Call to Action for Tuesday, September 18

Please contact our senators and request they demand Kavanaugh withdraw his nomination for the Supreme Court. The serious and credible allegations against Kavanaugh show he is not fit to serve on and must remove himself from consideration immediately.

Thanks for all you do. It matters. Please comment below and share your action!

By | 2018-09-18T18:44:01+00:00 September 18th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

TWW San Jose Calls to Action #C2A

C2As from TWW-SJ: Contact Gov Brown & Divest CalSTRS

Together We Will – San José is an intersectional, feminist, inclusive, anti-racist community dedicated to progressive activism.


TWO Calls to Action this week:

  • Spread the word to California educators about getting CalSTRS to divest from companies that profit from incarcerating immigrants – URGENT! Meeting is 9/20!
  • Contact Governor Jerry Brown about signing 5 bills that support immigrant and marginalized communities

Read on for details!


👉 URGENT: CalSTRS Update – if you’re covered by CalSTRS, see actions below. If not, please share with all your CA teacher/educator friends!

California State Teacher’s Retirement System (CalSTRS) has promised an update to its investigation about divesting from for-profit prison companies CoreCivic and GeoGroup at its next Investment Committee Meeting on September 20th. They’ve refused to include supplying corporation General Dynamics in this investigation.
Teachers please:
a) CALL or EMAIL CalSTRS at Phone: 800-228-5453 or 916-414-1099 or ExternalAffairs@calstrs.com Let them know how long you’ve been teaching and how you feel about your pension being invested in corporations that make millions off of the incarceration of migrant families and youth of color. Ask them to divest from CoreCivic, GeoGroup, AND General Dynamics.
b) SIGN the petition by Educators for Migrant Justice (even if you previously signed the TWWSJ petition – this is a different one).
c) ATTEND the CalSTRS meeting, 100 Waterfront Pl, West Sacramento, CA 95605. Bring a sign and a short speech if you like, wear Red for Ed, or just lend your support in person. More info on the Facebook event. Agenda posted here (scroll down for Sept 20).
d) FORWARD this email to your friends & coworkers and to your union, post on NextDoor, tweet, share this public TWWSJ Facebook post – SPREAD THE WORD that teachers don’t want their pensions supporting for-profit prisons!

👉 There are many bills on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk right now, awaiting his signature. Our partners from SEIU-USWW, San Jo Brown Berets, and South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking have alerted us to these 5 important ones – please CALL (916) 445-2841, EMAIL leg.unit@gov.ca.gov AND/OR use Resistbot or other method of contact to urge the Governor to sign these bills.

a) Help stop rape on the night shift! Support the 100 brave women janitors who walked 100 miles from SF to SAC – urge Gov. Brown to sign AB-2079 Janitorial workers: sexual violence and harassment prevention training.
b) Support Ethnic Studies in California – Representation matters! AB-2772 allows for high schools in California to apply for grants to incorporate ethnic studies as a curriculum. SB-895 will require the Department of Education to make a Vietnamese American studies curriculum that will be accessible for district adoption. Studies have shown that when students feel represented in their classroom, it increases class engagement, attendance, and performance in other academic areas. Tell the Governor to sign these bills!
c) Stop human trafficking! AB-2034 will require transit employees in bus, train, or light-rail operations to undergo human trafficking awareness training by January 2021. Please email Gov Brown at leg.unit@gov.ca.gov AND cc: Ryan.Guillen@asm.ca.gov
d) Decriminalize street vending across the state! SB-946 is a way to empower and provide healthy food to immigrant and low income communities. Please email the Gov at leg.unit@gov.ca.gov AND cc: Daisy.Luna@sen.ca.gov, dsmith@publiccounsel.org, kmckeon@publiccounsel.org

We’re glad you’re with us!

Are you a member of our Facebook Group? That’s the best place to find current actions, local events, news, and discussions of trending issues, but there are other ways to stay in the loop – this email newsletter for highlights, our online event calendar for local events that have been shared with the group, and our monthly meetings – mark your calendar for the FIRST SUNDAY of every month! Coming Oct 7 and Nov 4: Voter Information parties to prep for the Nov 6 election.
We are always looking for members to get involved in the leadership of this group, so if you want to help out and like working with a great group of organizers, let us know! Reply to this email or PM us on Messenger, and we’ll get right back to you.  
–Miriam Martín & Felicia Gershberg, lead organizers, TWWSJ

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By | 2018-09-16T12:53:48+00:00 September 16th, 2018|Newsletter Archive|0 Comments

Call to Action for Sunday, September 16

Email or send this letter to advocate for fair and accurate elections. Email is registrar@rov.sccgov.org.

Shannon Bushey
Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters
P.O. Box 611360
San Jose, CA 95161-1360

Dear Ms. Bushey,

As a registered voter from [name of your city or town], I am writing to thank you for the work you do to keep our elections fair and secure. The integrity of our elections is worth protecting, and I have some questions about our district’s election preparations for the upcoming midterms.

First, does our district keep an offline daily backup of votes as they are received? And will our district conduct an election audit to ensure accuracy of the vote count?

If we are using electronic voting:

  • Does our district have backup pollbooks to check in voters if there’s a problem with electronic pollbooks?
  • If voting machines break, will our voting district have enough emergency ballots on hand for 2-3 hours of voters at peak times? How do you estimate needs for adequate numbers of provisional ballots?
  • If a voting machine breaks, will each polling center have pre-printed signage that instructs voters on alternative options? What plans are there to accommodate voters with disabilities in this case?

If we are using paper voting:

  • Are there sufficient paper ballots printed to permit 100% of registered voters to participate if they all choose to do so?

I take my right to vote seriously, and want to be sure that my vote is fairly and properly counted, along with those of all eligible voters in our district. I would appreciate any information you can provide, so thank you, in advance, for your willingness to help me understand how my district is preparing for the upcoming elections. I look forward to your reply.

Yours sincerely,

[Your name]
[Your address]
[Your email address]

By | 2018-09-16T16:57:28+00:00 September 16th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Show Solidarity with Immigrant Communities!

Show your Solidarity! Show up for immigrant and marginalized communities, by advocating with Governor Jerry Brown!

PART 1: ACT ON AT LEAST ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

a. Help stop rape on the night shift! Support the 100 brave women janitors walking 100 miles from SF to SAC and call Gov. Jerry Brown (916) 445-2841 to tell him to sign AB-2079 (Janitorial workers: sexual violence and harassment prevention training). Follow SEIU United Service Workers West for updates!

b. Support Ethnic Studies in California! AB-2772 allows for high schools in California to apply for grants to incorporate ethnic studies as a curriculum. SB-895 will require the department of education to make a Vietnamese American studies curriculum that will be accessible for district adoption. Studies have shown that when students feel represented in their classroom it increases class engagement, attendance, and performance in other academic areas. Please take the time to call the governors office tomorrow and ask him to sign AB-2772 and SB-895.

c. Stop human trafficking! AB-2034 is on the Governor’s desk for consideration and will require transit employees in bus, train, or light-rail operations to undergo human trafficking awareness training by January 2021. Please email/fax letters to:

  • Email: leg.unit@gov.ca.govm
  • c.c. email: Ryan.Guillen@asm.ca.gov
  • Fax: (916) 558-3177

d. SB-946, which would decriminalize street vending across the state, is on Governor Brown’s desk. Please send letters of support urging the Governor to sign it. Attach a pdf letter and email directly to the following:

  • leg.unit@gov.ca.gov
  • Daisy.Luna@sen.ca.gov
  • dsmith@publiccounsel.org
  • kmckeon@publiccounsel.org

COMMENT ON FACEBOOK ABOUT WHICH YOU DID AND HOW IT WENT! Please share scripts and pro tips!

PART 2: AMPLIFY in any of the following ways:

a. SHARE this post on your own timeline.

b. TAG a friend on social media.

c. REPOST in another resistance group.

d. TWEET, INSTA, or otherwise share on another platform!


CONGRATULATIONS for doing this! And thanks for showing your solidarity!

By | 2018-09-12T08:28:31+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments
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