Celebrate a win on gun reform

You did it. The Democratic House just passed the first major gun legislation in a generation. Of course, the bill now moves to the Senate, which is unlikely to pass it. But these kinds of bills send a message to the administration, and to America, that progressives will no longer tolerate inaction on gun control. This would have been impossible without our midterm gains. It would have been impossible without you.

This victory demonstrates the importance of the work you have done, and the importance of the work that remains. As Michael Cohen reminded us today, if Trump doesn’t lose the presidency in 2020, there may never be another peaceful transfer of power in the USA. We must keep fighting.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Nancy Pelosi and thank her for voting Yes on H.R. 1296, To regulate assault weapons.

Ban assault weapons now

The March for Our Lives went dark last week. The young survivors of the Parkland massacre have done extraordinary work in moving the conversation on gun control, but they needed time to grieve and heal.

They can’t do this alone. They need our help. Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline has introduced an assault weapons ban, the first since Senator Feinstein’s in 1994. It already has a record number of co-sponsors.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Nancy Pelosi and ask her to vote Yes on H.R. 1296, To regulate assault weapons.

Thank Harris and Feinstein for these surprise wins

It’s another hectic and confusing news week, but let’s highlight some good news, just in time for the holidays:

  • Lynching is now a federal crime, thanks to the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act, which passed the Senate unanimously. The Act was sponsored by Cory Booker, Tim Scott and our own Kamala Harris
  • When the GOP tried to bundle the Israel Anti-Boycott Act with the appropriations bill, Bernie Sanders and our own Dianne Feinstein wrote a sharp letter of rebuke
  • And while it’s too late to save the people who have already been killed in mass shootings enabled by these devices, bump stocks have finally been banned

Your advocacy gives our Senators the political cover to do what’s right. Thank you.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Senator Harris and thank her for speaking up for victims of lynching. Call Senator Feinstein and thank her for defending free speech, and for her long and principled track record on common sense gun laws.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Get ready for the Women’s March!
Saturday, January 19
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Stand Up SF will be leading a contingent this year. Save the date!

Stand Up SF General Meeting
Sunday, January 20
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street
REGISTER NOW

 

Have a wonderful holiday, and thanks for all you do,

Rachel

No more mass shootings

Today I learned that Trump likely collaborated with the NRA on his presidential campaign. That makes me sick to my stomach.

The NRA’s political clout has resulted in more mass shootings every year. This is just business to the NRA, who want to sell more guns and freely buy politicans to do it. Meanwhile, children are murdered in schools, women are murdered at work and at home, and the carnage is terrifying to contemplate.

We’ll run the House in 2019. It’s time to demand that our leaders stop enabling this horror.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call all three MOCs and tell them not to gut our gun laws (handy script here), and thank them for not taking money from the NRA.

Don’t like making calls? Use Resistbot.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Interfaith Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence
TODAY at 2:00 PM
St. Ignatius Church
630 Parker Avenue
Join Mayor London Breed, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, and organizations like Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America to honor victims of gun violence and learn what can be done to address this tragedy.
Learn more and sign up

Meeting with Feinstein Staff
Thursday, December 13
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
One Post Street, Suite 2450
REGISTER NOW

Get ready for the Women’s March!
Saturday, January 19
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Stand Up SF will be leading a contingent this year. Save the date!

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