Stand up to racism.

I’m just returning from one of our most substantive, deep and informative all-group meetings yet, and I want to share some of the issues and resources we discussed with those of you who weren’t able to make it.

We celebrated the victory of the resistance effort in saving the Affordable Care Act at the end of July. If you haven’t done so already, by all means please call your senators and congresswoman to thank them!

We caught up on the increasing instability of and defections from the Trump Administration. The tide is turning — even in Charleston, South Carolina, where our sister group Indivisible Charleston notes that their members of Congress and citizens are increasingly speaking out against Donald Trump and his agenda.

We heard reports from members who have attended meetings of two national groups with local contingents:

We noted that the Democratic party has released its party platform, A Better Deal, in which they have established a declaration of principles designed to speak to voters in the 2018 midterms. We also mentioned that other groups have advocated for alternative platforms, such as The People’s Platform and Robert Reich’s 8-Point-Plan.

Stand Up SF will be working towards the 2018 midterms in systemic areas such as defending voting rights, voter registration and mobilization, rather than endorsing particular candidates. At this point, we’re not endorsing any particular platform. I want to encourage you to consider both the policy and the strategic implications of these various platforms.

The appalling white nationalist events in Charlottesville and the scheduled demonstration in San Francisco next Saturday served as the centerpiece of our members’ Open Forum, in which our group members shared their thoughts and feelings about the most effective and safest means of standing up to racism in our town.

We also shared resources for this upcoming week, in preparation for Saturday’s events:

San Francisco Peacefully Unites Against White Nationalists

Ten Ways To Fight Hate from the Southern Poverty Law Center

Protest Safety Training Guide

Interfaith Gathering Against Hate, Friday at 5:30

also, just for some hope:

The White Flight of Derek Black — How a former white nationalist leader changed his views

We will be keeping you posted on events around the August 26 demonstrations as they unfold this week.

I’m so impressed with the commitment and integrity you all bring to this work.

–Paul

 

This week’s Stand Up SF actions:

  • Call Nancy Pelosi’s office to thank her for endorsing the formal censure of Donald Trump for his defense of white supremacists in Charlottesville.
  • Submit comments to the EPA in support of maintaining the Clean Water Act.

Actions with other groups: