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.”

Crucial events this week

It’s recess week, and that means our representatives are at home where they can hear you in person. It’s all hands on deck to stop TrumpCare AGAIN, this time as part of the #TrumpTaxScam. And have you heard? The GOP have sneaked anti-choice “personhood” language into the bill! This week, raise your voice to demand that our representatives do everything in their power to stop it.

TODAY at noon: Join Stand Up SF members at Congresswoman Pelosi’s office to thank her for her ongoing defense of the Affordable Care Act (now once again at risk), and talk strategy for winning back the House in 2018. SIGN UP NOW!

TOMORROW at noon: Come out for an all-Indivisibles protest in front of Senator Feinstein’s office to stop the tax scam and ACA sabotage. Tell Senator Feinstein she must withhold consent to proceed on this bill. Learn more and sign up.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call both senators and demand that the “personhood” language be removed from the tax bill. (call tool and script)

Not comfortable making phone calls? Try Resistbot, and send a fax to both Senators in under 2 minutes!


UPCOMING EVENTS


Senator Harris Office Visit
Thursday, November 30th
12pm
50 United Nations Plaza
REGISTER NOW

Blue state blues? Here’s something you can do.

The latest info on the #TrumpTaxScam is that it’s a return of TrumpCare: 13 million people will lose their health insurance. This is on top of the cuts to education, environment, and other vital services. Outrageous. But we know our MoCs are already going to vote against it, and that that alone won’t be enough. So what’s a blue state resident to do?

At our last office visits, we learned that neither Senator Feinstein nor Senator Harris has committed to withhold consent to vote on this terrible bill. We can’t count on them to do everything in their power to prevent this catastrophe unless we demand it.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call both senators and tell them they must withhold consent on votes in the Senate to slow down, and hopefully stop, TrumpCare and the Tax Scam. (script)

Not comfortable making phone calls? Try Resistbot, and send a fax to both Senators in under 2 minutes!


UPCOMING EVENTS


Congresswoman Pelosi Office Visit
Monday, November 20th
12pm
90 7th Street, Suite 2-800
REGISTER NOW

Senator Harris Office Visit
Thursday, November 30th
12pm
50 United Nations Plaza
REGISTER NOW

Save the date for our holiday party, the evening of December 20th!

Indictment Monday, Tax Scam Wednesday

I will admit to a tiny frisson of glee on Friday when I learned that the first charges in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Trump’s collusion with Russia were approved by a grand jury. This is what it takes to build a case against the Trump administration that could get even Republicans on board. Just as important, it’s the first step toward holding Trump accountable for election tampering—and possibly a lot more.

Plus, it’s really pissing him off.

But it’s important to maintain our focus on the Trump Tax Scam, which will land in Congress on Wednesday. As Topher Spiro at the Center for American Progress says, it’s this tax bill that could be Trump’s Waterloo. Republicans are trying to ram this through the same way they did with TrumpCare: a rushed, hushed up process, with no public hearing. They want to use reconciliation to pass the bill with only 51 votes (just like they tried with health care). They need this win badly. And we need to take it away from them.

As a reminder, this budget is a massive tax break for the wealthy, while raising taxes on the middle class and slashing Medicare and Medicaid.

We need Democratic MoCs to stand up and do whatever they can to slow down this bill so we have time to fight it—including, for Senators, withholding their consent. All three of our MoCs have spoken out against the Trump budget. Now we must make sure they do everything in their power to slow down and expose the Trump Tax Scam.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Senators Feinstein and Harris and demand that they withold consent. (script)

Not comfortable making phone calls? Try Resistbot, and send a fax to both Senators in under 2 minutes!


UPCOMING EVENTS


Don’t miss our November general meeting! We’ll hear about our latest “off the record” events with Congressional and Senate staff, learn about how to champion progressive legislation in California with guest speaker from Indivisible SF’s CaStateStrong, and plan our holiday party. Hope to see you there!

November General Meeting
Sunday, November 12th
12:30 – 2:30pm —please note the earlier start time
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street
REGISTER NOW

Thanks for all you do.