You’re the best.

Things are not looking good for the Trump administration right now. Between the ongoing discoveries of their collusion with Russia to influence the election, the delayed vote on TrumpCare, and Trump’s approval ratings the lowest in history, they are not able to get much done. Today’s biggest news is that TrumpCare is just 1 GOP defection away from defeat.

All of this is because of YOU. You yelled about the need for the Russian investigation. You demanded a “no” vote on TrumpCare and sent in your personal stories in support of the ACA. And you have told your representatives to block this administration’s agenda, to keep Americans safe from Trump’s excesses — and those of his cronies. Across the country, people just like you are making the same demands, and it’s working.

Paul, Phyllis, and Laura, Stand Up SF leaders, hold signs that say 'We Rock!', 'It's working - thank you!' and 'You're the Best!''THANK YOU!

You should know:
Tomorrow, California lawmakers will vote on a bill to extend California’s most important climate law. AB 398 is meant to be an extention of the state’s Cap and Trade legislation, but environmental activists are very divided on whether our representatives should vote yea or nay. We in leadership are not prepared to tell you how to act on this one, but if the issue is important to you, we urge you to do some reading, make your decision, and call Assemblymembers Ting and Chiu with your request.

Meanwhile, there’s still plenty to do to protect our community and our country.

This week’s Stand Up SF actions:

  • Stop mass deportations: SB 54, The California Values Act, prevents state and local funds from being used for deportations. Call Assemblymembers Ting and Chiu and ask them to vote yes on SB 54. You can say “I urge you to support SB 54, the California Values Act, which protects the safety of all Californians by ensuring that state and local resources are not used to fuel mass deportations and separate California families.”
  • Get face-to-face with Kamala Harris: Senator Harris has not yet held a town hall in the Bay Area! Call her office and ask that she hold a San Francisco town hall during the August recess. (script)
  • Fix our housing crisis: Senator Weiner’s SB 35, up for a vote this week, streamlines the development of new housing, including affordable housing. Don’t let it get held up by unworkable and unnecessary amendments! Call State Assemblymembers Ting and Chiu and tell them to vote for SB 35. You can say “I’m concerned about the number of homeless and displaced people in my community. Please vote for SB 35 to ensure that cities comply with existing requirements to build more housing, and more affordable housing.”

Actions with other groups

  • Tue 7/18: #KillTheBill! Join local Indivisible groups in the Bay Area for a Die-In at Senator Feinstein’s office to protest TrumpCare. This is part of a nationwide Indivisible campaign that is sure to get news coverage, so please sign up if you can make it!
  • Tue 7/18: Join our friends at Sister District for their CA-12 Mission Hub meeting and help flip Virginia blue! RSVP

Learning opportunity

Wed 7/19: Learn more about how you can protect the free and open Internet. Join FreePress.net and other activists on a strategy call. Sign up.

Saying yes to progressive wins

Resistance means saying “no” a lot. But, as people who value social, racial, economic, and environmental justice, it feels more in character for us to say “yes”. There’s no better way to say yes to our values, and earn big wins for progressive causes, than by acting locally. California’s laws become models for the whole nation, so when you take action on state-level or even city-level issues, you’re not just helping your neighbors: you’re showing the whole country how it’s done. So today, we’re going to focus on local action.

I want to talk to you about a cause that’s dear to my heart: reforming our criminal justice system, which disproportionately targets and penalizes people of color and the poor. Today there’s local action we can take on the bail system, and it comes from the ACLU of Northern California.

The money bail system lets private corporations cash in on human suffering. Access to wealth is what currently determines who gets out of jail. People who can’t afford to pay bail stay locked up while they await trial; others desperately plead guilty or pay a bail bonds agency for pre-trial release. Costly bail bonds agreements put people on the hook for payments even if the district attorney dismisses the case or a court finds the defendant not guilty of the crime. Poor people have to sit idly in jail for weeks, months, and sometimes years while their cases move forward.

In May, our California lawmakers voted on legislation to overhaul our state’s money bail system. CA Senate Bill 10 and Assembly Bill 42 would make sure that California stops locking people up simply because they cannot afford to pay bail. Both bills prioritize services to help people make their court appearances and curb the state’s overreliance on money bail. The Senate approved SB 10 with bipartisan support, but AB 42 stalled in the Assembly. See below for your request to Assemblymembers.

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The July recess is winding up tomorrow, leaving only two more weeks for Republicans to pass TrumpCare before experts say it’ll be dead in the water. This fight is still not over, but the biggest battles will be waged in districts with Republican Senators who remain undecided or who plan to vote no. Paul has reached out to our friends at Indivisible Charleston, asking how we can support them during this last critical push. Meanwhile, if you want to be inspired, check out #SitInSaveLives on Twitter for photos, videos, and reports from the protests last week, many by seniors and people with disabilities.

Our next meeting — and happy hour!
Saturday, July 22
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Noe Valley Public Library, with drinks to follow at Phyllis’ house nearby
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This week’s Stand Up SF actions

  • Fix unfair bail laws: Call Assemblymembers David Chiu and Phil Ting and say: “Thank you for supporting bail reform, standing up for justice and California families, and voting YES on AB 42, the California Money Bail Reform Act of 2017. Please also vote YES on SB 10!”
  • Take action for campaign finance reform: AB 1089 sets limits on campaign contributions. Call Assemblymember Phil Ting and say: “Hi, I live in California and I am a constituent. I am calling to ask you to vote YES on AB 1089, to close loopholes in California’s campaign finance laws and protect us from unlimited special interest spending.” Then call Assemblymember Chiu and thank him for sponsoring the bill.
  • Ban toxic chemicals: This week, Scott Pruitt – the anti-science head of Environmental Protection Agency – has ignored his own agency’s recommendations and reversed the ban on chlorpyrifos, the toxic agricultural pesticide known to damage the nervous systems of infants and children. Call Governor Brown and tell him to ban the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos.

Actions with other groups

  • Tue 7/11: Join ACLU People Power at a phone bank to support CA SB54, the California Values Act, to protect immigrants from mass deportation. Sign up.
  • Tue 7/11, 6pm: Kick ICE out of Oakland! Join ACLU People Power at an action at Oakland’s City Hall. Raise your voice for immigrants. RSVP now.
  • Wed 7/12, 6-9pm: Cervezas for Civics fundraiser for Generation Citizen – an organization that empowers young people to become engaged and effective citizens. RSVP for drinks and lively conversation.

The GOP doesn’t believe in democracy

While we fight to preserve our health care, other critical battles are being waged in the House and Senate. This week, the Trump administration laid the groundwork for an unprecedented attack on voting rights, defunding the Election Assistance Committee (which helps prevent hacked voting machines), demanding personally identifying voter information from all 50 states, and signaling an intent to sue states to force them to trim their voting rolls.

I felt positively queasy when I read this news, and then I got angry. This administration, and the Republicans in Congress who allow it to flourish, don’t care about democracy. They only care about consolidating and retaining power. They’ve figured out that they will lose elections unless they rig the system to prevent millions from exercising their right as citizens to cast a vote. So they increase gerrymandering, gut the Voting Rights Act, reduce early voting, and do everything they can to prevent fair elections.

There is some good news: California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has already rejected 45’s request for voter information, and as of Friday, at least 9 other states have done the same. Another 10 states have signaled resistance to the request, and voter advocacy groups like the ACLU have also come out against it, and are working diligently to promote access to the ballot and to sue the Trump administration for its many violations of our laws.

Senator Harris, who endorsed the Indivisible process to protect health care in her email blast this week, took to Facebook to oppose these disturbing attempts to curtail our freedom to vote, while Senator Feinstein was more circumspect. This week, we’ll be asking you to thank them both for their critiques, but also to pressure Senator Feinstein to make a stronger public statement.

Next week, you’ll have the chance to ask Congresswoman Pelosi to speak out against this attack on our voting rights, and to ask her staff what she — and we — can do to protect Americans from disenfranchisement.

Something to look forward to
Party with Stand Up SF members! A member is graciously opening her home to us for an afternoon of Mexican food and margaritas, coming up on July 29th. You’ll get an invitation soon. We look forward to seeing you there.

This week’s Stand Up SF actions:

  • Call Senator Harris and thank her for standing up for voting rights. You can say, “My name is _____ and I’m calling to thank the senator for her strong public statement in opposition to Trump’s request for personal voting information and her dedication to protecting our voting rights. I appreciate the senator using her public platform to raise awareness of this attempt at disenfranchisement.”
  • Call Senator Feinstein and thank her for voicing her concerns about Trump’s request for voter information, but prompt her to do more. You can say, “My name is _____ and I’m calling to thank the senator for voicing her concerns about Trump’s request for personal voting information. I’d like the senator to go further and make a strong statement condemning this transparent attempt at racial profiling and disenfranchisement of American citizens.”
  • Shore up our senators for the battle ahead: Call to thank Senator Harris and Senator Feinstein for their unwavering public opposition to TrumpCare. Remind them that they must withhold consent on all Senate business until the bill receives public review. Tell them not to vote for any amendments that will help Republicans pass TrumpCare. If you reach a human on the phone, take the opportunity to share a little bit about why this issue is important to you. (script)
  • Take local action on campaign finance reform: The California Disclose Act, AB 249, is going to move to the state Senate for a vote soon. AB 249 will strike a major blow against dark money in elections by requiring ballot measure ads to clearly and prominently show their true funders on the ads themselves – the first bill in the nation to do so. Call CA Assemblymembers and say “I believe that voters deserve to know who is paying for political ads. I therefore ask Assemblymember ______ to endorse, publicly support, and vote for AB 249, the California DISCLOSE Act.”

Actions with other groups

Thanks for all you do.

Losing our healthcare: It’s not over

On Sunday we got the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on the Senate “Take Away Our Healthcare” bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, and it shows how cruel and immoral the bill is (details below). There is nothing in the bill that gives better care.

The Senate then delayed its vote. Our pressure is working. But it’s not over til it’s over. We saw the House bill die only to be resurrected and pass. So we’ve seen this movie before.

Quotes from Senator Feinstein on Senate Health Care Bill: 'the most indefensible bill I've actually seen in 24 years in the Senate...No amount of tinkering will change the fact that this bill would devastate health care in America, and we can't let that happen.'

On Tuesday, 10 members of Stand Up SF discussed what can be done to block the Senate bill with Sean Elsbernd, Senator Feinstein’s State Director. Some of the suggestions below come from this meeting. Read the Action Report to learn all that was discussed.

While the Republican Senators are facing their constituents back home next week, what else can we do to ensure this bill dies a full death?

#1. Keep telling your ACA stories. How did the ACA help you? How will the current Senate bill hurt you or those you love?

Email your personal stories to Congresswoman Pelosi’s senior congressional aide: Alex.Lazar@mail.house.gov.

Submit your story to Senator Feinstein.

Submit your story to Senator Harris.

Keep submitting your personal stories to be read and voted on as bill amendments on the Senate floor.

Search Twitter for #HowTheACASavedMyLife to see how it helped others. Tweet your own 140-character story using the hashtag.

#2. Make sure your friends, family and colleagues know how the bill will affect them.

#3. Educate connections in other states, not only on the bill but on the need to call their Senators. Remember that polls showed a high % of the people with negative views of Obamacare had positive views of the Affordable Care Act. Eight years of misinformation campaigns have left people confused. Let’s educate them wherever we can. (hint: call it The Affordable Care Act)

#4. If you know any hospital representatives, encourage them to speak out on behalf of their hospital. Hospitals would face billions more in uncompensated care next year alone. Some would not survive.

#5. Consider phone banking into a red district, educating residents and encouraging them to take action (with Democracy Action).

#6. Consider a quick donation to one of the organizations running ads against the Senate bill in red states.

Here is how the Senate Health Care bill will affect all of us:

  • If you are nearing retirement, you will likely see your premiums and out-of-pocket costs shoot up. In 2026, a 64-yr-old making $56,800 would see their premiums TRIPLE.
  • If you have a pre-existing condition, good luck. Your state can let insurers drop your pre-existing condition from the coverage they offer you.
  • If you get sick with an expensive condition, too bad. Annual and lifetime caps are back. Hit your lifetime cap and your insurance ends forever.
  • If you count on that out-of-pocket max, not so fast. It only applies to “essential health benefits,” which states can now let insurers define. Nearly half of all Americans could be affected by cutbacks in “essential benefits.”
  • Know someone with low income? They also get less insurance at a higher cost. Subsidies are substantially smaller. According to the CBO, in 2020 premiums and deductibles would be so onerous that “few low-income people would purchase any plan.”
  • The most vulnerable among us will be hurt by a $772M cut to Medicaid. 60% of long-stay nursing home residents are on Medicaid. 39% of US children are on Medicaid.
  • 15M more people would be uninsured next year, 22M more by 2026.

Local Stand Up SF action:

The State Assembly could vote on the future of climate action in California this week – and the vote is close. AB 378 would extend California’s landmark cap-and-trade law, which sets a cap on greenhouse gas emissions and requires companies to pay for their pollution. Call assemblymembers Phil Ting and David Chiu and tell them to vote YES on AB 378 to continue California’s climate leadership. (Background)

Actions with other groups:

A fun way to support a good cause:
July 4, 2pm Dolores Park (free): Come see SF Mime Troupe perform WALLS, which asks the question: How can a nation of immigrants declare war on immigration? The answer: FEAR!

Thanks for all you do.

Down to the wire

It’s crunch time. The GOP is going to try to ram TrumpCare down our throats this week, before Congress departs for the July recess. We need anything and everything you can give right now to prevent millions of us from losing health care — let’s face it, to prevent millions of us from dying preventable deaths.

At our meeting yesterday, we focused on health care at both the national and local level, and we learned that the majority of you have already taken action on this issue. It’s great to see how engaged you all are! But we are going to need more from you if we’re going to win this fight.

On Tuesday, our delegation will demand that Senator Feinstein break with her historical anti-obstruction stance and withhold consent on all senate business until there are adequate public hearings on the TrumpCare bill. There’s still room for one more Stand Up SF member at this action, so please join us.

Yesterday we also talked about the attempt to lay the blame for recent special election losses at Nancy Pelosi’s feet. It’s not surprising that the GOP would demonize Congresswoman Pelosi (after all, Obama and Clinton aren’t around anymore), but it’s kind of horrifying to see the progressive left throwing her under the bus as well. We know that it’s Pelosi’s sterling record on health care, effective leadership, and progressive “San Francisco values” that make her a GOP target. We love those values! It doesn’t make sense for Democrats to attack one of our own right now, particularly not someone who is consistently going to bat for us. As one of our members said yesterday, “I don’t think we should let the Republicans choose our leaders.”

So when we go to Congresswoman Pelosi’s office next week, she’ll hear a strong message of support from us. If you value what she’s done for us in the resistance, or have questions about her next steps as minority leader, please register for this action.

This week’s Stand Up SF actions

  • Stop TrumpCare: Call both Senators and ask them to withhold consent on all senate business until there are adequate public hearings on the bill. (script)
  • Stop TrumpCare #2: Call both Senators and ask them to present as many amendments to the bill as possible, until there are adequate public hearings on the bill. (script)
  • Stop TrumpCare #3: Submit your own amendment! IndivisibleGuide is collecting amendments and submitting them directly to Senate staff. Tell your story about how the bill will hurt you. Ask that it be changed so it does not hurt you. This will be read on the Senate floor, and will make it more politically painful for Republicans to move forward. Remember, even if you have insurance through your employer, TrumpCare will negatively affect you.
  • Fight for single payer in California: Unfortunately, Speaker Rendon has stalled SB 562, the Healthy California Act, in spite of the robust study that was done to analyze its financial impact. Call Speaker Rendon at 916-319-2063, or email him and let him know what you think. Please also call Assembly members Ting and Chiu. You can say “I am a Californian and I strongly support S.B. 562, the Healthy California Act, because every Californian deserves guaranteed healthcare. Speaker Rendon must move SB 562 forward as the best solution to the federal attacks on our healthcare. No other solution saves billions and covers everyone with medical, dental, vision, mental health and more.”

Actions with other groups

Learning opportunities

  • Tue 6/27: Webinar: Learn the basics of a Medicare-for-all single payer type system, special features of SB 562, and an economic analysis of the program conducted by outside experts. Register here
  • Mon 6/26: National Immigration Law Center hosts a webinar on current court cases and policies impacting immigrants. RSVP