SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- CREDO, the mobile carrier with a conscience, announced that it will donate more than $150,000 to the Center for Media and Democracy, Free Press and Friends of the Earth Action. Throughout February, CREDO invites its members and the public to vote on the distribution of funds at CREDO Donations.
Since 1985, CREDO has donated more than $83 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 5 million activists, and CREDO Donations, the company's philanthropy program.
CREDO conducts monthly donations to support nonprofits when action is most critical. This month, voters can take a stand for investigative reporting, civil rights and environmental justice. CREDO will fund three nonprofits that can make an immediate difference for these causes.
"In its first two weeks, the Trump administration has attempted to undermine the free press, marginalize Muslims and immigrants and reverse critical environmental victories. To fight back, the public needs allies like the Center for Media and Democracy, Free Press and Friends of the Earth Action," said Ray Morris, CEO of CREDO. "By supporting these organizations, our members are taking a stand for the core values of democracy."
The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) is a national watchdog group that conducts in-depth investigations into corruption and the undue influence of corporations on media and democracy. CMD's groundbreaking research on ALEC, the Koch brothers and climate denial has exposed the circulation of dark money and, in many cases, changed corporate behavior. Funding from CREDO will help CMD break time-sensitive stories, including an investigation into a right-wing women's group that plans to spend massive sums of dark money on "issue" ads.
Free Press fights for your rights to connect and communicate. The organization has played a critical role in defending Net Neutrality, thwarting Big Telecom mergers, and challenging mass surveillance programs targeted at people of color. A grant from CREDO will enable Free Press to resist the Trump agenda with vigilant watchdogging, new alliances, racial equity initiatives and localized anti-surveillance efforts.
Friends of the Earth Action works to build a healthy and just world. Its recent grassroots efforts have kept fossil fuels in the ground, closed unsafe nuclear power plants, and protected dwindling bee populations. Support from CREDO will help Friends of the Earth Action execute its six-point plan to defend the environment from the Trump agenda. The strategy calls for watchdogging Trump's appointees, taking them to court, blocking bad legislation, fighting in corporate boardrooms, allying with state governments, and coordinating international pressure.
"CREDO is a crucial ally in exposing the bad guys trying to distort our democracy and thwart good policies people want; CREDO's support helps us protect our planet and helps our investigations aid grassroots activists working to make our world a better place," said Lisa Graves, Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy.
"CREDO members were instrumental in securing the strongest Net Neutrality rules and challenging Washington's narrow vision of what's possible," said Craig Aaron, President and CEO of Free Press. "Free Press counts on CREDO's partnership in defending net neutrality—and so much more—as we unite to resist the Trump administration."
"CREDO has worked closely with Friends of the Earth to support solutions to climate change and defend the Clean Air Act," said Erich Pica, President of Friends of the Earth Action.
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 $83 million to progressive nonprofits, and the company has built a network of over 5 million activists. Visit CREDO Mobile, CREDO Action and CREDO Donations to learn more.
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