June 21, 2019

 

THE RISING

   BE INFORMED. BE INVOLVED. BE JOYFUL.

Dear Friend,

This week’s headlines are unkind to those of us suffering from anxiety. Our country has no defense secretary while tension with Iran escalates. The trade war with China exacerbates the global economic downturn. As the climate crisis worsens, a sobering debate is brewing around which coastal towns to save first. The colluder-in-chief raised over $24M for re-election in just 24 hours.

The next few months will get worse. There will be more confusion than clarity as we delve further into these problems without an actual leader to guide us and bring us together.

We’re furiously fighting for everything. And yet, it feels like we’re falling backward instead of moving forward. Will we ever make it to the other side of all this frantic organizing?

Therein lies the beauty of annual traditions. Whether it took years or decades or generations, our tradition of commemorating historic events reminds us of our victories.

Every year in June, Juneteenth and the LGBTQIA Pride month remind us of what we’ve been through in order to get to where we are. Where we are is not ideal, but it is markedly improved from where we used to be. While slavery has morphed into other forms, owning another human being is no longer legal. While people who identify as LGBTQIA are still being persecuted, marriage equality is now legal. These are worth celebrating!

There is much ugliness in our nation’s past. Acknowledging our flawed, violent, shameful and painful history helps us appreciate the journey that takes us to where we are today. It gives us armor, ammunition and courage for the journey that will bring us closer to what we imagine is a better place – what we know we all deserve – equality for all.

I take comfort in the fact that humans are capable of evolving. It takes a very long time. All worthwhile journeys do.

In the meantime, I believe it’s important to work on our own personal evolution, to edge our way closer to the best version of ourselves. We owe the coming generations all the strength, joy, and love we can muster.

FIGHT

DANCE

LOVE

Susie T. Buell

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

Writer E. Jean Carroll alleges in an upcoming memoir that she was raped by donald trump in the 1990s. New York Magazine

Despite a drumbeat of scientific warnings, the trump administration issued a new rule that cuts carbon emissions from power plants by less than half of what experts say is needed to avoid catastrophic global warming. Washington Post

The Environmental Protection Agency said it will allow states to use a pesticide that is harmful to bees. The Hill

A polar bear described as sick and starving wandered into an industrial city in northern Siberia, roaming the streets and a local garbage dump scavenging for something to eat -- it has been more than four decades since a polar bear was last spotted in the Russian city. Washington Post

According to federal data, U.S. suicide rates are at their highest since World War II. TIME

If you or someone you know may be contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line. In emergencies, call 911, or seek care from a local hospital or mental health provider.

It is #NotNormal…

…for the President of the United States to continue attacking Hillary Clinton, despite losing to her in 2016.

…for the current President of the United States to take credit for passing a veteran's health care bill that was signed into law by former President Obama.

…for the President of the United States to threaten a reporter with prison time.

GOOD NEWS, VICTORIES & HEROES

CALLS TO ACTION

1. Get ready for next week's debates!

The debate will take place over two nights, June 26th and 27th, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami. Each night will feature 10 candidates (here are the lineups). The debate begins at 9 p.m. ET both nights and will be broadcast by NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo. NBC News

Learn more about the candidates before they hit the debate stage here.

Find a local watch party here.

2. Apply for the Arena Academy in Houston, September 13th-17th

Texas is a huge battleground in 2020. We have a real chance to turn Texas blue in 2020, not just in national elections but in state and local ones too. Up and down the ballot, at every level, Texas is competitive. And with district lines to be redrawn after the 2020 census, this election could determine the future of Texas—and our elections—for the next decade. Arena

If you’re considering joining a 2020 campaign, or you know someone who is, apply for the Arena Academy in Houston, Texas here. Apply by July 19th!

3. Join Human Rights Watch for San Francisco's Pride Parade on June 30th

For the first time ever, Human Rights Watch, led by the Young Professionals Network, will be participating in San Francisco's iconic Pride Parade to remind the world that LGBTQIA+ rights are human rights. Bring your friends and family of all ages and sexual orientations. Tickets are free, but please feel free to make a donation at donate.hrw.org if you'd like to support the ongoing work of Human Rights Watch to protect and defend the rights of LGBTQIA+ people around the world.

Register here.

EVENTS

Phone/Text Bank & Postcards for Voter Registration & North Carolina Special Elections

Saturday, June 22nd

11:00am-2:00pm

San Francisco, CA

RSVP here

Courage to Run SF

Celebrate the historic number of women getting civically active and running for office at San Francisco's first ever Courage to Run 5K and party. Run and walk with elected, candidate and advocate women.

Sunday, June 23rd

8:30am

San Francisco, CA

Tickets here

UltraViolet: "Inclusive Feminism 101" Training

Join UltraViolet staff members and strategic advisor Charlene Carruthers for a training call to learn how you can incorporate an intersectional and inclusive lens into your feminist activism and daily life.

Tuesday, June 25th

5:00pm

Register here

The Will and Willie Show In Conversation with Mark Buell

Political icon Willie Brown and political comedian Will Durst in conversation with very special guest Mark Buell at the Punch Line. 18+ with valid photo ID.

Thursday, June 27th

5:30pm

San Francisco, CA

Tickets here

First Democratic Presidential Debate Watch Party: Day 2

Thursday, June 27th

5:30pm

San Francisco, CA

Tickets here

Breakfast with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and CA Frontline Members Reps. Harder, Cox, Hill, Cisneros, Porter, Rouda and Levin

Friday, June 28th

8:00am

San Francisco, CA

Tickets here

 

Lunch with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo

Friday, June 28th

12:00pm

Woodside, CA

Tickets here

 

Brunch with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Jared Huffman

Saturday, June 29th

11:00am

Sausalito, CA

Tickets here

Fundraiser to Empower Grassroots Organizers

Learn how you can help organizers working on civic engagement and voter mobilization build capacity and relationships - increasing our ability to win elections up and down the ballot as well as build local, regional, and national power.

Saturday, June 29th

5:00pm

San Francisco, CA

RSVP here

Pride Weekend Kickoff at Manny’s with Senator Kamala Harris

Saturday, June 29th

5:30pm

San Francisco, CA

Tickets here 

 

Pride Reception with Senator Kamala Harris

Saturday, June 29th

7:00pm

San Francisco, CA

Tickets here

Reception with Senator Kamala Harris

Sunday, June 30th

3:30pm

Atherton, CA

Tickets here

Reception with Senator Kamala Harris

Sunday, June 30th

5:30pm

San Jose, CA

Tickets here

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