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We all play a role in protecting our political power. Here's what we can do TODAY for this election season: Sign the petition or contact your elected officials in Congress & tell them to extend the Electoral College deadline. @ProtectOurElection

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Stability and access are suicide prevention. Care and structural support are suicide prevention.
Poll workers make #democracy work. This November, help your community and elections officials and get paid for it! Sign up to be a poll worker at #Voteria #VoteSafeCA #VoteCalifornia #November2020
Today, we remember #JonathanFerrell, who a police officer shot and killed seven years ago while Jonathan was seeking help after being involved in a car crash. Police departments have a long-standing history of policing in inequitable, racist, and violent ways. Commit to divesting from the practices of policing now.

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This fall’s election is a critical, once-in-a-generation moment. It’s a chance for all of us to come together and stand up against the wealthy corporations that take advantage of our communities and blame Black and Brown people for our problems, all the while making profits off our hard work. 

When we know what to do to be able to vote in a pandemic, we will restore the safety and the opportunity we need for our communities to be whole. Mark your calendar for October 5, the date that California voters will begin to receive a ballot in the mail. Our friends at We Are California have made this graphic of ways to vote. And check out our blog for more guidance on how to vote in a pandemic!
On this day in 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech at the #MarchOnWashington. In 2008, almost exactly 45 years later, Barack Obama became the first Black man to win the nomination of a major party for president. 

Now, in 2020, we have Kamala Harris as both the first Black and Asian woman to be nominated as vice president by a major party. It’s clear that change is possible through our continued dedication to our cause and each other. And at the same time, it’s equally clear that identity representation is not everything--we also need representation of our communities’ interests to make real impact in areas like jobs, housing, and healthcare for our neighborhoods.
We are deeply anguished over the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Wisconsin. Too often we wake to news of police inflicting violence on Black folks simply trying to live their lives. And many of us fear that we or someone we know may be next.

We hold Jacob Blake, his young children, and his family in our hearts. And we commit to continuing our work towards creating a world we can believe in--one that necessarily includes defunding the police and funding services that truly benefit our communities.
Last night, Sen. Kamala Harris officially accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for vice president. We want to recognize just how groundbreaking this moment is, as Harris is both the first Black and Asian woman nominated for VP on a major ticket. At the same time, we must also continue to advocate for our political agendas as working-class people and people of color!
Today the entire Bay Area is experiencing unhealthy air quality due to wildfires burning here and across our state. From the Oakland flatlands to the Marin Headlands, we all know what it’s like to struggle to breathe toxic air.

Residents of Bayview Hunters Point feel effects like these every day.  For decades, they’ve been fighting against the toxic pollution in their neighborhood, and live an average of 14 fewer years than residents of the more upscale Russian Hill.

On Tuesday, September 1 at 11:00 [please note the new date], join Bay Rising member @podersf for a caravan protest for #environmentaljustice! Demand that Mayor Breed and the Board of Supervisors clean up the toxic waste at Hunters Point Shipyard and stop upscale developments that will displace people of color! For more information, email
Actions speak louder than words! 

In June, Farmers Insurance put out a statement in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and racial justice. But they’ve also donated $25,000 to California Business Roundtable, an organization that opposes Prop 15--a measure that would advance racial justice by ensuring that wealthy corporations pay their fair share of property taxes and put #SchoolsAndCommunitiesFirst.

Tell Farmers Insurance to take action towards racial justice and stop funding opposition to Prop 15!
Friends, we have an URGENT ask for you! 

The folks at #NoNewJailSF are organizing to defund police and shift resources to communities of color. This Friday is one of the last times for public comment this year on San Francisco's budget. As it stands now, Mayor Breed's proposed budget is wholly inadequate. 

The No New SF Jail Coalition wants to help to elevate access needs, and to make sure anyone who has been directly impacted by policing and jails in San Francisco is able to share their story on Friday.

Learn how you can get involved here:
We have members across the Bay Area advocating to move money from cops to the services that keep us safe and thriving, from schools to housing to living wage jobs. Coleman Advocates' youth want safety, but they also need care. Black children and youth are not safe when armed police officers enter their schools. They are not cared for when their nurse isn’t available because of budget cuts. They are not cared for when their counselor can’t meet with them because there is only one counselor.

They need SFUSD to show them care by eliminating the district's MOU with SFPD and reinvesting that money into wellness center staff, full time nurses, mental health counselors and restorative justice practitioners. The Board of Education will be voting on a resolution that would do exactly this, very soon, at 3pm today. Join the meeting online at to show your support for the resolution! #defundSFPD #FundBlackYouth #DefendBlackLives #defundpolice
This is a moment of possibility. Here's one thing you can do right now to #DefendBlackLives in the Bay Area:

Mourning how much white supremacy devalues Black lives. Mourning for #GeorgeFloyd and #TonyMcDade. Mourning Black trans death, death at the hands of police, in cages, on the streets. Mourning the corporate grip on the Bay Area that lets the deaths of unhoused people triple in San Francisco.
This #MayDay we demand that Congress prioritize a #PeoplesBailout where health is the top priority for all people, with no exceptions! Check out a national live-stream rally in progress & find out other ways to take action here:
Tell Governor Newsom: We need to #VoteSafeCA!


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