“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”
~ Rep. John Lewis
This week was hard. I don’t want to sugarcoat this: we are facing a long, hard battle and we’re going to have to deal with losing sometimes. But I wanted to point out some key wins we’ve achieved recently, some good news you might have missed.
The movement to abolish ICE is becoming a mainstream Democratic position. We did that. Two anti-immigrant bills went down in flames this week. We did that. And yesterday, hundreds of thousands of people in 750 cities came together to protest family separation and other inhumane immigration policies. We did that.
More good news: a federal court ordered the Trump administration to reunite the immigrant families they ripped apart.
Never forget: this is OUR country. WE have the power. Electeds must do what the people want, or lose their seats. We can have the America we dream about, but only if we fight for it. We’re going to be asking you to step up your activism in the months ahead, to save the Supreme Court and elect Democrats in November. But right now, we’re asking you to take care of yourself.
ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW
Take some time for self-care today. Book yourself a massage. Go for a walk in Golden Gate Park or Glen Park Canyon. Get friends and family together for a meal. Settle in with a great novel. Whatever recharges you, whatever makes you feel good, do it for yourself today. You can use this Activism Self Care worksheet to help jot down ideas.
JOIN THE RESIST-A-THON
From July 9 through July 15th Swing Left SF and the San Francisco Resistance Coalition are hosting a week-long Resist-A-Thon. Sign up for any of the events below:
- Monday, July 9: Kickoff Celebration at El Rio – San Francisco Resistance Coalition
- Tuesday, July 10: Text bank in SF for Spanish and English speakers – Resistance Labs
- Wednesday, July 11: Resistance Via Social Media 101 – Ladies of the Resistance
- Thursday, July 12: New Citizen Voter Registration in Oakland – Democracy Action
- Friday, July 13: Party & Fundraiser “The Resistance Starts Beer” – Sister District
- Saturday, July 14: Canvassing in Modesto – Swing Left San Francisco
- Sunday, July 15: Phone Bank in SF – Democracy Action
STAND UP SF TAKES BACK CONGRESS
Resistance is not enough; we must also elect Democrats to reclaim our country. We strongly encourage you to attend Democracy Action’s phone- and text-banking events. See the “UPCOMING EVENTS” section below to sign up.
Phone Bank to flip a Senate seat with Democracy Action
Sunday, July 8
2624 3rd St., SF
SIGN UP NOW!
Senator Harris Office Visit
Wednesday, July 11
3pm – 4pm
333 Bush Street, Suite 3325
Stand Up SF July General Meeting
Join us for a conversation with CARA, the California Alliance for Retired Americans, to learn about their Senior Vote 2018 initiative, and how you can become a Senior Ambassador to win back the house this November. Bring a friend!
Sunday, July 15
2pm – 4pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street