Rachel Chalmers

Tracy dates and Super States

Although it seems forever in Trump-administration-time, the midterms that restored the House to Democratic control were only three short months ago. I hope you’re feeling rested and refreshed, because it’s time to start working on 2020. There’s a lot to do!

  • Have you been missing our sunny Saturdays in Tracy? Robin Cole and the rest of the Greater Tracy Dems are already back in harness. Sign up here for the Thank you canvass this Saturday, or clear your weekends in spring for issues canvasses. In June we’ll adopt another weekend day a month, and resurrect the Beast of the Resistance, our trusty carpool van.
  • Much as we love our friends in District 10, our ambitions are national. SwingLeft is putting together a Super State strategy to concentrate our efforts where they’ll do the most good. Read all about it here.

ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


At the same time, the calendar is barreling toward February 15th, the next shutdown showdown. Please call your senators and encourage them to stand strong and support a conference agreement that has no new funding for the wall. And thank them for fighting to ensure that federal contractors receive their back pay as well.

For those of you not comfortable with making phone calls, Resistbot is an excellent option!  Your MOC gets your message, and no human interaction is required.  It’s a beautiful thing.


A personal message from member Carole:

Urgent call!

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!

[NOTE: Despite the shutdown ending, let’s continue to collect these stories.  It remains to be seen whether Trump will try this stunt again if he doesn’t get his way.]


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!


Want to help register new citizens to vote with Susan P. and Democracy Action?  It’s an incredibly rewarding and moving experience.  The naturalization ceremony is Wednesday, Feb.13, in Oakland.  Morning and afternoon shifts are available, rain-dependent of course!


Mark your calendar… Citizens Climate Lobby will be speaking at our next meeting!  They are a non-partisan group of grassroots activists who have been fighting for over a decade to influence climate policy through relationships with their elected officials (sound familiar?).

They have recently been successful in getting bipartisan legislation introduced in the House called H.R. 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.

They’re coming to talk to us about finding consensus at a time when talk of the environment often sparks heated debate.  We’ll also find out how we can help in their endeavor, and what methods they’ve found effective in influencing our MOCs and creating change.  It should be an interesting discussion.  Come join us at the library!


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

Senator Harris Office Action
Wednesday, February 20
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
REGISTER NOW

Rachel Chalmers

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

Rachel Chalmers

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!

Rachel Chalmers

No more deaths

No one should have to risk death in their search for a better life. Nor should anyone be punished for trying to save lives.

Yet 8000 people have died on our Southern border since the 1990s. And now, unbelievably, people are facing prosecution for helping those in need.

Volunteers from our organization, No More Deaths/No Más Muertes, hike year-round along remote trails in the Arizona section of the Sonoran Desert, which spans Arizona, California and northwestern Mexico. We leave water, food, blankets and other basic necessities along the desert’s migration corridors.

But the federal government is trying to make our humanitarian aid criminal.

Trials begin next Tuesday, January 15. This government would outlaw human kindness. We will not be intimidated.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Elizabeth Strange, First Assistant US Attorney for Arizona, at (520) 620-7419, and ask her to drop all charges against the nine No More Deaths volunteers. There’s a sample script here.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Senator Feinstein Office Action
Tuesday, January 15
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
REGISTER NOW

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

Rachel Chalmers

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