The GOP’s shell game: immigrants vs. Medicare

Because there are no tactics so abhorrent that Republicans won’t stoop to them, while we are breaking our hearts over their inhumane treatment of immigrants, they are trying to ram through a budget that would cut Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. The so-called “A Brighter American Future” budget (can you believe it?) also threatens the Affordable Care Act.

Meanwhile, Trump’s recent executive order will result in mass and indefinite detention of families at the border. The U.S. Navy is already mobilizing to build massive tent cities to imprison immigrants, including here in the Bay Area.

The GOP thinks we can’t pay attention to more than one thing at a time. Show them they’re wrong.


TWO THINGS YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call all three MoCs right now and say, I am totally opposed to any cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and I urge [MoC] to reject the new Trump Budget. You can also use Resistbot.

While you’re on the phone, thank your MoCs for supporting the Keep Families Together Act (script here).

Extra credit: Call Governor Brown at (916) 445-2841 and tell him to withdraw the California National Guard from the border (script).


STAND UP SF TAKES BACK CONGRESS


Resistance is not enough; we must also elect Democrats to reclaim our country. We strongly encourage you to attend Democracy Action’s phone- and text-banking events. See the “UPCOMING EVENTS” section below to sign up.


UPCOMING EVENTS


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

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

Phone Bank to flip a Senate seat with Democracy Action
Sunday, July 1
1-5pm
2624 3rd St., SF
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

Trump’s order solves nothing. We march

Don’t be fooled by the president’s bullying tactics. Today’s executive order does nothing to address his administration’s inhumanity. Trump abused immigrants from the very beginning. He attacked our DREAMers and our Muslim neighbors.

Then, in April, Jeff Sessions announced a “zero-tolerance” policy. He now prosecutes everyone crossing our Southern border undocumented. It is not illegal to seek asylum. Yet thousands of children have been ripped away from their parents and imprisoned.

Trump claims his executive order will end family separations. But it will not reunite the lost children with their families. Nor does it address the racist, cruel policies that brought us here. Families will be detained indefinitely.

It has come to this: little children in prison camps. We must act.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW

It’s time to take to the streets. Two actions are planned for San Francisco:

  • On Saturday, June 23, join the #familiesbelongtogether rally at 10am at Justin Herman Plaza/Embarcardero SF.
  • On Saturday, June 30, meet IndivisibleSF, Moveon.org, the Women’s March and many others in Mission Dolores Park at 10am to march to Civic Center at 11.

Keep calling your MOCs. Tell them to vote No on bad immigration bills. Sean Elsbernd of Dianne Feinstein’s office reminds us that the Senator uses our voices to make her case in Washington. If you can’t call, try Resistbot.

RECENT ACTIONS

Read the full report from that 6/19 action with Sean Elsbernd. Find other action reports, talking points, and more in our Public Library.

STAND UP SAN FRANCISCO GET OUT THE VOTE

We need more votes in Congress. We will be phone banking to get out the vote in November. Kathleen Murray has graciously agreed to lead our efforts. If you’re willing to open your house to SUSF members for two hours of phone banking, please let Kathleen know.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Fireside Chat with Pelosi Staff
Wednesday, June 27
6-7pm
Noe Valley Library Branch
REGISTER NOW

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

Stand Up SF General Meeting
Sunday, July 15
2-4pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St.
REGISTER NOW

Thanks for all 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

Get kids out of prison camps

There are children in jail in Texas for the crime of being brown. MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff visited a “shelter” for detained child migrants today. “This place is called a shelter but these kids are incarcerated,” he said.

These children are taken from their parents by force. After losing his son in the McAllen, Texas processing center, Marco Antonio Muñoz killed himself. On Saturday, Rep Pramila Jayapal visited 170 women in prison in Seattle:

Some of them said they could hear their children screaming for them in the next room. The children ranged anywhere from one to teenagers.

The facilities are at capacity. Now the administration wants to build prison camps, for children.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW

Call Senators Feinstein and Harris. Thank them for supporting the Immigrant Family Separation Bill. Ask them to get these children out of prison.

STAND UP SAN FRANCISCO GET OUT THE VOTE

We need more votes in Congress. At our general meeting on Sunday, we decided to start phone banking to get out the vote in November. Kathleen Murray has graciously agreed to lead our efforts. If you’re willing to open your house to SUSF members for two hours of phone banking, please let Kathleen know.

UPCOMING EVENTS


Tracy GO Team
Saturday, June 16
11am-4pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201, Tracy CA
REGISTER NOW

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

Fireside Chat with Pelosi Staff
Wednesday, June 27
6-7pm
Noe Valley Library Branch
REGISTER NOW

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

Stand Up SF General Meeting
Sunday, July 15
2-4pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St.
REGISTER NOW

Thanks for all you do,

Rachel

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