Posted on January 16, 2020
Devastating wildfires are ravaging Australia, and there’s hardly any sign of relief. The fires have killed nearly 30 people, destroyed more than 2,600 homes and scorched more than 25 million acres of land. 800,000 animals have been put at risk by the fires in New South Wales alone, with a half-billion killed across the country.
The climate crisis is making the situation even worse, and some experts believe this may become the new normal on a warming planet. For most of us, Australia is half a world away, but there are ways we can help. Here are 4 ways you can take action now.
1. Donate to help firefighters, community workers, animals and those affected
There are many organizations collecting donations for frontline groups working directly with firefighters, community workers, animals and those affected by the fires. While there are many personal fundraising pages across the internet and social media – and many scams posing as charities – here are three groups you can directly make donations to:
- The Australian Red Cross is accepting donations to its Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.
- The New South Wales Rural Fire Service is accepting donations.
- The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Australia is seeking donations for the rescue and treatment of animals affected by the bushfires.
2. Learn more about the link between the fires and climate change
Experts agree: Human-caused climate change has worsened the Australian fires and signals that frequent, devastating wildfires could become much more common in the future. The record-setting high temperatures coupled with extreme dry weather due to climate-induced droughts have fueled these intense, deadly fires – which in turn are fueling climate change in a damaging feedback loop.
But don’t just take our word for it. Here are a sample of recent articles explaining the link between the climate crisis and the Australian fires from Vox, NPR, the BBC, Grist, and our allies at InsideClimate News.
3. Spread the word on social media (but be careful)
You may have seen it in your social media feed: 200 arsonists, not climate change, are to blame for the Australian fires.
But the viral articles claiming this nonsense were false. A disinformation campaign attempting to link the fires to arson was amplified by bots and trolls and other bad actors, including Rupert Murdoch’s climate-denying portfolio of media organizations, far-right fake news sites and shameful public figures, including Donald Trump Jr.
We all know that social media is a hotbed of misinformation disguised as real news, but it can also be a force for good. Share your activism and donations, news articles about the climate crisis, and urge your friends to take action. But be aware of your sources, especially content with sensational headlines that don’t pass the smell test.
4. Get involved in climate activism
Stopping today’s deadly wildfires is only part of the solution. As the planet warms and the climate changes, these fires will only become more common, more intense and more devastating all across the globe.
Lawmakers must be pressured with collective, direct activism to take bold action to confront the climate crisis head-on. Join our allies at Sunrise Movement and 350.org who are fighting every day to enact a Green New Deal, a plan with the scope and ambition necessary to transition our society and economy away from fossil fuels and fend off the oncoming climate crisis.
Posted on January 14, 2020
Last year, CNBC’s Jim Cramer crowed that “AT&T is the most Republican of any publicly traded company.”
Here at CREDO, we don’t typically promote Wall Street talking heads, but this time, we agree 100%.
Over the years, AT&T has proven to be a staunch supporter of corporate greed, Republican politicians and right-wing interests. They’ve donated millions to Donald Trump, contributed to anti-LGBTQ and anti-abortion politicians, laid off workers after receiving massive tax cuts and even helped re-elect a white supremacist to office.
There are many reasons to drop AT&T and choose a mobile company that shares your values. Here are our top 8 reasons to cancel them now.
1. AT&T donated $2 million to Donald Trump’s inaugural committee
Donald Trump’s 2017 inaugural committee raised a lot of money. A record-setting $107 million, in fact. The more than $2 million that AT&T funnelled to Trump stood above the pack: AT&T was the largest corporate donor to the inauguration, and second only to notorious right-wing funder Sheldon Adelson.
In late 2018, it was reported that federal prosecutors were investigating the sources of Trump’s inauguration slush fund to determine if any donors illegally “[gave] money in exchange for political favors.” At the time, AT&T had been seeking approval for a $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner.
2. AT&T donated $2.7 million to 193 anti-LGBTQ politicians
AT&T can rainbow-stripe its logo for Pride Month, wave the rainbow flag and claim it supports the LGBTQ community, but none of those things can make up for the fact that AT&T is directly funding politicians who are fighting equality and LGBTQ rights.
While AT&T has long touted its inclusive employee policies and support of LGBTQ causes, in 2017 and 2018, AT&T donated a total of $2.755 million to 193 anti-LGBTQ politicians.
3. AT&T is making millions from Trump’s racist deportation agenda
As Donald Trump ramps up his attacks on immigrant communities, corporate America is cashing in. Well-known consumer brands are profiting from lucrative contracts with Customs and Border Protection, the agency dehumanizing immigrants, jailing children in cages without basic needs and tearing families apart.
AT&T made more than $1.8 million from CBP’s deportation agenda, including $1.3 million since Donald Trump took office.
4. AT&T fired workers after raking in billions from Trump’s tax scam
In 2017, AT&T promised it would invest $1 billion in telecom infrastructure and create “7,000 good jobs for the middle class” if Congress passed Trump’s tax scam and slashed tax rates for corporate America.
Instead, AT&T laid off 23,000 workers, cut capital spending and pocketed $3 billion in a massive tax windfall. Their CEO even took home $29 million in total compensation as his employees received pink slips.
5. AT&T helped re-elect white supremacist Congressman Steve King
Congressman Steve King is a racist and white supremacist. He publicly courts favor with right-wing extremists, believes immigrants are “undermining our culture” and keeps a confederate flag on his desk.
Yet, AT&T has been one of Steve King’s largest corporate donors. Over his long, racist career, King received more than $60,000 from AT&T, including $10,000 – the legal maximum limit – for his 2018 re-election campaign.
6. AT&T donated nearly $200,000 to anti-abortion politicians
According to the company’s career website, AT&T claims that it wants to “make sure women at AT&T feel supported in everything they do.”
Yet, as right-wing lawmakers across the country continue to enact some of the most restrictive laws on reproductive rights, AT&T has donated almost $200,000 to politicians in states leading the fight to ban abortions and restrict women’s rights.
7. AT&T paid Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s fixer, $600,000
In 2017 and 2018, AT&T paid $600,000 to Trump’s convicted lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen to “advise” on various matters in the telecommunications industry – even though Cohen is not an expert in the field.
The timing of the payments to Cohen through a shady shell corporation raises serious questions about AT&T’s intentions to influence the Trump administration. Not only was AT&T’s proposed mega-merger with Time Warner pending before the Department of Justice, but AT&T also made payments to Cohen just as Trump’s hand-picked FCC chairman Ajit Pai pushed through the repeal of net neutrality regulations despite massive public outcry.
8. AT&T is one of the NSA’s “most trusted partners”
We’ve known for a while that AT&T was working hand-in-hand with the NSA to spy on Americans’ internet traffic. But an investigative report by the Intercept revealed eight cities where AT&T hosts “wiretap rooms” for the NSA to skim data as it passes through their networking equipment.
The Intercept report confirms what we already knew: the NSA “considers AT&T to be one of its most trusted partners and has lauded the company’s ‘extreme willingness to help.’”
Our values at CREDO couldn’t be further from those at AT&T. We will never align ourselves with right-wing hate. We will never fund white supremacy. We’re not spending millions to influence Republican lawmakers or making massive donations to Donald Trump.
We fight for net neutrality and to protect our customers’ privacy. We fund groups working to protect immigrants, the LGBTQ community and women’s reproductive rights.
At CREDO, we will never compromise our progressive values for profit. In fact, we’re helping to fund the progressive movement through our philanthropy powered by our members who use our products and services every day.
If you’re not already a CREDO member and would like to switch to the mobile company that shares your values and donates $150,000 to progressive groups every month, please check out CREDO Mobile here.
Posted on January 8, 2020
Three years ago, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, millions of people across the country and across the globe donned pink hats, carried signs and marched in protest for women’s rights, LGBTQ equality, civil rights, the environment and reproductive rights at the inaugural Women’s March, considered by many as the largest protest in U.S. history.
This January 18, hundreds of thousands will again take to the streets for the 2020 Women’s March in Washington, D.C. and at sister marches across the country to speak out for women’s rights, to hold Trump accountable and protect the planet. CREDO has been proud to support Women’s March, and our members have voted to distribute nearly $50,000 so far to support their goal to move women to build political power and ensure that freedom is for everyone.
If you’d like to know how to get involved and join fellow protesters –- including many of us here at CREDO – at a march near you, here are a few tips to begin your planning.
What to Bring (and Not Bring)
Organizers for the march in Washington, D.C. recommend that participants bring a small backpack with drinks and snacks for the day, comfortable shoes and warm clothes, but please don’t bring anything illegal, like weapons, weapon-like items, or drugs, since those are not allowed on federal grounds. Check with local organizers for what to bring and what not to bring for sister marches.
Download and Print a Poster
Protest signs and posters are a great way to express your views and share your progressive message as loudly – and visually – as possible. We’ve designed some great posters that you can download and print out for the march, or you can gain some inspiration from some of our favorite posters from previous years to make your own. Check them out here:
Volunteer for Women’s March
If you’d like to get a little more involved in helping out Women’s March 2020, organizers in Washington are looking for volunteers to help with directions and greeting buses, take part in its accessibility or support team, and more. Click here to learn more and volunteer your skills for this year’s march.
Host a Sister Action
Not in Washington, DC? Not a problem! There are dozens of marches across the country – last year, organizers hosted 300 marches in all 50 states – and Women’s March is eager to provide resources to new or experienced organizers who want to host their own marches in their own local communities. Learn more here.
Week of Action
This year, Women’s March organizers have planned a week of action that precedes the January 18 march with events every day, including programs to build community art, discussions on women leading on climate justice and a Green New Deal and fighting back the attacks on reproductive rights, a session to organize around immigration justice and a talk with youth activists. On Sunday, January 19, organizers are hosting a “Fourth Wave Drag Brunch” to honor incredible women and feminist allies. Check out more here.
Vote to fund Women’s March
Every month CREDO donates $150,000 to three progressive groups thanks to our members who use our products and services every day – and the votes by our members and the public determine how much each group gets. This month, Women’s March is on the CREDO Donations ballot and eligible to receive a portion of our monthly grant. Vote today for Women’s March and all the great groups on our January donations ballot here: https://www.credodonations.com/
Posted on January 8, 2020
Need posters for the Women’s March? CREDO has you covered! You can download a high-resolution PDF of any of our posters for free!
Women’s March Posters
Classic CREDO Women’s Equality Posters
Posted on January 3, 2020
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 fighting for civil rights, independent progressive journalism and voting rights. In December, CREDO members voted to distribute $150,000 in donations to American Civil Liberties Union, The American Prospect 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 December grant recipients thank you.
American Civil Liberties Union
“We are incredibly grateful to CREDO members for sustaining the ACLU as we push back against the unconstitutional agenda of the Trump administration and the ongoing assaults on our civil liberties at the state level. Thank you for standing with us.” – Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director
To learn more, visit www.aclu.org.
The American Prospect
“On behalf of our editorial team, we are deeply grateful for the support of CREDO members. Your commitment to the value of bold, independent journalism gives us inspiration daily. We hope to continue to inform you!” – David Dayen, Executive Editor at The American Prospect
To learn more, visit prospect.org
Fair Fight Action
“Thank you for helping Fair Fight Action secure voting rights for all and expand access to democracy nationwide.” – Lauren Groh-Wargo, CEO
To learn more, visit fairfight.com
Now check out the three groups we are funding in January, 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 January 2, 2020
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our CREDO Tips this past year. We’ve certainly enjoyed writing them —and providing you with useful information on a wide range of topics, from eco-friendly ways to dispose of your electronics to ways you can help stop the ocean plastic problem.
What was our most popular CREDO Tip of 2019? Keep reading to find out!
Posted on January 2, 2020
Vote for Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Brennan Center for Justice and Women’s March this January
Every month, CREDO members vote to distribute $150,000 to three incredible progressive causes – and every vote makes a difference. This January, you can support groups fighting for racial and social justice, voting rights, and women’s rights by voting to fund Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Brennan Center for Justice and Women’s March.
Black Alliance for Just Immigration
BAJI engages in grassroots organizing, advocacy and cross-cultural alliance-building in order to raise awareness about the unique issues facing the nearly 10 million Black immigrants, refugees and their loved ones in the United States.
A grant from CREDO will help BAJI advocate for Black immigrant and refugee families and communities and help them truly thrive in the United States.
Brennan Center for Justice
The Brennan Center fights to reform and revitalize American systems of democracy and justice. 2020 will be a critical year for American democracy. The Brennan Center for Justice is ready for the fight – making sure our elections are free, fair and secure. And that every voice – and every vote – counts at the polls.
A CREDO grant will support the Brennan Center in its fight against voter suppression tactics, in its advocacy to ensure our elections are secure and its development of bold solutions to advance democratic reform.
Women’s March moves women to build political power to ensure that freedom is for everyone. The organization is a women-led movement that organizes and mobilizes on a diverse range of issues. It’s a first stop, feminist futures, base-building network.
A grant from CREDO would allow Women’s March to play a lead role in defeating Trump in 2020 and bring about a fourth wave of feminism. The group plans to run action campaigns in key states including Arizona, Georgia and Wisconsin.
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 Jan. 31.
Posted on December 26, 2019
It’s that time of year again when all of us here at CREDO consider what the new year will bring – like Trump’s impeachment trial, the 2020 elections, and, of course, New Year’s resolutions.
It’s never easy to keep a New Year’s resolution – made especially more difficult with the unnecessary social pressure – but if you’re looking to keep yours beyond the first weeks of January, mobile phone apps offer some help.
While there are tons of apps to help you with your New Year’s journeys, we’ve picked out four apps that could help you stay on track.
the be.come project
Getting and staying active top many people’s New Year’s resolutions lists, but many fitness websites, programs, apps and schemes out there aren’t for everyone. the be.come project is hoping to offer something different by helping users get active in a non-judgmental, positive way.
Focusing on “body-neutrality” – the belief that some days we love our bodies, other days we don’t, but always by respecting ourselves – the be.come project is an app that focuses on how you feel, not how you look, and gives users a once-weekly curated workout routine that can be performed at home as many times as a user feels comfortable.
Funding the causes we care about is at the heart of CREDO. We donate $150,000 every month, nearly $2 million each year, to progressive groups fighting for women’s rights, climate justice, voting rights and more – with donations generated by our members who use our products and services every day.
If you’re looking to donate a little more to nonprofits doing important work in the new year, the One Today app might be a good fit for your device. A project of Google, One Today allows users to donate $1 or more to pre-screened non-profit organizations and charities for which microtransactions may help make a big difference at scale. All donations are distributed as unrestricted funds (meaning groups can spend as they see fit) and Google covers the transaction fees, so the organizations receive 100% of the contributions.
One of many habit tracking apps out there, Habitshare combines setting goals and tracking your habits with a social network to help keep you motivated and share your progress with friends.
By default, your progress and habits remain private, but you can choose what and with whom to share your goals and updates to add personal accountability with friends and family (only if you want to!). You can also send encouraging messages to people in your network to keep friends motivated and on track, too.
If mindfulness and meditation are on your resolution list for 2020, then Headspace could be the right app for you. To help you cope with the stresses of work, family and life in general, Headspace teaches you the basics of meditation and offers a library of courses and single session meditations that you can take anywhere. The company boasts a 40 million person user base and offers scientific claims (and an in-house science department) that its app can reduce stress, increase focus and improve sleep.
Headspace offers a two-week free trial, before a $69.99 yearly subscription, available on both Android and iOS.
Posted on December 20, 2019
After years of sustained pressure by CREDO, our allies, progressive activists, and progressive champions in Congress, the House of Representatives voted to impeach Donald Trump.
This historic victory wouldn’t have been possible without the help of CREDO members like you who joined us more than a year ago in the face of stiff resistance by timid and unwilling Democratic leaders by calling for impeachment proceedings to finally hold Trump accountable for his criminal actions and abuse of power.
But the fight to remove Trump from the White House is far from over. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is brazenly announcing that he will not be an impartial juror when the impeachment trial begins in the Senate. McConnell plans to stack the deck ahead of time to ensure an unfair and completely biased trial to keep Trump in office. That’s why we’re already calling on McConnell to recuse himself from the impeachment trial. You can sign this important petition here.
CREDO and our members have been signalling the alarm about Trump’s extremely corrupt behavior and abuse of power for years. Here’s a timeline of how CREDO and our members kept up the pressure on our lawmakers and in the media to ensure Trump’s impeachment.
CREDO Action Impeachment Timeline
Nov 2016: Donald Trump elected with the help of Russian interference
Dec 2016: More than 300,000 CREDO members call on Electoral College electors to reject Trump and honor the popular vote
May 2017: Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and Trump’s obstruction of justice begins.
July 2017: More than 200,000 CREDO members demand that Congress protect the Mueller investigation so it can remain independent
October 2017, April 2018 and July 2018: CREDO members generate nearly 700,000 petition signatures calling on lawmakers and congressional leaders to protect the Mueller investigation and ensure it remains independent
June 2018: CREDO launches a petition signed by 125,000 activists urging Congress to resist the efforts to impeach Rod Rosenstein, Robert Mueller’s supervisor
August 2018: After news broke that Donald Trump asked his attorney general to end the Mueller investigation – a clear case of obstruction of justice – CREDO demands that Congress stands up for the Constitution and our democracy and begin impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump.
January 2019: Buzzfeed reports that Trump ordered Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. CREDO renews calls for House Democrats to begin impeachment
May 2019: Robert Mueller releases a redacted report on his investigation into Donald Trump’s criminality. CREDO and thousands of activists demand that Nancy Pelosi do her job and begin impeachment.
May 2019: CREDO joins other progressive allies to deliver 10 million petition signatures to Congress to begin impeachment
June 2019: CREDO and allies organize a rally in New York City calling for Trump’s impeachment
July 2019: CREDO, Free Speech for the People and other allies send an open letter urging the House Judiciary Committee to ramp up impeachment proceedings
August 2019: CREDO activists confront Nancy Pelosi at a San Francisco awards ceremony demanding impeachment
September 2019: Thanks in part to hundreds of thousands of CREDO members and activists, Nancy Pelosi caves to grassroots pressure, and the House begins impeachment proceedings
September 2019: CREDO activists call on Democratic House leaders to “commit to a Nov. 15 deadline for a full House vote on articles of impeachment and ensure the inquiry’s scope includes the full range of Trump’s impeachable offenses.”
September 2019: CREDO and 18 other progressive groups rally outside the Capitol to pressure undecided members of Congress on impeachment
December 2019: The House impeaches Trump, but Mitch McConnell plans a biased trial in the Senate. CREDO calls on McConnell to recuse himself immediately to ensure a fair and impartial trial.
December 2019: CREDO launches a petition demanding that the Senate remove Donald Trump from the White House.
Again, thank you to the activism of our members that made this incredible victory possible. As proceedings to remove Trump from office moves to the Senate, we need your help now more than ever.
Trump’s attempted bribery and extortion and his threats to our democracy are plain for all to see. His conviction depends on Republicans putting democracy before party – and that will require massive public pressure. Join us in urging the Senate to convict Donald Trump and remove him from office. Please sign our petition here.
Posted on December 18, 2019
There’s hardly anything more important to our democracy than our right and duty to vote, yet casting our ballots is a fairly infrequent event – speaking of which, are you registered to vote?
Luckily, you don’t have to wait in line at the polls once a year to wield your voting power. You have enormous political influence at checkout when you make regular purchases every day. Your wallet is an important weapon to fight back against Trump’s hateful agenda.
For example, in 2017, after Trump announced his racist Muslim ban, protests across the nation broke out, and taxi drivers at JFK Airport in New York City joined to strike in protest. Uber decided to capitalize on the taxi strike, profit off the lack of competition and picked up passengers at the terminals among the protests. That night, the hashtag #DeleteUber went viral, and in the following days, hundreds of thousands of Uber customers dropped the service.
To ensure your hard-earned money isn’t funding the Trump agenda, during this holiday season and all year long, here are five apps and websites to help you make purchases based on your values.
1. Grab Your Wallet
Founded in the wake of Trump’s misogynistic comments in the “Access Hollywood” tapes, the #GrabYourWallet campaign was founded as a way for shoppers to boycott stores and websites carrying Ivanka Trump’s brand. The result: More than 70 companies severed ties with the Trump family. In July 2018, Ivanka Trump officially shut down her company.
The website, a simple yet effective Google Sheet, has grown to include a comprehensive list of companies with ties to the Trump administration. The list includes reasons why you should avoid certain brands (Bank of America donated $1 million to Trump’s inauguration, for example), contact information to express your concerns, a way for companies to be removed and other companies on #GrabYourWallet’s radar.
Check out which brands they recommend that you avoid at #GrabYourWallet’s website.
2. Goods Unite Us
The Goods Unite Us mission is to empower people to become political consumers so that it can help put an end to corporate political donations for good.
With over 150,000 users, the Goods Unite Us app is easy to use. Simply download, enter a company name, and view a list of political donations made by the company and many of its senior employees.
A great feature of the app is the “Wallet Vote” that, after a brief questionnaire, lets you know how much of your own spending is funding Republican and Democratic politicians and PACs during every election cycle.
Buycott is a simple app that helps you understand the politics behind your purchases. Simply scan any barcode when shopping to learn about the product’s history and whether the company aligns with your values.
You can create or join a campaign, like Boycott Trump Products, so you can have a greater collective impact. Buycott campaigns feature important progressive causes, including civil rights, immigration, LGBTQ and women’s rights. A few popular campaigns include boycott the NRA, boycott income inequality, and save and support the bees as much as you can!
With millions of users from 192 different countries, Buycott is a comprehensive crowd-sourced list with thousands of new UPC barcodes being added every day.
Although Zippia is a career search and information site, its website includes a tool that helps users view political donations by company employees.
To give it a try, visit Zippia’s search tool and type in a company’s name. Click on the “political” tab to give you a breakdown of top employee donors and political contribution amounts and a company-wide percentage of employees who donated to Republican and Democratic candidates.
A quick look at AT&T reveals that the company’s CEO Randall Stephenson donated a combined amount of nearly $309,700 to the Republican Party, while 59.8% of the company’s employees as a whole supported Democrats.
Note: It appears, however, the site does not include lobbying expenditures, donations by corporate PACs or contributions to dark money political organizations. For example, AT&T donated $2 million to Trump’s inaugural committee, which is not included in Zippia’s data. You can find additional corporate donor information at OpenSecrets.org.
5. Bonus Tip: CREDO Mobile
Does your mobile carrier donate to Republicans and right-wing causes or support the Trump agenda? (Find out above!)
By joining CREDO Mobile, your monthly bill will support issues like climate justice, voting rights and economic equality. That’s because we donate a portion of our revenue every month – more than $1 million a year – to the progressive causes you care about. You can rest assured that your phone bill will never support the right-wing agenda, and CREDO will never donate to Republicans, ever.
For years, corporations have backed Republican politicians and right-wing causes without scrutiny from the public, but these apps and websites are here to change that. Armed with these great resources, voting with your wallet is now easier than ever.