Tell Pelosi it’s time for reparations

With dire conditions at the border and a President richly deserving impeachment hearings, it’s hard to focus on larger issues. And yet we must. The House is currently considering H.R.40., a bill that would launch a commission to study the most effective way to pay reparations to African-Americans for the ongoing damage inflicted by racist federal policies.

The median wealth of black families is less than a tenth of that of white families. More than a quarter of black families have zero or negative net worth. This racial wealth gap was driven by federal government policies like slavery, red-lining to create discriminatory housing conditions, designing interstate highways to destroy inner-city black neighborhoods, and underfunding predominantly black schools.

The commission proposed by H.R.40 would evaluate the government’s liability and propose financial solutions. In doing so it would begin to address America’s unacknowledged debt to its black citizens.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Nancy Pelosi and ask her to support H.R. 40 to help our nation address its history and current reality of racially discriminatory federal policies. If you’re shy on the phone, don’t forget that using Resistbot is just as effective as making a call.


Here are more resources for practical steps you can take to resist Trump today:


UPCOMING EVENTS


Senator Feinstein Office Visit
One Post Street, Suite 2450
Monday, July 29
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
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Meeting with Speaker Pelosi Staff
90 7th Street, #2800
Tuesday, July 30
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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Canvass for Rep Josh Harder
902 N Central Ave, Tracy
Sunday, August 25
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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ICE raids began today

Right now Congress is putting the finishing touches on appropriations. This process determines next year’s funding for federal agencies, including ICE and the Customs and Border Patrol. The first draft is better than it was, but that isn’t saying much. The bill includes $400m for ICE to spend as it pleases, on detaining innocent asylum-seekers in inhumane conditions. 

It gets worse. We’re hearing that Trump’s ICE raids began today. If you’re angry about concentration camps, family separations and mass deportations, you should be. The best way to fight back is to defund the agencies responsible.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call all three MOCs and use this Indivisible script:

I’m calling to ask [MoC] to Defund Hate in this year’s budget by cutting funding for ICE and CBP in the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill, and by getting rid of the slush fund in that bill that will allow ICE to continue terrorizing immigrant communities.

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.

Who gave Kushner clearance?

Last week it emerged that the president ordered the White House Chief of Staff to approve top-secret clearance for Jared Kushner, despite serious concerns from the CIA and the FBI. This was after Kushner lied about his meetings with a Russian lawyer, the Russian ambassador and the head of a Russian bank in his original application for security clearance.

As a result of this interference, Kushner has privileged access to sensitive information about the USA’s interests. Do you trust him to handle these secrets responsibly, in his closed-door meetings with Saudi Arabia? I certainly do not.

Who does the president think he is, to override the best advice of the intelligence community in so serious a matter of national security?


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Nancy Pelosi and ask her to employ all the powers of Congressional oversight to uncover the truth about Jared Kushner. Shy on the phone? Resistbot is your friend.


We have a brand new shipment of sturdy tote bags, manufactured ethically in the USA, bearing the Stand Up San Francisco logo. Tote bags will be available at general meetings; pay what you can. Huge thanks to member Laura for design and coordination!


We know we’re behind on Slack invitations. If you’re still waiting, please let me know at rachel@standupsf.net. My apologies for the delay.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Senator Feinstein Office Action
Friday, March 15
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Stand Up SF General Meeting
Sunday, March 17
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street
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Senator Harris Office Visit
Wednesday, March 20
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
REGISTER NOW

Thanks for all you do,

Rachel

Celebrate a win on gun reform

You did it. The Democratic House just passed the first major gun legislation in a generation. Of course, the bill now moves to the Senate, which is unlikely to pass it. But these kinds of bills send a message to the administration, and to America, that progressives will no longer tolerate inaction on gun control. This would have been impossible without our midterm gains. It would have been impossible without you.

This victory demonstrates the importance of the work you have done, and the importance of the work that remains. As Michael Cohen reminded us today, if Trump doesn’t lose the presidency in 2020, there may never be another peaceful transfer of power in the USA. We must keep fighting.


ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW


Call Nancy Pelosi and thank her for voting Yes on H.R. 1296, To regulate assault weapons.