I wanted to be sure you saw this interview with our Congresswoman, Nancy Pelosi, about the new Washington.
“We didn’t win the elections, but we’ve won every fight,” she said about the legislative agenda. “We’ve won every fight on the omnibus spending bill — you know the appropriations bills and the rest. You look at everything, they have no victories!”
Make no mistake, you are part of that. We are part of that.
Here’s a fight it should be easy to win: getting aid to Puerto Rico. The island is an unincorporated U.S. territory — an area controlled by the United States government which is not part of the United States. In other words, it’s a colony. Puerto Ricans are by law natural-born citizens of the United States, and yet in his vile tweets this week, Trump is trying to paint them as yet another group of brown people who don’t deserve help, and even blaming them for the destruction they’ve experienced in this season’s dreadful hurricanes.
The US Army Corps of Engineers is comparing the situation on the ground in Puerto Rico to what they saw in Iraq after the US invasion. Millions are without food, water, and power while troops wait fruitlessly for orders to provide relief. Private aid organizations are trying to fill the gaps, but what’s really needed is a massive response from the government. And instead of sending help, and worse than being silent, the head of our government is firing off insults.
Meanwhile, the House will vote on its budget resolution this Thursday, and the Senate will mark up its resolution Wednesday and Thursday. These budgets cut critical services and would force deep cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security down the road. All to give massive tax cuts to the rich and corporations, and will destabilize our economy even further.
Outraged? Bring your concerns to your MoCs at our upcoming actions. Can’t make it? Send us your top issues to take to the senators.
And join our next all-hands meeting to meet a guest speaker from Swing Left and learn what you can do to help elect Democrats in 2018. We’ll also be kicking off a broader discussion about Stand Up SF’s focus over the next year, so don’t miss out. We want to hear from you!
Stand Up SF October Meeting
Sunday, October 15th
2pm – 4pm
This week’s Stand Up SF actions:
- Help Puerto Rico: Call all three MoCs and ask them to provide an emergency relief package for the victims of Hurricane Maria and to permanently rescind the Jones Act, an antiquated law that has made it difficult for supplies to reach the Island of Puerto Rico. You can say “Hi, my name is [name]. I’m calling from [city/zip code]. I am calling because I am very concerned about Puerto Ricans who are still without food and water. I am asking [MoC/Senator] to immediately pass an aid package to provide disaster relief to communities affected by Hurricane Maria, before the October recess. This package should provide adequate funding to respond to immediate needs, like food and water, as well as longer term needs like the years of rebuilding that will be required. She should push for a full disaster declaration for Puerto Rico and request that matching funds requirements for relief be waived. [MoC/Senator] should also add additional supplemental relief funds to the FAA authorization bill. Finally, please introduce legislation to permanently rescind the Jones Act so that aid can always reach our Island territories in times of crisis.”
- Stop tax cuts for the rich: Call all three MoCs and demand that they oppose Trump’s tax scam. (script).
- Deadline Monday for Net Neutrality: Ask both Senators to vote to fire FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who wants to kill Net Neutrality. You can say Hi, my name is [name]. I am calling from [zip code]. I am calling on [Senator] to vote against Chairman Pai’s nomination on Monday. He should not serve another five-year term on the FCC. The FCC plays a critical role in overseeing our communication infrastructure, and Chairman Pai’s actions are inconsistent with that mission. He has tried to roll back Net Neutrality, impacting the ability of average Americans to have equal and fair access to the internet. I am calling on [Senator] to vote NO on Chairman Pai. I will be monitoring the Senator’s vote on Monday.
Actions with other groups:
- TODAY: Support voting rights with ACLU’s People Power. Attend a Let People Vote launch event in your neighborhood. RSVP now.
- Tue 10/3: Curious about how we’ll pay for Medicare for All? Join People Demanding Action for a webcast featuring business leaders and health care experts to learn about the business case for Medicare for All. Sign up.