Laura Shapiro

Ring in the new

When Trump was elected, I realized I needed to do more.

I have worked for causes my whole career, always given money, signed petitions, voted. It wasn’t enough. In those first grim days of November 2016, Paul and I had been working hard every day for the Hillary campaign, and we were exhausted and depressed. The situation demanded urgency, but it was hard to know what to do about it.

When I read the Indivisible Guide, back then just a Google doc being passed around on Twitter, I said to Paul “this could be it.” The idea of constituent pressure appealed to me, the idea of using the Tea Party’s tactics against them appealed to me, I admit, even more. Paul said, “I want to do something that works.” Indivisible strategies had a proven track record. And so we leapt into the unknown, into leadership.

Stand Up San Francisco’s first meeting astonished me, as over 100 people crammed into the Noe Valley Library’s little meeting room to raise their voices in solidarity and commit to a new way of being in the world: as activists and as comrades, for the long haul.

Since then, every day that I’ve worked for Stand Up SF has been a day that I’ve been able to feel certain that I was doing something, doing more, making a difference. Every day I’ve been able to take some action to stem the tide of fascism, to stop Trump in his tracks, to say “this cannot stand”. For two years, in the face of increasing horrors from this administration, I’ve had a channel for my rage and passion, and a reason to hope.

You gave that to me. You showed up, at that first meeting and at others like it. You shared your ideas, led actions, demanded that the issues dearest to you be raised with our Members of Congress — and raised them. You became part of a nationwide movement standing up for justice. You protested, you stopped Trumpcare, and a few months ago you helped elect the most diverse of progressive slate of Democratic Congresspeople in the House’s history. You gave us a chance. You did that. And I will be grateful all my life.

Now Paul and I are passing the baton to Rachel and Shannon, who couldn’t be more qualified to lead the next phase of Stand Up SF with your help. But I’ll still be making calls, showing up, learning from your example, and partnering with you in the fight ahead.

Thank you for everything you’ve done, and everything you’ll do!

Laura

The most important political office is that of the private citizen.
—Justice Louis D. Brandeis

From the first days of Stand Up San Francisco, we knew that we were creating a vital body of lasting importance to the political conversation. Not just an effective resistance movement of the moment, but an instrument to empower the people with a crucial voice in our own governance — which is how this country was always meant to work.

Watching you, our members, learn about the intricacies of the issues of the day and engage in often-complex but necessary policy conversations has for me been both moving and heartening. Across so many different issues, you the members have always kept in mind our principles of inclusion, fairness and justice, and demanded that our elected representatives do the same. I think this is our most important legacy as founders of the group: an educated, engaged citizenry, stepping up to take our rightful place in the American system of self-government.

This is what you have built. Onward!

Paul

Rachel Chalmers

Nielsen must answer for the deaths of children

His name was Felipe Alonzo-Gomez. He traveled here from Guatemala. On December 18, he and his father were apprehended outside El Paso, Texas and taken into custody by the Customs and Border Patrol. On December 24, Felipe was pronounced dead. He was eight years old.

He is the second child to have died in CBP custody this month. Jakelin Caal Maquin lost her life only ten days earlier. She was seven. These tragedies were preventable. For months now, humanitarian groups have been sounding the alarm about the inhumane conditions in which asylum seekers are held.

Today, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen admitted that her department’s catastrophic new policies have driven the system to “a breaking point”Nielsen and the president must answer for the loss of Felipe and Jakelin.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call all three members of Congress and demand that they renew calls for Secretary Nielsen to be fired.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Whose House? Our House! Indivisible Day of Action
Thursday, January 3
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Federal Building, 90 7th Street
Indivisible SF invites you to celebrate winning The House (and Leader Pelosi regaining her Speakership) and raise your voice for a progressive agenda in 2019.
LEARN MORE

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

Laura Shapiro

Support families at the border

Trump has shut down the government with a tantrum over his toxic wall, and all our MoCs are home for the holidays. Meanwhile, thousands of desperate, tired people from the refugee caravan are stuck at the border in Tijuana waiting in camps and seeking their right to asylum. It’s a horrible way to spend the holidays — but we can help.

Families Belong Together is providing tents, clean drinking water, and humanitarian supplies to bring relief for the families stuck at the border this holiday season. Please give what you can to support them.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Whose House? Our House! Indivisible Day of Action
Thursday, January 3
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Federal Building, 90 70th Street
Indivisible SF invites you to celebrate winning The House (and Leader Pelosi regaining her Speakership) and raise your voice for a progressive agenda in 2019.
LEARN MORE

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

Rachel Chalmers

Thank Harris and Feinstein for these surprise wins

It’s another hectic and confusing news week, but let’s highlight some good news, just in time for the holidays:

  • Lynching is now a federal crime, thanks to the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act, which passed the Senate unanimously. The Act was sponsored by Cory Booker, Tim Scott and our own Kamala Harris
  • When the GOP tried to bundle the Israel Anti-Boycott Act with the appropriations bill, Bernie Sanders and our own Dianne Feinstein wrote a sharp letter of rebuke
  • And while it’s too late to save the people who have already been killed in mass shootings enabled by these devices, bump stocks have finally been banned

Your advocacy gives our Senators the political cover to do what’s right. Thank you.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Senator Harris and thank her for speaking up for victims of lynching. Call Senator Feinstein and thank her for defending free speech, and for her long and principled track record on common sense gun laws.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Get ready for the Women’s March!
Saturday, January 19
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Stand Up SF will be leading a contingent this year. Save the date!

Stand Up SF General Meeting
Sunday, January 20
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street
REGISTER NOW

 

Have a wonderful holiday, and thanks for all you do,

Rachel

Laura Shapiro

Deadline! Stop the rollback of climate protections

Tomorrow, December 17, is the deadline for submitting comments on the Trump administration’s proposal to roll back EPA controls on climate-changing methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. This rollback would increase emissions of methane, smog-forming volatile organic compounds, and toxic air pollutants, threatening our health and our environment.

You don’t need to be an expert. Comment to let federal officials know that you care about this proposed rollback, and to make the agencies respond on the record to your concerns. Adding your voice will help to show administration officials and Congress that there will be a political price to pay for failing to protect the climate.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Leave your comment and raise your voice for people and planet.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Get ready for the Women’s March!
Saturday, January 19
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Stand Up SF will be leading a contingent this year. Save the date!

Stand Up SF General Meeting
Sunday, January 20
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street
REGISTER NOW