FEATURED IN THIS WEEK’S MVCAN BULLETIN:

  1. SHOW UP AT MV CITY COUNCIL MEETING TO SUPPORT ECO TEAM PLASTICS BAN - Mon. Mar 18

  2. MOMS DEMAND ACTION SACRAMENTO LOBBY DAY - Mon. Mar 18

  3. ANNA PLETCHER DA CAMPAIGN CELEBRATION - Tues. Mar 19

  4. MVCAN SPECIAL “HOW TO” ORGANIZER TRAINING
    - Sun. Mar 31

  5. SAVE THE DATE MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING - Sun. April 7

  6. MARIN DEMS 2020 VOLUNTEER TRAINING AND POSTCARD PARTY - Thurs. April 4

  7. TEDxMARIN EVENT - THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY - Thurs. April 18

  8. MVCAN MARCH MEETING FEATURED AN INSPIRING SPEAKER FROM NEVADA

  9. REPORT - MVCAN MEMBERS VISIT THE MEXICAN BORDER

  10. WINTER CLOTHES DONATIONS NEEDED - thru March 31

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SUPPORT MVCAN ECO TEAM IN REDUCING PLASTIC WASTE IN MARIN - Mon. March 18

The Sierra Club Marin Group is working on an ordinance restricting single use plastic foodware for all our Marin cities and the country. You can help make a difference in reducing plastic waste in Mill Valley.

MVCAN Eco Team is asking people to show up and support a request for Mill Valley to adopt an ordinance restricting single use plastic foodware. Similar plastic waste reducing ordinances have recently passed in San Anselmo, Berkeley, Alameda and other cities around the country. Let’s make Mill Valley next!

On Monday, March 18  MVCAN Eco Warriors team needs people to show up at Mill Valley City Hall, to show support during the Council’s Open Time session (at the beginning of their meeting).  Also, sending an email to our Mill Valley Council members to show your support of the Ordinance would be most helpful.  

Mill Valley City Council Meeting - Open Time
Mon. March 18,  6:20 pm
26 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley

If you can attend, email Marilyn Price: mprice@the-acorn.com so we can coordinate our presentation. Also, feel free to just show up at 6:15pm.

MVCAN Eco Team at Mill Valley City Hall in 2017.

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JOIN WITH “MOMS DEMAND ACTION” for GUN SAFETY ON ADVOCACY DAY - Monday, Mar 18 in Sacramento

MVCAN members are invited to join with the Marin Chapter of Moms Demand Action as they meet in Sacramento for 2019 Advocacy Day for gun safety. They  will be hosting trainings and then attending meetings to speak with State Legislators about the bills they are supporting, including increased funding from the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Program (CalVIP).  

Please join in and support the hundreds of Moms Demand Action members who will be attending from all over California.

ADVOCACY DAY
Monday, March 18, 10am - 4pm
California State Capitol (South Lawn Capitol Steps)
1315 10th St, Sacramento

RSVP Here

Please join in and support the hundreds of Moms Demand Action members who will be attending from all over California.

The event will start at 10 AM on the steps of the South Lawn with speakers. Then groups will visit individual senators’ offices. You will be assigned a group if you RSVP.

Carpools are being organized to take people from Marin to Sacramento. We will be meeting at Paxti’s Pizza in the parking lot at the Bon Air Center, Greenbrae, leaving at 7:45 AM.

Sign up to join a carpool: Here

For more information please contact Helen Rosen, Moms Demand Action leader, at hnrosen1@yahoo.com.  



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CELEBRATE ANNA PLETCHER’S GROUND-BREAKING CAMPAIGN

Join MVCAN and community members in celebrating Anna Pletcher’s DA campaign. Although Anna did not win (losing by only the slimmest of margins), our political activism has markedly increased the visibility of the DA office and the critical issues that the DA directly affects in the areas of immigration, restorative justice, and youth imprisonment. These efforts to affect change in Marin are ongoing. Many thanks to Peter Graumann and his large team for their tireless work on Anna’s campaign and beyond!

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MVCAN SPECIAL TRAINING FOR "HOW TO CARRY OUT A SUCCESSFUL ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN" - Sun. March 31

You will learn about what considerations go into developing and choosing the most advantageous strategies for an advocacy campaign and how to most effectively influence policy decisions.

This first training session in an upcoming series of Advocacy trainings will focus on:

  • Goals - Which pieces of legislation to support?

  • Targets - Which elected representatives are most crucial to target?

  • Tactics - What are effective strategies and techniques for in-person lobbying?

  • Timing - How to strategically use timing.

“HOW TO” ADVOCACY TRAINING
Sun. March 31 - 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto

Please RVSP to llitvak@aol.com if you are interested in participating. Sign up now as attendance is limited. Our first training session will be led by Larry Litvak and Lucy Litvak.

In a workshop format, this is a great opportunity to step back, consider “best practices” and make our issue campaigns even more effective!

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SAVE THE DATE - MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING - Sun. April 7, 5pm MV Community Center

“Together, we will change this country and this world, sure as the sun rises each morning,”

--from the Sunrise Movement

Join us Sunday, April 7, for a special environmental-themed program at our MVCAN Monthly meeting. Young activists from the Sunrise movement will speak about their activism and the latest on the Environmental movement.

In addition our local Eco expert Max Perrey, former head of Sierra Club Marin, will speak on California’s fight to limit carbon emissions.

MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING
Sun. April 7: 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto

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MARIN DEMS 2020 VOLUNTEER TRAINING AND POSTCARD PARTY - Thurs. April 4

In order to solidify 2018 wins and be ready for 2020, the Marin Democratic Party  is getting to work now, focusing on voter registration, both in Marin and in the 7 CA Districts that democrats flipped. Building our voting base can only help in the 2020 contests!

A voter registration refresher training will happen on April 4, kicking off our registration drive, then we will be writing postcards to get people to register online.

Voter Registration Training/Postcard Writing
When: April 4, 4:30-6:30 PM
Where: Carpenters Hall
647 Lindaro Street, San Rafael

Sign up at marindems@gmail.com.

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TEDxMARIN EVENT - THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY
- Thurs. April 18, San Rafael

Attend an exciting TED TALK event in Marin with Harvard Scholar Lawrence Lessig and political satirist Will Durst on “The Future of Democracy.”

Thurs. April 18,  7:30 pm - 9 30 pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University

50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael

MVCAN members will get a special insider discount on tickets, because we are a partner organization for the event,  With our VIP discount, it is only $23.50 (plus ticket fees).

REGISTER with your discount:  Here

Note: This TED event is expected to sell out in advance!  

Lawrence Lessig will speak about the corruption at the heart of American politics, caused by the dependence of candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citizens. That’s the argument at the core of his life long work about Democracy. Fundamentally cross-partisan, and incredibly hopeful, Mr. Lessig conveys a roadmap for a democracy we could reclaim.

Will Durst, who will be opening the event, is acknowledged by peers and press alike as one of the premier political satirists in the country. The New York Times calls him “possibly the best political comic in the country.”

Join in this timely TEDx event. It promises to be an inspiring and even humorous look at the Future of Democracy

For further details, see here.

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MVCAN MARCH MEETING FEATURED AN INSPIRING SPEAKER FROM NEVADA

At our recent meeting, MVCAN hosted the lead organizer of PLAN Nevada, a major recipient of our Airlift fund for grassroots groups. For more info, see Airlift.fund.

Bob Fulkerson gave a riveting account of all the years of complex organizing that has ultimately resulted in a virtual total swing from red to blue in Nevada.

As well we heard from several MVCAN advocacy activists reporting about current legislation.

Bob Fulkerson

Leigh Ann Townsend and Larry Litvak

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MVCAN REPORTS BACK FROM DELEGATION TO THE
SOUTHERN BORDER

Marin delegation team in front of fence/wall in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.

In February, a delegation of 15 from Marin, including Gail Lester and Barbara Rowe from the MVCAN Immigration team, spent 1 week in both Tucson and Mexico. They met with non-profits that are helping migrants, observed immigration court proceedings, and walked the desert paths, learning about the history and issues.

Stay tuned for more details and a chance to see the slide show and hear personal stories.

Returning to the US on the Mexico side - The sign (at the top of the building) says "Welcome to the United State, Mariposa Port of Entry." Note that it is covered with concertina (barbed) wire! What a welcome!

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WINTER CLOTHING DONATIONS NEEDED thru March 31

Help Marin City kids enjoy the snow! Note that donated clothing can be picked up at your home. Contact SURJ at 415-488-6382.






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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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