Take back Congress, from the comfort of your home

Remember Alabama? Remember how good it felt to turn that Senate seat blue — and send ultraconservative Roy Moore packing? We have a chance to do that in Pennsylvania. There’s a special election next Tuesday for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District. Republican Rick Saccone, who has pushed Trump-like policies in Harrisburg for years, is running neck-and-neck against Democrat Conor Lamb, a veteran who believes in affordable healthcare and repairing our nation’s infrastructure.

Stand Up San Francisco members agree: taking back Congress is our top priority for 2018. And here’s an easy way to take action: join Indivisibles nationwide in sending text messages to get out the vote in Pennsylvania. It’s easy, free, and you can do it from home, in your pajamas.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Sign up now to text out the vote. 2-hour shifts are available March 10-13, and all you need is a computer or phone. You’ll receive complete instructions from Indivisble HQ.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Senator Harris Office Visit
Wednesday, March 7
3pm – 4pm
333 Bush Street, Suite 3325 – note new address!
REGISTER NOW

Fireside chat with Congresswoman Pelosi staff
Thursday, March 15
6pm – 7pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St.
REGISTER NOW

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, March 17
11am – 4pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201
Tracy CA
REGISTER NOW and we’ll follow up with details.

Stand Up SF General Meeting

Sunday, March 18

Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St.
REGISTER NOW

Thank Rep Schiff for speaking truth to power

MINORITY MEMO DEMONSTRATES FBI, DOJ ACTED LEGALLY

The Schiff memo is out, and makes it clear – as if there were any doubt – that the Nunes memo was crafted by Nunes and Trump to attack and discredit the FBI and DOJ. It’s also painfully clear that in the summer and fall of 2016, even as it was covertly investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, the FBI was leaking and breaching protocol in ways that undermined Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

If there’s good news in the Schiff memo, it is that the FBI and DOJ have acted legally, professionally and with honor in their investigation into Trump’s Russian ties. Tweet your thanks to Adam Schiff for setting the record straight.

DREAMERS NEED IMMEDIATE RELIEF

On March 5, Trump’s cruel DACA cliff will take effect. Every day, 1,200 DACA recipients will lose their protections. Call, write or text Senators Feinstein and Harris and remind them that our Dreamers are our sisters and brothers, not bargaining chips. We cannot trust the Trump administration to negotiate in good faith. We need a clean DREAM Act.

MARCH FOR OUR LIVES

Support the courageous work of the survivors of the Parkland, Florida school massacre. Even as they mourn their murdered friends, they’re organizing the March for Our Lives – nationwide, co-ordinated protests calling for better gun regulation, planned for Saturday, March 24. Sign up for San Francisco’s event here.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Senator Feinstein Office Action
Friday, March 2, 12noon – 1pm
560 Mission Street Plaza
REGISTER NOW

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
REGISTER NOW

Focusing Our Work

I’m just coming out of our monthly all-group Stand Up SF meeting, impressed by the vigor, resolve and vision of our members. We discussed policy, group process and the national political landscape, and have emerged with a strong sense of direction that I’d like to share with you.
One of our members at today’s meeting referred to us as the “Citizens’ Conscience.” I couldn’t agree more.
Endorsement Decision
After a vigorous and thorough debate, the membership voted overwhelmingly to refrain from making candidate endorsements in 2018, favoring a renewed commitment of time and energy to our essential goals and activities: to resist the toxic Trump agenda by 1) expressing our constituent will to our elected representatives; and 2) working to take congressional majorities away from the Republican party in the 2018 midterm elections.
Tracy GO Team
Stand Up SF members Rachel, Kathleen and Troy participated this weekend in Swing Left’s GO Team in Tracy to help flip California’s 10th congressional district blue, and described the experience as gratifying, informative and effective. You can sign up for the next round below!
This week’s Stand Up SF actions:
Our members spoke eloquently and passionately today about the horrifying circumstance in the United States that an American terrorist can acquire a military assault rifle with no impediments, and proceed to take innocent lives — while Congress takes no action to protect lives.
  • Call Senator Feinstein and Senator Harris and encourage them to redouble their efforts to promote and pass the Assault Weapons Ban that Senator Feinstein introduced last November and that Senator Harris co-sponsored.
  • Call Senator Feinstein and Senator Harris and demand that they vocally oppose the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act that would would allow people who are granted a license to carry a concealed firearm in their own state to do so everywhere in the country. This bill has passed in the House, has 39 Senate co-sponsors, and needs to be stopped NOW.
  • Make plans to participate in and publicize the March 14 national walk-out to protest gun violence.
Actions with other groups:
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
Brown Bag Lunch with Feinstein staff
Friday, March 2
12pm – 1pm
560 Mission Street Plaza
REGISTER NOW
Tracy GO Team
Saturday, March 17
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201, Tracy
REGISTER NOW

Thanks for all that you do,
Paul

Should Stand Up SF endorse? This Sunday: you decide

Our meeting this Sunday is one you’re not going to want to miss. We’re talking endorsements! We’ll be following a guide to endorsements that Indivisible HQ wrote for group leaders – it’s here if you’d like to take a look.

Here are some questions that need answers:

  • Should Stand Up San Francisco endorse candidates for elections?
  • What are the pros and cons?
  • If we do endorse, should we do it for primaries or just the general election?
  • What should our process be?

This is just the beginning of the conversation. We want to hear from as many of you as we can, so the discussion will continue at our February and March meetings.

The important thing to remember is that this is not the leaders’ decision to make. It’s yours.

We need your voice. You have built Stand Up San Francisco and made it into an organization whose endorsement candidates would be grateful to receive.

What we do next is up to you.

Pelosi Town Hall recap

I’d like to fill you in on an event we attended last Saturday — a town hall in San Francisco hosted by our Congresswoman and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

She arranged what she called a “Teach-In” to focus on the GOP tax scam, and how House Democrats are planning on responding to its passage.

Leader Pelosi began by acknowledging and weighing in on the appalling, racist comments that Donald Trump just made, saying, “His vulgarity and vile beliefs should disgust every American and require immediate action and it’s never been more important for us to protect our DREAMers because that’s the context in which he made that statement.” She also informed us, to wide applause, that the Congressional Black Caucus will be moving the House to censure Trump for his conduct.

You can read a transcript of Leader Pelosi’s initial remarks.

She then called upon the panel she had gathered:

  • Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-05), member of the House Ways and Means Committee
  • Conny Ford of the San Francisco Labor Council
  • Tom O’Connor, Union President for San Francisco Firefighters
  • Elana Ford, mother of a four-year-old son with special needs whose life was saved as a result of the Affordable Care Act

Each spoke about different ways in which the new GOP tax law will harm Americans on multiple levels:

  • 83% of the benefits of the bill will go to the most wealthy 1% of the country.
  • 9 million middle class taxpayers will see tax increases immediately.
  • Ultimately, 63 % of Americans will see tax increases.
  • Corporations will enjoy their lowest tax rate since 1939.
  • The $1.5 trillion tax cut for corporations will, with interest, become an added $2.3 trillion to the national debt.
  • Short-term tax cuts for some individual tax brackets will expire within ten years, while corporate tax cuts are permanent.
  • Cuts in deductions for state and local taxes will result in funding cuts to state and local resources such as firefighters — just as California is being devastated by massive fires.
  • The elimination of the ACA mandate will result in increases in rates that will force 13 million more Americans to go without health insurance.
  • The increase in national debt will give the GOP an excuse for what they’ve wanted to accomplish for years — to go after programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Republican lawmakers have already declared this intent.

Leader Pelosi framed the GOP agenda as “a plan to turn us into a permanent plutocracy.” She informed us that with this very town hall, House Democrats are launching an initiative to hold such “teach-ins” in districts all across the country, to tell Americans in all regions about the devastating effects of the tax bill that Republicans just passed — without the customary participation of the Ways and Means Committee and with no public hearings whatsoever.

She framed the Democratic party’s goal in light of this outrage as “Replace and Repeal.” That is, replace the lawmakers who voted for the GOP tax scam so that they can then repeal it.

Leader Pelosi also declared that while this meeting was focused on tax policy, she would be holding another public town hall to focus specifically on Democratic political strategy.

This sort of in-person constituent conversation was exactly what we at Stand Up SF have been encouraging of our elected officials all along; we’re thanking Nancy Pelosi for making it happen and urging her to continue doing so.

As we prepare for our next meeting with Pelosi’s staff this week, we’ll be referring to her remarks from this conversation, and following up on unanswered questions and additional topics. The Stand Up SF Policy Team would love your input going into this (and any) congressional staff meeting. Please tell us at policy@standupsf.net.

And don’t miss our next all-group meeting this Sunday at 2pm, when we’ll be discussing how we as a group want to handle the 2018 election season.

Paul