A year of change and impact: CREDO’s 2012 Activism Report
2012 was a huge year for CREDO.
With the launch of CREDO SuperPAC, we played a major role in defeating five of the worst Tea Party Republicans in Congress, and giving Michele Bachmann the electoral scare of her career.
In the process, we rewrote the book on superPACs–funding our grassroots field campaign with nearly $2.5 million from 70,000 small donors, and engaging more than 3,000 volunteers in a year-long grassroots campaign that went toe-to-toe with big money and corporate interests–and won.
Not only that, but we engaged our members in dozens of state initiative fights all over the country, winning 24 key battles for marriage equality, the environment, human rights and sanity in election spending.
In addition to our electoral work, we launched hundreds of advocacy campaigns that delivered nearly 20 million petition signatures to decision-makers, generated more than 200,000 calls, and recruited 5,000 activists who engaged in on-the-ground fights in their communities.
In 2012, we redoubled our already considerable efforts to hold the line as the strongest voice for uncompromised progressive positions on the issues we care about. Embracing our progressive flank positions, we knew from the start we wouldn’t always win. But we fought for what we believed in, rather than concede from the start in the face of Republican obstructionism and hostage-taking. We took on Democrats and Republicans alike in our fight for progressive values.
Our campaigns reached all across the country, from recruiting a handful of our members to attend public meetings against coal export terminals in rural Montana to mobilizing half-a-million people against Rush Limbaugh’s advertisers after his sexist attacks on a feminist law student.
Please enjoy the following report and share it widely. While it describes only a fraction of more than 500 campaigns launched in 2012, it should give you a sense of the size and scope of the change and impact that CREDO and our three million members can make over the course of just 12 months.
Thank you for being a part of this work. Working together, our activism is powerful. It is effective. And it remains of vital import. We look forward to many more fights and victories in the year ahead.
Becky Bond and Michael Kieschnick