Crucial events this week

It’s recess week, and that means our representatives are at home where they can hear you in person. It’s all hands on deck to stop TrumpCare AGAIN, this time as part of the #TrumpTaxScam. And have you heard? The GOP have sneaked anti-choice “personhood” language into the bill! This week, raise your voice to demand that our representatives do everything in their power to stop it.

TODAY at noon: Join Stand Up SF members at Congresswoman Pelosi’s office to thank her for her ongoing defense of the Affordable Care Act (now once again at risk), and talk strategy for winning back the House in 2018. SIGN UP NOW!

TOMORROW at noon: Come out for an all-Indivisibles protest in front of Senator Feinstein’s office to stop the tax scam and ACA sabotage. Tell Senator Feinstein she must withhold consent to proceed on this bill. Learn more and sign up.


Call both senators and demand that the “personhood” language be removed from the tax bill. (call tool and script)

Not comfortable making phone calls? Try Resistbot, and send a fax to both Senators in under 2 minutes!


Senator Harris Office Visit
Thursday, November 30th
50 United Nations Plaza

Blue state blues? Here’s something you can do.

The latest info on the #TrumpTaxScam is that it’s a return of TrumpCare: 13 million people will lose their health insurance. This is on top of the cuts to education, environment, and other vital services. Outrageous. But we know our MoCs are already going to vote against it, and that that alone won’t be enough. So what’s a blue state resident to do?

At our last office visits, we learned that neither Senator Feinstein nor Senator Harris has committed to withhold consent to vote on this terrible bill. We can’t count on them to do everything in their power to prevent this catastrophe unless we demand it.


Call both senators and tell them they must withhold consent on votes in the Senate to slow down, and hopefully stop, TrumpCare and the Tax Scam. (script)

Not comfortable making phone calls? Try Resistbot, and send a fax to both Senators in under 2 minutes!


Congresswoman Pelosi Office Visit
Monday, November 20th
90 7th Street, Suite 2-800

Senator Harris Office Visit
Thursday, November 30th
50 United Nations Plaza

Save the date for our holiday party, the evening of December 20th!

Indictment Monday, Tax Scam Wednesday

I will admit to a tiny frisson of glee on Friday when I learned that the first charges in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Trump’s collusion with Russia were approved by a grand jury. This is what it takes to build a case against the Trump administration that could get even Republicans on board. Just as important, it’s the first step toward holding Trump accountable for election tampering—and possibly a lot more.

Plus, it’s really pissing him off.

But it’s important to maintain our focus on the Trump Tax Scam, which will land in Congress on Wednesday. As Topher Spiro at the Center for American Progress says, it’s this tax bill that could be Trump’s Waterloo. Republicans are trying to ram this through the same way they did with TrumpCare: a rushed, hushed up process, with no public hearing. They want to use reconciliation to pass the bill with only 51 votes (just like they tried with health care). They need this win badly. And we need to take it away from them.

As a reminder, this budget is a massive tax break for the wealthy, while raising taxes on the middle class and slashing Medicare and Medicaid.

We need Democratic MoCs to stand up and do whatever they can to slow down this bill so we have time to fight it—including, for Senators, withholding their consent. All three of our MoCs have spoken out against the Trump budget. Now we must make sure they do everything in their power to slow down and expose the Trump Tax Scam.


Call Senators Feinstein and Harris and demand that they withold consent. (script)

Not comfortable making phone calls? Try Resistbot, and send a fax to both Senators in under 2 minutes!


Don’t miss our November general meeting! We’ll hear about our latest “off the record” events with Congressional and Senate staff, learn about how to champion progressive legislation in California with guest speaker from Indivisible SF’s CaStateStrong, and plan our holiday party. Hope to see you there!

November General Meeting
Sunday, November 12th
12:30 – 2:30pm —please note the earlier start time
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street

Thanks for all you do.

It’s personal.

My first protest was a pro-choice march I attended with my mother when I was in high school. Mom made sure I understood the impact of unplanned pregnancy on my physical and mental health, my economic stability, my relationships, and my future. As a bisexual woman, I was lucky to have a mother who made sure I had condoms in my wallet, and lucky to have access to hormonal birth control through Planned Parenthood throughout my youth.

Reproductive rights, sexual rights, and the rights to bodily and economic sovereignty are crucially, personally important to me, and my whole life I’ve been glad to have the freedom to choose. Roe v. Wade happened when I was five and I’ve lived in California since then, so I’ve never been denied access to birth control or an abortion. I’ve been able to live with a freedom every woman should have, but as the GOP chips away at our rights, fewer and fewer women do.

Last week, the House passed a ban on abortion after 20 weeks, falsely claiming that the fetus feels pain at this point. The cruel bill, which would force women to carry fetuses with fatal birth defects to term, is now headed for the Senate. Shortly after that, Trump announced a new Dept. of Health and Human Services rule that would allow employers to deny reproductive health coverage to anybody for “religious or moral” reasons. This will undermine contraceptive coverage in all health insurance plans, and is all about punishing women, and restraining our freedom.

It’s comforting to feel safe in California, with Senators Feinstein and Harris looking out for us. But Senator Feinstein has released no public statement on either issue. Make sure she knows what you want from her.

Take action now!


Join us THIS SATURDAY to meet a guest speaker from Swing Left and learn what you can do to help elect Democrats in 2018.

Stand Up SF October Meeting
Sunday, October 15th
2pm – 4pm

We get to keep our healthcare

The latest GOP healthcare bill is dead. Whew! A huge relief! It is dead because of the pressure we put on those who represent us. 2,233 Indivisibles made 320,552 calls to constituents of the holdout GOP Senators! We were part of this! In addition, last week alone, Indivisibles with red Senators hosted 172 events at congressional district offices. This is a major victory. Even with a unified conservative government, attempts to hurt people can be stopped by constituents exercising their power. Go Indivisibles!

Happy we won? Consider making a small contribution to Indivisible so “the mothership” can help us win more. We believe Indivisible represents a pretty strategic and critical investment at this time.

Sadly, the fight isn’t over. Trump is deliberately sabotaging the Affordable Care Act, compressing Open Enrollment, slashing the outreach budget, putting out anti-ACA propaganda, cutting assistance to local organizations who help people enroll, and more. And insurers are already starting to jack up premiums as a result of Trump’s ongoing threats to end reimbursements for subsidizing lower-income customers as required by the law (called cost-sharing reductions). FL just announced a 45% increase.

Our next long fight will be about tax reform. Republican lawmakers this week unveiled a 9-page tax blueprint that reduces taxes on the highest earners and on businesses while closing almost no loopholes. It raises the lowest tax bracket, and creates what looks like trillions in new debt. The silence from deficit hawks has been deafening.

Tax policy is a statement of our national priorities. It tells us who we are. Public opinion is on our side, with recent polls showing that what Americans would like even better than a tax break is for government to spend more to educate their children, rebuild infrastructure, and provide health care and a safety net for the elderly, veterans and the poor. A fact-check of Trump’s tax speech this week shows we are in for an onslaught of misleading statements and downright lies.

This week wacko birther extremist Roy Moore won the GOP primary to take the Senate seat Jeff Sessions vacated. Who knew a single Senate candidate could make so many headlines. Moore is especially dangerous as he believes his personal religious views should supersede our civil laws, and far-right Christian religious culture should infuse our institutions. He is a zealous bigot against rights for gays and women among others. He is fact-challenged, was a columnist at the conspiracy-theory site World Net Daily, and just this week said there is sharia law in the US right now — “as I understand it, in Illinois, Indiana.” He compared a congressman taking the oath of office on a Koran to doing so on Hitler’s “Mein Kampf,” and said 9/11 was punishment from God. He also brandished a revolver at a campaign rally. Super cool! Some are afraid his election will start a trend. Let’s hope he doesn’t win the general election on Dec. 12.

Also this week it was revealed that six white house advisers including Kushner have been using personal email for official business (as well as disappearing messaging apps), and the FBI revealed it is investigating about 1,000 cases of white supremacist domestic terrorism.

Stand Up SF actions:

  • The Dept of Homeland Security (DHS) has introduced a new regulation that would allow the agency to collect info from immigrants’ Tweets, Facebook posts, Instagram uploads, and search results. The proposed rule would also
    allow DHS to monitor the social media accounts of green card holders and naturalized citizens, and, according to an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, U.S. citizens who communicate with immigrants, File a public
    comment on this invasion of privacy.
  • Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, the former Verizon lawyer who wants to repeal net neutrality rules, has to be re-confirmed by the Senate now that his term is up. This could happen any day. Call Senators Feinstein and Harris
    and tell them to vote NO on Ajit Pai for another term as head of FCC.
  • GOP House leaders say they will vote on a bill next Tues to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with doctors facing up to five years in jail for providing care. Call Congresswoman Pelosi and ask her to make sure all House Dems vote against this invasion of women’s rights.

Actions with other groups:

  • ACLU is going on the offense at the state and local levels to expand access to the ballot and make our democracy more representative. Their first step is to host events where volunteers can watch a “Let People Vote” Livestream
    Training that covers everything needed to immediately get to work locally to protect our voting rights. Sign up to host an event on Sun 10/1 at 4pm. If you decide to host an event, let us know and we will get the word out to Stand Up SF members!
  • Mon 10/2 5:30-8:30, The SF Immigrant Rights Commission is holding a special hearing on the latest travel ban.
  • Wed 10/4 6-9pm Mission: We are all invited to join Swing Left’s party and fundraiser at El Rio, 3158 Mission St in San Francisco. The event will feature David Chiu, CA State Assemblymember, Lucia Nuñez, CA-10 District Organizer for the CA Dem Party, and Dan Hoyle, an actor and writer who has entertained many of us at the Marsh Theater and elsewhere. The Swing Left organizers are putting together a build-your-own taco bar for us all to enjoy, and there will be a cash bar. RSVP so they know how much food to buy. They ask attendees to donate what you can ($10 – $20 – $50 – $100) either ahead of time or at the door. Funds support their effort to take back the House in 2018.