Watch: What Pride means to CREDO members

Love. Acceptance. Celebration and inclusivity. Basic human rights for everyone. Empowerment for people to feel safe and free to be themselves. “I am proud to be me.”

Those are some of the great responses — nearly 16,000 in total! — that we received when CREDO members took our Pride survey and participated in our #PrideInSixWords Twitter campaign last month.

Take a minute to watch this short and heartwarming “Virtual Pride Celebration” highlighting some of the great submissions from members like you from all across the country:

In our survey, we also asked our members an important question: “Compared to 4 years ago, do you feel your environment is more supportive of the LGBTQ community?”

Remarkably, after four years where the current administration and some lawmakers have worked to roll back rights and protections for LGBTQ people, a majority of respondents — 72 percent — who self-identified as a member of the LGBTQ community “somewhat” or “definitely” feel like their environment is more supportive today.

While that’s really great news, it also means 28 percent of respondents feel no change or that things have gotten worse. That’s why our fight for equality, along with our allies, will continue until all LGBTQ people, as our members told us, have “equal protection under the law” and when we “remove prejudice and discrimination,” “delete sexism, “end LGBTQphobia,” and “erase hate.”

And that’s why our members, who use our products and services every day, will continue to help us fund organizations fighting for LGBTQ rights, like the Transgender Law Center, the LGBTQ Task Force and the Trevor Project. In fact, our members have helped us donate over $14 million to groups fighting for equality and civil rights.

Even if you didn’t have the chance to make your voice heard in June, that’s okay! Feel free to tweet at us what Pride means to you, using the hashtag #PrideInSixWords — because here at CREDO, Pride isn’t just in June. We celebrate equality and LGBTQ rights all year long.

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Vote for Feeding America, the National Domestic Violence Hotline and Sunrise Movement this July

Every month, CREDO members vote to distribute $150,000 to three incredible progressive causes – and every vote makes a difference. This July, you can support groups working to end hunger, to help survivors of domestic violence, and to fight for climate justice by voting to fund the Feeding America, the National Domestic Violence Hotline and Sunrise Movement.

Feeding America

Feeding America’s mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.

Funding from CREDO members will help Feeding America and its network of food banks provide food and support to our neighbors in need across the country, reaching families and individuals in every county in the United States.

National Domestic Violence Hotline

For nearly twenty-five years, the National Domestic Violence Hotline has answered the call – over 5.2 million calls, chats, and texts to date – for those affected by relationship abuse. It works to shine a light on domestic violence by providing hope in times of crisis.

Funding from CREDO will help The Hotline meet the increased demand for critical, life-saving services for survivors, as well as purchase additional equipment for The Hotline’s Advocates that are now operating on a remote basis. Advocates answer contacts 24/7/365 via phone, chat, and text.

Sunrise Movement

Sunrise Movement is building an army of young people from the plains to the mountains to the coasts to win the Green New Deal and center racial and economic justice in the fight against the climate crisis.

Funding from the generous support of CREDO members will power our youth voter registration and mobilization program as it works to elect champions of the Green New Deal into the halls of power.

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 July 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 CREDO Energy and join our movement.

Our June grantees thank you for your support

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 economic equality, climate justice, and LGBTQ rights. In June, nearly 50,000 CREDO members voted to distribute $150,000 in donations to Economic Policy Institute, League of Conservation Voters and The Trevor Project.

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 June grant recipients thank you.


Economic Policy Institute
$54,765

Thank you! CREDO members like you make it possible for EPI to advocate for workers through original research, timely analysis, and a comprehensive policy agenda to strengthen worker power.” – Thea Lee, President, Economic Policy Institute

To learn more, visit epi.org.

 

League of Conservation Voters
$51,841

“Thank you for your continued support! CREDO members like you make it possible for LCV to build the political power necessary to fight for a safe climate that is protected by a just and equitable democracy for generations to come.” -Gene Karpinski, LCV President

To learn more, visit lcv.org.

 

The Trevor Project
$43,394

“The Trevor Project hopes to provide crisis counseling to 120,000 LGBTQ youth in 2020. Now more than ever, LGBTQ young people need to know they are supported. Thank you for helping us reach as many LGBTQ youth in need as possible.” – Shane Michael Singh, Corporate Development Manager, The Trevor Project

To learn more, visit thetrevorproject.org.

Now check out the three groups we are funding in July, 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.

This Independence Day, Being Patriotic Means Knowing Your Rights

For many, Independence Day means “patriotism,” and these days, that can feel like an awfully loaded term. Conservatives have certainly co-opted it to mean flags and anthems, blind loyalty, militarism, nationalism and xenophobia.

For us progressives, patriotism means just the opposite. It means working to fix our imperfect democratic system of government and fighting for liberty and justice for all people, no matter their gender identity, immigration status, race, age or physical ability. It means protesting and speaking out when our government abuses power. It means exercising our right to vote.

It means fighting to protect our rights and the rights of our country’s most vulnerable.

This Independence Day, we’d like to highlight some resources from our allies and grantees to help you know more about your rights for this socially-distanced Fourth of July weekend. Enjoy!

 

Your rights at the voting booth

From the American Civil Liberties Union

This November’s election will be one of the most important in our lifetime. Yet many people face significant challenges accessing their right to vote because of a fundamentally unequal process rigged against people of color, seniors, immigrants and other marginalized communities. It will become that much more difficult amid a pandemic as some states and local governments will force voters to choose between their health and exercising their right to cast a ballot.

Our long-time grantees at the ACLU have compiled a great guide on knowing your voting rights, including what you’ll need to register to vote, documentation you may need on Election Day, and what to do if a poll worker says you’re not registered to vote.

 

Your rights when stopped by the police

From the NAACP Legal Defense Fund

As demands for justice and reform of our current policing systems echo across the country, it’s important to know our rights if we encounter police. Our grantees at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund have published a useful handout that can provide more information on what you can do if you’re stopped, questioned or arrested by the police, including suggestions on how to act, what to say and *not* to say and information you should collect.  

 

Your rights to access abortion services

From Planned Parenthood

The landmark 1973 Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade, affirmed the Constitutional right to an abortion. However, activist conservative judges and right-wing state governments have worked to chip away and erode these rights over the last few decades, making it nearly impossible for some people to access safe and legal reproductive services.

Planned Parenthood has published a comprehensive abortion access guide detailing the attacks on abortion rights, lists of states with 6 and 20 week bans, and more. They have also published a state-by-state list of parental consent laws for those under 18.

 

Your digital privacy rights at the border 

From the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Border agents have drastically increased their searches of electronic devices at the border in recent years, and generally speaking, the Fourth Amendment protects an individual’s property or person against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. However, searches of digital devices at the border fall into a complex maze of rules that are still being sorted out by courts and legal experts. 

Our allies at the Electronic Frontier Foundation provided CREDO members with a guide, “How to Protect Your Digital Data at the Border,” which can help you understand your risk for a search at the border and tips on securing and protecting your data.

 

Additional Reading

While the list above is far from comprehensive, the ACLU has published an incredibly useful “Know Your Rights” website with detailed guides for students, LGBTQ people, religious freedom, protesters, sex discrimination, prisoners and more. 

CREDO Calls on Facebook to #StopHateForProfit

Over 30 years ago, our co-founders started CREDO so that consumers could do business with a company that shares their progressive values. Today, CREDO is following those same founding values. 

Starting on July 1, CREDO will pause all advertising on Facebook and Instagram through at least the end of the month. We stand in solidarity with our allies and demand that Facebook take clear, actionable steps to end hate, racism and disinformation on its platform immediately, as laid out by the #StopHateForProfit campaign

It’s long past time for Facebook to make these changes, and we simply cannot stand by and contribute to a platform that allows voter suppression and the amplification of hate, white supremacy, violence and racism.

We’re proud to join our long-time allies and grantees Color of Change, NAACP, Free Press and others who are leading this campaign, and we urge other companies to pull their advertising from Facebook until the company addresses hate and disinformation on its platform.

We are a mobile phone carrier that puts progress over profits and shares your values. Please consider joining CREDO Mobile, the carrier with a conscience. Since 1985, CREDO has donated more than $14 million to groups fighting for civil rights, and nearly $90 million total to nonprofit organizations supporting climate justice, peace, women’s rights, voting rights and more.

If you’re already a CREDO Mobile customer and would like to refer your friends, don’t forget that you’ll get a $100 bill credit for every friend you refer that joins CREDO — and they’ll get a great deal on a great phone on the nation’s best network. To learn more, visit CREDOMobile.com today.

Ray Morris, CREDO

7 Podcasts Lifting Up Black Voices, History & Lives

As protests continue across the country calling for justice and reform, Americans are grappling with this nation’s shameful history of slavery, discrimination, brutality and the systemic racism that persists today — and what they should do about it.

Many people, including a lot of us here at CREDO, are heeding the calls of Black activists and leaders to educate ourselves even more about Black history and racism. That means more reading, more watching and more listening, especially to podcasts that feature Black hosts and topics meant to educate, inform and challenge.

We’ve compiled a short list — which is by no means comprehensive — of some of our favorite podcasts lifting up Black voices, history and lives. These podcasts are not meant as a substitute for the hard work of being anti-racist, but merely a starting point for discussion and to spotlight the issues facing Black America. Take the time to invest in a few or all of these podcasts and let us know what you think.

 

Code Switch

Support for the Black Lives Matter movement has spiked in recent weeks — two-thirds of all Americans support the movement in a recent poll — and so has the interest in podcasts about race. Gene Demby, co-host of Code Switch, NPR’s flagship podcast on race and diversity, recently revealed that the podcast hit number one on Apple’s Podcast chart as their Twitter following exploded with new, mostly white, followers (find out why here).

Learn more and subscribe to Code Switch.

Higher Learning with Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay

In their brand new, twice-weekly podcast, hosts Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay discuss current events, Black pop culture, politics and sports. Recent episodes have examined NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s Black Lives Matter statement, nationwide protests following George Floyd’s murder and Donald Trump’s recent, poorly attended rally. 

Learn more and subscribe to Higher Learning.

QueerWOC

Hosted by Nikeeta and Money, two self-identified Black Queer Troublemakers, who are, respectively, a Black feminist organizer and a mental health expert working with queer and trans women. QueerWOC is a bi-weekly podcast that shines a light on a different queer woman of color in each episode as they build an “insurgent audio syllabus that unites, ignites, and excites the queer women of color community.”

Learn more and subscribe to QueerWOC.

Still Processing

This is one of our favorites. Hosted by the incredible duo Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris, culture writers for the New York Times, Still Processing explores pop culture, art, music and the internet. Although their most recent season ended before protests erupted across the nation over the murder of George Floyd and other Black people by police, the two reunited recently for a livestream to discuss the current moment.

Learn more and subscribe to Still Processing.

Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast

With recent episodes covering Black Lives Matter, white supremacy, police abolition and honoring Juneteenth, the Momentum podcast is, without a doubt, a place to “deepen your racial justice lens and get inspired to drive action.” Co-hosts Chevon Drew and Hiba Elyass discuss race and pop culture while lifting up the work of community organizers and leaders who are fighting to advance racial justice.

Learn more and subscribe to Momentum here.

Pod Save the People

Part of the Crooked Media podcast collection, Pod Save the People — hosted by activist DeRay McKesson and Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Samuel Sinyangwe, and Dr. Clint Smith III — explores news, social justice, culture and more with special guests in their hour-long shows. Recent episodes covered reforming the criminal justice system, recent protests, climate change and the experience of Black farmers.

Learn more and subscribe to Pod Save the People here.

1619

Hosted by New York Times Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones, this audio series examines the fateful moment 400 years ago when a ship carrying the first enslaved Africans arrived in the colony of Virginia — and the hundreds of years of slavery that followed. The podcast is part of the Times’ 1619 Project, an initiative that “aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.”

Learn more and subscribe to 1619 here.

 

Don’t listen to podcasts?

That’s okay, too! Netflix recently launched a “Black Lives Matter” collection to U.S. subscribers featuring over 40 films, series and documentaries about racial injustice and the Black experience in America. Plus, when you join CREDO Mobile today, you’ll get a year of Netflix (valid for new and existing Netflix subscribers) on us. Already a CREDO Mobile customer? Get a year of Netflix on us when you add a line!

Economic Policy Institute provides the research powering the movement for economic justice

The interests of working people and their families are vital to supporting an economy that works for everyone. This truth has always been central to the Economic Policy Institute’s research and analysis, grounded in solid empirical work and research methodology that are respected by experts across the ideological spectrum.

EPI organizes our research agenda to respond to the changing needs of workers. This year, EPI has documented the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and associated economic catastrophe on working people through more than 100 online resources including blogs, reports, and videos. We have provided a key voice for economic policy sanity during the pandemic, shining a light, with real-time data, on the struggles facing people trying to make ends meet as tens of millions of Americans have filed for unemployment benefits. That is why, from the beginning, EPI experts have called for a concerted policy response on the scale of the crisis, including significantly more aid to state and local governments, expanded unemployment insurance benefits, better safety and health protection for workers, a voice on the job, and full funding for coronavirus testing and treatment.  Now, more than ever, EPI’s economists are needed to provide essential insights to policy makers and activists to develop humane, equitable, and workable solutions to guide the United States through this crisis.

EPI research also examines the economic implications of longer-term trends like inequality, systemic racism, and other forms of discrimination, while identifying targeted policies to invest in communities that have been recently and historically overlooked. For example, a new EPI report explores how racial and economic inequality have left many black workers with few good options for protecting both their health and economic well-being during the coronavirus pandemic. Persistent racial disparities in health status, access to health care, wealth, employment, wages, housing, income, and poverty all contribute to greater susceptibility to the virus’s impact—both economically and physically.While it will take more than one policy solution to overcome deeply entrenched disparities and achieve economic justice, we need to reshape our economy to be more resilient and responsive during a crisis. This includes investing in communities, renewable energy, and infrastructure; rebuilding our tattered social safety net; and strengthening worker power to give workers the tools to bargain collectively for better wages, benefits, and working conditions. We need a solid economic foundation in order to achieve economic justice for all and better prepare us to weather the next economic downturn whenever it comes.

At EPI, we like to say our research powers the movement for economic justice. Grassroots partners use our data and analysis to win campaigns to raise the minimum wage, extend benefits for paid family and medical leave, increase the number of workers eligible for overtime protections, push back against efforts to weaken unions, and increase funding in state and local communities. Our experts are regularly called upon to provide testimony at the federal, state, and local level.

More than 20 years ago, EPI created the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN), a nationwide network of close to 60 state and local research, policy, and advocacy organizations that share expertise and resources to strengthen each other and pursue their common mission. Together with collaborating scholars and national organizations, along with allied state and local groups representing affected communities, EARN partners constitute the core progressive research and policy infrastructure for shaping and promoting a better economic future in the states. At a time that progress at the federal level has often stalled, the ability to support workers and their families at the state level is even more essential. Every successful campaign also helps to build the case for future federal action.

Over more than three decades, EPI has become the preeminent voice on the policies needed to support working people and their families with an unrivaled team of economic and policy experts. EPI led the way in calling out inequality long before that became mainstream. We were the first to note the wage-productivity gap — the growing gap between overall productivity growth and the growth in pay of the vast majority of workers since the 1970s, and the implications of what this means for worker power.  We have developed a robust and ever-evolving policy agenda informed by our research on the best policy solutions needed to truly make the economy work for everyone. Together, with the support of our friends at CREDO and its generous members like you, we can get these policies enacted and realize the dream of true economic justice for all.

AT&T says “Black Lives Matter.” So why are they donating to GOP Sen. Tom Cotton?

As protests calling for racial justice spread across the nation, AT&T quickly jumped on the Black Lives Matter corporate bandwagon to “stand for equality and embrace freedom.” Now we know these words ring very hollow.

According to recent reporting by Judd Legum at Popular Information, AT&T’s political arm has donated $21,000 to Republican Senator Tom Cotton, a Trump loyalist with a 6% rating from the NAACP who recently sent out a series of racist tweets calling for the military to give “no quarter” to people protesting the murder of Black people. “No quarter” is a term generally regarded to mean to kill the enemy rather than take prisoners. 

Cotton then penned a controversial piece of propaganda in the New York Times, which many staffers at the Times believed put Black lives in danger, urging Donald Trump to deploy the military on protestors, calling them “nihilist criminals” and “left-wing radicals.”

Through its political action committee, AT&T is one of Tom Cotton’s top five corporate donors. In addition, AT&T’s CEO Randall Stephenson personally donated $5,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee earlier this year, which will help the campaigns of Tom Cotton and other Republicans in the Senate.

When asked about the hypocrisy of corporations like AT&T who say one thing to customers then continue to support politicians like Tom Cotton, Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, said, “You can’t say Black Lives Matter or get credit for supporting the movement and give your dollars and support to political leaders who unabashedly advance policies, people and practices that will kill us.” (Color of Change is long-time CREDO ally and grantee. We recently donated an extra $50,000 to help the organization continue their critical work fighting injustice in all its forms.)

AT&T has yet again proven it is putting profits over progress and doesn’t support our values. These actions by AT&T’s political organization are just another in a long line of examples of AT&T getting into bed with the extreme right-wing to cash in: 

At CREDO, we will never align ourselves with right-wing hate. We have always believed that Black Lives Matter, and we have the receipts to prove it. Over the years, we’ve financially supported the work of organizations like the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Color of Change and a number of groups advancing the Black Lives Matter movement. In total, our members have helped us donate more than $14 million to organizations fighting for civil rights.

If you’d like to join the mobile company that shares your values and the fight for Black lives, please visit CREDO Mobile to make the switch today. If you’re already a CREDO Mobile customer and would like to refer your friends, don’t forget that you’ll get a $100 bill credit for every friend that joins!

More tips to be a better ally to your LGBTQ friends

What an incredible victory for the LGBTQ community this Pride month: This week, the Supreme Court ruled that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBTQ people from discrimination in the workplace.

Our partners — and CREDO grantees — at the ACLU successfully represented both Aimee Stephens, who was fired by her employer for coming out as a transgender woman, and Don Zarda, a skydiving instructor who was fired for being gay.

The ACLU has been a long-time ally of the LGBTQ community, fighting for their rights in and out of court for equality, justice and freedom of expression and association.

But what does it really mean to be an ally, and how can we all be better allies to our LGBTQ friends and family? This Pride month, we wanted to add to our blog post from earlier this year with a few more tips and resources to be a better ally.

Understanding what an ally is not

To understand what being an ally is, it’s good to also understand what being an ally is not. Being an ally is not just simply changing your social media profile photo, posting a meme to Facebook or Instagram about LGBTQ rights or jumping on a trending hashtag. If you’re a small business owner or a big corporation, it’s not slapping a rainbow flag on your logo for the month of June or issuing a statement of support once a year (Here’s why CREDO doesn’t change our logo for Pride). 

In other words, performative allyship — “passive displays of support focused on one’s self rather than the community in question” — is typically not helpful and can even be dangerous. Although it’s most likely well-intended, it’s critically important to find different and more constructive ways to be an ally. As columnist Eric Peterson put it, “The performatively woke person takes up a lot of space. The ally makes space. It’s a crucial difference.”

An ally is someone who uses their position of privilege in a non-marginalized group (here, that can refer to white cisgender people) to advocate for those in a marginalized group. Not someone who uses allyship to pat themselves on the back or posts to social media for validation.

Open your wallet & offer financial support

One of the best ways to be a true ally and advocate for the LGBTQ community is by donating financial support, either directly to LGBTQ people or organizations advocating on their behalf. Surveys have shown that LGBTQ people, on average, face enormous wage gaps and earn less than their straight and cisgender counterparts, due to a wide range of factors including systemic discrimination, workplace harassment and extreme poverty. Within the LGBTQ community, according to our allies at the National LGBTQ Task Force, women in same-sex couples earn significantly less than men in same-sex couples, and transgender people are four times more likely to have a household income of less than $10,000 a year.

Hashtags like #TransCrowdFund can help plug you into ways to directly donate, or you can make charitable gifts to CREDO-backed organizations like the Task Force, ACLU, Transgender Law Center, or the Trevor Project.

(For more than 30 years, CREDO has donated over $6 million to progressive groups fighting for LGBTQ rights. If you’d like to support these groups simply by using your mobile device, consider switching to CREDO Mobile. Already a CREDO Mobile customer? Refer your friends to CREDO and get a $100 bill credit for every friend you refer that joins!)

Be a Trans Ally

Transgender and gender nonconforming people have been subject to particularly harsh discrimination and violence, especially against Black transgender people. Just since the start of 2020, at least 14 Black trans and gender non-conforming people have been murdered which has sparked Black Trans Lives Matter protests after the murders of Dominique “Rem’Mie” Fells of Philadelphia and Riah Milton of Cincinnati last week.

Our friends at the ACLU have put together a quick video with three ways to be a trans ally, which include knowing the terminology, recognizing the humanity and knowing the issues. 

 

Additional Resources

The above list is by no means comprehensive. CREDO and many other organizations have compiled other ways to be a better LGBTQ ally. Here are some links for additional reading:

This World Refugee Day, Every Action Counts: How to Get Involved

This Saturday, June 20, marks World Refugee Day, a day to raise awareness about the millions of refugees and forcibly displaced people across the globe.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, more than 70 million people — refugees, internally displaced people, asylum-seekers — have been forcibly displaced worldwide. Every minute, roughly 20 people will be forced to flee war, terror, persecution, disasters and the devastating effects of climate change.

This year, the UNHCR’s World Refugee Day campaign theme “Every Action Counts” recognizes the recent protests for racial justice because we “need to fight for a more inclusive and equal world: a world where no one is left behind.” The UN has even partnered with Twitter this year to release a limited-time emoji to help raise awareness on the social media platform.

CREDO’s grantees are also recognizing World Refugee Day with special events and actions. Here’s what Mercy Corps, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières and the International Rescue Committee are doing to commemorate the day and raise awareness for the millions of refugees around the world.

Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a global team of humanitarians, working together on the front lines of today’s biggest crises to create a future of possibility, where everyone can prosper. In more than 40 countries around the world, Mercy Corps works side by side with people living through poverty, suffering and oppression in their struggle to build a better future. Since 1999, CREDO members have helped us donate $346,732 to Mercy Corps.

For World Refugee Day, Mercy Corps is asking people to join them to view a new 36-minute documentary film, Terror and Hope, The Science of Resilience, by Portland filmmaker Ron Bourke. Terror and Hope offers a singular view into the impact of war on children. It will be available for viewing between June 14 and June 20, and they will be hosting a live discussion on June 18 at 5:30 PST / 8:30 EST. Learn more here.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières

The Americas region is now the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic—with the largest numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States and Brazil. Among those worst affected by the pandemic are people on the move: refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants living in difficult and dangerous conditions, and with limited access to health care.

Ahead of World Refugee Day, MSF will be hosting a webinar with experts about the impact of COVID-19 on refugees and migrants in the Americas. Learn more here.

For World Refugee Day, MSF-USA will also share a moving story about an MSF staff member in Nduta refugee camp in Tanzania, who fled his home country of Burundi in 2015, and embarked on a courageous journey; cycling from his hometown, across the country and into Tanzania where his life as a refugee began. They will share this first-person piece along with some photos of him and his family in Nduta camp, home to 75,000 Burundian refugees, with the hope of humanising refugees in Tanzania and across the world by showing their strength, kindness and resilience. Visit MSF USA’s website for more information.

Since 1991, CREDO members have helped us donate $1,819,812 to MSF.

International Rescue Committee

Since COVID-19 has taken hold of our lives, the world has seen and heard — rightly so — hundreds, if not thousands, of stories of front-line and essential workers. But not many stories of refugees on the frontlines.

This World Refugee Day, the International Rescue Committee will be highlighting stories from refugees all around the world who are also on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19. Because in the battle against COVID-19 and beyond, refugees are essential to keeping communities safe, making society stronger and rebuilding our world. We will show the refugee doctors and nurses and community healthcare workers, but also volunteers, food distributors, mask makers.

The organization is urging people to visit their social media channels to share the stories of refugees on the frontlines. Visit them at @RESCUEorg on Twitter, @rescueorg on Instagram and InternationalRescueCommittee on Facebook on or after June 15 – but especially on June 20th, World Refugee Day, to take part.

Since 2015, CREDO members have helped us donate $83,599 to the International Rescue Committee.