FEATURED IN THIS WEEK’S MVCAN BULLETIN:
"FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER" MARCH AND RALLY - Sat. June 30, 10am-1pm
MVCAN 2ND ANNUAL BBQ - Sun. July 22
REPORT BACK FROM ELECTORAL TEAM TRAINING/PHONE BANKING
LAUNCH OF SPECIAL MVCAN MIDTERM TASK FORCE
ECO TEAM MONTHLY MEETING AND ACTIVITIES
GREAT TURNOUT AT “FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER” VIGIL IN SAN RAFAEL
AIRLIFT UPDATE AND INVITE TO “THUNDERCLAP”
ATTEND THE NETROOTS NATION CONVENTION
SAVE THE DATE - Meet the Candidate for CD-10 (Modesto) Josh Harder at San Rafael Fundraiser, Sun. July 29, 3-5pm. Details to follow.
APPLY TO BE A MARIN DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE
“FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER” MARCH AND RALLY
Sat. June 30
Join thousands of fellow marchers for a tremendous display of resistance to the inhumane and reprehensible Republican immigration policies. We will not rest until the damage from family separations is reversed!
Remember: Street demonstrations are a powerful way to convey our disavowal of Republican policies. Showing up is not only powerful salve for the soul–it also works!
FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER
Rally and March - Saturday, June 30
March starts at 10 AM at Mission Dolores Park, SF
Rally starts at 11 AM at Civic Center, SF
To sign-up go to the Families Belong Together Facebook page.
If you are interested in alternate locations to protest, go to the www.familiesbelongtogether.org website to find out about other Saturday protests in our area.
If you wish to carpool to the SF March:
MVCAN members will be meeting in the parking lot at Mill Valley Middle School (425 Sycamore Ave), to form informal carpools to SF at 9 AM.
MVCANers will be meeting up at the following locations in SF.
MVCAN March Meeting place:
At Dolores Park, meet at the intersection of 19th St and Dolores at 10 am for the march. Look for the MVCAN signs.
MVCAN Rally Meeting place at the Civic Center Plaza in SF:
All MVCANers, Marin activists, and their friends are encouraged to gather for the rally at approximately 11 AM at the SF Civic Center Plaza (at the endpoint of the march).
We will be meeting on the North side of Civic Center Plaza near the small elevator building for the underground Civic Center garage,
This location is just off McAllister - halfway between Larkin and Polk, and is right on the Civic Center Plaza.
The rally will take place from 11:00 AM - 1 PM after the march.
Join Us! Marchers are planning to wear white.
WE HOPE FOR A GREAT MVCAN SHOWING!
MVCAN 2nd ANNUAL BBQ - Sun. July 2
LET'S CHILL OUT BEFORE WE TURN UP THE HEAT
FOR MIDTERM ELECTIONS and HONOR ALL WE'VE DONE!
You’re invited to the MVCAN Barbecue and Activist Awards Celebration.
Sunday, July 22, 4-7pm
Homestead Valley Community Center Meadow and Patio
Bring your favorite salad, hors d’oeuvre or dessert dish or bring drinks,
MVCAN will supply meat choices, as well as veggie alternatives to barbecue.
Please let us know you’re coming:
RSVP to Carol Korenbrot and tell us who and what you’d like to bring.
Photos of MVCAN's 2017 BBQ by Suz Lipman.
BBQ graphic: Craig Frazier.
REPORT BACK FROM
ELECTORAL TEAM TRAINING
Kathi Walsh speaks to a capacity crowd of 35. Photo: June Cooperman.
On June 16, the Electoral Team held a terrific training with communication specialist Kathi Walsh.
Our guest trainer gave MVCANers a great seminar on communication with voters – how to listen to voter concerns and how to go through the steps to facilitate getting voters to the polls. Stay tuned for more trainings coming up!
Upcoming Phone/Text Banks
We have regular phone/text banks on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, and some Mondays. Our experienced leaders are always on hand to help guide you through the process and if you're new to calling or texting voters, we'll teach you step-by-step.
Please bring your charged cell phone and a laptop, ipad or tablet, and earbuds with a mic to the phone/text bank.
SPECIAL MVCAN MIDTERM TASK FORCE
Midterm Task Force in action. Photo: Larry Litvak.
MVCAN is launching a new leadership group, the “MVCAN Midterm Task Force.” Acting in conjunction with our Electoral Team, the goal of the new Midterm Task Force is to ramp up MVCAN electoral capacity, so we can take back the House in November 2018.
We will be contacting MVCAN members to invite them to volunteer to turn out voters in November. Watch for your call or email from us.
If you are interested in helping recruit, train, and coordinate volunteers over the next 4 months, contact June Cooperman.
ECO TEAM MONTHLY MEETING - Wed. July 11
The MVCAN ECO WARRIORS TEAM meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 11, 7:00- 8:30 pm at 450 Sycamore Drive, Mill Valley (Marin Waste Treatment plant.)
Discuss ECO projects for this summer – Deep Green, Resilient Neighborhoods, Plastics Resolution, and help with making the MVCAN BBQ zero-waste.
Have open time for input from members present.
3. Plan for the mass People's Climate March in SF on Sept. 8.
GREAT TURNOUT AT "FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER" VIGIL
MVCAN members came out in force last Wednesday for the “Families Belong Together” vigil in San Rafael. Together with 500 other participants, MVCAN members took part in this powerful, inspiring event.
The vigil is described in this Marin IJ article, which includes quotes from MVCAN members Fabrice Florin, Marilyn Price and Susan Bolle.
Also making her voice heard in the Marin IJ, our thanks to MVCAN member and community activist Gayle Donsky for speaking for many of us in her heartfelt letter about family separation at our border and its parallels to other crimes against humanity throughout history. Read Gayle’s letter here.
Photos of the "Families Belong Together" Vigil by Fabrice Florin. See more of Fabrice's photos here.
AND INVITE TO "THUNDERCLAP"
Feed the grassroots! Host an Airlift house party.
Join the Airlift Thunderclap!
Are you or your friends on social media? If so, you can help Airlift in a big way by sharing a video that Ben Cohen from Ben & Jerry’s made about our work.
Here’s how you can help millions of people see the video:
We are using a great service called Thunderclap–it’s a way to help this go viral. When you sign up, Thunderclap will schedule a tweet and/or Facebook or Tumblr post on your social media accounts about Airlift, so all the messages go out at the same time. Here’s what your message will look like:
The post we are all sharing will send people to Ben’s video to let people know about the amazing grassroots groups we are helping. We want millions of people to see this video, and we’re using Thunderclap to help make some noise on social media.
It only takes a minute to sign up. Thunderclap will post on your behalf one time only on July 10, 10 am PDT/ 1 pm EDT. You’ll really help MVCAN and Airlift by doing this.
Please pass this information on to your friends, so they can sign up, too. Questions about the Thunderclap? Contact Suz Lipman.
Thank you for supporting Airlift!
ATTEND THE NETROOTS NATION CONVENTION
Netroots Nation 2018 Conference
August 2-4 in New Orleans
Netroots Nation is the premiere national conference for progressive activists and for progressive Democratic electoral planning. Some highlights of the Netroots Nation 2018 conference are:
Trainings that cover all skill levels from basic online organizing to advanced. Plus communications, grassroots activism, and more.
An agenda that includes panels on almost every progressive issue, from current battles to long-term movement strategy.
Stellar keynote speakers that have in the past included Elizabeth Warren, Tom Steyer, Stacey Abrams, Al Gore, plus all the phenomenal “up and comers”.
For more information about Netroots Nation, contact June Cooperman.
SAVE THE DATE - FUNDRAISER FOR CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE JOSH HARDER - Sun. July 29
Save the date to meet Josh Harder, the Democratic candidate for CD-10 (Modesto), at a San Rafael Fundraiser, Sunday, July 29, 3-5pm. Details to follow.
NEEDED: MARIN DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE
Come take an active role in a vibrant organization working to advance our party's principles and elect Democratic candidates!
MVCAN is looking for applicants from among our members to fill the vacancy on the Marin County Central Committee for the Democratic Party in the 3rd Supervisorial District (County Supervisor Kate Sears). Any registered Democrat in the 3rd District who wishes to apply may do so.
To apply, send a letter expressing your interest and describing your qualifications to the address listed below, or send an email with the same information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be received by July 25, 2018. A committee of the current members representing the 3rd District will conduct interviews and make a recommendation, which will be considered by the entire Central Committee.
Requests for more information about the process may also be sent to email@example.com or found at www.marindemocrats.org
If mailing your application, please send to:
Marin Democratic Party
PO Box 683
Fairfax, CA 94978
For more information, please contact MVCAN member Bernard Catalinotto.
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
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