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
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SwingLeft CA-10
Every day till the midterms
Multiple locations
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Senator Harris Office Meeting
Tuesday, October 9
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
333 Bush Street
Suite 3325
San Francisco
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Tracy GO Team
Saturday, October 20
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201
Tracy CA
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Stand Up SF October Meeting
Sun, October 21, 2pm – 4pm
Bethany United Methodist Church
Sanchez and Clipper Streets
San Francisco
Note New Location!
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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
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Stand Up SF September Meeting
Sunday, September 16
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Noe Valley Library
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Win November phone bank at Phyllis’s
Sunday, September 23
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
249 Jersey Street
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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)
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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
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Thanks for all you do,

Rachel

Free Trump’s child hostages

Family separation isn’t over. Hundreds of parents who were separated from their children at the border have been deported. In a ghastly parody of justice, toddlers have had to appear for themselves in immigration court.

The court-imposed deadline for reunifying children under five with their families was July 10. As of today, 45 little kids remain in prison. The deadline for the rest of these families is tomorrow. Safe to say it won’t be met either.

The Helsinki summit was a horror show and Trump’s rhetoric is increasingly apocalyptic, but despite the punishing news cycle, we cannot forget these children.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call all three of our representatives TODAY. Insist on consequences if and when the administration misses tomorrow’s deadline. Use Resistbot if you prefer.


STAND UP SF TAKES BACK CONGRESS


Our power can flip the House (and maybe the Senate) by electing progressive leaders who represent our values, but only if every one of us does our part. If you’ve been phone- and text-banking and canvassing already, keep up the good work. If you haven’t begun, it’s time to start.

Sign up for Stand Up SF’s very first phone bank on August 5th. Join our members and Democracy Action to flip a Senate seat, or sign up to phone bank from home with Indivisible’s calling tools. They’ll give you all the training you need.

UPCOMING EVENTS


Coffee with Senator Feinstein’s staff
Friday, July 27
10am – 11am
301 Mission Street (lobby area)
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Phone Bank for US Senate
Sunday, August 5
1pm- 5pm
2624 3rd Street
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SF Fundraiser for Josh Harder in CA-10
Help the Democratic nominee unseat Republican Jeff Denham in California’s 10th congressional district.
Sunday, September 9
11am – 1pm
Details: Email actionsfsolidarity@gmail.com

Stand Up SF August Meeting
Guest speaker from Swing Left
Sunday, August 19
2pm – 4pm
Noe Valley Library
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Thanks, as ever, for everything you do,

Rachel

This is a fight we can win.

Trump announces his Supreme Court nominee tomorrow. It doesn’t matter who it is, they will be terrible: committed to overturning Roe v. Wade and attacking the Affordable Care Act, voting rights, environmental protections, and LGBTQ+ rights.

Indivisible is fighting this nomination nationwide alongside many other civil rights groups. This is going to be a hard one to win: we need to get 51 senators (including two Republicans) to refuse to confirm any nominee. But we can win. It will require massive, sustained, collective action.

I’m proud to say our action at Sen. Harris’ office this week is fully booked, and we will be speaking out in coalition with members of NARAL to drive home the importance of this fight. But there’s a call we still need to make.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Senator Feinstein and ask what she is doing to make sure Democratic senators refuse Trump’s nominees, and how she is securing Republican votes.


JOIN THE RESIST-A-THON


From July 9 through July 15th Swing Left SF and the San Francisco Resistance Coalition are hosting a week-long Resist-A-ThonSign up for any of the events below: 


STAND UP SF TAKES BACK CONGRESS


We’re offering a new option this week to get out the vote from your home: sign up to call or text with ACLU’s People Power. Stand Up SF Member Kathleen says, “I have enjoyed doing it. It is a great start to texting because the audience is so supportive.” Sign up today!


UPCOMING EVENTS


Stand Up SF July General Meeting
Bring a friend next Sunday to meet CARA, the California Alliance for Retired Americans. Learn about their Senior Vote 2018 initiative, and how you can become a Senior Ambassador to win back Congress this November. And plan to join us at Philz Coffee to socialize after the meeting!
Sunday, July 15
2pm – 4pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street
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Grassroots Organizing (GO) Team in Tracy
Canvassing is the most effective way to get Democratic votes! Join us:
Saturday, July 21
11am – 4pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201
Tracy CA
REGISTER NOW and we’ll follow up with details.

Coffee with Senator Feinstein’s staff
Friday, July 27
10am – 11am
301 Mission Street (lobby area)
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