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.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


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?


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


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.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Senator Feinstein Office Action
Friday, March 15
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Stand Up SF General Meeting
Sunday, March 17
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street
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Senator Harris Office Visit
Wednesday, March 20
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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Thanks for all you do,

Rachel

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.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


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

Rachel Chalmers

Ban assault weapons now

The March for Our Lives went dark last week. The young survivors of the Parkland massacre have done extraordinary work in moving the conversation on gun control, but they needed time to grieve and heal.

They can’t do this alone. They need our help. Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline has introduced an assault weapons ban, the first since Senator Feinstein’s in 1994. It already has a record number of co-sponsors.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Nancy Pelosi and ask her to vote Yes on H.R. 1296, To regulate assault weapons.

Rachel Chalmers

A fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work

The numbers are so familiar, they are boring. Women working full-time in the United States earn 80 cents for every dollar paid to their male peers. For women of color, the picture is far worse. Black women earn 61 cents, Native American women 58 cents, and Latinas only 53 cents. This wage gap holds in every state. The causes are complex, but this kind of systemic discrimination has proved intractable to any remedy but public policy.

HR7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, would make it safe for workers to compare their compensation, take salary history (often weaponized against women) off the negotiating table, and reaffirm the right of groups of workers who have suffered discrimination to take their complaints to the courts.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


The good news is, HR7 is co-sponsored by every Democratic House member. Call Nancy Pelosi and thank her for supporting this timely and important legislation.

For extra credit – it’s only two days till the shutdown clock runs down again. Call Senators Feinstein and Harris and ask them to keep standing firm: no more physical barriers, and no additional ICE beds. Shy on the phone? Resistbot is your friend.