Meeting Notes 2/09

Next Meeting – April 4, 7pm, at Excelsior Library.

Group Action: we will write “Ides of tRUMP” postcards on Monday, 3/13, 7pm, at Pissed Off Pete’s, 4528 Mission, between Santa Rosa and Harrington. Bring supplies of pens, postcards, stamps if you have them but most importantly, bring a friend.

The next San Francisco DCCC meeting will be March 22, 6:30 pm, 140 Multi-Use Bldg at City College.

Agenda –  Actions and Staying Motivated!

  1.     Introductions: Name  and recent positive actions

“Activism itself can generate hope because it already constitutes an alternative and turns away from the corruption at center to face the wild possibilities and the heroes at the edges or at your side. . .  Joy doesn’t betray but sustains activism.  And when you face a politics that aspires to make you fearful, alienated and isolated, joy is a fine initial act of insurrection.”

Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark, at 24.

  1.     Current Issues/Concerns/Effective Resistance Ideas
  • Protect Immigrant Communities
  • Protect ACA
  • Protect Planned Parenthood and reproductive rights
  • Protect the environment
  • Protect the social safety net
  • Sessions must resign
  • Get rid of Bannon
  • Lobby against Gorsuch

Recommended by Stand Up San Francisco:

Actions with other groups

The ACLU is launching a grassroots organizing arm, People Power. If you’re interested in being part of effective and safe protests, sign up for their March 11 Resistance Training.

March 11, attend a demonstration at the Russian Consulate led by Get Up Stand Up SF Indivisible, and make your voice heard in favor of an independent investigation of Russian interference in the election.

Get connected

Our sister organization Indivisible SF has launched an app, Amplify, to help you make action a habit. It’s updated each week with their list of actions, and you can view call scripts and call Members of Congress right from the app. You can also see actions taken by others, and press the “cheer” button to cheer them on.
  • Search the app store (iPhone or Android) for “Amplify by Civic Tools”
  • Open the app and tap ‘create new account’ to sign up
  • Join the Indivisible SF team using the invite code 101-202-303
  • Cheer someone on and/or take an action!
  1.     Goal of our group

Actionable Items   – Can we each commit to 3 to 5 items and spread the word on these?

Some ideas to think about:  lens of true equality, intrinsic human rights, safety for all, deepen relationships across differences, show up for each other, understand what we are up against, transform systems to reflect our values

  1. Open Jobs

We want to have at least 2 on each job as support and backup

  1. Coordinator- need 1 or more
  2. Email Support: 1 more
  3. Congressional Office Tracking for Speier, Pelosi and Feinstein
  4. Press Contact
  5. Meeting Minutes
  6. Track legislation (see attached)
  1.     Share information and resources – See Resource List on Google Doc

Swing Left – CA 10 info

Upcoming actions

  1. March 11, 2017 – 1:30 pm  – ACLU Resistance Training People Power Event – sign up and see map at – Know Your Rights, Protecting the ACA, Protecting immigrant communities
  2. March 13, 2017 – ACLU Due Process for All Webinar on immigrant rights –  at 3 pm www.BIT.LY/dueprocess4allca.
  3. March 13, 2017 – Post card writing event for Ides of March – Meet at Pissed Off Pete’s Bar (4528 Mission Street) at 7 pm with postcards and stamps to send pink slips to Trump!
  4. March 15, 2017 – Action in Sacramento to protect immigrant rights – Leave SF at 7:30 am, return at 6 pm – Meet at 15th and Julian St to take a bus. Also see ACLU sign-up at t:
  5. March 26, 2017 – 1 pm to 6 pm -Theatre of the Oppressed  – uses theater games and provides workshop to build group cohesiveness and techniques to protect immigrant families from ICE incursions – Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City – 23124 Brewster Avenue, Redwood City. Free, donation requested.  Register at 2017-03-26
  6. See Jane Resist – Monthly Meeting 4/4/17 at 7 pm (hopefully at Excelsior Library)
  7. April 15, 2017 – Tax March –; or
  8. April 22, 2017 – Science March – or
  9. April 29, 2017 – People’s Climate March San Francisco –
  10. May 1, 2017 – A Day Without Immigrants and General Strike –

Important State Bills –

  • CA – SB 54: California Values Act  – protects safety and well-being of all Californians by ensuring that state and local resources are not used to fuel mass deportations, separate families, or divide Californians on the basis or race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, immigration status or national or ethnic origins. (Sign letters of support!)
  • Assembly Bill 3, introduced by Assemblymember Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, would create state-funded centers to train public defenders and other defense attorneys on immigration law.
  • Senate Bill 6, by Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, would create a state program — much like a public defender program — for those facing deportation.
  • AB 291 – by Assemblymember David Chiu -The Immigrant Tenant Protection Act of 2017 would bar landlords from disclosing or threatening to disclose a tenant’s immigration status, prohibit the use of immigration status at any point during an eviction case, and give tenants the right to sue landlords who report them to immigration authorities.

Federal Bills –

  • S349 -U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, introduced her first piece of legislation today, the Access to Legal Counsel Act, to ensure that those held or detained while attempting to enter the United States, whether at a border crossing or a port of entry, be guaranteed access to legal counsel.
  • HR861 Terminate EPA
  • HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education
  • HR 899 Terminate Department of education
  • HJR 69 Repeal rule protecting wildlife in Alaska– now in Senate, passed house
  • HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act
  • HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
  • HR785 National Right to Work (ends Unions)
  • HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities (but support HR 748)
  • HR 147 Criminalizes abortion (prenatal nondiscrimination act)
  • HR808 Sanctions against Iran

Contacts and Websites – See Jane Resist Contact Information


Facebook Page: (please share and help us grow this)

Facebook Group: (private group for members)

Google Group email address(if you are a member and want to message the group or add/invite people to the group): – download guide – calendar of events

MoC to see how MoC voted to see who contributes toMoC

Issues  @refugeeassist  (local chapter) – has a great breakdown of issues by category. Open source

https://5calls.org5 Calls — gives you 5 calls to make each day. –  helping young people get off the sidelines and into the leadership pipeline – helping obtain special immigration visas – group focused on turning House blue

The United State of Women –


Bay Area Rapid Response

Text to 41411 the word RESIST. Get immediate updates on all actions in the Bay Area

Other Resist Groups

We discussed how these 4 major tools developed by Soviets to control their people. I think you will see some similarities as to what is going on in the world right now.

  1. #reflexivecontrol – Control (controlling the information seen by an opponent so that he acts either against his own interests, or in predictable ways that can then be taken advantage of.)
  2. #maskirovka – Mask (“disguise, distract, deny”)
  3. #demoralizatsia – Demoralize (encouraging a retreat into apathy by filling conversations with noise)

4. #activemeasures – what we would generally think of as traditional spycraft: blackmail, extortion, assassination, planting of evidence, etc.

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