Friday, May 21, 2010

Passing this along: A progressive phone company

This is post going to come off sounding like an advertisement (because it is one, technically), so I want to let you know that I am not getting paid for this; I do not and have not ever used this company's services; and because of the former, I'm in no position to endorse this at all. But I've never heard of it, I'm intrigued by the idea of it, and I figured someone else might be, too. So! With that in mind, this is an e-mail I got from NARAL:
$65 million for progressive nonprofits. Not a dime for the far right.

Does your phone company support anti-choice politicians? The answer may surprise you.

AT&T, one of the largest corporate political contributors in America, has given to extremists like Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who introduced legislation to allow federal funding for deceptive "crisis pregnancy centers" that often mislead women about their reproductive-health options.

And both AT&T and Verizon Wireless have given to Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, who has called for the death penalty for doctors who provide abortion care.

But there is a different kind of mobile phone company. One that proudly supports a woman's right to choose: CREDO Mobile.

With CREDO Mobile, you'll get a phone company that works for your values, not against them. We're the largest corporate donor to Planned Parenthood, and the only vocally pro-choice phone company. Join us today and get:*

  • Contract buy-out credit up to $200
  • 10% off your monthly service fee for 24 months
  • No contract for 30 days**
  • Number portability: keep your current mobile number
  • Nationwide coverage on the all-digital Sprint® network, reaching over 280 million people†
With CREDO Mobile you'll also get one feature you won't find anywhere else: automatic donations to progressive causes. That's because we automatically donate a portion of your monthly charges to nonprofit groups. Since 1985 CREDO members have raised over $65 million for groups like NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation, Planned Parenthood, Earthjustice, and Doctors Without Borders.

So take a look at your last phone bill, and think about where your money is going. Then think about CREDO Mobile.
See? Advertisement. Maybe I'm one of the few people who haven't heard of this company and what they do? Has anyone ever used their services? Thoughts on calling yourself a "progressive" company? Would something like this persuade you to choose one company over another?

1 comment:

e said...

I had them for many years (back in the 90's I think they were a different name?). When I found out our "federal excise tax" on the phone bill was funding nuclear weapon research, I started to listen. This company gave me the option to take that tax and apply it to my choice of investment. I started a real education in social responsibility in my consumer choices. They even had a regular publication that listed companies who were being boycotted and listed the violations. There is absolutely no reason not to hook up with these people. You can follow them on Twitter too.

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