The GOP’s shell game: immigrants vs. Medicare

Because there are no tactics so abhorrent that Republicans won’t stoop to them, while we are breaking our hearts over their inhumane treatment of immigrants, they are trying to ram through a budget that would cut Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. The so-called “A Brighter American Future” budget (can you believe it?) also threatens the Affordable Care Act.

Meanwhile, Trump’s recent executive order will result in mass and indefinite detention of families at the border. The U.S. Navy is already mobilizing to build massive tent cities to imprison immigrants, including here in the Bay Area.

The GOP thinks we can’t pay attention to more than one thing at a time. Show them they’re wrong.


TWO THINGS YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call all three MoCs right now and say, I am totally opposed to any cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and I urge [MoC] to reject the new Trump Budget. You can also use Resistbot.

While you’re on the phone, thank your MoCs for supporting the Keep Families Together Act (script here).

Extra credit: Call Governor Brown at (916) 445-2841 and tell him to withdraw the California National Guard from the border (script).


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


Fireside Chat with Pelosi Staff
Wednesday, June 27
6pm – 7pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St.
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Families Belong Together National Protest
Saturday, June 30
10am
Dolores Park
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Phone Bank to flip a Senate seat with Democracy Action
Sunday, July 1
1-5pm
2624 3rd St., SF
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Senator Harris Office Visit
Wednesday, July 11
3pm – 4pm
333 Bush Street, Suite 3325
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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
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The Shutdown: What happened? What happens next?

I’d like to provide you with a few different viewpoints on the current budget/immigration standoff, in light of Democrats agreeing three days into the shutdown to approve a budget resolution. I’m seeing varying opinions from the blue side, and I don’t presume to know the future outcome of this conflict of basic social vales/chess match (take your pick).

Perspective #1:

Trump ended DACA unilaterally five months ago, and Republicans joined him in taking hostage the lives of tens of thousands of Americans who have done nothing wrong. They cannot be rewarded for this. Mitch McConnell famously goes back on this word, even to his fellow Republicans, and his vague assurances of bringing DREAM legislation to the floor cannot be trusted by anyone who has been paying attention. By caving on their pledge to stand against any further proceedings of the federal government without a clean DREAM Act, Senate Democrats sold out the most vulnerable amongst us and gave up their political leverage. And they did this while the breathtaking majority of Americans support protection for DREAMers. Morale has been undercut, and even the optics are self-destructive. The Democrats have demonstrated that when push comes to shove, they will not have the political courage to stand up for principles, and marginalized populations will again be thrown under the bus.

David Faris, THE WEEK

Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levin, INDIVISIBLE

Perspective #2:

This was the best possible outcome for the current budget standoff. Democrats gained an enormous benefit this round in re-authorization of Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years. The passage of a Clean DREAM Act becomes much more feasible when there’s actual legislation on the table, which now can happen. McConnell made an explicit promise on the Senate floor — if he goes back on it, he loses an enormous amount of political clout, which a canny politician like McConnell is unlikely to do. In the war on messaging, the Democrats were losing public opinion every day, so the optics and politics were only going to deteriorate at this point — putting red state Democratic seats in peril and undercutting the current midterm advantage. Democrats allowed the federal government to reopen for only 17 days, after which they can, and likely will, easily use this leverage again. And this time, the Democratic threat to shutdown the government over this issue has more teeth, because all now know that they are willing to go through with it.

Matt Fuller, HUFFINGTON POST

Yascha Mounk, SLATE

Perspective #3:

Whether this was surrender or a wise gambit depends on the outcome.

Ezra Klein, VOX

John Cassidy, THE NEW YORKER

On Friday there was a report from Politico that Senate Democrats have dropped DACA from the budget negotiations, but I want to note that there’s been no corroboration on this reporting from any other source.

I’d like also to point out that all three of our members of Congress, Senators Feinstein and Harris and Representative Pelosi, voted No on the continuing resolution because it did not contain a clean DREAM Act, and have pledged to continue to do so.

The continuing resolution that was passed funds the government through February 8, and an immigration deal is being negotiated this week — so now is the time for us as citizens to step up our messaging to our elected representatives stating clearly what priorities, values and deal-breakers we want them to embrace.

Paul

We’re back, and we’re better than ever

I just got back from an energizing meeting with resistance leaders from the Bay Area and New York, and I’m more convinced than ever that our coalition-building is working. One of the inspiring things we discussed today was how to make our opposition to the current state of emergency more visible internationally by taking part in mass protests, like the women’s march coming up this month. Mark your calendar for January 20th as a date to tell other nations: we are not okay with what’s happening in our country!

Congress returns to work tomorrow, and as you might expect, they have a lot of damage planned. One of the things they’ll be trying to do is pass a bill funding the government without protecting DREAMers. Did you know that Senator Feinstein finally bowed to our pressure and voted against the budget resolution because it didn’t include a clean DREAM Act? We need to thank her for that. In addition, our blue MoCs need to be reminded that a wall is a no-negotiation dealbreaker. Trump is demanding that an $18 billion wall be funded in exchange for protecting DACA youth. This is a moment for us to stiffen our reps’ spines and tell them not to negotiate.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call all three of MoCs and thank them for standing with DREAMers. Tell them not to budge: no funding for the government without a clean DREAM act, and no wall ever. (script). You can add “I want [Senator/Congresswoman NAME] to refuse to fund any aggressive immigration tactic including a wall, new ICE agents, and more stringent asylum requirements in exchange for Dreamers’ futures.”

Not comfortable making phone calls? Try Resistbot, and send an email to all three MoCs in under 2 minutes!


UPCOMING EVENTS


Women’s March: Noe Valley contingent!
Saturday, January 20th
12:30pm – 3:30pm
Join our fellow activists Action SF for the Women’s March. GET THE DETAILS

Stand Up SF General Meeting
Sunday, January 21
2pm – 4pm
Noe Valley Public Library
451 Jersey Street
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You are the light

Thanks to all of you who came out for the holiday party. It was great to see everyone, to connect, to have friends around to help absorb the impact of Tuesday’s tax bill loss. I’m going to paraphrase a little of what I said that night, about how important Stand Up San Francisco is to me.

A group of candles burning in darkness

This is a time of year when people of faith come together on long nights to celebrate light. Candles or fairy lights ablaze, they gather around a source of warmth and brightness to keep away the cold and the dark.

I am not a person of faith; I am a person of seasonal affective disorder. So my need for brightness at this time of year feels very intense and very personal. And for me, as I’m sure for you, 2017 has been the darkest year I can remember. I have reached out for family, friends, and community to keep me sane, and THIS community, each and every one of you and the work that you do, have been my light in the darkness.

Thank you all for your continued commitment to preserving what’s good in our country. I hope you’ll join me in 2018, finding new ways to shine.


Families with children need your help this week. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is an insurance program that covers 9 million children and pregnant women whose household incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid. While Republicans in Congress claim to support CHIP, they have failed to pass a clean funding reauthorization bill for this critical program.

A bipartisan group of governors from 12 states have already signed onto a letter urging Congress to prioritize renewal of CHIP funding, but Governor Brown isn’t one of them. We need to urge Governor Brown to co-sign the letter.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Governor Brown and tell him to sign the letter, pressuring Congress to fund CHIP. (script and call tool)

If you celebrate, happy holidays to you. If not, I hope you’re having a restful weekend.

 

URGENT: Last chance to kill the tax bill

Republicans are rushing to a final vote on the Trump Tax Scam “conference report” THIS WEEK, before Senator-elect Doug Jones is seated. The people of Alabama have spoken, and they rejected the Trump agenda. Their voices deserve to be heard, and that means no vote on the Trump Tax Scam before Doug Jones is in the Senate.

Meanwhile, every week Congress fails to act on DACA, 1000 young people lose protection from deportation every week. Leader Pelosi can play a critical role in protecting DREAMers by refusing to vote for a Continuing Resolution budget deal that doesn’t include a clean DREAM Act — and right now she is folding to Trump on this fight.


TWO THINGS YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


  1. Use Indvisible’s call tool to call the GOP’s constituents in red states and connect them to their Senators to say #NoJonesNoVote.
  2. Call Leader Pelosi and tell her to pick a side: either fight for DREAMers now, or let thousands more face deportation. You can say “Hi, I’m [NAME] with Stand Up San Francisco and my zip code is [ZIP CODE], and I’m calling to tell Congresswoman Pelosi that she must protect DREAMers. Please pass along my message that a vote on a continuing resolution without the Dream Act, is a vote to deport Dreamers. I want her to refuse to vote on a continuing resolution that doesn’t include a clean DREAM Act.”