Signature needed: Stop financing Amazon destruction

Tell BlackRock: Stop financing the destruction of the Amazon

The petition to BlackRock reads:
"Your investments in oil, mining and agribusiness in the Amazon are quickly destroying rainforests, violating indigenous rights and worsening our climate crisis. Stop funding the destruction of the Amazon and destroying the homes of its indigenous inhabitants."

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Dear 5849376,

Tell BlackRock: Stop financing the destruction of the Amazon

The Earth's lungs are on fire.

The record-setting destructive fires spreading quickly across Amazon rainforests are up 80% over last year and nearly all are human-caused, likely set by ranchers, loggers and fossil fuel interests emboldened by Brazil's extreme right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro, who has declared that the Amazon is open for business.1,2

BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, is cashing in on Amazon destruction by investing millions in the oil, mining and agribusiness industries in Brazil that are destroying rainforests and indigenous homes and worsening the climate crisis.

Companies that are devastating the Amazon – and our planet – wouldn't be able to continue operations without the backing of BlackRock and other massive investment firms. We must demand that BlackRock divest completely from these operations immediately.

Tell BlackRock: Stop financing the destruction of the Amazon. Click here to sign the petition.

Bolsonaro campaigned on loosening restrictions on development and deforestation and promoting business interests in the Amazon, and he kept his promises: Since Bolsonaro took office and prior to the most recent fires, the Brazilian Amazon had lost a staggering 1,330 square miles of forest, a 39% increase over this time last year.3 In Trumpian fashion, Bolsonaro even promoted wildly false conspiracy theories to cover for his government's anti-environmental policies, blaming non-governmental organizations who work to protect rainforests for setting the fires.4

With Bolsonaro's Amazon deregulation campaign, BlackRock sees opportunity as the world's largest investor in fossil fuel extraction, especially in the Amazon.5 Yet, publicly, BlackRock and its CEO Larry Fink are on a campaign of their own: to greenwash BlackRock's role in rainforest destruction and climate change by offering "sustainable" investment products and marketing itself as a socially responsible model corporate citizen – all while the companies it invests in are causing untold destruction to the environment and the health and livelihoods of indigenous people living in the Amazon.

It's clear that Bolsonaro won't end the massive deforestation activities wreaking havoc across the region. But if enough of us call out BlackRock's active role financing Amazon destruction, we can help stop it from getting any worse. That's why we must speak out now.

Tell BlackRock: Stop financing the destruction of the Amazon. Click the link below to sign the petition:

https://act.credoaction.com/sign/blackrock-amazon?t=9&akid=33754%2E3291973%2EPD_lZW

Thank you for speaking out.

Heidi Hess, Co-Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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References:

  1. Jessie Yeung, "Blame humans for starting the Amazon fires, environmentalists say," CNN, Aug. 23, 2019.
  2. Leila Salazar-López, "Bolsonaro Wants to Plunder the Amazon. Don't Let Him." The New York Times, Jan. 29, 2019.
  3. Letícia Casado and Ernesto Londoño, "Under Brazil's Far-Right Leader, Amazon Protections Slashed and Forests Fall," The New York Times, July 28, 2019.
  4. Tim Marcin, "Brazil's President Bolsonaro Is Now Spreading Conspiracy Theories About the Amazon Fires," VICE, Aug. 22 2019.
  5. BlackRock's Big Problem, "BlackRock's Sustainable ETFs:Green Business or Greenwash?" accessed Aug. 23, 2019.

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Sign the petition: Tell ABC not to normalize fascism

Tell ABC: No rehabilitation for Sean Spicer

Petition to ABC:
"Don't reward Sean Spicer for his time as a collaborator with the Trump regime. Don't help him rehabilitate his image. Remove him from 'Dancing with the Stars.'"

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Dear 5849376,

Tell ABC: No rehabilitation for Sean Spicer

Sean Spicer lied for Trump every day. He lied to help Trump line his pockets, terrorize immigrants, take away women's and LGBTQ people's rights, destroy our planet and wreck our democracy. He lied to help keep a racist autocrat in power.1,2

Now, ABC wants to reward this propaganda merchant with a starring role on its hit TV show "Dancing with the Stars."3 The network wants to help someone complicit in Trump's terror rehabilitate his public image, and we can't let it happen without a fight.

Tell ABC: Don't normalize fascism. Remove Sean Spicer from "Dancing with the Stars." Click here to sign the petition.

Spicer will be able to use the increased publicity from his "Dancing with the Stars" appearance to line his own pockets and sanitize his image. He will be seen by millions of people as a D-list celebrity trying earnestly to be a dancer, when he should forever be remembered for his lies and his defense of the liar in chief.

Spicer infamously spent the first day of the Trump administration arguing against photographic evidence that Trump drew the biggest inaugural crowd in history and went on to later minimize concentration camps as "Holocaust Centers." He defended Trump's lie about how there were 3 million fraudulent votes in the 2016 election. He relentlessly attacked the press and lied to the American people for pay.

Every person who chooses to work for Trump is choosing to align themselves with and legitimize every piece of his dangerous agenda. ABC is making clear this week that corporations concerned more about profits than values are more than willing to help Trump collaborators clean up their images.

We have to speak out now to make sure ABC understands that a corporate media makeover for someone who helped promote fascist hatred is unacceptable and cannot stand. Massive pressure on ABC will also send a powerful warning to other corporations that rehabilitation of Trump loyalists will have real consequences. Can you add your name today?

Tell ABC: Don't normalize fascism. Remove Sean Spicer from Dancing with the Stars. Click the link below to sign the petition:

https://act.credoaction.com/sign/dwts-sean-spicer?t=9&akid=33749%2E3291973%2EgLh7a1

Thank you for speaking out,

Heidi Hess, Co-Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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References:

  1. David Badash, "'Was Goebbels Unavailable?': ABC Blasted for 'Normalizing Fascism' by Putting Sean Spicer on Dancing With the Stars," The New Civil Rights Movement, Aug. 21, 2019.
  2. Ryan Lizza, "Sean Spicer Will Be Remembered for His Lies," The New Yorker, July 21, 2017.
  3. Michael Blackmon, "The Host Of "Dancing With The Stars" Distanced Himself From Sean Spicer's Casting," BuzzFeed, Aug. 21, 2019.

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We confronted Speaker Pelosi to demand impeachment. Here's what's next.

We confronted Speaker Pelosi to demand impeachment. Here's what's next.

Dear 5849376,

Last night, I confronted Speaker Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco to demand that she use her power to impeach Donald Trump now.

Activists confront Pelosi

Click here to watch and share the video.

Speaker Pelosi received a lifetime achievement award last night at the San Francisco Democratic Party's "Heart of the Resistance" dinner. While more than 100 activists from CREDO, By the People, CAIR, Courage Campaign, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, Need to Impeach and other groups rallied outside of the event, I confronted Speaker Pelosi inside it.

I told her: "Speaker Pelosi, I am undocumented. My community is being targeted by ICE and killed by white supremacists. Fight for my community and impeach Trump now. We can't wait."

Click here to RSVP for the #WeCantWait call on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 6:00pm PT to learn more about next steps in the fight to impeach Trump.

I confronted Speaker Pelosi to let her know that my people, who are being killed by Trump's white supremacy, cannot wait any longer for her moral leadership on impeachment. I expected her and the other attendees to at least hear me out, but I literally screamed into a void of privilege, complacency and denial. Pelosi's refusal to hear me speaks volumes about the limits of today's Democratic Party, which congratulates itself on hating Trump but is unwilling to act to rein him in.

Our communities cannot afford to wait any longer. We need Speaker Pelosi to lead by publicly supporting impeachment and setting a date for a vote in the House of Representatives. And we're not letting up until she meets our demands.

At CREDO, we know that fighting for progressive values and the world we all deserve means having the courage to hold Democrats accountable when they fall short. We couldn't do this work without CREDO members like you.

Thank you for sticking with us and having our backs,

Thaís Marques, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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Sign the petition and tell Facebook: Don't be the government's pawn

Tell Facebook: Don't help the government spy on us

The petition to Facebook reads:
"Don't let the FBI use private contractors to invade our privacy."

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Dear 5849376,

Tell Facebook: Don't help the government spy on us

The FBI wants to get its hands on your social media.

Hoping that we wouldn't notice, the agency posted a public job proposal aimed at hiring a firm to make a tool to spy on our social media.1 The FBI wants us to think that this new tool will protect us, especially in the wake of many recent acts of violence organized by white supremacists online. But in reality, the FBI is actively ignoring and protecting white supremacists and targeting progressive activists instead.2 If the FBI gains real-time access to our social media, it will be even easier for the agency to surveil all of us without a warrant or probable cause.

This is a massive violation of our privacy. We must make sure that social media platforms refuse to comply. After recent public backlash, Twitter announced that it would not allow developers to access user data if the FBI software violates its privacy policy.3 Now, we need to turn up the pressure on Facebook. Will you add your name now?

Tell Facebook: Don't be the government's pawn. Click here to sign the petition.

Dragnet surveillance historically and disproportionately harms communities of color, immigrants and activists. This broad and overreaching type of surveillance doesn't make us safer, it only invites in power-hungry, profit-seeking firms to break privacy rules that social media platforms put in place to protect us.

The tool that the FBI wants would allow them to enter your email address, phone number or username to access your Facebook in real time. FBI agents could then access all of your information via their computers and mobile devices. This means that everything you post on your timeline, talk about in chats and "like" in private groups will not only be property of the FBI, but become vulnerable to hacking.4

The civil rights and data safety concerns make this an issue that affects us all. It is important to remember that we have the power to make change in both the government and tech companies.

The government should not be using social media companies as another arm of power. And companies should be protecting their users. If Twitter can do it, so can Facebook. Speak out now to keep the pressure on Facebook to make the right choice and say no to the FBI.

Tell Facebook: Don't allow the FBI to spy on your users. Click the link below to sign the petition:

https://act.credoaction.com/sign/social-media-spies?t=9&akid=33727%2E3291973%2EIAbB0c

Thanks for fighting back,

Jelani Drew, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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References:

  1. FBI, Procurement Section ""Social Media Alerting Subscription," Aug. 7, 2019.
  2. Benjamin Fearnow, "FBI Ranks 'Black Identity Extremists' Bigger Threat Than Al Qaeda, White Supremacists: Leaked Documents," Newsweek, Aug. 8, 2019.
  3. Brian Fung, "FBI wants to monitor Facebook and Instagram for domestic threats in real time," CNN, Aug. 8, 2019.
  4. Jennings Brown, "FBI Plans to Monitor Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for Terrorism and Domestic Threats in Real-Time," Gizmodo, Aug. 8, 2019.

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Sign if you agree: I stand with Planned Parenthood

Stand with Planned Parenthood

The petition to the Senate reads:
"Protect Title X and repeal the global gag rule as part of the 2020 budget."

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Dear 5849376,

Stand with Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood saved my life.

While I was an organizer at Planned Parenthood Northern California, I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. My boss, team and the health center medical staff made sure I had the care and advice I needed to survive. I'm here today because of them.

When news broke that the Trump-Pence regime forced Planned Parenthood to withdraw from Title X, my heart broke.1 I knew that I had to do everything in my power to fight back.

Trump and Pence may have hijacked the Department of Health and Human Services, but Congress still has the power of the purse. In June, Democrats in the House of Representatives passed a 2020 HHS budget that protects Title X, the country's program for affordable reproductive health care, and repeals the domestic and global gag rules that misogynistic extremists are using to defund reproductive health care providers and lie to patients about their health care options.2 We have to demand that the Senate do the same. The more of us who add our names, the greater our power to make sure senators support these provisions.

Tell the Senate: Protect Title X and repeal the domestic and global gag rules. Click here to sign the petition.

Planned Parenthood withdrawing from Title X is a big deal. It means that millions of people who need affordable reproductive health care won't be able to access it from one of the country's most trusted providers. It also means that the right wing just moved one step closer to its dream of defunding Planned Parenthood by forcing it to walk away from millions of dollars of Title X funding.

The Trump-Pence domestic gag rule bars all providers who receive Title X funding from referring people for abortion. In July, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to block this dangerous policy.3 That forced Planned Parenthood to make a moral choice – cave to extremists and stop providing abortion care or stand up for its values and withdraw from Title X. On Monday, Planned Parenthood withdrew from Title X – exactly what Trump and Pence intended.

Trump's global gag rule is even more sweeping. It restricts any entity that receives U.S. foreign aid from providing or even talking about abortion with its patients, imposing the cruel Trump-Pence agenda on thousands of women around the world.

The Title X domestic gag rule and the global gag rule are clear attempts by misogynists in the White House and Congress to control women's freedom and futures across the country and abroad. With Democrats in control of the House of Representatives, we have a 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies funding bill (H.R. 2740) that gives us an opportunity to build momentum and push back.

We must force senators to make a public choice: Will they stand up to Trump and Pence or help them hurl the country back to a time when basic health care was a privilege reserved for the wealthy and abortions were lethal? We know where the majority of Republicans stand, but some, like Susan Collins, are in tight races in 2020 or 2022 and should feel massive pressure to do right by their constituents. And every Democrat in both houses of Congress should get the message that funding HHS' misogyny should be off the table when it's time for budget negotiations this fall. Join me now in ramping up the pressure.

Tell the Senate: Protect Title X and repeal the domestic and global gag rules. Click the link below to sign the petition.

https://act.credoaction.com/sign/pp-titlex-gagrule?t=9&akid=33717%2E3291973%2E1ZNozF

Thanks for fighting back,

Nicole Regalado, Campaign Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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References:

  1. Pam Belluck, "Planned Parenthood Refuses Federal Funds Over Abortion Restrictions," The New York Times, Aug. 19, 2019.
  2. Ally Boguhn, "Five Ways House Democrats Are Using the Budget to Fight Anti-Choice Policy," Rewire, June 18, 2019.
  3. Jessie Hellmann, "Appeals court denies demands to halt Trump abortion referral 'gag rule,'" The Hill, July 11, 2019.

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Sign if you agree: Money shouldn't control our democracy

Overturn Citizens United. Pass the 'We the People' amendment.

Petition to Congress:
"Overturn Citizens United v. FEC and stop secret corporate money from corrupting our democracy. Pass Rep. Pramila Jayapal's 'We the People' amendment."

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Dear 5849376,

Overturn Citizens United. Pass the We the People Amendment.

Citizens United v. FEC helped create Trump.

In the wake of that devastating Supreme Court decision, corporate interests and right-wing mega-donors poured untold amounts of cash into hijacking our elections. Citizens United boosted Republicans' vote share by three to four points in states where bans on corporate spending had previously been in effect.1 In a few short years, wealthy right-wing special interests bought the Senate for Republicans and paved the way for Trump's takeover of the White House.

Now, there is new energy in Congress to finally overturn Citizens United with a constitutional amendment.2 It's up to us to show support for the boldest possible proposals to finally end the scourge of dark money eroding our democracy.

Tell Congress: Overturn Citizens United. Pass the We the People amendment. Click here to sign the petition.

In Citizens United, the Supreme Court opened the floodgates to unlimited spending on elections by corporations. A few years later, in McCutcheon v. FEC, the Court struck down limits on how much money individual mega-donors can give to candidates during a single election cycle. The Court's conservatives aren't likely to stop there. They'll continue tearing down campaign finance protections that prevent corporations from drowning out the voices of ordinary Americans.

It is no accident that the years since those decisions brought Republican waves, state legislative takeovers and Donald Trump. Giant corporations – from Big Oil to Big Pharma, from telecoms to defense contractors – can get away with spending nearly unlimited amounts without voters, customers or shareholders ever knowing. These companies use their deep pockets to rig the system and block efforts to fight climate change, lower drug prices, and build a more progressive country.

Senate Democrats recently introduced the Democracy for All amendment, which would give states the power to fight against Citizens United. Progressive champion Rep. Pramila Jayapal's We the People amendment goes even farther. It would end the lies that money is speech and corporations are people, instruct state and local governments to strictly regulate campaign donations and insist that wealth not give a person more power over our democracy.3,4

We need to seize on the momentum to show how many people support overturning Citizens United with a constitutional amendment – and demand the strongest possible version.

Tell Congress: Overturn Citizens United. Pass the We the People amendment. Click the link below to sign the petition.

https://act.credoaction.com/sign/we-the-people-citizens-united?t=9&akid=33702%2E3291973%2EUXHskf

Thank you for speaking out,

Heidi Hess, Co-Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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References:

  1. Dylan Matthews, "The tyranny of the majority isn't a problem in America today. Tyranny of the minority is." Vox, Sept. 12, 2018.
  2. Sen. Tom Udall, "The Super-Wealthy Have Outsize Influence in Politics. Here's How We Can Change That," Time, Aug. 14, 2019.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Move to Amend, "Only the 'We the People Amendment' Will End Corporate Rule," July 30, 2019.

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