What gives me hope this Independence Day

Today marks two months since I took my naturalization oath. A common wisecrack from my American friends was: Why? A lot of people see Australia as somewhere to escape to.

But that’s not my Australia. Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette and the podcast The Teacher’s Pet tell a different story, of a society where women were considered lesser, and where difference was punished with violence. That is my story.

I say this not to sadden you, but to strengthen your resolve. The darkness and the smug, bullying hypocrisy that surround us aren’t new. They are so familiar, they’re boring.

Nor are they uniquely American. They’re the malignancy that white women and people of color and poor, disabled and LGBTQIA folks all over the world have faced and fought, our entire lives.

What’s new is that our stories are being told. What’s new is righteous anger, and community. Tens of thousands of people in the streets, marching for refugee children. That gives me hope. You give me hope.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Yes, the news is terrible. Let that motivate you. Turn bad news into action. If you haven’t already, sign up for Jen Hofmann’s Americans of Conscience Checklist. Jen is a wise, kind writer, and since the election, her messages have been a regular ray of light.


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:


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.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Phone Bank to flip a Senate seat with Democracy Action
Sunday, July 8
1-5pm
2624 3rd St., SF
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Senator Harris Office Visit
Wednesday, July 11
3pm – 4pm
333 Bush Street, Suite 3325
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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
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Tracy GO Team
Saturday, July 21
11am-4pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201, Tracy CA
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Thank you for everything you do.

Rachel