Shut down the wall

Today, the Senate voted down two bills to reopen the government. The first was Trump’s anti-immigrant “deal” to pay for his wall. The second, a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government for two weeks without additional border funding, also failed.

The CR was always going to be a long shot. But there’s good news. This bill got more votes than the president’s, from both Democrats and Republicans. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Lamar Alexander, Johnny Isakson, Cory Gardner and even Mitt Romney supported it.

The GOP is weakening. It’s time to escalate. Indivisible is partnering with United We Dream and MoveOn on national day of action on Tuesday, January 29 to end the government shutdown. Indivisibles all over the country will be pressuring Republicans. Learn more here.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Our Senators have been strong in this fight. Let them know we have their backs. Call Senators Feinstein and Harris and thank them for fighting to reopen the government WITHOUT building Trump’s vanity wall. If you don’t like calling, there’s always Resistbot.


A personal message from member Carole:

Urgent call–ASAP!

As a member of Stand Up SF, I’ve been meeting with the offices of Congresswomen Feinstein and Pelosi. To assist them in getting our government re-opened and our country safe, they have asked for personal stories from Californians of how the shutdown has a direct adverse impact. If you or someone you know has lost income, lost work, or lost access to services, please email me your story in two paragraphs, with a photo. (my email is carolepaints@gmail.com)

I will gather up your stories and pass them on to Pelosi and Feinstein’s offices. They will be brought to the House and Senate floor to help underscore the real-world impact of the shutdown and to build consensus for an end to it. Help personalize this damaging standstill.

Please share and pass along to your friends/relatives/contacts/social media webs. Voices from red districts in California–especially the Central Valley–will be particularly helpful to convince Republican members of Congress.

Thank you so much!


We have a brand new shipment of sturdy tote bags, manufactured ethically in the USA, bearing the Stand Up San Francisco logo. They’ll be great for finding one another at big rallies, or just showing your pride in being an active member of the Resistance! Tote bags will be available at general meetings; pay what you can. Huge thanks to member Laura for design and coordination!


Want to join the Stand Up SF Slack channel?  Reply to info@standupsf.net and we’ll get you set up.  If you’ve already joined and need some assistance, let us know; we’re happy to give you whatever help you need to get you up to speed!


UPCOMING EVENTS


Senator Feinstein Office Action
Friday, February 15
11:00 AM – 12:00 NOON
REGISTER NOW

Stand Up SF General Meeting
Sunday, February 17
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street
REGISTER NOW

Thanks for all you do,

Rachel

Workers deserve to be paid

Trump’s shutdown drags on. The House and Senate did manage to pass a bill ensuring that workers will be paid for this and future shutdowns. Contractors, however, are not covered.

Senators Feinstein and Harris have both signed Senator Sherrod Brown’s letter to the Office of Management and Budget, asking the administration to direct agencies to compensate contractors for lost wages. But these workers deserve stronger protection.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call our Senators and ask them to support legislation to pay contractors, should Brown introduce it. Call Speaker Pelosi and ask her to support HR 339, introduced by Rep Eleanor Holmes Norton, to provide for the compensation of Federal contractors.


A personal message from member Carole:

Urgent call–needed in the next 48 hours (By Friday 1/18 if possible)

As a member of Stand Up SF, I’ve been meeting with the offices of Congresswomen Feinstein and Pelosi. To assist them in getting our government re-opened and our country safe, they have asked for personal stories from Californians of how the shutdown has a direct adverse impact. If you or someone you know has lost income, lost work, or lost access to services, please email me your story in two paragraphs, with a photo. (my email is carolepaints@gmail.com)

I will gather up your stories and pass them on to Pelosi and Feinstein’s offices. They will be brought to the House and Senate floor to help underscore the real-world impact of the shutdown and to build consensus for an end to it. Help personalize this damaging standstill.

Please share and pass along to your friends/relatives/contacts/social media webs. Voices from red districts in California–especially the Central Valley–will be particularly helpful to convince Republican members of Congress.

Thank you so much!


Schwag is here! We have a brand new shipment of sturdy tote bags, manufactured ethically in the USA, bearing the Stand Up San Francisco logo. They’ll be great for finding one another at big rallies, like this Saturday’s Women’s March. Pay what you can. Huge thanks to member Laura for design and coordination!


Want to join the Stand Up SF Slack channel?  Reply to info@standupsf.net and we’ll get you set up.  If you’ve already joined and need some assistance, let us know; we’re happy to give you whatever help you need to get you up to speed!

Support families at the border

Trump has shut down the government with a tantrum over his toxic wall, and all our MoCs are home for the holidays. Meanwhile, thousands of desperate, tired people from the refugee caravan are stuck at the border in Tijuana waiting in camps and seeking their right to asylum. It’s a horrible way to spend the holidays — but we can help.

Families Belong Together is providing tents, clean drinking water, and humanitarian supplies to bring relief for the families stuck at the border this holiday season. Please give what you can to support them.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Whose House? Our House! Indivisible Day of Action
Thursday, January 3
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Federal Building, 90 70th Street
Indivisible SF invites you to celebrate winning The House (and Leader Pelosi regaining her Speakership) and raise your voice for a progressive agenda in 2019.
LEARN MORE

Join us for the Women’s March!
Saturday, January 19
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Stand Up SF will be leading a contingent this year. REGISTER NOW

Stand Up SF General Meeting
Sunday, January 20
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street
REGISTER NOW

Senate Republicans’ unconstitutional attack on bodily autonomy

Senate Republicans forced a vote on a 20-week abortion ban.

My friends, this one is very personal. I’ve been lucky enough to carry two children to term, through uncomplicated pregnancies. I cherished my unborn daughters. At the same time, those experiences convinced me as nothing else has ever done, that a pregnant person must be entitled to terminate their pregnancy, as an inviolable principle of bodily autonomy.

Pregnant people risk their peace of mind, their health, and even their lives, to bear children. No one should ever be forced to do so against their will.

We can disagree about many things. We cannot agree to violate a person’s right to their own body. As the Supreme Court has clearly ruled, to do so is unconstitutional.

In January, Dianne Feinstein said: “I remember what it was like before Roe v. Wade. I know the lengths women took so they could make their own decisions regarding their health and their destiny. I know all too well just how dangerous it was before Roe v. Wade, and I’ll continue to fight to protect a woman’s hard-fought right to control her own body.”

Kamala Harris also opposed the ban. Please call our Senators and thank them for standing up for women. Please ask them to urge their Republican colleagues to do the same.

Turning our outrage into coordinated political muscle

It was wonderful to see so many Stand Up SF members at Senator Harris’ Town Hall yesterday in Oakland. We took up an entire row! The event had the excitement of a two-way pep rally with both sides cheering the other on. We kept whipping out our ‘Agree!’ and ‘Thank You!’ signs, while our other signs lay unused in our laps. Senator Harris continued to stress that we have the power, and that we need to continue to take that power. She said this moment  is a time of inflection, it is challenging us to fight, to stand up. She also said:

“Let’s not throw up our hands when it’s time to roll up our sleeves.”


She talked about DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, being a battle the Senate will take up as soon as it is back in session. There are 220,000 Dreamers in CA, brought here when they were children, who know no other home. She urged us not to lose any steam on marching and shouting until everyone recognizes this truth:

Unless you are a native American, you are an immigrant.
We are all immigrants.

She urged us to keep fighting for all who suffer discrimination including immigrants and our transgender brothers, sisters, friends and neighbors. She implored us to keep standing up for criminal justice reform, to rally against private prisons whose profits increase when the prison population increases, and to speak out against mandatory minimum sentences and bringing back the failed programs that treat drug use as a criminal problem vs. a public health problem.

She brought up climate change, and mentioned that the Environment and Public Works committee that she is part of actually asked its members whether science should be the basis of public policy. This simply confirmed for us that things are as bad as we already knew.

One audience member asked what can be done legislatively to create equity across public schools. She pointed out that schools are funded 90% by local property taxes, so the quality of the school is determined by the wealth of the neighborhood in which it sits. Senator Harris said she is very concerned about the direction DeVos is taking public education, and she is studying the inroads where she can take action. She said she believes there is a direct correlation between public education and public safety, that you have to pay on one side or the other. She also said that she expects the states will come up with some creative resources.

Another audience member pointed out that LGBTQ people have no Federal civil rights protection. Sen. Harris talked about S. 1006, the Equality Act, that she and Sen. Feinstein and 43 others have co-signed, which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation. But sadly, like many other Dem-sponsored bills, this bill has little chance of passage while Republicans remain in control of Congress.

Senator Harris also announced that she intends to co-sponsor the “Medicare for All” bill that Bernie Sanders is expected to release on Sept. 13.

She ended the event by asking us to re-dedicate ourselves to the fight ahead.

We need to continue to rise up together and block the worst from happening, like we did with the ACA repeal, while at the same time laying the groundwork in each flippable district so we can take back the House in 2018.

Mark your calendars for our September meeting!
Sunday, Sept 17th, 2-4pm
Noe Valley Library

For some inspiration, I leave you with this Rolling Stone article: How a New Generation of Progressive Activists Is Leading the Trump Resistance. The author describes how the election of Donald Trump “awoke a sleeping giant of progressive activism” and how groups like ours “have transformed their diffuse outrage into coordinated political muscle.“

Let’s continue to turn our outrage into coordinated political muscle.

Stand Up SF actions:

  • H.R.3003, No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, would make it easier for the federal government to detain immigrants by forcing cities and localities to comply with ICE and federal immigration enforcement or risk losing federal funding. H.R.3004, Kate’s Law, would result in higher levels of incarceration for immigrants by dramatically increasing criminal sentencing for reentry cases. Call both Senators and tell them they must vote against these bills. “Hi, my name is ___ and I am a constituent. I am calling the senator to tell her our community is against the “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act” and “Kate’s Law” bills. These bills will terrorize our immigrant friends and families. This is not who we are.”
  • Demand that Congress convene an emergency session immediately to take action for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Call all three MoCs and say: “As a constituent, I urge you to reconvene Congress in emergency session immediately to take action for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Many thousands of people now need emergency assistance such as housing. FEMA has proposed that individual Americans privately fund Hurricane Harvey relief efforts themselves. This is unacceptable. Reconvene now to provide all needed relief, to prepare for future disasters, and to properly address climate change as the crisis that it is.”
  • Deadline 9/1: California is working toward the goal of 1.5 million electric cars on the road by 2025. As part of that, Senators will be debating four crucial bills (AB-193, AB-615, AB-964, and AB-1082) next week that would get more electric cars on the road while making sure they’re accessible to people of all incomes. Call Senator Wiener and tell him to vote YES on electric cars for everyone. (script)