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TONIGHT: Town Hall with Rep. Ro Khanna

Town Hall with Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17)
Wednesday, May 2nd
7:30 to 9:00 pm

Quinlan Community Center in Cupertino
10185 N Stelling Rd. (map)

The Cupertino Town Hall is open to attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP via Khanna’s website. The RSVP does not guarantee entry.

Please contact the CA-17 District Office at 408-436-2720 if you have any questions about the town hall.

Can’t make it tonight or live in a different district? Find similar events at the Town Hall Project, or check out TWWSJ’s events calendar for other local actions.

By | 2018-05-02T12:24:19+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Actions, Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Tuesday, May 1

“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.” –The Talmud

1. Net neutrality: The CA state senate is advancing SB822, which is one of the strongest state bills in the country to protect net neutrality. Oregon and Washington have already passed their own bills. Contact your state senator and express your support for SB822:

  • Sen. Bob Wieckowski: (510) 794-3900 or (916) 651-4010
  • Sen. Jim Beall: (916) 651-4015 or (408) 558-1295
  • Sen. Jerry Hill: (916) 651-4013 or (650) 212-3313

2. Two issues for our US Senators:

“I am relieved that The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. I am calling to urge Senator _____ to continue to do everything in her power to prevent the special counsel from being fired. The future of our democracy depends on it.

Also, I support a measure requiring the National Security Advisor to be Senate confirmed. Trump recently appointed warmonger John Bolton to this position who likely would not have passed Senate approval.”

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein: (202) 224-3841 or (415) 393-0707
  • Sen. Kamala Harris: (202) 224-3553 or (415) 355-9041
By | 2018-05-01T09:40:38+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Tuesday, May 1 — May Day Edition

10 Ways to Participate in the May Day Actions Without Leaving Your Home

Together We Will – San José urges you to attend the May Day march and rally on Tuesday, May 1, 4-7 p.m., at Roosevelt Park (901 E. Santa Clara St.)! This event is put together by the May Day Coalition. For the last 12 years, local unions, community-based organizations and immigrant rights groups have made the May Day March a Silicon Valley tradition. Now more than ever with the current presidential administration, we need to come together to reflect resistance and solidarity with other communities. Showing up is easy and matters — and it’s fun! Find the event information on Facebook along with the TWWSJ-specific meet-up.

If you can’t attend the march, here are some great ways to stand up for workers and immigrants.

1. JOIN one of the organizations endorsing or organizing the May Day march to learn more about issues facing workers and immigrants in the Bay Area. Here are a couple:

2. DONATE to defray expenses for the May Day march. Donations go towards permits, water, generators, portapotties, a sound system, etc. Please donate by check to the Collins Foundation, MEMO line: “May Day 2018” and mail to Collins Foundation, 48 S. 7th Street, San Jose, CA 95112 (information about the Collins Foundation)

3. SUPPORT WORKERS’ RIGHTS

A. READ about three current labor issues:

  1. #FightFor15: the campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour, which would address widening wage inequality and spur consumer spending. Read “The case for raising the minimum wage keeps getting stronger” (CNN). Want to know more? Follow the NorCal Fight for $15 on Facebook.
  2. #MeToo: the exclusion of farm workers and domestic workers (nannies, home health care aides, housekeepers, etc.) from federal sexual harassment protections. Read “Housekeepers and nannies have no protection from sexual harassment under federal law” (Vox). Want to know more? Follow the CA Domestic Workers Coalition on Facebook.
  3. Wage theft — the illegal practice of not paying workers for all their work. What is wage theft? Read about it via UCLA Labor Center. Note: this week the California Supreme Court is tackling this issue in Troester vs. Starbucks Inc., which raises the question of whether the California Labor Code requires employers to compensate workers for time they spend off the clock preparing for or wrapping up a shift of work. AND the Milpitas City Council, which recently adopted an ordinance to protect workers against wage theft, is voting on the Wage Theft Procurement Policy on Tuesday May 1. Want to know more about wage theft? Follow the SCC Wage Theft Coalition on Facebook.

B. CONTACTwrite, call, email, or fax — your CA Assemblyperson (how to look them up) and tell her or him that you support AB 2314 — the Domestic Workers Rights Implementation Action. This bill would implement labor standards to protect (largely immigrant) domestic workers such as maids, babysitters and caretakers. It passed the Assembly Labor Committee in late April and will move to Appropriations. Read more:

C. LEARN about the Poor People’s Campaign. Did you know that 40.6 million Americans subsist below the poverty line and nearly half of the country’s population cannot afford a $400 emergency? Keep an eye out for the Poor People’s Campaign, which plans to launch 40 days of anti-poverty actions beginning on Mother’s Day, 5/12. An outgrowth of North Carolina’s Moral Mondays, the Campaign will challenge public policies that bolster systemic racism, poverty, and the war economy. Read more:

Join or follow the movement at PoorPeoplesCampaign.org.

4. SUPPORT IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS

A. READ about current issues related to immigrants:

  1. The ongoing legal limbo of DACA recipients. Last week a federal judge ruled not only that the Trump administration must continue to allow Dreamers to apply for renewal but that it must also accept new applications. Read “Federal Judge Rules Trump Administration Must Accept New DACA Applications” (Slate). Note, United We Dream has answers about this ruling on their Twitter account.
  2. The arrival in Tijuana of a large caravan of Central American migrants seeking asylum and the Trump administration’s announcement that they would not process any asylum applications. Read “Migrant caravan: No room for asylum seekers at border crossing, U.S. says” (USA Today).
  3. ICE’s brutal policy of separating asylum-seekers from their young children. Read “Why Does Trump Treat Immigrant Kids Cruelly? Because He Can” (New York Times). For more on the unconscionable treatment of immigrants detained by ICE, read “Do immigrants in ICE detention centers have any human rights at all?” (Slate). You can follow up by signing an ACLU petition opposing the separation of families.
  4. ICE’s targeting of immigrant activists — read “America should stop deporting peaceful immigrant advocates” (The Hill). And related to this, for more about the connections between reproductive rights and immigrant justice, read “Deportation Is A Reproductive Rights Issue” (Huffington Post). You can follow up by signing a Free Press petition demanding that ICE release undocumented journalist Manuel Durán, who has been covering protests on immigration policies.

B. CONTACT — write, call, email, or fax — your Members of Congress (how to look them up) and let them know that you oppose the current treatment of detained immigrants and that this abuse threatens the civil liberties of ALL OF US. Not sure what to talk about? Here are some examples of immigrant abuse:

And also let your MoCs know that you want Congress to create a path to citizenship for Dreamers and ask them to bring a vote on the Dream Act (HR 3440/S 1615).

C. SIGN UP to be a Rapid Responder. The Rapid Response Network in Santa Clara County aims to protect immigrant families from deportation, and to provide them with moral and accompaniment support. The training is short and very worthwhile. The next scheduled on is May 10 at St. Paul’s UMC in San Jose (Facebook event). Find out more and sign up via PACT’s website.

D. LEARN about immigrant rights. Check out the ACLU’s guide for immigrants on what to do if stopped by the police or ICE (PDF; other languages available).

5. DONATE to foster more progressive leaders: The New Leaders Council (NLC) is a national organization committed to recruiting and training talented millennials who are up-and-coming leaders in politics, government, nonprofits, education, and business. With over 48 chapters and more than 6,000 alumni across the United States, NLC is building a bench of young progressives — including in the Silicon Valley. And TWWSJ member Ketzal Gomez is a 2018 Fellow (Congrats!!). Their annual fundraiser is June 8th and early bird tickets are $60. Buy a ticket for yourself, or, donate a ticket so that a young leader with limited funds can attend. You can also set up monthly giving for the amount you choose. Employer matching is welcomed!

By | 2018-05-01T09:35:13+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Get Ready for Silicon Valley May Day 2018

Join Community, Labor, Faith, and Justice organizations – and your friends at TWWSJ – to March for May Day 2018. This event is put together by the May Day Coalition. Endorsing organizations include: Calpulli Tonalequeh, Working Partnerships, SAHE, South Bay Labor Council, SEIU USWW, SCC Peace and Freedom Party, South Bay Progressive Alliance, SCC Wage Theft Coalition, Rise Up for Justice, LUNA, Unite Here Local 19, Fight for $15, SJ Peace and Justice Center, South Bay Labor Council, CWA, Stand San Jose, CTA & others.

This is not a TWWSJ event — we are there to support and show solidarity with the message of the organizers. We’ll have our banner, wear your shirt!

Please RSVP at the actual event Facebook page to help organizers know how many to expect. If you want to join TWWSJ members at the event, join our Facebook event, too.

Consider training to be a Security Monitor at the event. Training takes place on Saturday, April 28. RSVP on Facebook.

For the last 12 years, SCC unions, community-based organizations and immigrant rights groups have made the May Day March a Silicon Valley tradition. Now more than ever with the current presidential administration, we need to come together to reflect the resistance and solidarity with other communities. This year their goal is to mobilize 30,000 people!

The route of this year’s May 1st march will begin at Roosevelt Park (map). From Roosevelt Park we will march down to City Hall (map).

Schedule:

  • 4pm: Participants will gather
  • 5pm: Begin the march
  • 6pm: Program at the end of the march

Participants with disabilities: The route will be on the sidewalk and street. There will be sign interpreters and large print chant sheets.

The theme of the march is “sow, grow, know.”

Ways to help if you cannot attend:

  1. SHARE the event to your Facebook timeline and other groups you are in.
  2. Print and download a flyer and ask local businesses to display in the window. Download PDFs of flyers for printing (English and Spanish, different sizes) from Google Drive.
  3. Ask your faith community, school, community center, or other organization to march with their banner and show up in support of our immigrant and labor community.
  4. Make a donation to help defray expenses: The money would be used for the coordinating expenses of the march (permits, water, truck rental, generators, portable bathrooms, stage, sound system, etc). Please make the check out to:
    Collins Foundation, MEMO line: “May Day 2018”
    Mail to: Collins Foundation, 48 S. 7th Street, San Jose, CA 95112
    (read more about the Collins Foundation)
  5. Sign up to be a Rapid Responder and/or ask your faith community about putting together an accompaniment team for immigrants being detained by ICE. There are regular trainings on weekdays, evenings, and weekends. The training is short and very worthwhile. Find out more and sign up via PACT’s website.
Silicon Valley May Day 2018 flyer

Silicon Valley May Day 2018 flyer (download in sizes and languages on Google Drive)

By | 2018-04-26T22:00:57+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Actions, Call to Action|0 Comments

San Jose: Call to Action for Monday, April 23

Via PACT (People Acting in Community Together):

San Jose: Call your councilmember TODAY to tell them to stand with renters when they vote on renter protections and displacement policy on Tuesday!

Use the script below:

Hi, my name is _________ . I live in district ___ I urge Councilmember ___________ [or Mayor Liccardo] to vote in favor of renters’ rights on April 24. Our families need stable communities, that means no racial profiling and no additions on criminal activity to evict a family member, protecting rent controlled tenants from illegal charges for utilities, and protecting tenants with vouchers from discrimination. We also need an Ellis Act that will provide the lowest rent for the largest number of renters. I don’t want to see my neighbors pushed out of San Jose.

Tip: Not sure who your councilmember is? Use the “Find Your Representatives” widget on the right side of the Call to Action page to look it up. And if you live in the area, you can contact everyone on the council, even if you don’t live in San Jose, and identify yourself as a “Santa Clara County voter” or similar.

Read more (h/t SURJ at Sacred Heart):

By | 2018-04-23T09:39:18+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Philanthropy Fridays for April: New Leaders Council

#PhilanthropyFridays are a new monthly post where members can suggest donation opportunities or paid events that fit with our group’s mission. Each month there will be a featured opportunity, and members are welcome to add other opportunities in the comments section. Know of an org doing great work who could use a little extra help, or of an awesome event/fundraiser that members might be interested in? Drop us a line!

April’s feature donation opportunity: New Leaders Council (NLC), is a national organization committed to building a bench of young progressives by recruiting and training talented millennials who are up-and-coming leaders in politics, government, nonprofits, education, and business. With over 48 chapters and more than 6,000 alumni across the United States, including our Silicon Valley chapter, NLC is meeting the moment by doubling down on its commitment to developing the next generation of progressive leaders.

TWWSJ member Ketzal Gomez is a 2018 Fellow (WAHOO!!). Their annual fundraiser is June 8th and early bird tickets are $60. Buy a ticket for yourself, or, donate a ticket so that a young leader with limited funds can attend:

You can also set up monthly giving for the amount you choose. Employer matching is welcomed!

By | 2018-04-20T19:53:44+00:00 April 20th, 2018|Call to Action, Philanthropy Friday|0 Comments

Call to Action for Tuesday, April 17

Senate Judiciary Committee is finally considering legislation to stop Trump from firing Mueller.

As more revelations come out in the Russia investigation, Trump becomes more erratic and continues to threaten to fire Robert Mueller, Rod Rosenstein, and even Jeff Sessions. He’s demanding loyalty above all else. This is an affront to the rule of law and dangerous for our democracy. Fortunately, Congress can protect the Mueller investigation.

Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ). Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) have introduced the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act (S.2644). Call your senators and ask them to support this bill.

How to reach your MoCs:

  • Phone: 1-844-USA-0234 (calls ALL of your MoC)
  • Resistbot via Facebook Messenger: m.me/resistbot
  • Resistbot via text: send RESIST to 50409
  • Email: democracy.io
  • Fax (from the web): FaxZero

Direct contact:

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein: (202) 224-3841 or (415) 393-0707
  • Sen. Kamala Harris: (202) 224-3553 or (415) 355-9041

Source: Daily Action

By | 2018-04-17T15:17:17+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Wednesday, April 11

Make two phone calls today to ask Senators Feinstein and Harris to support a bipartisan bill to protect Robert Mueller.

The Senate Judiciary Committee (on which both Feinstein and Harris sit) is moving forward with legislation to limit Trump’s ability to fire special counsel Robert Mueller. The Special Counsel Independence & Integrity Act (H.R.3654/S.1735), co-sponsored by Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.). Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Christopher Coons (D-Del.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), would provide a check on Trump’s unilaterally ending the investigation. It would codify existing rules that only a senior Justice Department official could fire a special counsel and would require a reason in writing. Moreover, it would stipulate that Mueller, or any other special counsel, receive an “expedited judicial review” within 10 days of being fired to determine if it was for a “good cause.” If it wasn’t, the special counsel would be reinstated.

Call Senators Harris and Feinstein and ask them to support this bill — and ask the staffers where they stand on it.

Example script:

“Hi, I’m a constituent calling from _________, and I want to ask Sen. ___________ to support the bipartisan Special Counsel Independence & Integrity Act, which is being introduced today, and would protect Special Counsel Mueller from being fired by Donald Trump. Can you please tell me where the Senator stands on this bill?”

How to reach your MoCs:

  • Phone: 1-844-USA-0234 (calls ALL of your MoC)
  • Resistbot via Facebook Messenger: m.me/resistbot
  • Resistbot via text: send RESIST to 50409
  • Email: democracy.io
  • Fax (from the web): FaxZero

Direct contact:

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein: (202) 224-3841 or (415) 393-0707
  • Sen. Kamala Harris: (202) 224-3553 or (415) 355-9041
By | 2018-04-11T15:51:49+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Monday, April 9

2 Action Items to Welcome Congress Back to Work!

1. Contact all your MofC to support the Honest Ads Act (H.R.4077/S.1989) to mandate online political ad disclosures.

Currently, online political advertising is not covered by political ad disclosure regulations (unlike television, print, and radio advertising). Clearly, that has caused issues in our elections. Holding online political ads to the same standard as ads published through other media is a critical first step in safeguarding our democracy and preventing foreign interference in elections.

2. Call your Senators to oppose the nomination of Andrew Wheeler for Deputy Administrator of the EPA.

Andrew Wheeler is a climate change denier who has proven ties to the coal industry and has previously lobbied for energy companies. He would be an appalling choice for Deputy Administrator. The appointment of coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler would only ensure that he would work for their interests, rather than the interests of the public and the environment.

How to reach your MoCs:

  • Phone: 1-844-USA-0234 (calls ALL of your MoC)
  • Resistbot via Facebook Messenger: m.me/resistbot
  • Resistbot via text: send RESIST to 50409
  • Email: democracy.io
  • Fax (from the web): FaxZero

Direct contact:

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein: (202) 224-3841 or (415) 393-0707
  • Sen. Kamala Harris: (202) 224-3553 or (415) 355-9041
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren: (202) 225-3072 or (408) 271-8700
  • Rep. Ro Khanna: (202) 225-2631 or (408) 436-2720
  • Rep. Anna Eshoo: (202) 225-8104 or (408) 245-2339
By | 2018-04-09T21:31:09+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Thursday, April 5

Contact our senators and ask them to cosponsor and support this common sense, bipartisan legislation:
S. 2553: Know the Lowest Price Act, which would ban “gag clauses,” which prohibit pharmacists from informing customers if they can save money by paying out-of-pocket for medication, rather than by paying through insurance.

How to reach your MoCs:

  • Phone: 1-844-USA-0234 (calls ALL of your MoC)
  • Resistbot via Facebook Messenger: m.me/resistbot
  • Resistbot via text: send RESIST to 50409
  • Email: democracy.io
  • Fax (from the web): FaxZero
By | 2018-04-05T14:51:11+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments
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