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.

A glimpse of a better future

Yes, it really happened. Doug Jones, who prosecuted Ku Klux Klan domestic terrorists, defeated credibly-accused child molester Roy Moore to take Jeff Sessions’ Alabama Senate seat away from the GOP.A

It just got a whole lot harder for Republicans to legislate Trump’s destructive agenda. 

This spectacular Twitter thread from progressive journalist Al Giordano describes how Jones won: old-fashioned feet on the street. The NAACP and Black churches mobilized to get out the vote. The same winning strategy created the blue wave in Virginia last month.

If we can win in Alabama, we can win anywhere. And we must. Progressive Americans spent 2017 in a holding pattern. We kept up the pressure on our Members of Congress. We resisted successive attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. We haven’t retreated, but we can’t advance.

To move forward, we need more votes in the Senate and the House. We need Senate wins in Nevada and Arizona. We need House seats everywhere.

That’s why I’m delighted to join Laura and Paul on the leadership team of Stand Up SF. It’s also why I’m committing to working with SwingLeft to defeat Jeff Dunham in CA District 10 in 2018.

You can sign up for SwingLeft here. Let’s make last night’s victory the first of many.

Thanks for everything you do.

Zombie TrumpCare rises again

It’s hard to believe, but Senate Republicans are trying to bring TrumpCare back from the dead again. Not much is known about the new bill (surprise, surprise) but we know it would once again destroy Medicaid. The GOP has only until September 30 to pass this toxic bill, and we know it’s going to be a tough fight, particularly as Senator John McCain has said he would support it. Get your dialing finger ready.

Trump is trying to torpedo the Affordable Care Act whether TrumpCare passes or not. His latest maneuver is to withdraw funding for the outreach necessary to promote the ACA and help Americans sign up — which especially affects the most vulnerable populations such as non-English speakers and those who don’t have Internet access. This is just the most recent attack on critical programs for Americans, and is sadly consistent with Trump’s budget priorities, which include cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP, education, and Pell grants.

DACA recipients are still reeling from last week’s horrible announcement, and now the House is expected to vote this Tuesday on a bill that criminalizes immigrants, including those fleeing gang violence, and allows more of them to be detained and deported. It also affects vulnerable populations such as asylum seekers, TPS holders, and unaccompanied children. This is the kind of legislation that makes it easier than ever for ICE to terrorize immigrants and encourages others to turn away rather than offering support and demanding justice.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Irma is pounding Florida and Betsy DeVos is trying to remove sexual assault protections on college campuses.

There are a lot of places to direct your passion right now. Stay focused on the issues that matter most to you, and don’t forget to take care of yourself.

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Hopping mad about any of the above? Join us at Congresswoman Pelosi’s office this week to find out what she’s doing to make sure TrumpCare stays dead, and to protect Americans from Trump’s deadly budget cuts. If you can’t make it, submit your ideas for talking points to policy@standupsf.net.

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Bring a friend to our next meeting! Come to hear guest speaker Rafael Mandelman, President of San Francisco City College’s Board, talk about the resistance movement and how it’s shaping our communities in the Bay Area.

Stand Up SF September Meeting
Sunday, September 17th
2pm – 4pm
REGISTER NOW

This week’s Stand Up SF actions

  • Kill TrumpCare and defend the ACA: Tell all three MoCs that you appreciate their efforts to defend the ACA and protect Americans’ health care. You can say “I want the [Congresswoman/Senator] to know that I appreciate her ongoing work to defend the ACA. I am counting on her to work against Graham-Cassidy, the latest version of TrumpCare, and want to know what she’s doing to offset Trump’s sabotage of the ACA, such as cutting funding for outreach.”
  • Defend DACA recipients: Tell all three MoCs that you want the Dream Act attached to every must-pass bill in Congress. (background and scripts)
  • Don’t let Congress criminalize immigrants: Call Congresswoman Pelosi and tell her to vote no on H.R. 3697, the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act. You can say “Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in San Francisco. I am concerned that H.R. 3697 will make vulnerable immigrants who are trying to escape gang violence into ICE targets. Let’s not punish asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, and others who are especially vulnerable. Please vote no on H.R. 3697.”
  • Protect Americans from dangerous budget cuts: Call both Senators and tell them to oppose any budget any resolution that makes cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, or SNAP, and doesn’t offset tax cuts with new revenue or closing loopholes. (explainer and script)

Actions with other groups

  • Tue 9/12: Protect San Franciscans from police violence. At this meeting, the San Francisco Police Comission will consider a proposal by Chief Scott to arm SFPD with Tasers. Come out and voice your concerns.
  • Wed 9/13: Join Swing Left’s monthly meeting to prepare to canvass and register voters in the red district of San Joaquin County. RSVP.
  • Protect voting rights: Join the ACLU’s national voting rights campaign. Sign up to send text messages and help recruit for this vital effort.

Thanks for all you do.

Laura

Take action for American workers and DREAMers

I hope you’re all managing to stay cool and hydrated through this record heatwave. While we swelter, the people of Houston are struggling to recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey. And yet most mainstream media failed to connect the hurricane to climate change. And though Trump was all smiles to Harvey survivors in his Houston visit yesterday, he’s trying to connect aid to those survivors to debt ceiling legislation, holding survivors hostage to a lengthy, bitter fight in Congress.

Meanwhile, over 124,000 Texans stand to be deported if Trump rescinds DACA, of the over 700,000 who could face deportation. But there’s good news on that front: activist pressure has caused Trump to waver on his decision. It’s critically important that we keep the pressure on over the weekend. Trump is likely to announce his plan on Tuesday.

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Tomorrow is Labor Day, and I want to talk a little bit about what that means. Labor Day honors the American labor movement and the contribution of our workers to the well-being of our country. You might not know it, but you have the labor movement and union organizers to thank for your weekends, overtime pay, minimum wage, and safe conditions in the workplace, among many other critical protections most Americans take for granted. Over the past several decades, economic security has been eroded as middle- and lower-income worker wages have stagnated while wages among the top 5% have skyrocketed. Economic justice is one of Stand Up San Francisco’s core principles, and as such, we must fight against the Trump administration’s continued evisceration of key protections for workers, such as his intent to take away overtime pay and his failure to support raising the minimum wage.

On Labor Day and throughout this week, take action for American workers. You’ll see several options below.

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Help kick our recruitment efforts into overdrive

To increase our impact and our sustainability, Paul, Phyllis, and I are determined to grow Stand Up SF and bring new people into volunteer and leadership roles. Here are a few ways you can get involved:

  1. Join us at the Noe Valley Farmers Market next Saturday, September 9th, where we will be promoting our group and asking folks to sign up. Contact Paul for details.
  2. Share our blog with your friends! Did you know we have a blog? Back-issues of our email newsletters can now be found on the Stand Up San Francisco website. Our emails are one of the best ways to learn about what we do, and now it’s easy to share them with your family, friends, and colleagues.
  3. Bring a friend to our next meeting! We’ll be reporting on recent interactions with Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Senator Kamala Harris, and our guest speaker is Rafael Mandelman, President of San Francisco City College’s Board.

Stand Up SF September Meeting
Sunday, September 17th
2pm – 4pm
REGISTER NOW

This week’s Stand Up SF actions

  • Protect overtime pay: The Trump administration is threatening to strip overtime protections from millions of workers by revoking Obama’s 2016 expansion. Submit a written comment to the Department of Labor to defend current federal overtime protections. Use CREDO’s form for background and to submit your comment.
  • Raise the minimum wage: Call Senators Feinstein and Harris and thank them for sponsoring S. 1242, The Raise the Wage Act, to raise our national minimum wage to the barely-livable $15/hr. You can also ask what else the senators are doing to make sure this bill passes.

Actions with other groups

  • TOMORROW: Support Bay Area workers at the Oakland Labor Day March, sponsored by NorCal Fight for 15. Get details.
  • Be ready to rally for DACA: Sign up for Bay Resistance text alerts by texting “RESIST” to 41411. You’ll be notified of urgent actions to protect DACA or protest its repeal.
  • Tell the media to connect the dots: write a letter to the editor to a national newspaper telling them to mention climate change when referring to Hurricane Harvey. 350.org has talking points and tools.

Learning opportunity: Check out videos and articles on the history of the American Labor movement and learn

Stand up to racism.

I’m just returning from one of our most substantive, deep and informative all-group meetings yet, and I want to share some of the issues and resources we discussed with those of you who weren’t able to make it.

We celebrated the victory of the resistance effort in saving the Affordable Care Act at the end of July. If you haven’t done so already, by all means please call your senators and congresswoman to thank them!

We caught up on the increasing instability of and defections from the Trump Administration. The tide is turning — even in Charleston, South Carolina, where our sister group Indivisible Charleston notes that their members of Congress and citizens are increasingly speaking out against Donald Trump and his agenda.

We heard reports from members who have attended meetings of two national groups with local contingents:

We noted that the Democratic party has released its party platform, A Better Deal, in which they have established a declaration of principles designed to speak to voters in the 2018 midterms. We also mentioned that other groups have advocated for alternative platforms, such as The People’s Platform and Robert Reich’s 8-Point-Plan.

Stand Up SF will be working towards the 2018 midterms in systemic areas such as defending voting rights, voter registration and mobilization, rather than endorsing particular candidates. At this point, we’re not endorsing any particular platform. I want to encourage you to consider both the policy and the strategic implications of these various platforms.

The appalling white nationalist events in Charlottesville and the scheduled demonstration in San Francisco next Saturday served as the centerpiece of our members’ Open Forum, in which our group members shared their thoughts and feelings about the most effective and safest means of standing up to racism in our town.

We also shared resources for this upcoming week, in preparation for Saturday’s events:

San Francisco Peacefully Unites Against White Nationalists

Ten Ways To Fight Hate from the Southern Poverty Law Center

Protest Safety Training Guide

Interfaith Gathering Against Hate, Friday at 5:30

also, just for some hope:

The White Flight of Derek Black — How a former white nationalist leader changed his views

We will be keeping you posted on events around the August 26 demonstrations as they unfold this week.

I’m so impressed with the commitment and integrity you all bring to this work.

–Paul

 

This week’s Stand Up SF actions:

  • Call Nancy Pelosi’s office to thank her for endorsing the formal censure of Donald Trump for his defense of white supremacists in Charlottesville.
  • Submit comments to the EPA in support of maintaining the Clean Water Act.

Actions with other groups: