Posted on May 19, 2022
Including your pronouns on your video calls is not only an easy way to prevent others from misgendering you, but it also lets others know that you don’t want to misgender them, while creating a more welcoming space for your colleagues and friends who are trans, nonbinary or gender-nonconforming.
In this week’s tip, we’ll show you a few quick steps on how you can include your preferred pronouns on your Zoom calls.
There are two ways to add your pronouns to Zoom — either permanently, so they appear every time you enter a call; or just during certain meetings that you choose.
Before you start, make sure you are running the most recent version of Zoom on your computer or device (here’s how to upgrade).
Adding your pronouns permanently to your Zoom account
- Sign into the Zoom web portal.
- In the navigation, click Profile, then choose Edit.
- In the Pronouns field, add your pronouns.
- In the dropdown field directly below, choose how you would like to share your pronouns:
- Always share in meetings and webinars
- Ask me every time after joining meetings and webinar
- Do not share in meetings and webinars
- Click Save.
Add your pronouns on Zoom during a specific meeting
- Enter your meeting and click Participants.
- Hover over your name and click More >> Rename
- Your name will then appear in a popup box. You can add your pronouns after your name in parentheses — for example, Jane Doe (they/them)
Posted on May 17, 2022
This latest climate impacts report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is important. This is potentially the last report on impacts we’re going to get while we have the chance to avoid the worst impacts of global heating.
And the report is bad, but it also offers a way forward and shows us what we need to do. This is the decade that we can and need to change things.
Here are 350’s five takeaways from the report and ways you can fight for a safe and livable future.
1. Impacts are already here
Some of the climate impacts the fossil fuel industry has inflicted upon us are here to stay. Some of these aren’t reversible – at least not in a timeframe that’s meaningful for people and life on earth.
The level of warming we’re at is already having dire impacts on people across the world: half of the entire population of the planet faces water scarcity for an entire month every year. Droughts, fires, floods and diseases are already happening more often, and they are more severe.
2. 1.5°c of warming would have deadly, irreversible consequences
The more we go over 1.5°c, and the longer we stay there, the more we will end up in a vicious cycle of climate impacts. Existing impacts will be made worse, happen faster and release even more greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere, which will lead to even more, and likely permanent, impacts.
Every fraction of warming means more suffering for most life on our planet. More fossil fuels and more emissions will mean that impacts will be harder to manage.
The report is clear, every fraction of a degree of warming we can stop is worth fighting for
3. Adaptation is necessary, but there is a limit to what it can do
Around three and half billion people, 40% of the world’s population, live in places extremely vulnerable to the risks of the climate crisis. In these places, the impacts of global heating could destroy the fragile ecosystems that support human life, as well as many other species.
We might be able to adapt to some of these impacts. But not all of them, and not all of us.
Where adaptation is even possible, countries on the frontline need resources. And many are faced with the prospect of not being able to fund a fair transition to clean, renewable energy because they are spending their money dealing with climate impacts caused by countries that produce the most fossil fuels.
We have to make sure the cost of damages caused by fossil fuel companies, and fossil fuel producing countries, are met by those who caused those damages in the first place.
4. There is still time to act – that action must start with ending the era of fossil fuels
“The world’s biggest polluters are guilty of arson in our only home.” That is a direct quote from the UN Secretary General launching the IPCC climate impacts report.
We’ve known that all along – fossil fuel companies are responsible. And the clearest way to take action to secure a safe and livable planet is to stop our dependency on them and fairly transition to renewable energy.
195 countries signed off the report. This means 195 governments acknowledge that we need to act now. If they’re not doing what it takes, we can make them with people power – just like we have before.
Our movement stopped a huge, open-pit coal mine from going ahead in Brazil. We pressured the French Government into pulling funding from a gas pipeline in the Arctic. Activists in our movement stopped the Keystone XL pipeline in North America. New coal plants are becoming harder and harder to build.
Every battle won is another step towards a safe, livable planet. And they’re worth fighting because every fraction of a degree matters.
Every fraction of a degree we prevent could save or improve the lives of thousands, maybe even millions of people.
5. Every voice can make a difference.
UN Secretary General António Guterres said this, exactly – “Every voice can make a difference.”
Your voice matters. And to keep winning, we need to build this movement.
One of the most powerful things you can do in the fight for a safe and livable future is to have a voice – simply talking to your friends and loved ones can have a huge impact. Every conversation could inspire another person to join our fight against the fossil fuel industry. And the more of us who join the fight, the more powerful we become.
Want to learn more about how to have these conversations with friends and loved ones? Check out our handy resource here.
Posted on May 17, 2022
Thanks to CREDO members, Rainforest Foundation is tackling biodiversity loss, climate change, and human rights violations
Our grantee partners at Rainforest Foundation US support indigenous peoples of the world’s rainforests in their efforts to protect their environment and fulfill their rights. Global tropical forests are absolutely vital to combating the worst impacts of the climate crisis.
In June 2021, CREDO members voted to distribute $53,250 to help Rainforest Foundation US ensure that tropical forests can keep capturing and storing carbon, while also producing fresh air and clean water for generations to come.
Here are a few of the organization’s accomplishments, thanks to CREDO’s financial support:
Rainforest Foundation US accomplishments
In partnership with the Amerindian People’s Association (APA), Rainforest Foundation US published an evidence-based report on indigenous peoples’ land tenure in Guyana. As a culmination of eight years of participatory research, the report identifies key threats to indigenous people’s territories. The report will be key in the battle for greater territorial recognition, as well as the battle against illegal land-grabbing. By documenting the historic occupation and sacred significance of these landscapes, we are helping build a case for continued and expanded territorial recognition.
The organization also expanded Rainforest Alert, a technology-based forest patrol program to 21 new communities in 2021. That’s 573.6 square miles protected, and 63 new community-based forest patrollers trained.
New initiatives by Rainforest Foundation US
Together with the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests, Rainforest Foundation US launched a new project to bolster sovereignty of local indigenous peoples’ organizations in Central America. The project will help AMPB register as a legal entity, allowing it to better support threatened national indigenous leaders — a problem that pervades the indigenous peoples’ rights movement in the region. It will also provide support to channel finance to territories, enhance women’s coordination, and strengthen capacities for territorial governance.
From October 8-12 2021, nearly 200 women representing indigenous peoples across the Amazon Basin gathered in Cundinamarca, Colombia for the first-ever Indigenous Amazonian Women’s Summit. Indigenous Amazonian women play a critical role as caretakers, territory-defenders, guardians of knowledge, activists, scholars and seed-keepers of the forest, critically contributing to the greater battle against climate change. Hosted by the National Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Colombian Amazon and Coordination of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin, the summit featured workshops, panels and traditional rituals focused on advancing women’s livelihoods, rights, community resilience and pandemic mitigation. This historic summit laid the groundwork for future gatherings for Amazonian women to strategically align and coordinate as they continue their work defending the future of the Amazon.
Posted on May 5, 2022
When we heard the stunning news this week that the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade and block abortion access for millions, we were collectively devastated and our hearts sank.
Yet, this news also reaffirmed our efforts, as an ethical and progressive company, to fight even harder for reproductive justice and to hold other companies accountable for funding anti-abortion efforts.
Recent investigative reporting by Popular Information found that six major corporations — including AT&T, a notorious donor to conservative causes — are financing an assault on reproductive rights, donating thousands of dollars in multiple states to politicians who support abortion bans.
In their reporting for Popular Information, Judd Legum, Tesnim Zekeria and Rebecca Crosby dug into the political giving of major corporations to politicians in several states who support abortion bans and harsh restrictions on reproductive freedom.
They found that six major corporations — CVS, Merck, Comcast, United Health, Anheuser-Busch, and yes, AT&T — collectively donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to anti-abortion politicians in states like Texas, Idaho and Oklahoma where some of the most restrictive abortion bills have been introduced.
As Popular Information points out, AT&T executives have, in the recent past, gone out of their way to praise their alleged women-centered policies, boasting that the company’s core values include “gender equity and the empowerment of women” and that AT&T would “continue to be an ally by advocating for and honoring women.”
Yet, their analysis paints a starkly different picture of AT&T’s allyship of women — to the tune of almost $350,000 donated to anti-abortion politicians:
Since 2020, AT&T has given a total of $40,100 to 33 co-sponsors of 15-week abortion bans in Florida and Arizona; and 10 co-sponsors of 6-week abortion bans in Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Idaho.
AT&T also donated more than $300,000 to the co-sponsors of Texas’ abortion ban.
We’re not at all surprised that AT&T makes this list. As we’ve detailed time and time again, AT&T has funded right-wing causes and politicians for years.
Unlike AT&T, we will never compromise women’s rights, reproductive justice or our progressive values for profit. In fact, our philanthropy, which is powered by our members who use our products and services every day, funds the causes that align with our values — including groups like Fair Fight Action, Rainforest Action Network, Amnesty International and Color of Change.
If you’re not already a CREDO member and would like to switch to the mobile company that shares your values and donates to progressive groups every month, please check out CREDO Mobile here.
Posted on May 5, 2022
Hollaback! is now Right To Be!
In October 2021, CREDO chose Right To Be (formerly Hollaback!) as a grant recipient to support their work in preventing and reducing harassment in public spaces. During that time, Right To Be was expanding their programming to rapidly serve communities in need – including expanded bystander intervention trainings to address rising hate and harassment across the nation.
In 2022, Right To Be worked with brand consultants Wunderdogs to rebrand, creating a name, logo, and mission that was more reflective of the enduring Institution that they had become. Hollaback! began over 15 years ago as a small blog with a mission to end gender-based “street harassment,” a relatively unknown term at the time. Their mission has grown substantially since that point. In the words of Right To Be Deputy Director, Jorge Arteaga:
“Hollaback! was the call to speak up about their experience. And now we’re in a different phase. Now we want you to go out there and start a change in your communities. If you’re in a community board, in your kid’s schools, if you are a CEO, what are the changes you’re doing there so that your folks feel like they have the right to be themselves while they’re there?”
The Wunderdogs team shared, “Hollaback! was guiding a change in culture where we no longer stand by but stand with. It started as a call to action against street harassment but it has the power to become a call to power for each of us to build the world we want free of harassment and filled with humanity.”
Right To Be is driven by the same vision, that the world we want isn’t some far-off destination, but something that each one of us actively creates and recreates, bit by bit, day by day. Right To Be works to turn the care that we have for each other into action. The organization is creating space for everyone to join in this journey: Space for people experiencing harassment to share their stories for affirmation and support, space for allies to listen, learn, and show up for each other, and space for each of us to grow and heal.
Right To Be is built on inclusivity and intersectionality. “Everyone is invited to the movement. Come be yourself, whoever you are. Show up and take care of each other,” says Arteaga.
Right To Be has broadened their work to reach a wide audience, partnering with community-based organizations to offer bystander intervention programming at moments of heightened need. The organization works to provide:
- Story Sharing and Mapping: Share your stories of experiencing or intervening in harassment to raise awareness of the realities of harassment in public space. You can offer support to people who have shared their stories, and all stories are used to inform programming and direct action against harassment.
- Training People and Preparing New Leaders: Right To Be equips people with the tools to combat harassment in their everyday lives and to create impact in the organizations, institutions, and businesses around them. They provide trainings across a number of topics including Bystander Intervention; How to Respond to Harassment; Conflict De-Escalation; Resilience; and more. Join an upcoming free training or access the organization’s resource page to learn more about how you can recognize, respond to, and heal from harassment.
As a result of CREDO’s support, Right To Be has been able to train tens of thousands of people in bystander intervention, a best practice in de-escalating violence. As a CREDO supporter, you’re invited to join in one of their free upcoming trainings, including Bystander Intervention to Stand Up Against Street Harassment on May 3rd and Bystander Intervention to Stop Anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harassment on May 9th (also available in Chinese).
Together, we’re working to build a world that’s free of harassment and filled with humanity – where everyone has the right to be their full selves. Thank you for your support – and for showing up when it matters most.
Posted on May 4, 2022
Every month, CREDO members vote to distribute $100,000 to three incredible progressive causes – and every vote makes a difference. This May, you can support climate justice, civil rights and LGBTQ rights by voting to fund 350.org, Center for Constitutional Rights and National LGBTQ Task Force.
350.org’s mission is to inspire, train and mobilize people to join a broad and diverse climate movement. The organization is the backbone of climate action and is co-creating the conditions for a globally coordinated campaigns to succeed.
Funding from CREDO would enable 350.org to continue to combat climate change by halting fossil fuel projects, promoting renewable energy, passing additional fracking bans and pressuring global financial institutions to divest and divert from fossil fuels.
Center for Constitutional Rights
Through high-impact litigation, advocacy campaigns, and strategic communications, CCR partners with progressive social movements to dismantle structural racism, gender oppression, economic inequity, and abusive government power.
Your support will help CCR to fight oppressive systems of power, protect social movements and communities under threat, and build a more just and liberatory world. In the courtroom and on the frontlines, CCR is there — because justice takes a fight!
National LGBTQ Task Force
The Task Force mobilizes, trains, and empowers people living with marginalized identities, including people of color, youth and senior citizens, low-income people, trans and gender non-conforming people, immigrants, and progressive people of faith.
Funding from CREDO will help the Task Force engage in proactive and intentional movement building across the nation. The organization will educate, engage, and train LGBTQ and allied people and organizations through dynamic, comprehensive programming.
Your vote this month will determine how we divide $100,000 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 we are able to make these donations each month. Learn more about CREDO Mobile and join our movement.
Posted on May 3, 2022
Note from the CREDO team: This May, the National LGBTQ Task Force is among three amazing groups that will receive a share of our monthly grant. As they approach a historic 50th anniversary in 2023, we hope they can count on your vote of support, especially at this time when the LGBTQ community, trans youth, freedom of speech, sexual freedom, bodily autonomy, communities of color and our very democracy is under relentless attack at both the state and national levels.
Read this important blog post from the National LGBTQ Task Force below, then click here to visit CREDODonations.com to cast your vote to help determine how we distribute our monthly grant to this organization and our other amazing grantees this May.
The National LGBTQ Task Force lives its values every day – fighting for a just and compassionate world for ALL. We understand that we have multiple, complex identities and full liberation for one means equality for all. Our organization continues to lead the work in Queering Democracy, Equity and Faith advocacy, which is carried out in close partnership LGBTQ and cross-movement partners. We do so by working hard to get out the vote for local and state elections, amplify the voices of our communities – your voices – and make sure to highlight what those with multiple marginalized identities need so that we have full nondiscrimination protections. We’re making sure that we see full representation of our communities across the country through participation in the Census and access to affirming care for our communities, our families and our loved ones. We all deserve to live full lives, have access to employment, and fully participate in our communities, knowing we have protection from discrimination.
The last 2+ years have been challenging, yet the National LGBTQ Task Force has kept fighting for all of us. We’ve helped to support efforts such as the Equal Pay Queering Equity Win earlier this year, where the world learned that the four-time World Cup champions of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team won a $24 million equal pay and sex discrimination class action settlement and U.S. Soccer publicly promised to equalize pay and working conditions.
We continue to Queer Faith Communities through our Cross-Movement Leadership to create new messaging framework on non-discrimination in health care to shift the narrative towards bodily autonomy in health care, countering political extremists’ anti-woman, anti-trans and anti-queer tactics.
The National LGBTQ Task has also had a hand in registering thousands of new voters, and through our work in Queer the Census, we continue to partner with the Census Bureau to bring more focus to LGBTQ people, those people experiencing homelessness, and in reframing how it will communicate citizenship, race and ethnicity on survey questions. And we have been a key organization fighting for passage of the Equality Act, so there will finally be federal-level protections for LGBTQ people and people of color in employment, accommodations and many other areas.
Change is possible! Access to democracy, for everyone, depends on full representation in all our communities and census data, and the enforcement of LGBTQ civil rights depends on nondiscrimination protections. Today and always, we fight to better the lives of LGBTQ+ people, especially those most vulnerable in our community, Black and Brown people, transgender and non-binary folx, people with disabilities, and people living in poverty.
You can learn more about our work at www.thetaskforce.org and vote for us today at CREDODonations.com!
Posted on May 3, 2022
Each month, CREDO members vote on how we distribute funding to three incredible nonprofits. Those small actions add up – with one click, you can help fund groups working for climate justice, international medical relief and voting rights. In April, CREDO members voted to distribute $100,000 in donations to Amazon Watch, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières and Fair Fight Action. These donations are made possible by CREDO customers and the revenue they generate by using our services. The distribution depends entirely on the votes of CREDO members like you. And for that, our April grant recipients thank you.
“The Amazon is at the tipping point of ecological collapse, but we still have time to avert this crisis. CREDO members like you strengthen the call for the permanent protection of the rainforest & amplify Indigenous rights, resistance, and solutions!” – Leila Salazar-López, Executive Director, Amazon Watch
To learn more, visit amazonwatch.org.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières
“Thank you, CREDO members! Your support helps Doctors Without Borders respond to emergencies and provide life-saving medical care to millions of patients, including refugees, women & children, survivors of sexual violence, and other vulnerable people.” – Dr. Northan Hurtado, Head of Medical Unit, MSF USA
To learn more, visit doctorswithoutborders.org.
Fair Fight Action
“From the entire Fair Fight Action family, thank you! CREDO members, like all Americans, deserve to have their fundamental freedom to vote protected. With your support, we are closer to ensuring a future where elections are free and fair for all.” – Cianti Stewart-Reid, Executive Director of Fair Fight Action and Fair Fight PAC
To learn more, visit fairfight.com.
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, the carrier with a conscience.
Posted on April 28, 2022
Did you know that when you take a photo with your smartphone and send it to someone, you are also sharing your exact location, too — all without your knowledge?
Yes, it’s true, and it’s called “geotagging.” By default, every photo you take with your iPhone or Android tags your GPS location and stores that data with your photo.
If you’re not interested in giving out your location when sharing photos, we suggest you turn this feature off to protect your privacy. Here’s how.
What is geotagging?
The photos you take with your smartphone store little bits of hidden information right inside the photo itself, called EXIF data or metadata. This information includes your phone’s make and model, the camera settings, the date and time that the photo was taken, and your GPS location.
This data can be very useful to help you organize your photos. Photo storage apps and online photo services can use this data to organize your photos, and help you better search your entire photo collection, say for that trip you took to Yosemite or your cousin’s birthday three towns away.
To look at the metadata data in your photos:
- On an iPhone, choose a photo in your Photos app > Tap the information button (the circle with an “i”).
- On Android, open a photo in the Google Photos app > Swipe up or tap the three dots in the top right corner.
So why would you want to disable geotagging?
In a word: privacy.
When you post a photo online or text one to a friend (or stranger), the image’s EXIF data, including your GPS location, may be sent along with the image.
There are a whole host of reasons why you may not feel comfortable sharing your location. Maybe you just met someone on a dating app and are trading photos. Do you want a near-total stranger to know your location just yet? Or, you’re posting photos from a protest and worried about making your location public in live-time. Or you just want to keep some privacy in an over-sharing online world.
Luckily, most social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram scrub this information when you post, but many other websites or services won’t — and your location data is accessible to anyone who can see your photo.
How to disable geotagging on your smartphone photos
Disabling geotagging is very easy, and you can always re-enable the feature whenever you want to preserve your location on your photos.
- On your iPhone, open Settings > tap Privacy > tap Location Services > tap Camera. Click “Never” to disable geotagging.
- On your Android device, open your Camera app > tap Settings (it may also be three horizontal lines or a gear image) > tap GPS (it also may be geo tag, location tag, location info) > and turn it off.