FEATURED IN THIS WEEK’S MVCAN NEWSLETTER (5/20/19):

  1. MILL VALLEY MEMORIAL DAY PARADE - HAVE FUN MARCHING WITH MVCAN! - Mon. May 27

  2. MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING - Sun. June 2, 5:00 - 6:30pm

  3. MVCAN IMMIGRATION CIVIL RIGHTS TEAM - Sun. June 2, 4pm  

  4. MAJOR ACTION! CALL THIS WEEK ON CA LEGISLATION

  5. MEET AND GREET WITH STATE SENATOR MIKE MCGUIRE - Friday, May 24 in Novato

  6. AIRLIFT HOUSE PARTY - Wed. May 22

  7. SF PRO-CHOICE PROTEST AND RALLY - Tues. May 21 6pm

  8. GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE MARCH FOR GUN SAFETY
    -  Sat. June 8

  9. SIGN ACLU PETITION TO STOP HEALTH CARE DISCRIMINATION IN UCSF-DIGNITY DEAL

  10. REPORT BACK FROM MVCAN MAY MEETING

  11. REPORT BACK ON SAN RAFAEL CITY COUNCIL VOTE FOR  RENTER PROTECTION

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MARCH WITH MVCAN IN MV MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

Mon. May 27

Photo: Mort Stein

Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade 2019

Mon. May 27, 10:00 AM - MVCAN members will meet near Old Mill School.

Come join us. All Welcome!

We’ve had a grand old time the past two years walking, singing, greeting our neighbors and spreading the word about MVCAN as we parade. This year we will be joined again by the Freedom Singers to inspire us.

At 10:00 AM look for our group with MVCAN signs in the parade line up near Old Mill School.  If you have one, be sure to wear your MVCAN T-shirt (and buttons). If you don’t have a shirt, we’ll give you one.

The parade starts at 10:30 AM and follows the route from Old Mill Park to Tam High at the corner of Camino Alto and Miller Ave - a total of 1.6 miles. Join in for as long as you like or jump in as we pass by! For more info contact: bernardcatalinotto@gmail.com

After the parade, there will be the traditional ‘Day on the Green’ festival and free concert on the field behind the Mill Valley Community Center from noon - 5pm.

 Come over and look for the MVCAN camp on the lawn while we relax and enjoy the food and music!

Photo: Suz Lipman

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MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING - Sun. June 2, 5:00 - 6:30pm


Join us at our June meeting and hear from special guest speaker, Emily Rusch, executive director of CALPIRG, a consumer group that stands up to powerful interests whenever they threaten our health and safety, our financial security or our right to fully participate in our democratic society. CALPIRG, brings the voice of the public to the halls of power on behalf of Californians on a wide range of progressive causes.

We are fortunate to host the state director from this venerated public research, organizing, and lobbying group speak to us about how the California legislature works, as well as how citizen groups can lobby and effect policy outcomes.



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MVCAN IMMIGRATION/CIVIL RIGHTS TEAM MEETING
Sun. June 2

Immigration/Civil Rights Team Meeting
Sunday, June 2,  4 pm - 5pm (right before the MVCAN Monthly Meeting)
Lobby of Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto

Hear the latest on multiple active Marin Immigration/Civil Rights issues.

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MAKE CALLS THIS WEEK FOR HIGH PRIORITY BILLS IN CA STATE LEGISLATURE

The MVCAN Issue Advocacy Team has identified a list of high priority bills in the California legislature that we strongly care about and whose progress we are tracking. These bills urgently need our support, since they will face a floor vote before before the end of the legislative session May 31!

This means our legislators, State Senator Mike Maguire and Assemblymember Marc Levine, will be voting on critical policies that will affect the lives of all Californians. They need to hear from us. We’re planning to flood their offices with calls the week of May 20th to let them know how we want them to vote on CA statewide priorities!

MVCAN is joining with Indivisible Sausalito, Indivisible Marin, and Indivisible West Marin and other Indivisible chapters in California to support our legislators in voting on five high priority bills.

You can make a difference by participating in State Crunch Time Call-in Week: May 20-24.”

If we coordinate our calls on the same day, we are more likely to have a bigger impact so we’re planning to call about a different bill each day.


MON           TUES          WED             THURS            FRI

Everything you need for call-in week in this TOOLKIT including call scripts, sample tweets, and graphics! Click on the links for each day.

CALL IN WEEK TOOLKIT!

Using the Call-In-Week-Toolkit you will be calling in support of the these critically important bills:

  • AB 4 / SB 29 - Health4All - Expands access to Medi-Cal to undocumented immigrants of all ages.

  • AB 392 - Act to Save Lives - Changes the standard for use of deadly force by police from “reasonable” to only as a last resort and mandates de-escalation.

  • AB 32 - End Private Prisons - Prohibits CA Dept of Corrections & Rehabilitations from entering into or renewing contracts with private, for-profit prisons.

  • SB 200 / AB 217 - Drinking Water - Establishes a Safe Drinking Water Fund to provide secure access to safe drinking water for all Californians.

  • AB 1217 - Issue Ad DISCLOSE Act - Requires disclosure of the top 3 funders of issue ads meant to influence legislative or administrative actions.

In addition to the above bills, the Courage Campaign is supporting two bills for affordable housing and renter protection.

It’s not news to anyone that California is -- and has been -- experiencing a housing crisis. But there are two bills currently in the legislature that provide some solutions.

AB 1481 by Assemblymember Bonta will protect renters from unfair evictions and AB 1482 by Assemblymember Chiu will enforce an annual rent increase cap of the CPI + 5% so renters aren’t hit with huge rent increases. The bills will be voted on the Assembly floor next week, but they’re up against powerful real estate and landlord lobbyists. We need you to make your voice heard to show that people power can win.

Call Assemblymember Marc Levine and ask him to vote in support of  housing bills AB 1481 and AB 1482.

Please join with us in this great opportunity to make your voice heard in the California legislature. By supporting these high priority bills, you can help make a real difference for all Californians.

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MEET AND GREET WITH STATE SENATOR MIKE MCGUIRE IN NOVATO - Fri. May 24


State Senator McGuire has invited members of citizen action groups in Marin to socialize with him and key staff members at Trattoria Ghiringhelli in Novato.

Join other MVCAN members and attend.This reception is a great opportunity to meet the Senator and chat about district issues and the high priority legislation we are lobbying for.

Grassroots Marin groups have recently shared with Maguire a list of CA bills that are high priority for us. Please refer to the previous section to learn more about these bills.

There will be appetizers and a cash bar.

Meet and Greet with Senator Mike McGuire

Friday, May 24,  5:30- 7 pm,
Trattoria Ghiringhelli,  1535 South Novato Blvd.
Novato

There is a maximum capacity of 50 people, so please sign up now!

RSVP HERE.

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AIRLIFT HOUSE PARTY - Wed. May 22

JOIN US FOR A COCKTAIL AND GREAT FOOD AT OUR NEXT AIRLIFT PARTY!  

Hear the inspiring presentation about MVCAN’s wildly successful project Airlift.fund that supports local community groups in swing areas. Hear about the latest amazing grassroots groups that are at the forefront of our democratic takeover. The House party will be in Mill Valley.

AIRLIFT PARTY!
Wed. May 22, 6:30 - 8:00 pm (limited space still available)

To get more info and RSVP, please email carol@airlift.fund.

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SF “STOP THE BANS RALLY” - Tues. May 21

Last week we saw one of the biggest assaults on abortion rights in decades. Since January six states have passed laws banning abortion. This isn’t a coincidence –– it’s a coordinated effort to take away the right to have an abortion, plain and simple.

The right to access abortion is under an unprecedented attack. This is the time to take action. Politicians should never have a say in our important, personal healthcare decisions. Let’s show them this Tuesday that we won’t allow it.

The ACLU is organizing a Stop the Bans Rally in San Francisco this Tues. May 21 to defend our abortion rights, our health, and our lives.

STOP THE BANS RALLY
Tuesday, May 21, 6:00 pm
NARAL San Francisco office
335 S. Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

RSVP Here.

You can also just show up at the rally and join us to defend women’s right to choose!


       History is made by those who show up!

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WEAR ORANGE FOR GUN SAFETY - GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE MARCH - Sat June 8, 12 - 2pm

Please join Moms Demand Action and our community partners for National Wear Orange Weekend as we hold our 4th Annual March across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. We march to show we are united in the belief that we can do more to stop gun violence. We march to honor victims and survivors of gun violence by taking action.

Last year’s large MVCAN contingent had a powerful and energizing march and we heard moving speakers on impacts of gun violence at the well-organized Vista Point rally.
San Francisco Marchers: Check-in at the Golden Gate Bridge Plaza at the south end of the bridge at 11:30 AM

Marin Marchers:
Check-in at Marin Vista Point at the north end of the bridge at 12:30 PM

  • At Noon marchers from the SF side will start marching across the bridge to Marin.

  • At 1:00 PM there will be speakers at Marin Vista Point.

  • After the speakers, everyone will march across the bridge to SF Golden Gate Bridge Plaza for a large group photo.

MVCAN contingent: If you would like to join MVCAN members headed to the North side of the bridge, meet at the Marin City bus stop (on Donahue St. behind Gateway Center) at 12:10 pm to catch the public bus # 30  to Vista Point. (Golden Gate Transit)

For more info contact Barbara Rowe at barbrowe@aol.com.

Also, please RSVP at Gun Safety Bridge March.  

For those who pre-registered, an orange shirt will be available; others may want to show their solidarity by showing up in the official color, orange.

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SIGN ACLU PETITION TO STOP HEALTH CARE DISCRIMINATION

Elissa Serapio, an OB-GYN at UCSF, speaks against a proposed partnership with Dignity Health at the UC Board of Regents meeting on Wednesday, May 15.     (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Everyone has the right to receive the health care they need, free from discrimination. Yet California’s largest hospital system “Dignity Health” routinely denies care based on Catholic doctrine.

UCSF physicians and stakeholders are organizing to protest this denial of patients’ rights. As reported in the San Francisco Chronicle -- by declining to provide care from abortions to transgender surgery — the Dignity Health system discriminates against women and LGBTQ people. See the SF Chronicle: doctors-demand-UCSF-break-ties-with-Catholic Hospitals over Abortion, Trans Care.

More than 1,500 doctors and hospital staff have signed a petition opposing the partnership between UCSF and Catholic Dignity Health. The ACLU of Northern California has also taken up the matter. The UC Regents have not yet voted so the petition is still live.

Our tireless MVCAN healthcare leader Elyse Foster (on the  UCSF faculty) has spearheaded this effort. You can help stop this healthcare discrimination against women and transgender patients by signing the ACLU petition “UC Hospitals: Stop Partnering With Dignity Health.”  To sign the petition, go Here.

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REPORT BACK FROM MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING

A FANTASTIC YOUNG ORGANIZER was the highlight of our May meeting last week.  MVCAN members were treated to one of the most moving and enlightening speakers we’ve ever hosted, Crissy Gallardo, our guest from Rootz 99 in the Central Valley.  Rootz 99’s work includes re-connecting marginalized youth with their culture, political education, electoral organizing, and voter registration.

Crissy knows firsthand the joys and struggles that young people experience in growing up and living in the Central Valley. Crissy was born and raised in hardship in the area, left to attend UC Berkeley, and then returned to her hometown to organize her friends and transform her community. Truly inspiring!

In addition, the meeting featured individual team reports and an overview of our new local partner “Marin Organizing Committee (MOC)” from our terrific liaison Ruth Jaeger

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REPORT BACK ON SAN RAFAEL CITY COUNCIL VOTE FOR RENTER PROTECTIONS

Great turnout for San Rafael City Council Meeting May 6 on renter protections.  Photo: Adrian Rodriguez, Marin IJ

MVCAN has recently joined the Marin Organizing Committee (MOC), an action-oriented coalition of local groups and congregations. MOC’s  Renter Protection Team advocated at the San Rafael City Council vote on May 6 in favor of implementing two rental ordinances, “Just Cause for Eviction” and “Mandatory Mediation.”

Thanks to all who spoke and attended at the San Rafael City Council on May 6! The City Council is seriously considering changing their proposed ordinances to more closely align with the county renter protections that we fought for.

Here's a link to the Marin IJ article about our victory at Monday night's City Council meeting: As rents rise, San Rafael leans toward broad tenant protections.


2017 Orange marchers for MOMS DEMAND ACTION!

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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.


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