FEATURED IN THIS WEEK’S EVENTS BULLETIN:
- Women's March San Francisco
- MVCAN Monthly Meeting
- MVCAN Phone Bank - Training 101
- Training: How To Help Immigrants Facing Detention
- Swing Left Marin CD-10 Activist Speakers/Voter Outreach
- Screening of the Interrupters and Filmmaker Interview
- Help Keep ICE Within the Law
- Voter Registration in Tracy
MVCAN UPCOMING EVENTS
Saturday, Jan 20, 11:30am–3:30pm
Civic Center Plaza, SF
Rally: 12–2 pm
March: 2 pm–3:30 pm (approx. end time)
SAVE THE DATE! MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING
Carpool to the MARCH!
If you would like to share rides to SF, MVCAN is encouraging protesters to arrive at MVMS at 10:30 am to form informal carpools to SF, with return at a mutually agreed time.
BUSES DEPART FROM MILL VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL SATURDAY 10:30 AM.
THE BUSES ARE NOW ALL FULL. ALL BUS TICKET HOLDERS LOOK OUT FOR YOUR FINAL INSTRUCTIONS THURSDAY EVENING OR FRIDAY MORNING in an email about the return pick up times and locations for your bus.
MVCAN Meeting Place at the Civic Center Plaza in SF
All MVCANers and their friends are encouraged to gather between 11:45 am and noon for the Women’s Rally and March.
We will be meeting on the North side of Civic Center Plaza near the small elevator building for the Civic Center garage,
This location is just off Macallister - halfway between Larkin and Polk, and right on the Civic Center Plaza.
Likewise, we will return to that meeting point at 2 pm after the rally so we can march all together down Market Street!
Rally and March Schedule
Officially, the rally begins at 12:00pm, at Civic Center Plaza in SF. The March is officially from 2:00pm to 3:30pm, but END TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE. The March will start at Civic Center Plaza and end at Justin Herman Plaza across from the Ferry Building.
For more info, contact Leigh Ann Townsend, the fearless leader of our Women’s Rights Team at Townsendleighann@gmail.com.
FIRST WE MARCHED! NOW WE RUN! We’ll be supporting many progressive candidates running for office over the next year and building towards many more electoral victories, including the 2018 midterm elections.
Getting Ready for the Big March Last SundayMVCAN member Liz Schumacher getting ready for Women’s March! Photo: News & Guts
See the related article about MVCAN that just appeared in Dan Rather’s News & Guts blog!
View more photos here, and look for more coverage of the Democracy Cafe signmaking event in next week's full MVCAN Newsletter (the Wag).
MVCAN PHONE BANK
Saturday, Feb 3, 1–3 pm
The next MVCAN Electoral event is Phone Bank Training 101 for those who are new to phone banking. This is a great way to get started on phone banking to help win the 2018 Midterms!
The training session will be followed by practice calls, coached by our experienced staff of trainers. We'll end the training with a short phone bank so you can put your training to work.
Register here to get more details and the address.
Please bring your charged cell phone AND your laptop, iPad or tablet.
Stay tuned for more information coming soon on our three upcoming regular phone banks taking place on Feb 17, Feb 24 and Mar 3.
TRAINING: HOW TO HELP IMMIGRANTS FACING DETENTION
Tuesday, Jan 30, 8:30-10 am, San Rafael
The training will be led by Lucia Martel-Dow, Director of Immigration Legal Services, at the Canal Alliance. Topics to be covered include a “know-your-rights” refresher, patterns of detention and deportation, accompaniment and solidarity, and how allies/rapid responders can use the training to assist immigrant families moving forward.
Event: The Impact of Immigration Enforcement and Detention on Immigrant Families
Date:Tuesday, Jan 30, 8:30-10:00 am
Location: Marin County Office of Education, 1111 Las Gallinas, San Rafael
Register at: www.canalalliance.org/impacttraining
SWING LEFT MARIN –
Join in two timely and relevant meetings this month hosted by our community partners Swing Left Marin.
The Jan 21 meeting will cover the road map to November and what it will take for a progressive candidate to defeat incumbent Republican Jeff Denham in CD-10 in the 2018 midterm elections. Come hear from speakers, activists on the ground from multiple local orgs (including Tracy GO TEAM), about the goals and challenges of flipping district CD-10.
Event: SWING LEFT MARIN – JANUARY ACTION MEETING AND PANEL
Date: Sunday, Jan 21, 3pm-5pm
Location:The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin (UUCM)
240 Channing Way, San Rafael
For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1701703326566267/
VOTER OUTREACH TRAINING - SWING LEFT MARIN
Come to the Swing Left Marin Voter Outreach Training on Sat, Jan 27 and get the skills you need for effective communication during canvassing and voter registration drives.
Event: VOTER OUTREACH TRAINING
Date: Saturday, Jan 27, 2pm–5pm
Location: Pickleweed Community Center
50 Canal Street, San Rafael
Screening of The Interrupters / Interview with Filmmaker
Thursday Jan 25
Join us for a viewing of the documentary film, The Interrupters (trailer here ), produced in partnership with the director of Hoop Dreams. The Interrupters is an examination of the stubborn persistence of urban violence and tells the moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities.
Following the film, we’ll have an interview with renowned journalist and filmmaker Alex Kotlowitz, who has been described by Ta-Nehisi Coates as "One of our great American journalists."
Get tickets and more information on the show and preceding reception: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-interrupters-film-and-discussion-on-poverty-and-racism-tickets-41834698710
This event is sponsored by the Marin City Health and Wellness Center.
HELP KEEP ICE
The Marin Rapid Response Network is offering training to become a Legal Observer to help monitor ICE activity. When ICE activity is reported, trained Legal Observers will be deployed to a specific area within Marin County to "document" the situation. You do not need to have a legal background or be bilingual to become a Legal Observer.
Come help us keep the ICE honest and within the law!
Training Dates for Legal Observer Volunteers:
February 7 and 21, Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 pm
March 7 and 21, Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 pm
April 4 and 18, Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael, Canoles Hall
510 Fifth Ave, San Rafael
For more information contact Olivia Beltran at Obeltran@cwcenter.org
(415) 526-2486, x 303.
TRACY VOTER REGISTRATION EVENT
Saturday, Feb 10, 9:30 AM - 2 PM Tracy, CA
Under the auspices of Swing Left Marin, we will be laying the groundwork for unseating Jeff Denham (R)-CD10 in Nov 2018 by registering voters in Tracy as part of a locally-based effort.
KUDOS to our WEEKLY WAG editorial team Annie, June and Suz! Thank you Tom for your invaluable tech help!
Look for more MVCAN news in the comprehensive MVCAN Weekly Wag next week.
CONTACT OUR ACTION TEAMS
CHECK THEM OUT: Much of MVCAN's work is done in one of our 10 awesome action teams. Click the team name to read their latest news and find their next meeting.
Civil Rights/Immigration battles for justice and fair treatment of women, immigrants, working people and followers of all faiths.
Communications works on strategy, branding, messaging and program development for MVCAN. They are looking for bright ideas and people who want to make them happen.
Dump Trump 's 25 active team members work on ways to remove Trump from power, with special focus on Russia collusion. This topic is hot!
Eco Warriors are engaged in change at the local, state and national levels, to impact the CA carbon tax, climate change, and community outreach and action.
The Economic Action team has launched AIRLIFT, our first national project. AIRLIFT funnels money to grassroots groups in winnable 2018 districts. These are seriously vetted groups that work all year round in their communities-- they get tangible results without blowing through millions of dollars. Read about it in the Huffington Post .
Electoral works to elect candidates for state house and governor races, and other targeted races from now through the mid-term elections, following the recommendations of the flippable.org team, which are analyzing and selecting winnable races. The Electoral team uses phone banks and travel to targeted districts to talk with voters through phone calls and door-to-door canvassing, voter registration, and campaign volunteering.
The Events team creates special events to engage our friends and neighbors to take political action with MVCAN.
Health Care is forging ahead after their successful fight over the repeal/replace of ACA.
Tech supports MVCAN through technology.
Women's Rights fundraises and canvasses for NARAL and Planned Parenthood; supports women in public office(s); and engages in local, state and federal legislation for women's protection and rights.
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Thank you for all you do!
– June, Bernard, Suz, Danny, Eileen, and everyone at MVCAN