Let’s fight for SCOTUS

If you’re infuriated by the president’s predictably extreme, partisan nominee to the Supreme Court, you’re not alone. More than forty people attended our Harris office action today. One woman drove down from Ukiah.

People are angry. That gives us an opportunity. If we work hard, there’s a chance we could retake the Senate in November. Democratic Senators can stall this nomination until the midterms. But we need to give them a reason to do it. We need to keep the pressure on.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Senators Harris and Feinstein both serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee. They’ll be among those questioning Kavanaugh. They’re key to slowing down the process. Contact them both. Celeste Pewter provides this script:

You: Hi, my name is [name]. I am calling from [zip]. I am asking [Senator] to commit to a thorough vetting and questioning of Judge Kavanaugh’s qualifications for the Supreme Court. (We know Feinstein and Harris will do this. This is to support them.)

You: We need to know where Judge Kavanaugh stands on key legal rulings such as Roe v. Wade. Simply stating he accepts established precedent, does not provide enough information.

(This part is important:)

You: Moreover, I am asking that [Senator] push for Judge Kavanaugh’s emails from his time at the White House to be released to the public, just as Justice Kagan’s emails were released to the public during her confirmation process. Justice Kagan’s emails were used to vet her legal history; Judge Kavanaugh’s emails should be used to do the same.

Not comfortable making phone calls? Try Resistbot.


JOIN THE RESIST-A-THON


From July 9 through July 15th Swing Left SF and the San Francisco Resistance Coalition are hosting a week-long Resist-A-ThonSign up for any of the events below:


STAND UP SF TAKES BACK CONGRESS


We’re offering a new option this week to get out the vote from your home: sign up to call or text with ACLU’s People Power. Stand Up SF Member Kathleen Murray says, “I have enjoyed doing it. It is a great start to texting because the audience is so supportive.” Sign up today!

UPCOMING EVENTS


Stand Up SF July General Meeting
Bring a friend next Sunday to meet CARA, the California Alliance for Retired Americans. Learn about their Senior Vote 2018 initiative, and how you can become a Senior Ambassador to win back Congress this November. And plan to join us at Philz Coffee to socialize after the meeting!
Sunday, July 15
2pm – 4pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street
REGISTER NOW

Grassroots Organizing (GO) Team in Tracy
Canvassing is the most effective way to get Democratic votes! Join us:
Saturday, July 21
9am – 2pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201
Tracy CA
REGISTER NOW and we’ll follow up with details.

Coffee with Senator Feinstein’s staff
Friday, July 27
10am – 11am
301 Mission Street (lobby area)
REGISTER NOW

Thanks for all you do,

Rachel

This is a fight we can win.

Trump announces his Supreme Court nominee tomorrow. It doesn’t matter who it is, they will be terrible: committed to overturning Roe v. Wade and attacking the Affordable Care Act, voting rights, environmental protections, and LGBTQ+ rights.

Indivisible is fighting this nomination nationwide alongside many other civil rights groups. This is going to be a hard one to win: we need to get 51 senators (including two Republicans) to refuse to confirm any nominee. But we can win. It will require massive, sustained, collective action.

I’m proud to say our action at Sen. Harris’ office this week is fully booked, and we will be speaking out in coalition with members of NARAL to drive home the importance of this fight. But there’s a call we still need to make.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Senator Feinstein and ask what she is doing to make sure Democratic senators refuse Trump’s nominees, and how she is securing Republican votes.


JOIN THE RESIST-A-THON


From July 9 through July 15th Swing Left SF and the San Francisco Resistance Coalition are hosting a week-long Resist-A-ThonSign up for any of the events below: 


STAND UP SF TAKES BACK CONGRESS


We’re offering a new option this week to get out the vote from your home: sign up to call or text with ACLU’s People Power. Stand Up SF Member Kathleen says, “I have enjoyed doing it. It is a great start to texting because the audience is so supportive.” Sign up today!


UPCOMING EVENTS


Stand Up SF July General Meeting
Bring a friend next Sunday to meet CARA, the California Alliance for Retired Americans. Learn about their Senior Vote 2018 initiative, and how you can become a Senior Ambassador to win back Congress this November. And plan to join us at Philz Coffee to socialize after the meeting!
Sunday, July 15
2pm – 4pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street
REGISTER NOW

Grassroots Organizing (GO) Team in Tracy
Canvassing is the most effective way to get Democratic votes! Join us:
Saturday, July 21
11am – 4pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201
Tracy CA
REGISTER NOW and we’ll follow up with details.

Coffee with Senator Feinstein’s staff
Friday, July 27
10am – 11am
301 Mission Street (lobby area)
REGISTER NOW

What gives me hope this Independence Day

Today marks two months since I took my naturalization oath. A common wisecrack from my American friends was: Why? A lot of people see Australia as somewhere to escape to.

But that’s not my Australia. Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette and the podcast The Teacher’s Pet tell a different story, of a society where women were considered lesser, and where difference was punished with violence. That is my story.

I say this not to sadden you, but to strengthen your resolve. The darkness and the smug, bullying hypocrisy that surround us aren’t new. They are so familiar, they’re boring.

Nor are they uniquely American. They’re the malignancy that white women and people of color and poor, disabled and LGBTQIA folks all over the world have faced and fought, our entire lives.

What’s new is that our stories are being told. What’s new is righteous anger, and community. Tens of thousands of people in the streets, marching for refugee children. That gives me hope. You give me hope.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Yes, the news is terrible. Let that motivate you. Turn bad news into action. If you haven’t already, sign up for Jen Hofmann’s Americans of Conscience Checklist. Jen is a wise, kind writer, and since the election, her messages have been a regular ray of light.


JOIN THE RESIST-A-THON


From July 9 through July 15th, Swing Left SF and the San Francisco Resistance Coalition are hosting a week-long Resist-A-Thon. Sign up for any of the events below:


STAND UP SF TAKES BACK CONGRESS


Resistance is not enough; we must also elect Democrats to reclaim our country. We strongly encourage you to attend Democracy Action’s phone- and text-banking events. See the “UPCOMING EVENTS” section below to sign up.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Phone Bank to flip a Senate seat with Democracy Action
Sunday, July 8
1-5pm
2624 3rd St., SF
SIGN UP NOW!

Senator Harris Office Visit
Wednesday, July 11
3pm – 4pm
333 Bush Street, Suite 3325
REGISTER NOW

Stand Up SF July General Meeting
Join us for a conversation with CARA, the California Alliance for Retired Americans, to learn about their Senior Vote 2018 initiative, and how you can become a Senior Ambassador to win back the house this November. Bring a friend!
Sunday, July 15
2pm – 4pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street
REGISTER NOW

Tracy GO Team
Saturday, July 21
11am-4pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201, Tracy CA
REGISTER NOW

Thank you for everything you do.

Rachel

If the people lead, the leaders will follow

“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”
~ Rep. John Lewis

This week was hard. I don’t want to sugarcoat this: we are facing a long, hard battle and we’re going to have to deal with losing sometimes. But I wanted to point out some key wins we’ve achieved recently, some good news you might have missed.

The movement to abolish ICE is becoming a mainstream Democratic position. We did that. Two anti-immigrant bills went down in flames this week. We did that. And yesterday, hundreds of thousands of people in 750 cities came together to protest family separation and other inhumane immigration policies. We did that.

More good news: a federal court ordered the Trump administration to reunite the immigrant families they ripped apart.

Never forget: this is OUR country. WE have the power. Electeds must do what the people want, or lose their seats. We can have the America we dream about, but only if we fight for it. We’re going to be asking you to step up your activism in the months ahead, to save the Supreme Court and elect Democrats in November. But right now, we’re asking you to take care of yourself.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Take some time for self-care today. Book yourself a massage. Go for a walk in Golden Gate Park or Glen Park Canyon. Get friends and family together for a meal. Settle in with a great novel. Whatever recharges you, whatever makes you feel good, do it for yourself today. You can use this Activism Self Care worksheet to help jot down ideas.


JOIN THE RESIST-A-THON


From July 9 through July 15th Swing Left SF and the San Francisco Resistance Coalition are hosting a week-long Resist-A-ThonSign up for any of the events below: 


STAND UP SF TAKES BACK CONGRESS


Resistance is not enough; we must also elect Democrats to reclaim our country. We strongly encourage you to attend Democracy Action’s phone- and text-banking events. See the “UPCOMING EVENTS” section below to sign up.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Phone Bank to flip a Senate seat with Democracy Action
Sunday, July 8
1-5pm
2624 3rd St., SF
SIGN UP NOW!

Senator Harris Office Visit
Wednesday, July 11
3pm – 4pm
333 Bush Street, Suite 3325
REGISTER NOW

Stand Up SF July General Meeting
Join us for a conversation with CARA, the California Alliance for Retired Americans, to learn about their Senior Vote 2018 initiative, and how you can become a Senior Ambassador to win back the house this November. Bring a friend!
Sunday, July 15
2pm – 4pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street
REGISTER NOW

Don’t get mad. Get organized

I’m not going to lie to you. Between the awful SCOTUS decisions on fake health centersgerrymanderingthe Muslim ban and unions, and the resignation of Justice Kennedy, it’s been an exhausting, depressing week.

If you feel terrible right now, it’s because you care about other people. I’m proud of you.

In the dark days after the 2016 election, the only thing that could cheer me up was resistance. It’s still true. Let’s turn this grief into action.

Start small. Hold Senate Leader Mitch McConnell to his own standards. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut said it best:

Here it is, plain and simple. McConnell set the rule. Now, he and Senate Republicans need to follow it. No vote on a Supreme Court nominee until after the new Congress is seated.

Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein were quick to add their voices. Now add yours.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Senators Feinstein and Harris. Thank them for being so ready to insist on the McConnell rule. Ask them to use their influence to hold Democratic Senators together on this matter.

If you don’t want to call, use ResistBot.


LOTS MORE THINGS YOU CAN DO: JOIN THE RESIST-A-THON


From July 9 through July 15th Swing Left SF and the San Francisco Resistance Coalition are hosting a week-long Resist-A-Thon. Sign up for any of the events below:

UPCOMING EVENTS


Families Belong Together National Protest
Saturday, June 30
10am
Dolores Park
RSVP

Phone Bank with Democracy Action
Sunday, July 1
1-5pm
2624 3rd Street
SIGN UP NOW!

Senator Harris Office Visit
Wednesday, July 11
3pm – 4pm
333 Bush Street, Suite 3325
REGISTER NOW

Stand Up SF July General Meeting
Join us for a conversation with CARA, the California Alliance for Retired Americans, to learn about their Senior Vote 2018 initiative, and how you can become a Senior Ambassador to win back the house this November. Bring a friend!
Sunday, July 15
2pm – 4pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street
REGISTER NOW

Tracy GO Team
Saturday, July 21
11am-4pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201, Tracy CA
REGISTER NOW

Thanks, always, for everything you do,

Rachel