Rachel Chalmers

Defund hate

On May 1, Trump requested billions of dollars in additional funding for the Department of Homeland Security, including over $1 billion in funding to expand detention (yes, more cages), hire more ICE and CBP agents, and accelerate deportations. 

Fortunately, the Constitution gives Congress—not the White House—the sole power to appropriate money. That means that Democrats can define the terms of this debate through the appropriations process.


Call Speaker Nancy Pelosi on (202) 225-4965 or (415) 556-4862 and ask her to vote no on the administration’s supplemental funding request for DHS.

Rachel Chalmers

Congress must act against war in Iran

Are we stumbling into war with Iran? The past few weeks have seen National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo escalate their rhetoric. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Under George W. Bush, Bolton lobbied hard for the invasion of Iraq. He is no stranger to provoking disastrous, costly and tragic confrontations in the region.

At the same time, the president is claiming he wants to cool tensions. It’s unconvincing, since he is the one responsible for pulling out of the 2015 deal that would have curbed Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Despite his claims, tensions in the region are mounting. Though no sensible person would want it, we face the prospect of yet another endless war in the Middle East.


Congress must act. Call and ask all three of our members of Congress to supportH.R.2354 / S.1039the Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act. If calling is not your speed, Resistbot is your friend.

Rachel Chalmers

You are making a real difference

I’ve been so gratified to hear from so many of you about my report out from our last meeting. While some of our members are skeptical of pursuing impeachment as a political strategy and others are strongly in favor of it, we’re all united in our desire to see the un-redacted Mueller Report and congressional investigations.

Our new policy team met over the weekend to discuss how to incorporate group member feedback into our Talking Points for Member of Congress meetings. As one outcome of this conversation, we’re planning to write position papers for our members to read and discuss. Look for position papers on the Green New Deal and the outcome of the Mueller investigation in the weeks to come.

On the latter front, today was a day of fireworks. This morning, the president threatened to invoke executive privilege if the House Judiciary Committee held Attorney General William Barr in contempt. This afternoon, the committee voted to hold Barr in contemptThis is why we worked so hard to swing the midterms.

What happens now? That’s hard to say, but one thing I know is true. We wouldn’t even have got this far without organizing. Our work makes real a difference.


Call all three of our MoCs and say:

I’m calling today because I’m concerned about potential suppression of the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

I’m glad to hear the House Judiciary Committee has held William Barr in contempt, however I also expect Congress to hold public hearings with Mueller, Rod Rosenstein, and other senior leadership members from the DOJ and FBI.

If calling is not your speed, Resistbot is your friend.

Rachel Chalmers

Good news for your holiday Sunday

I’m just back from our monthly general meeting, always an energizing experience. I’m humbled by the integrity and thoughtfulness of our members. This month, Shannon and I tried an experiment. We ran the meeting as a working session to come up with talking points for the next round of Member of Congress actions.

Our policy team – Mary Beth, Patrick and Paul – has accomplished extraordinary things over the last two years and change. We’re eternally indebted to them for their contributions. As their attention turns to other priorities, we’re delighted to welcome new policy team members Aina and Katherine.

And we are delighted to welcome you. Talking Points should represent the concerns of Stand Up San Francisco as a group. We’re encouraged by the results of today’s working session, and we’ll continue this experiment. If you can’t make it to a general meeting, please don’t hesitate to email us your suggestions for Talking Points.

Now for the rest of today’s good news:


Call Speaker Pelosi and thank her for calling on Robert Mueller to testify in front of Congress. Televised Congressional hearings are more likely than any other channel to get the truth in front of the American public.

Rachel Chalmers

Don’t forget our DREAMers

With all the news coming at us all the time, it might be easy to forget that Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) plan in 2017. DACA was an executive branch memorandum passed by President Obama after Congress failed to pass his DREAM Act, which would have provided around 700,000 immigrants who arrived as children with a path to citizenship.

By definition, our DREAMers have done nothing wrong. To qualify for the program, applicants had to demonstrate that they had not committed a felony or serious misdemeanor. In its pointless cruelty, ending DACA is characteristic of the Trump administration. It leaves some of our brightest and most promising young people with uncertain futures.

Before the house right now is H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019. This is yet another attempt to provide our DREAMers, as well as Deferred Enforced Departure and Temporary Protected Status holders, with the pathway to citizenship they deserve.


Call Speaker Nancy Pelosi and thank her for her remarks on H. R. 6. Tell her that her constituents stand with our immigrant brothers and sisters in support of the passage of this bill.