SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- CREDO, the mobile carrier with a conscience, announced that it will donate more than $150,000 to Bold, NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) and Other98. Throughout October, 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. This month, voters can take a stand for the environment, civil rights and economic justice. CREDO will fund three nonprofits that can make an immediate difference for these causes.
"In October, we're supporting three courageous organizations that confront injustice in America," said Ray Morris, CEO of CREDO. "Bold has stopped powerful companies from trampling on landowners' rights, LDF has won historic legal cases against voter discrimination, and Other98 has taken clever steps to prevent Arctic drilling. Just by choosing CREDO products and services, our customers support these important causes."
Bold's unlikely alliance of farmers, progressives, and Tribal Nations stands against risky fossil fuel projects. The small but mighty group helped stop Keystone XL and is now fighting to protect land and water from the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The DAPL would undermine U.S. climate change goals, further desecrate sacred Tribal lands, and jeopardize the Missouri River, a source of drinking water for more than 18 million Americans. CREDO funding will help Bold combat this dangerous and unnecessary pipeline.
LDF fights for racial justice and equality by protecting the right to vote, promoting policing reform and defending civil rights. In July 2016, the LDF won a three-year case against Texas's discriminatory photo ID law, which would have prevented more than 600,000 people from voting in the upcoming fall elections. With access to polls at considerable risk for people of color due to many new discriminatory state and local election laws, LDF will devote more of its resources to voter education and voter protection activities. A CREDO grant will ensure that LDF has the resources and staff to protect voters' rights.
Other98 is a unique storytelling and direct action force that reaches and engages millions of people every day. The organization is committed to peacefully smashing the corporate stranglehold that Big Banks, Big Pharma and Big Oil have on our democracy. A CREDO grant will help Other98 grow the Mosquito Fleet, the organization's "kayaktivism" group. The Mosquito Fleet has helped thwart Shell's Arctic drilling plans by blockading its tanker fleets in both Seattle and Portland. With additional funding, Other98 will have the resources and equipment to train more paddlers and open kayaktion to anyone, regardless of income.
"When the fight against Keystone XL was simply a local issue in Nebraska, CREDO was there for us to ensure farmers and ranchers voices got amplified at the national level," said Jane Kleeb, President of Bold. "CREDO took this local fight and helped turn it into a national political issue. We are proud to partner with CREDO to show that small but mighty groups on the ground connected to national allies beat the Big Oil suits any day of the week."
"LDF is grateful to CREDO Mobile and its members for supporting the historic work we do to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, achieve racial justice and protect the civil rights of each and every American," said Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of LDF.
"CREDO is a progressive powerhouse with a unique understanding of the interconnectedness of struggles for social, economic and environmental justice. When it comes to winning campaigns, they're second to none," added John Sellars, founder of Other98.
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.