Putting the Pressure on Gunmakers

Like many of you, I was proud to join yesterday in the March For Our Lives protest in the heart of San Francisco. You’ve probably seen the coverage of the brave Parkland teens in Washington speaking up — and I can tell you that yesterday in San Francisco we were taught about conscience and the value of protecting lives, from those we thought it was our role to teach:

We join them in pledging to do all we can to keep our school and communities safe.

 


PUT PRESSURE ON GUNMAKERS RIGHT NOW


One of the most impressive — and historically effective — actions yesterday’s speakers emphasized was divestment from gun manufacturers.

Taking the financial power away has worked with apartheid. It has worked with oil. It will work with companies that create tools of mass slaughter. And you can do it right now.

Start with the nation’s major investment firms and demand that they use their shareholder strength to rein in gunmakers. Easy scripts and contact tools are at:

YouFundGuns.com 

Investments in gun manufacturers are often hidden in mutual funds. But that information is easy to find, if you look for it. In fact, one site offers easy analysis:

Goodbye Gun Stocks: Divestment Made Easy

Finally, make sure that you know whether you’re holding ownership in a particular gunmaker’s stock with this list:

Publicly Traded Firearm and Electronic Weapon Stocks

As appallingly immoral as it might sound, these companies make their decisions based not on their affect on human lives, but on the bottom line. We the people have the power to ensure that making it easy for people to kill is no longer financially viable.

Our future will be safer.

–Paul

Let’s march for our lives

We woke up yesterday morning to the wrenching news of yet another school shooting. Student Mollie Davis tweeted:

Hi Twitter. I am in Great Mills HS. My school is on a very real lockdown threat and there’s already someone possibly dead. Please pray for us.

Our lawmakers are in thrall to the gun manufacturer’s lobby – a group that no longer even pretends to represent the interests of responsible gun owners. In particular, an overwhelming majority of Americans support background checks. Yet the NRA and their puppets in Congress allow the killings to go on.

Thanks in large part to the courageous teenagers who survived the massacre in Parkland, Florida, though, it finally feels as if change is possible.

ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Instead of crying we are speaking. Instead of mourning we are protesting. And instead of waiting, the youth across the Bay Area are making our voices heard about gun violence.

Join the March for Our Lives at 1pm at Civic Center this Saturday, March 24:

UPCOMING EVENTS


Senator Harris Office Visit
Wednesday, April 4, 3pm – 4pm
NEW ADDRESS: 333 Bush Street, Suite 3325
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Congresswoman Pelosi Office Action
Monday, April 9, 3pm – 4pm
90 7th Street, Suite 2-800
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Stand Up SF April Meeting
Sunday, April 15, 2pm – 4pm
Noe Valley Library
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Brown bag lunch with Senator Feinstein staff
Friday, April 20, 12noon – 1pm
NEW VENUE: 301 Mission Street (lobby area)
REGISTER NOW

Tracy Grassroots Organizing (GO) Team
Join Stand Up SF, Swing Left, and Tracy Democrats to get out the vote and flip a house seat!
Saturday, April 21, 11am – 3pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201, Tracy CA
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Lives are more important than guns.

Our monthly meeting today featured a conversation with Ellen Ginsberg from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. We discussed the current state of gun legislation in America, and Ellen updated us on where we can best focus our activist energies to stop the scourge of American gun violence, notably by opposing the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Actand supporting legislation requiring universal background checks (supported by over 90% of Americans).


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


The National Rifle Association has for decades been an overtly political lobbying organization, buying their influence over politicians to promote the maximum profit on gun sales while jeopardizing dozens of lives every day due to gun violence.

As such, the NRA has no reasonable claim as a “tax-exempt social welfare organization.” So help strip them of this designation and hit the NRA where it lives: its pocketbook.

Revoke the NRA’s 501c4 Tax Exemption

File the IRS Complaint about the NRA

And while you’re at it, call Senators Feinstein and Harris and Leader Pelosi and thank them for supporting universal background checks for gun purchases.


GOOD NEWS


The national conversation about the Trump agenda is changing in our favor. Here are some stories you might have missed:

Maine House GOP candidate who insulted Parkland students drops out

Republicans warn Trump: Leave Mueller alone


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UPCOMING EVENTS


Senator Kamala Harris Office Action
April 4, 3-4pm
333 Bush Street, Suite 3225
San Francisco
(Registration forthcoming)

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi Office Action
Week of April 9
90 7th Street
Suite 2-800
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Registration forthcoming)

Brown Bag Lunch with Feinstein Staff
Friday, April 20, 2018, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
301 Mission Street (lobby area)
Note new location
REGISTER NOW

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Stand Up SF April Meeting
Sunday, April 15, 2pm – 4pm
Noe Valley Library

REGISTER NOW

Thanks for all that you do,
Paul

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

The shootings can be stopped

I couldn’t write to you about gun control last week, because it was much too close to home. My older daughter is 15 years old, the same age as many of the victims of last week’s school massacre in Parkland, FL. As it happens my younger daughter, then 7, was the same age as many of the victims of the 2012 school massacre in Sandy Hook, CT. That’s not as much of a coincidence as it sounds, because there are so many school massacres in the USA.

We can’t afford despair. Our Senator, Dianne Feinstein, deserves our gratitude for her unceasing efforts to ban bump stocks and assault weapons. Survivors and newly minted student activists like Cameron KaskyDavid HoggEmma González, and Sarah Chadwick, are harnessing Twitter to express their grief and outrage. Let’s amplify their brave, irreplaceable voices. They are behind the March for Our Lives – nationwide, co-ordinated protests planned for Saturday, March 24, 2018. Sign up for San Francisco’s event here.

The USA is the only developed nation that suffers from this scourge. There is hope. In 1996, my home country of Australia suffered a shockingly brutal atrocity in Port Arthur, Tasmania. In becoming the springboard for sweeping, highly effective gun control, Port Arthur was the last massacre of its kind. May the legacy of Parkland be the same.

ENDORSEMENT VOTE

At our February meeting, after substantive and thoughtful discussion, Stand Up SF members voted overwhelmingly to focus on our existing activities – Member of Congress meetings and Get Out The Vote efforts with SwingLeft – rather than endorsing candidates in the 2018 elections.We can revisit this decision at any time, but for now, it frees up our scarce time and resources.

  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