This is a fight we can win.

Trump announces his Supreme Court nominee tomorrow. It doesn’t matter who it is, they will be terrible: committed to overturning Roe v. Wade and attacking the Affordable Care Act, voting rights, environmental protections, and LGBTQ+ rights.

Indivisible is fighting this nomination nationwide alongside many other civil rights groups. This is going to be a hard one to win: we need to get 51 senators (including two Republicans) to refuse to confirm any nominee. But we can win. It will require massive, sustained, collective action.

I’m proud to say our action at Sen. Harris’ office this week is fully booked, and we will be speaking out in coalition with members of NARAL to drive home the importance of this fight. But there’s a call we still need to make.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Senator Feinstein and ask what she is doing to make sure Democratic senators refuse Trump’s nominees, and how she is securing Republican votes.


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-ThonSign up for any of the events below: 


STAND UP SF TAKES BACK CONGRESS


We’re offering a new option this week to get out the vote from your home: sign up to call or text with ACLU’s People Power. Stand Up SF Member Kathleen says, “I have enjoyed doing it. It is a great start to texting because the audience is so supportive.” Sign up today!


UPCOMING EVENTS


Stand Up SF July General Meeting
Bring a friend next Sunday to meet CARA, the California Alliance for Retired Americans. Learn about their Senior Vote 2018 initiative, and how you can become a Senior Ambassador to win back Congress this November. And plan to join us at Philz Coffee to socialize after the meeting!
Sunday, July 15
2pm – 4pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street
REGISTER NOW

Grassroots Organizing (GO) Team in Tracy
Canvassing is the most effective way to get Democratic votes! Join us:
Saturday, July 21
11am – 4pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201
Tracy CA
REGISTER NOW and we’ll follow up with details.

Coffee with Senator Feinstein’s staff
Friday, July 27
10am – 11am
301 Mission Street (lobby area)
REGISTER NOW

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

Every one of us counts.

Let’s start today with a piece of hopeful news that you might have missed. An election in Wisconsin this week for a seat on the state Supreme Court was won handily by a circuit court judge named Rebecca Dallet, in the face of the efforts of Republican Governor Scott Walker and the whole GOP establishment.

Why is this notable? Because this was the first time in 23 years that a liberal candidate who wasn’t an incumbent won a seat on the state’s high court. As GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell admitted today about Republican prospects in November’s midterms: “We know the wind is going to be in our face. We don’t know whether it’s going to be a Category 3, 4 or 5.”

Let’s make it a 5.


A FAIR COUNT FOR A FAIR COUNTRY


The U.S. Census can seem like a fairly uncontroversial topic — until you realize that the count of who’s present in America is used to determine congressional apportionment for the next decade, allocate federal funding for infrastructure, and serve as the basis for huge amounts of American research. And right now, the Trump administration is working to game the 2020 census to suppress the votes and voices of their constituents — even changing the process in attempts to undercount immigrants and minorities and avoid counting LGBTQ people entirely.

The census determines for the next ten years who we are and how our voices count.

WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW

Call California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and voice your support for his decision to sue the Trump Administration over the plan to add a citizenship question to U.S. census-taking.

Call Senator Harris and thank her for co-sponsoring Senate bill S.2580: The Every Person Counts Act, which would remove the citizenship question from the census.

Call Senator Feinstein and ask her to co-sponsor Senate bill S.2580.

Call Nancy Pelosi and ask her to support a similar bill in the House of Representatives.


APRIL MEETING GUEST SPEAKER: JEFF SHEEHY


We hope you can attend our next monthly Stand Up SF meeting on Sunday, April 15, 2-4pm at the Noe Valley Library, where we’ll have a special guest speaker: San Francisco District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy. He’ll be speaking to us about what resistance to the Trump agenda can look like on a local level. Be sure to register now so that we can save a seat for you!

Thank you for all that you do,
Paul


UPCOMING EVENTS


Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi Office Action
Monday, April 9, 3-4pm
90 7th Street Suite 2-800
San Francisco
REGISTER NOW

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

Tracy Grassroots Organizing (GO) Team
Saturday, April 21, 11am-4pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201
Tracy
REGISTER NOW

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Stand Up SF April Meeting
Sun, April 15, 2-4pm
Noe Valley Library
Guest speaker: Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, SF District 8
REGISTER NOW

Honor the real Dr. King

We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
–Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Letter from Birmingham Jail

Tomorrow, we struggle to honor Martin Luther King, an American hero. While for many white people, this takes the form of a three-day weekend and clearance sales, still others misremember the man as little more than a gentle preacher who “had a dream”, known for nonviolent protests and beloved by all. It’s time to explode that comfortable myth.

Dr. King was a radical. He was an outspoken critic of the undermining of Black resistance by well-meaning white people, of American imperialism, of capitalism, and of war. When you read Letter from Birmingham Jail, you see a man who is tired of waiting for white supremacy to discover its foundational error, who will struggle on toward truth at the cost of popular approval. Martin Luther King wasn’t popular, and his willingness to challenge power and privilege cost him his life.

The struggle endures. The GOP continues to suppress the votes of people of color, to prevent free and fair elections (the only way they can win). As we gear up for this year’s crucial elections, let’s take inspiration from King’s resistance. Let’s fight back, in King’s name as well as our own.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Join the campaign to Let People Vote, led by the ACLU.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Women’s March: Noe Valley contingent!
Saturday, January 20th
12:30pm – 3:30pm
Join our fellow activists Action SF for the Women’s March. GET THE DETAILS

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

A glimpse of a better future

Yes, it really happened. Doug Jones, who prosecuted Ku Klux Klan domestic terrorists, defeated credibly-accused child molester Roy Moore to take Jeff Sessions’ Alabama Senate seat away from the GOP.A

It just got a whole lot harder for Republicans to legislate Trump’s destructive agenda. 

This spectacular Twitter thread from progressive journalist Al Giordano describes how Jones won: old-fashioned feet on the street. The NAACP and Black churches mobilized to get out the vote. The same winning strategy created the blue wave in Virginia last month.

If we can win in Alabama, we can win anywhere. And we must. Progressive Americans spent 2017 in a holding pattern. We kept up the pressure on our Members of Congress. We resisted successive attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. We haven’t retreated, but we can’t advance.

To move forward, we need more votes in the Senate and the House. We need Senate wins in Nevada and Arizona. We need House seats everywhere.

That’s why I’m delighted to join Laura and Paul on the leadership team of Stand Up SF. It’s also why I’m committing to working with SwingLeft to defeat Jeff Dunham in CA District 10 in 2018.

You can sign up for SwingLeft here. Let’s make last night’s victory the first of many.

Thanks for everything you do.