CREDO released the following statement in response to reports that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will formally introduce a rule gutting Obama-era net neutrality protections: “What we have heard about the rules about to be released confirms our worst fears,” said Brandy Doyle, Campaign Manager for CREDO Action. “Chairman Pai has followed through with his plan… Read more
CREDO is committed to standing with women who speak out, holding perpetrators accountable and working to change the systemic and institutionalized misogyny that lets these behaviors continue without consequence. We believe that Sen. Franken should immediately resign from the U.S. Senate and that Gov. Mark Dayton should appoint a progressive woman to replace him.
CREDO released the statement below in response to reports that the Nebraska Public Service Commission has rejected the state permit for the Keystone XL pipeline: “This shortsighted and dangerous decision is a slap in the face to the people of Nebraska and the hundreds of thousands of Americans who weighed in this year urging the… Read more
CREDO released the following statement in response to the House of Republicans voting to pass the Trump tax scam: “There they go again. Paul Ryan and House Republicans just proved yet again that they care more about big corporations and their wealthy campaign donors than their own constituents,” CREDO Political Director Murshed Zaheed said. “But… Read more
Progressive organizations such as CREDO were already working overtime to paint the House tax bill as a “scam,” with more than 3,000 calls placed to vulnerable House Republicans in California pressuring “no” votes on the bill. On the Senate side, Murshed Zaheed, CREDO’s political director, told The Daily Beast that they are anticipating calls to begin on Friday, targeting Republicans like Collins, Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and John McCain (R-AZ).
Congressional Republicans’ extreme right-wing leadership know its plan to slash taxes for corporations and billionaires while actually increasing taxes on millions of people is deeply unpopular among the American people. That’s why they’re trying to jam it through as quickly as possible, before the American people find out what’s in it and mobilize to fight… Read more
They say the calls were not returned and a score of residents died in the days following the storm – some had body temperatures above 107 degrees when helped arrived. AFSCME Florida, Florida’s Future, Florida Alliance for Retired Americans, CREDO and Progress Florida say Scott bears responsibility for the deaths.
The campaign was conceived by a coalition of organizations to motivate their members to participate in the FEC’s public comment period. And the wide range of organizations involved should tell you something about the magnitude of the issue. Included among them are progressive organizations like MoveOn and CREDO;
CREDO released the following statement in response to Trump’s nominee for chief scientist at the USDA Sam Clovis withdrawing his name from consideration following reports that he played a key role in the Trump campaign’s communications with Russia: “The Trump campaign’s shady connections to Russia just sank another monster in Trump’s swamp,” CREDO Deputy Political… Read more
In response to reports today that Donald Trump and Senate Republicans have agreed to keep a legislative fix for Trump’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program out of the end-of-year spending bill, CREDO issued the following statement: “Republicans in Congress have had a bigoted, anti-immigrant platform for years,” CREDO Political Director… Read more
“CREDO has fought to block the confirmation of more than a dozen Trump nominees and the campaign opposing Betsy DeVos resonated with our members more than any of the others,” Nelson said in an email. “Our petition generated 1,500,000 signatures ― far more than any other petition we have ever run… We believe it was the largest petition opposing a cabinet nominee in U.S. history.”
Joint statement by Beyond the Bomb, CREDO, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Indivisible, J Street, MoveOn.org Civic Action, NIAC Action, Peace Action, VoteVets, Win Without War, and Women’s Action for New Directions on Donald Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran nuclear agreement. Donald Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran nuclear agreement — also known as… Read more
Petition signatures delivered in person to Sen. McConnell’s northern Kentucky office and Sen. Gardner’s Denver office October 6, 2017 – Just days after the worst mass shooting in modern history took the lives of 58 Americans, 1,044,119 people have signed petitions demanding that Congress pass gun control legislation, including an assault weapons ban. The petition… Read more
“The significance (of Sánchez’s comments) is that there is a hunger from the rank-and-file for fresh leadership, for someone who is truly going to represent the zeitgeist of where the party is,” said Murshed Zaheed, political director at Credo Action, the progressive organization based in San Francisco. “That’s where the energy of the party is now.”
On Friday, people from progressive groups will drop off a petition with 900,000 signatures to McConnell’s office in Fort Wright, a release from one of the lead organizers, CREDO, stated. The petition, from groups, such as CREDO, MoveOn, and Daily Kos, will demand McConnell take up gun control legislation, including an assault weapons ban.
CREDO Action joined the mobilization against the NRA and its political allies on Monday by circulating a petition that has already garnered over 160,000 signatures.
“There’s one reason why Congress consistently fails to take real action on gun violence: the National Rifle Association. The NRA has a chokehold on Congress that keeps most bills about gun control from even coming to the floor for a vote,” the petition reads.
For Demand Progress Action ― and allies on the letter, including the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Color of Change, and Credo ― the exposure shows that FISA courts alone are not enough to ensure that the federal government respects the constitutional right to privacy enshrined in the Fourth Amendment. Demand Progress Action’s policy arm documented numerous other violations of FISA rules in a September report, making the case that FISA courts have proven incapable of deterring intelligence agency abuses under Section 702.
Gap and Disney (along with Pepsi) are now under pressure to pull funding from and cut all ties with the US Chamber of Commerce. Public Citizen and 60 other organizations such as Greenpeace, Credo Action, League of Conservation Voters, Rainforest Action network, and the Sierra Club signed a letter urging the Walt Disney Company to “cease funding the United States Chamber of Commerce.”
An online petition has been launched calling for Alabama football coach Nick Saban to “take a stand against (President) Donald Trump’s racism” and decline any future White House visits should his team win a national championship with Trump in office.
The petition was created Wednesday morning by CREDO Action, a San Francisco-based organization that promotes itself as a social-change network.
And after Trump’s appearance at the UN, three US peace organizations—CREDO Action, Win Without War, and MoveOn—condemned his threats and issued an urgent call for action. “We need to stop this slow roll toward a catastrophic war, and work towards defusing the North Korean crisis diplomatically,” they asserted.
CREDO Action doesn’t want Nick Saban to take his team to the White House if the top-ranked Crimson Tide finishes the season that way. The social change organization launched a petition Wednesday asking Saban to keep Alabama in Tuscaloosa instead of having it visit President Donald Trump if it wins a national championship.
CREDO statement on Trump’s tax cuts for the rich and big corporations FYI – CREDO released the statement below in response to Trump’s plan to slash taxes for wealthy individuals and major corporations: “Trump’s tax plan proves yet again that he is a phony populist interested primarily in doing the bidding of big corporations and… Read more
Murshed Zaheed, political director of CREDO Action, the social change network which has also mobilized against Trumpcare, credited the protesters with helping to push the Republicans to abandon the bill.
“Progressive grassroots activists just saved health care coverage for tens of millions of Americans—yet again,” he said. “Despite Mitch McConnell’s best efforts, even some Senate Republicans realized that this bill was too cruel to support.”
FYI – CREDO released the statement below in response to reports that Senate Republicans will not hold a vote this week on the Graham-Cassidy Trumpcare bill: “Progressive grassroots activists just saved health care coverage for tens of millions of Americans – yet again,” CREDO Political Director Murshed Zaheed said. “Despite Mitch McConnell’s best efforts, even… Read more
In a joint statement, MoveOn, CREDO, and Win Without War said, “We need to stop this slow roll toward a catastrophic war and work towards defusing the North Korean crisis diplomatically. Trump’s U.N. speech represents yet another reckless escalation in the ongoing tit-for-tat between North Korea and the United States that does nothing but edge us closer to nuclear war.” They added, “There is no military solution to this problem.”
“He’s not going to get the benefit of the doubt the country gave to George W. Bush,” said Murshed Zaheed, CREDO Action’s political director. Zaheed will never forget “the massive frustration we all felt on the ground when we saw national leaders like Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Dick Gephardt, and Tom Daschle fold like cheap cards and acquiesce to Bush,” but he says “the left flank is better situated to put pressure on the Democrats” under Trump—“to act like an opposition party, not a minority party.”
Merkley could use some buzz outside the Beltway—though inside Washington, he is very much a player, having quietly brought together leading groups on the left for what’s become a regular series of pragmatic, action-focused meetings. Every Thursday, around the table in his conference room (or sometimes over the phone), top staffers from leading progressive groups MoveOn.org, Ultraviolet, Democracy for America, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Daily Kos, Credo and Indivisible join him to plot strategy and share information. If there is a nerve center of the vast left-wing conspiracy, this is it.
It’s time for this charade to end: We need to stop this slow roll toward a catastrophic war, and work towards defusing the North Korean crisis diplomatically. Trump’s U.N. speech represents yet another reckless escalation in the ongoing tit-for-tat between North Korea and the United States that does nothing but edge us closer to nuclear war.
“Indivisible had reactivated a phone call tool that helped activists target key senators, and spiffed up its TrumpCare Ten website. *CREDO Action, another coalition member, was urging members who had already made more than 50,000 calls against “Trumpcare” to start calling again.* Ultraviolet, a progressive women’s group, was “bird-dogging” Republicans in person to confront them on flip-flops from their past health-care positions.”
Donald Trump’s first speech to the United Nations General Assembly today – and in particular, his remarks about North Korea – was nothing short of a complete failure of American leadership. Instead of focusing on efforts to peacefully resolve the crisis surrounding its nuclear program, Trump threatened to “totally destroy North Korea.” It’s time for… Read more
“Even though they do not have the numbers to block Trump’s nominees, keeping Trump from being able to fill even a portion of the total vacancies could limit the damage he inflicts on our courts. Senior members of the Judiciary Committee like Sens. Feinstein, Leahy and Klobuchar must commit to total resistance,” CREDO Action wrote in a petition call to its supporters.
“Schumer and Pelosi often tend to be out of touch with the zeitgeist of the progressive movement,” said Murshed Zaheed, political director at the liberal group CREDO Action. Zaheed predicted “fierce blowback” if activists perceive that the Democratic leaders have traded away their base’s priorities in any agreement with Trump.
The legislation has received endorsements from the National Consumer Law Center (on behalf of its low-income clients), U.S. PIRG, MASSPIRG, Tennessee Citizen Action, Consumer Action, Americans for Financial Reform, CREDO, National Association of Consumer Advocates, and the Consumer Federation of America.
“This is exactly the type of bold solution we need,” echoed CREDO Political Director Murshed Zaheed. “The fact that 16 Senate Democrats are now on the record in support of Medicare for All is clear evidence that the progressive wing of the Democratic Party has momentum… Now it is time for the rest of the Senate Democratic caucus to catch up.”
FYI – CREDO released the statement below in support of the Medicare For All Act of 2017: “This is exactly the type of bold solution we need to fix our broken health care system,” CREDO Political Director Murshed Zaheed said. “Access to health care should be a basic right guaranteed to all Americans, not a… Read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Josh Nelson, [email protected] 100+ Protest Outside FCC Chairman’s San Francisco Event to Demand Net Neutrality Internet rights activists rallied to urge FCC Chairman Ajit Pai not to gut Obama-era net neutrality rules San Francisco, CA, September 12, 2017 – More than 100 activists rallied outside Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s… Read more
CREDO and its allies are asking Democrats to more consistently withhold so-called “blue slips.” The Judiciary Committee does not usually begin confirmation hearings until the senators from the home state of a federal judiciary nominee turn over blue slips of paper signaling their consent that the process proceed.”
MEDIA ADVISORY FOR TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 12 CONTACT: Josh Nelson San Francisco, CA – On Tuesday, Sept. 12, grassroots activists with over a dozen local and national organizations will protest outside FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s San Francisco event to demand an open and affordable internet. WHAT: Ajit Pai, the Trump-appointed Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission… Read more
Joint campaign from CREDO, #AllofUs, Color Of Change, Daily Kos, Democracy for America, Presente and UltraViolet Action seeks to slow pace of Trump’s judicial nominations September 6, 2017 – A coalition of leading progressive groups with millions of members announced a joint campaign today calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to stop advancing judges appointed… Read more
CREDO released the following statement in response to Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: “Trump just shattered the dreams of more than 800,000 immigrants and put them back at risk of deportation,” CREDO Political Director Murshed Zaheed said. “The Trump regime’s relentless attacks on immigrants are part of a… Read more
CREDO released the statement below in response to the Trump administration’s decision to provide grenade launchers and other weapons of war to local police departments: “Giving grenade launchers and other weapons of war to local law enforcement agencies will make Americans, especially African-Americans and Latinos, less safe,” CREDO Senior Campaign Manager Heidi Hess said. “Trump’s… Read more
“He ran a fake populist campaign, talking up in key states how he was fighting for the little guy and how he was going to take on Wall Street and take on big corporations and the so-called rigged system,” Zaheed told HuffPost. “This is one of the nominations that essentially exposes Donald Trump and his regime of hucksters and Wall Street cronies as a bunch of phony populists.”
CREDO released the following statement in response to reports that Trump is seriously considering eliminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program: “Trump’s white supremacist and Nazi supporters are undoubtedly thrilled by the rumors of this racist regime planning yet another heartless attack on our immigrant communities,” CREDO Political Director Murshed Zaheed said. “DREAMers embody… Read more
CREDO released the statement below in response to reports that Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke has recommended to Trump that no national monuments should be fully eliminated: “This is a direct result of the unprecedented outpouring of grassroots support for our national monuments over the past several months,” CREDO Deputy Political Director Josh Nelson said. “Interior… Read more
According to Politico, the groups behind Not One Penny—which includes MoveOn.org, Working Families Party, CREDO Action, and many others—are “expecting Democrats to stand together against any legislation that cuts taxes for the rich, even if it also trims tax bills for others. And they’re prepared to unleash their energized grass roots on any lawmaker who doesn’t get on board.”
“We’re not really worried about the Democratic ranks right now, because we’re in a political situation where we have [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell and the White House punching themselves out,” said CREDO Action political director Murshed Zaheed, whose group launched a pro-Obamacare billboard campaign in June targeting Manchin, Heitkamp and Donnelly.
Another progressive action group, Credo, named other members of Trump’s administration who have espoused white nationalist views and yet remain situated in the White House. “Even after Bannon’s departure, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will remain the White Supremacists’ House as long as Stephen Miller, Sebastian Gorka and the Nazi terrorist cheerleader-in-chief Donald Trump continue to occupy the Oval Office,” read a statement from the group.
CREDO released the statement below in response to reports that Donald Trump will fire Steve Bannon: “In a normal administration, an Anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, white supremacist, alleged domestic abuser like Steve Bannon never would have been hired in the first place,” CREDO Political Director Murshed Zaheed said. “It is telling that Trump is firing Steve Bannon… Read more
“Trump’s belated criticism of his staunchest supporters — racist, Nazi, KKK terrorists — rings hollow,” said Murshed Zaheed, the liberal group CREDO’s political director, in an email after Monday’s brief speech. “When it is politically convenient, Trump frequently and aggressively bullies individuals and organizations by name, but in this case, he disgracefully protected white supremacist Nazis for days before speaking out.”
CREDO released the statement below in response to Donald Trump’s remarks today on this weekend’s terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia: “Trump’s belated criticism of his staunchest supporters – racist, Nazi, KKK terrorists – rings hollow,” CREDO Political Director Murshed Zaheed said. “When it is politically convenient, Trump frequently and aggressively bullies individuals and organizations by… Read more
A coalition of organizations including Bold Nebraska, 350.org, Sierra Club, Indigenous Environmental Network, CREDO, Greenpeace, Oil Change International and MoveOn have collected hundreds of thousands of written public comments from citizens from Nebraska and across the country with their concerns about Keystone XL’s threat to property rights, water and climate.
Petitions from CREDO and Social Security Works oppose the Orphan Product Extensions Now (OPEN) Act August 3, 2017 – More than 130,000 people have signed petitions from CREDO and Social Security Works urging Congress to oppose the the Orphan Product Extensions Now (OPEN) Act, which the Senate is trying to sneak through this week as… Read more
CREDO released the statement below in response to the confirmation of Christopher Wray as Director of the FBI: “Sen. Schumer and other members of Democratic leadership just rewarded Donald Trump for his interference in the Russia investigation by failing to resist Trump’s nominee to lead the FBI,” said CREDO Political Director Murshed Zaheed. “A man… Read more
CREDO released the statement below in response to Senate rejecting so-called “skinny repeal” legislation: “Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump just found out the hard way that taking health care away from millions of people is deeply unpopular with the American people,” said CREDO Political Director Murshed Zaheed. “Republicans can point fingers and assign blame all… Read more
CREDO released the statement below in response to Senate Republicans advancing a motion to proceed on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act: “The party of death is so desperate to take health care away from tens of millions of people that they just voted to move forward legislation without knowing what’s in it,” said… Read more
CREDO released the statement below following Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously supporting the confirmation of FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray: “Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee just failed the resistance,” CREDO Political Director Murshed Zaheed said. “Supporting Wray’s confirmation in light of Trump’s firing of James Comey is a pathetic and unacceptable cave… Read more
“Repealing Obamacare outright as Republicans now hope to do would steal health care from tens of millions of Americans,” CREDO Political Director Murshed Zaheed told Rewire Tuesday night. “Activists must remain vigilant to ensure that Trumpcare or any other bill that would take away Americans’ health care does not move forward.”
“We are disappointed in the Ninth Circuit’s decision and are considering our options for next steps,” CREDO CEO Ray Morris said in a statement. “At CREDO, we know what an uphill battle challenging these gag orders can be and feel that the court missed an opportunity to protect the First Amendment rights of companies that want to speak out in the future.”
Petition campaign backed by online video and micro-targeted digital ad campaign July 13, 2017 – More than 100,000 people have signed CREDO’s petition demanding that the Golden State Warriors “publicly reject Trump’s hate by refusing to set foot in his White House.” More than 24,000 of the petition signers are California residents. The petition can… Read more
“Despite controlling [Congress and the White House], Republicans have been reduced to scrapping, clawing, and begging to pass this legislation by one or two votes. That alone signifies the power of the resistance,” Zaheed told me. “Because if the resistance didn’t exist, they wouldn’t be in the predicament they are in right now, using unprecedented secrecy to jam through this garbage-fire of a bill.”
“This is a key win in a long fight,” said CREDO Political Director Murshed Zaheed. The momentum in the fight over health care in the United States is on the side of the anti-Trump resistance,” Zaheed continued. “The fact is, Trumpcare is a nightmare for Americans families now, and it will still be a nightmare after the July 4 recess.”
As Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell twist arms to repeal the Affordable Care Act and jam Trumpcare through the Senate, CREDO is engaged in a full-court press in opposition to the deadly legislation. Through the use of strategically placed billboards in key states, tens of thousands of phone calls to Senate offices, a series of hard-hitting viral videos, micro-targeted Snapchat geofilters and a massive petition campaign, CREDO is building pressure on targeted senators to #ResistTrumpcare.
Billboards targeting Sens. Manchin, Donnelly and Heitkamp are strategically placed between their homes and airports June 20 – CREDO announced today that it had placed #ResistTrumpcare billboards in strategic locations in West Virginia, Indiana and North Dakota pressuring Sens. Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp not to work with Republicans on legislation that would take… Read more
Normally, protest groups try to direct the thrust of their efforts to hitting offices in Washington, DC. CREDO is instead hitting senators in their district offices. Their plans are to escalate their call volume to at least 1,000 calls to each of those four senators’ offices in the home stretch of McConnell’s push around the health care bill.
Murshed Zaheed, political director of the liberal group Credo, said it took Trump three days to tweet about a white supremacist who allegedly fatally stabbed two men in Portland, Oregon, who had tried to get him to stop harassing Muslim women on a train. “It’s not really an even-handed situation where you can compare both sides,” Zaheed said.
“A lot of people compare this to Nixon and they say ‘That’s what got Nixon, was the obstruction of justice.’ And it’s true, but this is a lot worse because this one has connections to a foreign power, which the whole back-and-forth around obstruction of justice with Nixon did not include,” Warren said at a San Francisco event sponsored by CREDO, a liberal advocacy group.
So far, the group has donated more than $83 million to nonprofits working on issues like women’s rights, economic justice, voting rights, and climate justice. Recently, that’s included Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and Black Lives Matter. “It’s often true that the selections will mirror what’s happening in society,” CREDO CEO Ray Morris says.
FYI – CREDO Political Director Murshed Zaheed released the statement below in response to the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as special prosecutor in the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia: “This is a massive victory for the progressive resistance,” said CREDO Political Director Murshed Zaheed. “The fact is, this… Read more
In a speech last week, Kennedy decried the impact of the recently House-approved health care bill. The clip posted on his official Facebook page received 2.8 million views. If that wasn’t viral enough, the same 90-second clip received another 4.8 million views via the progressive action group CREDO Mobile.
CREDO released the statement below in response to Mark Green’s withdrawal from consideration to be Secretary of the Army: “Mark Green’s withdrawal from consideration to be Army Secretary is a welcome development for LGBTQ equality,” said CREDO Campaign Manager Tessa Levine. “Trump never should have nominated an anti-LGBTQ extremist like Mark Green in the first… Read more
CREDO released the following statement in response to reports that Trump’s nominee for secretary of the Army, Mark Green, may be withdrawn from consideration as soon as this week due to the backlash to his homophobic, islamophobic and anti-science views: “Mark Green has dedicated his political career to fostering inequality and bigotry based on religious… Read more
Progressive activists delivered petitions to Bennet’s Denver office on Wednesday, demanding that he hold a town hall to explain why he helped move President Donald Trump’s conservative court pick move forward. Bennet did not vote to confirm Gorsuch, but he did vote with Republicans to end Democrats’ filibuster of the nomination.
CREDO – which has collected more than 160,000 petition signatures urging 21st Century Fox to fire Bill O’Reilly – released the statement below in response to reports that network executives are now planning to do just that in the coming days: “Cutting ties with serial misogynist and alleged sexual predator Bill O’Reilly should not be a… Read more
“We are calling on all congressional leaders to call for emergency deliberations on Trump’s illegal escalation in Syria. Anything short of that will show that Democrats are completely out of touch with the base of their party,” said Murshed Zaheed, political director at CREDO Action, a left-wing grassroots advocacy organization.
Heidi Hess, the senior campaign manager for Credo Action, added that if the Democratic Party wants to represent a diverse group — including minorities and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community — it will refuse to give financial help to Heitkamp, Manchin, Donnelly and “any other turncoat Democratic senator who collaborates with extremist Republicans to put Gorsuch on the Supreme Court.”
Murshed Zaheed, CREDO Political Director and former leadership aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, released the statement below in response to Senate Republicans’ decision to invoke the nuclear option to put right-wing extremist Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court: “Senate Republicans’ use of the nuclear option to hand the Supreme Court over to Trump… Read more
CREDO just released the statement below in response to today’s cloture vote on Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation to the Supreme Court: “Today’s vote will be a defining moment in the careers of Senate Democrats,” said CREDO Senior Campaign Manager Heidi Hess. “The so-called ‘Democrats’ who voted to advance Gorsuch’s confirmation will be remembered by history as… Read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Josh Nelson, [email protected] Claire Sandberg, [email protected] Linsey Pecikonis, [email protected] Petition signatures delivered at DSCC headquarters by progressive leaders Washington, DC – Progressive leaders delivered more than 230,000 petition signatures Monday urging the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to publicly announce that it will not allocate campaign funds to Sens. Joe Manchin, Heidi… Read more
Colorado’s Democratic Senator Michael Bennet is currently under fire from his constituents for his lack of opposition to Judge Neil Gorsuch, the extreme right-wing judge Donald Trump has nominated for the Supreme Court. Sen. Bennet is facing heavy criticism from Coloradans for heaping praise on the judge while introducing Gorsuch to the Senate Judiciary Committee… Read more
CREDO released the statement below in response to the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 34 / House Resolution 230, which would allow Internet Service Providers to collect and sell data on their users’ internet use: “Congress just voted to turn Americans’ internet browsing habits into a product to be bought and sold by corporations,” said… Read more
Murshed Zaheed, political director of CREDO, warned Democratic leaders that any Democratic efforts to work with Republicans would not get any help from grassroots groups like his. “If Democrats want to push their version of so-called moderate proposals ― good luck to them,” Zaheed said. “I don’t think anybody should be under any illusion that Schumer or [House Minority Leader Nancy] Pelosi will get anything from collaborating with the right-wing extremists that control Congress.”
“We will continue working to stop Keystone XL in the streets and in the Nebraska Public Service Commission, which has yet to issue a key permit the pipeline needs to move forward,” Nelson added. “Attempting to expedite the approval of this foreign oil pipeline is just the latest example of Donald Trump putting corporate interests first with disastrous consequences for the American people.”
“Today’s blockbuster revelation from Director Comey should be a wake-up call to every member of Congress and all Americans,” said CREDO Political Director Murshed Zaheed. “Trump’s Republican lapdogs in Congress must stop playing games and get to the bottom of whether the Trump campaign and its associates colluded with Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.” Zaheed said.
At 9 a.m. Thursday, representatives of progressive groups converge in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building. Once they’re all through the metal detector, they put together boxes for the 225,000-odd signatures they’ve gathered from activists who want Manchin booted from Senate Democratic leadership. They include leaders of CREDO, WeWillReplaceYou.org, 350 Action and Democracy for America.
“There is no justification for Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to anoint someone as a member of Democratic leadership who consistently votes with Trump’s extreme right-wing priorities, fails to defend our progressive values, and routinely collaborates with Trump by enabling his racist and fascist agenda grounded in xenophobia and hate,” CREDO Action, one of the groups collecting signatures, wrote on its website.
For Immediate Release: Friday March 3, 2017 CONTACT: Josh Nelson, [email protected] Brian Stewart, [email protected] CREDO and MoveOn.org petitions launched by Sen. Jeff Merkley More than 550,000 people have signed petitions started by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) demanding that Attorney General Jeff Sessions appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Trump administration’s ties to Russia. The… Read more
CREDO has been calling for a thorough and independent investigation into the Trump administration, transition team and campaign’s ties to Russia since July. Since then, countless bombshell reports have documented ample evidence of highly improper ties between top members of Trump’s campaign and Russian officials. The news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions committed perjury when… Read more
MEDIA ADVISORY FOR THURSDAY MARCH 2 CONTACT: Josh Nelson, [email protected] Neil Sroka, [email protected] Yong Jung Cho, [email protected] Dani Heffernan, [email protected] Dozens of activists to deliver petition signatures to Sen. Schumer’s office Washington, DC – Dozens of activists will deliver more than 225,000 petition signatures to Sen. Schumer’s office Thursday morning demanding that he remove Trump-apologist… Read more
National Progressive Organizations Demand Trump-apologist Joe Manchin is Removed From Senate Democratic Leadership Team Washington, D.C.— Today, CREDO, #AllOfUs, Democracy for America, Other98 and 350 Action called on Sen. Chuck Schumer to remove Trump-apologist Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia from Democratic Caucus Leadership. Manchin was the only “Democrat” who voted to confirm extreme… Read more
Elected officials signed open letter to Pres. Trump: “There is no room for the politics of hate and fear in our communities.” SAN FRANCISCO – CREDO announced today that 114 state legislators and local elected officials have signed an open letter calling on Trump to rescind his Muslim ban executive order. The open letter – which… Read more
“We will unleash our activists in a way that I don’t think any secretary of education has ever experienced,” said Heidi Hess, a campaign manager for CREDO, a mobile phone company with a liberal activist arm. “If she holds field hearings, we will make sure we pack them with activists. If she travels for meetings or if she visits schools, we will confront her with protesters and have people lined up to ask her questions.”
SAN FRANCISCO – CREDO Action condemns the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education. “DeVos’ devotion to right-wing ideology and disregard for public education have no place in our education system,” Heidi Hess, senior campaign manager at CREDO Action said. “She is grossly incompetent and lacks the basic knowledge to preside over an agency… Read more
Heidi Hess runs campaigns for CREDO, a mobile phone company with an activist arm that has been backing progressive causes for 30 years. When Trump’s Cabinet picks were announced, CREDO held a strategy meeting and chose a “top terrible” list of appointees, dubbed the #SwampySeven in reference to his vows to “drain the swamp.”
“If any of them vote for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, we’re going to mark them down as collaborators,” CREDO Political Director Murshed Zaheed said. “If Chuck Schumer wants to maintain any credibility as a progressive leader, he needs to shut the Supreme Court seat down. And if he doesn’t do it, there will be a massive revolt.”
CREDO released the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s nomination of [insert anti-women, anti-worker, anti-environment white male here] to the U.S. Supreme Court: “Democrats cannot allow the confirmation of a Supreme Court justice picked by a racist, fascist, sexual predator who lost the majority vote by almost 3 million votes,” CREDO Political Director Murshed… Read more
CREDO – which has waged a massive grassroots campaign opposing Betsy DeVos – released the following statement following the Senate HELP Committee’s party line vote on DeVos’ confirmation: “The HELP committee Republicans voted to fill the swamp by confirming Betsy DeVos in the face of the most organized grassroots opposition a cabinet nominee has ever… Read more
Josh Nelson, the deputy political director of the CREDO activist group said the action would show Trump is “in the pocket of big corporations and foreign oil interests.” “Fierce grassroots activism has stopped these pipelines over and over again,” he said. “CREDO will do everything in its power to stop the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, and keep dirty fossil fuels in the ground where they belong.”
CREDO released the statement below in response to reports that Pres. Trump plans to sign executive orders to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines: “President Trump is showing that he’s in the pocket of big corporations and foreign oil interests,” said CREDO Deputy Political Director Josh Nelson. “Approving these dirty oil… Read more
Details on CREDO’s massive grassroots campaign to block the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education can be found below. 1,000,000 SIGN CREDO PETITION URGING SENATE TO REJECT DEVOS: In recent days more than a million people have signed CREDO’s viral petition calling on Senate Democrats to “block and resist Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as… Read more
Groups garner well over 300,000 petition signatures and drive upwards of 7,500 calls in support of lawmakers’ bold and courageous action. For Immediate Release: Friday, January 20, 2017 Contacts: Brian Stewart, MoveOn.org | [email protected] Josh Nelson, CREDO | [email protected] Daniel Schuman, Demand Progress | [email protected] Neil Sroka, Democracy for America | [email protected] WASHINGTON, DC — At… Read more
Micro-targeted digital ads compliment petitions and letters For Immediate Release: January 18, 2017 Contact: Josh Nelson, [email protected] San Francisco – CREDO launched a series of online video ads today urging Amazon, Oracle and Booz Allen Hamilton to publicly refuse to help the Trump administration build a Muslim registry. WATCH: “TECH COMPANIES HAVE A CHOICE” The video… Read more
More than 125,000 people have signed CREDO’s petition urging Democrats in Congress to skip Trump’s inauguration of hate. At least 25 Democratic members of congress have now announced that they will not attend, including Reps. John Lewis, Raul Grijalva, Barbara Lee, Katherine Clark, Luis Gutiérrez, Jared Huffman, John Conyers, Earl Blumenauer, Judy Chu, Lacy Clay,… Read more
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.
FYI – While tech leaders were meeting with Donald Trump today at Trump Tower, Facebook announced that it would join Twitter in refusing to help Donald Trump build a Muslim registry. CREDO released the following statement in response: “CREDO applauds Facebook’s statement affirming that the company will not help Trump build a Muslim registry if asked… Read more
“Today the heads of America’s biggest tech companies will sit down with Donald Trump – a racist, xenophobic fascist who has pledged to create a registry to surveille, threaten and harass Muslims,” said Heidi Hess, CREDO Action Senior Campaign Manager. “If asked, will these companies collaborate with Trump or will they stand up for the people most threatened by him?” Hess continued, adding, “now is the time for tech giants to stand up against Trump’s hate and pledge not to help him build a Muslim registry.”
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 November and December, The Intercept, Buzzfeed and other media outlets asked tech companies including Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Apple, IBM, Booz Allen Hamilton, CGI, SRA International, Oracle, and Amazon if they would participate in any way in the creation of Donald Trump’s proposed Muslim registry. While Twitter answered with an unequivocal no, the others… Read more
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.
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.
Social change organization CREDO said the president needs to take a more definitive position on the pipeline. “If President Obama wants to uphold his promises to do right by indigenous people and fight climate change, he must summon the political courage to intervene now and stop, not just reroute, the Dakota Access pipeline,” CREDO Deputy Political Director Josh Nelson said in a statement.
FYI – CREDO, which has collected more than 370,000 petition signatures against the Dakota Access pipeline, released the statement below in response to President Obama’s remarks on the pipeline: “President Obama’s politically convenient wait and see approach on the Dakota Access pipeline is a recipe for disaster,” CREDO Deputy Political Director Josh Nelson said. “Indigenous water… Read more
FYI – CREDO released the statement below in response to former CIA Director Michael Morell’s suggestion that the United States should start a war with Iran to protect Saudi Arabia’s interests in Yemen: “Morell’s suggestion that the U.S. Navy should start a war with Iran is wildly irresponsible and detrimental to our national security,” said CREDO… Read more
Callahan interviewed Hoyer on behalf of online progressive heavyweight CREDO Action and We Act Radio, a Washington-based liberal media production house. CREDO, which has been active in efforts to block TPP’s passage, posted the video of the exchange to its Facebook page Wednesday afternoon, along with a message encouraging activists to keep up the pressure.
Paradoxically, getting what was thought to be final approvals seemed to galvanize the public debate against the pipeline. “That’s what triggered a lot of the opposition,” said Josh Nelson, deputy political director of CREDO Action, a progressive lobbying group that opposes the pipeline. “That’s when you had thousands of people descend on Standing Rock.”
Josh Nelson, a Day of Action organizer with CREDO, said the tribes’ unity, coupled with opposition in Iowa, has been the spark that inspired a flame of opposition that keeps on spreading. “People all around the country are watching. This has struck a chord with the environmental and climate change groups and it all flows from tribal leadership and from farmers and landowners in Iowa,” Nelson said.
It remains to be seen how vocal her opposition will be during a lame duck fight, when many Democrats in Congress may be looking to her for guidance. That’s why progressives are already gearing up to push Clinton. On Thursday, a coalition of liberal groups plan to deliver a letter, signed by tens of thousands supporters, asking Clinton to come out against any vote on TPP during the lame duck session of Congress.
On Wednesday, the grassroots liberal groups Democracy for America and CREDO will begin circulating petitions urging Clinton to go further by making a public statement “urging the White House and Democratic congressional leadership to oppose any vote on the TPP, especially during the post-election lame duck session of Congress.”
“It’s hard to imagine that a presidential candidate who has possibly violated federal law, by asking a hostile government to spy on a former secretary of state, should be eligible to receive briefings. It would be irresponsible and dangerous for [Director of National Intelligence James] Clapper to provide them,” the petition says.
Petition urging Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to Withhold Briefings Catches Fire CREDO Action has just released a hard-hitting one minute video making the case that Donald Trump should not receive classified national security briefings in light of his statement yesterday encouraging Russia to hack former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email account. WATCH… Read more
Transgender and gay rights supporters praised the NBA’s decision. “The NBA is taking an important stand against North Carolina’s unconstitutional and discriminatory HB2,” Heidi Hess, senior campaign manager for the social change organization CREDO, said in a statement. “This is further evidence that hate and bigotry are bad for business.”
CREDO released the statement below in response to the news that Roger Ailes has stepped down as CEO of Fox News following allegations of sexual harassment: “Roger Ailes’ departure is a welcome development, but it alone won’t fix the deeply ingrained culture of sexism and misogyny at Fox News,” said CREDO Senior Campaign Manager Heidi… Read more
CREDO released the statement below in response to reports that the NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star game out of North Carolina due to the state’s discriminatory law targeting the state’s LGBT community: “The NBA is taking an important stand against North Carolina’s unconstitutional and discriminatory HB2,” said CREDO Senior Campaign Manager Heidi Hess. “This… Read more
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,… Read more
“We’re thrilled that President Obama has joined the millions of progressive activists who support expanding Social Security,” said CREDO Political Director Murshed Zaheed. “This is a huge reversal from the days when President Obama sought a so-called ‘grand bargain’ with Republicans that included cuts to Social Security benefits,” Zaheed continued, adding, “thanks to relentless grassroots activism, the national conversation has shifted from cutting Social Security to expanding it.”
CREDO singled out Google in part because of the company’s reputation for promoting the “values of diversity and inclusion,” Heidi Hess, a campaign leader for CREDO, said at the time of the video’s release.
Speaking to The Huffington Post this week, Hess called the companies’ willingness to sponsor the Republican convention, despite their opposition to the North Carolina law, “ironic and troubling.”
At the same time, she argued, “it is not surprising that they are able to get over the cognitive dissonance in order to think about their bottom line.”
This spring, several progressive groups said Coca-Cola, Microsoft and a few other big corporations should retract $100,000 contributions pledged for the Republican convention in Cleveland. The progressive groups said the money would help promote Trump, thus compromising the corporations’ own policies not to discriminate. “They can’t be out there professing their commitment to those core values, when they end up making decisions to align their brand with Trump’s racist and sexist campaign,” said Murshed Zaheed, political director of Credo Action. “They can’t have it both ways.”
Come July, some of America’s best-known companies will pay to celebrate the nomination of Donald Trump, whose racist rants have in the past caused NBC, Macy’s and Nascar to distance themselves from him. Progressive political groups like ColorOfChange.org and Credo Action are pressuring Coca-Cola, Walmart, Microsoft, Facebook and Google to cut off money for the Republican gathering.
CREDO Action, the activism arm of the progressive wireless phone company, released a video on Thursday challenging Google’s financial support for the convention. The nearly two-minute-long video — entitled “Why is Google sponsoring hate?” — features an image of the Google homepage as someone searches racist tactics used by Donald Trump, such as “scapegoating immigrants” and “anti-Muslim hysteria.”
Progressive group CREDO Action on Thursday released a new video — shared first with BuzzFeed News — which shows people googling terms like “scapegoating immigrants,” “sexism,” and “racism” and being directed to clips of some of Trump’s offensive statements. The video ends by telling viewers that Google is giving Trump “a platform” with text that reads: “It isn’t too late for Google to do the right thing. Tell Google: Don’t sponsor hate. #DumpTrump.”
On the heels of Donald Trump securing the Republican nomination, CREDO is escalating its campaign urging Google not to sponsor the Republican National Convention across multiple channels with a scathing video, a Facebook digital ad campaign specifically micro-targeting Google employees, and a grassroots call campaign targeting Google executives. SEARCHING FOR HATE VIDEO: In the video,… Read more
More than 116,000 people have signed an online petition urging the inspector general to investigate what it calls voter suppression at a federal government agency entrusted with making voting more accessible.
The progressive advocacy group CREDO Action said it planned to deliver petition signatures Wednesday to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s Inspector General Patricia Layfield.
Plane flies over Google HQ and Bay Area w/ banner: “Google: Don’t be evil. #DumpTrump” Mountain View, CA, April 28, 2016 – One day before Donald Trump is scheduled to speak in the Bay Area at the California Republican Party Convention, local progressive and civil rights activists delivered 500,000 petition signatures to Google headquarters… Read more
“It’s important for Google and Microsoft to be reminded that sponsorship of a Trump-led convention helps legitimize and normalize Trump’s hate,” reads the Credo petition. This sentiment is absolutely on point. Although corporations routinely give money and in-kind donations to both political parties for their conventions, the 2016 Republican convention will be anything but a routine event.
Those critics include the activists at CREDO Action, who launched a petition asking Congress not to move forward with the Burr-Feinstein bill. “As this debate continues to play out over the coming weeks and months, we need to forcefully reject the dangerous language in the Burr-Feinstein bill and any other legislation that would put Americans’ privacy and security at risk by undermining encryption,” the petition concludes.
Apparently tens of thousands of people agreed, and in a very short period of time. By 9:30 this morning (eastern time), the petition had sailed well past 40,000 signatures and was still climbing.
“Investigating Arizona Republicans’ blatant voter disenfranchisement scheme is the right thing to do,” said CREDO Communications Director Josh Nelson. “We applaud the Department of Justice for acting quickly to respond to last month’s primary election debacle,” Nelson continued.
“Republicans around the country are finding new and creative ways to suppress and dilute the votes of African-Americans and Latinos,” Nelson added. “The DOJ must remain vigilant and aggressively crack down on any Republican efforts to suppress Americans’ right to vote in 2016.”
CREDO Mobile announced today that Alliance for Justice, the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and People For the American Way Foundation have been selected to receive donations this month as part of CREDO’s innovative monthly donations program. The three groups were nominated by CREDO Mobile customers and then chosen from among hundreds of nonprofits for CREDO’s April donations slate.
CREDO Action, a social change network, has launched an online petition calling on the NCAA to “stop hosting NCAA events in North Carolina until its discriminatory anti-LGBT laws are repealed.”
The petition said: “An organization responsible for the welfare of the nation’s college student-athletes should not host or participate in events in any state that officially sanctions discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.”
In response to today’s tragic terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium, Ted Cruz said “we need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.” In his full statement, he also called for halting the flow of refugees to the United States. CREDO released the following statement in response: “Ted Cruz… Read more
On the left, environmental, gay rights, women’s rights and civil rights groups, as well as labor unions, Democratic political activists and grass roots organizers like CREDO and MoveOn.org have teamed up — with regular conference calls and meetings organized by top former Obama aides and consulting firms, preparing to blast a single message to the Senate nationwide: #DoYourJob.
“Senate Republicans knew Merrick Garland was a well-qualified jurist when they overwhelmingly confirmed him to the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit – and they know it now,” said CREDO Political Director Murshed Zaheed. “Judge Garland’s background does not suggest he will be a progressive champion and he is not the justice a conservative Republican would have nominated, but it is Pres. Obama’s Constitutional duty to nominate Supreme Court justices, and he is clearly qualified.” Zaheed continued. “It’s time for Senate Republicans to stop dodging their constitutional duty and confirm Judge Garland without delay,”
Environmentalists denounced the administration’s decision to keep Arctic and Gulf of Mexico drilling on the table.
Added Elijah Zarlin, climate campaign director for the advocacy organization CREDO Action: “President Obama has spared the people of the Atlantic coast from another oil catastrophe, but in allowing new drilling in the Gulf and Arctic, he’s keeping all of us on course for climate catastrophe. Any new offshore drilling is incompatible with a stable future and it is incompatible with the commitments that President Obama has made.”
“President Obama has spared the people of the Atlantic coast from another oil catastrophe, but in allowing new drilling in the Gulf and Arctic, he’s keeping all of us on course for climate catastrophe,” said CREDO Climate Campaigns Director Elijah Zarlin. “Any new offshore drilling is incompatible with a stable future and it is incompatible with the commitments that President Obama has made,” continued Zarlin. “There is no excuse for any new offshore drilling and it is long past time for President Obama to draw a line to keep all oil, gas and coal on federal lands in the ground.”
“CREDO’s fierce grassroots activism in support of confirming President Obama’s nominee isn’t guaranteed,” said Murshed Zaheed, acting political director at CREDO, which has gathered nearly 100,000 signatures on a petition asking Obama to nominate a progressive. “CREDO is not going to fight to confirm any nominee with a track record of attacking women’s rights, worker’s rights, voting rights, or any other core progressive values.”
CREDO is mobilizing our 4 million members to urge the president to choose a strong progressive who will use her or his position on the court to expand women’s rights, worker’s rights, voting rights, and protect the environment while pushing back against corporate power and money’s grip on politics. This should not be too much to expect.
“We need a strong watchdog willing to stand up to Big Pharma and crack down on exorbitant prescription drug prices, not an industry insider with extensive ties to the very companies he’s supposed to oversee,” said Murshed Zaheed, political director at liberal advocacy group CREDO Action. “We can only hope Dr. Califf will fight for American families instead of protecting the profits of the pharmaceutical industry.”
As of Wednesday, more than 190,000 people had signed a petition on the group’s website asking the Senate to oppose Califf’s nomination.
“We need a strong watchdog willing to stand up to Big Pharma and crack down on exorbitant prescription drug prices, not an industry insider with extensive ties to the very companies he’s supposed to oversee,” said CREDO’s Acting Political Director Murshed Zaheed. “We can only hope Dr. Califf will fight for American families instead of protecting the profits of the pharmaceutical industry,” Zaheed continued.
Aside from talking about Republican obstruction, Democrats are already targeting some of those races in swing states. Arizona Sen. John McCain’s (R) likely Democratic opponent in November, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, has already used the issue against him. And activist groups on the left of the spectrum have begun online campaigns aimed at raising pressure on vulnerable Republicans, including petitions and phone campaigns.
On online petition demanding that Senate Republicans hold hearings and allow an up-or-down vote on President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court has gained over 170,000 signatures. CREDO Action, which refers to itself as a social change organization, posted the petition less than 24 hours after news of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death broke on Saturday and Republicans started pledging to block any Obama nominee.
CREDO’s campaign started less than 24 hours after Republicans’ immediate promises of obstruction in response to news of Justice Scalia’s death, with an online petition that has already been signed by more than 165,000 people. The campaign escalated this morning, with activists making phone calls to the in-district and Washington offices of nine swing state Republican Senators urging them to “stop trying to sabotage our democracy with partisan threats to block President Obama Supreme Court nominee.”
“For over a century, oil, gas and coal companies got rich by foisting onto us the massive health and environmental costs of burning and extracting fossil fuels,” Elijah Zarlin, director of Climate Campaigns at CREDO Action, said in a statement. “The new oil fee in President Obama’s budget is a welcome step to make oil companies begin to pay a small part of the societal cost of their product — but it is unfortunate that it will likely be blocked by Republicans in Congress that are beholden to those oil companies, not the best interests of the American people.”
“Time and time again CREDO’s 3.9 million activists have demonstrated their opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other job killing trade deals,” said Murshed Zaheed, CREDO’s Deputy Political Director. “The TPP is a massive giveaway to big corporations that will erode environmental, labor, and intellectual property standards and we are 100% dedicated to defeating it in Congress,” Zaheed continued.
“To name just a token few of the pro-diplomacy organizations that pulled out all the stops to mobilize their grassroots, nation-wide constituencies to push for Implementation Day: The Friends Committee on National Legislation, the National Iranian American Council, J Street, Americans for Peace Now, Women’s Action for New Directions, Just Foreign Policy, Jewish Voice for Peace, Council for a Livable World, Move On.org, CREDO, Win Without War, Peace Action, Vote Vets, Daily Kos, Pax Christi, National Council of Churches, US Conference of Catholic Bishops.”
“Since he took office, the federal coal leasing program has been perhaps the most egregious stain on President Obama’s climate record,” said Elijah Zarlin, Director of Climate Campaigns at CREDO. “It is a welcome and long-overdue move to put a stop to our federal coal giveaway, but if President Obama is serious about leaving a mark of responsible climate leadership, he can not simply set his sights on coal and leave blinders on to other fossil fuels.” Zarlin continued.
“We expect stigmatizing, anti-abortion rhetoric from the extreme right wing and we expect the top Democrat in the House of Representatives to be a champion of women’s legal right to abortion,” said CREDO Senior Campaign Manager Heidi Hess. “Leader Pelosi’s comments, which reinforce right-wing talking points, are out of step with both the values of most Democrats and the district she represents in San Francisco,” Hess continued. “Women deserve access to abortion care whenever they need it, without apology.”
For Immediate Release CONTACT: Josh Nelson, [email protected] Largest corporate contributor to Planned Parenthood starts 2016 with all pro-choice donations slate. San Francisco, CA – CREDO Mobile – Planned Parenthood’s largest corporate contributor – announced today that NARAL Pro Choice America, Planned Parenthood affiliates and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health have been selected for… Read more
“CREDO applauds President Obama for taking executive action to expand background checks and reduce gun violence,” said CREDO Senior Campaign Manager Heidi Hess. “But today’s limited steps were only necessary because Republicans in Congress consistently side with the extremists at the NRA over their own constituents.”
Progressive organizations sent a letter to Hillary for America urging the campaign to “immediately remove Gen. Clark from his role in your campaign, and promise to do the same with any campaign surrogates caught aiding and abetting the dangerous anti-Muslim mob mentality fostered by your opponents.”
CREDO will grant $500 each to 63 activists and local groups doing the work of Climate Heroes to fight fossil fuels in their community November 12, 2015 – Today CREDO announced that it is distributing more than $30,000 to 63 individuals and organizations working to protest, blockade and confront the fossil fuel industry and fossil… Read more
CREDO Action released the following statement in response to President Obama rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline: “It took years and a level of activism not seen in at least a generation, but President Obama has heard the calls of the candidate Obama that Americans elected and re-elected to fight climate change,” said CREDO Climate Campaigns… Read more
CREDO released the statement below in response to the release of the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): ““The Trans-Pacific Partnership is even worse than we expected,” said CREDO Deputy Political Director Murshed Zaheed. “It’s a bad deal for American workers that will slash wages, eliminate jobs and further consolidate corporate control of our economy.”… Read more
Website and companion video urge President Obama to keep his promises on Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan November 5, 2015 – CREDO Action has launched a new website at ObamasEndlessWars.com highlighting President Obama’s broken promises in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The concept behind the microsite is spelled out in detail in a Medium.com piece entitled “President… Read more
CREDO Action released the statement below in response to reports that TransCanada has asked the State Department to suspend its permit application for the Keystone XL pipeline: “After nearly 7 years of trying to force the president’s hand to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, TransCanada is now desperately trying to block President Obama from even… Read more
CREDO Action released the statement below in response to reports that the Obama administration plans to deploy special operations forces in Syria: “Putting boots on the ground in Syria is both a broken promise by the President and bad policy,” said Zack Malitz, campaign manager at CREDO Action. “In 2013 President Obama stated unequivocally that… Read more
CREDO Action released the following statement in response to a report that Secretary Hillary Clinton did not rule out cuts to Social Security and raising the retirement age during her remarks at a campaign event in New Hampshire on Wednesday: “Democratic primary voters deserve to know exactly where Secretary Clinton stands on Social Security,” said… Read more
FYI – In response to reports that President Obama will nominate Lisa Fairfax to the Securities and Exchange Commission, CREDO Action released the following statement: “This is a big win for progressive activists, consumer advocates and everyone that wants the SEC to do its job,” said Murshed Zaheed, deputy political director at CREDO Action. “But… Read more
FYI – CREDO released the statement below in response to Secretary Clinton’s opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): “Secretary Hillary Clinton deserves praise for splitting with the Obama administration and opposing the TPP,” said CREDO Deputy Political Director Murshed Zaheed. “If Hillary Clinton – who worked on the Trans-Pacific Partnership as Secretary of State –… Read more
FYI – CREDO released the statement below in response to the Obama administration’s refusal to issue science-based standards to protect Americans from deadly ozone emissions: “President Obama’s failure to stand up to polluters will lead to countless premature deaths and unnecessary suffering in the form of asthma and heart disease,” said Josh Nelson, communications director… Read more
CREDO Action released the statement below in response to Royal Dutch Shell’s announcement that the company will cease further exploration activity in offshore Alaska for the foreseeable future: “You know momentum is building when even Shell agrees that going to the Arctic was a mistake,” said CREDO Climate Campaigns Director Elijah Zarlin. “President Obama never… Read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 22, 2015 CONTACT: Josh Nelson, [email protected], 202-550-6175 Brian Stewart, [email protected]oveon.org, 319-936-3901 Neil Sroka, [email protected], 847-219-8491 Rachel Colyer, [email protected], 614-774-9702 Senate Democratic Leader Reid accepted signatures from CREDO, MoveOn, Daily Kos and Democracy for America September 22, Washington – Progressive groups delivered 1,236,596 petition signatures today urging Congress not to cut any… Read more
SAN FRANCISCO — September 17, 2015 — CREDO Mobile today announced it will offer iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the most advanced iPhones ever, beginning Friday, September 25. iPhone 6s 16GB will be available starting at $27.04 per month for 24 months and iPhone 6s Plus 16GB will be available starting at $31.20 per… Read more
Truck reading “SEC Chair Mary Jo White: Works for Banks, Not For You,” will be in Washington D.C. from Tuesday-ThursdaySeptember 15, 2015 – CREDO Action launched the “Dump (Mary Jo) Truck” mobile billboard in Washington, D.C. today to highlight Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White’s failure to effectively regulate Wall Street. Today’s mobile… Read more
To: Interested Parties From: CREDO Re: Update on CREDO’s work to defend Planned Parenthood Date: September 9, 2015 When members of Congress came back from recess this week, the Republican fight to defund Planned Parenthood came back with them. But the Republicans’ real goal is to deny women the right to make their own medical… Read more
FYI – CREDO Action released the statement below on Senate Republicans’ failure to block President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran: “The peace movement won, and the fear mongering politicians who were wrong on Iraq and once again wrong on Iran lost,” said CREDO Political Director Becky Bond. “Our president pursued diplomacy, and backed up by… Read more
In response to Senators Blumenthal, Wyden and Peters announcing their support for the Iran nuclear deal, CREDO Action released the following statement: “With 41 Senators on the record in support of the Iran nuclear deal, it is more critical than ever for supporters of diplomacy to stick together and stop the resolution of disapproval from… Read more
FYI – Progressive activism group CREDO Action, which has 69,627 members in New Jersey and more than 3.8 million members nationwide, released the statement below in response to Senator Booker’s statement today in support of the Iran nuclear deal: “We applaud Sen. Booker for announcing his public support for the Iran nuclear deal,” said Zack… Read more
CREDO Action released the statement below in response to Sen. Mikulski becoming the 34th Senator to announce her support for the Iran nuclear deal, ensuring that the deal will not be blocked by Congress: “This is a huge deal. President Obama confronted a similar challenge over Iran to the one that George W. Bush faced… Read more
FYI – Progressive activism group CREDO Action released the statement below in response to Sen. Casey and Sen. Coons announcing their support today for the Iran nuclear deal: “Sens. Casey’s and Coons’s support of diplomacy with Iran is critical,” said Zack Malitz, campaign manager at CREDO Action. “With just one more vote needed to sustain… Read more
CREDO launches MissionNotAccomplished.com to highlight President Obama’s hypocrisy on climate change. August 26, 2015 – CREDO Action has launched a new website at MissionNotAccomplished.com comparing President Obama’s trip to Alaska next week to President George W. Bush’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ speech on Iraq on May 1, 2003. Like President Bush’s disastrously out-of-touch declaration of victory in… Read more
FYI – Progressive activism group CREDO Action, which has more than 70,000 members in Michigan and more than 3.8 million members nationwide, released the statement below in response to Sen. Stabenow’s statement today in support of the Iran nuclear deal: “We applaud Senator Stabenow for announcing her public support for the Iran nuclear deal,” said… Read more
CREDO Action released the following statement in response to Senator Menendez’s opposition to the Iran nuclear deal: “Senator Menendez has done more in the last two years than any other Democrat to beat the drums for war with Iran,” said Zack Malitz, campaign manager at CREDO Action. “Senator Menendez clearly wants the United States to… Read more
The New York Times ran a front page story about a special, decades-long partnership between the NSA and AT&T. AT&T customers in particular need to read about their telecom’s “extreme willingness to help” carry out unconstitutional surveillance programs for the U.S. government. Please read and share the news reports below. — Becky Bond, CREDO CREDO… Read more
FYI – CREDO Action released the statement below in response to the Obama administration granting Shell final approval to drill for oil in the Arctic for the first time since 1991: “This is not just Shell’s oil well in the Arctic – it is President Obama’s, too,” said CREDO Senior Campaign Manager Elijah Zarlin. “Neither… Read more
Schumer feels the heat of 200,000+ CREDO activists urging him not to lead Senate Dems into war FYI – More than 200,000 people have now signed a CREDO Action petition telling Senator Chuck Schumer not to lead Senate Democrats into war with Iran. SCHUMER IN FULL DAMAGE CONTROL MODE: In his August 6 statement announcing… Read more
Denies filing lawsuit against Obama administration in a bizarre handwritten letter to progressive activist group CREDO Action August 11, 2015 – Maine Governor LePage is confused. In response to a CREDO petition signed by 1,226 Maine residents urging Governor LePage to “drop [his] politically motivated lawsuit against President Obama’s executive orders to keep immigrant families… Read more
CREDO Action Political Director Becky Bond issued the following statement in response to Senator Schumer’s announced opposition to the Iran nuclear deal: “Chuck Schumer was wrong on Iraq and he is wrong on Iran. Schumer’s decision to join Republicans in attempting to sabotage the Iran nuclear deal once again shows that he is unfit to… Read more
CREDO will grant up to $500 each to 50 activists or local groups doing the work of Climate Heroes to fight fossil fuels in their community August 5, 2015 – Today CREDO launched the CREDO Climate Heroes program to empower and fund local organizing to protest, blockade and confront the fossil fuel industry and decision-makers… Read more
In response to the Obama administration’s release of the final carbon rule for existing power plants, CREDO Action Senior Campaign Manager Elijah Zarlin released the following statement: “Reductions in carbon pollution are much needed, but it’s hard to get too excited about this rule the same week that the president allows Shell to tempt fate… Read more
FYI – In response to the Senate’s rejection of a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, CREDO Action – the largest corporate contributor to Planned Parenthood, with more than $3 million in total contributions – released the following statement: “Planned Parenthood dodged a bullet, but the fight is far from over,” said Becky Bond, Political Director… Read more
Congressional Progressive Caucus members spoke in favor of the deal and accepted petition signatures from progressive organizations July 29, 2015 – Progressive organizations delivered 442,652 petition signatures to Congress today in support of the Iran nuclear deal. The signatures were delivered to Democratic leaders in both chambers immediately following a press event on the House… Read more
CREDO, Daily Kos, The Nation, Win Without War and others team up to stop Republicans from starting a war with Iran FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Josh Nelson, [email protected], 202-550-6175 Dozens of progressive organizations, representing tens of millions Americans, have unveiled a joint campaign to stop Republicans from sabotaging the nuclear deal with Iran and prevent… Read more
Progressives will hold accountable Democrats who side with Republicans to sabotage diplomacy and push for war. CREDO Action released the statement below in response to the announcement of a historic deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program: “Democrats in Congress are the only remaining obstacle to finalizing today’s historic deal,” said Zack Malitz, Campaign Manager for… Read more
“White’s entire career represents the worst of the revolving door between Wall Street and government.” June 29, San Francisco – More than 110,000 people have signed a CREDO Action petition telling President Obama that it is time for Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White to be replaced by someone who is willing and… Read more
CREDO Action released the following statement in response to the Senate invoking cloture on a bill to grant President Obama Trade Promotion Authority: “Today, by voting to pass Fast Track, 13 Democratic Senators sold out millions of constituents by allowing their jobs to be moved overseas and giving foreign corporations a way to override U.S.… Read more
Unscheduled visit by President Obama to House Democrats fails to convince lawmakers to vote against their base. CREDO Action released the following statement in response to the House of Representatives failure to bring up legislation that would have granted President Obama Trade Promotion Authority: “The failure of the White House to win a key vote… Read more
CREDO Action released the following statement in response to the House of Representatives passing legislation granting President Obama Trade Promotion Authority: “Today, by passing Fast Track, the House of Representatives chose to serve the interests of Wall Street and the Chamber of Commerce and other advocates of President Obama’s job killing trade deals,” said Murshed… Read more
Hundreds participated in lunchtime rally outside Pelosi’s San Francisco office June 9, 2015 – 200 activists participated in a rally today against Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership today outside of Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco office. At the rally, representatives from progressive organizations – including CREDO, Daily Kos, Fight for the Future, Friends of the… Read more
Progressive champions in Congress spoke out against the TPP and accepted petition signatures from broad coalition of progressive groups June 3, 2015 – Progressive organizations delivered more than two million petition signatures to Congress today in opposition to Fast Tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The signatures were delivered to House leadership in both parties today immediately… Read more
In response to the Senate’s vote today to pass the USA FREEDOM Act, CREDO Mobile Vice President Becky Bond released the following statement: “The Senate just voted to create sweeping new authorities for the government to conduct unconstitutional mass surveillance of Americans. From now on, every time the government violates our privacy without a warrant… Read more
Please share this update with friends and family who care about protecting our constitutional rights. To share it on Facebook, click here. To share it via email, click here. To share it on Twitter, click here. At midnight on Sunday, section 215 of the PATRIOT Act expired because activists like you fought back and forced… Read more
CREDO, Demand Progress and Fight for the Future praise temporary PATRIOT Act sunset, criticize vote to advance USA Freedom Act The fake-reform bill is an attack on civil liberties and codifies some of the worst mass surveillance abuses of the PATRIOT Act The expiration of key PATRIOT Act provisions — even if only temporary —… Read more
San Francisco – CREDO Action Deputy Political Director Murshed Zaheed released the following statement on the Senate’s passage of Trade Promotion Authority: “As expected, the Senate approved legislation fast tracking the passage of job killing trade bills,” said Murshed Zaheed, Deputy Political Director of CREDO Action. “The fate of this legislation was always going to… Read more
CREDO Action Deputy Political Director Murshed Zaheed spoke out against the Senate’s passage of cloture on Trade Promotion Authority: “By voting to close debate on Trade Promotion Authority, the Senate fast tracked, fast track, said Murshed Zaheed, Deputy Political Director of CREDO Action. “When the Senate debated fast track in 2002, it spent three weeks… Read more
CREDO Action released a series of online ads today targeting members of the House of Representatives and Senate who support Trade Promotion Authority and affiliated legislation which uses Medicare as a piggy bank to pay for Trade Adjustment Assistance. “Supporters of TPP and Fast Track have found a way to make this dangerous trade agreement… Read more
The House voted to reauthorize Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act via the USA Freedom Act just a week after the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that bulk telephone record collection under Section 215 was illegal. In response, CREDO Mobile, Demand Progress and Fight for the Future called on the Senate to fight to… Read more
FYI – In response to the Senate failing to invoke cloture on a bill granting the Obama administration Trade Promotion Authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership, CREDO Action released the following statement: “Blocking Fast Track for the TPP is a game-changing victory for Democrats who refuse to sell out main street to Wall Street and… Read more
Today progressive groups CREDO, Daily Kos, Demand Progress, Democracy for America, MoveOn.org Civic Action and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee sent a letter to the Congressional Progressive Caucus urging it to oppose the USA FREEDOM Act, which would reauthorize the PATRIOT Act and could legalize surveillance practices deemed illegal last week by the Second Circuit… Read more
In anticipation of President Obama’s speech today at Nike headquarters on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), CREDO Action released the following statement: “It is sad to see how detached from reality President Obama is when it comes to TPP,” said Murshed Zaheed, Deputy Political Director at CREDO, adding “The symbolism of his speech is staggering —… Read more
In response to the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling today that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records is illegal, CREDO Mobile released the following statement: “As a telecom that can be compelled to participate in unconstitutional surveillance, we welcome the federal court decision striking down mass collection of telephone… Read more
In response to today’s vote in the Senate to pass the Corker-Cardin Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, CREDO released the following statement: “The Corker-Cardin bill sets up a future vote that will force Democrats in Congress to make a historic choice: Vote for peace or vote for war with Iran,” said CREDO Campaign Manager Zack… Read more
Today a broad coalition of civil liberties groups, including CREDO Mobile, Demand Progress, Campaign for Liberty, the Republican Liberty Caucus and whistleblowers, including Mark Klein and Thomas Drake, sent a letter (full text and signers below) to all members of Congress urging them to oppose the USA FREEDOM Act, which would reauthorize expiring sections of… Read more
In response to Comcast’s announcement today that it has dropped its bid to merge with Time Warner Cable, CREDO Action released the following statement: “This is a historic victory in the fight to stop the consolidation of the corporations that control our access to the Internet,” said Josh Nelson, Campaign Manager at CREDO Action. “This… Read more
President Obama attacked his progressive base today in an address to OFA volunteers. In a speech delivered in Georgetown and a video emailed to OFA supporters, the president said Americans who oppose Fast Track Approval for the Trans-Pacific Partnership don’t know what they are talking about, and compared them to Sarah Palin and others who… Read more
In response to reports that Senate negotiators have reached a deal on the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, CREDO Action released the following statement: “Today’s compromise represents an important victory, though a limited one,” said Becky Bond, Political Director at CREDO Action adding, “women’s rights advocates were able to stop Republicans from expanding anti-abortion… Read more
In response to the Clinton campaign’s statement today on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, CREDO Action released the following statement: “We’re glad that Secretary Clinton is voicing concerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” said Murshed Zaheed, Deputy Political Director at CREDO. “But to stop secret trade deals like the TPP, Secretary Clinton must speak out forcefully against Fast… Read more
In response to reports that Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch, Ranking Member Ron Wyden and House Ways and Means Committee Chair Paul Ryan have reached an agreement to grant President Obama Trade Promotion Authority to jam the Trans-Pacific Partnership through Congress, CREDO Action released the following statement: “Congress shouldn’t throw Americans under the bus… Read more
San Francisco, CA — CREDO Action, the activism arm of San Francisco-based mobile phone company CREDO Mobile, has refused to honor a cease and desist letter from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC’s cease and desist letter to CREDO, dated March 5, disputed claims made in a CREDO campaign that is critical of ALEC’s… Read more
In response to today’s announcement of an agreement on the outlines of an understanding to limit Iran’s nuclear program, CREDO Action Political Director Becky Bond issued the following statement: “Today’s announcement of agreement on the outlines of an understanding to limit Iran’s nuclear program is a major step forward, and a big win for the… Read more
CREDO Action opposes Senator Chuck Schumer as the future Senate Democratic Leader. CREDO Political Director Becky Bond released the following statement: “They call him “Wall Street Chuck” for a reason,” said Becky Bond, Political Director at CREDO Action. “Sen. Chuck Schumer has spent his entire career carrying water for Wall Street interests. Add to that… Read more
In response to the leak of the “investment chapter” of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, CREDO Action released the following statement: “The latest TPP leak confirms our worst fears about this disastrous trade agreement,” said Murshed Zaheed, CREDO’s Deputy Political Director. “Every Democrat in Congress should vote against giving the Obama administration Trade Promotion Authority and fight… Read more