Lives are more important than guns.

Our monthly meeting today featured a conversation with Ellen Ginsberg from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. We discussed the current state of gun legislation in America, and Ellen updated us on where we can best focus our activist energies to stop the scourge of American gun violence, notably by opposing the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Actand supporting legislation requiring universal background checks (supported by over 90% of Americans).


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


The National Rifle Association has for decades been an overtly political lobbying organization, buying their influence over politicians to promote the maximum profit on gun sales while jeopardizing dozens of lives every day due to gun violence.

As such, the NRA has no reasonable claim as a “tax-exempt social welfare organization.” So help strip them of this designation and hit the NRA where it lives: its pocketbook.

Revoke the NRA’s 501c4 Tax Exemption

File the IRS Complaint about the NRA

And while you’re at it, call Senators Feinstein and Harris and Leader Pelosi and thank them for supporting universal background checks for gun purchases.


GOOD NEWS


The national conversation about the Trump agenda is changing in our favor. Here are some stories you might have missed:

Maine House GOP candidate who insulted Parkland students drops out

Republicans warn Trump: Leave Mueller alone


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ACTIONS WITH OTHER GROUPS


Register now for next Saturday’s Rock the Congress event, a one-day conference providing Bay Area activists with the skills and training needed to flip seats blue.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Senator Kamala Harris Office Action
April 4, 3-4pm
333 Bush Street, Suite 3225
San Francisco
(Registration forthcoming)

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi Office Action
Week of April 9
90 7th Street
Suite 2-800
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Registration forthcoming)

Brown Bag Lunch with Feinstein Staff
Friday, April 20, 2018, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
301 Mission Street (lobby area)
Note new location
REGISTER NOW

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Stand Up SF April Meeting
Sunday, April 15, 2pm – 4pm
Noe Valley Library

REGISTER NOW

Thanks for all that you do,
Paul

Thank Rep Schiff for speaking truth to power

MINORITY MEMO DEMONSTRATES FBI, DOJ ACTED LEGALLY

The Schiff memo is out, and makes it clear – as if there were any doubt – that the Nunes memo was crafted by Nunes and Trump to attack and discredit the FBI and DOJ. It’s also painfully clear that in the summer and fall of 2016, even as it was covertly investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, the FBI was leaking and breaching protocol in ways that undermined Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

If there’s good news in the Schiff memo, it is that the FBI and DOJ have acted legally, professionally and with honor in their investigation into Trump’s Russian ties. Tweet your thanks to Adam Schiff for setting the record straight.

DREAMERS NEED IMMEDIATE RELIEF

On March 5, Trump’s cruel DACA cliff will take effect. Every day, 1,200 DACA recipients will lose their protections. Call, write or text Senators Feinstein and Harris and remind them that our Dreamers are our sisters and brothers, not bargaining chips. We cannot trust the Trump administration to negotiate in good faith. We need a clean DREAM Act.

MARCH FOR OUR LIVES

Support the courageous work of the survivors of the Parkland, Florida school massacre. Even as they mourn their murdered friends, they’re organizing the March for Our Lives – nationwide, co-ordinated protests calling for better gun regulation, planned for Saturday, March 24. Sign up for San Francisco’s event here.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Senator Feinstein Office Action
Friday, March 2, 12noon – 1pm
560 Mission Street Plaza
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Tracy Grassroots Organizing (GO) Team
Saturday, March 17, 11am – 3pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201, Tracy CA
REGISTER NOW

Stand Up SF February Meeting
Sunday, March 18, 2pm – 4pm
Noe Valley Library
REGISTER NOW

This is a really big deal

On Friday, Trump took another major step to delegitimize the Russia investigation.

Having created an artificial controversy around the supposedly scandalous Nunes memo, which alleges that the FBI abused its surveillance authority, Trump then released it, to a collective “meh” from observers. There’s no evidence to suggest either that the FBI acted unlawfully or improperly in collecting information about Trump and Russia.

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), has a memo of his own that he wants released, which fact-checks the Nunes memo. The entire House Committee, including Republicans, voted to release that memo, but on Friday, Trump blocked its release. Trump doesn’t want people to know the truth: that there’s nothing improper about Mueller’s investigation. Senator Feinstein and Congresswoman Pelosi have already called him out for it.

Let’s put it bluntly: Trump is obstructing justice. This is an impeachable offense, and we need to get loud about it.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Congresswoman Pelosi right now and tell her to read the Schiff memo on the House floor. You can say, “My name is [NAME] calling from San Francisco, and I think that Congresswoman Pelosi should read the Schiff memo into the congressional record. The Constitution protects her from liability in sharing that information, even if it’s classified. We need to have that context in order to counter the misinformation of the Nunes memo, and we constituents will back her up on this.”


At our January meeting, we had a substantive and thoughtful discussion about whether Stand Up SF should endorse candidates in the upcoming elections. At our February meeting, we will conduct our Go/No-go vote. If you feel strongly about endorsements, either way, come and vote! If you can’t make the meeting, email your proxy vote to Paul, Rachel, or me.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Congresswoman Pelosi Office Visit
Tuesday, February 13
11am – 11:45am
90 7th Street, Suite 2-800
REGISTER NOW

Senator Harris Office Visit
Wednesday, February 14
1pm – 2pm
333 Bush Street, Suite 3325 – note new address!
REGISTER NOW

Grassroots Organizing (GO) Team in Tracy
Join Stand Up SF, Swing Left, and Tracy Democrats to get out the vote and flip a house seat!
Saturday, February 17
11am – 4pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201
Tracy CA
REGISTER NOW and we’ll follow up with details.

Stand Up SF General Meeting
Sunday, February 18
2pm – 4pm
Noe Valley Public Library
451 Jersey Street
REGISTER NOW

Don’t let them undermine our democracy

Last night, Trump used the State of the Union address as an opportunity to spread racist dogma and lies. He also asked Congress to end the rule of law.

This is consistent with his behavior and that of the GOP over the past few weeks, as they seek to de-legitimize the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in our government. We know that Trump has tried to fire Mueller once already. This week, he unilaterally decided not to enforce sanctions against Russia that Congress had approved.

All of this is a disaster for democracy. Trump and his administration are whittling away the norms and laws that hold our government accountable to the people — to us. Make no mistake: this is a crisis. Our representatives need to hear from each and every one of us.


THREE THINGS YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call all three MoCs and tell them you are worried about the administration undermining the Russia investigation. Tell them to co-sponsor and support the proposed bipartisan legislation that would protect Mueller and the investigation. (script at the bottom of the page)

Call Senator Feinstein and thank her for demanding that Trump follow the law and impose sanctions against Russia. You can say “I want Senator Feinstein to know that I appreciate her holding Trump accountable on Russian sanctions, and I am looking to her to defend the rule of law.”

Sign up to attend a massive protest if Trump fires Mueller


UPCOMING EVENTS


Senator Feinstein Brown Bag Lunch
Friday, February 2
12pm – 1pm
560 Mission Street Plaza – note new accessible location!
REGISTER NOW

Senator Harris Office Visit
Thursday, February 8
12pm – 1pm
333 Bush Street, Suite 3325 – note new address!
REGISTER NOW

Grassroots Organizing (GO) Team in Tracy
Join Stand Up SF, Swing Left, and Tracy Democrats to get out the vote and flip a house seat!
Saturday, February 17
11am – 4pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201
Tracy CA
REGISTER NOW and we’ll follow up with details.

Stand Up SF General Meeting
Sunday, February 18
2pm – 4pm
Noe Valley Public Library
451 Jersey Street
REGISTER NOW

If you do one thing this week…

The GOP Tax Scam passed. But take heart. You, the people, have nothing to be ashamed of. It’s the Republicans who should be ashamed of what they’ve done.

And at some level, they are. Ashamed of all their actions, and afraid of having to face the consequences. That’s why the rumors that Trump will fire Mueller are so alarming.

Make a plan for what you’ll do if this happens. Pack a go bag. Hit the streets. Sign up here to find your nearest rapid response rally.

Only you can save the Republic. Thanks, as always, for everything you do.