SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- CREDO, the mobile carrier with a conscience, announced that it will donate more than $150,000 to OUR Walmart, Public Citizen – Stop the TPP and Southern Poverty Law Center. Throughout September, 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, the environment 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 2014, CREDO introduced monthly donations and voting in order to support nonprofits when action is most critical. During this month of CREDO Donations, voters can take a stand for economic justice and civil rights. CREDO will fund three nonprofits that can make an immediate difference for these causes.
"OUR Walmart has earned more than $2 billion in annual wages for retail workers; Public Citizen is one of America's boldest advocates on free trade issues; and Southern Poverty Law Center is an important legal ally in the fight for equal opportunity and justice," said Ray Morris, CEO of CREDO. "We are proud that people can support these organizations by choosing CREDO products and services."
The Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) is leading the fight to raise pay and transform working conditions at Walmart. Last year, OUR Walmart won a landmark campaign to increase starting wages to $10 per hour, resulting in raises for 1.2 million Walmart workers. CREDO funding will help OUR Walmart launch Work It, a digital platform that will give Walmart employees access to the information and resources they need to make immediate improvements in their work lives.
Public Citizen, a leader in the fight against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is a national advocacy organization taking on corporate power and fighting for justice and democracy. Public Citizen's "Stop the TPP" initiative has become the broadest public interest campaign for a democratic trade and investment policy in history. With CREDO support, Public Citizen will strengthen its grassroots efforts to defeat the TPP.
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality. Over the past three years, the organization has tracked and exposed the activities of 1,890 radical right groups. In 2016 alone, SPLC has detected a 14 percent rise in the number of hate groups that vilify African Americans, Muslims, Jews, Latinos, LGBT people or other minority groups. CREDO's grant will help counter this disturbing trend by furthering SPLC's efforts to fight hate, seek justice and teach tolerance.
"When we stand up to Walmart, CREDO always stands with us," said Cynthia Murray, a member of OUR Walmart. "Having CREDO at our side gives us the strength we need to take on the country's largest employer."
"When we mobilize against corporate power, we know that CREDO will be right by our side, fearlessly campaigning for justice and democracy," said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen.
"The march for racial and economic justice continues, and we're grateful for CREDO's commitment to highlighting the need for a more equal society," Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
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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