply them.

Check seals on windows and doors.

Make sure the seals around your windows and doors are in good shape and provide an air-proof seal. Check the weather stripping and the caulking around the doors and windows, the glazing (the substance that holds the panes of glass in place) and the threshold under each door. If any of these are damaged or are not tight, have them repaired.

Plant trees.

If you have a house, plant more trees, shrubs, and bushes around the edges. They not only provide shade, but they also cool the air before it penetrates your walls and windows.

Line dry your clothes.

Clotheslines are making a comeback. And summer, of course, is the best time for line drying. The sun is available and you’ll keep radiant heat from the dryer out of your home.

Also: Air dry your dishes if you have a dishwasher.

Turn off bathroom and kitchen fans.

To keep your bathroom and kitchen ventilation fans from pushing cooled air out of your house, you’ll want to turn them off about 10 minutes after their job is done.

Wash in cold water.

A whopping 90% of the power consumed by your washing machine is used to heat the water for warm-water washing, according to Energy Star. Switch to the cold-water setting and you’ll save energy. But look for a cold-water detergent next time you’re shopping. They actually are formulated to work better in cold water, and the claim is not just marketing.

Turn down your water heater.

Water heating accounts for 15% to 25% of energy consumption in the average home, says the Department of Energy. Turning down the temperature 10 degrees Fahrenheit on your hot water heater saves 3% to 5% on energy costs, so a drop from 140 degrees Fahrenheit to 120 degrees Fahrenheit saves you 6% to 10%.

Use solar lighting outdoors.

Outdoor solar lights have improved markedly from the dim, short-lived lights of years past. Bright LEDs have replaced conventional bulbs and better photovoltaic cells have boosted efficiency. LEDs create light without generating heat, so they run on far less energy and last longer. The lights are simple to install and virtually maintenance free and provide free light for your yard.

Keep your electronics away from your thermostat.

Electronic devices, be they lamps or laptops, generate heat. If you place one of these near your thermostat, it registers the temperature of the room as hotter than it actually is. Consider clearing electronics away from your thermostat. And since all electronics generate heat, make sure you turn them off when not in use. Even better, unplug them!

Clear debris around your air conditioner.

Check the outside area around your air conditioner and make sure it is clear of any debris. Maintaining clean and clear vents ensures the best possible ventilation.

Finally, remember to check out CREDO Energy, the new progressive power in renewables. Sign up and you’ll help the environment by offsetting your home’s carbon footprint with clean, renewable energy credits.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal Discusses Medicare for All

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New Video: Medicare for All discussion with progressive champion Rep. Pramila Jayapal

Our health care system is broken. Tens of millions of people in our country remain uninsured or underinsured, and millions more can’t afford coverage. Many people are one illness away from bankruptcy. Health outcomes in the United States continue to be among the lowest of all developed nations, yet we spend the most on health care – all the while insurance companies, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies rake in billions each year.

Progressives in Congress have a popular, common sense solution to fix our broken system: Medicare for All. I was honored to host a great panel with one our biggest champions for Medicare for All in the House of Representatives, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, along with Alex Lawson of Social Security Works, where we discussed why profit has no place in our health care system and why Medicare for All is the best plan to ensure all people have health care.

LIVE: Medicare for All panel with Rep. Pramila Jayapal

We're LIVE with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, CREDO Action Co-Director Josh Nelson and Social Security Works Executive Director Alex Lawson for a discussion on #MedicareForAll.

Posted by CREDO Mobile on Thursday, May 9, 2019

Rep. Jayapal recently introduced an incredibly detailed, 125+ page Medicare for All bill to ensure all people receive health care under the Medicare program. Under her Medicare for All plan, if you’re sick, you get to see a doctor. There are no co-pays, premiums or deductibles. You get to keep your doctor, and there are no issues with certain providers being “out of network.” Additionally, her plan covers long-term care for the first time in any universal health care legislation.

Right now, predatory insurance companies and Big Pharma stand between people and their doctors and use monopoly power to rob us blind. Medicare for All would replace the for-profit leeches that drive up costs without making us any healthier. Medicare for All would result in more health care coverage and better outcomes while reducing overall U.S. medical costs. Medicare for All would also improve the program for today’s seniors by including younger people and adding dental and hearing coverage into Medicare.

During the discussion, Rep. Jayapal explains that the crowdfunding site GoFundMe is, unfortunately, one of the fastest-growing health “insurance” programs available. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people have set up fundraising pages on the site to solicit donations just to afford insulin. Here’s the exchange:

Rep. Jayapal: We “can’t afford” our broken healthcare system. We need #MedicareForAll.

ICYMI – yesterday, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal joined CREDO Action Co-Director Josh Nelson and Social Security Works Executive Director Alex Lawson to talk about why Americans need #MedicareForAll now more than ever.

Posted by CREDO Mobile on Thursday, May 9, 2019

Support for Medicare for All is rapidly growing, yet it still faces opposition by Republicans in Congress and a well-funded health industry lobby. But we know Medicare for All is a winning issue. The 2018 midterms revealed that voters in red states demanded the expansions of Medicaid that Republicans once blocked. Republican members of Congress were punished for trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act. And a new wave of Democrats was swept into office while openly declaring their support for Medicare for All.

CREDO is building grassroots support for Medicare for All, and we need your help. Please join us and sign our petition today demanding that Congress break the stranglehold of insurance companies and Big Pharma by passing bold Medicare for All legislation. Click here to add your name today.

 

If Brown v. Board is Not Sacred, What is?

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Since the Supreme Court’s momentous decision in Brown v. Board of Education 65 years ago, there has been universal consensus within the legal community that the opinion striking down de jure segregation in our schools was correctly decided. As the most important civil rights ruling in our nation’s history, it has been undebatable, affirmed time and again by judicial nominees, attorneys, scholars, and politicians on both sides of the aisle. That is, until the Trump Administration.

During his recent confirmation hearing to serve as Deputy Attorney General, Jeffrey Rosen refused to state that the Court’s unanimous opinion was rightfully decided. “I don’t think that it would be a productive exercise for me to go through the most – thousands of Supreme Court opinions and say which ones are right and which ones are wrong,” Rosen told Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn). This answer is astounding for countless reasons, but chief among them is that it ignores that Brown is not just any Supreme Court precedent. It ended legal apartheid in this country, it redefined what equality means in the eyes of the law, and it touched the lives of every single American in the process.

With his disturbing answer, Rosen joined a growing chorus of Trump’s judicial nominees – starting with Wendy Vitter – who have demurred on this question. Roughly 30 nominees for the federal court have failed to unequivocally support the decision in Brown, with their responses ranging from, “I don’t think it is appropriate to comment on whether a Supreme Court case was correctly decided,” to “Brown v. Board was a landmark decision, but I cannot say if any Supreme Court decision was rightly decided.” Neither response is acceptable. Brown, like Marbury v. Madison, is an essential part of this country’s legal canon.

The refusal to acknowledge Brown serves as a dog whistle. It’s a signal of a candidate’s amenability to reassessing key tenets of our democracy. It is dangerous that judicial nominees for lifetime appointments to our federal courts would be unwilling to acknowledge and affirm Brown.

Rosen is not a judicial nominee. He would serve in the second-highest position at the Justice Department and if confirmed, his job will be to enforce the law, including Brown. The Deputy Attorney General is tasked with the day-to-day management of the department, including overseeing the Solicitor General’s Office and the Civil Rights Division. How can we trust Rosen to enforce our nation’s civil rights statutes if he is unwilling to affirm the bedrock opinion upon which they are based?

At his hearing, Rosen said, “I have views about lots of Supreme Court cases, but I’m not being nominated for this position to be the Solicitor General.” If Rosen is willing to concede that the Solicitor General’s view on Brown would be relevant, shouldn’t the views of the person to whom the Solicitor General reports also be germane?

Ultimately, it’s irrelevant whether Rosen is being considered for a position as a line attorney or in the highest echelons of Justice Department leadership. The rule of law remains a crucial pillar of our society, now and always. If he cannot affirm this landmark decision, he has no business serving in any role at the department or anywhere else in the federal government.

Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote in the Brown opinion that, “in the field of public education, the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place.” Sixty-five years later, it should be axiomatic that the doctrine of “separate but equal” has no place in any field.

Lisa Cylar Barrett is the Director of Policy at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.Lisa Cylar Barrett is the Director of Policy at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund is the country’s foremost civil rights law organization, working to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society. The organization is a close ally of CREDO, and CREDO members have donated $206,428 to help fund their important work.

 

10 Million Petition Signatures in Support of Impeachment. Here’s What’s Next.

Heidi Hess at Trump Impeachment Rally

Last week, I had the honor of representing CREDO members at the U.S. Capitol. I joined progressive champions Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Al Green along with friends from MoveOn, Women’s March, Need to Impeach, Free Speech for People and By the People to deliver 10 million petition signatures demanding that congressional Democrats start an impeachment investigation against Donald Trump.

Our petition delivery in front of the Capitol made national news, with major media outlets including CNN, CBS, NBC and Newsweek reporting on the momentum behind impeachment. Here is Rep. Tlaib’s impassioned speech demanding that Democrats immediately hold Trump accountable:

Hundreds of thousands of CREDO members like you are part of a movement of millions of people committed to using their power to defend our families, communities, and democracy. We have the momentum, and we need to keep the pressure on House Democratic leaders now.

Speaker Pelosi recently indicated that she’s doubtful  Trump will accept the 2020 presidential election results and said that Trump has created a constitutional crisis. She and House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler are two of the most powerful elected Democrats in the country, but instead of using their power, they are asking us to wait. Can you help flood their offices with calls to show them their constituents and millions across the country will have their back if they lead on impeachment now? Click here to make a call.

Every day that Democrats wait to hold this administration accountable is a day too long. Let’s not forget that Trump is:

  • Terrorizing our families, neighbors, and friends;
  • Separating and indefinitely detaining families;
  • Closing our borders to refugees;
  • Building a fascist deportation force to criminalize immigrants and target people of color;
  • Banning Muslims from entering our country and inciting violence against an entire religion;
  • Trying to erase transgender people.

We gave Speaker Pelosi and Democrats in the House of Representatives 10 million reasons to stop playing politics and stand on the right side of history. We know that our message is getting through, so it’s important to keep the pressure on. Can you call today to remind them they have a constitutional obligation and moral imperative to use their power and lead?

Thank you for your activism and all you do to hold Trump accountable.

CREDO Tip: 3 Eco-friendly ways to dispose of old electronics

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We love our electronic devices – until we have to get rid of them. Then we’re not really sure what to do with them. How do you throw away your old devices? The simple answer is you don’t.

You may be surprised that many of the materials used in making these products can actually be recovered and reused.

Here are three Earth-friendly ways to dispose of old electronics and reduce your e-waste footprint.

 

Recycle old electronics

A good way to find places to recycle your e-waste is simply to do a Google search for “e-waste recycling near me.” Here in the San Francisco Bay Area where I live, that exact search resulted in several “10 Best e-Waste Recycling Center” articles to peruse.

Many nonprofits and local communities offer recycling options. One option is Call2Recycle which offers drop-off locations for rechargeable batteries and mobile devices all over the United States. Most cities sponsor collection days for electronics.

Donate old electronics

If your used gadget still works – or, in many cases, even if it doesn’t – there’s a charity or nonprofit out there that would be happy to have them. Remember to get a receipt so you can deduct your donation on next year’s tax return.  

Here are a few groups you might want to consider:

Dell Reconnect in partnership with Goodwill accepts all brands of computers and other items related to computers such as keyboards, monitors, hard drives and so on. Simply drop off used devices at participating Goodwill locations around the country.

ECO-CELL is the group CREDO Mobile works with to recycle cell phones. When CREDO members recycle their phones through ECO-CELL, it determines the phone’s value and sends CREDO the money. CREDO donates 100% of the money it receives from ECO-CELL to nonprofit groups.

The World Computer Exchange is a global education nonprofit that connects youth in developing countries to digital skills and opportunities. They are in need of working equipment.

eBay for Charity lets you sell your used devices (or anything else, actually) and donate part or all of the proceeds to a charity of your choosing.

Take It to a Tech Firm

Many electronics manufacturers and retailers offer recycling programs. A chart on the EPA’s website lets you search programs by product or company.

Here are just a few of the many programs that allow consumers to recycle old electronics. Check your brand’s or retailer’s company website for details on its program:

  • Apple has a GiveBack program that will accept and recycle any product. It also offers up to $1,000 in gift cards or in-store credit for qualifying products.
  • Best Buy offers recycling options for a wide range of electronics, no matter where you bought them.
  • Staples offers tech trade-ins among other recyclable options.

Enjoy your new devices! Just make sure to responsibly and safely recycle or donate your old ones.

Don’t believe the right-wing spin. Social Security is in strong financial shape.

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The Social Security Board of Trustees recently released its annual report to Congress. And with the report came the expected headlines predicting doom for our Social Security system.

Thankfully, these headlines couldn’t be further from the truth. Social Security is in strong financial shape. These scary headlines are the product of a decades-long, billionaire-funded campaign to undermine confidence in Social Security.

The Trustees Report shows that Social Security has an accumulated surplus of roughly $2.9 trillion. It further shows that at the end of the century, it will cost just 6.07% of GDP. That is considerably lower, as a percentage of GDP, than what is spent today by Germany, Austria, France, and most other industrialized countries on their retirement, survivors and disability programs.

Unsurprisingly, because Social Security’s income and outgo are projected out so far – three-quarters of a century – the report projects a modest shortfall. This is a much longer valuation period than private pensions use and even than most other countries use for their Social Security programs.

According to the new report, Social Security is 100% funded for the next 16 years, 93% funded for the next 25 years, 87% funded over the next 50 years and 84% funded for the next three-quarters of a century. There is no question that Congress can raise enough revenue to eliminate the projected shortfall. Indeed, we can afford to expand Social Security.

That brings us to the second misreporting we are likely to see. Along with that modest, unsurprising shortfall being the cause for breathless media reports about supposed collapse, the report will be greeted, again if past experience repeats, with lamentations from many observers that Congress has no plan to address Social Security’s projected shortfall. That is incorrect.

Democrats have specific concrete plans that they stand behind. They plan not just to ensure that all promised benefits will be paid in full and on time for the foreseeable future, but to address our nation’s retirement income crisis by increasing Social Security’s modest benefits.

It is only congressional Republicans who have no plans – at least that they are willing to publicly embrace. That is perhaps because (given that they reject requiring even the wealthiest to pay more) their preferred “solutions” involve benefit cuts, which are overwhelmingly opposed by voters across the political spectrum, including Tea Partiers and the most conservative Republicans.

Democrats are moving forward with their plans. The Social Security 2100 Act, introduced by Rep. John Larson, is one such bill. It has 203 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives – over 85% of all Democratic representatives. Rep. Larson has held several hearings on the bill and intends to bring it to the House floor this spring.

Several other bills to protect and expand Social Security benefits have been introduced in the House and Senate, and nearly every 2020 presidential candidate serving in Congress is a member of the bicameral Expand Social Security Caucus.

Again, it is Republican politicians who have no plans that they are willing to stand behind.

Not only has not a single Republican this Congress co-sponsored any of the Social Security bills introduced by Democrats nor introduced one of their own, they appear to be standing in the way.  No one believes that the Senate will act once the House of Representatives passes a bill expanding Social Security and restoring it to long-range actuarial balance.

Notwithstanding that none of the bills have Republican co-sponsors, they are totally bipartisan – at least, by the measure that matters most. As divided as the American people are over many issues, we are not divided about our deep support for Social Security. Support for Social Security expansion and opposition to benefit reductions, cuts across ideological divides. An overwhelming majority of Republican voters, according to poll after poll, support Democratic proposals to expand Social Security.

This March, the Pew Research Center released a poll showing that 68% of those identified as Republican/Lean Republican believe that Congress should make no cuts to Social Security whatsoever. A year ago, in the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections, Public Policy Polling found that 56% of those who voted for Donald Trump and 55% of those who identify as Republican would be more likely to vote for a candidate who “supported expanding and increasing Social Security.”

Furthermore, a 2014 National Academy of Social Insurance survey found that 80% of Republicans believe that Social Security is more important than ever, 72% of Republicans responded that they “don’t/didn’t mind paying Social Security taxes,” and 65% of Republicans agreed that “we should consider increasing Social Security benefits.”

And this bipartisan, consensus view of the American people is the right one. Social Security is a solution. It is a solution to our looming retirement income crisis, which threatens the retirement of so many of today’s working families. Social Security is a solution to the increasing economic squeeze on middle-class families, a squeeze that jeopardizes the economic security of all generations. And Social Security is a solution to the destabilizing and immoral income and wealth inequality, which has resulted in a handful of Americans richer than Midas, while most Americans find their economic security crumbling. In light of these challenges and Social Security’s important role in addressing them, Democratic leaders – and the American people – are asking the right question: Not how can we afford to expand Social Security, but rather, how can we afford not to expand it?

Republican politicians are standing in the way. For those for whom Social Security provides basic economic security now or promises to do so in the future – that is, virtually all of us – what we must do is clear. In 2020, we must make our voices heard. Those office seekers who support expanding Social Security and restoring it to long-range actuarial balance must be voted into office. Those who don’t should be retired. Fortunately, for them and thanks to the rest of us, they will have their Social Security to fall back on.

Photo of Nancy Altman from Social Security WorksNancy Altman is the president of Social Security Works and chair of the Strengthen Social Security coalition and campaign. She has a forty-year background in the areas of Social Security and private pensions. To learn more about the Social Security Works, please visit www.socialsecurityworks.org.

Social Security Works is a longtime partner of CREDO, and CREDO members have voted to donate more than $504,597 to the organization since 2013. To learn more about who we fund and how we distribute our donations, visit CREDOdonations.com.

What is the Green New Deal? (And why we need it now)

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A Green New Deal is any plan with the scope and ambition necessary to transition our society and economy away from fossil fuels in order to fend off the oncoming climate crisis.

According to a major report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, unless we take drastic action to get carbon emissions under control in the next decade – by the year 2030 – the global ecosystem will tip into an irreversible slide toward breakdown. In the United States, warming will devastate every sector of the economy, from agriculture to public health. Mass migration, widespread flooding, uncontrollable wildfires – all of it will arrive in a matter of years.

A Green New Deal is a plan to prevent this – and it’s much more. Named for Pres. Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal that helped lift the United States out of the Great Depression in the 1930s, a Green New Deal is a sweeping program of investment – not only in clean energy, but also in jobs, income inequality, infrastructure, and racial justice. It would give us an economy that is sustainable, strong and fair after our transition away from carbon.

By some estimates, a Green New Deal could create 10 million jobs over the next decade by putting Americans to work on sustainable technology and infrastructure projects we need to transition away from fossil fuels. It would reduce income inequality and bring solutions to communities that have been left behind.

Like the original New Deal, this plan would mean a major transformation of our economy. To achieve its goals, we would need to accomplish a lot that is not explicitly mentioned in the plan, like keeping existing fossil fuels in the ground. This vision is bold – but it is necessary, and it is possible. We already know what we need to do to get off of fossil fuels today. What we need is the political will.

And that much-needed political will is coming. Progressive champion Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, along with her colleague Sen. Ed Markey, recently introduced an ambitious resolution for a Green New Deal in Congress. Their plan would transition the United States to 100% clean energy by 2030, invest in communities on the frontlines of poverty and pollution, and guarantee a good job to anyone ready to make this happen. As of May, 92 representatives and 12 senators have signed on as co-sponsors so far.

But passage of such a bold plan won’t be easy. Big Oil special interests, which have hundreds of billions of dollars at stake, plan to fight this plan to protect their bottom line. In fact, according to an analysis by Maplight, an organization that tracks the influence of money in politics, opponents of a Green New Deal received 24 times more campaign cash from the oil and gas industry as those who support the resolution.

We can fight to counter their influence. If we push as many of our elected officials to support a Green New Deal resolution as possible, we will force congressional leadership to recognize that there is a powerful movement behind a Green New Deal.

That’s why we’ve launched a petition urging Congress to stand with Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Markey and sign on to support a Green New Deal resolution. You can add your name here to join the more than 70,000 CREDO members who have already signed on.

With your help, CREDO and our allies can help tackle the climate crisis and ensure Congress takes this bold step to address the biggest crisis facing our planet. The climate crisis is too urgent to do anything else.

It would look infinitely better. And that’s why CREDO and our allies are ramping up pressure on the Democratic House of Representatives to pass bold, transformative climate and green jobs initiatives and legislation.

If you’re concerned about climate change, here’s another step you can take right now: switch your phone service to CREDO Mobile and your home electricity to CREDO Energy. We fight for climate justice through CREDO Action and donate to environmental organizations that are fighting the climate crisis every day, as well as many other progressive groups. Take a look at who we fund and vote to determine how we distribute donations this month.

5 Twitter Accounts Fighting Trump’s Anti-immigrant Agenda

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Follow these five groups standing up for immigrant rights and saying no to Trump’s racism.

No child should be ripped from their parents arms. Yet Donald Trump and the vile racists who are implementing his dangerous immigration agenda continue to separate families at the border and do everything they can to instill fear in immigrant communities.

That’s why CREDO and our allies are fighting back and keeping up the pressure on the Trump administration. Here are five of our allies who will keep you informed and ready to take action. They’re each part of the movement fighting to reunite families and hold the xenophobes who tore them apart accountable.

Families Belong Together (@fams2gether)

Families Belong Together is a coalition of nearly 250 progressive activist organizations who have raised millions of dollars to help immigrant families. They organized last year’s “Families Belong Together” protest in over 700 cities and towns across the country.

Led by groups including the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the Women’s Refugee Commission, MomsRising, United We Dream, People’s Action, the ACLU, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and CREDO and others, the coalition works together to permanently end family separation, reunite immigrant families, and hold the government and its corporate enablers accountable for hurting them.

Mijente (@ConMijente)

Mijente is a national hub for Latinx and Chicanx organizing. Mijente members are leaders of movements for justice and self-determination for all people.

Along with fighting to free families that ICE separated and jailed, Mijente is also leading the charge to expose and hold accountable tech companies like Amazon, which are working with ICE to deport immigrants.

After CREDO members voted to donate $21,690 to Mijente, the organization said, “With your support, Mijente will work tirelessly to stop Trump’s agenda and build an alternative that offers us a better way forward through intersectional movements for racial justice, grassroots power, and organizing.”

Movimiento Cosecha (@CosechaMovement)

Coescha is a nonviolent immigrant-led organization whose mission is to fight for permanent protection, dignity, and respect for the 22 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Cosecha is on the front lines providing direct support to immigrant families at the border and in communities across the country.

Cosecha organizers joined members of the Central American migrant caravan for a week-long hunger strike and recorded and helped expose Border Patrol’s tear gas attacks on families crossing the border. It just launched a nationwide campaign to expand protections for immigrants by demanding that states make driver’s licenses available to all, regardless of immigration status.

CREDO members have voted to donate to the organization.

UndocuBlack Network (@UndocuBlack)

UndocuBlack Network is a multigenerational network of formerly and currently undocumented Black immigrants. UBN works toward creating an inclusive immigrant rights and racial justice movement that fights for the rights of Black undocumented individuals and provides healing spaces for its community.

UBN fights to keep families together by working to block the Trump administration’s attempts to deport Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforcement Departure holders. Many people with TPS and DED immigrated to the United States from African and Carribean countries decades ago, bought houses, grew their families and became an important part of their communities. UndocuBlack, in partnership with United We Dream, is also leading the effort to win permanent protection for Dreamers and people with TPS and DED.

United We Dream (@UNITEDWEDREAM)

United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led community in the United States. It provides welcoming spaces for immigrant young people and help develop their leadership and organizing skills.

United We Dream leads campaigns at the local, state and federal levels to win protections for immigrants and block racist policies. As leaders in the #DefundHate coalition, United We Dream, CREDO, and many other immigrant rights and progressive organizations are fighting for Congress to cut funding for Trump’s deportation force and agenda. United We Dream, in partnership with UndocuBlack, is also leading the effort to win permanent protection for Dreamers and people with TPS and DED.

CREDO members have voted to donate more than $120,000 to United We Dream Action.

Our April grantees thank CREDO members for their 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, they help fund groups fighting for economic justice, net neutrality and workers’ rights. In April, over 64,000 CREDO members voted to distribute $150,000 in donations to the Economic Policy Institute, Free Press Action Fund and the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

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

Economic Policy Institute

Thank you for voting for EPI! Your vote powers the movement for progressive economic change. We bring facts to the fight to raise workers’ wages and protect critical services for working families.”

To learn more, visit www.epi.org.

Free Press Action Fund

Thanks so much for supporting Free Press Action with your vote and your voice! CREDO members like you are building the power we need to restore net neutrality, create safe online spaces, strengthen local journalism and fight for racial justice.

To learn more, visit www.freepress.net.

National Domestic Workers Alliance

Domestic work is the work that makes all other work possible, and yet it’s too often undervalued. NDWA is proud to partner with CREDO as we organize to bring respect and dignity to nannies, house cleaners and care workers across the country.”

-Ai-jen Poo, Director, NDWA

To learn more, visit www.domesticworkers.org.

Now check out the three groups we are funding in May, 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 and CREDO Energy and join our movement.

Vote to fund Center for Media and Democracy, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières, and Movement School this May

Every month, CREDO members vote to distribute $150,000 between three great progressive organizations. This May, you can help groups providing global medical relief, exposing right-wing attacks on our democracy and building the next generation of progressive organizers by casting your vote for the Center for Media and Democracy, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières and Movement School.

Center for Media and Democracy

The Center for Media and Democracy‘s award-winning investigations expose the ALEC playbook, the Koch Machine and right-wing pay-to-play groups mounting relentless attacks on voting rights, working families, unions, public education and the environment.

Support from CREDO members will help CMD pull back the curtain on the Right’s playbook, priorities and funding stream as we head into 2020 and help the organization fight in court to protect your right to know which special interests are manipulating our democracy.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières

The mission of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières is to provide impartial medical relief to the victims of war, disease and natural or man-made disaster, without regard to race, religion or political affiliation.

Funding from CREDO members will enable MSF field workers to alleviate suffering by providing free, quality and lifesaving medical care around the world. A grant from CREDO would provide MSF the ability to provide lifesaving therapeutic food to children suffering from severe malnutrition, shelter kits with supplies to build shelters for uprooted families during a crisis, or anesthesia kits with drugs and supplies to doctors on the ground.

Movement School

Because the progressive movement lacks the political power to enact solutions that are as big as the crises we face, Movement School is building the next generation of progressive organizers who will translate activist power into political power as campaign leaders for progressive candidates.

Funding from CREDO members would help Movement School train more fearless organizers who will help elect working-class leaders all across the country like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

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 May 31.

CREDO members who use our products and services everyday are the reason why we are able to make these donations each month. Learn more about CREDO Mobile and CREDO Energy and join our movement.