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

End the lies

Every day in America, women in search of vital health services are deceived by fake women’s health centers masquerading as abortion clinics. At today’s meeting, we learned that even here in San Francisco, women who need contraception or abortions are tricked by misleading advertising into visiting fake “health” clinics, where they are told outright lies about their options.

Now, the FACT Act, which requires these facilities to post basic information about the medical training (or lack thereof) of their staff, is under attack, and the Supreme Court is about to hand down a decision about whether California can regulate these fake women’s health centers. This is the first abortion-related case to be decided under this court.

Meanwhile, the “domestic gag rule” attack on Title X is moving forward nationally, forcing real medical providers to lie by omission about abortions, while loosening restrictions on fake health centers so they can continue to push anti-choice lies and propaganda. No policy this extreme has ever been implemented in the United States before — and the consequences could be devastating. Many patients — a significant number of whom are people of color — would be cut off entirely from reproductive care.

We’re facing a huge threat to reproductive freedom. We need to fight like our rights and lives depend on it, because they do.


TWO THINGS YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Sign up to attend a rally at City Hall, hosted by NARAL Pro-Choice California, on the day of the Supreme Court decision, and share the link with your friends.

Send a public comment to the Department of Health and Human Services, demanding they drop the gag rule. Get talking points here.


STAND UP SF AND THE 2018 ELECTIONS


Today, we discussed with Stand Up SF members how we can best use our time between now and November. Without a Democratic majority in Congress, we will continue to hear from our representatives that there isn’t much we can do to stop the GOP from continuing to erode our rights, so Indivisible national is urging all groups to focus on activities that will flip seats.

Among our members, there was a broad consensus that getting out the vote is crucial right now, and should even take precedence over our MoC visits for the moment. Leadership will be discussing our next steps and will keep you posted. Meanwhile, if you have thoughts on this issue, your voice is welcome at policy@standupsf.net


RECENT ACTIONS


Read our report from our 6/6 action with Senator Harris’ office. Find other action reports, talking points, and more in our Public Library.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Grassroots Organizing (GO) Team in Tracy
Canvassing is the most effective way to get Democratic votes! Join us:
Saturday, June 16
11am – 4pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201
Tracy CA
REGISTER NOW and we’ll follow up with details.

Brown Bag Brunch with Feinstein Staff
Tuesday, June 19
10:30am – 11:30am
301 Mission Street, lobby area – note new address!
REGISTER NOW

Fireside Chat with Pelosi Staff
Wednesday, June 27
6pm – 7pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St.
REGISTER NOW

The GOP loves free speech, unless it’s about abortion

One of the Trump administration’s first acts in office was enacting the “global gag rule,” which strips funding for health care providers around the world unless they agree not to mention abortion. This leads to denial of crucial health care in all the countries the US provides aid to.

Now, politicians in the House are working to force this disastrous policy in the United States — and we need to stop it before it gets any further. The domestic gag rule would take away Title X funds from health care providers unless they agree never to mention abortions.

Four million people across the country get their health care through Title X, and they would be unable to access health care or even know all their health care options. This is unprecedented — and the consequences would be devastating.

With our right to control our bodies being stripped away state by state (Iowa just passed a law outlawing abortion after six weeks, when most women don’t even know they’re pregnant), it’s vital that we protect the right to choose on a federal level.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Congresswoman Pelosi and ask for her commitment to oppose the domestic gag rule. You can say, “I’m calling to express my concern that lawmakers are lobbying the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to adopt a domestic gag rule around Title X. The domestic gag rule would withhold funds from ANY health care provider unless they agree to never mention the word “abortion” — putting the health care of the four million people at risk. I’m asking the Congresswoman to commit to opposing any and all attempts to pass a domestic gag rule around the Title X family planning program.”


UPCOMING EVENTS


Fireside Chat with Pelosi Staff
Thursday, May 10
6pm – 7pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St.
Under-enrolled — please attend if you can!
REGISTER NOW

Brown Bag Lunch with Feinstein Staff
Friday, May 18
12pm – 1pm
301 Mission Street, lobby area – note new address!
REGISTER NOW

Grassroots Organizing (GO) Team in Tracy
Don’t miss your last chance before the primaries to get out the vote and flip a house seat!
Saturday, May 19
11am – 4pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201
Tracy CA
REGISTER NOW and we’ll follow up with details.

Stand Up SF General Meeting with special guest: Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
Sunday, May 20

2-4pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St.
REGISTER NOW

You can defeat Roy Moore

Hey, you. Yes, you, blue-stater. Do you want to keep a pedophile out of the Senate? Do you want to put a Democrat into a historically Republican Senate seat, to help us win close votes on critical nominations and issues like health care and tax bills?

Do you want to stop Roy Moore, a serial harasser and assaulter of teenage girls, and proponent of slavery and of outlawing homosexuality, from becoming Alabama’s next senator?

You can help Democrat Doug Jones win that Senate seat. You just need two spare hours, a comfy chair, and a computer. You don’t have to pick up the phone. You just have to send a few texts.

Election day in Alabama is this Tuesday, and the race, incredibly, is too close to call. We have TWO DAYS to make a difference!


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Get out the vote. Sign up for a shift at Indivisible’s text-bank for Doug Jones today, tomorrow, or Tuesday, anytime from 7am to 7pm.


NEWS


You might have noticed you haven’t seen an email from Phyllis in a while. She’s had to step away from Stand Up San Francisco for personal reasons, for an indefinite time. We are looking forward to reconnecting with her at the holiday party.

I am thrilled to announce that Rachel has joined our leadership team as of this week, and she will be working with Paul and me to steer Stand Up SF. She has a lot of great ideas about our work on the 2018 elections and we’re thrilled to have her aboard. She will be contributing as a member of our Policy Team as well. Please join me in welcoming Rachel to leadership!

We are continuing to recruit great leaders like Rachel! If you or someone you know has energy to give to Stand Up SF, check out the opportunities on our volunteer page. Want to do something but don’t see it listed? Just drop us a line.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Brown Bag Lunch with Sen. Feinstein Staff
Monday, December 11th
12pm
Rooftop garden (weather permitting), Crocker Galleria
50 Post St
REGISTER NOW

Crucial events this week

It’s recess week, and that means our representatives are at home where they can hear you in person. It’s all hands on deck to stop TrumpCare AGAIN, this time as part of the #TrumpTaxScam. And have you heard? The GOP have sneaked anti-choice “personhood” language into the bill! This week, raise your voice to demand that our representatives do everything in their power to stop it.

TODAY at noon: Join Stand Up SF members at Congresswoman Pelosi’s office to thank her for her ongoing defense of the Affordable Care Act (now once again at risk), and talk strategy for winning back the House in 2018. SIGN UP NOW!

TOMORROW at noon: Come out for an all-Indivisibles protest in front of Senator Feinstein’s office to stop the tax scam and ACA sabotage. Tell Senator Feinstein she must withhold consent to proceed on this bill. Learn more and sign up.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call both senators and demand that the “personhood” language be removed from the tax bill. (call tool and script)

Not comfortable making phone calls? Try Resistbot, and send a fax to both Senators in under 2 minutes!


UPCOMING EVENTS


Senator Harris Office Visit
Thursday, November 30th
12pm
50 United Nations Plaza
REGISTER NOW