Honor the real Dr. King

We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
–Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Letter from Birmingham Jail

Tomorrow, we struggle to honor Martin Luther King, an American hero. While for many white people, this takes the form of a three-day weekend and clearance sales, still others misremember the man as little more than a gentle preacher who “had a dream”, known for nonviolent protests and beloved by all. It’s time to explode that comfortable myth.

Dr. King was a radical. He was an outspoken critic of the undermining of Black resistance by well-meaning white people, of American imperialism, of capitalism, and of war. When you read Letter from Birmingham Jail, you see a man who is tired of waiting for white supremacy to discover its foundational error, who will struggle on toward truth at the cost of popular approval. Martin Luther King wasn’t popular, and his willingness to challenge power and privilege cost him his life.

The struggle endures. The GOP continues to suppress the votes of people of color, to prevent free and fair elections (the only way they can win). As we gear up for this year’s crucial elections, let’s take inspiration from King’s resistance. Let’s fight back, in King’s name as well as our own.


Join the campaign to Let People Vote, led by the ACLU.


Women’s March: Noe Valley contingent!
Saturday, January 20th
12:30pm – 3:30pm
Join our fellow activists Action SF for the Women’s March. GET THE DETAILS

Stand Up SF General Meeting
Sunday, January 21
2pm – 4pm
Noe Valley Public Library
451 Jersey Street

California Republicans are running scared – of us

First, Republican House member Ed Royce (CA-39) announced he won’t seek re-election. Then Darrell Issa (CA-49) did the same. Royce and Issa are two of the seven Republicans in swing districts the Democrats carried in 2016. Their retirements mean that Democratic candidates for those seats won’t face an incumbent.

There’s no room for complacency, however. SwingLeft, formed in the wake of Trump’s election to win back the House, cautions:

…if you think Issa and Royce’s retirements mean Republicans will just roll over and give us the seats, think again. The head of the National Republican Congressional Committee even said, “We look forward to facing whoever limps out of the Democrats’ battle royal: black and blue, and broke.”

If we’re to resist Trump’s agenda, we must win back the House. That’s why I’m heading to Tracy on Saturday with SwingLeft Marin to register voters in CA-10, the closest swing district to San Francisco. I’ll report my experiences at our next meeting on January 21 – details below – and my encouragement to collaborate with SwingLeft will continue right up to the midterms.

The good news is, Saturday’s voter registration drive is already at capacity! But there will be plenty more opportunities to help swing CA-10 throughout 2018. Sign up here to get involved.

Meanwhile our regular work of keeping our Members of Congress accountable remains vital. Here are a couple of important upcoming events:

Congresswoman Pelosi Office Action
Where: 90 7th Street, Suite 2-800, San Francisco, CA 94103
When: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 4:00 PM

Stand Up SF January Meeting
Where: San Francisco Library, Noe Valley Branch, 451 Jersey
When: Sunday, January 21, 2018 2:00 PM, PST

Thanks, as ever, for all that you do.

Good news from 2017.

It’s a remarkable experience, sifting through the memories of 2017, as we take stock of what a year’s worth of resistance has taught us. Sometimes it’s seemed like Donald Trump has been intentionally working to desensitize us to bad news, generating it as he does on a daily basis.That’s why it’s crucial right now, while renewing and strengthening our resolve to continue the fight, to recognize:
There was a lot of very good news in 2017.

Here’s just some of what I mean:

  • Trump’s approval rating continues to reach historic lows — even amongst those who voted for him.
  • The day after the inauguration, the Women’s March on Washington demonstrated, in the largest single-day demonstration in American history (over 4 million people), that Trump’s agenda is unacceptable to the American people.
  • The U.S. Senate voted down a repeal of the Affordable Care Act — not once or twice, but three times — as a direct result of constituent pressure like yours. 
  • Last year’s elections yielded breathtaking wins in repudiation of the Trump agenda: Alabama’s first Democratic senator in over 25 years; governors in New Jersey and Virginia; erasing a 32-note GOP majority in the Virginia House of Delegates; Democratic wins in races in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Ohio, Minnesota, Montana, and Tennessee.
  • Current electoral signs point to a blue wave this November!
  • One week ago, a federal judge in Washington state blocked parts of the Trump administration’s travel ban that limits entry into the United States by refugees from several majority Muslim nations.
  • Three of Trump’s judicial nominees withdrew their names for consideration in December after it became clear that they were not remotely qualified.
  • Voters in Maine approved an expansion of Medicaid, in a rebuke of extreme-right Governor Paul LePage.
  • The country is having a long-overdue conversation around the unacceptability of sexual harassment — and perpetrators are now facing the consequences of their actions. Even the GOP-held Congress and Supreme Court are taking stock of their own workings to address these abuses of power.
  • The Mueller investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government is escalating — stay tuned.

Oh, and there’s one more to mention:

  • The Indivisible movement and other grassroots citizen action groups have changed the face of American politics. We, the people, have claimed a stronger voice than ever before in the nation’s progress.

The tide is turning, and America is catching on and turning against the Trump con. 

We’ll need all of you to help win back Congress in 2018. As your New Year’s Resolution, pledge to step up your involvement in Stand Up San Francisco. Commit today to volunteer.

2018 promises to be a watershed year, and I’m proud to be working with you on the right side of history. We’ll be able to say that not only were we there — we were part of the solution.

Best to you and yours in the new year,

A glimpse of a better future

Yes, it really happened. Doug Jones, who prosecuted Ku Klux Klan domestic terrorists, defeated credibly-accused child molester Roy Moore to take Jeff Sessions’ Alabama Senate seat away from the GOP.A

It just got a whole lot harder for Republicans to legislate Trump’s destructive agenda. 

This spectacular Twitter thread from progressive journalist Al Giordano describes how Jones won: old-fashioned feet on the street. The NAACP and Black churches mobilized to get out the vote. The same winning strategy created the blue wave in Virginia last month.

If we can win in Alabama, we can win anywhere. And we must. Progressive Americans spent 2017 in a holding pattern. We kept up the pressure on our Members of Congress. We resisted successive attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. We haven’t retreated, but we can’t advance.

To move forward, we need more votes in the Senate and the House. We need Senate wins in Nevada and Arizona. We need House seats everywhere.

That’s why I’m delighted to join Laura and Paul on the leadership team of Stand Up SF. It’s also why I’m committing to working with SwingLeft to defeat Jeff Dunham in CA District 10 in 2018.

You can sign up for SwingLeft here. Let’s make last night’s victory the first of many.

Thanks for everything you do.

You can defeat Roy Moore

Hey, you. Yes, you, blue-stater. Do you want to keep a pedophile out of the Senate? Do you want to put a Democrat into a historically Republican Senate seat, to help us win close votes on critical nominations and issues like health care and tax bills?

Do you want to stop Roy Moore, a serial harasser and assaulter of teenage girls, and proponent of slavery and of outlawing homosexuality, from becoming Alabama’s next senator?

You can help Democrat Doug Jones win that Senate seat. You just need two spare hours, a comfy chair, and a computer. You don’t have to pick up the phone. You just have to send a few texts.

Election day in Alabama is this Tuesday, and the race, incredibly, is too close to call. We have TWO DAYS to make a difference!


Get out the vote. Sign up for a shift at Indivisible’s text-bank for Doug Jones today, tomorrow, or Tuesday, anytime from 7am to 7pm.


You might have noticed you haven’t seen an email from Phyllis in a while. She’s had to step away from Stand Up San Francisco for personal reasons, for an indefinite time. We are looking forward to reconnecting with her at the holiday party.

I am thrilled to announce that Rachel has joined our leadership team as of this week, and she will be working with Paul and me to steer Stand Up SF. She has a lot of great ideas about our work on the 2018 elections and we’re thrilled to have her aboard. She will be contributing as a member of our Policy Team as well. Please join me in welcoming Rachel to leadership!

We are continuing to recruit great leaders like Rachel! If you or someone you know has energy to give to Stand Up SF, check out the opportunities on our volunteer page. Want to do something but don’t see it listed? Just drop us a line.


Brown Bag Lunch with Sen. Feinstein Staff
Monday, December 11th
Rooftop garden (weather permitting), Crocker Galleria
50 Post St