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.


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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.

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Tracy GO Team
Saturday, June 16
11am-4pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201, Tracy CA
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Brown Bag Lunch with Feinstein Staff
Tuesday, June 19 – note new date!
10:30-11:30am
301 Mission Street, lobby area
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Fireside Chat with Pelosi Staff
Wednesday, June 27
6-7pm
Noe Valley Library Branch
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Senator Harris Office Visit
Wednesday, July 11
3-4pm
333 Bush Street, Suite 3325
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Stand Up SF General Meeting
Sunday, July 15
2-4pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St.
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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?

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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.

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Brown Bag with Feinstein Staff
Friday, May 18, 12-1pm
Note new location: 301 Mission Street (lobby area)
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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
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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
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Thanks, always, for all that you do,

Rachel

Fight Jeff Sessions’ plan to speed deportations

The DOJ plans to assess the job performance of immigration judges on how quickly they hear cases and how many cases they close. Judges must clear 700 cases per year – almost three a day – to achieve a “satisfactory” rating. Attorney General and white supremacist Jeff Sessions has admitted that the aim is to speed deportation.

As the National Association of Immigration Judges points out, quotas will undermine judicial independence and erode due process. Our immigrant brothers and sisters aren’t just numbers. They are not a backlog to be cleared. They are people.

Our Members of Congress and their staff members aren’t necessarily familiar with these new rules. Let’s make sure they know where we stand.

ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call (or use Resistbot to contact) all three of our Members of Congress and ask them to make a clear statement against case quotas for immigration judges, and in support of due process and basic human decency towards immigrants.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Brown Bag with Feinstein Staff
Thursday, April 19, 12-1pm
Note new location: 301 Mission Street (lobby area)
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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, April 21, 11am – 4pm
902 N. Central Ave, Suite 201, Tracy CA
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Senator Harris Office Action
Wednesday, May 2, 3-4pm
Note new location: 333 Bush Street, Suite 3325
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Fireside Chat with Pelosi Staff
Thursday, May 10, 6-7pm
Noe Valley Branch Library, 451 Jersey Street
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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
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Thanks for all you do,

Rachel

The Shutdown: What happened? What happens next?

I’d like to provide you with a few different viewpoints on the current budget/immigration standoff, in light of Democrats agreeing three days into the shutdown to approve a budget resolution. I’m seeing varying opinions from the blue side, and I don’t presume to know the future outcome of this conflict of basic social vales/chess match (take your pick).

Perspective #1:

Trump ended DACA unilaterally five months ago, and Republicans joined him in taking hostage the lives of tens of thousands of Americans who have done nothing wrong. They cannot be rewarded for this. Mitch McConnell famously goes back on this word, even to his fellow Republicans, and his vague assurances of bringing DREAM legislation to the floor cannot be trusted by anyone who has been paying attention. By caving on their pledge to stand against any further proceedings of the federal government without a clean DREAM Act, Senate Democrats sold out the most vulnerable amongst us and gave up their political leverage. And they did this while the breathtaking majority of Americans support protection for DREAMers. Morale has been undercut, and even the optics are self-destructive. The Democrats have demonstrated that when push comes to shove, they will not have the political courage to stand up for principles, and marginalized populations will again be thrown under the bus.

David Faris, THE WEEK

Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levin, INDIVISIBLE

Perspective #2:

This was the best possible outcome for the current budget standoff. Democrats gained an enormous benefit this round in re-authorization of Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years. The passage of a Clean DREAM Act becomes much more feasible when there’s actual legislation on the table, which now can happen. McConnell made an explicit promise on the Senate floor — if he goes back on it, he loses an enormous amount of political clout, which a canny politician like McConnell is unlikely to do. In the war on messaging, the Democrats were losing public opinion every day, so the optics and politics were only going to deteriorate at this point — putting red state Democratic seats in peril and undercutting the current midterm advantage. Democrats allowed the federal government to reopen for only 17 days, after which they can, and likely will, easily use this leverage again. And this time, the Democratic threat to shutdown the government over this issue has more teeth, because all now know that they are willing to go through with it.

Matt Fuller, HUFFINGTON POST

Yascha Mounk, SLATE

Perspective #3:

Whether this was surrender or a wise gambit depends on the outcome.

Ezra Klein, VOX

John Cassidy, THE NEW YORKER

On Friday there was a report from Politico that Senate Democrats have dropped DACA from the budget negotiations, but I want to note that there’s been no corroboration on this reporting from any other source.

I’d like also to point out that all three of our members of Congress, Senators Feinstein and Harris and Representative Pelosi, voted No on the continuing resolution because it did not contain a clean DREAM Act, and have pledged to continue to do so.

The continuing resolution that was passed funds the government through February 8, and an immigration deal is being negotiated this week — so now is the time for us as citizens to step up our messaging to our elected representatives stating clearly what priorities, values and deal-breakers we want them to embrace.

Paul

Tell Congress: keep refugees safe

Hundreds of thousands of El Salvadoran refugees face deportation, and the situation is urgent. By Monday, the Department of Homeland Security must decide whether to extend or end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador. The Trump administration, predictably, wants to send them all back to an unstable country and often dangerous situations.

TPS was created by Congress in 1990 and allows people whose countries have experienced natural disasters, armed conflicts or exceptional situations to remain temporarily in the United States. Conditions on the ground for these folks can be bleak, and ending TPS has the potential to split up families.

This administration has already ended TPS protections for Haitian and Nicaraguan refugees. But the House has introduced the ASPIRE Act and the ESPERER Act to allow every TPS recipient to apply for permanent residency. We need to ask our leaders to sign onto these bills, to defend El Salvadorans and to shore up TPS to protect thousands more.


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Call Congresswoman Pelosi and say, “I’m [NAME] calling from [ZIP CODE], and I’d like to ask the Congresswoman to fight for legislation such as the ASPIRE Act and the ESPERER Act that that extends protection for people from all ten countries under TPS, and that provides permanent relief for these refugees. TPS affects hundreds of thousands of people, whose lives will be ripped apart without our protection.”

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Stand Up SF General Meeting
Sunday, January 21
2pm – 4pm
Noe Valley Public Library
451 Jersey Street
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