Help California lead on Net neutrality

One thing that’s become very clear over the year-and-a-quarter we’ve spent talking to our Members of Congress is that we in California are leaders of progressive change. From marriage equality to tech innovation, as goes California, so goes the nation.

The December decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to repeal Obama-era rules on net neutrality gives Californians another opportunity to lead. SB 822, introduced by San Francisco’s own Scott Wiener, aims to be the strongest net neutrality policy in the country. Under SB 822, Internet service providers would not be allowed to block content or discriminate against sites, services or users.

Passing this bill would set a precedent and encourage Federal lawmakers to stand up to the FCC. Help California lead the way. Ask your State senators to support a free and open Internet.

Thank you for all that you do,

Rachel

UPCOMING EVENTS


Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi Office Action
Monday, April 9, 3-4pm
90 7th Street Suite 2-800
San Francisco
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Brown Bag Lunch with Feinstein Staff
Friday, April 20, 12-1pm
Note new location: 301 Mission Street (lobby area)
San Francisco
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Tracy Grassroots Organizing (GO) Team
Saturday, April 21, 11am-4pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201
Tracy
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Stand Up SF April Meeting
Sun, April 15, 2-4pm
Noe Valley Library
Guest speaker: Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, SF District 8
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Bringing people together

SUBJECT LINE: Bringing people together

The internet isn’t nearly so important as racial injustice and vanquishing white supremacy, nor smashing patriarchy, nor rescuing our planet from looters and climate vandals, nor feudal inequality: but EVERY ONE of those fights will be won or lost with the internet.
—Cory Doctorow

We have three weeks to protect free speech on the internet.

Comcast, Verizon and AT&T want to end net neutrality so they can control what we see and do online. Make no mistake: ending net neutrality would strangle activism and organizing, so much of which occurs online. It would also have personal effects for each of us who use the internet to work, socialize, and connect with others.

The current rules prohibit internet providers from censoring, throttling, and paid prioritization—”fast lanes” for sites that pay, and slow lanes for everyone else. Our reps are strong defenders of net neutrality, but they are under tremendous pressure to cave in or compromise. They need to hear from you that they must protect the free and open internet, and that you support their efforts to do so.

Congress votes on this issue on December 14th.

“Net neutrality is doomed if we’re silent,” says FCC Commnissioner Mignon Clyburn. “The only way to defend something is to weigh in.”


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call all three representatives and demand that they protect net neutrality. (call tool and script)

Not comfortable making phone calls? Try Resistbot, and send a fax to both Senators in under 2 minutes!

More ways to protect net neutrality:


JOIN YOUR STAND UP SF COMMUNITY


The internet’s biggest strength is bringing people together, and we’ve created a new way for you to come together with your fellow activists in Stand Up SF: a discussion group on Google. Announce events, socialize, share cat photos — get to know other members! If you haven’t received your invitation, email me to get started.

Did you know we have an event calendar? Now there’s an easy way to stay up to date on our events and activities, and you can sign up for an event directly from the calendar.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Senator Harris Office Visit
Thursday, November 30th
12pm
50 United Nations Plaza
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Stop the Trump Tax Heist
Join other Bay Area Indivisibles for the National Day of Action against the tax bill.
Monday, December 4th
12pm
50 United Nations Plaza
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Brown Bag Lunch with Sen. Feinstein Staff
Monday, December 11th
12pm
Rooftop garden (weather permitting), Crocker Galleria
50 Post St
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Protect activists and journalists from government spying

At the end of 2017, one of the National Security Administration’s most important legal powers will expire. Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act gives the government the authority to target anyone outside the US for surveillance. Right now, the government uses this law against Americans and sweeps up private information obtained from hundreds of millions of our emails, text messages, instant messages, video chats, and more.

Trump wants Congress to extend Section 702 without any reforms and it’s time for Congress to tell him NO.

Senator Feinstein, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, will be a key vote for reform. Last week, she sponsored an amendment requiring the government to get a warrant to search through information about people in the U.S. Without this reform, there is little that stops the government from using Section 702 to improperly target journalists, activists, or communities of color for surveillance.

Sen. Feinstein needs to hear from you — she has to oppose efforts by the Trump Administration and others to extend this law without reform.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Senator Feinstein and ask her to:

  • Support the bipartisan USA RIGHTS Act, which reforms Section 702
  • Reject Sen. Burr’s bill to extend Section 702 without reforms

Not comfortable making phone calls? Try Resistbot, and send a fax to both Senators in under 2 minutes!


UPCOMING EVENTS


Don’t miss our November general meeting! We’ll hear about our latest “off the record” events with Congressional and Senate staff, learn about how to champion progressive legislation in California with guest speaker from Indivisible SF’s CaStateStrong, and plan our holiday party. Hope to see you there!

November General Meeting
Sunday, November 12th
12:30 – 2:30pm —please note the earlier start time
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street
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Thanks for all you do.

Democrats are winning

I wanted to be sure you saw this interview with our Congresswoman, Nancy Pelosi, about the new Washington.

“We didn’t win the elections, but we’ve won every fight,” she said about the legislative agenda. “We’ve won every fight on the omnibus spending bill — you know the appropriations bills and the rest. You look at everything, they have no victories!”

Make no mistake, you are part of that. We are part of that.

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Here’s a fight it should be easy to win: getting aid to Puerto Rico. The island is an unincorporated U.S. territory — an area controlled by the United States government which is not part of the United States. In other words, it’s a colony. Puerto Ricans are by law natural-born citizens of the United States, and yet in his vile tweets this week, Trump is trying to paint them as yet another group of brown people who don’t deserve help, and even blaming them for the destruction they’ve experienced in this season’s dreadful hurricanes.

The US Army Corps of Engineers is comparing the situation on the ground in Puerto Rico to what they saw in Iraq after the US invasion. Millions are without food, water, and power while troops wait fruitlessly for orders to provide relief. Private aid organizations are trying to fill the gaps, but what’s really needed is a massive response from the government. And instead of sending help, and worse than being silent, the head of our government is firing off insults.

Meanwhile, the House will vote on its budget resolution this Thursday, and the Senate will mark up its resolution Wednesday and Thursday. These budgets cut critical services and would force deep cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security down the road. All to give massive tax cuts to the rich and corporations, and will destabilize our economy even further.

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Outraged? Bring your concerns to your MoCs at our upcoming actions. Can’t make it? Send us your top issues to take to the senators.

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And join our next all-hands meeting to meet a guest speaker from Swing Left and learn what you can do to help elect Democrats in 2018. We’ll also be kicking off a broader discussion about Stand Up SF’s focus over the next year, so don’t miss out. We want to hear from you!

Stand Up SF October Meeting
Sunday, October 15th
2pm – 4pm
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This week’s Stand Up SF actions:

  • Help Puerto Rico: Call all three MoCs and ask them to provide an emergency relief package for the victims of Hurricane Maria and to permanently rescind the Jones Act, an antiquated law that has made it difficult for supplies to reach the Island of Puerto Rico. You can say “Hi, my name is [name]. I’m calling from [city/zip code]. I am calling because I am very concerned about Puerto Ricans who are still without food and water. I am asking [MoC/Senator] to immediately pass an aid package to provide disaster relief to communities affected by Hurricane Maria, before the October recess. This package should provide adequate funding to respond to immediate needs, like food and water, as well as longer term needs like the years of rebuilding that will be required. She should push for a full disaster declaration for Puerto Rico and request that matching funds requirements for relief be waived. [MoC/Senator] should also add additional supplemental relief funds to the FAA authorization bill. Finally, please introduce legislation to permanently rescind the Jones Act so that aid can always reach our Island territories in times of crisis.”
  • Stop tax cuts for the rich: Call all three MoCs and demand that they oppose Trump’s tax scam. (script).
  • Deadline Monday for Net Neutrality: Ask both Senators to vote to fire FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who wants to kill Net Neutrality. You can say Hi, my name is [name]. I am calling from [zip code]. I am calling on [Senator] to vote against Chairman Pai’s nomination on Monday. He should not serve another five-year term on the FCC. The FCC plays a critical role in overseeing our communication infrastructure, and Chairman Pai’s actions are inconsistent with that mission. He has tried to roll back Net Neutrality, impacting the ability of average Americans to have equal and fair access to the internet. I am calling on [Senator] to vote NO on Chairman Pai. I will be monitoring the Senator’s vote on Monday.

Actions with other groups:

  • TODAY: Support voting rights with ACLU’s People Power. Attend a Let People Vote launch event in your neighborhood. RSVP now.
  • Tue 10/3: Curious about how we’ll pay for Medicare for All? Join People Demanding Action for a webcast featuring business leaders and health care experts to learn about the business case for Medicare for All. Sign up.