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
REGISTER NOW

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.

Latest attack on immigrant families

I know how much you care about the way immigrants are being punished by the Trump administration. This week, Republicans proposed a new regulation that would block immigrant families from having a permanent, secure future in the United States. Immigrants who legally access basic health supports, safe housing, and healthy food programs could be denied admission to the country or refused a green card. The proposed rule also makes clear that earning low wages, having children, or dealing with a medical condition could be held against immigrants seeking a permanent future in the United States.

This is the latest inhumane attack on the health and wellbeing of families across the country. But together, we can stop it.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Post a public comment to the Dept. of Homeland Security rejecting this rule. You’ll find a form and talking points here.


THREE WEEKS TO TAKE BACK OUR GOVERNMENT


Election day is less than 3 weeks away. Canvassing is the most effective voter outreach strategy, so Stand Up San Francisco is leading canvasses in Tracy every Saturday to take a House seat away from Republican Jeff Denham. Join us in our minivan, which Rachel calls “The Beast of the Resistance”, for a fun and vitally important day out.

Tracy GO Team 10/13
Saturday, October 13
10am – 3pm
Tracy, CA
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Coffee with Feinstein staff
Tuesday, October 16
10:30am – 11:30am
301 Mission Street (lobby area)
REGISTER NOW

Tracy GO Team 10/20
Saturday, October 20
10am – 3pm
Tracy, CA
REGISTER NOW

Stand Up SF October Meeting
Don’t miss this crucial meeting to discuss the upcoming election and the future of Stand Up San Francisco.

Sunday, October 21
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Bethany United Methodist Church — note new location!
1270 Sanchez Street
REGISTER NOW

Flip-the-House phone bank at Shannon’s
Wednesday, October 24 – Note date change
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
137 Crown Court #6
REGISTER NOW

Tracy GO Team 10/27
Saturday, October 27
10am – 3pm
Tracy, CA
REGISTER NOW

Resistathon is back!
Join fellow activists for a week of activities to support Democratic candidates, including phone banks, canvasses, postcard parties, and even an art show!
LEARN MORE AND SIGN UP

Don’t see an event that works for you? Sign up for one of these! You’ll see some familiar faces there, too.

It doesn’t have to be this way

Every day, about 40,000 people languish in US county jails and for-profit prisons, without the right to a phone call, an attorney, or a speedy trial. Some are children. All are detained immigrants. This system is funded by taxpayers – that’s you and me – to the tune of $2bn every year.

This was not always the case. Before the 1980s there were only about 30 to 3,000 people in immigration detention on a given day. But then in 1983 and 1984 two private prison companies were formed that lobbied for laws to expand immigration detention and our mass incarceration system.

It’s a cruel scam. It doesn’t have to be this way. Family reunification and bond funds are far less expensive and more effective, not to mention infinitely more humane.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Read and ponder this thoughtful interview with Christine Fialho of Freedom for Immigrants.

For extra credit, call Senator Harris and thank her for sponsoring the REUNITE Act. If you don’t want to call, try Resistbot.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Democracy Action Phone Banks
Every day till the midterms
Multiple locations
REGISTER NOW

SwingLeft CA-10
Every day till the midterms
Multiple locations
REGISTER NOW

Senator Harris Office Meeting
Tuesday, October 9
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
333 Bush Street
Suite 3325
San Francisco
REGISTER NOW

Tracy GO Team
Saturday, October 20
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201
Tracy CA
REGISTER NOW

Stand Up SF October Meeting
Sun, October 21, 2pm – 4pm
Bethany United Methodist Church
Sanchez and Clipper Streets
San Francisco
Note New Location!
REGISTER NOW

Thanks, as always, for all that you do.

Rachel

Prevent Trump from caging kids indefinitely

Some 500 children remain in immigrant detention centers, separated from their parents. The Trump administration’s response to this humanitarian crisis of its own making is to try to change the rules so that it can keep kids in jail indefinitely.

Our Congresswoman, Nancy Pelosi, has been outspoken in her condemnation of these heartless practices. Unfortunately, she has no input on the rules process. Fortunately, we do.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


The proposed rule change is here. Click the COMMENT NOW button to make your voice heard. Here’s a template, or you can browse the comments others have left.

Extra credit: Call Congresswoman Pelosi and thank her for fighting family separation.

Don’t like calls? Use Resistbot.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Tracy GO Team – Get out the vote!
Saturday, September 15
10am – 2pm
Tracy, CA
REGISTER NOW

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

Win November phone bank at Phyllis’s
Sunday, September 23
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
249 Jersey Street
REGISTER NOW

Thanks for all you do,

Rachel

Hundreds of children remain separated

Tomorrow marks four weeks since the deadline to reunite families separated at the border by the Trump administration. Yet when we spoke with June Williams at Senator Harris’ office last week, she told us that 539 children still needed to be reunited. Every day, the government is defying the courts.

For perhaps 366 of these children, reunification will be even more difficult. The administration has deported their parents, with no plans to stay in touch to give their children back.

Trump’s cruel and inhumane policy has traumatized and effectively orphaned these innocents. This humanitarian disaster is ongoing.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


We don’t often ask you to donate, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Here are three organizations we believe to be doing essential work in assisting separated families. These children are suffering. Please give what you can.

  • The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project is the only organization in Arizona that provides free legal and social services to detained men, women, and children under threat of deportation.
  • Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the International Rescue Committee is mobilizing to provide asylum-seeking families who have been released from immigration custody with critical aid.
  • RAICES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees in Texas.

UPCOMING EVENTS


Coffee with Senator Feinstein’s staff
Thursday, August 30
10am – 11am
301 Mission Street (lobby area)
REGISTER NOW

Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice
On September 8, thousands will march in San Francisco for the largest climate march the West Coast has ever seen. Join us as we hold our local leaders to account and demand that they walk the talk on climate action.
Saturday, September 8
9:30am
RSVP NOW

SF Fundraiser for Josh Harder in CA-10
Sunday, September 9
11am – 1pm
RSVP NOW

 

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

Thanks for all you do,

Rachel