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!


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!


Thank Harris and Feinstein for these surprise wins

It’s another hectic and confusing news week, but let’s highlight some good news, just in time for the holidays:

  • Lynching is now a federal crime, thanks to the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act, which passed the Senate unanimously. The Act was sponsored by Cory Booker, Tim Scott and our own Kamala Harris
  • When the GOP tried to bundle the Israel Anti-Boycott Act with the appropriations bill, Bernie Sanders and our own Dianne Feinstein wrote a sharp letter of rebuke
  • And while it’s too late to save the people who have already been killed in mass shootings enabled by these devices, bump stocks have finally been banned

Your advocacy gives our Senators the political cover to do what’s right. Thank you.


Call Senator Harris and thank her for speaking up for victims of lynching. Call Senator Feinstein and thank her for defending free speech, and for her long and principled track record on common sense gun laws.


Get ready for the Women’s March!
Saturday, January 19
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Stand Up SF will be leading a contingent this year. Save the date!

Stand Up SF General Meeting
Sunday, January 20
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street


Have a wonderful holiday, and thanks for all you do,


What gives me hope this Independence Day

Today marks two months since I took my naturalization oath. A common wisecrack from my American friends was: Why? A lot of people see Australia as somewhere to escape to.

But that’s not my Australia. Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette and the podcast The Teacher’s Pet tell a different story, of a society where women were considered lesser, and where difference was punished with violence. That is my story.

I say this not to sadden you, but to strengthen your resolve. The darkness and the smug, bullying hypocrisy that surround us aren’t new. They are so familiar, they’re boring.

Nor are they uniquely American. They’re the malignancy that white women and people of color and poor, disabled and LGBTQIA folks all over the world have faced and fought, our entire lives.

What’s new is that our stories are being told. What’s new is righteous anger, and community. Tens of thousands of people in the streets, marching for refugee children. That gives me hope. You give me hope.


Yes, the news is terrible. Let that motivate you. Turn bad news into action. If you haven’t already, sign up for Jen Hofmann’s Americans of Conscience Checklist. Jen is a wise, kind writer, and since the election, her messages have been a regular ray of light.


From July 9 through July 15th, Swing Left SF and the San Francisco Resistance Coalition are hosting a week-long Resist-A-Thon. Sign up for any of the events below:


Resistance is not enough; we must also elect Democrats to reclaim our country. We strongly encourage you to attend Democracy Action’s phone- and text-banking events. See the “UPCOMING EVENTS” section below to sign up.


Phone Bank to flip a Senate seat with Democracy Action
Sunday, July 8
2624 3rd St., SF

Senator Harris Office Visit
Wednesday, July 11
3pm – 4pm
333 Bush Street, Suite 3325

Stand Up SF July General Meeting
Join us for a conversation with CARA, the California Alliance for Retired Americans, to learn about their Senior Vote 2018 initiative, and how you can become a Senior Ambassador to win back the house this November. Bring a friend!
Sunday, July 15
2pm – 4pm
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street

Tracy GO Team
Saturday, July 21
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201, Tracy CA

Thank you for everything you do.


The GOP wants to take food from moms and kids. You can stop them.

This week, the Republican-controlled House is going to try to make massive cuts to SNAP (food stamps), a program that helps more than 2 million people who are struggling to make ends meet.

The Farm Bill, an omnibus spending measure that has historically passed with bipartisan support, is just the latest in a series of Republican attempts to punish the poor, women, children, and people with disabilities.

This bill is also stuffed with provisions that undermine crucial environmental protections, prioritizing the logging industry over our forests.

Congresswoman Pelosi is trying to rally Democrats to oppose this bill. She needs all of our support. This Mother’s Day, protect moms and Mother Earth.


Call Congresswoman Pelosi and make sure she knows you oppose the Farm Bill. Use this script, and add your thanks for her statement in opposition to the bill.


Read our report from our 5/10 action with Congresswoman Pelosi’s staff. Find other action reports, talking points, and more in our Public Library.

Members of Stand Up San Francisco with Dan Bernal and Alex Lazar, from Congresswoman Pelosi's office
Members of Stand Up San Francisco with Dan Bernal and Alex Lazar, from Congresswoman Pelosi’s office


Brown Bag Lunch with Feinstein Staff
Friday, May 18
12pm – 1pm
301 Mission Street, lobby area – note new address!

Grassroots Organizing (GO) Team in Tracy
Don’t miss your last chance before the primaries to get out the vote and flip a house seat!
Saturday, May 19
11am – 4pm
902 N. Central Ave. Suite 201
Tracy CA
REGISTER NOW and we’ll follow up with details.

Stand Up SF General Meeting with special guest: Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
Sunday, May 20
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey St.

You are the light

Thanks to all of you who came out for the holiday party. It was great to see everyone, to connect, to have friends around to help absorb the impact of Tuesday’s tax bill loss. I’m going to paraphrase a little of what I said that night, about how important Stand Up San Francisco is to me.

A group of candles burning in darkness

This is a time of year when people of faith come together on long nights to celebrate light. Candles or fairy lights ablaze, they gather around a source of warmth and brightness to keep away the cold and the dark.

I am not a person of faith; I am a person of seasonal affective disorder. So my need for brightness at this time of year feels very intense and very personal. And for me, as I’m sure for you, 2017 has been the darkest year I can remember. I have reached out for family, friends, and community to keep me sane, and THIS community, each and every one of you and the work that you do, have been my light in the darkness.

Thank you all for your continued commitment to preserving what’s good in our country. I hope you’ll join me in 2018, finding new ways to shine.

Families with children need your help this week. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is an insurance program that covers 9 million children and pregnant women whose household incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid. While Republicans in Congress claim to support CHIP, they have failed to pass a clean funding reauthorization bill for this critical program.

A bipartisan group of governors from 12 states have already signed onto a letter urging Congress to prioritize renewal of CHIP funding, but Governor Brown isn’t one of them. We need to urge Governor Brown to co-sign the letter.


Call Governor Brown and tell him to sign the letter, pressuring Congress to fund CHIP. (script and call tool)

If you celebrate, happy holidays to you. If not, I hope you’re having a restful weekend.