I hope you’re all managing to stay cool and hydrated through this record heatwave. While we swelter, the people of Houston are struggling to recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey. And yet most mainstream media failed to connect the hurricane to climate change. And though Trump was all smiles to Harvey survivors in his Houston visit yesterday, he’s trying to connect aid to those survivors to debt ceiling legislation, holding survivors hostage to a lengthy, bitter fight in Congress.
Meanwhile, over 124,000 Texans stand to be deported if Trump rescinds DACA, of the over 700,000 who could face deportation. But there’s good news on that front: activist pressure has caused Trump to waver on his decision. It’s critically important that we keep the pressure on over the weekend. Trump is likely to announce his plan on Tuesday.
Tomorrow is Labor Day, and I want to talk a little bit about what that means. Labor Day honors the American labor movement and the contribution of our workers to the well-being of our country. You might not know it, but you have the labor movement and union organizers to thank for your weekends, overtime pay, minimum wage, and safe conditions in the workplace, among many other critical protections most Americans take for granted. Over the past several decades, economic security has been eroded as middle- and lower-income worker wages have stagnated while wages among the top 5% have skyrocketed. Economic justice is one of Stand Up San Francisco’s core principles, and as such, we must fight against the Trump administration’s continued evisceration of key protections for workers, such as his intent to take away overtime pay and his failure to support raising the minimum wage.
On Labor Day and throughout this week, take action for American workers. You’ll see several options below.
Help kick our recruitment efforts into overdrive
To increase our impact and our sustainability, Paul, Phyllis, and I are determined to grow Stand Up SF and bring new people into volunteer and leadership roles. Here are a few ways you can get involved:
- Join us at the Noe Valley Farmers Market next Saturday, September 9th, where we will be promoting our group and asking folks to sign up. Contact Paul for details.
- Share our blog with your friends! Did you know we have a blog? Back-issues of our email newsletters can now be found on the Stand Up San Francisco website. Our emails are one of the best ways to learn about what we do, and now it’s easy to share them with your family, friends, and colleagues.
- Bring a friend to our next meeting! We’ll be reporting on recent interactions with Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Senator Kamala Harris, and our guest speaker is Rafael Mandelman, President of San Francisco City College’s Board.
Stand Up SF September Meeting
Sunday, September 17th
2pm – 4pm
This week’s Stand Up SF actions
- Protect overtime pay: The Trump administration is threatening to strip overtime protections from millions of workers by revoking Obama’s 2016 expansion. Submit a written comment to the Department of Labor to defend current federal overtime protections. Use CREDO’s form for background and to submit your comment.
- Raise the minimum wage: Call Senators Feinstein and Harris and thank them for sponsoring S. 1242, The Raise the Wage Act, to raise our national minimum wage to the barely-livable $15/hr. You can also ask what else the senators are doing to make sure this bill passes.
Actions with other groups
- TOMORROW: Support Bay Area workers at the Oakland Labor Day March, sponsored by NorCal Fight for 15. Get details.
- Be ready to rally for DACA: Sign up for Bay Resistance text alerts by texting “RESIST” to 41411. You’ll be notified of urgent actions to protect DACA or protest its repeal.
- Tell the media to connect the dots: write a letter to the editor to a national newspaper telling them to mention climate change when referring to Hurricane Harvey. 350.org has talking points and tools.
Learning opportunity: Check out videos and articles on the history of the American Labor movement and learn