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
REGISTER NOW

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

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
REGISTER NOW

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.