It’s Time to End the War on Wolves in the Northern Rockies

Note from the CREDO team: This December, Defenders of Wildlife is among three amazing groups that will receive a share of our monthly grant. Funding from the CREDO community will help Defenders of Wildlife’s scientists, lawyers, advocates and activists protect wildlife in courtrooms and in communities across the nation.

Read this important blog by Defenders of Wildlife’s Jamie Rappaport Clark and originally posted here about the group’s work protecting gray wolves, then click here to visit CREDODonations.com to cast your vote to help determine how we distribute our monthly grant to this organization and our other amazing grantees this December.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now long overdue on determining whether federal protections should be restored for gray wolves in the Northern Rockies. While gray wolves are now protected in most states under the Endangered Species Act, the populations in the Northern Rockies states of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho are still in grave danger.

Throughout my career, including years overseeing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and now leading Defenders of Wildlife, I’ve watched the treatment of these incredible animals with intensifying outrage. Lawmakers in Montana and Idaho have relaxed wolf hunting rules. Idaho now supports a bounty of up to $2,000 per animal to kill wolves, permits year-round trapping on private land, and allows hunters and trappers to kill an unlimited number. Meanwhile, Montana relaxed state trapping rules to include snaring wolves and now permits baiting and night hunting. As with Idaho, Montana allows bounties and has even increased the number of wolves allowed to be killed in a season. Wolves are being targeted with little regard for science, long-standing wildlife management principles, or acknowledgment of their contribution to the ecosystems they inhabit and the economies they bolster.

Image: Larry Gambo

In September 2021, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued an initial finding stating that “human-caused mortality” may be a “potential threat” for wolves in the Northern Rockies and that the federal protection requested by two petitions may be warranted. Under federal law, the agency is required to decide whether a listing is warranted within one year of receiving the first petition. However, the service missed the deadline this June, triggering a handful of conservation organizations to file a lawsuit. So far, there has been no response.

Is the agency I was proud to lead going to allow a handful of states to roll back history and undermine one of the great wildlife restoration stories of the last century? Will it continue to stand by and watch decades of collaborative wolf recovery work be for naught?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must issue its determination and protect wolves in the Northern Rockies. Not only does the agency have the legal responsibility to respond to the petition, but it also has a moral obligation to protect a species so critical to the balance of nature and which hundreds of other wildlife species depend on. Regardless, federal protections should be immediately reinstated before the situation gets worse for wolves. Without this important oversight, it certainly will.

Thanks to CREDO members, the Center for Constitutional Rights continues the fight for a more just and liberatory world

Through high-impact litigation, advocacy campaigns, and strategic communications, our grantees at the Center for Constitutional Rights partner with progressive social movements to dismantle structural racism, gender oppression, economic inequity, and abusive government power. 

In May 2022, CREDO members voted to donate $34,000 to help CCR fight oppressive systems of power, protect social movements and communities under threat, and build a more just and liberatory world.

Powered in part by the generosity of CREDO and our members, CCR had some recent victories and launched some great new initiatives. Here’s a quick rundown from the organization:

Recent Victories

In August, CCR and a delegation of clients hosted by CCR from our Louisiana Environmental Racism Justice Project traveled to Geneva, Switzerland to testify at the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’s (CERD) latest review of the United States. 

On August 30, the Committee issued their report, which took the unprecedented step of calling on the U.S. government to address the legacies of colonialism and slavery by beginning a process to provide reparations to descendants of enslaved people. The Committee also took the unusual step of citing human rights violations in a specific state: environmental racism in Louisiana’s Cancer Alley. 

Their report incorporated several of the delegation’s proposals, among them “adopting moratoriums on the authorization of new heavy industry facilities and expansion of existing ones,” and “protect[ing] historical sites of cultural significance for these communities from harm by extractive and manufacturing industries.” 

While affected communities have been calling attention to the harms of toxic industries in Cancer Alley for decades, the day after our clients testified, they received an invitation from the Army Corps of Engineers for a consultation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

New Initiatives

This year marked the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, which was opened by the Bush administration after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Since its opening in 2002, CCR has been at the forefront of the legal battle against indefinite detention and torture at Guantánamo, directly representing dozens of detainees in habeas cases, before military commissions, and in civil cases, and doing all we can to advance efforts to close the prison in a just manner. This year brought once-unimaginable developments, including the transfer of two CCR clients, and the eligibility for transfer of the remaining three.

Among the latter is Guled Hassan Duran, who was brought to Guantánamo in 2006 after being rendered at CIA black sites following his capture in Djibouti. Upon his transfer to Guantánamo, the U.S. government designated Guled as a High-Value Detainee (HVD) — but unlike nearly all of the 16 others so designated, he was never charged or even slated for prosecution — an indication that the government did not believe it had much of a case against him. On January 10, 2022, the Biden administration announced that Guled had been approved for transfer through the administrative Periodic Review Board (PRB) process. (PRBs are parole-like administrative proceedings held before representatives of multiple federal agencies in which the government determines whether or not to clear a detainee for release. The decision must be unanimous to take effect.) As a result, Guled became the first High Value Detainee to be cleared for release from Guantánamo through the PRB process. The development was a remarkable milestone that opened the door to potential clearances of additional HVDs and eventual closure of the prison.

Despite Guled’s clearance for transfer, he remains imprisoned due to inaction by both the courts and the Biden administration. On November 7, CCR and co-counsel filed a motion in federal court urging the judge to act on Guled’s long-stalled habeas case, in which discovery motions were filed in fall 2020 but no ruling has been issued. At the same time, the government said it would make “vigorous efforts” to transfer Guled, but has not done so, according to his legal team. Guled’s need for transfer has been made all the more urgent by continuing medical problems exacerbated by his abuse in a CIA black site, including a hospitalization in October for life-threatening intestinal maladies. We hope this new legal filing will urge the court to facilitate his transfer.

If you’d like to learn more or get involved with CCR, please visit their website, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Fairness Project thanks CREDO members for huge victories on Election Night

Our grantee partners at the Fairness Project help grassroots organizations run ballot initiatives to support working families. In just a few years, the organization has raised wages and brought health care, paid leave and more to over 17.7 million people. 

In July 2021, CREDO members voted to donate $50,805 to help the Fairness Project empower voters through ballot initiatives to win progressive policy change for economic, racial, and gender justice by raising wages, expanding Medicaid, guaranteeing paid leave, curbing predatory lending, and more.

And thanks in part to CREDO members, the Fairness Project had an incredible election night winning ballot initiatives across the country. Here’s a quick update from Kelly Hall, the executive director of the Fairness Project, to CREDO members on the organization’s victories during the November midterm election:

I wanted to take a moment to both thank you for your support, and highlight some of the very bright spots from our work at the Fairness Project you helped make possible:

We WON in South Dakota! 

  • 42,000 South Dakotans now have access to Medicaid coverage, making it the seventh state to expand Medicaid via a voter approved ballot initiative. 

 

We WON in Michigan and Vermont!

  • Over 5 million women in Michigan and Vermont have their right to an abortion protected, whichwill also set the stage for more states to protect or restore abortion access next cycle.

 

We WON in Nebraska!

  • We passed a $15 minimum wage, giving a raise to over 150,000 people.

 

We WON in Arizona!

  • We capped interest rates on medical debt and protected millions of Arizonans from losing their homes and savings to debt. 

 

We WON in Arkansas!

  • We defeated an extremist attempt to hamstring future ballot measures with a requirement to win with a 60% supermajority, holding open the option to pass progress at the ballot box there for years to come.

 

I cannot stress this enough: none of this would have happened without your support, in all the ways. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

If you’d like to learn more or get involved with The Fairness Project, please visit their website, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Right Wing War on Teaching the Truth

Note from the CREDO team: This December, the Zinn Education Project is among three amazing groups that will receive a share of our monthly grant. Funding from the CREDO community will help the Zinn Education Project double the number of Teaching for Black Lives teacher-led study groups; expand its Climate Justice and Reconstruction education campaigns; and defend the right to teach honestly in the face of anti-history education laws.

Read this important blog post from a Rethinking Schools editor then click here to visit CREDODonations.com to cast your vote to help determine how we distribute our monthly grant to this organization and our other amazing grantees this December.

At least thirty-six states have introduced or enacted bills or rules to restrict teaching about history, identity, and today’s social realities. Right-wing activists are mounting attacks at school board meetings, libraries, and on social media. They aim to ban teaching critical race theory (CRT), “divisive topics,” and discussion of gender and sexuality.

The real target is the truth.

Although the framing of these laws and penalties varies across states, they are all part of a coordinated right-wing campaign to enforce a single message to educators: Shut up or else.

Tennessee prohibits teachers from even including material in the curriculum that promotes “division between, or resentment of, a race, sex, religion, creed, nonviolent political affiliation, social class, or class of people.” This law could make it impossible to teach the U.S. Constitution as a document written by white men that protected slavery  or Andrew Jackson’s justification of the Indian Removal Act. Florida’s so called “don’t say gay” law restricts lessons on gender and sexuality — intended, according to Gov. Ron DeSantis, to stop the spread of “woke gender ideology.” Penalties for violating these bans range from fines against teachers and revocation of their teaching licenses, to withholding state funding and rescinding school districts’ accreditation, to the threat of lawsuits by parents.

By requiring educators to lie to students through omission, euphemism, and sanitized accounts of the past and present, these are anti-education measures as surely as those that once made it illegal for enslaved people to learn to read.

After the Zinn Education Project (coordinated by Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change) invited educators to “pledge to teach the truth” (“We, the undersigned educators, refuse to lie to young people about U.S. history and current events”), the right-wing website The Daily Wire published the names of roughly 5,000 educators who signed the pledge, and organized a hit list by state and community. Dozens of teachers received hate mail, online harassment, and calls for their dismissal.

The demand that our classrooms become sites of inquiry about racism, sexism, and the long struggle for freedom comes from young people themselves. They see the “savage inequalities” in their daily lives, and they want to know “Why is it like this? How did we get here? What can we do about it?”

In many places, Republican legislators introduce “anti-CRT” bills alongside efforts to restrict the vote. They know what polls reveal: Young people aren’t voting for them. On climate change, young people want immediate action; they want increased taxation of the wealthy, college debt relief, and affordable health care; they see our country’s increasing racial and gender diversity as good, and cite racial justice as a worthy goal. Republicans do not propose a single policy to address their concerns. By targeting K–12 education, conservatives avoid the cause of their own unpopularity — a free market, serve-the-rich political project.

The right’s assault on the truth has dangerous consequences beyond the ballot box. When a gunman murdered five people (and injured dozens more) in an LGBTQ bar in Colorado Springs in November, the police insisted the killer’s motives were uncertain. But after several years of nonstop attacks on LGBTQ people by right-wing media, only the willfully ignorant could fail to draw a connection. The teenager who killed 10 African Americans in Buffalo last May wrote a manifesto filled with right-wing media tropes about the “great replacement theory.”

Across the country, educators bravely defy Republicans’ curricular gag-rules and incendiary rhetoric. One need only scan the table of contents of recent issues of the social justice education magazine Rethinking Schools to find the kind of critical teaching that is off-limits under many of these bills: “Shape-Shifting Segregation Policies: Using Mexican American School Segregation to Discuss Structural Racism” (Winter 2020–21), Can a 4-Year-Old Know Her Gender Identity? Yes. (Summer 2022), “Teaching the Radical Rosa Parks” (Fall 2020). Educators teach for justice by helping students see injustice, imagine possible remedies, and develop the tools to enact them.

These attacks are scary, particularly for educators who are already vulnerable: teachers of color, LGBTQ educators, early-career educators, and those working without strong unions. Overt resistance may not always be possible. That is why educators need parents, students, community groups, civil rights organizations, labor unions, and elected officials to join us to defend teaching the truth — testifying at school board meetings, writing letters to the editor and op-eds, and unseating the elected officials who are the architects of these attacks.

Teaching for justice is not easy. But those who do this work join an esteemed collective of educators, past and present, who have taught children that, to paraphrase Eduardo Galeano, tomorrow can be more than just another name for today.

Ursula Wolfe-Rocca taught high school social studies for 20 years. She is an organizer and curriculum writer for the Zinn Education Project and is on the editorial board of Rethinking Schools magazine. This essay was adapted from an editorial in Rethinking Schools.

Vote for All Hands and Hearts, Defenders of Wildlife and Zinn Education Project this December

Every month, CREDO members vote to distribute our monthly grant to three incredible progressive causes – and every vote makes a difference. This December, you can support disaster relief, protect wildlife habitats and promote the “people’s history” in education by voting to fund All Hands and Hearts, Defenders of Wildlife and Zinn Education Project.

All Hands and Hearts

All Hands and Hearts provides community-inspired, volunteer-powered disaster relief. We’ve worked alongside 140 disaster-affected communities, inviting over 63,000 volunteers to clear debris, repair homes, build schools and much more.

A general support grant would provide crucial funding to help us continue making commitments to disaster survivors who may not receive help elsewhere, and it would help our organization build capacity, so we can deploy our services efficiently.

Defenders of Wildlife

Up to a million species are facing extinction – some within the next decade – unless we take immediate action to save them. Defenders works tirelessly to identify and implement innovative solutions to protect endangered species and their habitat.

Funding from CREDO will help our scientists, lawyers, advocates and activists protect wildlife in courtrooms and in communities across the nation. It is essential that we work together to be the voice for the animals that cannot speak for themselves.

  Zinn Education Project

The Zinn Ed Project introduces students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula. We help equip students with analytical tools to make sense of and improve the world today.

CREDO funding will help the Zinn Education Project double the number of Teaching for Black Lives teacher-led study groups; expand our Climate Justice and Reconstruction education campaigns; and defend the right to teach honestly in the face of anti-history education laws.

Your vote this month will determine how we divide our monthly donations among these three progressive groups. Be sure to cast your vote to support one, two or all three by December 31.

CREDO members who use our products and services everyday are the reason we are able to make these donations each month. Learn more about CREDO Mobile and join our movement.

Our November 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 working for economic justice, civil rights and immigrant rights. In November, CREDO members voted to distribute our monthly donation among Good360, Government Accountability Project and National Immigration Law Center.

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 November grant recipients thank you.

  Good360

“Thank you for helping Good360 close the need gap. CREDO members like you make it possible for us to get critically needed goods into the hands of millions of people in need around the globe, opening opportunity for all.” – Romaine Seguin, CEO, Good360

To learn more, visit good360.org.

Government Accountability Project

“Thank you for stepping up to be a champion for the truth. CREDO members like you help us spread our message and hold the powerful accountable. Your support is critical to ensuring that truth-tellers will prevail!” – Louis Clark, Executive Director & CEO, Government Accountability Project

To learn more, visit whistleblower.org.

NILC Immigrant Justice Fund

“NILC Immigrant Justice Fund builds political power to ensure that immigrant communities have a voice and the means to affect change. This fight is a collective one; we could not do our work without people like you. Thanks so much for your support.” – Victoria Ballesteros, Executive Vice President, Strategic Communications and Narrative Change

To learn more, visit www.immigrantjusticefund.org.

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

Turn off this one setting to save your smartphone battery

If you’ve noticed your smartphone’s battery draining faster than usual, you’re not alone. It happens to all of us — and we make sure our charger is always close by.

So what can you do to save the charge in your battery day after day?

We have a super simple solution: Turn off background app refresh. In this week’s tip, we’ll show you how to turn off this setting to save your battery.

Background app refresh is a feature on Android and iPhone devices that allows apps to download data in the background when you’re not using them so you have up-to-date information when you start to use the app again. This can be useful for messaging or news apps so you can have fresh information every time you access them. 

However, this setting can use extra data and battery in the background. While some say that this feature doesn’t affect your device’s performance, both Android and Apple’s power saving modes turn off background app refresh, so we recommend turning it off, too, unless you really need it. Here’s how:

Turn off background app refresh on iPhone

  1. Go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh > then tap Background App Refresh again
  2. To turn this setting off completely, tap Off. You can also choose whether or not you want this setting to work only over WiFi.
  3. If you want to choose certain apps to use this setting, tap Back, then toggle which apps you want to turn on and off.

Turn off background app refresh on Android

Turning off this setting may vary by phone. Please check with your manufacturer if the below steps don’t work for your device.

  1. Go to Settings > Network & Internet > Data Saver
  2. Turn Data Saver on

Like the iPhone, you can also use this setting to choose which apps you would like to use this feature if you don’t want to turn off all apps from refreshing in the background.

Here’s what to do if your smartphone gets wet

We all dread the day when it happens: you’ve dropped your smartphone in a puddle or pool, or even worse, a toilet. 

So what now? You rush to wipe it off and throw it in a bowl of rice, right?

Not so fast, and don’t panic. Here are some quick tips and tricks to dry your phone and save it from certain doom — the right way.

Device Insurance

Before we dive into the official tips for trying to save your smartphone from potential ruin, we would be remiss if we didn’t plead with you to purchase insurance for your device. 

Consumers lose millions of dollars every year from accidental damage, and water damage ranks near the top of the list. If you have an Apple device, look into purchasing AppleCare. If you have a device from another manufacturer, check with their customer service team — or check to see if your CREDO device is eligible for insurance.

Tips if your iPhone gets wet

Many newer iPhones have pretty good water resistance, so don’t fret if your device gets wet — but you’ll still want to dry it off as soon as possible to prevent any damage. Here are some tips straight from Apple’s website to dry out and save your device:

  1. Remove the device from the liquid and wipe your phone off with a lint-free cloth.
  2. Tap it gently against your hand with the Lightning connector facing down to remove excess liquid.
  3. Leave your iPhone in a dry area with some airflow. Placing your iPhone in front of a fan blowing cool air directly into the Lightning connector might help the drying process.
  4. Don’t use an external heat source or stick anything like a napkin or cotton swab in the ports.
  5. Don’t try to charge your device for at least five hours with a cable.
  6. If you see a liquid detection alert on your screen, visit Apple’s website here.

Tips if your Samsung/Android device gets wet

If you have an Android device, including those from Samsung, the official steps are fairly similar. Here’s what Samsung suggests:

  1. Remove the device from the liquid and wipe it off with a clean cloth or towel.
  2. Remove any water from the battery or any other openings. Samsung suggests you can use a “cotton bud” to ensure complete moisture removal.
  3. Air dry in a well-ventilated area or use cool air from a fan. Do not use external heat, like from a hair dryer.
  4. The manufacturer recommends bringing the device to a service center in case excess moisture remains in the device.

If all else fails, some users have found certain drying agents, like silica gel, couscous and instant rice may help speed up the drying process, but we suggest that you seek a certified repair technician recommended by your manufacturer to recover your device and/or the data stored on it.

CREDO members are helping Earthjustice protect the planet

Our long-time grantee Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. They wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to stand up to polluters, advance clean energy, protect public health, and fight for justice for people and the planet.

In March 2022, CREDO members voted to distribute $36,850 help Earthjustice take on the most consequential legal fights of our time, moving urgently to zero emissions and 100% clean energy to address the climate crisis and ensure a healthy environment for all. In total, our members have enabled us to donate $903,909 to empower Earthjustice’s critical work to protect our environment since 1998.

Here’s an update from Earthjustice highlighting some of their recent victories and new projects, thanks to funding from CREDO members:

Recent victories

Earthjustice has made significant forward movement to accelerate the nationwide transition to zero emissionsand 100% clean energy that is climate-safe and disaster-resilient. 

  • Our Right to Zero campaign, which began in California, is now bicoastal. 
  • We helped persuade New Jersey and New York to adopt the Advanced Clean Trucks Rule, which we helped get passed first in California. We are now helping Washington D.C. implement the rule and celebrate its recent adoption in Oregon and Washington state. 
  • Thanks to our work, Maryland is committing to zero-emissions wind power; Arizona is making energy rates equitable for solar customers; Colorado is fast-tracking electric vehicles; and California is calling out bad behavior from gas utility companies.

It has been an extraordinary year for Earthjustice in our work enforcing and defending the Clean Water Act and using other laws and advocacy to protect our waters from pollution. After successfully defending the Clean Water Act in the Supreme Court in a case over the Lahaina sewage plant in Maui County, Hawai‘i, we returned to federal district court and won a ruling enforcing our Supreme Court victory.

We celebrate our historic win at the D.C. District Court this summer, which invalidated the Biden administration’s reckless decision to offer oil and gas leases on a staggering 80 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico — the largest offshore lease sale in U.S. history. The decision marks a pivotal victory in our fight to defend Gulf communities and the planet from the worsening climate crisis. We will continue to pressure President Biden to make good on his campaign promises to stop offshore leasing once and for all. 

Earthjustice has also halted lease sales in Utah’s Uinta Basin and new oil and gas permits in California’s Kern County.

New projects

In April, Earthjustice, CleanAirNow, the Sierra Club, and the Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of California challenging the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) decision to replace the vast majority of its delivery fleet with polluting and fuel-guzzling combustion mail trucks. The Postal Service signed a contract and spent millions of dollars on a new combustion fleet before it even began conducting an environmental analysis.The agency received over 35,000 comments from federal and state agencies, scientists, labor organizations,environmentalists, and community groups all concerned about the gaping holes in the analysis and the long-term consequences of this mistake. 

Earthjustice is representing CleanAirNow and the Sierra Club in the lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California, and the Center for Biological Diversity is representing itself. NRDC, representing the United Auto Workers, also filed suit against the Postal Service. And well over a dozen states,including California, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland,Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, as well as the City of New York and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District also filed a lawsuit against the Postal Service for its plans to invest in thousands of polluting mail trucks.

In August, Earthjustice filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in federal court for allowing hundreds of toxic coal ash landfills to avoid compliance with important federal health and environmental protections. Earthjustice mined databases buried in EPA archives and found that the agency exempted at least half a billion tons of coal ash in nearly 300 landfills in 38 states from standards designed to protect people from cancer-causing chemicals. The landfills are sited disproportionately in low-income communities and communities of color. It is enough coal ash to fill train cars that could go around the earth two times. Earthjustice filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. on behalf of plaintiffs Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (TN), Indiana State Conference and LaPorte County Branch of the National Association forAdvancement of Colored People, Hoosier Environmental Council (IN), Sierra Club, Clean Power Lake County (IL),and Environmental Integrity Project.

If you’d like to learn more or get involved with Earthjustice, please visit their website, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tiktok..

Thanks to CREDO members, When We All Vote is building an informed and engaged electorate

Since 2018, our grantee partners at When We All Vote, an initiative of Civic Nation, have brought together individuals, institutions, brands, and organizations to register new voters across the country, advance civic education for voters of every age, and build an informed and engaged electorate for generations to come.

In March 2022, CREDO members voted to distribute $35,750 to help the organization’s voter programs ahead of the 2022 Midterm Elections. With direct attacks on our democracy, WWAV remains committed to changing the culture around voting, increasing voter participation, and closing the race and age voting gap.

Here’s an update from WWAV highlighting some recent victories and new projects, thanks to funding from CREDO members:

Recent victories

We are incredibly grateful for CREDO’s support and are pleased to share some of our successes and accomplishments over the course of the year.

This year, When We All Vote:

  • Volunteers reached more than one million voters via text
  • Recruited more than 3,000 people to serve as poll workers
  • Hosted more than 200 parties at or near polling locations as a part of the organization’s Party at the Polls Program
  • Recruited and partnered with more than 200 high schools to launch My School Votes clubs and secured three district-wide partnerships
  • Partnered with nearly 100 media, corporate and nonprofit organizations, and an additional 14 professional sports teams and leagues joined When We All Vote as part of the Rally the Vote coalition
  • Hosted over 20 virtual rallies and trainings that reached nearly 10,000 volunteers

This year, WWAV has recruited and trained 366 chapter leaders in 44 states through our new Chapter Leader Program, which includes monthly trainings to support both entry-level and super volunteers up and down the ladder of engagement. This new infrastructure lends to more stability and deeper, long-term relationships that we can build on. WWAV also launched the VOTE LOUD HBCU Squad Challenge in March, as part of our Voting Squad Program, to empower HBCU students to take a leading role in voter registration, education, and mobilization. These Squads will help register students and the surrounding communities to vote in 2022 and beyond.

Additionally, My School Votes (MSV), our high school student engagement program, is running a Student Ambassador (SA) program. The SA Program is a paid six-week leadership opportunity for 31 current high school students, recent graduates, and college students. Student Ambassadors will help expand MSV into target districts.

During the week of September 19, WWAV embarked on our National Week Of Action to get thousands of voters registered and ready to vote. Our volunteers & MSV students hosted more than 150 voter registration events all across the country.

New projects

In order to combat disinformation that plagues our nation, our multifaceted marketing and communications strategy is designed to empower Americans with knowledge about our government and its role in it and to combat disinformation that seeks to erode our democracy. 

One key element of our strategy was our Culture of Democracy Summit. On June 10, 2022, WWAV hosted the first ever Culture of Democracy Summit featuring WWAV founder, Michelle Obama, and several other co-chairs, celebrity ambassadors, and voting rights activists who support WWAV’s work and vision, including Chris Paul, Selena Gomez, Liza Koshy, Bretman Rock, Kerry Washington, former Attorney General Eric Holder, Magic Johnson, Doc Rivers, David Hogg, Nikole Hannah Jones, and more. 

The inspiring four-day nonpartisan convening brought together artists, athletes, academics, grassroots organizers, and business leaders to discuss the role different industries play in protecting and strengthening democracy through voter registration, education, mobilization, and culture change. The summit allowed leaders to discuss how we can collectively support each other in this work for the midterms and beyond, connecting on common themes of funding, fighting voter suppression, and voter engagement. More than 1,300 people convened at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles for the final day of the Summit. WWAV also announced the winners of the first-ever Culture of Democracy Awards, which recognized leaders across industries and communities doing critical work to advance WWAV’s mission.

In September, following the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, WWAV and a group of climate and community organizations, led by Climate Power, announced Vote Future, a new effort to boost youth voter participation in the 2022 midterm elections. The joint nonpartisan campaign educated young voters about the benefits of the Inflation Reduction Act, the most significant climate legislation ever passed in the U.S., and equipped them with the tools to make their voices heard at the ballot box.

Most recently, When We All Vote launched Party at the Polls, a celebratory voter engagement strategy proven to increase voter participation. When We All Vote joined partners and volunteers to host more than 200 celebrations at or near polling locations across the country to increase voter turnout and bring communities together to celebrate voting with music, food and fun activities.

If you’d like to learn more or get involved with When We All Vote, please visit their website, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.