A new hope

There has never been a Congress like itSworn in today, the 116th Congress includes over 100 women, the largest number ever. Membership of the Congressional Black and Hispanic Caucuses are at an all-time high. The youngest ever, the first openly bisexual, the first two Native American, and the first two Muslim congresswomen all took their seats.

Thanks to so many of you who trekked out to CA-10 to canvass for him, our neighbor Josh Harder was among them.

But for me, the high point of the day came when our own Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi updated her Facebook page from “Minority Leader” to “House Speaker.”

For the first time since the 2016 election, we have a legislative foothold from which to resist the Trump agenda.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Volunteer to help out behind the scenes with Stand Up San Francisco. We too have new leadership, new ideas, and many roles we can craft to your fit your talents and temperament.


UPCOMING EVENTS


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

Thanks for all you do,

Rachel

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

Protect immigrant families, and win in Mississippi

As most of us make plans to spend the holidays with our loved ones, thousands of migrant families and children remain apart due to Trump’s inhumane family separation policy. Let’s call our Members of Congress and remind them to vote against any spending bill that contains funding for ICE/CBP detention centers, deportation forces, or his stupid wall (script). Encourage them to re-adopt successful, cost-effective programs like the Family Case Management Program instead.

Not comfortable making phone calls? Try Resistbot and send emails instead!


ONE MORE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


The election isn’t over! there are still chances to help out Mike Espy in Mississippi, without having to venture out in the smoke. You can text and call for his runoff campaign from the comfort of your own home — sign up here.

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Our hearts are absolutely breaking for the fire victims. Learn how you can help evacuees of the Camp Fire.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Please join Democracy Action next Sunday at a phone bank for Mike Espy! I’ll be there from 1 to 5.  Stop by for a while if you can!

Holiday Party
Saturday, December 1
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The home of Aina S.
1436 Taylor Street
REGISTER NOW, and please sign up to bring a food item — almost everyone’s bringing wine so far!

Stand Up SF General Meeting – RESCHEDULED
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 Sen. Feinstein Staff
Thursday, December 13
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
One Post Street, Suite 2450
REGISTER NOW

Congressman Josh Harder! …and Senator Mike Espy?

You did it. Josh Harder is going to Washington as the Member of Congress for CA District 10. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to everyone who knocked on doors, made calls, texted, donated, and otherwise supported this campaign. Our closest Republican-held district is now Democratic, and it’s all thanks to you.

The midterms aren’t over yet. There’s one more opportunity: a Senate seat in Mississippi, heading to a runoff election on Tuesday, November 27. The Republican candidate, Cindy Hyde Smith, joked this week about being in the front row of a public hanging. Given Mississippi’s history of lynching, that comes across as tone-deaf at best.

The Democratic candidate is Mike Espy, who was among many other achievements the nation’s first Black Secretary of Agriculture. He’s a long shot …but so was Josh Harder. Let’s help him out.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Over the next two Sundays, our friends at Democracy Action are hosting phone banks from 1-5pm in the Dogpatch to get out the vote for Mike Espy. Sign up here for Sunday, November 18 and here for Sunday, November 25.


WORKING TOWARD TRANSPARENCY


At our October meeting, Aina S. reflected that Stand Up SF leadership has not been transparent with our members about the inner workings of our group. We have taken this very much to heart, and we have started to spread a little sunshine around. On our website, you will now see a list of our volunteer roles to date, and who holds those roles. We’ve also shared the resources available in our Info Center, so that you can review action reports, talking points, and more. Let us know if there’s more we can share!


UPCOMING EVENTS


Stand Up SF Holiday Party
Saturday, December 1
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
1436 Taylor Street
REGISTER NOW

DATE CHANGE (AIR QUALITY) Stand Up SF General 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

New leadership

THANK YOU for all your work over the past two years to hold our leaders accountable and to build a blue wave. Because of you, we have a Democratic majority in the House. Here in California, Josh Harder has pulled ahead of Republican Jeff Denham in District 10, where we fought so hard.

And our victory totally changed the game: Democrats have agenda-setting power. They can pass legislation. They can use investigatory and subpoena power. They can act as a check on this administration. This is hugely powerful.

So we need a new game plan! Indivisible is coming out with a new playbook, Indivisible on Offense, that we’ll share with you soon. And Stand Up San Francisco is changing, too: Paul and I are rotating out of leadership at the end of the year, and Rachel will be joined by Shannon C., whom many of you know from her stalwart participation in MoC visits. Here are a few words from Shannon:

SUSF has always been a safe space of sorts for me. I have always appreciated the combination of a drama-free environment and the fellowship of our passionate, well-informed, thoughtful members. To top it all off, it’s also the best option I have found to effectively communicate with my MOC’s on a regular basis! Paul and Laura have done an invaluable service in creating the strong foundation for this group, and we all truly owe them a huge debt of gratitude. (Thank you so much, Paul and Laura!)

I am really honored to be tasked with the responsibility of helping to lead this great group. This moment in time is very exciting. We have turned a corner, and the hard work we have put in will start paying dividends. With a civil but direct approach, we have cultivated healthy relationships in our monthly MoC staff meetings. Now we are in a unique position to help stop this destructive administration in its tracks, and put forward firm asks of our MoC’s that represent our progressive values and concerns. I’m looking forward to playing whatever part I can in “making sure the trains run on time,” and also pushing ourselves (and our MOC’s) to be as effective as we can be! Let’s do this!


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Write to Congresswoman Pelosi and tell her that if she becomes Speaker of the House, she must protect the Mueller investigation, and lead a House investigation against Trump’s obstruction of justice. If you voted for her, definitely mention that.


WORKING TOWARD TRANSPARENCY


At our October meeting, Aina S. reflected that Stand Up SF leadership has not been transparent with our members about the inner workings of our group. Paul, Rachel, Shannon, and I have taken this very much to heart, and we have started to spread a little sunshine around. On our website, you will now see a list of our volunteer roles to date, and who holds those roles. We’ve also shared the resources available in our Info Center, so that you can review action reports, talking points, and more. Let us know if there’s more we can share!


UPCOMING EVENTS


Stand Up SF November Meeting
Discuss election outcomes and our next steps.
Sunday, November 18
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Bethany United Methodist Church — note new location!
1270 Sanchez Street
REGISTER NOW

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