Rachel Chalmers

Good news for your holiday Sunday

I’m just back from our monthly general meeting, always an energizing experience. I’m humbled by the integrity and thoughtfulness of our members. This month, Shannon and I tried an experiment. We ran the meeting as a working session to come up with talking points for the next round of Member of Congress actions.

Our policy team – Mary Beth, Patrick and Paul – has accomplished extraordinary things over the last two years and change. We’re eternally indebted to them for their contributions. As their attention turns to other priorities, we’re delighted to welcome new policy team members Aina and Katherine.

And we are delighted to welcome you. Talking Points should represent the concerns of Stand Up San Francisco as a group. We’re encouraged by the results of today’s working session, and we’ll continue this experiment. If you can’t make it to a general meeting, please don’t hesitate to email us your suggestions for Talking Points.

Now for the rest of today’s good news:


Call Speaker Pelosi and thank her for calling on Robert Mueller to testify in front of Congress. Televised Congressional hearings are more likely than any other channel to get the truth in front of the American public.

Rachel Chalmers

Don’t forget our DREAMers

With all the news coming at us all the time, it might be easy to forget that Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) plan in 2017. DACA was an executive branch memorandum passed by President Obama after Congress failed to pass his DREAM Act, which would have provided around 700,000 immigrants who arrived as children with a path to citizenship.

By definition, our DREAMers have done nothing wrong. To qualify for the program, applicants had to demonstrate that they had not committed a felony or serious misdemeanor. In its pointless cruelty, ending DACA is characteristic of the Trump administration. It leaves some of our brightest and most promising young people with uncertain futures.

Before the house right now is H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019. This is yet another attempt to provide our DREAMers, as well as Deferred Enforced Departure and Temporary Protected Status holders, with the pathway to citizenship they deserve.


Call Speaker Nancy Pelosi and thank her for her remarks on H. R. 6. Tell her that her constituents stand with our immigrant brothers and sisters in support of the passage of this bill.

Rachel Chalmers

Demand Congressional investigations now

The Trump administration is one arm of a transnational crime syndicate masquerading as a government. For too long its abuses have run unchecked.

Trump himself invited Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s email. Once in office, he asked then FBI director James Comey to abandon the investigation into his campaign’s dealings with Russia. The president violates the emoluments clause every time he profits from his family business while in office. Former AG Jeff Sessions and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner lied on their applications for security clearances. Those are just the first five crimes that came to mind.

The list of impeachable offenses neither begins nor ends with AG Barr’s attempts to suppress the Mueller report. This crime spree has to be stopped. We are the only ones who can stop it.


Call all three of our Members of Congress and demand:

  1. That the full Mueller report be made public; and
  2. That Congressional investigations expose the depth and breadth of known GOP corruption.
Rachel Chalmers

Who gave Kushner clearance?

Last week it emerged that the president ordered the White House Chief of Staff to approve top-secret clearance for Jared Kushner, despite serious concerns from the CIA and the FBI. This was after Kushner lied about his meetings with a Russian lawyer, the Russian ambassador and the head of a Russian bank in his original application for security clearance.

As a result of this interference, Kushner has privileged access to sensitive information about the USA’s interests. Do you trust him to handle these secrets responsibly, in his closed-door meetings with Saudi Arabia? I certainly do not.

Who does the president think he is, to override the best advice of the intelligence community in so serious a matter of national security?


Call Nancy Pelosi and ask her to employ all the powers of Congressional oversight to uncover the truth about Jared Kushner. Shy on the phone? Resistbot is your friend.

We have a brand new shipment of sturdy tote bags, manufactured ethically in the USA, bearing the Stand Up San Francisco logo. Tote bags will be available at general meetings; pay what you can. Huge thanks to member Laura for design and coordination!

We know we’re behind on Slack invitations. If you’re still waiting, please let me know at rachel@standupsf.net. My apologies for the delay.


Senator Feinstein Office Action
Friday, March 15
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Stand Up SF General Meeting
Sunday, March 17
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street

Senator Harris Office Visit
Wednesday, March 20
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Thanks for all you do,


Rachel Chalmers

Celebrate a win on gun reform

You did it. The Democratic House just passed the first major gun legislation in a generation. Of course, the bill now moves to the Senate, which is unlikely to pass it. But these kinds of bills send a message to the administration, and to America, that progressives will no longer tolerate inaction on gun control. This would have been impossible without our midterm gains. It would have been impossible without you.

This victory demonstrates the importance of the work you have done, and the importance of the work that remains. As Michael Cohen reminded us today, if Trump doesn’t lose the presidency in 2020, there may never be another peaceful transfer of power in the USA. We must keep fighting.


Call Nancy Pelosi and thank her for voting Yes on H.R. 1296, To regulate assault weapons.