What gives me hope this Independence Day

Today marks two months since I took my naturalization oath. A common wisecrack from my American friends was: Why? A lot of people see Australia as somewhere to escape to.

But that’s not my Australia. Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette and the podcast The Teacher’s Pet tell a different story, of a society where women were considered lesser, and where difference was punished with violence. That is my story.

I say this not to sadden you, but to strengthen your resolve. The darkness and the smug, bullying hypocrisy that surround us aren’t new. They are so familiar, they’re boring.

Nor are they uniquely American. They’re the malignancy that white women and people of color and poor, disabled and LGBTQIA folks all over the world have faced and fought, our entire lives.

What’s new is that our stories are being told. What’s new is righteous anger, and community. Tens of thousands of people in the streets, marching for refugee children. That gives me hope. You give me hope.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Yes, the news is terrible. Let that motivate you. Turn bad news into action. If you haven’t already, sign up for Jen Hofmann’s Americans of Conscience Checklist. Jen is a wise, kind writer, and since the election, her messages have been a regular ray of light.


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:


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


Phone Bank to flip a Senate seat with Democracy Action
Sunday, July 8
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
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Tracy GO Team
Saturday, July 21
11am-4pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201, Tracy CA
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Thank you for everything you do.

Rachel

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

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