A fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work

The numbers are so familiar, they are boring. Women working full-time in the United States earn 80 cents for every dollar paid to their male peers. For women of color, the picture is far worse. Black women earn 61 cents, Native American women 58 cents, and Latinas only 53 cents. This wage gap holds in every state. The causes are complex, but this kind of systemic discrimination has proved intractable to any remedy but public policy.

HR7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, would make it safe for workers to compare their compensation, take salary history (often weaponized against women) off the negotiating table, and reaffirm the right of groups of workers who have suffered discrimination to take their complaints to the courts.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


The good news is, HR7 is co-sponsored by every Democratic House member. Call Nancy Pelosi and thank her for supporting this timely and important legislation.

For extra credit – it’s only two days till the shutdown clock runs down again. Call Senators Feinstein and Harris and ask them to keep standing firm: no more physical barriers, and no additional ICE beds. Shy on the phone? Resistbot is your friend.

A new hope

There has never been a Congress like itSworn in today, the 116th Congress includes over 100 women, the largest number ever. Membership of the Congressional Black and Hispanic Caucuses are at an all-time high. The youngest ever, the first openly bisexual, the first two Native American, and the first two Muslim congresswomen all took their seats.

Thanks to so many of you who trekked out to CA-10 to canvass for him, our neighbor Josh Harder was among them.

But for me, the high point of the day came when our own Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi updated her Facebook page from “Minority Leader” to “House Speaker.”

For the first time since the 2016 election, we have a legislative foothold from which to resist the Trump agenda.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Volunteer to help out behind the scenes with Stand Up San Francisco. We too have new leadership, new ideas, and many roles we can craft to your fit your talents and temperament.


UPCOMING EVENTS


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

Thanks for all you do,

Rachel

Don’t let VAWA lapse

Scenes of border agents illegally tear-gassing women and children made for a sombre Thanksgiving holiday this year. It’s hard to know how to respond to such atrocities. What we can be thankful for is that our own Senators have already condemned these actions. (Nancy Pelosi has been a little busy this week getting nominated for the Speakership with overwhelming support. Much more on that to come.)

As ever, this administration’s failings force us to remain vigilant on multiple fronts. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) won a short-term reauthorization earlier this year, but that lapses on December 7th.

You may remember that this law was Joe Biden’s signature legislative achievement, and his tacit apology for his shabby treatment of Anita Hill in the confirmation hearings for Clarence Thomas. Christine Blasey Ford’s courageous testimony against Brett Kavanaugh is a sobering reminder of how little has changed.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call all three MoCs and ask them to vote YES on H.R. 6545: The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2018.

Don’t like making calls? Use Resistbot.

Make them pay

Yesterday, we watched in outrage as Republicans sold out women and Democracy and voted to seat Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court. A lot of us felt helpless this week watching these events play out, and realizing what they will mean for the future of this country.

But we aren’t helpless. The fight isn’t over. There will be no justice in America until we vote out Donald Trump and end Republican control of Congress. Every senator who voted for Kavanaugh should lose their job, and we are going to make that happen.

Election day is one month away. Stand Up San Francisco is leading canvasses in Tracy every Saturday from now until then, to take a House seat away from Republican Jeff Denham. Join us in our minivan, which Rachel calls “The Beast of the Resistance”, for a fun and vitally important day out.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Sign up to join the Tracy GO Team next Saturday, or October 20th, or October 27th.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Resistathon is back!
Join fellow activists for a week of activities to support Democratic candidates, including phone banks, canvasses, postcard parties, and even an art show!
LEARN MORE AND SIGN UP

Senator Harris office visit
Tuesday, October 9
1pm – 2pm
333 Bush Street, Suite 3325
REGISTER

Tracy GO Team 10/13
Saturday, October 13
10am – 3pm
Tracy, CA
REGISTER NOW

Flip-the-House phone bank at Shannon’s
Wednesday, October 17
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
137 Crown Court #6
REGISTER NOW

Tracy GO Team 10/20
Saturday, October 20
10am – 3pm
Tracy, CA
REGISTER NOW

Stand Up SF October Meeting
Don’t miss this crucial meeting to discuss the upcoming election and the future of Stand Up San Francisco.

Sunday, October 21
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Bethany United Methodist Church — note new location!
1270 Sanchez Street
REGISTER NOW

Tracy GO Team 10/27
Saturday, October 27
10am – 3pm
Tracy, CA
REGISTER NOW

Don’t see an event that works for you? Sign up for one of these! You’ll see some familiar faces there, too.

TONIGHT: Emergency vigil to stop Kavanaugh

Can you spend one hour tonight to help make sure Brett Kavanaugh never sits on the Supreme Court? While sending a powerful message that you believe women and will never support anyone who assaults us?

The Senate could vote to to confirm Kavanaugh as soon as Friday, without a thorough FBI investigation. That’s why tonight there are emergency vigils and protests across the country. Together, we will send a message to Congress—especially on-the-fence senators—and to the media that Kavanaugh must never, ever be confirmed.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO TODAY


Attend tonight’s vigil on the steps of City Hall, 7:30pm.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Resistathon is back!
Join fellow activists for a week of activities to support Democratic candidates, including phone banks, canvasses, postcard parties, and even an art show!
LEARN MORE AND SIGN UP

Senator Harris office visit
Tuesday, October 9
1pm – 2pm
333 Bush Street, Suite 3325
REGISTER NOW

Flip-the-House phone bank at Shannon’s
Wednesday, October 17
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
137 Crown Court #6
REGISTER NOW

Tracy GO Team – Get out the vote!
Saturday, October 20
10am – 3pm
Tracy, CA
REGISTER NOW

Stand Up SF October Meeting
Don’t miss this crucial meeting to discuss the upcoming election and the future of Stand Up San Francisco.

Sunday, October 21
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Bethany United Methodist Church — note new location!
1270 Sanchez Street
REGISTER NOW

Don’t see a phone bank that works for you? Sign up for one of these! You’ll see some familiar faces there, too.