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!

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

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

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

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