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.

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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

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
REGISTER NOW

Congresswoman Pelosi Office Action
Monday, April 9, 3pm – 4pm
90 7th Street, Suite 2-800
REGISTER NOW

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

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
REGISTER NOW

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