A matter of life and death

If you can, read this Twitter thread on conditions at the border. The situation is appalling. A 6yo from India died trying to cross the border. At least six children have died in ICE custody…that we know of. Conditions are dire. Facilities are severely overcrowded, there’s not enough food, and detainees are held in “human dog pounds” and “iceboxes”, which are exactly what they sound like.

If you’re anything like me, you feared Trump’s agenda would lead to fascism in America. It has. The administration plans to hold immigrant children in military bases, including Fort Sill in Oklahoma, once a Japanese internment camp. Humanitarian oversight, already difficult, would become near-impossible.

More and more people will die. Someone has to act. Someone has to hold Trump and his lackeys to account, and that someone is our own Member of Congress, Nancy Pelosi.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Speaker Pelosi and use this script:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from San Francisco.

I’m outraged and appalled by the reports of abuses of detained immigrants, from massive overcrowding to denial of necessary medical care to children. I urge Rep. Nancy Pelosi to demand a robust investigation of immigration enforcement practices and detention conditions, deny additional funding to ICE, and allocate adequate funding to immigration courts to ensure timely processing of asylum applications.

Thank you for your time and attention.

 If calling is not your speed, Resistbot is your friend.


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Mueller has told us what to do

On Wednesday, Robert Mueller announced his resignation in his first public statement in two years. His account was notably at odds with that of Attorney General William Barr. Mueller was at pains to point out that his report did not exonerate Trump: If we had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.”

Mueller’s hands were tied. He believed he had no power to indict a sitting president. He believed that the Constitution grants that power only to Congress.

It is time for Congress to act. At the California Democratic Convention this week, Speaker Nancy Pelosi was greeted with cries of “Impeach!” Add your voice to the choir.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Pelosi on (202) 225-4965 or (415) 556-4862 and ask her to vote yes on Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s Impeachment Resolution (H.Res.257)If calling is not your speed, Resistbot is your friend.


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Saturday, June 8
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Greater Tracy Democratic Club
Saturday, June 15
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Stand Up SF General Meeting
Noe Valley Library
Sunday, June 16
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
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Senator Harris Office Action
333 Bush Street, Suite 3325
Wednesday, June 19
2:30 PM – 3:30PM
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Thanks for all you do,

Rachel

Defund hate

On May 1, Trump requested billions of dollars in additional funding for the Department of Homeland Security, including over $1 billion in funding to expand detention (yes, more cages), hire more ICE and CBP agents, and accelerate deportations. 

Fortunately, the Constitution gives Congress—not the White House—the sole power to appropriate money. That means that Democrats can define the terms of this debate through the appropriations process.

ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Speaker Nancy Pelosi on (202) 225-4965 or (415) 556-4862 and ask her to vote no on the administration’s supplemental funding request for DHS.

Congress must act against war in Iran

Are we stumbling into war with Iran? The past few weeks have seen National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo escalate their rhetoric. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Under George W. Bush, Bolton lobbied hard for the invasion of Iraq. He is no stranger to provoking disastrous, costly and tragic confrontations in the region.

At the same time, the president is claiming he wants to cool tensions. It’s unconvincing, since he is the one responsible for pulling out of the 2015 deal that would have curbed Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Despite his claims, tensions in the region are mounting. Though no sensible person would want it, we face the prospect of yet another endless war in the Middle East.

ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Congress must act. Call and ask all three of our members of Congress to supportH.R.2354 / S.1039the Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act. If calling is not your speed, Resistbot is your friend.

You are making a real difference

I’ve been so gratified to hear from so many of you about my report out from our last meeting. While some of our members are skeptical of pursuing impeachment as a political strategy and others are strongly in favor of it, we’re all united in our desire to see the un-redacted Mueller Report and congressional investigations.

Our new policy team met over the weekend to discuss how to incorporate group member feedback into our Talking Points for Member of Congress meetings. As one outcome of this conversation, we’re planning to write position papers for our members to read and discuss. Look for position papers on the Green New Deal and the outcome of the Mueller investigation in the weeks to come.

On the latter front, today was a day of fireworks. This morning, the president threatened to invoke executive privilege if the House Judiciary Committee held Attorney General William Barr in contempt. This afternoon, the committee voted to hold Barr in contemptThis is why we worked so hard to swing the midterms.

What happens now? That’s hard to say, but one thing I know is true. We wouldn’t even have got this far without organizing. Our work makes real a difference.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call all three of our MoCs and say:

I’m calling today because I’m concerned about potential suppression of the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

I’m glad to hear the House Judiciary Committee has held William Barr in contempt, however I also expect Congress to hold public hearings with Mueller, Rod Rosenstein, and other senior leadership members from the DOJ and FBI.

If calling is not your speed, Resistbot is your friend.