FEATURED IN THIS WEEK’S MVCAN BULLETIN:
MVCAN Contributes to Primary Election Success
MVCAN Makes Splash in Memorial Day Parade
Report Back: MVCAN Monthly Meeting Features Great Guest Speakers
MVCANers Cross Bridge in Gun Safety March
MVCAN ECO TEAM MEETING Impacts Deep Green Decision
Sign Up for Emergency Trump Response Rally "No One is Above the Law"
Fundraiser for Guatemalan Victims of ICE - Sun., June 17
SAVE the DATE! MVCAN Community BBQ Sun., July 22 (held in lieu of the regular monthly meeting) Stay tuned for more details next newsletter.
NOTE: The MVCAN News will be published on alternate weeks in summer, supplemented by occasional timely announcements.
MVCAN CONTRIBUTES TO
PRIMARY ELECTION SUCCESS
Tracy Canvassers. Photo: Larry Litvak.
MVCAN TEAMS MARK SUCCESS IN GETTING OUT THE PRIMARY VOTE!
Victory was at hand last week as the sum of concerted grassroots actions led to success in getting CD-10 Democratic Congressional candidate Josh Harder through to the general election in November. MVCAN electoral actions paid off in many of the state and local races as well. MVCAN and Democracy Action activists, led by the crackerjack team of electoral leads, made thousands of phone calls and texts that led to increased Democratic voter turnout.
Congratulations to Susan Bolle and the Electoral Team!
MVCAN also extends major kudos to the 30 MVCAN members who made day trips to Tracy to canvass for Democrats in CD-10. Over the last 5 months, many members have participated monthly in the local well-organized ground operations. Huge thanks to Larry Litvak for captaining the trips!
Going forward, the 2018 Midterms are just 21 weeks away! There’s lots of work to do. Please join in!
Larry Litvak canvassing in Tracy. Photo: Kathi Burke.
Phone/ Text Bankers. Photo: June Cooperman.
MVCAN MAKES SPLASH
IN MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
Photo: Fabrice Florin.
Photo: Dana Dworin.
For the second year, MVCAN had a terrific presence in the Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade. Joined by Marin Supervisor Kate Sears, the marchers shared information about MVCAN. MVCAN and the accompanying Art Float for Social Change were honored by the city of Mill Valley with the Best Community Spirit Award!
Thank you Mary Ann Ellison of MinuteMan Press for our parade flyers.
Photo: Suz Lipman.
REPORT BACK FROM MVCAN
MONTHLY MEETING JUNE 3
Our June meeting featured two superb outside expert speakers–Donny Fowler (above), Co-Founder of Democracy Labs, and Max Lubin (below), CEO of the youth organizing group, Rise California–who filled us in on cutting-edge campaign and lobbying issues.
We also celebrated and said goodbye for the summer to Chris Lydon, our MVCAN meeting planner extraordinaire, who will return to be his indispensable self in the Fall. Chris, we couldn’t do it without you!
MVCANERS CROSS BRIDGE IN GUN SAFETY MARCH
MVCANers from several different teams joined with many hundreds of Bay Area protesters to cross the Golden Gate Bridge in the second annual march for gun safety.
Deep thanks to Helen Rosen and Marin Moms Demand Action for organizing the very moving speakers and the gun violence survivors who presented at the rally held at the Marin Vista point.
Photos: Eileen Fisher.
See more photos from the march here. (You may have to join MVCAN's Facebook group to view the photos.)
ECO TEAM IMPACTS DEEP GREEN DECISION
Great News! The Board of the Sewage Agency of South Marin unanimously approved a budget which included going Deep Green! As a result, the agency will derive all of its electrical energy from renewable resources beginning in July.
Five members of MVCAN's Eco-Warriors attended the May meeting of the Sewage Agency of South Marin (SASM) and spoke out to advocate for the agency to go Deep Green.
The Eco-Warriors who attended were Marilyn Price, Liz Schumacher, Jay Gustafson, Grace Severtson and Elspeth Martin.
Congratulations to the ECO-WARRIORS TEAM for their effective advocacy!
Eco-Warriors encourage all individual members of MVCAN to also go Deep Green as their personal contribution to fighting climate change. Click here to choose Deep Green.
The next Eco-Warriors team meeting will be Weds., July 11, 7-8:30pm, Southern Marin Water Treatment Plant, 450 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley.
SIGN UP FOR ON-CALL EMERGENCY PROTEST
IN SAN RAFAEL
IF MUELLER OR ROSENSTEIN ARE FIRED, WE NEED TO TAKE TO THE STREETS!
MVCAN has joined an all-Marin coalition of grassroots groups in planning a consolidated protest in downtown (4th St.) San Rafael if a constitutional crisis arises from Trump’s actions. We are mobilizing under the MoveOn national action, “No One Is Above The Law.”
Join with more than 1,400 Marinites to receive an immediate notice and call to action if and when Trump acts to obstruct the Mueller investigation:
When you go to sign up, you will see several possible sign-ups for the same San Rafael rally. Pick the last listed entry for San Rafael, which says “Danny A.” (MVCAN’s own Danny Altman).
Once you sign up, please be on alert for a “GO” message from MoveOn.org and also MVCAN emails providing you with details on the rally.
Rallies and protests will begin hours after news breaks of a Mueller firing or another trigger event.
For instructions on how to text and find out rally details, see:
FUNDRAISER FOR GUATEMALAN VICTIMS OF ICE
SUNDAY JUNE 17
Enjoy a casual BBQ with the MVCAN community! No monthly meeting in July. Stay tuned for more details about the BBQ in the next MVCAN News.
JOIN AN ACTION TEAM
WANT TO GET MORE INVOLVED in a specific issue? 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 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 focused on the 2018 Midterm Elections, when all 435 seats in the House plus 33 Senate seats are up for grabs. We intend to grab as many as possible. The Electoral team works to elect Democratic candidates for federal and state level elections using phone/text banks and travel to targeted districts to talk with voters through phone calls, texts, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for all you do!
– June, Bernard, Suz, Danny, Eileen, Rebecca, and everyone at MVCAN
MVCAN News brought to you by June, Annie and Suz