Laura Shapiro

“I don’t know why there aren’t uprisings all over the country”

“Any parents here, mother or father, knows that this is barbaric. This is not what America is. But this is the policy of the Trump administration. I just don’t even know why there aren’t uprisings all over the country. And maybe there will be, when people realize that this is a policy that they defend.”
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Our representatives are justifiably outraged at the separation of children from their parents at the border. Rallies demanding that #FamiliesBelongTogether have in fact been taking place all over the country, but what Congresswoman Pelosi’s comments suggest that we need to be a LOT louder on this issue.

We cannot allow our government to imprison children for any reason. We cannot allow people of color to be held in indefinite detention. We must take action.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Congresswoman Pelosi and ask her to co-sponsor H.R.5950, the HELP Separated Children Act, which strengthens protections for immigrant families while they are in ICE custody. There’s a script you can use at the bottom of this page (you can also use Resistbot).

Extra credit: Help separated families now. Donate to RAICES, a nonprofit legal agency that works with underserved immigrants, to raise the money needed to post bond and reunite these children with their families. Then sign up for action updates from Families Belong Together, so you can be alerted the next time there’s a rally.


STAND UP SF TAKES BACK CONGRESS


Resistance is not enough; we must also elect Democrats to reclaim our country. Kathleen is now our phone banking organizer for the 2018 elections. She’ll be contacting you soon about our first Stand Up SF phone bank. Meanwhile, we are strongly encouraging every one of you to attend Democracy Action’s phone- and text-banking events. There’s one today — see the “UPCOMING EVENTS” section below to sign up.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Phone Bank for Sen. McCaskill with Democracy Action
TODAY, June 17
1-4pm
2624 3rd St., SF
SIGN UP NOW!

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

Senator Harris Office Visit
Wednesday, July 11
3pm – 4pm
333 Bush Street, Suite 3325
REGISTER NOW

Rachel Chalmers

Get kids out of prison camps

There are children in jail in Texas for the crime of being brown. MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff visited a “shelter” for detained child migrants today. “This place is called a shelter but these kids are incarcerated,” he said.

These children are taken from their parents by force. After losing his son in the McAllen, Texas processing center, Marco Antonio Muñoz killed himself. On Saturday, Rep Pramila Jayapal visited 170 women in prison in Seattle:

Some of them said they could hear their children screaming for them in the next room. The children ranged anywhere from one to teenagers.

The facilities are at capacity. Now the administration wants to build prison camps, for children.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW

Call Senators Feinstein and Harris. Thank them for supporting the Immigrant Family Separation Bill. Ask them to get these children out of prison.

STAND UP SAN FRANCISCO GET OUT THE VOTE

We need more votes in Congress. At our general meeting on Sunday, we decided to start phone banking to get out the vote in November. Kathleen Murray has graciously agreed to lead our efforts. If you’re willing to open your house to SUSF members for two hours of phone banking, please let Kathleen know.

UPCOMING EVENTS


Tracy GO Team
Saturday, June 16
11am-4pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201, Tracy CA
REGISTER NOW

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

Fireside Chat with Pelosi Staff
Wednesday, June 27
6-7pm
Noe Valley Library Branch
REGISTER NOW

Senator Harris Office Visit
Wednesday, July 11
3-4pm
333 Bush Street, Suite 3325
REGISTER NOW

Stand Up SF General Meeting
Sunday, July 15
2-4pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St.
REGISTER NOW

Thanks for all you do,

Rachel

Laura Shapiro

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

Rachel Chalmers

How much your work matters

We’re making a difference. In California’s 10th Congressional district, where SUSF has been canvassing since February, Democratic candidate Josh Harder appears to have won second place over a Republican by fewer than a thousand votes.

California’s top-two rule means that only the winner and second place finisher advance to the general election in November. We feared that we’d get locked out of key races for taking back the HouseWe’re still in the game – for now.

The narrow margins everywhere underscore the importance of our work in CA-10. Every vote counts.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW

Join the Blue Wave. There are many different ways to contribute:

UPCOMING EVENTS


Stand Up SF General Meeting with special guest: NARAL Pro-Choice America
Sunday, June 10
2-3:30pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St.
REGISTER NOW

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

Fireside Chat with Pelosi Staff
Wednesday, June 27
6-7pm
Noe Valley Library Branch
REGISTER NOW

Thanks for all you do,

Rachel

Laura Shapiro

Following in Nixon’s footsteps

Did you see it? In a secret memo to special counsel Mueller released yesterday, the President argued that it’s impossible for him to obstruct justice, because he is the President.

Maybe you remember hearing something like this before?

“When the president does it, that means it is not illegal.
— Richard Nixon

Trump clearly believes the law does not apply to him. This assertion is clearly intended to protect him from being accused of any crime, perhaps even to establish a precedent of immunity for sitting presidents. This is bigger than firing Mueller or Rosenstein. It suggests that Trump can get away with any crime. It should be terrifying to anyone who believes in democracy.

And yet all three of our MoCs have been silent on this story so far. They need to make public statements, immediately, to condemn this shameful assertion of limitless power.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Senators Feinstein and Harris, and Congresswoman Pelosi, and tell them to state their disapproval. You can say, Hi, I’m [NAME] calling from San Francisco, and I wanted to tell the [Senator/Congresswoman] that I am appalled by the memo revealing that Trump believes he can break the law with impunity. The assertion that the President has unlimited power over criminal justice is dangerous to our democracy. I am asking the [Senator/Congresswoman] to make a public statement as soon as possible that condemns this tyrannical idea.”


RECENT ACTIONS


Read our report from our 5/10 action with . Find other action reports, talking points, and more in our Public Library.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Senator Harris Office Action
Wednesday, June 6
3pm – 4pm
333 Bush Street, Suite 3325
REGISTER NOW

This event is under-subscribed — please join us if you can!

Stand Up SF General Meeting with special guest: NARAL Pro-Choice America
Sunday, June 10

2-3:30pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St.
REGISTER NOW

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