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.

Schumer: We’re ready for single payer

Just a few hours ago, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that single payer health care is “on the table”, along with other options like making Medicare available to people over 55. This is huge news: we said we wanted single payer, and Senate Democrats are listening. As Paul Hessinger quoted at our meeting yesterday, “If the people lead, the leaders will follow.”

While Schumer is optimistic that the GOP’s latest disaster of a healthcare bill (repeal everything, replace with nothing) will not pass, Sen. Mitch McConnell is not going to stop. Even if you’ve already spoken up on this issue, make sure you check off all six items on Phyllis’ to-do list to stop TrumpCare.

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Meanwhile, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will testify at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee this Wednesday, as the Russian collusion case continues to heat up. Unfortunately, the Trump camp has made a bargain with the committee to hold that hearing in private, so we are not likely to learn what is unveiled there anytime soon. Senator Feinstein sits on the Judiciary Committee, so we’ll be continuing to monitor the case and encouraging her to protect our democracy by ensuring that all wrongdoing is ultimately brought to light.

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Two weeks ago, I asked you to make calls to reform our predatory and unjust bail system here in California. This week, Senator Harris has unveiled a bipartisan bill (co-authored with Senator Rand Paul) that seeks to reform or replace the practice of money bail nationwide. The Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act of 2017 creates incentives for states to overhaul or throw out their money bail systems, aiming to ensure that all people, rich or poor, who are accused of a crime receive fair treatment under the law. The bill has been endorsed by the Center for American Progress, the NAACP, the ACLU, and many other organizations working to repair our broken criminal justice system. It’s great to see I’ll be asking you to make some calls about this legislation this week.

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Following a spirited and inspiring general meeting yesterday, our members enjoyed beer and munchables on Phyllis’ sunny back deck. We’re grateful to those of you who came out, shared your passion, and raised a glass with us. Special thanks to Suzanne, who stood up at our meeting to share a very personal story about how she came to dedicate her life to improving people’s health, and how that fuels her activism today. We’re grateful also to our guest speaker Susan from Democracy Action, who provided some great ideas about using technology to motivate voters in other districts, and told a great story about registering new citizens to vote in Oakland (see Actions with other groups for how you can get involved. Thanks also to Patrick, who led our action to Sen. Harris’ office last week.

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This week’s Stand Up SF actions

Actions with other groups

  • Tue 7/25: part of Litquake, SF’s literary festival: “A Bunch of Bad Hombres: Immigrant Writers Respond to Trump” RSVP
  • Thu 7/27: Join NARAL Pro-Choice America for a webinar on activism for reproductive freedom. Sign up.
  • Thu 8/3: Join Democracy Action to phone bank for Democratic candidates in two key states. Get details and sign up.

Learning opportunity

At our meeting yesterday, Gordon shared information about The People’s Revolution, a coalition of grassroots organizers and activists who have created a progressive platform to ensure racial, climate, and economic justice, democracy, and health care for all. They’re recommending we ask our MoCs to pass eight pieces of legislation aimed at these goals. Stand Up SF leadership will be evaluating the bills, but you can get a head start here. Interested in the People’s Platform? Tell us what you think!

You’re the best.

Things are not looking good for the Trump administration right now. Between the ongoing discoveries of their collusion with Russia to influence the election, the delayed vote on TrumpCare, and Trump’s approval ratings the lowest in history, they are not able to get much done. Today’s biggest news is that TrumpCare is just 1 GOP defection away from defeat.

All of this is because of YOU. You yelled about the need for the Russian investigation. You demanded a “no” vote on TrumpCare and sent in your personal stories in support of the ACA. And you have told your representatives to block this administration’s agenda, to keep Americans safe from Trump’s excesses — and those of his cronies. Across the country, people just like you are making the same demands, and it’s working.

Paul, Phyllis, and Laura, Stand Up SF leaders, hold signs that say 'We Rock!', 'It's working - thank you!' and 'You're the Best!''THANK YOU!

You should know:
Tomorrow, California lawmakers will vote on a bill to extend California’s most important climate law. AB 398 is meant to be an extention of the state’s Cap and Trade legislation, but environmental activists are very divided on whether our representatives should vote yea or nay. We in leadership are not prepared to tell you how to act on this one, but if the issue is important to you, we urge you to do some reading, make your decision, and call Assemblymembers Ting and Chiu with your request.

Meanwhile, there’s still plenty to do to protect our community and our country.

This week’s Stand Up SF actions:

  • Stop mass deportations: SB 54, The California Values Act, prevents state and local funds from being used for deportations. Call Assemblymembers Ting and Chiu and ask them to vote yes on SB 54. You can say “I urge you to support SB 54, the California Values Act, which protects the safety of all Californians by ensuring that state and local resources are not used to fuel mass deportations and separate California families.”
  • Get face-to-face with Kamala Harris: Senator Harris has not yet held a town hall in the Bay Area! Call her office and ask that she hold a San Francisco town hall during the August recess. (script)
  • Fix our housing crisis: Senator Weiner’s SB 35, up for a vote this week, streamlines the development of new housing, including affordable housing. Don’t let it get held up by unworkable and unnecessary amendments! Call State Assemblymembers Ting and Chiu and tell them to vote for SB 35. You can say “I’m concerned about the number of homeless and displaced people in my community. Please vote for SB 35 to ensure that cities comply with existing requirements to build more housing, and more affordable housing.”

Actions with other groups

  • Tue 7/18: #KillTheBill! Join local Indivisible groups in the Bay Area for a Die-In at Senator Feinstein’s office to protest TrumpCare. This is part of a nationwide Indivisible campaign that is sure to get news coverage, so please sign up if you can make it!
  • Tue 7/18: Join our friends at Sister District for their CA-12 Mission Hub meeting and help flip Virginia blue! RSVP

Learning opportunity

Wed 7/19: Learn more about how you can protect the free and open Internet. Join FreePress.net and other activists on a strategy call. Sign up.