Your votes are in. Learn how we donated over $200,000 in October

In October 2015, more than 110,000 CREDO members voted on how we donate $214,467 to three amazing progressive nonprofits. We’re excited to share the results with you:

$83,599 to International Rescue Committee, which responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, including aiding the Syrian refugees fleeing a brutal civil war.

$69,788 to Medical Students for Choicewhich is helping to keep abortion safe and legal by training providers and advocating for reproductive health services curriculum in medical schools. Read More

CREDO members funneled millions to the fight against Keystone XL. Today, we won.

Infographic about CREDO and Keystone XL

Get inspired by reading more about the Keystone XL victory, authored by our all-star CREDO Action campaigner Elijah Zarlin.

We did it! Thank President Obama for hearing our calls and rejecting Keystone XL.

Today, we made history when President Obama rejected Keystone XL. Not only did he reject it, he did so acknowledging that “we’re going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground.”

This is a monumental shift from President Obama and his “all of the above” energy strategy. And it is a monumental victory over an oil industry whose power to imperil all of us in the pursuit of greed has been unchecked for far too long. Read More

California’s New Motor Voter Act is a huge win for voter participation

In 2014, the state of California ranked 38th in voter registration and 43rd in voter participation, with nearly 7 million Californians who were eligible to vote but unregistered. That’s why the New Motor Voter Act, which was just passed by the California Legislature and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, is such a huge step in the right direction.

California Secretary of State and bill sponsor Alex Padilla said in a statement:

“In a free society, the right to vote is fundamental. I ran for Secretary of State to expand access to the polls. Government should not impede a citizen’s right to vote. The New Motor Voter Act will make our democracy stronger by removing a key barrier to voting for millions of California citizens. I applaud Governor Brown for his leadership and bold action to increase voter participation in our state,” said Padilla.

The law makes California the second state (after Oregon) to automatically register people to vote when they apply for or renew their driver’s license. It will help level the playing field in elections and could lead to a more representative and progressive legislature. Read More

It’s not funny anymore: The right wing’s war on Planned Parenthood

A new comic by Tom Tomorrow:

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LIVE from New York: It’s Donald Trump’s … racism?!

NBC recently announced that Donald Trump will host Saturday Night Live next weekend, on November 7.

That’s the same Donald Trump whose campaign rhetoric — rooted in racism, fear-mongering and hate — is demonizing and dehumanizing immigrants and people of color. The same Donald Trump whose platform advocates for the mass deportation of Latino immigrants.

Donald Trump is one of the leading presidential candidates in the Republican field. NBC’s news division should cover him as they would any other front-runner. But NBC and Saturday Night Live (SNL) should not be validating his hateful views by giving him an additional national platform to bolster his image and entertain the American people.

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Victory: FCC caps rates and fees on prison phone calls

Justice for prisoners' familiesFor the 2.7 million children who have one or both parents incarcerated, a phone call from mom or dad means the world. But when those calls cost $20 or more for just a few minutes, it can jeopardize the finances of families already in peril.

In a perverse system of kickbacks, prisons contract to run their phone systems with private companies that charge prisoners “commission fees” on every minute of each call. Those commissions end up as kickbacks to the prisons, creating an incentive to pick companies that charge prisoners more. Read More

Nonprofit Spotlight: Union of Concerned Scientists

Climate change is now the most polarizing issue in America. That’s part of the reason why the U.S. has been so slow to take action against global warming. But this may change as more Americans learn who’s funding climate change denial: Big Oil. A recent report by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) details in stunning clarity Big Oil’s massive climate disinformation campaign. Read More

Who we’re funding in October

Thanks to CREDO members, we donated $201,672 in September. How will we donate close to $200,000 in October? That’s up to you.

Here’s who we’re funding:

International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, including aiding the Syrian refugees fleeing a brutal civil war. Read More

Stop the attack on voting rights in Alabama

Last week Alabama announced a plan to shut down 31 county driver’s license offices across the state, leaving 28 counties without a single location where residents can obtain a driver’s license. As John Archibald observed at the Birmingham News, “Every single county in which Blacks make up more than 75 percent of registered voters will see their driver license office closed.”

This decision is a clear attempt to suppress African-American votes. First, Alabama passed a voter ID bill in 2011, which requires a government-issued photo ID to vote. Now the state is making it virtually impossible for some people to get those IDs.

CREDO fight for the right to vote

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