Who gave Kushner clearance?

Last week it emerged that the president ordered the White House Chief of Staff to approve top-secret clearance for Jared Kushner, despite serious concerns from the CIA and the FBI. This was after Kushner lied about his meetings with a Russian lawyer, the Russian ambassador and the head of a Russian bank in his original application for security clearance.

As a result of this interference, Kushner has privileged access to sensitive information about the USA’s interests. Do you trust him to handle these secrets responsibly, in his closed-door meetings with Saudi Arabia? I certainly do not.

Who does the president think he is, to override the best advice of the intelligence community in so serious a matter of national security?


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Nancy Pelosi and ask her to employ all the powers of Congressional oversight to uncover the truth about Jared Kushner. Shy on the phone? Resistbot is your friend.


We have a brand new shipment of sturdy tote bags, manufactured ethically in the USA, bearing the Stand Up San Francisco logo. Tote bags will be available at general meetings; pay what you can. Huge thanks to member Laura for design and coordination!


We know we’re behind on Slack invitations. If you’re still waiting, please let me know at rachel@standupsf.net. My apologies for the delay.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Senator Feinstein Office Action
Friday, March 15
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Stand Up SF General Meeting
Sunday, March 17
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street
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Senator Harris Office Visit
Wednesday, March 20
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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Thanks for all you do,

Rachel

New leadership

THANK YOU for all your work over the past two years to hold our leaders accountable and to build a blue wave. Because of you, we have a Democratic majority in the House. Here in California, Josh Harder has pulled ahead of Republican Jeff Denham in District 10, where we fought so hard.

And our victory totally changed the game: Democrats have agenda-setting power. They can pass legislation. They can use investigatory and subpoena power. They can act as a check on this administration. This is hugely powerful.

So we need a new game plan! Indivisible is coming out with a new playbook, Indivisible on Offense, that we’ll share with you soon. And Stand Up San Francisco is changing, too: Paul and I are rotating out of leadership at the end of the year, and Rachel will be joined by Shannon C., whom many of you know from her stalwart participation in MoC visits. Here are a few words from Shannon:

SUSF has always been a safe space of sorts for me. I have always appreciated the combination of a drama-free environment and the fellowship of our passionate, well-informed, thoughtful members. To top it all off, it’s also the best option I have found to effectively communicate with my MOC’s on a regular basis! Paul and Laura have done an invaluable service in creating the strong foundation for this group, and we all truly owe them a huge debt of gratitude. (Thank you so much, Paul and Laura!)

I am really honored to be tasked with the responsibility of helping to lead this great group. This moment in time is very exciting. We have turned a corner, and the hard work we have put in will start paying dividends. With a civil but direct approach, we have cultivated healthy relationships in our monthly MoC staff meetings. Now we are in a unique position to help stop this destructive administration in its tracks, and put forward firm asks of our MoC’s that represent our progressive values and concerns. I’m looking forward to playing whatever part I can in “making sure the trains run on time,” and also pushing ourselves (and our MOC’s) to be as effective as we can be! Let’s do this!


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Write to Congresswoman Pelosi and tell her that if she becomes Speaker of the House, she must protect the Mueller investigation, and lead a House investigation against Trump’s obstruction of justice. If you voted for her, definitely mention that.


WORKING TOWARD TRANSPARENCY


At our October meeting, Aina S. reflected that Stand Up SF leadership has not been transparent with our members about the inner workings of our group. Paul, Rachel, Shannon, and I have taken this very much to heart, and we have started to spread a little sunshine around. On our website, you will now see a list of our volunteer roles to date, and who holds those roles. We’ve also shared the resources available in our Info Center, so that you can review action reports, talking points, and more. Let us know if there’s more we can share!


UPCOMING EVENTS


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
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Holiday Party
Saturday, December 1
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The home of Aina S.
1436 Taylor Street
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Congratulations. Let’s get to work

We got out the vote. The blue wave hit a sea wall, as we knew it would. The Senate and many, many Congressional districts are gerrymandered so that Democrats must vote in far greater numbers to win – even leaving aside the blatant voter suppression we saw in Georgia, North Dakota, and elsewhere.

But we took back the House. We won many important down-ballot races. We’ve given ourselves a fighting chance. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. You can take a moment, now. Take a deep breath. There is hope.

Of course the work begins again immediately. Leave it to this president to fire his attorney-general the morning after the midterms and replace him with a crony.

This is an attack on the Mueller investigation. It’s time to march.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Nobody is above the law. We rally. Join Indivisible SF at Civic Center tomorrow, Thursday November 8, from 5:00-8:00PM.


UPCOMING EVENTS


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

Stand Up SF Holiday Party
Saturday, December 1
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
1436 Taylor Street
REGISTER NOW

Thank you for all that you do,
Rachel

That’s our Senator!

Did you see Senator Harris grilling SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh last week? She went after him on abortion as well as the Mueller investigation, exposing his lies, corruption, and unwillingness to prosecute Trump for any crimes he’s committed.

In publicly opposing Kavanaugh, Senator Harris is fighting hard for Democracy. She’s fighting for us. Let’s make sure she keeps it up.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Senator Harris and thank her for opposing Kavanaugh’s nomination and for holding his feet to the fire in these hearings.

Extra credit: Call Senator Feinstein and ask her why she hasn’t committed to vote against Kavanaugh.

Don’t like calls? Use Resistbot.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Phone Bank TODAY for Josh Harder in CA-10
Sunday, September 9
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
1436 Taylor Street
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Can’t make today? Join one of Swing Left’s get-out-the-vote actions in District 10.

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
REGISTER NOW

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

Here’s how to suspend Kavanaugh’s hearings

The news cycle is punishing – that’s on purpose – but try to keep this top of mind: the president’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen pled guilty to 8 criminal counts. He testified that he paid hush money to women on Trump’s behalf, with the goal of influencing the outcome of the 2016 election.

The president is a criminal co-conspirator. He has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh has argued that a sitting president should not be “distracted” by investigations into his or her crimes. Trump has found a judge that will overlook his treasonous acts.

Under the circumstances, Kavanaugh’s hearings, scheduled for September 4th, need to be suspended.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Some good news for a change: both our Senators sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Call Senators Feinstein and Harris and ask the Committee to suspend Kavanaugh’s hearings. There’s a great script here. If you’d prefer not to make a call, ResistBot is your friend.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Coffee with Feinstein Staff
Thursday, August 30
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
301 Mission Street (lobby area)
REGISTER NOW

Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice
Join the Stand Up SF contingent of the biggest climate march ever!
Saturday, September 8
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Meet at Philz Coffee, 1 Front St., Annex Suite 100
REGISTER NOW

Phone Bank for Josh Harder in CA-10
Sunday, September 9
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
1436 Taylor Street
REGISTER

Tracy GO Team – Get out the vote!
Saturday, September 15
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201, Tracy, CA
REGISTER NOW

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

Thanks for all you do,

Rachel