FYI — Atlantic Media just announced Kirstjen Nielsen will no longer participate in next week’s Atlantic Fest after swift backlash from grassroots activists, which CREDO Action helped organize. Take a look at our statement below, plus more on our work opposing Nielsen’s efforts to sanitize her criminal history as the former head of the DHS.
“Public pressure from thousands of CREDO members and grassroots activists forced Kirstjen Nielsen to withdraw from the Atlantic Fest, which is a huge victory and should set a precedent for not putting profits over morals when it comes to Trump administration alumni. No one from Trump’s administration should get a soft landing to sanitize their actions while supporting and pushing forward a white nationalist, fascist agenda,” said CREDO Action campaign director Nicole Regalado.
“Atlantic Media isn’t off the hook — we will continue to lean on media conglomerates and other corporations to think twice about providing a platform to people who worked hand-in-hand with Trump to separate families, lock babies up in cages, and terrorize communities of color. Public backlash will be swift and powerful for anyone who tries to help rehabilitate the reputations of Trump’s top henchmen.”
CREDO Action’s work holding Nielsen accountable:
CREDO Action created a rapid response social media toolkit for organizations and activists to use to apply public pressure to Atlantic Media, Nielsen, and other invited speakers, opposing Nielsen’s participation in the Atlantic Fest next week. Take a look at the #NoSoftLanding and #RejectHate hashtags to see the pressure on Twitter.
Before Nielsen pulled out of the Atlantic Fest, CREDO Action had planned to have a mobile billboard circle the event venue to call out how the Atlantic was allowing Nielsen use them to clean up her image after separating migrant children and putting them in baby jails.
In June 2018, as the public became aware of Trump’s family separation policy, CREDO Action protested outside of Nielsen’s house and played audio of crying migrant children locked up in cages after being separated from their families by ICE, which she oversaw as the head of the Department of Homeland Security.
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.