In response to news reports that BuzzFeed has pulled out of a $1.3 million advertising deal with the Republican National Committee over Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric, Murshed Zaheed, Vice President and Political Director of CREDO Action, released the following statement:
“When a ‘news and entertainment’ company like BuzzFeed is stepping away from Trump’s racist display, it’s long past time for companies like Google and Facebook to draw a line to show that they also won’t be part of condoning hate,” said CREDO Political Director Murshed Zaheed.
268,000+ PETITION SIGNATURES TO CORPORATIONS TO STOP BANKROLLING TRUMP’S HATE: More than 268,000 CREDO activists have signed petitions demanding companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter – that are sponsoring, or considering sponsorship of, the Republican National Convention – disassociate their brands from the RNC and Trump’s hate.
2,400+ ACTIVIST GRASSROOTS CALL CAMPAIGN TARGETS KEY GOOGLE LEADERSHIP: CREDO activists have already made 2,400 calls to key members of Google’s leadership team. In the calls, activists are pointing out that “Google’s sponsorship of the RNC aligns Google’s brand with Trump’s hate and helps legitimize his racism, xenophobia and misogyny” and demanding that the company “back away from its planned sponsorship of the Republican convention and of Donald Trump’s hate.” The call campaign started on Wednesday, May 3, and will continue indefinitely.
CREDO’s efforts are an escalation of a national campaign led by ColorOfChange calling on major corporations like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Walmart not to provide a platform for Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric by sponsoring the Republican National Convention. ColorOfChange has spearheaded a series of sign-on letters to major corporations that have sponsored the RNC in the past. Coca-Cola, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard have already announced that they are backing away from previous, significant support of the Republican convention.
CREDO Action, part of CREDO Mobile, is a social change network of 4 million activists, sending millions of petition signatures and more than 100,000 phone calls to decision-makers each year. CREDO Action members also participate in meetings, protests and other direct action for progressive change.