Posted on February 23, 2021
This month marks a sad and tragic milestone: The third anniversary of the mass shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL when a gunman murdered 14 students and three staff members.
Out of this tragedy sprung the largest youth-led mobilization to protest against gun violence and the creation of March For Our Lives, which harnesses the power of young people across the country to fight for sensible gun violence prevention policies that save lives.Last May, CREDO members donated $51,944 to MFOL which helped the organization drive record-breaking young voter turnout — and huge victories — across key battleground states. This funding from CREDO, which was powered by our customers who use our products every day, came at a critical time in MFOL’s infrastructure-building and growth phase and helped provide stability during a challenging year.
“Thank you for believing in our youth-led movement to save lives! CREDO members enable us to mobilize our 250+ chapters nationwide and ensure gun violence is front of mind for lawmakers and Americans from all walks of life until we end this epidemic.” – Alexis Confer, Executive Director, March for Our Lives
The donation in part helped the organization set out to catalyze a movement of young voters to turn out in record numbers — just like it did in 2018.
And it was a great success: Young people defied predictions and played a decisive role in the 2020 election. Specifically, young voters of color drove the results, and the young people of MFOL were at the forefront of national efforts to get out the vote. As part of those efforts, MFOL launched Our Power 2020 last March, its campaign to drive record youth turnout and continue gun violence prevention advocacy through grassroots direct action. Our Power engaged all of MFOL chapters but was heavily focused on nine priority states: AZ, CO, FL, MI, TX, WI, GA, PA, NC. Here’s how they helped drive what was potentially the highest youth voter turnout in history:
- Over 780,000 text messages sent to young voters through our peer-to-peer program in the final 10 days.
- More than 800,000 calls made to young voters in the final 10 days.
- Engaged over 1,700 volunteers in a GOTV program.
- At least 2.8 million people reached in key states by MFOL’s digital ad program
- In August, MFOL released Our Power: Next Time which garnered over 1 million views organically within 48 hours of being released, and in the final GOTV stretch, they released The Power Of Our Vote driving viewers to make a plan to vote.
- MFOL also worked with its chapters, local artists, and national/local partners (including UWD, CJAF, Sunrise, Dream Defenders, NextGen, Voto Latino, LCV) for Our Power in the States to host digital rallies and on-the-ground art interventions in major cities in each of our 9 key states.
- March for Our Lives Florida worked for the last two years to get Precinct 538 at the University of Central Florida to a 100% turnout rate (yes, you read that right!).
- Built an infrastructure for 300 chapters to do organizing work on the ground in their communities on issues most important to them.
- Held countless zoom rallies, phone banks, and text banks.
As MFOL continues its gun violence prevention work in 2021, it looks to continue building on these successes to organize and advocate to move funding from police budgets to community-based violence intervention programs proven to reduce gun violence. The organization has also recently launched a process to further refine its gun violence prevention policy platform and identify where they can have the most lifesaving impact in the coming year.
We hope you’ll follow the incredible and inspiring work by the great leaders and activists at March For Our Lives in 2021. You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or sign up for text or email updates on their website.
Posted on February 19, 2021
Our allies at the Rainforest Action Network are fighting to preserve forests, protect the climate and uphold human rights by challenging corporate power and systemic injustice. We hope you take a few minutes to read this story, then vote for the RAN to receive a share of our $150,000 monthly donations grant this February.
This story was featured on the Rainforest Action Network blog, The Understory, on January 19, 2021 and was written by Ginger Cassady, RAN’s Executive Director.
Onward. That’s our mantra at this historic juncture — post impeachment, pre-new administration, mid-pandemic.
We need to move forward for racial justice, move forward to keep forests standing, and move forward to halt climate catastrophe.
Of course, we can’t simply forget the past four years. We have a *lot* of work in front of us to repair the damage of climate denialism, egregious corporate welfare and recklessness, and the intentional dismantling of voting rights, civil rights, and our faith in science and facts.
But now is the time to build for a just and sustainable future. Because even during the worst administration in modern history, we have still been able to make incredible progress — forcing PepsiCo, the biggest snackfood company, to clean their supply chains of deforestation and human rights abuse; pushing JPMorgan Chase to announce alignment with the Paris Climate Agreement; bringing insurance companies like AXIS and Chubb to announce policies restricting fossil fuel coverage.
The foundation of this movement forward must be built upon racial justice. Over the past seven years, the Black Lives Matter movement has uplifted the need for true progress; and in January, the Capitol invasion embodied the ugly culmination of four years of an openly racist president. We must now take this opportunity to begin the reparation process for our people and our planet.
RAN is proud to be a convening partner in a growing coalition of hundreds of organizations calling for immediate action on multiple fronts to move us forward. We need to act aggressively and urgently to launch such a large-scale transition in a just and equitable way. We need to limit global warming to below 1.5°C and we need to ensure that working families and frontline, fenceline and Indigenous communities are leading the decision making and implementation of these solutions.
This will require effort from all of us. But it will also require leadership that we have not seen up until now.
TEN ACTIONS THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION & CONGRESS MUST TAKE:
- Declare a national climate emergency under the National Emergencies Act.
- Keep forests standing and keep fossil fuels in the ground: Take regulatory actions to shift financial flows from fossil fuels and commodities driving deforestation to climate solutions.
- Stop fossil fuel exports and infrastructure approvals: Thank you for banning KXL. Now please do the same for the Line 3 and DAPL pipelines within your first 100 days in office.
- Pass the BREATHE Act: Re-invest in the safety of our communities. Defund budgets for police forces that have consistently demonstrated that they are fundamentally designed to sustain white privilege at the expense of Black, Brown, and other marginalized communities. This means re-investing in schools, job programs, affordable housing, health, and human resources, and environmental justice. These are the services that keep communities safe.
- Make polluters pay: Investigate and prosecute fossil fuel polluters for the damages they have caused and end all fossil fuel subsidies. Make fossil fuel companies reimburse the government for the COVID funding they received. Commit to veto all legislation that grants legal immunity for polluters, undermines existing environmental laws, or advance false solutions.
- Advance climate justice: Direct federal agencies to assess and mitigate environmental harms to disproportionately impacted Indigenous Peoples, People and Communities of Color, and low-wealth communities.
- Protect our right to protest: we are calling for a national recommitment to protect the fundamental first amendment right of people in every state to peacefully protest injustice without the fear of being maced, beaten, bitten, shot, or thrown into a van by unmarked, unidentifiable government agents.
- Ensure the transition to a clean economy is just: to protect our communities, workers, and economy.
- Power the electricity sector with 100% clean and renewable energy: by 2030 and promote energy democracy.
- Strengthen the Clean Air Act: to set a science-based national pollution cap for greenhouse pollutants. Then, use all Clean Air Act programs to drive emissions towards zero economy-wide.
While there is hope and opportunity in this moment, there is also plenty of work to do — and that will include exercising the basic and vital right to protest and dissent. We are also calling for a national recommitment to protect the fundamental right of people in every U.S. state to peacefully protest injustice without the fear of being maced, beaten, bitten, shot, or thrown into a van by unmarked, unidentifiable government agents.
At Rainforest Action Network, we know a lot about protests and peaceful civil disobedience. That is one of the great levers of positive social change in this country.
We will continue to fight for people and planet. We will continue to join together with committed activists and frontline communities across the globe against systemic injustice. We hope you will join us by voting to increase our CREDO grant now.
Posted on February 19, 2021
The National Women’s Law Center uses the law in all its forms to change culture and drive solutions to the gender inequity that shapes our society and to break down the barriers that harm all of us—especially women of color, LGBTQ people, and low-income women and families.
The below was featured on the NWLC blog on February 16, 2021 and was written by Gillian Branstetter, NWLC Media Manager. We hope you take a few minutes to read this post and then vote for the NWLC to receive a share of our $150,000 monthly donations grant this February.
Almost 50 years since Title IX was passed into law—mandating the equal treatment of boys and girls in school athletics—young women and girls still face barriers their male counterparts do not. While the rate of girls participating in high school athletics has increased more than tenfold since 1972, it’s never reached the level of participation boys had when the law was passed.
And even those few gains have left behind Black, brown, and indigenous girls. According to a joint report between the Law Center and the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, schools where less than 10% of the student body is white are more than twice as likely to have opportunity gaps for girl athletes than schools where 90% of the student body is white.
Overall school athletic participation reached a 30-year low even before the coronavirus pandemic shuttered school sports programs nationwide. But instead of addressing these genuine crises facing women and girl athletes, a vocal minority of lawmakers are more interested in weaponizing the forced scarcity facing girls’ athletics programs against transgender students, themselves facing a long litany of barriers including physical violence, sexual violence, mental health crises, and rejection by their own families.
Inclusive policies for transgender students are already in place for millions of students, covering 16 states and countless districts nationwide that have given trans kids the same opportunities as their peers for years. They’re also supported by a broad base of organizations with lengthy records fighting for more opportunities for female athletes, including the Women’s Sports Foundation, the YWCA, the National Organization for Women, and many more. But lawmakers in 12 states have introduced bills to categorically ban all transgender girls from school athletics in 2021, baselessly accusing them of “stealing” opportunities from their cisgender peers.
In 2020, Idaho passed such a bill into law, banning all transgender girls from competition. The ACLU challenged the law on behalf of Lindsey Hecox, a Boise State cross country runner and transgender girl. A federal judge agreed the law violated Hecox’s right to compete, ruling the state acted in “an invalid interest of excluding transgender women and girls from women’s sports entirely, regardless of their physiological characteristics.”
Now we—along with feminist sports icons like Megan Rapinoe and Billie Jean King—are fighting alongside Hecox as the case goes to appeal. Given the many forms of violence and prejudice trans kids already face at school, banning trans girls from participation further tilts the scales against them while doing nothing to solve the genuine problems facing girls’ athletics programs. In fact, many of these laws would subject all girl athletes to invasive medical examinations—all in the name of policing the bodies of trans students and any girl who doesn’t conform to their school’s stereotypes of femininity.
If, as many of these lawmakers claim, fairness is their goal, they should turn their attention to the unfair advantages many cisgender, white athletes receive by virtue of little more than their zip code—including the remaining gap in resources between boys and girls programs. Auditing school funding for racial disparities, funding efforts to integrate sports programs in racially segregated areas, and making the Department of Education an active partner in this fight are all critical steps lawmakers can take to strengthen girls’ sports opportunities and close the gaps many girls still fall through.
Banning transgender students solves none of these problems and reduces female athletes to a political and bigoted talking point. Title IX remains a landmark civil rights law, and its prohibition on sex discrimination includes any effort to lock out any student because of who they are. But caring about girls’ sports means tearing down the barriers athletes face—not using them as a cudgel against transgender girls.
Posted on February 17, 2021
The pandemic has been tough for so many small businesses across the country, and Black-owned small businesses have been hit especially hard.
A recent poll conducted by CREDO grantee Color Of Change found that almost half of all Black-owned small businesses may have to close their doors by this April, which would have a devastating and long-lasting effect on Black communities.
That’s why it’s so important to shop with Black-owned small businesses this Black History Month — and every month. To help you find where to shop Black in your community and online, Color Of Change has created a “Black Business Green Book” — and we’ve selected a few Black-owned small businesses for you to check out.
Color Of Change, a long time ally who has received more than half a million dollars in donations from CREDO members, created the “Black Business Green Book,” a site where you can search Black-owned small businesses by state or keyword, or browse by a number of categories, including Health/Wellness, Food & Drink, Home Goods and more.
For Black History Month, we’ve curated a selection of businesses below — or feel free to browse the entire directory at the Black Business Green Book.
A 100% vegan bakery that sources organic, local, and seasonal ingredients, Bklyn Bakery (pronounced Brooklyn Bakery) was started by self-taught baker Keyana Bourne, who has a passion for baking, sustainability, and animal welfare. Place an order online to get your fill of tasty vegan, sustainable and cruelty-free treats.
Founded by husband and wife duo Derrick and Ramunda Young, Washington, DC-based independent bookstore MahoganyBooks originally opened online in 2007 to meet the needs of those searching for books about the African Diaspora. Today, the family boasts a brick and mortar shop in DC’s Anacostia neighborhood (with another coming soon) and has been featured on a number of local and national media outlets. They pride themselves on giving back to the community and promoting reading across the greater Washington area.
65% of the world has curly or wavy hair, but only 4 out of 10 girls love their curls. Enter Healthy Roots Dolls. They create dolls and storybooks to help empower young girls to celebrate and represent their diversity. Founder Yelitsa Jean-Charles created the popular doll Zoe “so that children can have a product that makes them feel seen. No one should feel less than because of the kink of their curl or the color of their skin.”
Featured in Forbes and NY Magazine, this Tacoma, Washington gift shop owned by Benita Smith sells locally made goods and fair trade items, from mugs and chocolates to stationary and kitchen items. If you’re in the area, make an appointment for a COVID-safe shopping experience, or shop and order a gift online.
Owner Meckell Milburn’s Revolutionary Healing provides holistic wellness services for Black womxn, including one-on-one yoga sessions and virtual wellness coaching. Meckell (she/her) is deeply invested in black liberation through healing, and holds a number of professional health and wellness certifications. Check out her website and book an appointment online.
“Using art and stories of women in history to inspire, teach and empower” is the tagline for Denver artist Adri Norris’ website and small business, where you can purchase paintings, prints and t-shirts from the artist’s “Women Behaving Badly” series that features Toni Morrison, Josephine Baker, Shirley Chisholm, Sojourner Truth, Audre Lorde, Malala Yousafzai, Billie Jean King and other iconic women.
This online apparel design shop got its name from a New York Times article that called actress Viola Davis “less classically beautiful” and out sprung a viral black & white t-shirt sensation with its namesake across the front. In addition to this classic tee, you can purchase apparel with slogans like “Protect Black Women,” “Believe Black Women,” and “I Asked God. (S)he Said I’m Killin’ It.”
Posted on February 16, 2021
CREDO was founded on the idea that consumers can do business with companies that share their values and do good for people and the planet.
And it’s been more successful than we ever imagined: We’ve donated over $91 million to progressive nonprofits since 1985 — all at no extra cost to our customers who love using our products and services every day.
We recently surveyed members like you on their purchasing habits to get a better sense of what motivates them to spend money with a company that gives back — which will ultimately help us better serve you. Nearly 2,000 CREDO members answered with some incredible and surprising responses, and here are the results.
Which word feels best to describe your political views?
We know very well that personal values and political leanings intersect symbiotically. The majority of our members who value progress on civil rights, reproductive freedom and climate justice tend to identify as progressive, liberal or socialist. According to our survey, our hunches were right — with nearly 77% of respondents identifying as one of the three.
Which, if any, of the below do you do on a regular basis?
Next, we asked our members what political or value-driven activities they engage in regularly. The top four responses align with some of the same activities most of us here at CREDO enjoy, too: Donating to progressive candidates and causes, discussing politics, advocating for important causes, and, of course, buying from companies that share our values.
Which causes are most important to you?
Next, we wanted to know which causes were most important to our members. We know that every issue is important, but when asked to pick the *most* important, climate justice was the overwhelming choice, followed by income inequality, pandemic relief, democracy reform and racial equality.
How often are your buying decisions influenced by your values?
Not surprisingly, more than 96% of our members who responded always, usually or sometimes consider their values when making purchases!
If you learned your current phone company supported causes that don’t align with your values, would you switch?
When it comes to phone companies that align with progressive values, CREDO stands alone. We donate millions to nonprofit groups that fight for LGBTQ rights, economic equality and more — and we never, ever donate to right-wing causes, unlike our competitors.
In fact, AT&T has long been a funder of Republican politicians and conservative causes, and T-Mobile cozied up to the Trump administration by spending nearly $200,000 at Trump’s DC hotel at the same time it needed federal approval for a mega-merger.
When asked, the vast majority of CREDO members would switch to a carrier that aligns with their values.
We also know that some folks or their family members have hesitations about switching to a new cell phone provider — and that’s okay! If you aren’t yet a CREDO customer and want to know how easy it is to make the switch, please give us a call at 866-997-0235.
Posted on February 11, 2021
This coming Valentine’s Day will be unlike any we’ve experienced.
It’s not only because we’re battling a devastating pandemic, but we also now have a president who proved on his very first day in office that he will fight for the LGBTQ community — by signing an executive order to prevent and combat discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. What a refreshing change!
Despite this good news, the battle for equality persists, especially at the state and local levels. Right now, conservative state lawmakers from Montana to Mississippi are shamefully trying to limit the rights of the LGBTQ community, especially transgender people.
For over 35 years, our members who use our products and services every day have helped us fund so many great progressive organizations fighting for civil rights and equality — totaling over $14 million since 1985 — and today, we’d like to lift up some of our recent grantees who are fighting for LGBTQ rights. Read on to learn more about each group, and please give them a follow to support their important work.
National LGBTQ Task Force
The National LGBTQ Task Force is the country’s oldest national LGBTQ advocacy group and a longtime CREDO ally in the fight for equality. The Task Force utilized a recent grant from CREDO members to ensure the LGBTQ community wasn’t overlooked in the 2020 Census and that everyone would be counted. Since 1986, CREDO members have helped us donate $496,678 to the Task Force.
Today, some of the Task Force’s work includes advocating for state-specific LGBTQ rights legislation, like in Michigan, and an upcoming Sex Ed Leadership Project which “aims to strengthen local efforts by young LGBTQ activists to advocate for sex education policy changes.”
Transgender Law Center
Transgender Law Center is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all. A recent donation from CREDO helped the organization address the humanitarian crisis for all migrants at the border, especially transgender people, by protecting healthcare access, representing and assisting vulnerable immigrants and litigating to hold ICE responsible for abuses. CREDO members have given $67,920 to TLC.
TLC continues to advocate for the Trans Agenda for Liberation, a community-led guide that “addresses the urgent political, legal, and social violence enacted against our communities, while channeling trans imagination to bring our boldest visions to life.”
American Civil Liberties Union
Whether it’s winning full equality for LGBTQ people, fighting for immigrants, ending mass incarceration, or preserving abortion or voting rights, the ACLU is on the frontlines defending all people from government abuse and overreach. Since 1988, CREDO has donated $1,534,239 million to the ACLU and its affiliates..
Recently, the ACLU and its state affiliates have been fighting discriminatory legislation in state legislatures, including bills in South Dakota that would ban transgender people from obtaining birth certificates that accurately reflect their identity; multiple bills in North Dakota attacking trans athletes, discriminating against LGBTQ people, and making it more difficult for LGBTQ people to adopt a newborn; and incredibly discriminatory Alabama policy that violates the rights of transgender people.
National Women’s Law Center
NWLC uses the law in all its forms to change culture and drive solutions to the gender inequity that shapes our society and to break down the barriers that harm all of us—especially women of color, LGBTQ people, and low-income women and families.
An upcoming CREDO grant will help NWLC fight for gender justice, taking on issues that are central to the lives of women and girls by driving change in the courts, public policy, and our society, especially for women facing multiple forms of discrimination. Be sure to vote for them on our ballot this month at CREDODonations.com to help distribute our $150,000 grant.
Posted on February 9, 2021
If you’re like most Americans, you want to spend your hard-earned dollars with companies that share your values. That’s why we founded CREDO — to give consumers an alternative to big profit-driven, mega-corporations while helping fund the progressive causes we all care about.
One of our competitors, AT&T, sees things very differently. Instead of empowering their customers to make positive social change, AT&T is well known for donating millions to Republican politicians, right-wing causes, and Donald Trump.
If you or a family member are considering making the switch to a carrier with a conscience, consider whether you want your money funding civil rights, equality and climate justice — or the Republican Party and the conservative movement. Here’s a comparison of how your money is spent to power progress with CREDO or fund Republicans with AT&T.
AT&T donated more than $2 million to Republicans in the 2020 election.
CREDO donated more than $2 million to progressive nonprofits in 2020.
During the 2020 election season, while AT&T’s Political Action Committee was donating more than $2 million to the Republican Party and right-wing candidates, CREDO members helped us donate more than $2 million to progressive nonprofits, like the ACLU, Earthjustice, Black Voters Matter and March for Our Lives.
You can see the full list of all the groups we’ve funded at CREDODonations.com — totalling more than $91 million since 1985!
AT&T gave $2,053,000 to Republicans who tried to subvert American democracy.
CREDO has given over $10 million to groups fighting to expand voting rights & protect democracy.
According to reporting by Judd Legum, AT&T donated $2,053,000 to 130 Republicans who announced that they would overturn the will of the voters and object to certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral college victory. These same far-right politicians fanned the flames of subverting our democracy which led to the domestic terrorist attack on the U.S Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 — and the deaths of at least five people, including a Capitol Police officer.
In contrast, strengthening democracy and expanding the right to vote is a core value at CREDO. That’s why we’ve donated more than $10 million in total to groups like Fair Fight Action, Black Voters Matter, Vote.org and the Brennan Center for Justice. In 2020, our members helped us go above and beyond to launch “CREDO Votes 2020,” a special project to educate voters, get out the vote and donate an extra $250,000 to voting rights non-profit organizations.
AT&T has donated at least $3 million to anti-LGBTQ and anti-abortion Republicans.
CREDO has given millions to LGBTQ and women’s rights groups
AT&T can rainbow-stripe its logo for Pride Month and claim it supports the LGBTQ community, but it won’t make up for the fact that AT&T is directly funding politicians who are fighting against equality and LGBTQ rights. While AT&T has long touted its inclusive employee policies and support of LGBTQ causes, AT&T donated a total of $2,755,000 to 193 anti-LGBTQ politicians in 2017 and 2018.
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 donated almost $200,000 to politicians in states leading the fight to ban abortions and restrict women’s rights.
Here at CREDO, LGBTQ equality and women’s rights are fundamental to our company’s values. We don’t need to change our logo for Pride because we’ve been standing with the LGBTQ community since our founding, long before other companies were co-opting it for a PR stunt — and we have the receipts to prove it. We’ve donated millions to groups like the National LGBTQ Task Force, Transgender Law Center, the ACLU and other nonprofits fighting for LGBTQ rights. We’ve also donated millions to groups working for full gender equality and to protect a woman’s fundamental right to have an abortion, like NARAL Pro-Choice America, Ultraviolet, and Planned Parenthood, as one of their largest corporate donors.