The most important thing

What’s the most important issue in your life? Are you most concerned about keeping your health care, Medicare, and Social Security? Are you most concerned that people of all religions and races are safe from violence? Are you most concerned about climate change?

Whatever your most important issue is, the most important thing you can do right now is to get Democrats to vote, to protect that thing, and everything you hold dear.

Direct contact with voters is the most effective tool we have to ensure Democrats vote, and the more Democrats vote, the more elections we win.

I’ll be phone banking today with Democracy Action, and I’m inviting you to join me.



ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Sign up for today’s phone bank, or any phone bank over the next three critical days.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Phone Bank with Democracy Action
Sunday, November 4
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – or drop in anytime!
Harrington Galleries
599 Valencia Street
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Meeting with Feinstein Staff
Thursday, November 15
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
One Post Street, Suite 2450
REGISTER NOW

Stand Up SF November Meeting
Discuss election outcomes and our next steps.
Sunday, November 18
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Bethany United Methodist Church — note new location!
1270 Sanchez Street
REGISTER NOW

Thanks for all you do,

Laura

P.S. Did you miss the voting party? Check out these resources Paul compiled about local and state ballot measures.

Our best chance to stop police violence

Good news! Last month, I asked you to tell your Assembly members to support police reform in California. Now, two police reform bills have passed and are on Governor Brown’s desk awaiting his signature. AB 3131 limits police militarization, and SB 1421 would open police misconduct records to the public. Our governor has just one week to sign these bills, and you can help make that happen.

Stand with communities of color who have joined the ACLU and Indivisible to sponsor this critical legislation.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Jerry Brown at 1-833-522-8923 and tell him to sign AB 3131 and SB 1421 into law. You can say Police accountability is crucial to stop violence against Californians of color and protect all of our communities.

Use Resistbot if you prefer.


JUST SIX WEEKS TO TAKE BACK CONGRESS!


We’re ramping up our get-out-the-vote efforts from now through election day. That means we’re temporarily ramping down our MoC office visits. Sign up to canvass or phone bank instead!


UPCOMING EVENTS


Senator Harris office visit
Tuesday, October 9
1pm – 2pm
333 Bush Street, Suite 3325
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Flip-the-House phone bank at Shannon’s
Wednesday, October 17
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
137 Crown Court #6
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Tracy GO Team – Get out the vote!
Saturday, October 20
10am – 3pm
Tracy, CA
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Stand Up SF October Meeting
Sunday, October 21
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Bethany United Methodist Church — note new location!
1270 Sanchez Street
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Don’t see a phone bank that works for you? Sign up for one of these! You’ll see some familiar faces there, too.

Stop the killing

We have a great opportunity now to hold police officers acountable for planting evidence, sexually assaulting, or killing members of the public. We are closer than ever to lifting the veil of police secrecy with Senate Bill 1421. This bill would give the public access to records of police misconduct, including use of deadly force, and it’s up for a vote in the California Assembly this week.

In addition, the Assembly will vote on AB 931, which updates California police’s deadly use of force standard. Under AB 931, police would only be allowed to use deadly force if there were no reasonable alternatives available and if there was an imminent threat to the officer or another person’s safety.

For decades, our communities, especially communities of color, have demanded accountability for police violence. We have the chance to make a real difference by acting now.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Assemblymembers David Chiu and Phil Ting and tell them to support AB 1421 and AB 931 (call scripts).

Want to go the extra mile? Join the ACLU and sign up to be a rapid responder to mobilize in Sacramento this week when the Assembly votes!


UPCOMING EVENTS


TODAY: #StopKavanaugh Rally
Join NARAL, Mayor London Breed, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and more!
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Civic Center
LEARN MORE AND SIGN UP

Coffee with Feinstein staff
This event needs more people! Please attend if you can.
Thursday, August 30
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
301 Mission Street
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Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice
Join the Stand Up SF contingent of the biggest climate march ever!
Saturday, September 8
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Meet at Philz Coffee, 1 Front St., Annex Suite 100
REGISTER NOW

Phone Bank for Josh Harder in CA-10
Sunday, September 9
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
1436 Taylor Street
REGISTER

Stand Up SF September Meeting
Sunday, September 16
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Noe Valley Library
REGISTER NOW

We will not stop resisting

We were cautiously happy when we heard that Democratic leaders today struck a tentative deal with Trump to protect DACA recipients from deportation in exchange for increased spending on border security (but not a wall). We now wait for details, and are hoping to see a fast track to permanent citizenship for these young people.

A team from Stand Up SF met with Congresswoman Pelosi’s office this week. Here are the talking points we went in with, and the discussion that ensued. Many thanks to Kathleen who led the action for us, and to all the Stand Up SF volunteers who work behind the scenes to make these visits easy and productive, like our policy team and our Member of Congress trackers.

In other developments this week, the Justice Dept announced that none of the Baltimore officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray would face federal charges. This follows similar decisions in two other civil rights investigations this year where men died at the hands of police officers: Alton Sterling, a black man shot to death in Louisiana, and James Boyd, a mentally ill man shot to death in New Mexico. This is very disturbing, especially in light of Trump’s July remarks where he urged the police not to be “too nice” in transporting  suspects.

On the unfolding saga of Russia interfering with our elections, this week we learned that Russia used Facebook to organize anti-immigrant rallies on U.S. soil. This on top of using social media bots and fake accounts to spread fake news harmful to Clinton.

This week Congress also passed a bi-partisan resolution calling on Trump to condemn hate groups, in response to his “on many sides” shameful defense of white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

I will close with something Charles Blow said so well:

“We, patriots, will not stop resisting this destruction. It is we who will Make America Great Again by trying to limit the damage Trump can do to us.”

Stand Up SF actions:

  • The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has given preliminary permission for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to begin routinely destroying 11 types of records, including those related to sexual assault by guards, substandard medical care, overuse of solitary confinement, threats and physical assault by custody staff, and even death while in custody. The proposal is open for public comment through Friday 9/15. Here is an easy way to submit a comment.
  • H.R. 2810 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA) has passed the House and is up for a Senate vote soon. It authorizes $700B in war-mongering (base budget of $632B for the DoD and the national
    security programs of the DoE, $60B for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), $8B add’l requested for “other defense activities.”). We are concerned about dumping billions into defense while stripping critical programs from our citizens. Call both Senators about this (script).
  • And speaking of war, Trump has an itchy trigger finger and unrestricted power to launch nuclear weapons at will. S. 200 – Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017 would require a congressional declaration of war in order to use nuclear weapons, except in response to an incoming nuclear attack. Call and ask Senator Harris to cosponsor the bill (Sen Feinstein already has).

Troubled by the direction our country is taking? Come to our next monthly meeting and help steer and power our resistance!

Zombie TrumpCare rises again

It’s hard to believe, but Senate Republicans are trying to bring TrumpCare back from the dead again. Not much is known about the new bill (surprise, surprise) but we know it would once again destroy Medicaid. The GOP has only until September 30 to pass this toxic bill, and we know it’s going to be a tough fight, particularly as Senator John McCain has said he would support it. Get your dialing finger ready.

Trump is trying to torpedo the Affordable Care Act whether TrumpCare passes or not. His latest maneuver is to withdraw funding for the outreach necessary to promote the ACA and help Americans sign up — which especially affects the most vulnerable populations such as non-English speakers and those who don’t have Internet access. This is just the most recent attack on critical programs for Americans, and is sadly consistent with Trump’s budget priorities, which include cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP, education, and Pell grants.

DACA recipients are still reeling from last week’s horrible announcement, and now the House is expected to vote this Tuesday on a bill that criminalizes immigrants, including those fleeing gang violence, and allows more of them to be detained and deported. It also affects vulnerable populations such as asylum seekers, TPS holders, and unaccompanied children. This is the kind of legislation that makes it easier than ever for ICE to terrorize immigrants and encourages others to turn away rather than offering support and demanding justice.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Irma is pounding Florida and Betsy DeVos is trying to remove sexual assault protections on college campuses.

There are a lot of places to direct your passion right now. Stay focused on the issues that matter most to you, and don’t forget to take care of yourself.

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Hopping mad about any of the above? Join us at Congresswoman Pelosi’s office this week to find out what she’s doing to make sure TrumpCare stays dead, and to protect Americans from Trump’s deadly budget cuts. If you can’t make it, submit your ideas for talking points to policy@standupsf.net.

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Bring a friend to our next meeting! Come to hear guest speaker Rafael Mandelman, President of San Francisco City College’s Board, talk about the resistance movement and how it’s shaping our communities in the Bay Area.

Stand Up SF September Meeting
Sunday, September 17th
2pm – 4pm
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This week’s Stand Up SF actions

  • Kill TrumpCare and defend the ACA: Tell all three MoCs that you appreciate their efforts to defend the ACA and protect Americans’ health care. You can say “I want the [Congresswoman/Senator] to know that I appreciate her ongoing work to defend the ACA. I am counting on her to work against Graham-Cassidy, the latest version of TrumpCare, and want to know what she’s doing to offset Trump’s sabotage of the ACA, such as cutting funding for outreach.”
  • Defend DACA recipients: Tell all three MoCs that you want the Dream Act attached to every must-pass bill in Congress. (background and scripts)
  • Don’t let Congress criminalize immigrants: Call Congresswoman Pelosi and tell her to vote no on H.R. 3697, the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act. You can say “Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in San Francisco. I am concerned that H.R. 3697 will make vulnerable immigrants who are trying to escape gang violence into ICE targets. Let’s not punish asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, and others who are especially vulnerable. Please vote no on H.R. 3697.”
  • Protect Americans from dangerous budget cuts: Call both Senators and tell them to oppose any budget any resolution that makes cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, or SNAP, and doesn’t offset tax cuts with new revenue or closing loopholes. (explainer and script)

Actions with other groups

  • Tue 9/12: Protect San Franciscans from police violence. At this meeting, the San Francisco Police Comission will consider a proposal by Chief Scott to arm SFPD with Tasers. Come out and voice your concerns.
  • Wed 9/13: Join Swing Left’s monthly meeting to prepare to canvass and register voters in the red district of San Joaquin County. RSVP.
  • Protect voting rights: Join the ACLU’s national voting rights campaign. Sign up to send text messages and help recruit for this vital effort.

Thanks for all you do.

Laura