No more deaths

No one should have to risk death in their search for a better life. Nor should anyone be punished for trying to save lives.

Yet 8000 people have died on our Southern border since the 1990s. And now, unbelievably, people are facing prosecution for helping those in need.

Volunteers from our organization, No More Deaths/No Más Muertes, hike year-round along remote trails in the Arizona section of the Sonoran Desert, which spans Arizona, California and northwestern Mexico. We leave water, food, blankets and other basic necessities along the desert’s migration corridors.

But the federal government is trying to make our humanitarian aid criminal.

Trials begin next Tuesday, January 15. This government would outlaw human kindness. We will not be intimidated.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Elizabeth Strange, First Assistant US Attorney for Arizona, at (520) 620-7419, and ask her to drop all charges against the nine No More Deaths volunteers. There’s a sample script here.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Senator Feinstein Office Action
Tuesday, January 15
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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Join us for the Women’s March!
Saturday, January 19
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Stand Up SF will be leading a contingent this year.
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Stand Up SF General Meeting
Sunday, January 20
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street
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Thanks for all you do,

Rachel

Nielsen must answer for the deaths of children

His name was Felipe Alonzo-Gomez. He traveled here from Guatemala. On December 18, he and his father were apprehended outside El Paso, Texas and taken into custody by the Customs and Border Patrol. On December 24, Felipe was pronounced dead. He was eight years old.

He is the second child to have died in CBP custody this month. Jakelin Caal Maquin lost her life only ten days earlier. She was seven. These tragedies were preventable. For months now, humanitarian groups have been sounding the alarm about the inhumane conditions in which asylum seekers are held.

Today, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen admitted that her department’s catastrophic new policies have driven the system to “a breaking point”Nielsen and the president must answer for the loss of Felipe and Jakelin.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call all three members of Congress and demand that they renew calls for Secretary Nielsen to be fired.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Whose House? Our House! Indivisible Day of Action
Thursday, January 3
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Federal Building, 90 7th Street
Indivisible SF invites you to celebrate winning The House (and Leader Pelosi regaining her Speakership) and raise your voice for a progressive agenda in 2019.
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Join us for the Women’s March!
Saturday, January 19
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Stand Up SF will be leading a contingent this year.
REGISTER NOW

Stand Up SF General Meeting
Sunday, January 20
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street
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Thanks for all you do,

Rachel

Don’t let VAWA lapse

Scenes of border agents illegally tear-gassing women and children made for a sombre Thanksgiving holiday this year. It’s hard to know how to respond to such atrocities. What we can be thankful for is that our own Senators have already condemned these actions. (Nancy Pelosi has been a little busy this week getting nominated for the Speakership with overwhelming support. Much more on that to come.)

As ever, this administration’s failings force us to remain vigilant on multiple fronts. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) won a short-term reauthorization earlier this year, but that lapses on December 7th.

You may remember that this law was Joe Biden’s signature legislative achievement, and his tacit apology for his shabby treatment of Anita Hill in the confirmation hearings for Clarence Thomas. Christine Blasey Ford’s courageous testimony against Brett Kavanaugh is a sobering reminder of how little has changed.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call all three MoCs and ask them to vote YES on H.R. 6545: The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2018.

Don’t like making calls? Use Resistbot.

Standing up for every person

This holiday season I am grateful for each and every one of you, and for all your hard work since the 2016 election. With a Democratic-held Congress, we are in a better position to resist the Trump agenda.

At the same time, let’s remember that families who have broken no law remain in detention at the border.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Write: ICE Deputy Director, Ron Vitiello.

Script: I’m writing in solidarity with the American Immigration Council (AIC), American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Dilley Pro Bono Project, and Amnesty International, urging ICE to release five mothers and their children, as well as 33 other families in prolonged detention at Dilley. Refusal to release asylum seekers wastes taxpayer dollars and violates U.S. obligations under human rights and refugee laws. ICE must stop detaining legal asylum seekers in indefinite detention with their children and instead release them to await asylum hearings according to former protocols.

Address: ICE, 500 12th St., SW, Washington, D.C. 20536

Protect immigrant families, and win in Mississippi

As most of us make plans to spend the holidays with our loved ones, thousands of migrant families and children remain apart due to Trump’s inhumane family separation policy. Let’s call our Members of Congress and remind them to vote against any spending bill that contains funding for ICE/CBP detention centers, deportation forces, or his stupid wall (script). Encourage them to re-adopt successful, cost-effective programs like the Family Case Management Program instead.

Not comfortable making phone calls? Try Resistbot and send emails instead!


ONE MORE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


The election isn’t over! there are still chances to help out Mike Espy in Mississippi, without having to venture out in the smoke. You can text and call for his runoff campaign from the comfort of your own home — sign up here.

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Our hearts are absolutely breaking for the fire victims. Learn how you can help evacuees of the Camp Fire.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Please join Democracy Action next Sunday at a phone bank for Mike Espy! I’ll be there from 1 to 5.  Stop by for a while if you can!

Holiday Party
Saturday, December 1
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The home of Aina S.
1436 Taylor Street
REGISTER NOW, and please sign up to bring a food item — almost everyone’s bringing wine so far!

Stand Up SF General Meeting – RESCHEDULED
Discuss election outcomes and our next steps.
Sunday, December 2
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Bethany United Methodist Church — note new location!
1270 Sanchez Street
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Meeting with Sen. Feinstein Staff
Thursday, December 13
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
One Post Street, Suite 2450
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