FEATURED IN THIS WEEK’S MVCAN BULLETIN:
RALLY TO OPPOSE TRUMP’S FAKE EMERGENCY - Mon. Feb 18
MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING - Sun Mar 3, 5 - 6:30 pm NEW TIME!
MVCAN ENDORSES KIMBERLY ELLIS FOR CA DEM PARTY CHAIR
JOIN POSTCARD PROJECT/STUDY AND HELP WIN 2019 STATE ELECTIONS
REPORT BACK FROM MVCAN FEB MONTHLY MEETING
IMMIGRATION/CIVIL RIGHTS TEAM MEETING - Sun. Mar 3
MARIN RAPID RESPONSE NETWORK TRAINING - Tues. Feb 19
MVCAN HELPS DELIVER PETITION TO PELOSI
VIDEO FROM THE TRUTH FORUM: FACES OF RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
RALLY TO OPPOSE TRUMP’S FAKE EMERGENCY!
Calling all activists! MARIN joins nationwide protest on Monday Feb 18, President’s Day, for rally at noon in San Rafael.
Many grassroots Marin groups will be attending this rally to protest Trump’s outrageous abuse of power. Come join fellow MVCANers in San Rafael!
Protest Trump’s Fake National Emergency
Mon. Feb 18 noon
San Rafael City Plaza, 4th St between Lootens Place and A Street
To sign up and for more details, go to CrisisResponse (or just show up) to express your outrage!
For more information on Fake Emergency protests and rallies, see Moveon.org.
MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING - Sun. Mar 3, 5:30 - 6 pm, MVCC
Hear all about how Nevada turned blue!
Guest Speaker: Bob Fulkerson
At the next MVCAN Monthly Meeting, we will hear from guest speaker Bob Fulkerson, a fifth generation Nevadan. For 24 years, he was the Executive Director of the Airlift-funded Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada. Bob will share the work it took to turn Nevada blue. He will also give us a preview of all the wonderful progressive legislation making its way through the Nevada legislature.
At our meeting, we will also hear about upcoming MVCAN initiatives and actions in March and April from our awesome leaders!
MVCAN Monthly Meeting
Sun. March 3, 5 pm - 6:30 pm NEW TIME!
Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto
MVCAN ENDORSES KIMBERLY ELLIS FOR CHAIR OF CA DEM-ATTEND OUR FUNDRAISER - Cancelled
Mill Valley Community Action Network invites you to a fun and inspiring evening in beautiful Mill Valley for a fundraiser in support of Kimberly Ellis.
Kimberly Ellis Fundraiser For CADEM Party Chair
Suggested minimum donation $25
Come, join in! MVCAN is hosting this fundraiser for our endorsed candidate, Kimberly Ellis, whom we believe will make a progressive, innovative CA DEM Party Chair.
A graduate of Emerge California, since 2016, Kimberly been a vocal and consistent advocate in her goal to create a cohesive and dynamic California Democratic party and one that represents all its diverse California districts. Ellis explains that she wants to “reform the tone, tenor and culture of the California Democratic Party and rebuild the trust that has been broken."
Democratic Chair of the California Party is a particularly vital role now since California’s primary has been moved to March 2020 and now stands on the threshold of influencing the nation’s leaders and policies.
Please join us and support Kimberly’s candidacy.
SIGN UP FOR POSTCARD PROJECT/STUDY AND HELP WIN
2019 STATE ELECTIONS
Sister District Action Network has created an ongoing postcard project/study that MVCAN members can participate in. Its purpose is twofold:
Increase Democratic turnout for upcoming state elections among low propensity voters.
Create a controlled formal study on the effectiveness of postcards in getting low propensity voters out to vote.
The study is “controlled” because a similar group of voters that do not receive postcards will also be monitored. 30,740 voter education postcards will be sent over 3 states in 3 waves (total 92,220).
We will be able to participate in the next wave of postcards, which will be sent out February through mid-April. Our postcards will be going to Mississippi. As these state elections will be held in November 2019, we should be able to see the results of the study approximately March of 2020.
We are writing to voters in Mississippi who vote infrequently; half of the voters will get postcards, half will not. The goal of the study is to see if people who get postcards are more likely to vote. Because of the study’s need for exactness, all of the postcard writing will be in hosted sessions.
Here's a list of hosted February postcard parties, led by Sister District Marin!
Writing for the Win @ Sports Basement
Tues. Feb 19, 7pm - 8:30pm
100 Vintage Way, Novato
Key Tea Cafe - 921 C St, San Rafael
Thurs. Feb 21, 12 noon - 2pm
Key Tea Cafe - 921 C St, San Rafael
Thurs. Feb 28, 12 noon - 2pm
Please bring your favorite pens, stamps, and money for postage. Feel free to invite your friends! The more the merrier since we have even more addresses this go around.
To get more info & sign up to participate in this important postcard study/project, contact MVCAN’s liaison Bob Haar at email@example.com or 415-827-4595.
REPORT BACK FROM MVCAN FEB. MONTHLY MEETING
MVCAN Monthly Meeting Feb 10 - Guest Speaker Marc Victoria
More than 70 activists attended our February monthly meeting hearing our terrific keynote speaker and lots more from the packed agenda. The 3 leads of our MVCAN Political Action Team gave a great slide show about the restructured team organization and coming plans.
Our keynote, Marc Victoria, Executive Director of the Orange County Civic Engagement Table (OCCET), explained the recent progressive electoral victories in Southern California. The OCCET received $16,700 in funding from MVCAN’s Airlift fund in 2018.
Marc Victoria, who is a veteran labor organizer and lobbyist, explained that flipping four Orange County congressional seats in the midterms actually started in 2015 by taking on Disney, Orange County’s largest employer, showing how local fights are connected to bigger battles.
Initially skeptical when he started at OCCET in 2016, Marc’s reaction to the possibility of seeing Orange County congressional seats in Democratic hands by 2020 was “... This was never going to happen. I’ve been working in politics in California for 20 years now. This is Orange County. This is where Nixon and Reagan came from. This is the Lincoln Club. This is where every single conservative idea that was propagated across the state and the country started. And yet somehow, with the help of thousands of volunteers and hundreds of paid canvassers, we made it happen.”
On the agenda for OCCET now: adding scrappy new groups to the team including VietRise, a Vietnamese youth group and Resilience OC, a coalition of LatinX youth fighting police brutality. And making sure that the people who got engaged, stay engaged.
Details on the Airlift fund here.
CIVIL RIGHTS/IMMIGRATION TEAM EVENTS
Come listen to a Muslim mother, Monia Shaniahsob, who will speak about her experience raising Muslim children in Marin.
Sunday, February 17, 11:00,
First Presbyterian Church, 1510 Fifth Avenue
San Rafael .
2. Attend the next MVCAN Civil Rights/Immigration Team meeting on Mar 3:
Civil Rights/Immigration Team Meeting
Sunday, Mar. 3, 3:00 pm (before the MVCAN monthly meeting)
Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto (upstairs)
Guest Speaker Tom Wilson from the Marin Human Rights Commission (at table head) speaking to Civil Rights/Immigration Team on Feb 10 about progress and goals following the Truth Act Forum and the Sheriff’s reporting jailed inmates to ICE.
MARIN RAPID RESPONSE NETWORK TRAINING - Tues. Feb 19
Help support immigrants at risk of detention and deportation.
The Marin Rapid Response Network (MRRN) is offering a refresher course to people who have been trained to become “Legal Observers” to help monitor ICE activity. When ICE activity is reported, trained Legal Observers are 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 be a Legal Observer.
Due to popular request, we will be holding a quick 30-minute refresher training regarding the Legal Observer role at our next MRRN meeting. If you have not yet received the full Legal Observer training, you are still welcome to join in and get an overview of the Legal Observer role and find out about the next full training scheduled.
Legal Observer Training Refresher
Tues, Feb 19, 5 - 6 pm
Marin Multicultural Center,
30 N. San Pedro Rd, Suite 250 (conference room downstairs)
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions! (415) 526-2486
For more info, contact the Multi-Cultural Center of Marin, www.multiculturalmarin.org
Come help us keep the ICE honest and within the law!
DELIVERING GREEN NEW DEAL PETITION TO PELOSI’S OFFICE
Thanks to the almost 90 people who participated, this was a wonderfully strong and effective event! Jenny Tomkins and other MVCAN members joined in.
We presented 25 pages of signatures from Pelosi constituents and held a rally with chanting, singing, writing personal notes to Pelosi, and a forceful talk by writer/activist Rebecca Solnit. See the video.
Activists meeting with Pelosi staffers
The large numbers of activists made Pelosi's staff pay attention - otherwise, they wanted to put our petition delivery on "hold." Instead, a women's delegation met with two Pelosi staffers for almost an hour. We delivered the cards and signatures, and presented informative and moving testimony about the latest in climate change and why it scares us.
We've already seen the power of activists mobilizing in the halls of Congress to change the future of climate politics and make the Green New Deal a possibility. So have our representatives. Let’s keep it up.
The Speaker of the House will need more persuasion and guidance - more visits, calls and emails - to get into the lead as we ramp up our call for a Green New Deal by publicly calling on our elected leaders to commit to a just and equitable transition to a world free from fossil fuels.
VIDEO FROM THE ACLU FORUM: FACES OF RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
On Jan 27, a forum panel discussion was sponsored by the Marin Chapter of the ACLU, featuring leaders implementing restorative justice in many different contexts. Hosted by Anna Pletcher, the panel featured many wonderful local speakers.
To see the entire program of the Jan. 27 Forum at the Embassy Suites, see Video: Faces of Restorative Justice
JOIN AN ACTION TEAM
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.
NEW TO MVCAN?
Visit MVCAN.org to learn about the organization and strategies, join a team, read past MVCAN newsletters, and gain helpful Resistance tools.
WANT TO VOLUNTEER YOUR SKILLS OR TALENTS?
Numerous positions and jobs are available – one-time or ongoing. Contact Debra Newton, our Volunteer Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Thank you for all you do!
– June, Bernard, Suz, Danny, Eileen, Rebecca, and everyone at MVCAN
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