10 things President Obama must say in his last State of the Union

Tomorrow, President Obama will deliver his final State of the Union Address.

The last of his presidency, this speech will define his agenda for the next year. There is no upcoming reelection campaign or midterm to use as an excuse for inaction. The time for half measures is over. This is the President’s final opportunity to put forward a progressive vision and make desperately needed reforms before he leaves office.

The president can use executive orders to push forward a progressive agenda and bypass the sabotage of Republicans in Congress. Join me below the fold for ten top areas President Obama should prioritize in his final State of the Union, along with ways you can help build pressure on President Obama to make the most of this last chance to be bold.

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Round up your January bill to support women’s rights

You may know that CREDO gives millions each year to the nation’s leading nonprofits. But did you know that CREDO also makes it easy to round up your Mobile or Long Distance bill for progressive change? By rounding your bill to the nearest $1, $5 or $10, you further support the progressive organizations up for vote that month.

If you’ve ever considered rounding up your CREDO mobile or long distance bill, this January is a fantastic month to do so. This month we’re donating exclusively to groups fighting for women’s access to reproductive health care: Planned Parenthood Affiliates, NARAL Pro-Choice America and National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. 100% of round-up proceeds are directly added to the monthly pool of donations.

How does it work?
When customers round up their phone bill, CREDO adds their extra contribution (100% tax-deductible) to the total donations raised that month for the three groups we selected to receive funding.
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6 Questions for Heidi Hess, CREDO’s lead women’s rights campaigner

Hess of CREDO Action meets with Senators Elizabeth Warren and Harry Reid in D.C. to deliver more than a million petition signatures in support of women’s rights. Source: Flickr/CREDOmobile

Heidi Hess is a Senior Campaign Manager with CREDO Action. If you passed by her on the sidewalk, you probably wouldn’t guess that she’s our strategic campaign mastermind on all things women’s rights. But she’s that and more, including a mom of two boys who fill her non-work time with basketball, reading, and lots of silliness.

1. How did you become a progressive organizer?
I worked in public education for a long time, as a teacher and a coach. Then in 2005, after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, I worked with my husband James Rucker and our friend Van Jones to start ColorOfChange.org. ColorOfChange’s mission is to strengthen Black Americans’ political voice in order to improve the lives of Black people all over the country. Helping with ColorOfChange’s early campaigns was how I got my start as a progressive organizer.

2. Why is the right wing intensifying its attack on women? Why now?
Actually, attacking women is nothing new for the right-wing. It’s an essential part of the Republican platform, a key way Republicans pander to their anti-woman base, and it’s rooted in a fundamental desire to take away women’s rights. I think we’re seeing an increase in rhetoric now because of the Republican presidential campaign. The candidates are all trying to bolster their anti-choice, anti-Planned Parenthood credentials.
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3 must-read mobile stories you may have missed in 2015

I can’t believe 2015 has come to an end. Last year I read lots of articles about mobile devices, and here are few worth saving:

1) Are you coming across as insincere in your texts?
A study conducted at Binghamton University found that using a period at the end of your one-word replies is read as being “insincere” by the recipients. So, the next time you’re tempted to simply type “OK” in your text message—think twice. Read More.

2) Where is it OK to use your mobile phone?
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Votes are in, checks are cut: How CREDO donated in December

In December 2015, more than 70,000 CREDO activists and customers voted on how we donate $205,263 to three amazing progressive nonprofits. We’re excited to share the results with you:

$98,629 to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which provides impartial medical relief to the victims of war, disease, and natural or man-made disaster, without regard to race, religion, or political affiliation.

$57,207 to InsideClimate Newsa Pulitzer Prize-winning environmental news organization whose investigative reporting exposed that Exxon knew decades ago that fossil fuels cause climate change.

$49,427 to ReThink Media, an organization helps progressive organizations by providing critical media resources to push back against military conflicts, Islamophobia and money in politics. Read More

2015 CREDO Donations roundup: celebrating $2.4 million given

Celebrating $2.4 million in donations in 2015

Thanks to our members, CREDO made a lot of positive progressive change in 2015. We raised $2.4 million for some of the nation’s best progressive organizations—and we couldn’t have done it without our customers.

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Just by using our donation-linked products and services like CREDO Mobile, members helped generate close to $200,000 each and every month for three organizations working on the frontlines of social change. We deliver these donations monthly so that we can support timely issues in our nation’s ever-changing political landscape. In 2015, we provided vital funding to 36 organizations working in issue areas from reproductive rights to marriage equality to climate change. Read More

How progressives won in 2015

CREDO Action 2015 recap by the numbers 
The past few months have been both challenging and inspiring for progressive activists. When you work for social justice, equality, and peace, you never get a break and you’re always in the middle of an important grassroots fight. So it’s easy to forget the progress you’ve made and how far you’ve come, even just a few weeks or months after a significant achievement or pivotal moment.

But let’s not forget: 2015 has been an amazing, groundbreaking year for CREDO Action and the 3.9 million members who led us to some of the most important progressive victories in our 30-year history. Read More

3 reasons why your Android is better with Marshmallow OS

Android Marshmallow graphic

Source: Flickr/Takahiro Yamagiwa licensed under CC BY 2.0

The Marshmallow operating system (OS) is coming soon to many of our Android devices, and has some delicious new features you’ll want to try. This free software upgrade will become available over the next few months, and you’ll receive a notification on your device to update your software when it’s ready.

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What Republicans can actually do to make us safer

This week marks three years since 20 first graders and six educators were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Since Sandy Hook, gun violence has continued unabated in the United States because Congress has done nothing to prevent it.

Republicans in Congress offer their “thoughts and prayers” to the victims and their families each time there’s a mass shooting, but they consistently fail to act to make Americans safer. Just one day after the horrific shootings in San Bernadino, California, Senate Republicans voted to block four gun control bills that could actually begin to address gun violence.

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Now and always, CREDO stands with Planned Parenthood

CREDO staff stands with Planned Parenthood
The violent attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado last month shook us all. But it also strengthened our resolve to defend women’s rights from extremists everywhere, whether in our communities or on Capitol Hill. Planned Parenthood is here to stay—and so is our support. We’ve donated over $3 million to Planned Parenthood since our founding in 1985, and we’ll be giving much more in the years ahead.

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