Don’t get mad. Get organized

I’m not going to lie to you. Between the awful SCOTUS decisions on fake health centersgerrymanderingthe Muslim ban and unions, and the resignation of Justice Kennedy, it’s been an exhausting, depressing week.

If you feel terrible right now, it’s because you care about other people. I’m proud of you.

In the dark days after the 2016 election, the only thing that could cheer me up was resistance. It’s still true. Let’s turn this grief into action.

Start small. Hold Senate Leader Mitch McConnell to his own standards. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut said it best:

Here it is, plain and simple. McConnell set the rule. Now, he and Senate Republicans need to follow it. No vote on a Supreme Court nominee until after the new Congress is seated.

Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein were quick to add their voices. Now add yours.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Senators Feinstein and Harris. Thank them for being so ready to insist on the McConnell rule. Ask them to use their influence to hold Democratic Senators together on this matter.

If you don’t want to call, use ResistBot.


LOTS MORE THINGS YOU CAN DO: JOIN THE RESIST-A-THON


From July 9 through July 15th Swing Left SF and the San Francisco Resistance Coalition are hosting a week-long Resist-A-Thon. Sign up for any of the events below:

UPCOMING EVENTS


Families Belong Together National Protest
Saturday, June 30
10am
Dolores Park
RSVP

Phone Bank with Democracy Action
Sunday, July 1
1-5pm
2624 3rd Street
SIGN UP NOW!

Senator Harris Office Visit
Wednesday, July 11
3pm – 4pm
333 Bush Street, Suite 3325
REGISTER NOW

Stand Up SF July General Meeting
Join us for a conversation with CARA, the California Alliance for Retired Americans, to learn about their Senior Vote 2018 initiative, and how you can become a Senior Ambassador to win back the house this November. Bring a friend!
Sunday, July 15
2pm – 4pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street
REGISTER NOW

Tracy GO Team
Saturday, July 21
11am-4pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201, Tracy CA
REGISTER NOW

Thanks, always, for everything you do,

Rachel

“I don’t know why there aren’t uprisings all over the country”

“Any parents here, mother or father, knows that this is barbaric. This is not what America is. But this is the policy of the Trump administration. I just don’t even know why there aren’t uprisings all over the country. And maybe there will be, when people realize that this is a policy that they defend.”
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Our representatives are justifiably outraged at the separation of children from their parents at the border. Rallies demanding that #FamiliesBelongTogether have in fact been taking place all over the country, but what Congresswoman Pelosi’s comments suggest that we need to be a LOT louder on this issue.

We cannot allow our government to imprison children for any reason. We cannot allow people of color to be held in indefinite detention. We must take action.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Congresswoman Pelosi and ask her to co-sponsor H.R.5950, the HELP Separated Children Act, which strengthens protections for immigrant families while they are in ICE custody. There’s a script you can use at the bottom of this page (you can also use Resistbot).

Extra credit: Help separated families now. Donate to RAICES, a nonprofit legal agency that works with underserved immigrants, to raise the money needed to post bond and reunite these children with their families. Then sign up for action updates from Families Belong Together, so you can be alerted the next time there’s a rally.


STAND UP SF TAKES BACK CONGRESS


Resistance is not enough; we must also elect Democrats to reclaim our country. Kathleen is now our phone banking organizer for the 2018 elections. She’ll be contacting you soon about our first Stand Up SF phone bank. Meanwhile, we are strongly encouraging every one of you to attend Democracy Action’s phone- and text-banking events. There’s one today — see the “UPCOMING EVENTS” section below to sign up.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Phone Bank for Sen. McCaskill with Democracy Action
TODAY, June 17
1-4pm
2624 3rd St., SF
SIGN UP NOW!

Brown Bag Brunch with Feinstein Staff
Tuesday, June 19
10:30am – 11:30am
301 Mission Street, lobby area – note new address!
REGISTER NOW

Fireside Chat with Pelosi Staff
Wednesday, June 27
6pm – 7pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St.
REGISTER NOW

Senator Harris Office Visit
Wednesday, July 11
3pm – 4pm
333 Bush Street, Suite 3325
REGISTER NOW

Following in Nixon’s footsteps

Did you see it? In a secret memo to special counsel Mueller released yesterday, the President argued that it’s impossible for him to obstruct justice, because he is the President.

Maybe you remember hearing something like this before?

“When the president does it, that means it is not illegal.
— Richard Nixon

Trump clearly believes the law does not apply to him. This assertion is clearly intended to protect him from being accused of any crime, perhaps even to establish a precedent of immunity for sitting presidents. This is bigger than firing Mueller or Rosenstein. It suggests that Trump can get away with any crime. It should be terrifying to anyone who believes in democracy.

And yet all three of our MoCs have been silent on this story so far. They need to make public statements, immediately, to condemn this shameful assertion of limitless power.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Senators Feinstein and Harris, and Congresswoman Pelosi, and tell them to state their disapproval. You can say, Hi, I’m [NAME] calling from San Francisco, and I wanted to tell the [Senator/Congresswoman] that I am appalled by the memo revealing that Trump believes he can break the law with impunity. The assertion that the President has unlimited power over criminal justice is dangerous to our democracy. I am asking the [Senator/Congresswoman] to make a public statement as soon as possible that condemns this tyrannical idea.”


RECENT ACTIONS


Read our report from our 5/10 action with . Find other action reports, talking points, and more in our Public Library.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Senator Harris Office Action
Wednesday, June 6
3pm – 4pm
333 Bush Street, Suite 3325
REGISTER NOW

This event is under-subscribed — please join us if you can!

Stand Up SF General Meeting with special guest: NARAL Pro-Choice America
Sunday, June 10

2-3:30pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St.
REGISTER NOW

Brown Bag Brunch with Feinstein Staff
Tuesday, June 19
10:30am – 11:30am
301 Mission Street, lobby area – note new address!
REGISTER NOW

Fireside Chat with Pelosi Staff
Wednesday, June 27
6pm – 7pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St.
REGISTER NOW

Insist that Congress keep its promises

“…walking away from the JCPOA risks losing a deal that accomplishes – with Iran – the very outcome that we are pursuing with the North Koreans.”

President Obama was among the first to denounce the administration’s latest reckless act. He won’t be the last. Today, France, Germany and the UK said they regret the president’s decision. They will carry on without the USA.

Iran did not violate the agreement. The USA did. Withdrawing from the JCPOA isolates us from our allies. It further destabilizes the volatile Middle East. It weakens our international diplomacy, maybe fatally. If we cannot uphold our own commitments, why would any country come to the negotiating table?

ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


The JCPOA is not the only promise we ought to keep. Volunteer rescuers the White Helmets have saved thousands of lives in Syria. The USA provides a third of their funding. That funding has been frozen while the State Department conducts an “active review”.

Call all three MOCs and ask them to restore funding to the White Helmets. Not comfortable making phone calls? Try Resistbot. And if you have a few dollars to spare, you can donate directly.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Brown Bag with Feinstein Staff
Friday, May 18, 12-1pm
Note new location: 301 Mission Street (lobby area)
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, May 19, 11am – 4pm
902 N. Central Ave, Suite 201, Tracy CA
Under-enrolled – please attend if you can
REGISTER NOW

If you can’t make it as far as Tracy, Democracy Action is hosting a phone bank in Civic Center, SF.
Sign up here

Stand Up SF General Meeting with special guest:
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
Sunday, May 20, 2-4pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street
REGISTER NOW

Thanks, always, for all that you do,

Rachel

Act now to protect the rule of law

The Department of Justice is not going to be extorted. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made headlines yesterday with his defiant response to private and public threats made against him.

Rosenstein – a Trump appointee! – is under attack because he supervises Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia. If Rosenstein can insist on the rule of law in the face of Republican attacks, so can we.

ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Sign up for Mueller Firing Rapid Response to be notified if the administration acts against Rosenstein or Mueller. We the people will take to the streets in a rally to insist that Nobody is Above the Law.

Rallies require organizers. Volunteers for MoveOn and Indivisible SF’s Rapid Response event will patrol the event in buddy pairs to keep things organized. If you’re willing to help keep the rally safe and effective, fill out this form to volunteer.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Fireside Chat with Pelosi Staff
Thursday, May 10, 6-7pm
Noe Valley Branch Library, 451 Jersey Street
Under-enrolled – please attend if you can
REGISTER NOW

Brown Bag with Feinstein Staff
Friday, May 18, 12-1pm
Note new location: 301 Mission Street (lobby area)
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, May 19, 11am – 4pm
902 N. Central Ave, Suite 201, Tracy CA
REGISTER NOW

Stand Up SF General Meeting with special guest:
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
Sunday, May 20, 2-4pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street
REGISTER NOW

Thanks, always, for all that you do,

Rachel