As the rain comes down today, please think of the children and families that have been through so much and are waiting to apply for asylum at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. The living conditions in the sports complex where the migrants are waiting are reported to be very poor. They need emergency supplies and this need has certainly increased as the weather has turned cold and wet.
Thankfully, Border Angels, a San Diego non-profit all volunteer led organization has been supporting migrants at the border since 1986 advocating for socially just policies and practices. Border Angels has opened a Target registry for items the migrants in Tijuana desperately need. The items will be shipped directly to Border Angels who will deliver them to the migrants! Let's buy out the list with the help of friends and family. Let's do this.
Thank you to LiftGen member, Chandra Bishop, for kicking off this emergency supply drive!
The election results are mostly in and we are so happy that your contributions and two years of hard work have resulted in flipping the US House to Democratic control! Come January, we will have a check on the President and the ability to investigate, subpoena, and direct officials to testify under oath. (Although the Democrats in the House could impeach Trump, Democrats do not have the two-thirds majority in the Senate to be able to convict and remove him, so it may be a better strategy to wait on Mueller's report.) The Democrats in the House will be able to draft legislation and bring it to the floor for votes!
Having control of the House is excellent news and despite some stinging losses, the incredible Democratic wins in typically Republican places is astounding and bodes well for 2020 when many more Republican Senate seats will be up for election! We've won an important battle and our future looks bright for 2020!
How did the candidates that we funded do? Here are the results as of the writing of this email:
Mike Levin CA-49 WINS!
Ann Kirkpatrick AZ-2 WINS!
Donna Shalala FL-27 WINS!
Krysten Sinema AZ-Senate TOO CLOSE TO CALL!
Ammar Campa-Najjar CA-50 LOSES :-(
Importantly, this midterm election was an historic win for women, people of color, and minoritized peoples! Together, hundreds of groups just like ours across the country made the the House flip to Democrats and voted in the people whose voices and ideas need to be heard in our government. We thank you from the deepest places in our hearts for your support.
Now, we are ready to strategize for 2020! We know that we can count on you to continue fighting for the rights of women, immigrants, and minoritized peoples. We'll be in touch soon with our next actions, events, educational opportunities, and news!
On this midterm election day, I have three important messages:
First, vote. Today. You know this. Most of you did already. High five! But if for some reason you have not, go anyway. Even if you are not registered, you can go and register today and vote a provisional ballot. Do. It. Tell your friends and family to do it. (By 8 PM in CA.)
Second, I want to send you a heartfelt THANK YOU for supporting LiftGen! Whether you donate to our PAC to flip Congress, work tirelessly on our steering committee, pop in and out to lend your beautiful support, attended an event, protest or rally or stay informed and supportive, THANK YOU! Today is a marker, a new chapter, a pause, a sigh, and a moment for reflection on all we have accomplished over the last two years. There is no denying our little community of women and their families have found a well-spring of undeniable power through breaking down so many doors that were once closed to us. I am PROUD of our work. We have done so well for and have learned so much about supporting women, immigrants, and minoritized peoples. So, please give yourself a hug from me, and partake in a virtual clink of glasses because you deserve it, we deserve it!
Third, and most important today, here’s my thinking on a game-plan for the three possible scenarios when the election results come in tonight (or even over the next weeks if races are tight and more ballots need counting):
Republicans maintain their majorities in the House and Senate. Don’t despair. Although unlikely, this sets us up for a more sweeping Democratic victory in 2020. I know, I know..two more years(!) - but LISTEN: In this case, Trump continues to make mistakes and is emboldened to skirt the law and dig his hole deeper providing more evidence for Mueller. He will continue to get nothing done and his voters will finally begin to bear the burden of his policies that hurt them: access to affordable healthcare, tariffs that hurt farmers and manufacturing jobs etc. When 2020 comes around there are many more Republican senators and House reps up for reelection, the blue wave will be ENORMOUS along with a new president and a Congress that can roll back most all the damage done with strong protective and just legislation.
Republicans keep their slim majority in the Senate but Dems get a majority in the House. This is what is predicted to happen. Once the Dems have a majority in the house, they will be able to investigate and subpoena. As Dem committee chairs are chosen in the House, they may even be able to subpoena Trump’s tax returns! And, yes, if Dems have a majority in the House, they can “impeach” Trump—BUT remember, impeachment is simply an indictment, an accusation, but does not remove Trump. If the House decides to impeach Trump, the next step is for the Senate to try him. Two-thirds of the Senate would have to vote to remove him and after tonight, we will not have 66 Dem Senators, so an impeachment trial in the Senate would be largely symbolic. It may make more sense to wait on Mueller’s report to judge if it’s worth it to have a Dem majority in the House vote on articles of impeachment.
Dems flip BOTH the House and the Senate to majority Dem control. First of all, hot damn, this would call for champagne and tequila or soda water shots! Celebrate! Then, consider that the situation described in Scenario (B) above still stands—we won’t have a super majority in the Senate (2/3 Dems) so removing Trump is unlikely unless there is hard-core evidence of high crimes. Basically this would be a warning shot to Republicans that the country is not into Trumpism and they need to consider independents and some bi-partisan legislation if they want to get anything done. We wait till 2020 in this scenario, to gain super-majorities and a new president to roll-back the damage from Trump.
So hold tight. We have a plan no matter what happens to grow our power and influence to protect the rights of women, immigrants, and minoritized populations.
With deepest gratitude for our (Re)sisterhood and our families,
Chair, Lifting Generations
Candlelight Vigil for the Victims of Anti-Semitism, Racial Hatred, and Politically Motivated Violence
On October 27th at 6 PM, Lifting Generations members and likeminded community members came together on the Bird Rock Elementary field to honor the victims of recent hateful and horrific attacks. We showed that as a community that cares for all of our members and resists fear and hate directed at minoritized people, immigrants, and women that we respond with love. We came together to condemn recent attacks based in religious, racial, and political hatred. In our circle both adults and children shared hopes and wishes for our community and country to resist hate and and take action to promote peace and kindness. Thank you to LiftGen member and expressive arts therapist, Elizabeth Tobias, for calling for and leading this healing event.
Flipping the 50th!
Thanks to the LiftGen members who came over to call voters in the 50th District to encourage them to vote for Ammar Campa-Najjar for Congress! It was important and enjoyable work. We were able to call over 100 voters in a short period of time, marking our responses in the dialing system, answering questions, and sharing about Ammar's positions on the issues.
We're flipping this district!
LiftGen Meets Senator Doug Jones
October 8, 2018
San Diego, CA - Thanks to LiftGen member Deanna Niño, Lifting Generation members were able to meet with Senator Doug Jones (D) of Alabama who won Jeff Sessions congressional seat when Sessions became US Attorney General. We gained insight on what is happening in congress from Senator Jones' on the ground perspective. Jones made it clear that we are indeed facing significant challenges to the rights of women and that change in leadership is needed. He said that his desire to run for congress was spurred by watching the women's march. We look forward to partnering with Jones to advocate for the rights of women in the United States. We also learned that he has high hopes for the Mueller investigation to bring those who have broken the law to justice.
LIFTING GENERATIONS ENDORSES
FOR U.S. CONGRESS!
We are proud to announce our endorsement of Ammar Campa-Najjar for U.S. Congress for CA-50. Ammar is an advocate for the rights of women, immigrants, and minoritized communities. We want to help flip this district! Ammar's campaign has asked for our help canvassing and making phone calls. If you would like to help out, please let us know ASAP.
Thank you for your support!
Thank you to all who participated in our special viewing of Blackkklansman at the Lot La Jolla on August 19th! We sold out the event and filled the theater. Following a happy hour LiftGen supporters were treated to an introduction to the film by Steven Adams, award-winning producer. The film is a powerful introduction to our country's history of violent white supremacy and how different law enforcement agencies aided and fought white supremacy. Following the viewing, Mr. Miller engaged the audience in a Q & A session about the relevance of fighting white supremacy today. Lifting Generations is proud to sponsor local community educational events that further our vision of supporting the rights of women, minoritized communities, and immigrants. Proceeds from tickets sales for this event go to candidates who will flip congress to democratic control in November 2018.
It was loud. Our children led chants: "Show me what democracy looks like!" And the adults marched and responded: "This is what democracy looks like!" For me, marching for a just cause involves intense moments of tears from the hope that moving en masse with other likeminded folks reminding me we are powerful together and chills when the enormity of the resistance overwhelms me. For two Saturdays in a row Lifting Generation members marched to protest the Trump Administration's cruel zero-tolerance policy against asylum-seeking families who are victims of separating and locking up children away from their parents. Along with thousands of San Diegans and hundreds of marches across the United States, we showed our collective outrage that our country is not living up to it's ideals. It was uplifting to chant with hundreds of others and to see people waving in support on the sidewalks and high in windows of tall buildings. We would wave and cheer at our supporters, joining them into our spirit of resistance.
As we move forward, we are staying focused on the goal: flipping congress in November 2018 to democrats so that we can push for peace and progress through promoting women's rights, immigrant's rights, and the rights of people of color. We will not give in! Marching and our collective work fuels us for the road ahead! Hold hands with us however you can. Come and march, phonebank, buy a t-shirt, follow our Facebook page, join us at a steering committee meeting, give to our PAC so we can fund a congressional candidate who needs it to get over the hump before November! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get more involved! As always, thank you for your support.
What an amazing 2 hours on Saturday! I was so excited to meet City Councilwoman Barbara Bry (pronounced "BREE") that I stumbled over my words when she came walking in the door and announced who she was, "I'm Barbara Bry." "Yes, I..know..I mean I recognize, I mean..welcome!..." Barbara Bry was our special guest at our latest fundraising event (we are fundraising to flip Congress to democrats in November 2018). We welcomed women, men, and their children from our local area who got to hear from Councilwoman Bry describe how yoga helps her in her job and the kind of work she is doing for pay equity and women's rights in the era of Me Too. Bry also founded Run Women Run that supports San Diego pro-choice women in running for office! And then we were treated to an amazing yoga class from Lauren Archer Farmer (for the adults) and Andrea Esajian (youth class). After our mindful hard work we talked politics and power - the power of women - to make our community, country, and world a better place! Thank you to all of our participant-donors! We were excited to welcome so many new women to our group! Watch out world - this is still the year of the woman! Everyone walked out refreshed with a smile on their face and a voter guide under their arm ready for the primary election on June 5th, 2018! Need to know where your polling place is? Check your polling place location here.
A special thank you to Deanna Goldstein for hosting and to Elizabeth Tobias for her beautiful new t-shirt design and for conceptualizing and planning the event!