Ring in the new

When Trump was elected, I realized I needed to do more.

I have worked for causes my whole career, always given money, signed petitions, voted. It wasn’t enough. In those first grim days of November 2016, Paul and I had been working hard every day for the Hillary campaign, and we were exhausted and depressed. The situation demanded urgency, but it was hard to know what to do about it.

When I read the Indivisible Guide, back then just a Google doc being passed around on Twitter, I said to Paul “this could be it.” The idea of constituent pressure appealed to me, the idea of using the Tea Party’s tactics against them appealed to me, I admit, even more. Paul said, “I want to do something that works.” Indivisible strategies had a proven track record. And so we leapt into the unknown, into leadership.

Stand Up San Francisco’s first meeting astonished me, as over 100 people crammed into the Noe Valley Library’s little meeting room to raise their voices in solidarity and commit to a new way of being in the world: as activists and as comrades, for the long haul.

Since then, every day that I’ve worked for Stand Up SF has been a day that I’ve been able to feel certain that I was doing something, doing more, making a difference. Every day I’ve been able to take some action to stem the tide of fascism, to stop Trump in his tracks, to say “this cannot stand”. For two years, in the face of increasing horrors from this administration, I’ve had a channel for my rage and passion, and a reason to hope.

You gave that to me. You showed up, at that first meeting and at others like it. You shared your ideas, led actions, demanded that the issues dearest to you be raised with our Members of Congress — and raised them. You became part of a nationwide movement standing up for justice. You protested, you stopped Trumpcare, and a few months ago you helped elect the most diverse of progressive slate of Democratic Congresspeople in the House’s history. You gave us a chance. You did that. And I will be grateful all my life.

Now Paul and I are passing the baton to Rachel and Shannon, who couldn’t be more qualified to lead the next phase of Stand Up SF with your help. But I’ll still be making calls, showing up, learning from your example, and partnering with you in the fight ahead.

Thank you for everything you’ve done, and everything you’ll do!

Laura

The most important political office is that of the private citizen.
—Justice Louis D. Brandeis

From the first days of Stand Up San Francisco, we knew that we were creating a vital body of lasting importance to the political conversation. Not just an effective resistance movement of the moment, but an instrument to empower the people with a crucial voice in our own governance — which is how this country was always meant to work.

Watching you, our members, learn about the intricacies of the issues of the day and engage in often-complex but necessary policy conversations has for me been both moving and heartening. Across so many different issues, you the members have always kept in mind our principles of inclusion, fairness and justice, and demanded that our elected representatives do the same. I think this is our most important legacy as founders of the group: an educated, engaged citizenry, stepping up to take our rightful place in the American system of self-government.

This is what you have built. Onward!

Paul

Support families at the border

Trump has shut down the government with a tantrum over his toxic wall, and all our MoCs are home for the holidays. Meanwhile, thousands of desperate, tired people from the refugee caravan are stuck at the border in Tijuana waiting in camps and seeking their right to asylum. It’s a horrible way to spend the holidays — but we can help.

Families Belong Together is providing tents, clean drinking water, and humanitarian supplies to bring relief for the families stuck at the border this holiday season. Please give what you can to support them.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Whose House? Our House! Indivisible Day of Action
Thursday, January 3
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Federal Building, 90 70th Street
Indivisible SF invites you to celebrate winning The House (and Leader Pelosi regaining her Speakership) and raise your voice for a progressive agenda in 2019.
LEARN MORE

Join us for the Women’s March!
Saturday, January 19
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Stand Up SF will be leading a contingent this year. REGISTER NOW

Stand Up SF General Meeting
Sunday, January 20
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street
REGISTER NOW

Deadline! Stop the rollback of climate protections

Tomorrow, December 17, is the deadline for submitting comments on the Trump administration’s proposal to roll back EPA controls on climate-changing methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. This rollback would increase emissions of methane, smog-forming volatile organic compounds, and toxic air pollutants, threatening our health and our environment.

You don’t need to be an expert. Comment to let federal officials know that you care about this proposed rollback, and to make the agencies respond on the record to your concerns. Adding your voice will help to show administration officials and Congress that there will be a political price to pay for failing to protect the climate.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Leave your comment and raise your voice for people and planet.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Get ready for the Women’s March!
Saturday, January 19
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Stand Up SF will be leading a contingent this year. Save the date!

Stand Up SF General Meeting
Sunday, January 20
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street
REGISTER NOW

No more mass shootings

Today I learned that Trump likely collaborated with the NRA on his presidential campaign. That makes me sick to my stomach.

The NRA’s political clout has resulted in more mass shootings every year. This is just business to the NRA, who want to sell more guns and freely buy politicans to do it. Meanwhile, children are murdered in schools, women are murdered at work and at home, and the carnage is terrifying to contemplate.

We’ll run the House in 2019. It’s time to demand that our leaders stop enabling this horror.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call all three MOCs and tell them not to gut our gun laws (handy script here), and thank them for not taking money from the NRA.

Don’t like making calls? Use Resistbot.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Interfaith Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence
TODAY at 2:00 PM
St. Ignatius Church
630 Parker Avenue
Join Mayor London Breed, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, and organizations like Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America to honor victims of gun violence and learn what can be done to address this tragedy.
Learn more and sign up

Meeting with Feinstein Staff
Thursday, December 13
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
One Post Street, Suite 2450
REGISTER NOW

Get ready for the Women’s March!
Saturday, January 19
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Stand Up SF will be leading a contingent this year. Save the date!

We have the power

We’re all worried about climate change, and this month’s wildfires are another reminder that we must act before it’s too late. Now that we hold power in Congress, we must demand new legislation to protect our planet.

Newly-elected representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and other progressive leaders in Congress are calling for a Green New Deal that puts renewable energy, green jobs, and environmental justice at the top of the agenda for our new Democratic-led House of Representatives.

Activists are already holding Leader Pelosi’s feet to the fire, demanding that she deliver on a powerful platform to decarbonize the US economy. Now she needs to do it now. That means she needs to hear from us.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Nancy Pelosi and ask her to support the entire Green New Deal platform NOW, including crucial equity provisions, and keeping fossil fuel money out of Congress. We can’t wait until 2021.

Don’t like making calls? Use Resistbot.


HELP US KEEP OUR GREAT REPUTATION


Stand Up SF is highly regarded by the staff at Leader Pelosi, Sen. Feinstein, and Sen. Harris’ offices. But lately we’ve noticed that we’re getting a lot of no-shows to our events. We know everyone is busy and things can come up, but we’re asking that if you’re registered for an event and can’t make it, you email the Action Leader or info@standupsf.net and let us know. That way our MoCs’ office staff know how many of us to expect.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Holiday Party
Saturday, December 1
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The home of Aina S.
1436 Taylor Street
REGISTER NOW

Stand Up SF Meeting
Discuss election outcomes and our next steps.
Sunday, December 2
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Bethany United Methodist Church — note new location!
1270 Sanchez Street
REGISTER NOW

Meeting with Feinstein Staff
Thursday, December 13
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
One Post Street, Suite 2450
REGISTER NOW