For Independence Day, let’s celebrate those who truly fight for freedom and justice.

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At Indivisible San Francisco, we’re proud to count civil rights veteran and lifelong activist Bruce Hartford as part of our leadership team. Bruce has been fighting for racial and economic justice since the civil rights movement of the 1960s, when he worked with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and often faced personal danger from the Ku Klux Klan and racist law enforcement in the South. Bruce also participated in the anti-war movement, co-founded the National Writers’ Union, founded the Civil Rights Movement Archive, and much more. His book “Troublemaker”: Memories of the Freedom Movement recounts his experience in a lifelong fight for justice.

Recently, SF Senior Beat interviewed Bruce about his experiences as a Freedom Fighter, outrunning the Ku Klux Klan, marching in Selma (for which he and his fellow marchers received a Congressional Gold Medal in 2016), and his thoughts on the current state of activism. Read more in SF Senior Beat.

Bruce’s leadership at Indivisible SF has been invaluable, inspiring many other members to make “good trouble” in a time when civil rights are under attack and the need for economic justice is desperate. While this has been a hard year to celebrate America, we should celebrate those among us who have fought for the rights we have and continue to do so.

Postage rates are increasing: get your stamps now!

Writing to voters? The USPS is raising postage rates on Sunday, July 10. Letter and postcard stamp prices will go up. If you buy Forever Stamps before this Sunday, July 10, they’ll still be valid after the rate change and you’ll save some money. You can order from the USPS website or buy stamps at any Post Office. You can also get letter (but not postcard) stamps at most grocery stores or Costco. For more information, visit the USPS website.

If you’re interested in participating in activities like drafting letters to our Members of Congress and developing our strategy for influencing them, the Indivisible SF Federal Working Group is where it happens. Our next meeting is on Thursday, July 14. Details on how to register below.

ISF Federal Working Group meeting: Thursday, July 14, 7:30–9 PM.Register here to join our regular Zoom meeting, where we work together to develop strategies for influencing our Members of Congress and the Biden administration to support a progressive agenda. All are welcome to participate and contribute, even if you’ve never attended an ISF meeting before.

Bay Area Coalition Phone Banks: Wednesdays and Saturdays. Our friends at Swing Left need your help talking to voters about the upcoming primaries and midterms. Join Swing Left and the Bay Area Coalition on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings to make calls to voters in California and around the nation. Sign up for a shift:

  • TODAY, Wednesday, July 6, 5–7 PM
  • Saturday, July 9, 10 AM–12 PM
  • Wednesday, July 13, 5–7 PM

Voter registration drive in the California Central Valley with Swing Left: Saturdays. Swing Left needs your help registering voters in Central Valley CD-13 and CD-22, from Modesto to Bakersfield. They will conduct door-to-door and COVID-safe canvassing to register voters every weekend until Tuesday, November 8. Sign up here:

  • Saturday, July 16, 9 AM–3:30 PM
  • Saturday, July 23, 9 AM–3:30 PM
  • Saturday, July 30, 9 AM–3:30 PM

About this week’s photo

If you’ve seen our newsletter posts on Twitter and Facebook, you might have noticed that we include a photo or graphic with each issue.

Today’s photo is of Bruce Hartford and his fellow activists gathered at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference freedom house in 1965, taken by John Phillips.

Keep Fighting

The Indivisible SF Team

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Since the January 2017, more than 4,000 San Franciscans have united as Indivisible SF to march in the Women's Marches, protest the Muslim Ban, meet regularly with our Members of Congress, and make thousands of phone calls to their offices to pressure them to do everything in their power to counter the policies and politics of Trumpism. There is much work in progress and many actions to come.

Members of Indivisible SF are defined by our action and find solidarity in our shared opposition to Trump and Trumpism. Each of us explicitly reserves our individual stances on specific issues for other forums as we believe resisting Trump is more important than any single issue. We adhere to a Code of Conduct that welcomes and respects everybody.

Members of Indivisible SF come from all kinds of backgrounds and political persuasions. Some of us are first-time activists and others have been at this for decades. We are citizens and non-citizens. Most importantly, we are all patriots that want the best for our country and are willing to work for it.

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