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
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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.

Democrats are winning

I wanted to be sure you saw this interview with our Congresswoman, Nancy Pelosi, about the new Washington.

“We didn’t win the elections, but we’ve won every fight,” she said about the legislative agenda. “We’ve won every fight on the omnibus spending bill — you know the appropriations bills and the rest. You look at everything, they have no victories!”

Make no mistake, you are part of that. We are part of that.

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Here’s a fight it should be easy to win: getting aid to Puerto Rico. The island is an unincorporated U.S. territory — an area controlled by the United States government which is not part of the United States. In other words, it’s a colony. Puerto Ricans are by law natural-born citizens of the United States, and yet in his vile tweets this week, Trump is trying to paint them as yet another group of brown people who don’t deserve help, and even blaming them for the destruction they’ve experienced in this season’s dreadful hurricanes.

The US Army Corps of Engineers is comparing the situation on the ground in Puerto Rico to what they saw in Iraq after the US invasion. Millions are without food, water, and power while troops wait fruitlessly for orders to provide relief. Private aid organizations are trying to fill the gaps, but what’s really needed is a massive response from the government. And instead of sending help, and worse than being silent, the head of our government is firing off insults.

Meanwhile, the House will vote on its budget resolution this Thursday, and the Senate will mark up its resolution Wednesday and Thursday. These budgets cut critical services and would force deep cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security down the road. All to give massive tax cuts to the rich and corporations, and will destabilize our economy even further.

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Outraged? Bring your concerns to your MoCs at our upcoming actions. Can’t make it? Send us your top issues to take to the senators.

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And join our next all-hands meeting to meet a guest speaker from Swing Left and learn what you can do to help elect Democrats in 2018. We’ll also be kicking off a broader discussion about Stand Up SF’s focus over the next year, so don’t miss out. We want to hear from you!

Stand Up SF October Meeting
Sunday, October 15th
2pm – 4pm
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This week’s Stand Up SF actions:

  • Help Puerto Rico: Call all three MoCs and ask them to provide an emergency relief package for the victims of Hurricane Maria and to permanently rescind the Jones Act, an antiquated law that has made it difficult for supplies to reach the Island of Puerto Rico. You can say “Hi, my name is [name]. I’m calling from [city/zip code]. I am calling because I am very concerned about Puerto Ricans who are still without food and water. I am asking [MoC/Senator] to immediately pass an aid package to provide disaster relief to communities affected by Hurricane Maria, before the October recess. This package should provide adequate funding to respond to immediate needs, like food and water, as well as longer term needs like the years of rebuilding that will be required. She should push for a full disaster declaration for Puerto Rico and request that matching funds requirements for relief be waived. [MoC/Senator] should also add additional supplemental relief funds to the FAA authorization bill. Finally, please introduce legislation to permanently rescind the Jones Act so that aid can always reach our Island territories in times of crisis.”
  • Stop tax cuts for the rich: Call all three MoCs and demand that they oppose Trump’s tax scam. (script).
  • Deadline Monday for Net Neutrality: Ask both Senators to vote to fire FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who wants to kill Net Neutrality. You can say Hi, my name is [name]. I am calling from [zip code]. I am calling on [Senator] to vote against Chairman Pai’s nomination on Monday. He should not serve another five-year term on the FCC. The FCC plays a critical role in overseeing our communication infrastructure, and Chairman Pai’s actions are inconsistent with that mission. He has tried to roll back Net Neutrality, impacting the ability of average Americans to have equal and fair access to the internet. I am calling on [Senator] to vote NO on Chairman Pai. I will be monitoring the Senator’s vote on Monday.

Actions with other groups:

  • TODAY: Support voting rights with ACLU’s People Power. Attend a Let People Vote launch event in your neighborhood. RSVP now.
  • Tue 10/3: Curious about how we’ll pay for Medicare for All? Join People Demanding Action for a webcast featuring business leaders and health care experts to learn about the business case for Medicare for All. Sign up.