Indivisible SF Weekly Update

 Indivisible SF
Last week President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in an attempt to bring an end to the Russia inquiry. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had recused himself from these investigations provided the flimsy justification for the firing.

Indivisible SF is outraged at this most recent abuse of power, but sees promise as members of congress, including the often cautious Dianne Feinstein, are pushing back hard by refusing to conduct Senate business as usual. This week, we’re calling on all of our members of congress to keep fighting for an independent investigation into the Trump Russian ties, the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and for Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special prosecutor or resign. We are also gearing up for the March for Truth on June 3rd.

Join us Sunday, May 21st, at 1:30-3:30pm for our next general meeting at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church. New and returning members are welcome as we plan the actions we’ll take in the fight ahead.

Your Member of Congress Actions This Week
  • With the firing of FBI Director James Comey, it is clear more than ever that the Trump-Russia investigation is in need of an independent investigation. Let’s ask Senator Feinstein and Senator Harris to push for one. Let’s ask Leader Pelosi to call for a Special Prosecutor to lead the independent investigation, and thank Rep. Speier for speaking out about this constitutional crisis.
  • Despite the fact that Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any investigation into the Russian government’s interference in our 2016 election, he recommended that Director Comey be fired, and is now involved in selecting Comey’s replacement. Let’s ask Senator Feinstein to publicly demand AG Sessions’ resignation and thank Leader Pelosi for already having done so.
  • With the disastrous 2016 election behind us, we need to ensure future elections are run fairly. Ask Leader Pelosi to be vigilant against actual voter suppression efforts that may be presented by the Advisory Commission on Election Integrity chaired by VP Mike Pence. Let’s also thank Rep. Speier for co-sponsoring House Joint Resolution 48, a proposed constitutional amendment to take money out of politics.
  • We must stay focused on the health care battle taking place. Our members of congress stand with us in opposing the AHCA. Let’s thank Senator Feinstein, Rep. Speier, Senator Harris and Leader Pelosi for being outspoken on our behalf. Sen. Harris believes that personal stories are some of the best tools in fighting to save the ACA. Send your stories to indivisiblesf@gmail.com and we’ll present them at our meeting with Sen. Harris’ staff this week.
Phone Banking and Text Banking
  • Saturday, May 20th, 1pm – 5pm, Civic Center: We’re making calls to Save ACA and about the upcoming federal special elections around the country. Our successes so far, including stopping the first repeal of ACA, Jon Ossoff’s first-place win in the Georgia primary, and James Thompson’s better-than-expected finish in Kansas, have shown the power of phone banks. Sign up and get more information here.
  • Saturday, May 20th, 11am-3pm, Outer Richmond: We’re making calls to help get out the vote for Rob Quist in Montana and Archie Parnell in South Carolina. Sign up and get more information here.
  • Anytime, Anywhere: Sign up to text bank using Rapid Resist. There is also a launch party for this new tool on Thursday, May 25th.
Indivisible SF Wins
  • Two weeks ago, the House Republicans passed the AHCA to try to repeal Obamacare. This week, those same Republicans got screamed at by their constituents at home. Thanks to the Payback Project, which our extremely talented ISF tech team helped put together, Indivisible groups hosted die-ins and showed up in force at town halls across the country. Iowa Republican, Rod Blum, said he’s having nightmares about the red cards from his town halls. Our chapter’s @indivisibledata project on Twitter produced customized graphics allowing every American to see just how much ACA repeal would raise medical costs for them and others in their district. Their work was featured by Indivisible National and appeared on Rachel Maddow!
  • For months we’ve been pushing Senator Feinstein, famed for her mild tone and anti-obstructionist stance, to lead by standing up and speaking out. This week, it became clear that she heard us! First, she used “obscure senate rules” to lead to a shutdown of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing after FBI Director James Comey was fired. Then she called for Deputy AG, Rod Rosenstein to resign if he was unwilling to appoint a special counsel.
Upcoming Events
  • Wednesday, May 17th: Help new citizens register to vote the same day they are sworn in. Join Democracy Action volunteers at the Naturalization Ceremony at the Paramount Theater in Oakland. We provide all the tools. Sign up and find more info here.
  • Saturday, May 20th: Rep. Speier will host an event with Professor Arlie Hochschild, author of the book Strangers in Their Own Land. Sign up on Eventbrite, and join the #speier_breakout channel on Slack to meet up with other folks who’ll be attending.
  • Monday, May 22nd: Join our carpool to Sacramento to lobby for reform in how SFPD handles racial bias. This action is led by Wealth & Disparities in the Black Community – Justice 4 Mario Woods and supported by Standing Up for Racial Justice. Email martyjjsf@yahoo.com and benspaul@gmail.com to sign up. More info here.
  • Saturday, June 3rd, 2-4pm, Justin Herman Plaza: Indivisible SF is partnering with the national March for Truth to demand an independent investigation into the president’s Russian ties and financial entanglements. RSVP to attend here. If you would like to help by volunteering your time, resources or connections, please contact angela@indivisiblesf.com.
  • Sunday, June 4th Meeting: Indivisible SF is excited to announce that we will host Senator Kamala Harris’ Bay Area District Director, Daniel Chen, at our Sunday meeting. The first hour of the meeting will be devoted to Q&A with Daniel… our own mini-Town Hall! For ISF members who have not yet been able to attend a meeting at Senator Harris’ office, this is a great opportunity.
  • Saturday, June 24th & Sunday, June 25th: Indivisible SF will be out in force at San Francisco Pride! We’ll have an information booth both days, and a contingent in the parade on Sunday morning. This is an internationally covered event. We need members to march on Sunday and volunteers to man our booth both days. Watch for details or follow us on Slack: #isf_pride.
Tech Notes
With all the latest threats from ‘the cyber’, now is a good time to brush up on your own computer security. Check out the ISF Tech breakout’s common-sense guide to online security.

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Keep Fighting,

The Indivisible SF Team

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