FEATURED IN THIS WEEK’S MVCAN BULLETIN:

  1. VOTE FOR LOCAL CA DEMOCRATIC PARTY DELEGATES - Sat. Jan 26

  2. WOMEN’S MARCH SAN FRANCISCO - Sat. Jan 19

  3. MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY -  MARIN CITY - Mon. Jan 21

  4. ACLU FORUM - FACES OF RESTORATIVE JUSTICE - Sun. Jan 27

  5. ECO TEAM HOSTS “A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION” - Thurs. Jan 24

  6. AIRLIFT COMMENTARY AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT

  7. FILM SCREENING/DISCUSSION “NOT IN OUR TOWN” - Thurs. Feb 7
    plus IMMIGRATION/CIVIL RIGHTS TEAM MEETING - Sun. Feb 10

  8. MVCAN LEADERS RETREAT - Sun. Jan 27

  9. REPORT BACK FROM JANUARY MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING

  10. SAVE THE DATE - MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING - Sun. Feb 10, 4pm MVCC

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VOTE FOR CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC DELEGATES - Sat. Jan 26

Come out to support a wonderful slate of progressive candidates who want to become democratic delegates and improve the CA Dem party.  

CA Democratic Party delegates make important decisions, such as voting for the new chair of the California Democratic Party. (Kimberly Ellis is running again!) Also significant, during the State Party Convention, Fall 2019, delegates will vote on endorsements for the 2020 election including President!

MVCAN members will be selecting our representatives to the State Party from our Assembly District 10 (Marc Levine's district). MVCAN leaders Susan Bolle and Christopher Lydon are running on a "slate" of Marin leaders (which includes Sylvia Russell and David Catalinotto). There will be 14 Assembly District Delegates and 1 Executive Board Representative elected.

Any registered Democrat who lives in Assembly District 10 can vote in the delegate election. (You can actually register on the day of the election, if necessary.) One important caveat, you have to be physically present to vote in the election. That’s why it’s so important for MVCAN members to turn out in force for the Sat, Jan. 26 election in Santa Rosa.

CA Democratic Delegates Election

Sat. Jan 26 -  10:30 am - 12:45 pm
UA Local 38 Plumbers&Pipefitters, 3473 Santa Rosa Ave,Santa Rosa, CA

We will be providing free transportation, as follows:

We will be meeting on Sat. 26 at 8:45 AM at the Marin Civic Center Veterans Memorial Auditorium parking lot where buses and carpools will take us all up to Santa Rosa so we can vote for our representatives.

Please RSVP to Sylvia Russell for more information: sylviaurussell@gmail.com.

For more information about the Assembly District 10 delegate slate and election, click here and enter “District 10”.

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SF WOMEN’S MARCH - #TRUTH TO POWER - Sat. Jan 19

(See MVCAN article in the Marin IJ)

Check out Friday’s Marin IJ article featuring our own June Cooperman, who discusses the importance of joining this Saturday’s Women’s March. See Marin IJ - Marin Activists Join Women’s March.  

June explains, “So we’re saying, pull out your old pink hat, make your own signs, and we’ll see you there...It’s about equality, in the broadest sense, and that we can have it in America.”

Meanwhile for the latest March news read here about the progressive Bay Area Jewish community and the SF Women’s March 2019 (a separate organization from the national Women’s March).

WOMEN’S MARCH - SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER

Rally and March - Saturday, Jan 19

Rally starts at 11:30 AM at the Civic Center in SF

March starts at 1:30 PM (down Market Street to the Embarcadero Plaza, 1.7 miles)

To register and for more details go: Here

For additional information on the march, see Here


CARPOOLING TO THE SF WOMEN’S MARCH:

MVCAN members and our Marin activists friends will meet in the parking lot at Mill Valley Middle School  (425 Sycamore Ave), to form informal carpools to SF at 10:30 AM, Sat. Jan 19. For more information about carpooling, contact Carol Korenbrot at carol.korenbrot@gmail.com.

Once we arrive in SF, we will be meeting up with MVCAN members at the Civic Center Plaza in SF:

  • The rally will take place at 11:30 AM. The March will begin at 1:30 PM.

  • All MVCANers, Marin activists, and their friends are encouraged to gather for the rally at approximately 11:30 AM at the SF Civic Center Plaza and then meet up again at 1:30 PM in order to march together.

  • We will be meeting on the Northside of Civic Center Plaza near the small elevator building for the underground Civic Center garage,

  • This location is just off McAllister - halfway between Larkin and Polk, and is right on the Civic Center Plaza.

For more information and help with Rally and March participation, contact carol.korenbrot@gmail.com

Meet friends, make new ones, have a blast! Hear awesome speakers, such as Mayor London Breed, Rebecca Solnit and many more  scheduled for the rally.

Liz Schumacher and Eileen Fisher at last year's March.

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MARTIN LUTHER KING CELEBRATION IN MARIN CITY - Jan 21

For the third consecutive year, MVCAN is a community partner co-sponsoring the Martin Luther King Day Celebration "Healing from Apathy to Agape" in Marin City, Monday Jan. 21. Southern Marin will observe the 51st anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's assassination with a day-long gathering in Marin City. The program includes speakers, recognition of local achievers and music.

MVCAN’s Civil Rights/Immigration team is spearheading our involvement.  Along with a financial contribution to help pay for food and chair rental, our members are heading the set-up and clean-up crew.  

We are hoping to find more volunteers to join us at the Marin City gym (Manzanita Recreation Center) on Monday, January 21st from 9am-3pm.

If you can help, please email Barbara Rowe at barbrowe@aol.com or Lisa Scarcella at scarsella@comcast.net.  WE NEED YOU!  Please spread the word.



Peter, Diane and Lisa at last year's celebration.


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MARIN ACLU FORUM - FACES OF RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
Jan. 27

Have you repeatedly heard about the need for restorative justice but wondered what that actually means in practice? Please join us for a panel discussion sponsored by the by Marin Chapter of the ACLU of Northern California, featuring leaders implementing restorative justice in many different contexts.

ACLU FORUM - FACES OF RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

Sun, January 27 - 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Embassy Suites by Hilton, 101 McInnis Parkway
San Rafael, CA
Sign up Here

We hope you can join us!

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ECO TEAM COMMUNITY CONVERSATION - Thurs. Jan 24

Mill Valley Community Action's Eco Warriors’ team in conjunction with the Sierra Club is holding community conversations about what becoming a 100% green economy would look like for our cities and our nation.  

Whether you have been involved in environmental issues or not, you are invited to come and take part in a conversation about what we would like to see in our future locally and nationally.  The Sierra Club and MVCAN leaders have some ideas but are eager to hear yours. We will gather them, discuss them, and together decide how we might act on them.

MVCAN Eco-Warriors invite you to attend:

ECO Team Community Conversation

Thurs. Jan 24,  7 - 8:30 p.m.

Starbucks in Strawberry Village Shopping Center (The Starbucks is just south of Safeway in the corner location of the next building)
Mill Valley
Sign up: Here.

Although the event is free, signing up will help us estimate how many will be attending.

Please contact Jenny at Jennifers.tomkins@gmail.com or Marilyn at mprice@the-acorn.com for more information.

Everyone is welcome; please join us!  

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AIRLIFT SPEAKS OUT AGAINST COMPANIES THAT ENGAGE IN MISLEADING FUNDRAISING

Check out MVCAN member Danny Altman’s impressive article in the Daily Kos, explaining how important it is to beware of fundraising scams generated by organizations whose goal is to profit off of small donors. See Danny’s article at dailykos.com. (You can indicate your recommendation of the article by selecting the “star” on the Daily Kos website. Thanks!)

One of the reasons MVCAN started Airlift.fund was that the people on the Economic Action team were tired of getting the daily barrage of "sky is falling" emails from Democratic fundraisers. Our suspicion was that they were all coming from the same place. And a few days ago, the Washington Post did an exposé on a boiler room that generates a lot of it. See  How a little-known Democratic firm cashed in on the wave of midterm money.

In a related event, Danny Altman will also be speaking about Airlift at a We Rise Women meeting featuring a strong line-up of speakers, including Lala Wu, co-founder of Sister District on Tue. Jan 29, 6 pm in Larkspur. Sign up Here.

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FILM SCREENING/DISCUSSION “NOT IN OUR TOWN” - Feb 7

Come attend a film screening and panel discussion of Not In Our Town. This film takes a bridge-building stance against hate and intolerance.

Film Screening of Not In Our Town
Thurs. Feb 7 at 7pm.

CCC Community Congregational Church, 145 Rock Hill Drive,Tiburon, CA

Tickets are free, but space is limited, so reserve your ticket: Here

This event is sponsored by the Not in Our Town Organization (NIOT.org) and proudly co-sponsored by MVCAN's Civil Rights/Immigration Team

Please join us for a special community screening and conversation where we are privileged to show the work of award winning PBS producer Patrice O’Neill.

Also Note: Next Civil Rights/Immigration Team Meeting:

Sunday Feb. 10 at 3pm (prior to the general MVCAN monthly meeting at 4 PM)

Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto

Please join us!

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MVCAN LEADERS RETREAT - Sun. Jan 27

At the MVCAN Leaders’ Retreat, which will take place Sun. Jan 27, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm, activists involved in MVCAN will reflect on the past two years and explore 2019 options and plans.

If you are interested in finding out more about the event, please contact Carol Korenbrot at carol.korenbrot@gmail.com.



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REPORT BACK FROM JANUARY MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING

Lucia Martel-Dow speaking at Jan. 13 meeting.

A packed house of more than 80 people attended our January meeting last Sunday. Our two MVCAN guests spoke passionately on issues of immigration. It was inspiring to hear from both Lucia Martel-Dow, Director of Immigration Legal/Social Services for the Canal Alliance and Karen Ferguson, Executive Director of International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) Northern California.

The Canal Alliance, represented by Ms. Martel-Dow, assists with social services, education of teens and adults and provides guidance to those seeking legal residency and citizenship.  She informed us of the recent history of migration to the United States, especially from Central America, while also talking about the struggles of families with children and the many unaccompanied minors who are becoming our neighbors in Marin County. More information about the agency as well as volunteer and donor options can be found at canalalliance.org.


Karen Ferguson, representing the International Rescue Committee (IRC) Northern California, talked to us about the difference between asylees who seek protection at our borders and refugees who flee war or persecution for temporary protection in a second country and then apply to a third country to relocate permanently.  IRC welcomes those who need help at the airport, locates apartments and furniture, offers English language classes and job training and helps them find employment. For more information as well as volunteer and donor opportunities, see www.rescue.org/united-states/oakland-ca.  

The United States now welcomes only 25% of the refugees that we did before 2016. Both agencies need support, especially given the government shut-down and the current changes in immigration regulations.

Kudos to the Immigration/Civil Rights Team for leading this awesome program and for undertaking the planning for next steps for immigration activism!


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SAVE THE DATE - MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING - Sun. Feb 10

MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING

Sun. Feb 10,  4-5:30 pm,
Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto

Exciting program in the works. See you there!



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Women's March, 2018.

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WANT TO GET MORE INVOLVED in a specific issue or support area? 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.

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 runs 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 Airlift in the Huffington Post .

Electoral is still celebrating the incredible outcome of the 2018 Midterms. Over the past 2 years, our dedicated group of volunteers called, texted and canvassed voters in our focus CA Congressional Districts along with NV & AZ. They helped win all 7 of the 7 flippable CA Congressional Districts, along with the Senate seats in NV & AZ. As we look to 2019, we are weighing many options which include strengthening the position of our newly elected CA House Representatives, voter registration drives and the state level elections in November--and of course, the Special Congressional Elections which will result in Trump Cabinet members being fired and replaced with Congressional Republicans.

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!
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