Replace Paul Ryan with a better human being

House Speaker Paul Ryan won’t seek re-election in 2018.

History will be no kinder to him than Ryan himself has been to American’s most vulnerable people. As a legislator, he was cruel in principle, and ineffective in practice. He’ll be remembered for his failures to take health care and social security away from poor people, and for his passage of a tax bill so regressive that it will propel the federal deficit to over $1 trillion.

Ryan claims he is retiring at 48 in order to spend more time with his family. In fact, he faced a tough re-election battle against Randy “@IronStache” Bryce, an Army veteran and union worker who outraised the Speaker by $1.75m in the first three months of 2018.

Even with Ryan out of the race, Bryce’s victory is no foregone conclusion. Remember the death of Antonin Scalia, and how it led, via Mitch McConnell’s professional misconduct, to the appointment of Neil Gorsuch. The Republican party has a deep bench of cruel and unprincipled people. We cannot afford to be complacent.


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Support Randy Bryce’s campaign for Wisconsin’s first district by:

UPCOMING EVENTS

Stand Up SF General Meeting with special guest: Supervisor Jeff Sheehy
Sunday, April 15
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St.
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Grassroots Organizing (GO) Team in Tracy
Join Stand Up SF, Swing Left, and Tracy Democrats to get out the vote and flip a house seat!
Saturday, April 21
11am – 4pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201
Tracy CA
REGISTER NOW and we’ll follow up with details.

Brown Bag with Feinstein Staff
Friday, April 20
12pm – 1pm
Note new location: 301 Mission Street (lobby area)
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Thanks for all you do,

Rachel

Help California lead on Net neutrality

One thing that’s become very clear over the year-and-a-quarter we’ve spent talking to our Members of Congress is that we in California are leaders of progressive change. From marriage equality to tech innovation, as goes California, so goes the nation.

The December decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to repeal Obama-era rules on net neutrality gives Californians another opportunity to lead. SB 822, introduced by San Francisco’s own Scott Wiener, aims to be the strongest net neutrality policy in the country. Under SB 822, Internet service providers would not be allowed to block content or discriminate against sites, services or users.

Passing this bill would set a precedent and encourage Federal lawmakers to stand up to the FCC. Help California lead the way. Ask your State senators to support a free and open Internet.

Thank you for all that you do,

Rachel

UPCOMING EVENTS


Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi Office Action
Monday, April 9, 3-4pm
90 7th Street Suite 2-800
San Francisco
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Brown Bag Lunch with Feinstein Staff
Friday, April 20, 12-1pm
Note new location: 301 Mission Street (lobby area)
San Francisco
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Tracy Grassroots Organizing (GO) Team
Saturday, April 21, 11am-4pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201
Tracy
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Stand Up SF April Meeting
Sun, April 15, 2-4pm
Noe Valley Library
Guest speaker: Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, SF District 8
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Let’s march for our lives

We woke up yesterday morning to the wrenching news of yet another school shooting. Student Mollie Davis tweeted:

Hi Twitter. I am in Great Mills HS. My school is on a very real lockdown threat and there’s already someone possibly dead. Please pray for us.

Our lawmakers are in thrall to the gun manufacturer’s lobby – a group that no longer even pretends to represent the interests of responsible gun owners. In particular, an overwhelming majority of Americans support background checks. Yet the NRA and their puppets in Congress allow the killings to go on.

Thanks in large part to the courageous teenagers who survived the massacre in Parkland, Florida, though, it finally feels as if change is possible.

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Instead of crying we are speaking. Instead of mourning we are protesting. And instead of waiting, the youth across the Bay Area are making our voices heard about gun violence.

Join the March for Our Lives at 1pm at Civic Center this Saturday, March 24:

UPCOMING EVENTS


Senator Harris Office Visit
Wednesday, April 4, 3pm – 4pm
NEW ADDRESS: 333 Bush Street, Suite 3325
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Congresswoman Pelosi Office Action
Monday, April 9, 3pm – 4pm
90 7th Street, Suite 2-800
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Stand Up SF April Meeting
Sunday, April 15, 2pm – 4pm
Noe Valley Library
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Brown bag lunch with Senator Feinstein staff
Friday, April 20, 12noon – 1pm
NEW VENUE: 301 Mission Street (lobby area)
REGISTER NOW

Tracy Grassroots Organizing (GO) Team
Join Stand Up SF, Swing Left, and Tracy Democrats to get out the vote and flip a house seat!
Saturday, April 21, 11am – 3pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201, Tracy CA
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We’re one seat closer to taking back the House

I’ve got to be honest with you. I was not expecting Conor Lamb to win the special election for PA-18. It wasn’t even supposed to be close. PA-18 is a deeply conservative district (Rick Santorum once held it), home to many coal mines, predominantly white and aging, and brutally gerrymandered. National GOP and conservative groups poured an estimated $10m into fighting Lamb. He won anyway.

Let’s see what the statistics nerds at FiveThirtyEight have to say about this result (emphasis mine):

If Democrats can win districts like Pennsylvania 18, they won’t need to stretch and scrape together a House majority. According to FiveThirtyEight’s partisan lean measure, 118 Republican-held districts nationwide are less red than the Pennsylvania 18th is. Of course, the entire country is unlikely to shift 22 points to the left in November the way the 18th did — and the country may not even shift the full 17 points implied by the aggregate of special-election results — but Republicans should still be very worried.

As I write this, Lamb’s victory comes down to a 627-vote lead. Everything came down to voter turnout. Every vote counts. There is no more effective strategy to resist Trump’s agenda today than getting out the vote.

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Support our partners at SwingLeft by:

  • Donating to District Funds. Everyone worries that brutal primaries in districts like CA-10 will weaken the eventual nominee. SwingLeft’s brilliant innovation is a war chest waiting for whichever candidate wins the primaries, to set them up for a challenging general election campaign.
  • Signing up for the Grassroots Organizing Team in Tracy this Saturday.
  • Following SwingLeft on Facebook, and sharing their posts – ESPECIALLY if you have friends and family in red districts.

UPCOMING EVENTS


Fireside chat with Congresswoman Pelosi staff
Thursday, March 15, 6pm – 7pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St.
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Tracy Grassroots Organizing (GO) Team
Saturday, March 17, 11am – 3pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201, Tracy CA
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Stand Up SF February Meeting
Sunday, March 18, 2pm – 4pm
Noe Valley Library
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Brown bag lunch with Senator Feinstein staff
Friday, April 20, 12noon – 1pm
NEW VENUE: 301 Mission Street (lobby area)
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You have real power: use it for good

CNBC reports that officials will keep processing renewals under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program… for now. But the future for DREAMers is far from secure.

And DREAMers aren’t the only ones: Haitian and Salvadoran holders of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) face the end of that program in 2019. Almost no waivers are grantedunder Trump’s latest Muslim ban. And the Supreme Court threw out detained immigrant’s right to bond hearings.

The good news is that you CAN make a difference. Senator Feinstein’s office is now receiving only 30 calls per day supporting immigrants, down significantly from February.

Our elected officials believe the conversation has moved on. Stand Up San Francisco members alone could double or triple the number of calls on this topic. We can change their minds.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call your MOCs today, tomorrow and Friday. Sample script:

I’m your constituent from San Francisco, California. I stand in solidarity with my immigrant neighbors. I support DACA and TPS and oppose all attempts to curtail or terminate these programs. Please push for humane, comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million people in our country without documentation.

Not comfortable making phone calls? Try Resistbot, and send a fax to all your elected officials in under 2 minutes!

UPCOMING EVENTS


Fireside chat with Congresswoman Pelosi staff
Thursday, March 15, 6pm – 7pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St.
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Tracy Grassroots Organizing (GO) Team
Saturday, March 17, 11am – 3pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201, Tracy CA
REGISTER NOW

Stand Up SF February Meeting
Sunday, March 18, 2pm – 4pm
Noe Valley Library
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Brown bag lunch with Senator Feinstein staff
Friday, April 20, 12pm – 1pm
1 Post Street, #2450
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