A handful of petitions have been gathering a mountain of signatures against her confirmation, including one by the social change organization CREDO, which has garnered more than 1 million — or, as of Friday night, 1,115,915 of its goal of 1,250,000.
The public defections of two dozen lawmakers is occurring alongside a petition effort to convince all Democrats to skip the ceremonies. More than 126,000 people have signed a petition organized by progressive social activism organization CREDO Action.
For the past three years, CREDO, represented by the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation, has been fighting in court both the constitutionality of the FBI’s request and the bureau’s demand that CREDO stay silent. The fight over the legality of the request is ongoing, but earlier this year, the Federal District Court for Northern California said the FBI failed to show the need for the gag order. The government dropped its appeal of that decision, and CREDO subsequently published redacted versions of the two national security letters.
On Monday, 22 advocacy groups sent a letter to the other eight companies, urging them to take a stand. The letter is signed jointly by a coalition including major progressive and human rights organizations: CREDO, Muslim Advocates, Color of Change, Courage Campaign, Democracy for America, #AllOfUs, Amnesty International, Asian Law Caucus, Bend the Arc Jewish Action, Center for Constitutional Rights, Center for Media Justice, Daily Kos, Demand Progress, Desis Rising Up and Moving, Faithful America, Fight for the Future, Free Press, Mijente, MPower Change, Presente, Sum of Us, Ultraviolet.
In a rare disclosure of previously secret documents, San Francisco telecom company Credo Mobile has identified itself as the recipient of two FBI national security letters demanding customer phone records.
The organizers collected 32,000 signatures from California and 155,000 total nationwide to obstruct “racists, hate mongers, Wall Street shills and corporate lobbyists” from gaining a seat in the Trump administration, said Heidi Hess, the senior campaign manager of CREDO Action.
Josh Nelson, deputy political director for the progressive protest group Credo Action, hopes to see President Obama or the next president shutter Dakota Access altogether. More than 378,000 people have signed a petition asking the White House to take executive action and shut down construction its construction. “The only resolution that we’re going to accept is shutting it down entirely,” Nelson said.
Last year, CREDO Action, a liberal advocacy group, sent a “Dump (Mary Jo) Truck” around D.C. to mark the anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers.
It was directly inspired by CREDO, an older left-wing cell company (formerly called Working Assets) that donates a cut to activist nonprofits. In 2012, a Credo super PAC helped unseat several Tea Party congressmen, and Patriot Mobile, according to its website, was a response to that. Ray Morris, CEO of CREDO, is quick to distinguish what it does from Patriot Mobile. “We’re not funding hateful PACs, we’re not funding the NRA,” he said.