Nonprofit spotlight: Social Security Works

Social Security is under attack. Corporations and their puppets in Congress are stepping up their campaign to undermine Social Security so they can declare it broken and privatize the entire program. This would be bad for most of us—but great for the fat cats who bankroll the GOP.

Tom Tomorrow comic: Republican freshmen bankrolled by AT&T and Verizon

tomtmrw-freshmen-blog-post-hero-599x490If you’re a progressive, this Tom Tomorrow comic on the Republican freshmen in Congress will scare you.

But if you’re a customer of Big Telecom, it will also infuriate you. Because during the 2014 midterms, AT&T and Verizon bankrolled every single one of these dreadful candidates. In other words, the money you spent on your mobile phone service went to a company that helped elect them.

Workers win big wage victories

At Walmart, about 500,000 hourly workers will be getting a raise, thanks in part to CREDO members who launched campaigns calling on Walmart and its directors for higher wages. CREDO members have supported this fight by donating $50,332 in 2014 to OUR Walmart, which helps Walmart workers organize for fair wages and humane working conditions.

CREDO members power nearly $2.4 million in progressive donations

CREDO members helped raise nearly $2.4 million for progressive activism and infrastructure in 2014. This funding could not be more crucial or timely, as Republicans and right-wing politicians—many of them funded by AT&T and Verizon—have seized control in both houses of Congress.

Now more than ever, progressive groups need support to fight back against the GOP’s dangerous, unjust and unconstitutional agenda. And in the past year our members have delivered big-time. Here’s what we accomplished together in 2014.

What a year for progressive politics: 2014 CREDO activism report

Looking to 2015, the outcome of literally thousands of fights will depend on what we can do together.

That’s because what we’ve learned in 2014 is the willingness of President Obama and his fellow Democrats to stand up for what is right often comes down to whether progressives like us organize to hold them accountable.

In many ways, this past year has been a tough one for those who care about social change. Democrats lost control of the Senate in the midterms. Grand juries in Ferguson and Staten Island declined to send to trial the white police officers who killed two unarmed African-American men. Our federal elected officials continue to pursue an all-of-the-above strategy on energy and, as a result, aren’t doing nearly enough to stop the terrifying march of climate change.

VICTORY: Gov. Brown stands up for immigrant children

Tens of thousands of child refugees fleeing violence in Central America cross the border and are in need of humane treatment at temporary shelters. Almost 6,000 CREDO members urged Governor Brown to immediately step up by helping the federal government find locations in California to temporarily house toddlers and young children, who are being subjected to deplorable conditions in border patrol jails.

Governor Brown said he would do everything he can “to make sure California will do its part to shelter any young children that are in need of protection.” He added, “I would support additional shelters to deal with this particular immediate challenge we have.”

VICTORY: No vote on A.B. 2145

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Community Choice energy programs empower local communities to take control of decision-making about the sources and cost of their electrical power. Not-for-profit, democratically controlled Community Choice energy programs enable local governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while creating green jobs and stimulating the local economy. These programs are dedicated to reducing consumer electricity demand, providing competitive electricity rates and maximizing the amount of renewable energy in their mix.

PG&E introduced A.B. 2145, a bill designed to destroy Community Choice energy programs in California. The bill would place arbitrary geographic limitations on Community Choice programs and impose a complex and unnecessary bureaucratic complaint process. Thanks in part to 28,353 CREDO members, the legislative session ended without a vote on A.B. 2145.

VICTORY: Gov. O’Malley vetoes anti-wind bill

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The Maryland Legislature passed  HB 1168, a moratorium on land-based wind energy in over 40 percent of the state and nearly 90 percent of Maryland’s most viable wind development areas. It would have significantly undermined Maryland’s progress toward a clean energy economy while setting a damaging national precedent that could stymie land-based wind power development across the country for years to come.

After grassroots activism that included almost 3,000 CREDO signatures, Gov. O’Malley vetoed the anti-wind bill.

VICTORY: NAACP and DOJ win against voter suppression in Ohio

In July, the Department of Justice backed the NAACP’s legal challenge to the reduction of early voting days and the elimination of “Golden Week,” an early voting week in Ohio. Then in September, a federal judge ruled in favor of the NAACP and DOJ, blocking Republicans’ latest attempt to make it harder to vote. CREDO members were part of the 105,000 who protected and expanded voting rights.

VICTORY: Florida panthers safe from Big Oil

Florida panthers number barely over 100 in the wild and can’t afford unnecessary, new threats. The state of Florida issued a permit to Dan A. Hughes Co. for the construction of a new oil and gas waste disposal well in prime habitat for the endangered Florida panther. This well would be placed less than a mile from the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge and would bring with it hundreds of truck trips that could harass or kill endangered panthers.

Thanks to more than 133,000 of you, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection protected the Florida panthers by revoking the oil drilling permits for the Dan A. Hughes Co. and filing a lawsuit seeking more than $100,000 in fines against the company.