Posted on January 23, 2019
For decades, multiple Black girls and young women have accused R&B singer R. Kelly of sexually abusing them. Yet, their calls for accountability have been ignored by law enforcement, record labels and other corporations promoting and profiting from his music. But last week, thanks to the sustained activism of Black women, Sony finally dropped R. Kelly from RCA records.
Together, with Color of Change, UltraViolet, Girls for Gender Equity and NOW NYC, CREDO activists signed petitions and last week gathered outside of Sony’s New York office to demand that Sony stop enabling a known sexual predator. Just days later, the music conglomerate ended Kelly’s contract with RCA.
The docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” brought national attention to the stories of Black women who survived Kelly’s abuse. For years, Kelly never faced legal or financial consequences for his crimes. That is now, thankfully, beginning to change. We’re grateful to the groups who have led this work for years and to the CREDO members who stood with them.
Posted on January 22, 2019
Rep. Steve King of Iowa is a racist and a white supremacist.
UPDATE: In a shocking interview with The New York Times on January 10, 2019, racist Iowa Rep. Steve King made clear his true, white supremacist colors, remarking “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”
It wasn’t the first time King has showed his white supremacist side: He publicly courts favor with right-wing extremists, believes immigrants are “undermining our culture,” and keeps a confederate flag on his desk.
So we continue to ask: why over his long, racist career has King received more than $60,000 from AT&T, including $10,000 – the legal maximum limit – for his 2018 re-election campaign?
Here at CREDO, we don’t fund white supremacy. Thanks to our members, we actively fight against hate by supporting groups like the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and many more.
And we’re pressuring Congress to take action against King. We’re calling on House Speaker Pelosi and every member of the House of Representatives to censure, then expel Steve King. You can sign the petition here: https://act.credoaction.com/sign/Pelosi_king
November 15, 2018
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 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.
Posted on January 18, 2019
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, Jan. 21. Encouragingly, the day is growing in recognition, with about 42 percent of U.S. businesses now giving workers the day off, which is more than give Presidents Day. Also encouraging is the fact that more and more of those who do get the day off spend it as a “day on,” volunteering in their community and serving others.
This is a trend that is very much needed in our nation now, because the progressive ideals that Dr. King fought for – racial justice, civil rights, economic equality, nonviolence – need defending. Hate crimes are rising sharply. Income inequality continues to grow. Immigrant children are being separated from their parents and locked in cages. Donald Trump continues to sow fear and racial division to inflame his base and feed his ego.
Our country can be better than this. And you can help. You can volunteer on January 21 and show your support for Dr. King’s legacy. He lived – and died – building a movement for change and improving the lives of others. As he told an audience in Montgomery, Alabama in 1957, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’”
What you can do is serve, even if only for a day. Spend MLK Day painting a school or delivering meals or building a home. Find a volunteer opportunity and help your neighbors, strengthen your community, bridge barriers and empower solutions to social problems.
To find a volunteer opportunity near you or get support for your project, try the search tool at the MLK Day of Service website.
As Coretta Scott King wrote in her essay “The Meaning of the King Holiday,” “His voice and his vision filled a great void in our nation and answered our collective longing to become a country that truly lived by its noblest principles. Yet Dr. King knew that it wasn’t enough just to talk the talk, that he had to walk the walk for his words to be credible.”
Every January 21, we can all follow in his footsteps. We can spend a day in service, live the values that Dr. King lived, and lift our nation a little closer to the ideals that he worked for.
Posted on January 15, 2019
Throughout our nation’s history, the fight for civil rights and equality has never been fully realized without resistance. Today, many people associate “resistance” with opposition to the dangerous and hateful person occupying the White House. But resistance to oppression, tyranny, and injustice has always been achieved by groups of people rising up to challenge repressive authority in the pursuit of freedom and equality. From Frederick Douglass and Rosa Parks to the Parkland students and the protesters arrested opposing the Supreme Court nomination of a credibly accused rapist, progress is rarely made without public displays of resistance or “direct action.”
What is direct action?
In short, nonviolent direct action is the use of demonstrations and public forms of protest to focus attention on issues that those in power have refused to address. It’s a tool for those who hold less power in society. Participants intentionally leverage their freedom, comfort and physical safety to challenge those who do have the wealth and access to influence politics. Direct action is rooted in the philosophy of nonviolence, a positive force that addresses the unjust actions of those in power while also actively respecting the humanity of the people who do harm. There are six principles of Kingian nonviolence, the ideology formed from the direct actions of the civil rights movement and influenced by the work of Mahatma Gandhi.
Public civil disobedience to bring attention to injustice can have a major impact, like when four young Black men risked their safety and freedom by sitting at a lunch counter at a Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1960. Their direct action spurred more than 100,000 others to engage in direct action across the country to participate in similar sit-ins to protest racist segregation laws. Today, modern-day churches are providing sanctuary to undocumented families in violation of current immigration law. And of course, hundreds of thousands across the country participate in protests, marches (like ours at the Women’s March), banner drops, mic takeovers and other means of confronting power.
Why is direct action important to women’s rights and the progressive agenda?
A progressive agenda is inherently about making society more equitable and making space for people who have been historically marginalized and excluded to lead and thrive. A truly representative democracy is one with women leading in the halls of power and women advocating from the streets. Voting achieves the first. Direct action is a key part of achieving the second.
That means that once we put people in positions of power, we have to hold them accountable. Direct action is an effective way to do that. It allows sympathetic voices within the halls of power to justify their support for the issues we’re advocating for, and it puts pressure on less sympathetic voices to comply with our demands.
When the stakes are high – when children are being put in cages, when families are being torn apart, when toddlers are tear gassed, and when a sexual predator is being offered a seat on the highest court in the land — the #WomensWave must rise higher. When the threats facing our communities escalate, we too must escalate.
Women have put their bodies on the line to obtain the right to vote, protest police violence, defend immigrant families, stand up to the NRA, keep a sexual predator off the Supreme Court, protect our planet and so much more. This tried and true tactic has always been part of progressive agendas. We can’t stop now.
On January 19, we flooded the streets of Washington, DC and hundreds of other cities. If you joined us, thank you. To learn more about this year’s Women’s March, please visit womensmarch.com.
And if you need a protest sign to carry at future marches, CREDO has some great options that you can download and print out here.
Posted on January 10, 2019
It’s a frightening thought: Republicans have never been closer to overturning Roe v. Wade.
With Brett Kavanaugh now sitting on the Supreme Court, the court’s solidly conservative 5-4 majority has a real opportunity to overturn the landmark case protecting a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion. That would leave more than 25 million women in 20 states – more than one-third of women of reproductive age – without access to legal abortion. That includes “more than 4.3 million Hispanic or Latina women, nearly 3.5 million Black or African American women, more than 800,000 Asian women, and nearly 300,000 American Indian or Alaska Native women.”
In the 46 years since the court handed down this monumental decision, conservatives have tried to overturn Roe and restrict access to abortion through legal battles, unconstitutional legislation at the state and federal levels and intimidation and violence against women and providers. But never have they had a chance like now to truly overturn women’s protected right to a safe and legal abortion nationwide.
So what does the makeup of the new court mean for abortion rights and reproductive freedom?
Frankly, it means we could be in the fight of our lives to protect a woman’s right to choose. Never before have Republicans and right-wing conservatives had a Supreme Court so willing to overturn abortion access.
Trump famously declared on the campaign trail that he would only nominate judges who would overturn abortion rights, and he made good on his promise with the immediate nomination of anti-abortion judge Neil Gorsuch to the seat stolen from Merrick Garland. Kavanaugh’s paper trail in opposition to reproductive freedom is clear, and we have a pretty good idea how he would vote given the opportunity.
What can we do to stand up for a woman’s right to an abortion?
There are ways activists, allies and progressive lawmakers can protect women’s rights if states begin banning abortion or if the court agrees to take up and rules unfavorably on one of the many abortion cases making their way through the court system.
Our allies at Planned Parenthood (CREDO is among their largest corporate donors) have released a 3-part plan to fight back against any attempts to restrict women’s health and access to reproductive services now that Kavanaugh has been installed on the Supreme Court. They include:
- Expanding access to reproductive services in states where abortion remains legal, and increasing support for women in states where abortion is restricted;
- Increasing pressure on state lawmakers to strengthen good laws protecting access and oppose bad laws restricting women’s health, and
- Fighting the negative stigma of abortion that continues to pervade politics and popular culture.
To achieve those goals, we’re going to have to work hard – signing petitions, making calls, protesting and generating massive public pressure at both the state and national levels – to create an environment where conservative lawmakers and right-wing hate groups feel the pressure to back off their attacks on women and where advocates have the support to continue standing up for women’s rights.
In the coming months and years, we hope you will continue to help us in the fight to protect reproductive freedom, no matter what happens at the Supreme Court.
Do you know if the person who cleans your home has benefits? If she is sick, can she take a day off to recover without worrying about losing a day’s pay?
If she is an independent cleaner – i.e., she works for herself and not for a cleaning company – chances are, she can’t. Chances are, she doesn’t have access to any of the benefits that most workers do, like paid time off, accident or disability insurance, or any of the other benefits most of us are used to. Independent cleaners – along with other domestic workers including nannies and caregivers – historically haven’t had access to benefits, along with other workers’ rights and protections that have become standard for other occupations.
That’s why in December, at the National Domestic Workers Alliance, we launched Alia, so you can make sure that the person who cleans your home has the benefits she needs.
At the National Domestic Workers Alliance, we’ve been working for the respect and dignity that domestic workers deserve for 10 years, and we’re inviting you to join our movement.
You can now contribute to the benefits of the person who clean your home, along with all of their other clients. We suggest $5 per cleaning as a good amount. The person who cleans your home can use the contributions from all of her clients to manage her own benefits, like paid time off, or insurance products like life, disability, accident or critical illness insurances.
It’s easy to get started:
- Sign up for an Alia account and choose how much you’d like to contribute.
- We’ll help you invite the person who cleans your home to join Alia (you only need their cell phone number.)
- When they join, we’ll contact them personally to explain how Alia benefits work and help them invite their other clients, too.
Domestic workers are the invisible – yet critical – workforce who support the rest of the economy. They quite literally do the work that makes all other work possible: They are the nannies who love our children, the housekeepers who create order out of the chaos of our homes, and the caregivers who care for our elderly and disabled loved ones. They take care of the work we leave behind in our homes so that we can go and work outside the homes.
They care for us. They deserve to be taken care of, too.
Just over a month ago, I gave a TED talk at TEDWomen and did my best to sum up my last 10 years of work fighting for the domestic worker movement.
We’re all looking for ways to do the right thing, whether it’s large or small, to make a difference in the world. That’s why you choose CREDO. And that’s why we created Alia. Because all work is dignified and deserves respect.
Please join us in taking care of those who take care of us, and join Alia today.
Ai-jen Poo is the president of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the leading voice for dignity and fairness for domestic workers in the United States. NDWA is an ally and grant recipient of CREDO. Since 2015, CREDO members have voted to donate nearly $100,000 to NDWA.
Join us in counting down our top 5 Tuesday Tips of 2018
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our Tuesday Tips this past year. We’ve certainly enjoyed writing them —and providing you with useful information on a wide range of topics, from ways to save energy while heating your home to apps that help you manage children’s phone use.
What was our most popular Tuesday Tip of 2018? Keep reading to find out!
Happy New Year and welcome to 2019! Here at CREDO, we’re looking ahead to what we can do to make positive change for our communities, our environment, and our world.
To get you off on the right foot, here are seven simple, yet powerful New Year’s resolutions you can make to improve our planet, starting today.
Climate change is no longer an abstract threat. Experts are now predicting a full-blown climate crisis within the next few decades unless we take immediate action to reverse our carbon emissions. And we’re seeing devastating impacts already in the form of wildfires, droughts, extreme heat and superstorms.
You can do a lot by driving less. Cars and trucks are responsible for around one-fifth of all emissions in the United States, coughing out an average of 24 pounds of CO2 and other global-warming gases for every gallon of fuel they burn. So this year, resolve to take public transit, carpool or ride a bike. If you like to cycle, read our post on how to start biking to work.
Volunteer one day a month
It’s not your imagination. Everyone really does have less time these days. And that leaves fewer hours for self-fulfilling activities like volunteering. But if you can make the time, you’ll be glad you did. Volunteers don’t just contribute to their communities, they enjoy numerous personal benefits.
You can volunteer at a local school or shelter, take part in a park or beach cleanup (find one here) or sign up to be a docent at the museum or zoo. To find a volunteer opportunity near you, check out VolunteerMatch or United Way.
Take grassroots action
As anthropologist Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
You surely know that plastic is choking our environment. But you may not know how bad the problem is. Here’s how bad: By the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. This is a significant contributor to the threat of marine species collapse, which could come as soon as the year 2048. That’s bad.
You can help by resolving not to buy products packaged in plastic whenever you can. Take your own canvas tote to the store. Bring a mug to the cafe. Don’t use straws. Participate in Plastic Free July.
A personal-health note on plastic: you probably have microplastics in your body, and this is almost certainly not good for you. Exposure to plastics has been linked to cancer, birth defects, lowered immunity, endocrine disruption, and other health problems. One way to avoid plastic is to get a non-plastic water bottle. Read our post on alternatives.
Eat less (or no) meat
There are a lot of good reasons to eat less meat. You’ll make a major contribution to the health of our planet. Animal agriculture uses 56 percent of the water in the United States – the production of a single hamburger requires 660 gallons of water, which is enough for two months of showers. Livestock and their byproducts are responsible for over half of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, more than all forms of transportation combined.
Reduce your waste
Our planet has a huge garbage problem. People now produce more than 2 billion tons of waste each year, most of which is buried, burned or dumped in the ocean. The average American tosses out three and a half pounds of the stuff every day. An astonishing 99 percent of everything we buy ends up in the trash within six months.
To help, you can resolve to reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose and refuse to buy products that harm the environment. It actually does work. Sweden, for example, recycles almost 100 percent of its household waste and now imports waste to keep its recycling plants in operation.
Read our post on four easy ways you can reduce your own household waste.
Switch your phone service to CREDO Mobile and your home electricity to CREDO Energy. You’ll power progressive change in the world just by doing what you do every day of the year because we donate to environmental organizations who are fighting the climate crisis every day. Take a look at who we fund and vote for the organizations we should fund this month.
Posted on January 8, 2019
Need posters for the Women’s March on January 19th? CREDO has you covered! You can download a high-resolution PDF of any of our posters for free! We look forward to being a part of the #WomensWave with you.
CREDO’s Women’s March Poster Slogan Winner
The winner of CREDO’s poster slogan contest is Christine D. with her slogan, “Equality has no gender.”
Brand New 2019 Women’s March Posters
Classic CREDO Women’s Equality Posters
Posted on January 8, 2019
Since our founding, CREDO has supported progressive nonprofits on the frontlines of the most important fights for civil rights, climate justice, equality and more. The donations we make to these organizations – $150,000 each month – wouldn’t be possible without our members. And that’s why we want to share with you what our recent grantees have accomplished with their CREDO funding. Here’s how your support has helped the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Rainforest Action Network, Detention Watch Network and the Brennan Center for Justice.
Electronic Frontier Foundation
After receiving CREDO’s May grant of $43,005, EFF, in partnership with the ACLU, won its lawsuit arguing that the First and Fourth Amendments require border officers to get a warrant before searching our electronic devices.The court rejected the government’s motion to dismiss the case, signaling that the government’s invasion of people’s digital privacy causes constitutional concerns.
Rainforest Action Network
After receiving its $52,905 CREDO grant, RAN and partners launched a new U.S. campaign, “Insure our Future,” with the short-term goal of stopping U.S. insurance–company support for coal and tar sands and the longer-term goal to stop insurance-sector support for all fossil fuel expansion. RAN also stood with Indigenous & frontline communities during the Global Climate Action Summit in September to publicly condemn California state leadership’s lenient regulations for big oil and gas companies.
Detention Watch Network
Since receiving its recent $46,350 CREDO grant, DWN launched its new Communities Not Cages campaign, which works with local partners to prevent potential detention expansion and the spread of immigration detention and fights to shut down existing detention facilities.
Brennan Center Justice
CREDO’s $60,625 grant supported a critical Brennan Center for Justice campaign to fight voter disenfranchisement in Florida. Its work, in partnership with other local activists and policymakers, helped successfully pass Proposition 4 during the midterm election, which restored voting rights to more than 1.4 million people with past convictions in the state.
You can learn more about how previous grantees have used CREDO’s funding here. These efforts by our partners were made possible in part by the CREDO members who use our products and services everyday. Learn more about CREDO Mobile and CREDO Energy and join our movement today.