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
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Replace Paul Ryan with a better human being

House Speaker Paul Ryan won’t seek re-election in 2018.

History will be no kinder to him than Ryan himself has been to American’s most vulnerable people. As a legislator, he was cruel in principle, and ineffective in practice. He’ll be remembered for his failures to take health care and social security away from poor people, and for his passage of a tax bill so regressive that it will propel the federal deficit to over $1 trillion.

Ryan claims he is retiring at 48 in order to spend more time with his family. In fact, he faced a tough re-election battle against Randy “@IronStache” Bryce, an Army veteran and union worker who outraised the Speaker by $1.75m in the first three months of 2018.

Even with Ryan out of the race, Bryce’s victory is no foregone conclusion. Remember the death of Antonin Scalia, and how it led, via Mitch McConnell’s professional misconduct, to the appointment of Neil Gorsuch. The Republican party has a deep bench of cruel and unprincipled people. We cannot afford to be complacent.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Support Randy Bryce’s campaign for Wisconsin’s first district by:

UPCOMING EVENTS

Stand Up SF General Meeting with special guest: Supervisor Jeff Sheehy
Sunday, April 15
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St.
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, April 21
11am – 4pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201
Tracy CA
REGISTER NOW and we’ll follow up with details.

Brown Bag with Feinstein Staff
Friday, April 20
12pm – 1pm
Note new location: 301 Mission Street (lobby area)
REGISTER NOW

Thanks for all you do,

Rachel

Pelosi Town Hall recap

I’d like to fill you in on an event we attended last Saturday — a town hall in San Francisco hosted by our Congresswoman and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

She arranged what she called a “Teach-In” to focus on the GOP tax scam, and how House Democrats are planning on responding to its passage.

Leader Pelosi began by acknowledging and weighing in on the appalling, racist comments that Donald Trump just made, saying, “His vulgarity and vile beliefs should disgust every American and require immediate action and it’s never been more important for us to protect our DREAMers because that’s the context in which he made that statement.” She also informed us, to wide applause, that the Congressional Black Caucus will be moving the House to censure Trump for his conduct.

You can read a transcript of Leader Pelosi’s initial remarks.

She then called upon the panel she had gathered:

  • Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-05), member of the House Ways and Means Committee
  • Conny Ford of the San Francisco Labor Council
  • Tom O’Connor, Union President for San Francisco Firefighters
  • Elana Ford, mother of a four-year-old son with special needs whose life was saved as a result of the Affordable Care Act

Each spoke about different ways in which the new GOP tax law will harm Americans on multiple levels:

  • 83% of the benefits of the bill will go to the most wealthy 1% of the country.
  • 9 million middle class taxpayers will see tax increases immediately.
  • Ultimately, 63 % of Americans will see tax increases.
  • Corporations will enjoy their lowest tax rate since 1939.
  • The $1.5 trillion tax cut for corporations will, with interest, become an added $2.3 trillion to the national debt.
  • Short-term tax cuts for some individual tax brackets will expire within ten years, while corporate tax cuts are permanent.
  • Cuts in deductions for state and local taxes will result in funding cuts to state and local resources such as firefighters — just as California is being devastated by massive fires.
  • The elimination of the ACA mandate will result in increases in rates that will force 13 million more Americans to go without health insurance.
  • The increase in national debt will give the GOP an excuse for what they’ve wanted to accomplish for years — to go after programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Republican lawmakers have already declared this intent.

Leader Pelosi framed the GOP agenda as “a plan to turn us into a permanent plutocracy.” She informed us that with this very town hall, House Democrats are launching an initiative to hold such “teach-ins” in districts all across the country, to tell Americans in all regions about the devastating effects of the tax bill that Republicans just passed — without the customary participation of the Ways and Means Committee and with no public hearings whatsoever.

She framed the Democratic party’s goal in light of this outrage as “Replace and Repeal.” That is, replace the lawmakers who voted for the GOP tax scam so that they can then repeal it.

Leader Pelosi also declared that while this meeting was focused on tax policy, she would be holding another public town hall to focus specifically on Democratic political strategy.

This sort of in-person constituent conversation was exactly what we at Stand Up SF have been encouraging of our elected officials all along; we’re thanking Nancy Pelosi for making it happen and urging her to continue doing so.

As we prepare for our next meeting with Pelosi’s staff this week, we’ll be referring to her remarks from this conversation, and following up on unanswered questions and additional topics. The Stand Up SF Policy Team would love your input going into this (and any) congressional staff meeting. Please tell us at policy@standupsf.net.

And don’t miss our next all-group meeting this Sunday at 2pm, when we’ll be discussing how we as a group want to handle the 2018 election season.

Paul

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.

URGENT: Last chance to kill the tax bill

Republicans are rushing to a final vote on the Trump Tax Scam “conference report” THIS WEEK, before Senator-elect Doug Jones is seated. The people of Alabama have spoken, and they rejected the Trump agenda. Their voices deserve to be heard, and that means no vote on the Trump Tax Scam before Doug Jones is in the Senate.

Meanwhile, every week Congress fails to act on DACA, 1000 young people lose protection from deportation every week. Leader Pelosi can play a critical role in protecting DREAMers by refusing to vote for a Continuing Resolution budget deal that doesn’t include a clean DREAM Act — and right now she is folding to Trump on this fight.


TWO THINGS YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


  1. Use Indvisible’s call tool to call the GOP’s constituents in red states and connect them to their Senators to say #NoJonesNoVote.
  2. Call Leader Pelosi and tell her to pick a side: either fight for DREAMers now, or let thousands more face deportation. You can say “Hi, I’m [NAME] with Stand Up San Francisco and my zip code is [ZIP CODE], and I’m calling to tell Congresswoman Pelosi that she must protect DREAMers. Please pass along my message that a vote on a continuing resolution without the Dream Act, is a vote to deport Dreamers. I want her to refuse to vote on a continuing resolution that doesn’t include a clean DREAM Act.”