Rachel Chalmers

Standing up for every person

This holiday season I am grateful for each and every one of you, and for all your hard work since the 2016 election. With a Democratic-held Congress, we are in a better position to resist the Trump agenda.

At the same time, let’s remember that families who have broken no law remain in detention at the border.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Write: ICE Deputy Director, Ron Vitiello.

Script: I’m writing in solidarity with the American Immigration Council (AIC), American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Dilley Pro Bono Project, and Amnesty International, urging ICE to release five mothers and their children, as well as 33 other families in prolonged detention at Dilley. Refusal to release asylum seekers wastes taxpayer dollars and violates U.S. obligations under human rights and refugee laws. ICE must stop detaining legal asylum seekers in indefinite detention with their children and instead release them to await asylum hearings according to former protocols.

Address: ICE, 500 12th St., SW, Washington, D.C. 20536

Shannon Craine

Protect immigrant families, and win in Mississippi

As most of us make plans to spend the holidays with our loved ones, thousands of migrant families and children remain apart due to Trump’s inhumane family separation policy. Let’s call our Members of Congress and remind them to vote against any spending bill that contains funding for ICE/CBP detention centers, deportation forces, or his stupid wall (script). Encourage them to re-adopt successful, cost-effective programs like the Family Case Management Program instead.

Not comfortable making phone calls? Try Resistbot and send emails instead!


ONE MORE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


The election isn’t over! there are still chances to help out Mike Espy in Mississippi, without having to venture out in the smoke. You can text and call for his runoff campaign from the comfort of your own home — sign up here.

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Our hearts are absolutely breaking for the fire victims. Learn how you can help evacuees of the Camp Fire.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Please join Democracy Action next Sunday at a phone bank for Mike Espy! I’ll be there from 1 to 5.  Stop by for a while if you can!

Holiday Party
Saturday, December 1
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The home of Aina S.
1436 Taylor Street
REGISTER NOW, and please sign up to bring a food item — almost everyone’s bringing wine so far!

Stand Up SF General Meeting – RESCHEDULED
Discuss election outcomes and our next steps.
Sunday, December 2
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Bethany United Methodist Church — note new location!
1270 Sanchez Street
REGISTER NOW

Meeting with Sen. Feinstein Staff
Thursday, December 13
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
One Post Street, Suite 2450
REGISTER NOW

Rachel Chalmers

Congressman Josh Harder! …and Senator Mike Espy?

You did it. Josh Harder is going to Washington as the Member of Congress for CA District 10. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to everyone who knocked on doors, made calls, texted, donated, and otherwise supported this campaign. Our closest Republican-held district is now Democratic, and it’s all thanks to you.

The midterms aren’t over yet. There’s one more opportunity: a Senate seat in Mississippi, heading to a runoff election on Tuesday, November 27. The Republican candidate, Cindy Hyde Smith, joked this week about being in the front row of a public hanging. Given Mississippi’s history of lynching, that comes across as tone-deaf at best.

The Democratic candidate is Mike Espy, who was among many other achievements the nation’s first Black Secretary of Agriculture. He’s a long shot …but so was Josh Harder. Let’s help him out.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Over the next two Sundays, our friends at Democracy Action are hosting phone banks from 1-5pm in the Dogpatch to get out the vote for Mike Espy. Sign up here for Sunday, November 18 and here for Sunday, November 25.


WORKING TOWARD TRANSPARENCY


At our October meeting, Aina S. reflected that Stand Up SF leadership has not been transparent with our members about the inner workings of our group. We have taken this very much to heart, and we have started to spread a little sunshine around. On our website, you will now see a list of our volunteer roles to date, and who holds those roles. We’ve also shared the resources available in our Info Center, so that you can review action reports, talking points, and more. Let us know if there’s more we can share!


UPCOMING EVENTS


Stand Up SF Holiday Party
Saturday, December 1
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
1436 Taylor Street
REGISTER NOW

DATE CHANGE (AIR QUALITY) Stand Up SF General Meeting
Discuss election outcomes and our next steps.
Sunday, December 2
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Bethany United Methodist Church — note new location
1270 Sanchez Street
REGISTER NOW

Laura Shapiro

New leadership

THANK YOU for all your work over the past two years to hold our leaders accountable and to build a blue wave. Because of you, we have a Democratic majority in the House. Here in California, Josh Harder has pulled ahead of Republican Jeff Denham in District 10, where we fought so hard.

And our victory totally changed the game: Democrats have agenda-setting power. They can pass legislation. They can use investigatory and subpoena power. They can act as a check on this administration. This is hugely powerful.

So we need a new game plan! Indivisible is coming out with a new playbook, Indivisible on Offense, that we’ll share with you soon. And Stand Up San Francisco is changing, too: Paul and I are rotating out of leadership at the end of the year, and Rachel will be joined by Shannon C., whom many of you know from her stalwart participation in MoC visits. Here are a few words from Shannon:

SUSF has always been a safe space of sorts for me. I have always appreciated the combination of a drama-free environment and the fellowship of our passionate, well-informed, thoughtful members. To top it all off, it’s also the best option I have found to effectively communicate with my MOC’s on a regular basis! Paul and Laura have done an invaluable service in creating the strong foundation for this group, and we all truly owe them a huge debt of gratitude. (Thank you so much, Paul and Laura!)

I am really honored to be tasked with the responsibility of helping to lead this great group. This moment in time is very exciting. We have turned a corner, and the hard work we have put in will start paying dividends. With a civil but direct approach, we have cultivated healthy relationships in our monthly MoC staff meetings. Now we are in a unique position to help stop this destructive administration in its tracks, and put forward firm asks of our MoC’s that represent our progressive values and concerns. I’m looking forward to playing whatever part I can in “making sure the trains run on time,” and also pushing ourselves (and our MOC’s) to be as effective as we can be! Let’s do this!


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Write to Congresswoman Pelosi and tell her that if she becomes Speaker of the House, she must protect the Mueller investigation, and lead a House investigation against Trump’s obstruction of justice. If you voted for her, definitely mention that.


WORKING TOWARD TRANSPARENCY


At our October meeting, Aina S. reflected that Stand Up SF leadership has not been transparent with our members about the inner workings of our group. Paul, Rachel, Shannon, and I have taken this very much to heart, and we have started to spread a little sunshine around. On our website, you will now see a list of our volunteer roles to date, and who holds those roles. We’ve also shared the resources available in our Info Center, so that you can review action reports, talking points, and more. Let us know if there’s more we can share!


UPCOMING EVENTS


Stand Up SF November Meeting
Discuss election outcomes and our next steps.
Sunday, November 18
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Bethany United Methodist Church — note new location!
1270 Sanchez Street
REGISTER NOW

Holiday Party
Saturday, December 1
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The home of Aina S.
1436 Taylor Street
REGISTER NOW

Rachel Chalmers

Congratulations. Let’s get to work

We got out the vote. The blue wave hit a sea wall, as we knew it would. The Senate and many, many Congressional districts are gerrymandered so that Democrats must vote in far greater numbers to win – even leaving aside the blatant voter suppression we saw in Georgia, North Dakota, and elsewhere.

But we took back the House. We won many important down-ballot races. We’ve given ourselves a fighting chance. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. You can take a moment, now. Take a deep breath. There is hope.

Of course the work begins again immediately. Leave it to this president to fire his attorney-general the morning after the midterms and replace him with a crony.

This is an attack on the Mueller investigation. It’s time to march.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Nobody is above the law. We rally. Join Indivisible SF at Civic Center tomorrow, Thursday November 8, from 5:00-8:00PM.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Meeting with Feinstein staff
Thursday, November 15
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
One Post Street, Suite 2450
REGISTER NOW

Stand Up SF November Meeting
Discuss election outcomes and our next steps.
Sunday, November 18
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Bethany United Methodist Church — note new location
1270 Sanchez Street
REGISTER NOW

Stand Up SF Holiday Party
Saturday, December 1
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
1436 Taylor Street
REGISTER NOW

Thank you for all that you do,
Rachel