FEATURED IN THIS WEEK’S MVCAN NEWSLETTER (6/21/19):
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIONS
FOURTH OF JULY PARADE IN CORTE MADERA - Join the fun with Rep. Jared Huffman.
SUMMER’S HERE: 3RD ANNUAL MVCAN POTLUCK PICNIC - Sun. July 21, 4pm- 7pm
KICK-OFF PARTY AND PHONE BANK - SAUSALITO - Sat. June 22 and June 29
TRUTH FORUM AT MARIN BOARD OF SUPERVISORS - Tuesday, July 9, 5:30pm
MILL VALLEY ECO FESTIVAL - Sat. June 22
AIRLIFT HOUSE PARTY - Tues. June 25
WRITE VOTER POSTCARDS FROM HOME
JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION IN MARIN CITY - Sat. June 29
SAVE THE DATE - Sunday Sept. 15 - CONGRESSMAN JOSH HARDER FEATURED AT MVCAN FALL KICK-OFF MEETING
WHERE WE’VE BEEN AND WHAT WE DID:
MARIN GRASSROOTS GROUPS MEET WITH REP. HUFFMAN
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ECO RESOLUTION PASSES
REPORT BACK FROM CA DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION IN SF
POWERFUL GG BRIDGE MARCH FOR GUN SAFETY
MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING SUCCESS
MVCAN SUPPORTS NATIONAL INDIVISIBLE IMPEACHMENT STATEMENT
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIONS
FOURTH OF JULY PARADE IN CORTE MADERA
Fourth of July Parade & Celebration 2019
Thurs, Jul 4, 9 AM – 5 PM
Redwood High School to Corte Madera Town Park
Join MVCAN members in parading alongside Jared Huffman’s convertible sports car contingent. We’ve had a blast the past 2 years accompanying Jared along with the other community and activist groups he invites to join.
Arrive at 10 am in the Redwood High School, West Parking lot and look for us toward the end of the parade line-up. Please RSVP with Bernard at email@example.com. Parking is limited so plan accordingly.
The parade formally begins at 10:30 am at Redwood High School (395 Doherty Drive, Larkspur) and ends at Corte Madera’s Town Center where festivities will continue until 5 pm.
The parade and after events will feature many incredible bands including the Famous Corte Madera Town Band, McIntosh Pipe Band, and the Freedom Band.
For more information, see Corte Madera Fourth of July Parade & Festival
COME TO THE 3RD ANNUAL MVCAN PICNIC!
Sunday July 21 - 4pm -7pm
LET'S CHILL OUT BEFORE WE TURN UP THE ACTIVIST HEAT!
Please join us. We’ve had a fabulous time the past two years with friends new and old!
MVCAN 3rd Annual Picnic Sunday, July 21, 4 - 7pm
Homestead Valley Community Center Meadow and Patio
Bring your favorite salad, hors d’oeuvre, desserts, or drinks. MVCAN will supply Grilly’s catering for main dishes, meat and veggie.
Please let us know you’re coming:
RSVP to Carol Korenbrot at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us who you are and what you’d like to bring.
See you there!
KICK-OFF PARTY AND PHONE BANK - SAUSALITO - Sat. June 22 and Sat. June 29, 1pm-3pm
MVCAN joins together with Democracy Action Marin as we start up our program of phone and text banking along with a kick-off meeting to discuss the timeline and framework of our upcoming work. What campaigns are we working on? How important will state elections be? How do we handle the Presidential Campaign with 23 candidates? What texting programs are available?
Then we’ll roll up our sleeves and begin calling. We’ll be contacting voters for the North Carolina Special Congressional Election to be held in September, along with calls to voters in Virginia for the November state-level elections.
To register for June 22 and get details, sign up Here
Kick-off Party/Phone Bank
Sat. June 22, 1 - 3 pm
80 Liberty Ship Way, Suite 20
Kick-off cake will be included!
SECOND PHONE BANK UPCOMING:
Or catch our next phone bank on Sat. June 29, 1- 3pm.
For more info about 6/29 and to sign-up, contact Marti Cermak at email@example.com
SECOND TRUTH ACT FORUM AT MARIN BOARD
of SUPERVISORS - Tuesday, July 9, 5:30- 8:30
MVCAN-ers at the Truth Act Forum in December, 2018.
Last December, due to a new state law about oversight of law enforcement, Ice Out Of Marin.Org in partnership with multiple grassroots partners and the Marin County Board of Supervisors, organized Marin County's first TRUTH Act Forum. By any measure, it was a tremendous success, with many MVCANers and hundreds of other Marin residents showing up to support Marin County immigrants.
We proved that Marin County Sheriff Robert Doyle is sensitive to outside pressure. Just days before the December TRUTH Act Forum took place, Sheriff Doyle announced a shift in Marin County Sheriff's Office policy which would limit the circumstances under which he would contact ICE. This is significant because the Marin County Jail is the main source of deportations in Marin.
Since then, the Sheriff has reported a substantial drop in the number of Marin County inmates picked up by ICE from the Marin County jail. Upon closer inspection, however, we have many questions about whether or not inmates transferred to ICE were transferred even though they may have had no convictions, only open charges. This is not in the spirit of SB 54 and is allowing our Sheriff to act as judge, jury, and executioner. Unchanged is that ICE still picks up inmates from inside the County Jail and that ICE is still proactively notified of upcoming release dates.
In order to examine the details of what’s really happening at the jail, the Marin County Board of Supervisors has agreed to host a 2nd TRUTH Act Forum on Tuesday, July 9th from 5:30pm - 8:30 pm in the Board of Supervisors chambers. This is an important opportunity to keep the pressure on Sheriff Doyle to keep all Marin residents safe - including immigrants.
Please use this link to RSVP for the TRUTH Act Forum!
If you would like to participate in planning, Please come to the ICE Out of Marin meeting on Sunday, June 23rd at 1pm to strategize together about how we will leverage our power in the struggle to support immigrant justice in Marin and beyond.
ICE Out of Marin General Meeting
Sunday, June 23rd, 1pm - 2pm
Alcohol Justice, 24 Belvedere St., San Rafael
MILL VALLEY ECO FESTIVAL - Sat. June 22
Participate in the Summer Eco Fest - Help get our community on track towards zero waste!
Mill Valley Eco Festival
Saturday June 22, 12pm - 5pm
Mill Valley Lumber Yard, 129 Miller Ave.
There will be speakers, music, makers, DIY, workshops and more. Come join the fun!
AIRLIFT HOUSE PARTY IN CORTE MADERA - Tues. June 25
Learn more about the innovative work of Airlift. Airlift, started by an MVCAN founder, is an all-volunteer, zero-overhead group raising money for grassroots groups who work year-round, neighbor-to-neighbor in battleground states all over the country to get voters involved in our government.
Airlift House Party
Tuesday, June 25, 7 - 8:30pm
To get more details and sign-up, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more info see, Airlift.fund
WRITE POSTCARDS FROM HOME - RECLAIM OUR VOTE
Many MVCAN members are now writing postcards at home using voter data provided by RECLAIM OUR VOTE , which is a nonpartisan voter registration and get-out-the-vote campaign. This campaign reaches out mainly to voters of color on Unregistered and Inactive lists in key voter-suppression states.
This month’s effort is directed toward disenfranchised voters in Chowan County, North Carolina. These folks have a special election in September. The postcards need to be mailed by August 15th to make the voter registration deadline.
Note that getting disenfranchised folks to register has a positive impact well beyond the current election. Organizers say that “North Carolina has really responded well to the RECLAIM OUR VOTE postcard effort.”
And the numbers are impressive. Just from our local efforts so far in 2019 we have written 1,900 postcards. WOW! And the postcarding team continues to grow, with three more members so far this month!Please contact MVCAN lead organizer Bob Haar at email@example.com for more info and to get a postcard kit or email with everything you need to get started.
THE 3RD ANNUAL JUNTEENTH CELEBRATION
Marin City, Sat. June 29
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On the date, June 19, 1865, slaves in Texas first received the news that the war had ended and that they were now free. From its Texas origins, the observance of June 19th as the African-American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.
In Marin City come enjoy an amazing array of food, vendors with jewelry, fashion, crafts, and a full entertainment/educational schedule of music, spoken word and more, featuring local & celebrity talent.
Saturday, June 29, 2019- 10am-6:30pm
530 Drake Avenue. Marin City (Behind Rocky Graham Park)
For information about the celebration, see https://juneteenthcommunityfestival.info.
CONGRESSMAN JOSH HARDER FEATURED AT MVCAN FALL KICK-OFF MEETING!
SUNDAY SEPT. 15
Join us at the MVCAN Fall Kick-Off Meeting on Sunday, September 15, 5 - 6:30PM, to hear from one of our favorite Members of Congress, Josh Harder, from CD-10 (Modesto).
Team MVCAN AND MARIN DEMOCRACY ACTION worked hard the entire year in 2018 to help elect this impressive young U.S. Representative, turning out >200 volunteers to call and canvass for Josh Harder. He’ll fill us in on his first year in Congress, the legislation he’s introduced and helped pass, as well as news from his district on how we can help defend his seat in 2020.
Stay tuned for more meeting details coming soon.
MVCAN: WHERE WE’VE BEEN AND WHAT WE DID
REPORT BACK FROM MEETING WITH CONGRESSMAN HUFFMAN
A terrific team of Marin grassroots organizers, including our own Dan Krimm, met with Congressman Jared Huffman last week to discuss policy and legislation.
Rep Huffman has consistently been very progressive. To that end we asked Jared to co-sponsor a few bills including:
HR 2169 - rent relief via tax credit
HR 2592 - transparency for digital election ads
HR 2754 - conduct elections with paper ballots and audits
HR 40 - study reparations for African-Americans
We also discussed his position on health coverage options (Medicare for all, public option, etc.) and recent developments regarding net neutrality.
In addition, we reinforced his previously stated affirmative position on beginning impeachment proceedings, for which there is 80% support (with an additional 12% “maybe”) among recently surveyed Indivisible members.
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ECO RESOLUTION PASSES
On June 8, hundreds of activists and more than a dozen MVCANers marched in the Gun Safety Bridge Walk. Helen Rosen from Marin Moms Demand Action and the MVCAN Civil Rights/Immigration Team helped lead the entire event and rally. THANK YOU to Helen for all her work and to Barbara Rowe, Leigh Ann Townsend and all who were able to walk on that beautiful, moving day.
Check out the article and wonderful photos in the Marin IJ: goldengate-bridge-fills-as-hundreds-rally-to-end-gun-violence.
REPORT ON MVCAN MONTHLY MEETING
MVCANers were treated to an incisive and informative talk earlier this month from our special guest, Emily Rusch of CALPIRG. She spoke about what is timely and progressive in the California legislature and we heard from Larry Litvak about how MVCAN calls to our reps were organized and then impacted outcomes in the recent legislative session.
MVCAN SIGNS ON TO NATIONAL INDIVISIBLE STATEMENT REGARDING IMPEACHMENT
In addition to being a free-standing, unique group, MVCAN is linked with the national Indivisible movement, which includes 6,000 local organizations nationwide. We welcome and support Indivisible's strong stand for impeachment inquiry. We believe it is very important for MVCAN, along with all the other Indivisible groups and all people of good will, to push for impeachment inquiry now.
To read Indivisible's explanation of the action effort, see Read the Letter: Demand an Impeachment Inquiry.
Also see, http://impeach.indivisible. org for details and actions around the upcoming 4th of July recess.
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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WANT TO VOLUNTEER YOUR SKILLS OR TALENTS?
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Thank you for all you do!
– June, Bernard, Eileen, Rebecca, and everyone at MVCAN
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