It’s up to us to close the camps

Members of Congress visited the concentration camps on our southern border this week, and their accounts confirmed our worst fearsAsylum-seekers are in overcrowded prison cells, forced to drink from toilets. Customs and Border Patrol officers were openly mocking the representatives, even as news broke of their racist, genocidal private Facebook group.

Since Trump took office, 24 adults have died in the camps. That number doesn’t include the children who have died, or those killed by CBP as they try to make their way across the desert in search of a better life.

We owe a debt of gratitude to these MOCs. Thanks also to the protestors – including Stand Up’s own Laura – who shut down Market Street outside Dianne Feinstein’s office as part of demonstrations across the country yesterday. If you missed that protest, there’s another on Friday, beginning at the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library.

Because our own Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi folded under pressure, the Border Supplemental Appropriations Bill has passed. But another large appropriations bill looms. We must keep pushing Pelosi to #defundhate.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Speaker Pelosi and tell her to do better. Indivisible National offers a number of scripts, but this one is a good start:

In the DHS appropriations bill I oppose increasing enforcement and detention funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or any funds that will be used to separate immigrant children from their parents. I support the #DefundHate campaign.

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
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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.
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Stand Up SF General Meeting
Sunday, January 20
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street
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Thanks for all you do,

Rachel

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.
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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

Yemeni blood is on Trump’s hands

As many as 85,000 children may have starved to death in Yemenaccording to a new study of UN data. Another 14 million people are at risk. The conflict is essentially a proxy war between Iran on the one side and Saudi Arabia and the Emirates, supported by the USA, on the other.

As you know, the President maintains this support for Saudi Arabia despite the vicious murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of Saudi government operativesNothing about this situation is acceptable.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


This week the Senate is debating S.J.Res 54, “A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress.” As you read this, the resolution ought to have passed the SenateCall Senators Feinstein and Harris and thank them for their votes.

For extra credit: ask both Senators to lend their support to the Saudi Arabia Accountability and Yemen Act of 2018, bipartisan legislation to ensure Congressional oversight of US policy in Yemen and to address this ongoing humanitarian disaster.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Meeting with Sen. Feinstein Staff
Thursday, December 13
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
One Post Street, Suite 2450
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Thank you for all that you do,
Rachel

Hundreds of children remain separated

Tomorrow marks four weeks since the deadline to reunite families separated at the border by the Trump administration. Yet when we spoke with June Williams at Senator Harris’ office last week, she told us that 539 children still needed to be reunited. Every day, the government is defying the courts.

For perhaps 366 of these children, reunification will be even more difficult. The administration has deported their parents, with no plans to stay in touch to give their children back.

Trump’s cruel and inhumane policy has traumatized and effectively orphaned these innocents. This humanitarian disaster is ongoing.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


We don’t often ask you to donate, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Here are three organizations we believe to be doing essential work in assisting separated families. These children are suffering. Please give what you can.

  • The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project is the only organization in Arizona that provides free legal and social services to detained men, women, and children under threat of deportation.
  • Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the International Rescue Committee is mobilizing to provide asylum-seeking families who have been released from immigration custody with critical aid.
  • RAICES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees in Texas.

UPCOMING EVENTS


Coffee with Senator Feinstein’s staff
Thursday, August 30
10am – 11am
301 Mission Street (lobby area)
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Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice
On September 8, thousands will march in San Francisco for the largest climate march the West Coast has ever seen. Join us as we hold our local leaders to account and demand that they walk the talk on climate action.
Saturday, September 8
9:30am
RSVP NOW

SF Fundraiser for Josh Harder in CA-10
Sunday, September 9
11am – 1pm
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Stand Up SF September Meeting
Sunday, September 16
2pm – 4pm
Noe Valley Library
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Thanks for all you do,

Rachel