Ways to celebrate Pride during the pandemic from our allies

In the midst of a global pandemic and a nation reeling from the murder of George Floyd, this year’s regularly scheduled Pride events will feel a little different. Instead of city streets flooded with colorful flags and fun outfits, the big parades have been swapped for digital drag shows, and dance parties have moved to FaceTime and Zoom. (But at least you can still show off your vocal skills at Queerantine Queeraoke — yes, it’s real!).

These difficult times also give us a chance to digitally recognize the strength of the LGBTQ community and recognize how much further we have to go to reach full equality — right from home.

Our allies at the ACLU, Transgender Law Center and the Trevor Project have offered some resources to help you celebrate Pride and continue the fight for equality this month while staying safe and healthy.

From the ACLU: Honoring Aimee Stephens

The American Civil Liberties Union works to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people can live openly without discrimination and enjoy equal rights, personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association. The ACLU brought its first LGBTQ rights case in 1936, and today, the organization brings more LGBTQ cases and advocacy initiatives than any other national organization.

This month, the ACLU is urging allies to raise awareness about three important LGBTQ cases before the Supreme Court, including the case of Aimee Stephens, who was fired from her job when she told her employer that she would be true to herself and come to work as the woman she is. The ACLU helped to bring Aimee’s case to the Supreme Court as the first transgender civil rights case before the high court. 

Sadly, Aimee died in May, but the ACLU is asking people to honor her memory. First, read this blog post about Aimee’s story, then share this video of Aimee discussing her case in her own words.

From Transgender Law Center: TransAgenda for Liberation

Transgender Law Center (TLC) is the largest national trans-led organization advocating for a world in which all people are free to define themselves and their futures. This year during Pride Month, they are urging their supporters to remember the Black trans leadership that launched the LGBTQ movement in the first place. Black trans women and other trans women of color fought back against police brutality at Stonewall and continue to do so now. 

In March, TLC and a coalition of Black and brown trans women, Indigenous folks, people who were incarcerated, disabled trans people, those living with HIV, elders, youth, and other members of our community launched the  Trans Agenda for Liberation. The first pillar of our Trans Agenda for Liberation is Black Trans Women and Black Trans Femmes Living and Leading Fiercely. Read it here: https://transgenderlawcenter.org/black-trans-women-black-trans-femmes-leading-living-fiercely 

The #TransAgenda is the community-led guide towards the world we all deserve. Towards a world that truly honors the lives of Nina Pop, Tony McDade, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many other Black people who have been lost too soon. Pledge your support to the Trans Agenda here: https://transgenderlawcenter.org/trans-agenda-for-liberation

From the Trevor Project: “Pride Everywhere”

The Trevor Project Pride is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth. For this year’s Pride celebrations, the organization launched its “Pride Everywhere” campaign, because as the Trevor Project rightfully puts it, “Pride isn’t just about parades, it’s about celebrating what makes our LGBTQ community thrive. No matter how challenging things may seem, this much is true: Pride isn’t going anywhere, because Pride is everywhere.”

Here are two ways you can participate:

  1. Create your own #PrideEverywhere photo to use on social media
    • Visit the Trevor Project’s website
    • Scroll halfway down the page
    • Click on the link to create your own #PrideEverywhere photo
  2. Watch and share the Trevor Project’s “Pride Everywhere” video featuring Demi Lovato

Black Lives Matter: A Letter from CREDO

We write to you today with a very heavy heart. We are saddened but also so angry at the murder of George Floyd by a White Minneapolis police officer. It once again serves as a stark reminder of the ways White supremacy and systemic racism stack the deck of the criminal justice system against Black people.

As we watch the protests unfold across the country — including the callous and violent escalations by police and military forces — we can’t help but think about what Dr. Martin Luther King said in 1967:

 “A riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.”

Right now, Black communities are feeling so much pain and anguish, from the coronavirus pandemic that is falling disproportionately on them to a failing healthcare system that ignores them and shuts them out. Now, as Black and Brown people who have had their voices systematically silenced for hundreds of years are again crying out for change in the wake of another racist murder, our leaders are trying to silence them once again. 

We need justice and accountability for George Floyd, as well as Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Freddie Gray, Laquan McDonald, Philando Castile, O’Shae Terry, Michael Brown, and the thousands of other Black people whose names we do not know who have been killed by the hands of a brutal policing system. 

Ultimately, while we have fought alongside our allies for decades in the pursuit of civil rights and equality, our company can’t change the centuries of oppression, racism and White supremacy that have taken Black lives and erased their histories. But we will always support Black people and do what we can to end the war on Black lives.

Yet, we don’t have all the answers. We won’t offer platitudes or words of comfort, because there’s nothing we can say right now that will change how you and we are feeling. CREDO has always stood for progress, justice and equality, and we’re more committed now than ever to live these values for our employees and our customers. Over the last 35 years, our members have helped us donate more than $28 million to groups fighting for civil rights, and we will continue funding our allies in the Black Lives Matter movement and our civil rights grantees like NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the ACLU. 

We will also be donating an additional $50,000 to our long-time allies at Color Of Change to continue their critical work fighting injustice in all its forms. 

This summer and fall, we will aggressively work to ensure more people register to vote, have access to the ballot — despite attempts at voter suppression, especially in communities of color — and make their voices heard in our elections. Because our only hope to change this deeply unequal system will come, in part, when we change the leaders in charge who stoke violence, promote hate and continue the institutionalized racism so pervasive today.

But voting isn’t the only solution, and our members have asked us what they can do right now. For starters, we can not — we must not — stay silent. We urge you, too, to speak out. If you’re a White person, you must truly understand your privilege, learn to be a better ally and listen to Black people to understand what they are feeling. 

We’ve also compiled a short list of resources and actions you can take right now, including donating to groups on the front lines of this movement, ways to speak out from home and information if you decide to join a protest. This is by no means comprehensive, and we apologize ahead of time if an organization, call to action or another resource hasn’t been included. Please tweet us at @CREDOMobile, and we’ll do our best to lift up your voice.

 

Sincerely,
Ray Morris, CREDO

Our May 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 gun violence prevention, clean water and peace. In May, over 55,000 CREDO members voted to distribute $150,000 in donations to March for Our Lives, Water.org and Win Without War.

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 May grant recipients thank you.


March for Our Lives
$51,944

“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

To learn more, visit marchforourlives.com.

 

Water.org
$52,795

“Thank you for changing lives with safe water! CREDO members like you will help make it possible to empower families around the world with lasting access to safe water, and the hope, health and opportunity that flow from it.” – Jennifer Schorsch, President, Water.org

To learn more, visit water.org.

 

Win Without War
$45,261

“For over 17 years, CREDO members like you have fueled Win Without War’s fight and helped us mobilize thousands of activists to restrain an out-of-control foreign policy and hold our leaders accountable. Thank you for working for peace!” – Stephen Miles, Executive Director

To learn more, visit winwithoutwar.org.

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

Vote for Economic Policy Institute, League of Conservation Voters and The Trevor Project this June

Every month, CREDO members vote to distribute $150,000 to three incredible progressive causes – and every vote makes a difference. This June, you can support groups fighting for economic equality, climate justice, and LGBTQ rights by voting to fund the Economic Policy Institute, League of Conservation Voters and The Trevor Project.

Economic Policy Institute

The Economic Policy Institute lifts up the voices of working people in the fight for economic justice. EPI’s vital research and policy analysis demonstrate the importance of workers’ rights, worker protections, and a strong social safety net.

Funding from CREDO members will help EPI quickly respond to critical policy debates with credible research and analysis that supports the economic justice movement and defends the most vulnerable members of society.

League of Conservation Voters

LCV influences policy, holds politicians accountable, and wins elections. This is how LCV fights to build a world with clean air, clean water, public lands, and a safe climate that are protected by a just and equitable democracy.

Funding from CREDO members will ensure LCV can drive environmental policy in Washington, hold our elected leaders accountable, and elect leaders who truly represent their communities and are committed to fighting climate change.

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth. Its TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, and TrevorChat services provide free and confidential life-saving counseling to LGBTQ young people 24/7.

Funding from CREDO will help sustain The Trevor Project’s crisis counseling services: TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, and TrevorChat. Every year, these programs provide 24/7 support for tens of thousands of LGBTQ youth experiencing a crisis.

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 June 30.

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.

How to unlock your phone using Face ID while wearing a face mask

We all know that wearing a face mask during the pandemic is important. It keeps everyone safer and reduces virus transmission. The CDC recently released updated guidance recommending that everyone wear a face mask in public places, in addition to maintaining social distancing. Wearing a mask is also an act of love and shows respect for your community, health care workers and vulnerable populations. 

But wearing a face mask can pose a unique problem: unlocking your Face ID-enabled phone.

Since much of your lower face is covered with your mask, your device might have a difficult time recognizing you and unlocking itself. Here are some tips to unlock your phone while wearing a face mask.

Preferred: Update your iOS version 

You could remove your mask every time you want to unlock your phone (we don’t recommend this), but since users unlock their phones 80 times per day on average, removing your mask in public and repeatedly touching your face that many times is probably out of the question.

So how can you use Face ID in public without removing your face mask? Well, Apple recently updated its iOS operating system to help solve the problem. Prior to the update, users would need multiple failure attempts to unlock their devices with Face ID before receiving a prompt to enter a passcode.

With the iOS 13.5 update, Apple included an automatic mask detection feature to help you unlock your phone. If your device recognizes that you’re wearing a mask, it will prompt you to swipe up so you can enter your pass code. This new “swipe up” feature is also available if your device does not recognize that you’re wearing a mask, too.

To update your device to the most recent iOS version, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

Quick note: You may have also seen some conspiracy theories floating around the internet about another feature included in iOS 13.5, the COVID-19 Exposure API, stating that Apple is sending your private information to government entities. This feature is currently disabled in your device and will only be available if and when public health officials or governments create contact tracing apps in the future that you choose to download and use.

Alternate: Train your phone to recognize your mask (maybe)

You can try to reset your Face ID settings or set up an alternate appearance with your mask on, but you might get an error message saying that your face is obstructed. Researchers in China discovered a half-face/half-mask method that could work, but others have not found it very reliable.

We haven’t tried this method for ourselves, so we can’t vouch for its effectiveness. The folks at 9to5mac detail some possible steps you can take if you’d like to reset your Face ID or set up an alternate appearance using this half-and-half method.

While neither of these solutions are perfect, the first option is the most reliable method right now if you’d like to safely unlock your phone with Face ID without removing your face mask in public. 

Have you tried these methods or do you have other ideas to use Face ID while wearing a face mask? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

How March for Our Lives is Creating a Safer America

March For Our Lives was created by students in the days following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida just over two years ago. The youth-led movement organizes young people in all 50 states to enact lifesaving gun violence prevention policies and record-breaking youth voter turnout. In 2018, March For Our Lives made history by organizing the nation’s largest protest against gun violence and mobilizing an unprecedented young voter turnout in the midterm election. With this critical contribution from CREDO, we can do it again in 2020. 

On March 24th, 2018, young people organized over 800 marches in cities worldwide, calling attention to the solvable gun violence epidemic in the United States. The day of action marked the largest protest against gun violence in our nation’s history, and the tsunami of activism that created and followed it became known as the largest youth movement since the Vietnam War era. March For Our Lives forever changed the conversation about guns in America, raising awareness for a critical issue that had been largely ignored in politics. 

In the summer of 2018, March For Our Lives led the Road To Change, a 60 day bus tour visiting 80 communities in 24 different states, with the goal of registering and mobilizing young people to vote. Students from communities across the country including Chicago, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Houston, Newtown, and others joined Parkland survivors on the bus tour, recognizing that a movement combatting an intersectional issue like gun violence deserves intersectional representation. The results were astronomical. 

2018 was all about making noise and drumming up enthusiasm for civic engagement and life saving policies. In 2019, MFOL focused on training and strengthening our chapter organizations across the nation- laying the groundwork for an even bigger impact in the 2020 election. But we can’t do it alone. That’s why we need your help!

We don’t have to remind you that things are far from normal. March For Our Lives, like everyone else, has had to restructure some of our 2020 plans for civic engagement to accommodate virtual tactics for mobilization. Luckily, digital organizing has always been one of March For Our Lives’ greatest strengths. Generous CREDO funding has helped MFOL achieve great heights and create meaningful social, political and cultural change before. With your help, we can make an even bigger splash in the critical months to come. 

Thanks in part to the last donation from CREDO, MFOL has made huge strides in the gun violence prevention movement in recent months. Some major highlights include:

  • Launched Our Power, MFOL’s 2020 campaign to start the next chapter of our journey; sharpening our focus, harnessing our intersectionality and giving meaning to enough is enough. 
  • Organized the 2020 Gun Safety Forum, a historic forum in Las Vegas, NV featuring every leading Democratic presidential candidate’s discussion on the policies they think will end this nation’s gun violence epidemic.
  • Filed an amicus brief in a Supreme Court case that could have expanded gun rights and invalidated lifesaving laws already on the books. We rallied outside the Supreme Court to proclaim our right to not be shot, and we won- the court dismissed the case just a few weeks ago.

We’re not slowing down, either. March For Our Lives is still committed to leading a record-breaking youth voter turnout in the 2020 election, while remaining responsible and safe during the pandemic. We’ve organized a series of digital hubs, inclusive online spaces and virtual rallies, directly engaging with young voters across the country to ensure a safe, fair, and historic election is top of mind. Our Digital Hubs have hosted a number of exciting special guests to commend the inspiring work MFOL activists are managing to do while at home, including March For Our Lives founders, elected officials who are championing the gun violence prevention movement, as well as musical artists and entertainment. The hubs are packed with programming for young activists and people looking to make a change from their own living rooms. Activities like phone banking, workshops, trainings and even yoga and mindfulness exercises are all offered as part of the program!

March For Our Lives has the people, platform and plans to make big things happen in the future, but it requires all hands on deck. The unfortunate reality is that one public health crisis does not stop for another, which is why we’re doubling down now to create necessary change. With your help, we can ensure a safer America.

How to stay productive on your phone while staying at home

Your phone, tablet and other devices are great for keeping you productive during the pandemic. They give you so many ways to connect with friends, family and co-workers and provide a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips.

But your devices are a double-edged sword at times, serving as an unnecessary (or much-needed) distraction, especially if you’re using them to procrastinate when you’re otherwise looking to stay productive.

Whether you’re someone fortunate enough to work from home, or you’re out of work, retired or simply social distancing, here are some tips to stay productive on your phone and devices while you’re at home.

 

Switch to Wi-Fi

This is a top suggestion when our members call our support lines. If you have a broadband connection at home, we suggest you turn on Wi-Fi in your device settings. You’ll not only save on your data usage, but you also may have a faster internet connection while using your phone.

To turn on Wi-Fi on your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > Wi-Fi > toggle the Wi-Fi button. Choose and enter the password for your home Wi-Fi network.

On an Android device, go to Settings > Network & internet > Wi-Fi. Turn on Wi-Fi, then choose and enter the password for your home Wi-Fi network.

 

Online classes

Have some spare time on your hands? This might be a great time to learn a new skill or take a course online, right from your device. 

If you’re looking to take an educational class or even obtain an online certificate or degree, a number of websites, some free of charge, have you covered. edX, started by MIT and Harvard, gives you access to 2000 free online courses from 140 institutions with topics ranging from humanities, computer science, business and more, and offer certificates and degrees for a fee. The completely free Khan Academy offers K-12 classes, coursework and test prep for all ages.

 

More self-enrichment

Your phone or tablet aren’t just gateways to standard coursework, either.

Masterclass offers dozens of classes ranging from cooking, photography, musical instruments, science, politics, writing and more — all taught by experts and celebrity instructors in their fields.

Babbel, Duolingo, Pimsleur and many other apps offer you the chance to learn a new language, free or for a monthly fee. Here’s a list of 11 apps to check out.

Looking to cook better meals while at home? Apps like Tasty (iOS and Android), How to Cook Everything (by Mark Bittman), America’s Test Kitchen, and the New York Times Cooking App will give you new recipes and skills in the kitchen.

 

Remove immediate triggers from your home screen

Do you unlock your phone and immediately open Facebook or Instagram, then wonder what happened to the last 15 minutes? It’s a common behavior, and it can be counter-productive.

If you tend to get easily distracted by apps on your phone when you have other tasks (work, for instance), try removing the apps from your home screen that you always launch by default when you unlock your device. This way, you will prevent yourself from accidentally falling down a rabbit hole of social media scrolling.

 

Write letters to voters

As a CREDO member, you might be more politically active than most. But with the pandemic preventing protests, canvassing, marches and other in-person forms of civic engagement and activism, we’re left with few outlets to express our progressive values.

Here’s one way to remain active: Writing letters to other voters. The non-profit project Vote Forward enables regular people to send actual letters to help register voters from under-represented demographics and encourage them to vote — right from their home. According to the organization, letter writing is “one of the easiest things you can do to increase turnout” and “meaningfully increases the odds that the recipient will vote.” Check out and sign up for Vote Forward here.

 

Take a break

Sometimes the best way to stay productive on your phone is to take a break from it. One study found that “the mere presence of a cell phone, even when ignored, reduces people’s intellectual acuity, possibly because it takes a distracting level of mental effort to resist the pull of a nearby phone.” 

So if you can, take a socially-distanced walk outside, do some stretching, anything as a break from your devices. Here are some additional reasons to consider taking a break from your screens from the Greater Good Magazine at UC Berkeley.

5 great shows and movies to stream today on Apple TV+

If you’re like a lot of us here at CREDO, you’re probably watching a lot of streaming TV these days. With the current stay-at-home guidelines in place to keep everyone safe, you might be catching up on a lot of series, documentaries and movies that you missed before the pandemic.

With all the streaming options now available, there’s a lot of great content to choose from. And we’d like to suggest a newer service you should consider, too: Apple TV+, the company’s long-awaited streaming service, which launched late last year.

Priced at a competitive $4.99 a month and available across Apple devices, smart TVs and other streaming media, Apple TV+ hosts a bundle of original programming for all your streaming needs, with the company adding more new content weekly. We’ve compiled a few great shows and movies available right now on Apple TV+.

 

Little America

According to Apple TV+, Little America is an “anthology series that observes the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring, and surprising stories of immigrant America.” The series tells the funny and sometimes heartbreaking stories of eight immigrants to the United States, based on real-life biographies collected by Epic magazine. The Guardian calls Little America Apple TV+’s best show yet.

Watch Little America on Apple TV+ here.

 

Oprah’s Book Club

 

If you’re living life in quarantine, you may have joined a book club. We even suggested a few tips to start your own. You’ve probably also heard of Oprah’s famous and long-running book club that elevated the works and careers of dozens of authors. In Apple TV+’s rendition, Oprah again handpicks the books and conducts one-on-one interviews with famous authors about their lives and recent works. The first episode, American Dirt, “ignited a backlash” after Oprah decided to move forward with her interview, despite the author and book receiving harsh criticism for portraying racist stereotypes of immigrants.

Watch Oprah’s Book Club on Apple TV+ here.

 

Hala

 

A different kind of coming of age drama we hardly see portrayed, “Hala”, the title character played by Geraldine Viswanathan, follows the story of a seventeen-year old Muslim American high school senior, her relationship with her Pakistani-American parents and her self-discovery in and outside her family. The Los Angeles Times calls Hala “a culturally specific tale with universal appeal,” and Rolling Stone says it’s a “beautifully personal portrait of growing pains.” The film is rated R and runs for 1 hour and 34 minutes.

Watch Hala on Apple TV+ here.

 

The Elephant Queen

 

This beautiful and riveting documentary follows Athena, the “queen” elephant whose tusk can reach the ground, and her herd of elephants across the savanna in Kenya, raising a family and searching for water during a drought. While the film is meant for a younger audience, it’s definitely an all-ages documentary and scores an impressive 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. Directed by wildlife documentarians Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble and narrated by Oscar-nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Watch The Elephant Queen on Apple TV+ here.

 

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

 

Based on the New York Times best-selling children’s book by Oliver Jeffers, this heartwarming animated short, narrated by Meryl Streep, follows a curious young boy on the eve of Earth Day discovering the natural wonders of the Earth and the bonds between parents and children. Recommended for people ages 4 and up and runs for 30 minutes. 

Watch Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth on Apple TV+ here.

CREDO donates to groups fighting hunger on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic

Millions of Americans face food insecurity every day, and unfortunately, it’s getting a lot worse during the coronavirus pandemic.

Before the crisis, more than 37 million people were living with food insecurity. Now, another 17 million could face hunger in the coming months. More than 18 million children — 1 out of every 4 — could be food insecure. Food banks and the federal SNAP program (formerly food stamps) are overwhelmed, and with unemployment at historic levels, the numbers of hungry Americans will continue to rise.

That’s why CREDO is extending our COVID-19 relief donations to three additional, community-based organizations fighting hunger on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic: Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, and Citymeals on Wheels (in NY).

These donations to frontline hunger organizations — an additional $5,000 each week for three weeks — are above and beyond our monthly giving to nonprofit groups. Last month, we established a COVID-19 Relief Fund with a $75,000 donation split between Mercy Corps, National Domestic Workers Alliance and World Central Kitchen. These donations are thanks to CREDO members who use our products and services every day. And like all our donations, these gifts are given at no extra cost to our customers. 

Here’s a little bit more about these three great groups helping to fight hunger and food insecurity during this crisis:

 

Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

One in five people face food insecurity in Los Angeles County, and coronavirus is disproportionately impacting lower-income communities. School closures, changes in work schedules and social isolation are layering extra burdens on our neighbors throughout Los Angeles County. The LA Regional Food Bank is working hard to meet the needs of those impacted by coronavirus, as well as individuals who typically need assistance. 

 

Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana

Hundreds of thousands of Louisianans have filed unemployment claims in recent weeks, and many of them are seeking emergency food assistance, often for the first time. The immediate need for food has increased by more than 40 percent. According to the organization, the response will go on for months, and the economic impacts could last for long after the pandemic subsides.

 

Citymeals on Wheels (in NY)

As the designated emergency responder for New York City’s seniors, Citymeals is delivering 450,000 meals in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. Donations will help guarantee a continuous lifeline of nourishing meals during this crisis to more than 18,000 homebound elderly New Yorkers.

How to Celebrate Mother’s Day While Social Distancing

For many of us, Mother’s Day is about flowers, brunches, and of course, honoring the amazing women in our lives. But did you know that the history of Mother’s Day is steeped in activism and peace? 

Even before Anna Jarvis, who is credited with the campaign to convince Congress and President Woodrow Wilson to declare the second Sunday in May “a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country,” poet and activist Julia Ward Howe wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation” in 1870, then declared a “Mother’s Day for Peace” to call for the end of state-sponsored violence. Today, anti-war groups like the Granny Peace Brigade organize around Mother’s Day to promote peace.

This year’s Mother’s Day will be different — lacking both in-person brunches and in-person activism — but there are still ways to cherish, love and honor all the great women in our lives. Here are a few tips to celebrate Mother’s Day during the coronavirus pandemic while social distancing.

Doorstep breakfast

This year, going out for a meal is most likely out of the question, and if you are socially distanced from your mom, grandmother, daughter, aunt or other family at the moment, breakfast in bed isn’t an option, either. 

But here’s a great alternative if you live nearby: dropping off a surprise meal at her doorstep. Choose some foods that you know she likes — including foods that still taste good if they get cold — and drop them off outside her door. 

Order a delivery meal

Live away from your family members or don’t have the time or the groceries to prep a meal? Order a meal delivered to her home. Many local restaurants have remained open during the pandemic and offer curb-side pickup and delivery. 

The Pineapple Collaborative and food delivery platform Caviar have teamed up to highlight women-powered restaurants because there’s “never been a more crucial time to support restaurants operated/owned/cheffed by women.” Check out their featured take out and delivery options for major metro areas across the country.

Call ahead or check online now to reserve a time, since the establishment may be very busy. And, if you can, please offer to tip the delivery person well.

Make a donation in her name

Nonprofit organizations right now are feeling the financial strain of the pandemic and are in critical need of grassroots donations to keep their operations running and their staff employed, especially those providing important frontline services to people directly affected by the pandemic. Many allow you to make a donation in the name of someone else.

Not sure where to donate? Mercy Corps, National Domestic Workers Alliance and World Central Kitchen are three great organizations working on coronavirus relief, to which CREDO members helped us recently donate $75,000.

For a Mother’s Day-themed donation, consider giving in her name to organizations fighting for women’s rights. Right now, right-wing lawmakers are playing politics with the pandemic to restrict access to abortion, which will disporportionately affect low-income women, women of color and women who live in rural areas. Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America are two CREDO allies of many we’d recommend who are doing important work to protect reproductive freedom during the pandemic.

Drive By Celebration

Just because we’re social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t be close by. Many people have recently taken to the drive-by birthday to celebrate the occasion. Why not a Mother’s Day drive by? If you live in the vicinity of your loved one, decorate your vehicle — or just yourself, if you live in an urban area — with signs and balloons at a safe distance to show your love for her.

Seriously, just call her

Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be about lavish gifts or big shows of affection. We’d bet the wonderful women in your life would just love to talk. Try out a video app — we have a blog post recommending four free video apps to use — to get connected on Mother’s Day. Or just dial her number the old fashioned way.