Singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile announced this morning that she has cancelled her appearance at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women conference because Kirstjen Nielsen is also a speaker. Her cancellation follows similar announcements from Hillary Clinton and dream hampton on Friday. CREDO Action, Define American, Bend the Arc, and Families Belong Together are working with other speakers to urge them to refuse to share the stage with Nielsen. CREDO’s petition calling on Fortune to disinvite Nielsen has been signed by more than 50,000 people.
CREDO Action campaign manager Jelani Drew-Davi released the following statement:
“Yet another powerful woman is refusing to use her power to help Kirstjen Nielsen rehabilitate her image. We deeply appreciate Brandi Carlile joining Hillary Clinton and dream hampton in taking a bold stand and refusing to share a stage with Kirstjen Nielsen.”
“Fortune Magazine doesn’t seem to get it. If they had listened to the more than 50,000 grassroots activists who signed a petition calling on them to disinvite Nielsen, they would still have powerful women leaders like Hillary Clinton, dream hampton and Brandi Carlile attending their event. Instead, Fortune is left with a woman who put children in cages and self-inflicted damage to their reputation. Fortune needs to see the writing on the wall, stop hiding their bad decision behind the First Amendment, and show real journalistic integrity by canceling the Nielsen session immediately.
CREDO Action’s work to hold DHS heads accountable:
- CREDO Action, Define American, Bend the Arc, and Families Belong Together have led the massive grassroots outcry on social media, taking over the #FortuneMPW hashtag to call on Fortune to disinvite Kirstjen Nielsen from their conference.
- Recent backlash from CREDO Action and other progressives forced former DHS secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to back out of the 2019 Atlantic Fest.
- CREDO Action held a 2018 protest at Nielsen’s home, playing audio of crying children who had been separated from their families at the border.
- Earlier this month, CREDO Action, along with activists from other immigration and progressive organizations and Georgetown Law students forced then-DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan off the stage before he could deliver the keynote speech at an immigration conference in DC. Four days later, McAleenan resigned.
- In 2018, after the death of a 7-year-old asylum-seeker in Customs and Border Patrol custody, CREDO Action confronted then-CBP head McAleenan directly by putting a projection on his home, calling on him to resign.
CREDO Action, part of CREDO Mobile, is a social change network of millions of activists, sending tens of millions of petition signatures and hundreds of thousands of phone calls to decision-makers each year. CREDO Action members also participate in meetings, protests and other direct action for progressive change.