SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- CREDO, the mobile carrier with a conscience, announced that it will donate more than $150,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Demos and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Throughout January, CREDO invites its members and the public to vote on the distribution of funds at CREDO Donations.
Since 1985, CREDO has donated more than $81 million to progressive organizations fighting for women's rights, economic justice, voting rights, environmental justice and more. By choosing CREDO products and services, members generate donations for these causes. Their everyday acts of commerce support CREDO Action, a social change network with 4 million activists, and CREDO Donations, the company's philanthropy program. In 2016, CREDO Donations raised over $2 million for progressive nonprofits.
CREDO conducts monthly donations and voting in order to support nonprofits when action is most critical. This month, voters can take a stand for civil rights, civil liberties and economic justice. CREDO will fund three nonprofits that can make an immediate difference for these causes.
"The ACLU, Demos and EFF stand up for the American people in complex situations that require a great deal of legal expertise, research and courage," said Ray Morris, CEO of CREDO. "Again and again, these organizations have challenged powerful government agencies, corporations and political actors who would otherwise exploit the public. Their victories are a source of pride and hope for all progressives."
For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. From achieving nationwide marriage equality for the LGBT community to challenging government surveillance, the ACLU has won innumerable victories for progressive causes. Funding from CREDO will give the ACLU flexibility to respond to emerging crises including new voting and abortion restrictions passed by states. The grant will also enable the ACLU to take advantage of unplanned advocacy and litigation opportunities, like those that arose from Edward Snowden's revelations about NSA spying programs.
Demos is a public policy organization dedicated to ensuring that people of all backgrounds have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. The organization's research, campaigns and litigation have helped achieve notable victories. These include the implementation of the National Voter Registration Act in 20 states, enactment of Same-Day Registration for voting in 13 states (plus Washington, D.C.), and legislation limiting use of credit checks in employment in multiple states. A CREDO grant will give Demos the flexibility to respond to the rapidly changing narrative in post-election America.
EFF was founded in 1990 to protect the rights of technology users. The organization provides leadership on cutting-edge issues of free expression, privacy and human rights. In 2016, EFF scored a massive victory in Jewel v. NSA, a case in which EFF became the first party to obtain the right to issue discovery directly against the NSA on its mass surveillance programs. A CREDO grant will ensure that in 2017 EFF can take on another formidable NSA program: Section 702 surveillance over the Internet backbone. Funding will enable EFF to evaluate proposed legislation and pursue litigation against surveillance.
"CREDO is an invaluable resource for the non-profit community," said Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU. "It advances so many vital social justice movements through its generous funding program and its commitment to building a progressive community."
"CREDO is a valuable partner in Demos' mission to ensure people of all backgrounds have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy," said Heather McGhee, President of Demos.
"CREDO is building a better, freer future for technology users worldwide," added Richard Esguerra, Development Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Founded in 1985, CREDO gives individuals the power to make positive social change every day. Whenever members use a CREDO product or service, they generate critical donations for progressive causes (at no extra cost) and fund vital activism work. Since 1985, CREDO has donated over $81 million to progressive nonprofits, and the company has built a network of over 4 million activists. Visit CREDO Mobile, CREDO Action and CREDO Donations to learn more.
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